ZEN IN THE CITY – Manhattan’s Meditative Side…

In trendsetting New York, a string of wellness venues are 
taking the meditation experience to new heights. Here are 
five places around Manhattan to get in the zone.

INSCAPE

Opened last November in the “fitness district” of Flatiron, Inscape offers a secular meditation experience in its striking wood-and-canvas Dome room and a second, more intimate studio, with 30–45 minute audio-guided sessions tailored to deep rest, deep breathing, and visualization. There’s also a curated retail space stocked with a wealth of remedies (1-646/952-0706).

https://inscape.life
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WELLNESS ALERT: Sacred Nap at the Four Seasons Sayan in Bali

At one of the world’s most luxurious resorts, a resident Buddhist nun is rocking well-heeled folk to sleep…

This is not a drill. We are exhausted. We work far longer than we have ever before. Our adrenal glands are shot. We probably drink too much coffee. We aren’t moving enough. The National Sleep Foundation reports that most of us aren’t sleeping well.  And according to Dr. Oz, sleep is the ‘single biggest underappreciated health problem’ in the world.

Which brings me the newly devised ‘Sacred Nap’ on the menu at the Four Seasons Sayan (http://www.fourseasons.com/sayan) in Bali.  When I recently stayed at this stunning resort and was invited to experience this new experience and I was like YES PLEASE!  For someone like me who is prone to insomnia, the most beneficial spa treatments are always those that coax me into a deep slumber for an hour or so.
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Melbourne’s urban sanctuaries…

During the summer, I spent a month exploring Melbourne’s urban sanctuaries and quite frankly,  I was impressed. This beautiful cultured city is bursting with offerings. Here’s my hot list…

What is it with Melbournites and their obsession with float tanks? Over the last few years, a number of very cool float pod venues have opened. These include Beyond Rest (https://beyondrest.com.au) in  Gravity Flotation Centre (https://www.gravityfloat.com.au) in Armadale. A one-hour float in one of these cocoon-shaped pods filled with warm salty water feels very healing.
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