9 Soothing Meditation Studios In NYC — If You’re Into That Kind Of Thing

Many of us want to be the type of person who loves to meditate — figuring out how to do that is the hard part. You could just sit cross-legged and breathe deeply until something clicks, or you could try following along to a recorded meditation on an app. But sitting and breathing is hard, so sometimes you need someone to literally teach you how to do it.

Luckily, there are tons of classes around New York City that will teach you how to meditate. Like your first yoga or spinning class, deciding that you want to take a meditation class can be intimidating in itself. What are you supposed to wear? Do you have to chant? And are they going to yell at you if you start giggling? These are all valid concerns.

Ahead, we found the best meditation classes around the city for beginners, and answered some of those burning questions. There's a studio for you, whether you need to drop in on a class because you had a terrible day at work, or you want to try a month-long meditation course. And if you're still not convinced about this whole meditation thing, trying a class might still be worth it; experts say that feeling the group energy of a class can be calming. Or, at the very least, you'll have paid to take a nap somewhere, which is good enough for some people. Namaste, y'all.

Photo: Courtesy of Modrn Sanctuary.
Modrn Sanctuary

Best for: An immersive experience. At Modrn Sanctuary, they offer a mix of trendy services, from crystal light bed therapy to yoga in a Himalayan salt room. The meditation classes are no different, and involve lying in a "Somadome," and listening to an audio recording with pre-set lights for 20 minutes.

Good to know: They say you may feel like you're "flying" inside the Somadome, so prepare to experience some out-of-body sensations. If you're wary of small spaces, the dome might not be enjoyable for you.

Price: $35 a session

Modrn Sanctuary, 12 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001; (212) 675-9355
Photo: Courtesy of Inscape.

Best for: People who care about the ambience. There are two meditation studios in the 5,000 square-foot space, the Dome and the Alcove. Although your eyes are closed most of the time, the studios are very Instagram-worthy (phones technically aren't allowed in the space), and have lights that change colors throughout the meditation. The classes are designed either for "meditation" or "relaxation," and there are a few different themes to choose from (like "Focus," "Mindfulness," or "Mantra"), depending on your mood.

Good to know: They play a recorded meditation over the speakers, so it's not a live meditation, though there's an instructor who stays in the room while you listen. They also have an app with the same meditations, which you can use for $12.99 a month, and might be a cheaper option for many people (or a good option for those who aren't based in NYC).

Price: $22 for a 32-minute class.

Inscape, 45 W 21st St, New York, NY; (646) 952-0706
Photo: Courtesy of Julia Robbs.

Best for: Beginners who might be intimidated. If you literally don't know where to begin, try the MNDFL 101 class, which breaks down the different types of meditation they offer. They suggest that beginners shoot for the "Breath," "Emotions," "Sound," or "Heart" classes. But they have detailed descriptions of what to expect during the classes online, and they encourage you to choose whichever one sounds good to you.

Good to know: There's no dress code, but you do have to take off your shoes when you get there. You also have to sit on a cushion during the meditation, but they have three types to choose from, which is great if you tend to get antsy. They also have free tea and a lounge area.

Price: $10 for your first class, $18 for a 30-minute class.

MNDFL, 10 E 8th St New York, NY; (212) 477-0487
Photo: Courtesy of Kadampa Meditation Center.
Kadampa Meditation Center

Best for: Drop-in classes. Oftentimes, finding a chunk of time in your day to meditate can be half the battle. This studio offers flexible, 30-minute lunchtime meditations, and an after-work session, which might be just what you need after a stressful day.

Good to know: They're really into Buddha's teachings at Kadampa Meditation Center. During the class, your teacher might casually mention a few lessons about Buddha, and they're open to answering any questions you might have afterwards.

Price: $5 to $15

Kadampa Meditation Center, 127 W 24th St, New York, NY; (212) 924-6706
Photo: Courtesy of New York Open Center.
New York Open Center

Best for: Developing a weekly meditation practice. New York Open Center offers holistic-based educational programs, from Reiki to acupuncture, and of course, meditation. Many of the workshops are one-day events, but some courses are once a week for five weeks or so.

Good to know: Look at the schedule far in advance, because they post information about registering about a month beforehand. Some of the classes might sound a little over your head, but beginners are definitely welcome. They also have a weekly lunchtime meetup meditation, and sell crystals in the gift shop.

Price: $95 for membership, plus additional fees for courses

New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St, New York, NY; (212) 219-2527
Photo: Courtesy of Transcendental Meditation Center.
Transcendental Meditation

Best for: People who are "bad at meditating." With transcendental meditation, you repeat a mantra, which can be your own personal word or phrase, over and over until your body relaxes. For some people, this method of meditation can be much easier than just sitting and breathing, and it's really easy to learn. At this transcendental meditation studio, they host free introductory talks where you can learn a little more about the technique before you jump in.

Good to know: If you really want to learn transcendental meditation, they offer a four-day course that teaches you to master the technique. That may be a little more than you're bargaining for, but people love it. And once you're a member, you can drop in to any of the locations around the country (like a gym membership) or practice on your own.

Price: $960 for the four-day course.

Transcendental Meditation Downtown Manhattan, 26 Beaver Street New York, NY; (212) 779-9933
Photo: Courtesy of the New York Insight Meditation Center.
New York Insight Meditation Center

Best for: Learning how to meditate on your own. They teach mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) at New York Insight Meditation Center, which is a form of meditation that blends meditation, yoga, and inquiry. The goal of MBSR is to learn practical skills to cope with stressful situations.

Good to know: They recommend that all new students take one of the orientation sessions before showing up to one of the weekly "sitting groups." They expect people to show up 15 minutes before class starts, and if you show up late, you're supposed to sit in the back.

Price: Classes are donation-based, but they suggest giving $10

New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th Street, 10th Fl, New York, NY; (212) 213-4802
Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Integral Yoga Institute

Best for: Yoga practitioners who are interested in the spiritual side of meditation. This studio offers meditation and deep relaxation classes, in addition to yoga. The classes are a little more structured than most, but they offer a Meditation 1 workshop for new students to learn what they're all about.

Good to know: They incorporate chanting during these classes, so you might want to brush up on your Sanskrit before attending. You'll also be expected to sit in silence for 15 to 20 minutes, which can be intense for some people.

Price: $10

Integral Yoga Institute, 227 W 13th St, New York, NY; (212) 929-0585
Photo: Courtesy of Ben Turshen.
Ben Turshen Meditation

Best for: Overworked, stressed-out individuals. Turshen left his job as an attorney to pursue Vedic meditation, and now he teaches it to other people. Vedic meditation is similar to transcendental meditation, because you use a mantra.

Good to know: First, Turshen recommends attending one of his hour-long introductory talks, during which he answers any questions you might have about the practice. The course involves four 2-hour sessions, and the goal is to be able to practice on your own. It's definitely an investment, and not necessarily for casual meditators.

Price: $400 to $1,200

Ben Turshen Meditation, 315 5th Ave #800, New York, NY; (917) 299-2966
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