What’s worth your time, money, and sweat this week in wellness? Read more to find out about events in and around the city that will leave you feeling well and good.
Wednesday, October 6: Kombucha with Eric Childs You don’t need Whole Foods as a ‘buch dealer after all. Learn how to make your own (and why you should) from Brooklyn’s beloved “Kombuchman” at the Brooklyn Kitchen. Wellness perks: There are lots of uses and benefits of the fermented health elixir, one of which is sharing the scoby spawns with your pals. www.thebrooklynkitchen.com
Friday, October 8: Live Light! Open-Level Vinyasa YogaWorks Soho hosts a Vinyasa flow class with celebrity yoga instructor, Kristin McGee, to benefit Live Light Live Right, an organization that combats childhood obesity in under-served New York City communities. Suggested donation is $25. Wellness perks: Win a free yoga mat from Manduka. www.yogaworks.com
Tuesday, October 12: The Thrifty Chef: Meals for Under $10 Whole Foods’ Culinary Center educator Wai Chu, a Natural Gourmet Institute grad and cookbook author, teaches how to cook healthy, delicious meals for less. Will his first tip be to stop buying prepared foods (WF’s cash cow)? Cost to attend isn’t super cheap at $55 but you’ll walk out with four meals under your belt. Wellness perks: Menu items are vegetarian, and include international recipes, including a seasonal Kabocha Squash and Swiss Chard Lasagna. www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Saturday, October 16th: The Ultimate Blend: An Afternoon of Asana and Vino Kula Yoga Project and New York Vintners present a 90-minute open level (read: challenging) yoga class with Summer Shirey followed by two hours of organic wine tasting and food pairing. Wellness Perks: The antioxidants found in wine are good for fighting free radicals formed in the body by exercise? www.newyorkvintners.com
Sunday, October 17: Warrior Body Urban Retreat Laurie Gerber, the smart, warm, and hilariously honest president of the Handel Group Life Coaching, and Patricia Moreno, the powerhouse founder of the popular Equinox workout IntenSati, host a full day of life coaching and intense workouts. Wellness Perks: Physical meets metaphysical—a rare and potent opportunity for personal growth outside of Canyon Ranch. www.handelgroup.com
Sunday, October 17: Shiatsu Workshop: Harvesting Sublime Summer for an Abundant Autumn Ease the transition from summer to fall by learning the basic principles and techniques of Shiatsu, a Japanese healing art, from experienced practitioner Shandoah Goldman at Bend & Bloom yoga in Park Slope. Wellness perks: Attendees will receive a voucher for $20 off a future one-hour Shiatsu session with Goldman, which we encourage you to use ASAP. www.bendandbloom.com