Stressed-out New Yorkers now have a new way to find inner peace, as a new meditation center opens in the city.
Founded by Khajak Keledjian, the man behind luxury designer stores Intermix, Keledjian's new project Inscape opened on Monday in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan, reports Vogue.
Spurred on by the stress of running his own fashion retail business, Keledjian began meditating seriously back in 2007. However rather than heading to a meditation center, not finding one that suited his needs, he instead chose to practice in his own home. However despite the lack of a studio he still reports that meditation "made his brain clearer and his body fitter."
He has now decided to use his own practice as inspiration behind to open up his first meditation center, a modern oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of downtown New York.
The 5,000-square-foot mindfulness center includes two studios, both designed by the Dutch architect Winka Dubbeldam, who has created a modern and artistic space. The larger studio, the Dome Room, resembles the wood temples of Burning Man, complete with LED lighting, stylish meditation props, and comforting alpaca blankets from Ecuador. The smaller studio, the Alcove Room, will showcase a variety of artists' works.
The classes are perhaps surprisingly teacher-free, with Keledjian predicting that this will be one of the big selling points of Inscape. Instead the sessions will be guided by an audio program that take you through mantra, focus, and mindfulness styles for a duration of either 33, 44, 66, or 88 minutes.
For those who can't make it to the center, Inscape also has launched its own app, which offers guided meditations, sound baths, relaxation techniques, and breathing exercises, so we can all add some mindfulness to our day.
More information on studio classes can be found on the Inscape website.
The app can be downloaded from the iTunes store now for monthly $12.99 and yearly $89.99 subscriptions.