Fitness Files: Meditation 101

I am productive and proactive. I’m almost always thinking about something I have to do or should be doing – whether it’s writing a blog post, a freelance article, something for work, or running an errand. I am really bad at relaxing and taking time to breath. I even feel like I should be doing something productive when I’m watching TV or a movie. I get my best ideas when I’m at a gym class, yoga, or on a hike. In a way that’s great – but it’s also good to stop and breath. My mom sent me a link to a 20s and 30s meditation class at the JCC and I went to it tonight. (Thanks, mom!) It was great.


The class was taught by the yoga and meditation teacher, Seth Lieberman. It was an introductory class so we talked about some of the benefits of meditation, basics like breathing and how to sit, and then did three quick sessions followed by questions and answers. We learned that meditation is thought to help you build resilience through life’s changes, create mental clarity, help manage your stress, and cultivate compassion for yourself and others.

48bb9d1ecbd8b7df082f2a721788f6b0-1Here are a few resources people shared after class: Gabby Bernstien: I saw her speak at Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life event and she is fantastic. I haven’t tried her meditation, but I’d like to start! UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: They have free mindfulness meditation podcasts.

R&R at the JCC in Manhattan: I’ve been going to the JCC for years but didn’t know that they have free yoga and meditation classes on select Saturdays. Seth teaches meditation, gentle yoga, and restorative yoga. I might want to choose a weekend and do all three hours. Maybe I can convince some friends to come instead of going to brunch!

New York Insight Meditation Center: They have all different types of meditation classes and workshops. Someone recommended the free Tuesday Night Teacher-Led Sessions from 7-9. They have sittings followed by fantastic lectures.
I want to start doing mediation more regularly. Does anyone have any resources, classes, or podcasts/videos they recommend? Images: 1 / 2

7 Responses to Fitness Files: Meditation 101

  1. Hi Elana, thanks for this great post about last night’s class at the JCC for 20s and 30s! I’m the program director and I just wanted to let you know that there is another great resource here at the JCC. Every Monday through Friday, 7:30-8:30am and 5:45-6:45pm, Monday through Thursday, there is a facilitated drop-in meditation session in our meditation space. No registration is needed and there is no fee (just a donation box on the wall to feed that helps us keep the program going), so all of you are welcome any time. We’re also working on more evenings like last night just for 20s and 30s so we’ll keep you posted.
    susie kessler

  2. Elana Lyn Gross says:

    Thank you, Susie! Thanks for planning such great events!

  3. Kirsten says:

    You should check out the app Headspace. It has 10 levels of meditation and each one is 10-12 minutes long. It’s great for beginners because it walks you through the meditation and how to sit and how to breath. I use it and it’s so helpful. It’s also free!

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