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The Week in Wellness: Sept. 23-Oct.1

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.

Sunday, September 26: Yoga at Your Desk: Bringing Peace and Energy to your Day Job The Urban Girl Squad hosts a yoga class and nutrition seminar that will have you chanting Om while you work. Led by break-dancing yoga teacher Anya Porter and nutritionist Elissa Silver. Wellness perks: Nutritious fare from The Cupping Room and Gnosis Chocolate, and a free week pass and discounted membership to the recently Well+Good-reviewed YogaWorks.

Sunday, September 26: Tunnel to Towers 5K This commemorative run through the Brooklyn-Battery tunnel into lower Manhattan honors Stephen Siller, a NYC firefighter who was killed in the 9/11 rescue efforts. Wellness perks: Feel good about your body and your city—all proceeds benefit the pediatric unit of the NYC Firefighter Burn Center.

Tuesday, September 28: Market Dinner at New Leaf Slow Food NYC hosts a four-course dinner of seasonal, local fare at New Leaf, Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project restaurant. Optional two-course wine or beer pairing included, for those of us who sometimes need a break from a vigilant no-wine-during-the-week policy. Wellness perks: super-careful sourcing of menu items and dinner with others who really care about that.

Wednesday, September 29: New Green City GrowNYC hosts NYC’s largest annual green event in Union Square Park. Featuring interactive exhibits, DIY tutorials, multi-media art exhibits, and the Union Square Greenmarket. Wellness perks: Grab the last of summer’s Heirloom tomatoes before they disappear or welcome the new season with a bag of fresh-and-crisp NY State apples.

Friday, October 1: Laughing Lotus Anniversary Party Although it feels like just yesterday that Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi opened Laughing Lotus Yoga in Chelsea, the studio is turning 10. The studio is celebrating its big anniversary with a Bhangra Bollywood Dance Jamm and Kirtan with SistaShree and her Holy Awesome Band. Events are free, but donations are accepted. Wellness perks: Community + dancing = love. (Although we admittedly feel a little awkard dancing in barefeet and yoga pants.)


Thursday, September 23: Summer Shirey Retreat Act now for a super-last-minute chance to join Summer Shirey (of Bend&Bloom, Kula, and Yoga Sole) for a long weekend at the Waterfall House in the Catskills. The retreat features six yoga classes, each with a different focus such as hip opening and balancing poses. Email Summer at to register. Welllness perks: Three waterfalls with swimming holes—your last chance at outdoor swimming before the fall chill sets in.

Friday, October 1: Yoga Fusion Retreat A handful of great instructors from Manhattan (Ashtanga and music with Scott Harig of Pure Yoga and yogi-DJ Derek Beres) and Brooklyn (Tara Glazier of Abhaya in Dumbo) team up with yogis at the Kripalu Center in the Berkshires for fall fusion weekend. Wellness perks: Six different styles of yoga, and an all-levels, no-experience-required retreat, so you can recruit a brand-new yogi, who’ll be happy, while getting your practice on.