The center is located in Midtown East (5th ave/30th st.) and was surprisingly comforting and calming. Though I could still hear street noise from below, the meditation room was light and airy, mostly empty with tall ceilings and big windows and hard wood floors, so it felt nice to be in that space. Legless chairs were arranged in a circle and most of the chairs filled up, probably about 15 people filled the circle.
The teacher started with a quick introduction and asked us to briefly introduce ourselves, sharing our names, occupation and what brought us to this class. It was relatively painless and kind of interesting. There was a guy dressed in an expensive suit who works in real-estate, a pretty Russian woman who was late, a young pediatrician in a sexy red dress, a guy that was clearly smitten with my friend, and a guy with some sinus issues included in the group. And of course me and my friend. I said that I worked in costumes and also was a brand new yoga teacher and that I wanted to work on my non-existent meditation practice. She commented, "wow". I wasn't sure exactly why she said wow, but I thought it was kind of nice. I suppose it's possible that she could have been judging me for being a yoga teacher who doesn't have a meditation practice, but I really don't think she was ;)
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Afterwards, we shared a little about our experiences as the circle was opened up for questions. At first people asked some good, reasonable questions about how to focus, what to focus on, and how to take that focus outside of this meditation room. Then at one point one of the questions and the (many) follow up(s) to that question got to be a little annoying, but my friend and I still managed to get out of there without having our meditation buzzes killed completely. :) We both agreed that we felt better exiting the center than we had when we had first entered. I would definitely go again.