10 Philly Studios Where You Can Take Meditation Classes
Take a moment to stop, breathe, and think.
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We live in a world and a city where it’s GO, GO, GO, and mental stimulation is constant. From Instagram-induced FOMO to all those dang push notifications, there’s hardly ever any peace and quiet in our lives. Unless you specifically seek it out, that is.
To that end, we recommend you check out this list of 10 local studios — each of which offers at least one meditation class per week — to help give yourself a mental break while learning tactics to help manage stressful situations with ease. Whether you’re a meditation pro or a total newbie, you’ll find a class here for you.
Where: 1102 Pine Street, Washington Square West
Classes offered: As you can expect from the name, this center has a bunch of meditation classes that follow the Kadampa Buddhist tradition. Don’t worry if you’re not well-versed in the style, though; no experience is required for any of the sessions. Check out the Sunday morning and Tuesday evening classes ($15 each) for guided meditations and a lesson on a Buddhist tenet, or the free Wednesday class at 8 a.m. to learn more about specific meditations outlined in Buddhist doctrine.
Where: 2001 Green Street, Fairmount
Classes offered: At this Fairmount yoga and barre studio, you can enjoy “Mindful Flow and Meditation,” a moderately-paced class that connects breath and movement. The 75-minute class runs on Fridays at 9:45 a.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
Where: 1100 Pine Street, Washington Square West
Classes offered: Mama’s Wellness Joint offers two meditation-based classes. Their Restorative Kundalini and Meditation aims to reduce stress and tension, while reinvigorating your body and mind. (Kundalini literally means energy, which you’ll be building with meditations and movements, inspired by breath.) If you want a musically immersive experience, opt for a sound bath meditation class, which incorporates soothing tones from gongs, crystal bowls, and the human voice. Class is often taught by Luna Maye, the queen of sound bath in Philly.
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Where: 312 East Girard Avenue, Fishtown
Classes offered: At Mantra Lounge in Fishtown, you can find Kirtan — meditation set to live music. Throughout the class, there’s also collective call and response and repeated mantras so you can set intentions and tune into what your mind really needs. Participants are welcome to sit and relax or get up and dance! At the end of this $10 Tuesday evening class, you’ll refuel with some vegan fare.
Where: 1707 East Passyunk Avenue, Passyunk
Classes offered: Tuesdays are for transcending at Palo Santo. From 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday evening, the studio hosts a donation-based meditation and mantra session. Expect a guided meditation session focusing on breathwork and mantra chanting. The studio also incorporates meditation into several of its yoga offerings, including their Vinyasa and Bhakti flow and sunrise Vinyasa classes.
Where: 724 South 20th Street, Graduate Hospital
Classes offered: In addition to the many meditation retreats and meditation teacher trainings gracing Raja’s calendar, the schedule features a weekly seated meditation class (with yoga preparation) on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The class begins with 30 minutes of yoga to loosen up the body, followed by guided and self meditation in a comfortable seated position. They also host special programs throughout the year, like an eight-week yoga and meditation course for older adults.
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Where: 1233 Locust Street, Midtown Village
Classes offered: Sanctuary Yoga’s schedule features “Mindfulness Meditation,” a 30-minute guided meditation utilizing yogic and mindfulness techniques every day of the week (and sometimes two or three times a day!). This session is open to everyone, whether you’ve practice meditation for years or are just looking for a few peaceful moments.
Where: 2030 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse
Classes offered: Join this local chapter following Shambhala Buddhist teachings for free (although donations are welcome) public meditations from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sundays. Check the calendar for a full list of introductory programs if you’re interested in more of a guided experience.
Where: 1856 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown
Classes offered: Vitality’s schedule is chock-full of different meditation classes — ranging from intro classes where you can literally ask questions (kind of what all newbies yearn for, right?) to classes focused on breath, an open heart, or mindfulness. Plus, after your zen session, get a massage for ultimate relaxation.
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Where: 4904 Cedar Avenue, West Philadelphia
Classes offered: If you’re looking for an intense experience, head to this center affiliated with the Ordinary Mind Zen School. The group meets Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon for three series of meditations, a talk, and private interviews with the teacher. Wednesday evenings are similar except only two meditations take place. (Both days are donation-based.) The organization also holds all-day meditations ($20 to $25) on the fourth Saturday of every month.
Additional reporting by Mary Clare Fischer and Laura Brzyski.