New York is a city filled with noise, lights and lots of people. It’s full of life, but I sometimes need to get away from it all to relax, to think, or to find inner peace. Looking online, I read about a place that offers yoga classes, lectures and workshops, so I decided to check it out.
When I first walked in the New York Open Center, on 30th street between 5th and Madison Avenues, I immediately felt the tranquility. Wind chimes, incense and books fill the room. I went directly to the books, and they are related to many topics: from yoga and meditation, to massages, herbs, alternative medicine, and aromatherapy.
When I was looking around, a lady came up to me and explained that they also have seminars on all these subjects, on handling diseases and loss, working on self esteem… you name it. She also informed me that they have a free meditation room, open to anyone. Of course, I asked to see it, and a minute later I found myself in a small dim-lit room with cushions, incense and figures. I took off my shoes, sat on one of the cushions and closed my eyes. After what felt like five minutes to me, I got up with a great sense of calm and had forgotten the noise of the city. I was so calm, that it wasn’t after I got out that I realized that I’d been in there 15 minutes, not five.
So, if you’re ever in need of a place to regroup in this crazy city, try out the New York Open Center… Wether you sign up for a class or seminar, or if you just try to meditate for a few minute, you’ll definitely get your Zen on.
To find out more about their activities, visit their website through this link.