Meditation Practices


Meditation Practices


Living Christ Sangha: A Meditation Practice and Community
Sunday afternoons, 3 - 4:45 pm

Each Sunday afternoon our community meets for meditation practice, ending by 4:45 pm to allow members to attend the 5 pm Eucharist if they wish. The practices are simple and instructions are provided. Our weekly practice consists of: sitting meditation; walking meditation; a second round of sitting meditation; a Dharma reading; and Dharma sharing. Once a month, we recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings, with precepts for living a happy and constructive life. All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. 

Meditation Mondays
Mondays, 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Church (except holidays—including Easter Monday)

Meditation Mondays is part of an aspiring health and wellness program at St. Bart's, specifically targeting the midtown business community during the busy workweek.

We provide a meditative space into which you are invited for an hour of individual meditation, contemplation, centering, breathing, or prayer—whatever soothes and relaxes your soul. Some folks sit for 5 minutes, others the entire hour. In our fast-paced city, any amount of meditation can be beneficial. The meditation is not guided; it is "public personal" meditation. We provide the space and the calming music. All you need to do is show up and stay as long as you desire.

iRest®—Yoga Nidra
Monday evenings, 5:45 - 6:45 pm in the Church (except holidays)
iRest will NOT meet the following dates: 7/8, 7/15, 7/29 and 8/26. 

Release tension and gain resiliency with guided and deeply restorative iRest yoga nidra. This research-based practice is used in hospitals and clinics, hospices, VA hospitals, military bases and more. Led by a community of those trained in the iRest protocol, documented benefits include decreased anxiety, insomnia, depression, PTSD, chronic pain and chemical dependency.

Gathering for this meditation practice will begin at 5:45 pm. Doors will close at 6 pm. Learn more about iRest here.

Centering Prayer
Mondays 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Vestry Room, through August 26th.
This prayer method helps us to quiet our busy minds and listen deeply to God’s presence in our lives. St. Bart’s parishioner Kathleen Breiten will lead us in Monday night sessions, 6:30–7:30 pm, through August 26th. All are invited. The group meets in the Vestry Room.* Enter at 109 East 50th Street.
*On June 24, July 22, and August 26, Centering Prayer meets in Room 44.

Tuesday evenings, 5:30 - 7 pm in the Church

Yoga can be a means to improving your physical, mental and spiritual health! If you are tired of competing with others for space in the cramped midtown studios, then please join us for weekly Yoga in the architectural splendor of our Church. Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7 pm. Drop in whenever you are available and bring your friends. Please note: this class is BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat!) Classes are free, but donations are encouraged to help fund the instructors.

Yoga Instructors

August 6 - Viviana Papayannis (hatha)
August 13 - Francesca Caviglia (vinyasa)
August  20 - Viviana Papayannis (hatha)
August 27 - Francesca Caviglia (vinyasa)

September 3 - Viviana Papayannis (hatha)
September 10 - Francesca Caviglia (vinyasa)
September 17 - Viviana Papayannis (hatha)
September 24 - Francesca Caviglia (vinyasa)

Tai Chi
Tai Chi is temporarily on hiatus. If you would like to be contacted for future Tai Chi offerings, please email

Candlelit Yoga with Acoustic Music
3rd Thursday of each month, 7 – 8:30 pm in the church

Lit only by candles, start the evening with kirtan—uplifting heart songs—accompanied by live acoustic music. Ignite the soul and then awaken the mind-body with a 60-minute Slow Deep Flow yoga practice that develops strength and flexibility, cultivates mindfulness and deep inward reflection.

This special yoga series is hosted by Ling Spice Sadhaka, retreat leader and yoga festival presenter known for her Slow Deep Flow style; and Darren Marc, a sacred music artist who has been considered for a Grammy.

Cost: by donation. Bring your own mat. (Limited community mats available, first come first served. All levels welcome and open to beginners. Please RSVP:

For information on any of these meditation practices, contact David Bryan, Liturgy Coordinator.