Fitness Files: MNDFL Meditation Review

I love finding serene spots in the city. New York City is home, and I enjoy all of the activities, events, and new people to meet, but sometimes I need to s-l-o-w down and relax. Although I’ve only been twice, MNDFL Meditation has become one of my favorite serene spots in New York City. MNDFL is a meditation studio in Greenwich Village. The founders, Ellie Burrows and Lodro Rinzler met when Ellie began volunteering at Lodro’s non-profit, the Institute for Compassionate Leadership. Ellie asked Lodro why there wasn’t a “modern, non-religious, drop-in studio where she could explore traditional meditation techniques in a contemporary context.” Instead of waiting for a place like that to exit, they created it. MNDFL exists to enable humans to feel good.

Fitness Files: MNDFL Meditation Review

MNDFL Meditation Review

The Class:

MNDFL has 30 and 45 minute thematic classes taught by teachers from a variety of meditation practices. Classes include: sound, breath, intention, emotions, mantra, movement, sleep, mammas, kids, energy, and heart. So far, I’ve taken a 30 minute sound class and a 90 minute event called “I’ll Be Happy When.” But I plan on taking them all!


I jotted down a few notes after the “I’ll Be Happy When” class which focused on the idea that people tend to say “I’ll be happy when…I have a boyfriend, I get engaged, I get married, I have kids, I graduate from college, I go to grad school, I get a promotion, I get a raise, and more. But we are often only happy for a short amount of time after we reach that goal. Right after it happens we start desiring the next thing and the cycle starts again. The teacher explained that desire isn’t a bad thing, she views desire as a GPS for where we want to go, but that we shouldn’t be afraid to let our goals and desires change. Happiness is internal, you should look for happiness inside instead of looking for it from external places and sources…like work, a boyfriend, getting engaged.


She also recommended that people start a meditation practice by meditating 20 minutes a day (right when you wake up before coffee and breakfast and in the afternoon before dinner). Use guided meditation at first because being alone with your thoughts can seem like torture before you learn how to do it. I often get frustrated with myself when my mind wanders during meditation, but she gave helpful advice. One suggestion was to repeat one over and over as your mind wanders. The other is to realize that what you are thinking about is what you really care about at the time. Focus on that! I also enjoyed her suggestion to inhale while thinking “let” and exhale while thinking “go.”

MNDFL Meditation NYC

What to Wear and Bring:

Wear comfortable clothes. They have cushions and everything else you will need for class.


What to Expect:

You feel zen right when you walk in the door. Take your coat and shoes off, get some tea, and relax. The space reminds me of a spa relaxation room meets meditation studio. They want the studio to be a community space where people stay and get to know each other. There is a private meditation room with a living wall that you can meditate in on your own. The studio is filled with plants, neutral colors, comfy pillows, and candles. Stop by the front and look at the books and meditation accessories recommended by the teachers. I bought one of the best books I’ve ever read! Expect to feel relaxed and get a sense of clarity.

MNDFL Meditation

Your first class is $10. If you go (which I recommend) please say I referred you. (Full Disclosure: I will get a free 30 minute class.) (Full Disclosure Two: I will use it to fulfill my goal of taking all of the relevant classes!)

Images via MNDFL and my Instagram.

19 Responses to Fitness Files: MNDFL Meditation Review

  1. This sounds like a great place! I started meditating every night before bed. It really relaxes me, but I notice that my mind tends to wander to thoughts from the day. Some days I am able to focus more on my meditation practice than others!

  2. Tracy Schwartz says:

    You are the second person I heard who enjoyed this space. I know it’s new so I am sure popular right now and I hope it stays that way. I started meditating a few months ago. 10 minutes when I wake up and 10 minutes before bed. Made such a difference. I hope to one day get into the city and try this out!

  3. Sara Kate says:

    Wowww that looks amazing!! I wish I had something like this close to me!

    Sara Kate Styling

  4. Alex says:

    This is so interesting! I wanna try it!! Xoxo Alex

  5. This looks like a wonderful place to go to! I wish there was something close to me like this.

  6. Ugh, sounds like I could use this right about now…

  7. I’ve always wanted to try a meditation class, this seems amazing! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  8. Wow! They definitely don’t have anything like this where I live. I would love to go to a place like this. The “I’ll be happy when…” class sounds like something right up my alley.

  9. Teresa says:

    This space looks incredible! I’ve always wanted to try a meditation class. Great post!

  10. mindy says:

    How cool! I need to try this! Xoxo Mindy

  11. Savannah says:

    I’ve never meditated before, its a strange concept to me, but I will try anything once! It seems super cool.

  12. Oh wow! I had no idea that places like this existed. What a cool concept!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  13. adriana says:

    I have always wanted to do something like this! This looks awesome and so relaxing!

  14. kenzie says:

    wow these classes seem absolutely amazing! I have never heard of anything like this before. I love that they give you cushions, and the atmosphere looks so nice. x, kenz

  15. Wow, I wish we had a place like this in Orlando! I’d really love to improve my meditation skills!

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