Greenpointers, I’m not going to get all woo woo on you. I promise. But, there’s a transformative, powerful space in the neighborhood and I want to share it with you.
Meet the Narayana Integrative Center (191 Nassau Ave), a holistic wellness space located near McGolrick Park. The center focuses on blending physical and spiritual practice for a healthy body and balanced mind.
On July 6th, 250 people came together in Greenpoint to celebrate the first official Medi Club of the Summer! Medi Club is a collective of thousands of New Yorkers that share meditation as a common thread. It’s an evening to get together to meditate, collaborate, meet new people, and discuss topics relevant to modern lifestyles. And, Medi Club is run by the same folks who run The Big Quiet, a mass movement on meditation and culture.
Medi Club now meets at Dobbin St (64 Dobbin St)—their meditation sessions used to be held in Manhattan. The Dobbin St loft is a giant event space at the top of McCarren Park. An old factory has been transformed into a hip event space with a raw and minimalist feel. When I arrived at Medi Club, I checked in at the door and headed straight in. I arrived a few minutes early to meet up with friends, grab a seat, and a bite. The doors close at 7:30 pm and it quickly fills up, so I would recommend getting there a bit early and snagging a spot. There were two tables set up with Sweetgreen salads and a large table along the back wall with Kombrewcha kegs. I picked up a salad, cup of Kombrewcha, spotted my friends, and headed up the stairs to the roof. The roof at Dobbin St is amazing—with fantastic views of the city and tons of open space. I totally recommend hanging out on the steps and benches while you eat your green salad and catch some warm sun. At exactly 7:30, we were guided to come downstairs for the event. Continue reading →
Are you shackled to your phone and ready to take a break from the internet and social media—or at least put your digital presence on pause? This Saturday, guided by mindfulness practitioner Sara Overton, you will be connected with flowers, grasses and trees while playfully awakening your capacity to be one with nature. Overton is currently developing the art project Awake in the Wild Experience with Mark Coleman, author of Awake in the Wild.
What: Become More Mindful in Transmitter When:Saturday, August 5, 10am – 12 noon Where:Transmitter Park RSVP:Email [email protected]. Due to the nature of the practice, space is very limited and admission is by registration
Four of Wands Wellness Collective (349 Leonard Street) is a self-care studio in Williamsburg, where people can find different kinds of holistic treatments, classes, handmade gifts, and a community space. Owner and Licensed Massage Therapist Daru Oda wanted to create a space for doing “what makes you happy. We forget to do things that are fun or to expand our minds. At Four of Wands, we can take care of ourselves for an hour.”
What do you get when you combine cardio dance, ballet, Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, and meditation into one? Yoga Booty Ballet. And there is going to be a FREE hour of it at [email protected] tonight from 7-8PM. Continue reading →
Brooklyn Raga Massive playing at the 4th Year Anniversary Celebration of Golden Drum
Two weeks ago Greenpoint’s spiritual center, The Golden Drum, celebrated its fourth anniversary and invited Greenpointers along for the fun. Having never heard them before, naturally we here at the news desk were intrigued. Armed with curious minds and hearty dose of New York instilled skepticism, the fabulous Julia Moak and I visited the Golden Drum to see what the center was all about and why it was attracting all these shiny happy people. Continue reading →
There is a whole slew of new music videos shot in Greenpoint or by Greenpoint artists that I want to share with you. Also a cool song. Also some shows you should check out tonight. So let’s get right to it, shall we?
I’m looking to escape the city and have a weekend (or more) of wellness. Do you recommend any yoga retreats that are easily accessible by train (amtrak/metronorth/etc.?) Thanks!
Dear “Yoga Escape”,
Take 10 days off and head up to the Berkshires for a FREE Vipassana Yoga experience. Food and lodging are free, paid for by unsolicited donations by students who have participated. Volunteers feed you and silently help you around. See, you won’t be talking. Or doing yoga, per se. Or texting or writing in your dream journal. Vipassana is a regimented practice of early rising, simple vegetarian meals, and days spent sitting, standing, and walking in silence (for more info and to sign up, visit Dhamma.org).
Full disclosure: while I have practiced the technique in shorter intervals, I have never been able to successfully schedule a retreat. Best to do so 6 months in advance, particularly if you’re a woman. Men can often get a reservation with shorter notice. There are Vipassana locations worldwide offering the same 10 day format. After participating once, you can attend again as a participant or a volunteer, cooking meals, attending to students and chatting. Eventually you can build to 30 day practices.
Conveniently located in the heart of Greenpoint, Greenpoint Yoga (145 Java St), is your local neighborhood Yoga spot. Relaxed, unpretentious and personal, enjoy their enclosed garden, stay and treat yourself to a class.
With students of all ages, and a commitment to breath and alignment, (in the tradition of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya), itis the perfect place to start your practice or challenge yourself to learn new techniques and/or correct some bad habits. They even have meditation classes and a program to deepen your home practice.
Visit Greenpoint Yoga and unwind, relieve your daily stresses, escape from your commute on the L and G trains. All levels welcome!