Practicing meditation can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve sleep quality. It can also decrease depression, increase self-compassion and create inner peace. So it's no surprise that meditation is an important part of many holistic health practices.
Whether you want to learn about meditation or just want to get in the practice, there are plenty of meditation classes near me. These yoga and meditation studios offer a variety of styles to fit any budget.
City-Favorite: Kula Yoga
If you’re looking for a new yoga class, try the 60-minute “Kula Hour,” a hip-hop-inspired class that includes music and resistance bands. Or, take a restorative class with a focus on breathwork.
Bhakti Center: In the East Village, this cozy, walk-up has a lively Kirtan music influence and offers well-attended 45-minute meditation classes led by master teachers of the Bhakti tradition. Participatory sound is key here; so if you’re a vocalist, don’t miss out on the class that incorporates chanting OM throughout the session.
Iyengar Yoga Institute: This studio is slightly old-school, with a focus on balance, flexibility and concentration. They have an extensive list of teacher trainings, and their prices are very affordable, making them a good choice for beginners.
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center: Just north of San Francisco, this Buddhist practice center focuses on the Japanese Soto Zen tradition in a year-round study format. They have a wide range of programs, from introductory retreats for people new to meditation to long-term stays.