Super late on posting this, but I wanted to share some healthy New Year’s Eve options! I’ve done yoga on NYE for the past four years (at home, in the Bahamas, and here in NYC), and it leaves you WAY less broke and hungover than the typical celebration. And if your New Year’s resolution is to do yoga, you’ve started the very first minute on the right foot.
From sweaty vinyasa to silent meditation, here are some favorite activities for the night.
The round up for NYE 2010/2011:
Silent Meditation at Jivamukti — Wonderful event in the center of the city. Three-hour silent meditation, then chanting and talk with Sharon Gannon and David Life. I went to the meditation last year, the huge center was knee-to-knee cozy full. This year they’re doing a whole week of master classes for the week following.
5–7 pm Master Class with Sharon and David
7–8 pm Vegan Dinner in the Jivamuktea Café ($85 for class and dinner)
8–9 pm Kirtan with Sanga!
9–12am Silent Meditation (FREE)
12–12:30am Chanting & New Year’s Message from Sharon and David
PLUS master classes at the Prince George Ballroom January 1st–7th
AcroYoga at Om Factory — For a more lively vibe, head up to the Garment District for some partner vinyasa, partner acrobatics, and Thai massage. You don’t need to bring a friend; you’ll find plenty of them there. Come back the next afternoon for 108 Sun Salutations with Emilia Conradson!
Champagne toast at midnight!
$40 pre-registered; $50 at the door
Kundalini at Golden Bridge — You’ll have a whole new kind of buzz after three hours of kundalini yoga (including meditation, chanting, and trance dance). Great company, great space in Nolita.
$60 advance ($68 day of) includes Indian food, sweets, and chai tea
Vinyasa Jam and/or Kirtan at Laughing Lotus — More fun, and serious rock stars, at Chelsea’s most colorful studio. Sweat and flow with the wonderful Mary Dana Abbott, and stick around to chant your head off with the legendary Bhagavan Das. Go ahead and register, it will fill up.
8–9:30pm — Class with Mary Dana Abbott
10–12am — Kirtan with Bhagavan Das
$20 for the yoga class
$50 for the kirtan (in advance, $60 at the door)
Prana Flow at Sonic Yoga — An amazing troupe of yoga people will be partying at the newly expanded Sonic Yoga (Shiva Rea’s NYC base camp) in Midtown West. Simon Park, Lori McAlister, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, and more. Yummy food and raw chocolate drinks!
7pm — Prana Flow Yoga Classes
10pm — Abundance Meditation
10:30pm — Kirtan and Live Music
11:30pm — Midnight Yoga Trance Dance
Midnight — Champagne/sparkling cider toast
$40 advance / $50 at event
Proceeds go to: REBUILD GLOBALLY for Haiti Brock Cahill’s Environmental Project
Guided Meditation at Vishwa Dharma Mandalam — Slow down and clear your mind with some mantras and meditation in the East Village.
8:30 pm — Recitation of the Shanti Mantras (“the sound vibrations of peace,” believed to remove all obstacles)
10 pm — Art Performance by Radha Devi
10:30 pm — Guided Meditation
11 pm — Live Kirtan (devotional chanting)
$21 suggested donation
108 Sun Salutations at Integral — If you already have plans, prep for your evening with the yoga version of a marathon: 108 sun salutations. (It’s not as bad as it sounds, you really get into a zone after about 20.) Integral’s old-school West Village vibe is its own treat.
Quantum Mind Intensive at the New York Hilton — I have no idea what this is but it sounds awesome. I would like a quantum mind. It’s only $400…
Friday, 31 Dec 2010, 7:30 PM–12:30 AM
Saturday, 1 Jan 2011, 10 AM–5 PM
$200 for each day
More? Jo Brill is leading a Sanskrit retreat upstate the following week.
Still more? Let us know in the comments.