Even after a dozen years, September 11 is a hard day. It brings up painful memories, fears, and sadness—especially for New Yorkers.
One way to get through? Commemorate it in a wellness way, by engaging in some spiritual reflection during a yoga class or running out your fears for charity. Here are three wellness ways to honor the day… —Lisa Elaine Held
Patriot Day 5K
Roosevelt Island, September 7, 8:00 a.m.
This race honoring 9/11 victims takes place in 12 cities around the country, but the New York event is the centerpiece. Your entry fee will be divided among six charities that address different populations affected by the day, like families of the victims, first responders, and veterans. www.patriotday5K.com
9/11 Heroes Run
Randall’s Island, September 8, 9:00 a.m.
You can run or walk 3.1 miles to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, which works to help veterans and military families who have lost their loved ones to war. www.travismanion.org
9/11 Charity Memorial Class with Raghunath
The Bhakti Center, September 11, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
The beloved Raghunath comes back to town to lead a sweaty vinyasa flow class that will focus on loss, sacrifice, acceptance, and more, followed by kirtan and a discussion. Fifty percent of your $40 ticket will benefit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Fund. If you want to stay and work on your handstands, it’s also the kick-off of an advanced 100-hour teacher training with the founder of Flight School. www.bhakticenter.org
9/11 Yoga Practice
Ritz Plaza Firefighters’ Memorial Park, September 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Stonehenge hosts an outdoor FDNY tribute yoga class and meditation taught by Reflections Yoga founder Paula Tursi and ISHTA’s Sarah Platt Finger. Your suggested $10 donation goes to the UFA Widow’s and Children’s Fund and the class will end with a special ringing of the bell by the firefighers of Engine 54. www.reflectionsyoga.com