How to Meditate in Manhattan

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The Big Quiet meditation in jazz at Lincoln CenterStress Awareness Month means wellness businesses are pulling out all the stops to reduce stress throughout April. Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, and naturally, so does the stress relief. This weekend, nearly 1,000 people gathered in the Appel Room amphitheater, which is the home of jazz at Lincoln Center, for mass meditations. The room is outfitted with hanging microphones and speakers buried in the walls, so the sound bath is guaranteed to resonate through each attendee. The Big Quiet hosted two meditation sittings led by Sara Auster, who created the sound bath with singing bowls and other highly resonant instruments. These harmonic vibrations can stimulate the alpha and theta brain waves, which are associated with deep meditative and peaceful states conducive to healing. The vibrations are not only heard, but they are felt through every cell in the body and at the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. It helps synchronize the brain waves and body to restore balance and release stress. According to her, “A sound bath is an improvised meditative concert that supports states of deep relaxation where stress release and healing can occur. It is a gentle yet powerful experience for the mind and body.” Adding to the trendy wellness experience, Sweetgreen and Matchabar provided complimentary refreshments.

If you or your clients are interested in tapping into the power of sound and meditation, check out these apps recommended by The Big Quiet.

  • Giant Mind provides resources to combat the negative impact of stress by delivering free “Learn to Meditate” programs.  
  • Personal meditation coach Hunter Cressman teaches how to reduce stress and boost brainpower in The Modern Mind
  • Ziva Meditation takes mindfulness to the next level for high performers. 
  • Kindred offers an antidote for city-dwellers with a customized blend if Qi Gong and Mindfulness Meditation. 


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