NYC is a city of contradictions: it’s probably one of the most hectic, busy and stressful places in America – and yet it there are wellness, relaxation, exercise and green-eating destinations around every corner, a million little health havens where one can rejuvenate and press Restart.
Here at Tata Harper, we strive to strike that happy balance between busy and bliss, and bring that mindset of finding wellness everywhere into everyday practice. New York City is one place we find it easy to do so, if we stick to Tata’s list of favorites. Having kept NYC as a home-base for years, Tata has her key spots for a healthy, energizing bite to eat, a heavenly spa treatment, or a yoga session – and here they are below, for your health and enjoyment!
For a revitalizing Yoga session, Tata recommends Exhale Spa, a wellness center for the mind and body. They have locations all over New York, including in Soho, Central Park South and Gramercy, so you won’t have to go far – Tata recommends their Exhale Power Yoga classes for how fun and physically challenging it is. After a busy day, their Exhale Chill classes are divine – super restorative and balancing for a session of mental and physical centering.
In fact – we’ve teamed up with some spas to organize Yoga Glow events, an evening of Yoga + Tata Harper Skincare. How does a yoga session (with poses that increase blood flow to the face to revitalize the skin), a period of meditation and then a Tata Harper Masterclass with mini facials sound?? Stay tuned on our Blog and Facebook to find out when a Yoga Glow is coming to you!
There’s nothing like a fresh-pressed juice to kickstart your mood and energy in the middle of the day, just when you’re ready to go home and take a nap. Tata’s a huge fan of Organic Avenue - they are true experts at the art of creating the healthiest, cold pressed and raw juices and cleansing programs. If you ever have a really indulgent weekend and feel like your system needs a restart, head straight to one of their many stores (or their website) and load up. Your body will thank you.
We’ve teamed up with them for the LOVE*Beauty cleanse, a combo of a Tata Harper Deep Skin Cleanse, and an Organic Avenue body detox. Take your pick between 1 and 3 days of wellness, and treat your skin and body to the freshest skin and body care, ever.
What is there not to love about a restaurant that is “passionately committed to offering the freshest organic & local ingredients possible”? Especially in a city, where you really have to dig into the food scene to find locally produced foods – though it seems like the trend is building steam and that those options are becoming more and more available. ABC Kitchen is a restaurant Tata frequents, and their menu is loaded with skin-friendly recipes like roasted beets with homemade yogurt, and roasted carrot and avocado salad.
There aren’t many meals that leave you feeling healthier than fresh Sushi, and for that Tata heads to Nobu New York. Their menu is tantalizingly fresh, and the ambiance is cool and upscale, perfect for a healthy night out on the town.
Tenoverten at Le Parker Meridien offers nontoxic manicures and pedicures - for those that love the luxury of a nail treatment without the weird toxins, like Tata. They have their own line of 5-free nailpolishes in a variety of cute colors, so be sure to shop their shelves while you’re in there.
And for a really good blow-out (in the prettiest, sunniest salon), visit the Dry Bar. Their thing is No Cuts. No Color. Just Blowouts – so, naturally, they’re experts. Oh, and they wash, too, and host awesome parties!
For the ultimate rejuvenating spa experience, Tata heads to the Great Jones Spa. Talk about a balancing experience: their mission is to “inspire health and happiness through wholeness and balance.” Their Water Lounge is Tata’s particular favorite, for its river rock sauna and thermal hot tub – especially for a session that warms one up to the core during the chilly winter months.
Donna Karan’s Urban Zen is a foundation that “creates, connects and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures, and empowering children in mind, body and spirit.” A powerful mission if there ever was one. Tata, a fan of Donna Karan’s designer line, is especially inspired by their focus on children’s wellness: they incorporate nutrition and yoga into their programs to support healthy growth. Based in New York City, it’s an organization to keep your eye on – they host workshops, lectures and summits annually.
Meditation is a practice that can provide essential stress and anxiety relief from stressful city schedules. Tata heads to the Tibet House, which is an amazing resource for learning to incorporate meditation into your life. They host discussions, film events, traditional Tibetan music events and mediation classes for learning to improve meditation at every level.
What are your favorite wellness places in NYC? Share here so we can all continue to find find peace, beauty in bliss in the city that never sleeps!