Places to Meditate and Get Out Of Your Head in San Francisco
The universe, while judicious, is also random and cruel. (Read: it’s Tuesday.)
San Francisco is an odd urban mix of chaos and serenity. Yoga and meditation studios are just as wide spread and culturally acceptable as 80-hour workweeks and $4,000 rental prices. So, naturally, our slice of Northern California is teeming with little nooks and crannies to find zen in, cut-off from the white-noise of the city space around them. Here are our five picks to chill out and reclaim your sanity within.
Take your Monday—or anyday—woes to the end of the cliff and, metaphorically speaking, toss them aside. The softer sands by the Lands End Labyrinth offer the ideal bit of terra firma to sprawl out atop of and, as Paltrow said, “Earthing.” (No, burying your feet in soil and sand won't cure your insomnia, no matter what Gweny says—but time spent outside is invaluable, nevertheless.)
Audium is the only theatre of its kind in the world, pioneering the exploration of space in music and shapes. The theatre's 176 speakers bathe listeners in sounds that move past, over, and under them. "Sound sculptures" are performed in darkness in the 49-seat theatre. (There are also copious amounts of small open spaces for the taking; embrace the merits of five-minute mindfulness in them.)
Literally let your daily stresses melt away in a saline pool of buoyant water. Float Spa is a sanctuary for you to decompress and recover from the physical and mental stress of daily life. Let go of your worries and leave recharged, refreshed and reborn.
As the saying goes: get the ‘ef out of Dodge and head for the hills to find peace. (Orwell, something like that.) Hawk Hill, situated atop the already vertically inclined Marin HEadlands, has endless amounts of flattened-out patches of level hillside to lay a yoga mat out on and center yourself again. (Also, be sure to snag a killer IG after the fact.)
Underneath the old-world monolithic and Corinthian pillars, solace can be found. Granted, midday on weekends might be a bit more crowded than one would care for, but, during the work week, expect a more inviting, less-crowded atmosphere.
Sound Meditation SF particularly praises and follows the tradition of Nada Yoga, an ancient Indian system of philosophy, medicine and yoga that focuses on sound vibrations. Their team focuses on the use of ancient Tibetan instruments, particularly gongs and crystal singing bowls. While also incorporating shamanic drums, hang drums, ocean drums, koshi chimes, tingshe chimes, harps, Native American Flutes and more. Sound Meditation San Francisco is an impact-driven project founded by Guy Douglas 'The Gong Guy' and Simona Asinovski in 2016. Since then, the team has grown tremendously.