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)

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
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. All are invited. The group meets in the Vestry Room. Enter at 109 East 50th Street.

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

January 7: Viviana Papayannis (Hatha)
January 14: Francesca Caviglia (Vinyasa)
January 21: Viviana Papayannis (Hatha)
January 28: Francesca Caviglia (Vinyasa)

February 4: Viviana Papayannis (Hatha)
February 11: Francesca Caviglia (Vinyasa)
February 18: Viviana Papayannis (Hatha)
February 25: 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

Monthly Candlelit Urban Yoga Retreat
3rd Thursday of each month, 7 – 8:30 pm in the Church

 Surrounded by candles in the beautiful vaulted spaces of St. Bartholomew’s Church, awaken the mind-body with a slow, deep flow yoga practice. Each monthly class has a different theme and brings together a diverse community of practitioners. Past monthly events have featured live sitar music, Aryurvedic themes, and sound bowl healing meditations. If you would like to deepen your knowledge of yoga and meditation, and meet like-minded individuals, this is the class for you. Please see Yoga NYC Meet Up for RSVP information:

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