Meditation and yoga classes are a great way to learn and practice the art of meditation. But if you’re looking to take it to the next level, meditation retreats can be a great way to get out of town and reenergize in a beautiful location.
Streamside Yoga: In the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountains, Streamside Yoga offers an authentic experience to help you reconnect with nature and deepen your connection to yourself. The studio overlooks a serene stream and is home to a variety of retreats for all ages.
Iyengar Yoga: In contrast to the more flow-oriented Vinyasa styles, Iyengar yoga is a slow and precise movement practice that focuses on postures and breathing controls to achieve the best results. The Iyengar method is also known for a holistic approach to yoga, which aims to improve all aspects of life and is suitable for anyone, regardless of body type or age.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center: Tucked away in a traditional brownstone on West 24th Street, this yoga center is a nonprofit that’s been serving NYC’s Yoga community since 1964. Run by volunteers, the center hosts a variety of drop-in classes and workshops as well as specialized Yoga and Yogic philosophy courses.
The Insight Meditation Society: Located in Barre, Massachusetts, this meditation center offers weekend and longer-term retreats with residential instructors that deliver teachings through Vipassana and loving-kindness practices. Guests can choose from a variety of retreats ranging from five to seven days, and are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible to fully experience the benefits of meditation.