Healthy ways to commemorate September 11th

women doing yoga and meditationSeptember 11th is always a day heavy with emotion. And this year, the feeling is compounded by the fact that Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

For some New Yorkers, a dedicated yoga class or a loving-kindness meditation might feel like the perfect way to address the day, manage its stress, and honor the lives lost.

So we’ve curated a list of events and activities that mark the anniversary in healthy ways.


By Love Alone: A Day of Meditation
Pack a lunch and hop a ferry to the Parade Grounds on Governor’s Island, where some of New York City’s leading mediation teachers will lead a public practice of loving-kindness contemplation. 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., free, The Parade Grounds on Governor’s Island, www.theidproject.org

Honoring 9/11: Transforming Trauma from the Mind to the Body
Jill Satterfield, founder of Vajra Yoga & Meditation, teaches “experiential practices aimed at easing memories from the body with kindness and skill.” 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., $108, The Tibet House, 22 W. 15th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves.), www.tibethouse.us


Yoga For The Fallen: 9/11 Memorial Practice
This outdoor 90-minute slow flow vinyasa, led by Reflections Yoga founder and director Paula Tursi, will honor New York City firefighters. The class features live music and is free, but donations given will benefit Hell’s Kitchen Engine 54, Ladder Company 4. 5:00–7:30 p.m., free, Ritz Plaza Fireman’s Memorial Park, 235 W. 48th St. (between 7th and 8th Aves.), Hell’s Kitchen, www.yogaforthefallen.eventbrite.com

9/11 Memorial Yoga Flow and Meditation
Alison West leads a free reflective yoga and mediation class to commemorate the anniversary at her brand new studio, Yoga Union. 10:00 a.m.–noon, free, 37 W. 28th St. (between Broadway and 6th Ave.), 4th Floor, Chelsea, www.yogaunion.com

Reflections Yoga

Photo: Reflections Yoga

Laughing Lotus Benefit Class
All proceeds from Dana Flynn’s Sunday Revival class will be donated to Tuesday’s Children, an organization that provides support for families impacted by 9/11.  And teachers in all classes will include a loving-kindness meditation and a moment of silence in remembrance. Revival class, noon–1:35 p.m., $17, 59 W. 19th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves.), www.nyc.laughinglotus.com

Yoga Vida Silent Reflection Class
Both Yoga Vida locations will offer a silent noon class to remember and honor the anniversary. 12:00–1:15 p.m., $10, 99 University Pl. (between 11th and 12th Sts.), 6th Fl., Union Square, and 666 Broadway (between Bleecker and Bond Sts.), 3rd Floor, Noho, www.yogavida.com

Team Red, White and Blue

(Photo: Team Red, White and Blue)


9/11 Heroes Run
Run or walk this 5K on Randall’s Island to support the Travis Manion Foundation, an organization that funds fellowships for wounded and disabled veterans, scholarships, and seminars for families who have lost loved ones in combat (most of whom were sent to war as a direct result of 9/11). Runners in 16 states and 6 countries will be completing the race with you. 9:00 a.m., $35, 20 Randall’s Island, www.911heroesrun.com

9/11 Memorial Run 
Run on the 6-mile loop in Liberty State Park from 9:00 a.m. until sundown, in a moving tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. Proceeds benefit Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit that helps wounded veterans reintegrate into society. 7:30 a.m., $50, Liberty State Park, 200 Morris Pesin Dr., Jersey City, NJ, www.teamrwb.org

Did we miss a healing, healthy activity on 9/11? Tell us about it the Comments area, below!

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  1. September 9th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Did an amazing 5 borough 100mile bike ride with the NYC Bridgerollers for September 11, 2010.
    Looking forward to this years ride as well.

    Check out the pics!!!

    there isnt a website or any online info. Not an organized or supported event. But if you are down show up at the Bowery Nike Stadium around noon on Sunday.

  2. September 9th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks, Sarah!

  3. September 9th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    […] gatherings in yoga and Buddhist communities around North America. Yoga Journal Buzz Blog and Well+Good NYC have good round-ups of events. – listen ~ the fantastic radio show On Being recorded a […]

  4. September 10th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    We are truly pleased that the 9/11 Memorial Flow Class and Meditation for Peace at the new Yoga Union studio was included in this round-up of 9/11 events. The class is already full to capacity. If you were planning to come, make sure to email Nikki D’Agostino ([email protected]) for possible openings.

  5. September 13th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    […] amidst the 9/11 hats, t-shirts, special wine vintages and coin collectibles were more meaningful events such as the various yoga classes held by Reflections, Laughing Lotus and a free yoga flow and […]

  6. September 19th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Health affirming Commemorative events continue throughout the Fall including this Sunday’s Tunnel to Towers Run/walk with Free Acupuncture and Massage at the finish line. We’re expecting up to 30,000 runners/walkers!

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