Lunchtime Meditation At The Three Jewels

Meditation has always been something that’s intrigued me (remember, it was on my summer to-do list!).  While I practice yoga on the regular, it’s never been much of a zen activity for me…let’s chalk this up to the fact that I like hot yoga, and it’s hard to be zen when you have about a gallon of sweat dripping down your face at any given moment.  Gross, I know.

And of course if Michael Scott from The Office (i.e. my favorite tv show, ever!) tries it…

I digress.


I heard about a downtown meditation class that occurs mornings for an hour and lunchtime for half an hour.  A quick 30 minute lunchtime meditation seemed like the perfect time to give it a try, no?  Our meditation instructor at The Three Jewels told us we could either meditate in the seated position or laying down on a yoga mat…either was fine as long as our spine was straight.  I’ll let you guess which one I opted for;-)


Closing our eyes, she walked us through some calming words, encouraging us to first pay attention to all the sounds around us (water faucet dripping! cabs honking! classmates breathing! ahhhh the stimulation!), and then for us to let go of those sounds completely and to focus on our breathing.  On the inhale and exhale.  On that moment.  (Yes, the cabs were still honking but I did my best to ignore, promise!)

Thirty minutes was the exact right amount of time for me.  Anymore and I probably would have been snoring away in class, zenned to the max with a lunchtime snoozer.

The Verdict

If meditation is something you’re interested in, I’d absolutely encourage you to try out a class.  They are donation based ($7), but will never turn anyone away for funds…so technically, yes, you can go for free.  If you have a tendency to get super relaxed (read: on the verge of sleeping), I’d suggest giving the seated meditation pose a try first.

If I worked in the hood I would definitely take advantage of the lunchtime zen sessions as a way to relax, but being much further uptown and having a preference for sweat over zzz’s, I’ll be sticking to the hot yoga.

Have you ever tried meditation?  Should I give it another try?  Share your thoughts below!


By: Jessica Tiare Bowen




  • Maria Falvey says:

    Looks like a great place to take a break from the goings-on in life. Even if you can’t achieve a blank state of mind, just to sit and be in that space would be helpful to me.

    • Used York City says:

      Exactly! The coolness of the room and getting out of the hot NYC sun brings a zen-like state almost immediately:-)

  • Vini @dndb says:

    A unique way to spend the lunch hour! But I donno how to clear up my head for meditation! I always wander off! Not my cuppa tea!

  • Mike says:

    What a fantastic, constructive way to spend your lunch hour, Jess! I have practiced meditation and saying positive mantras for a long time now. That Office video was HYSTERICAL!! re: “…keep your knees together…” LOL!!! :)

    • Used York City says:

      Haha, isn’t it too funny?! I’m a little obsessed with The Office and try to reference it as much as possible;-)

  • Richa Saxena says:

    Thats indeed awesome! I have tried a bit of meditation & it really helps to cam down…There are not many classes around but I had love to incorporate some yoga and meditation on a regular basis :)

    • Used York City says:

      That’s awesome! I should try to incorporate a few minutes of quiet meditation before my yoga sessions;-)

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