No matter how cold it is outside, there’s plenty to do in New York City to keep your mind and body warm and well-balanced. And balance is especially important as we all careen into the holiday season. We’ve rounded up the best end-of-autumn health and wellness happenings—from boot camps at Bandier to salt-room meditations to gluten-free manicures (yes, you read that correctly)—so you can weather both the chill and the crunch of Thanksgiving and beyond.
Weekly Lectures Based on a Course in Miracles, November 14
Marianne Williamson, the world-famous self-help guru whose combined books, including A Return to Love, have sold more than three million copies, will offer a lecture on miracles at the liberal-minded Marble Collegiate Church. Williamson rose to superstar status in the ’90s as one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite guests, and, depending on one’s opinion, is either a remarkable spiritual presence or a purveyor of New Age silliness. But there’s no denying that she is a cultural force—and that she’s a mere subway ride away. Tickets: $20; 1 West 29th Street (at Fifth Avenue), Flatiron
Roots of Yoga Discussion With James Mallinson and Mark Singleton, November 16
Yoga in a library? Almost. Two noted scholars come together to discuss all things yoga at one of the few yoga events these days that doesn’t include a physical practice. For those looking to get a handle on what yoga is and what the principles behind it are, these two speakers will break it down. As for the venue, the New York Society Library is one of the best-kept secrets among New York City writers and readers: a private jewel box of a library whose modest yearly membership fee buys tomblike quiet and access to a small but well-curated selection of new and old titles. This event is open to the public but requires advance reservations. Tickets: $15; 53 East 79th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues), Upper East Side
BootYcamp at StudioB With Surf Yoga Beer, November 17
At this fun “booty-kicking workout,” led by Surf Yoga Beer at Bandier’s StudioB, you’ll focus on strengthening your core, endurance, and confidence. Afterward, reward all that hard work with tacos and beer. Beats a protein shake! Tickets: $25; 164 Fifth Avenue (between West 21st and 22nd Streets), Flatiron
Square Roots Farm Tour, November 28
Square Roots is a collective of Brooklyn urban farmers that supports local growers with technology, education, and community. On this tour, you will meet the farmers, taste real food, and see how overlooked urban spaces can become literal hotbeds of farm life. You can even sign up to have fresh greens delivered directly to your home (or desk). 630 Flushing Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant
Holistic Happening: Salty Yoga + Meditation, December 6
Join NYC fitness blogger Kayla Kleinman and health coach Leslie McDonald for an evening of wellness at Breathe Salt Room on Park Avenue. Fans claim that salt rooms detoxify the respiratory system (people with allergies and asthma have visited them for years) and skin, and promote better sleep. See for yourself at this yoga and meditation class inside the glowing pink Himalayan salt walls. If nothing else, at least you’ll get in a good workout. 1 Park Avenue (between East 32nd and 33rd Streets), Midtown
Get a Gluten-Free Mani-Pedi at Côte
Côte offers a Cali-cool vibe with a Manhattan twist: quickie services (so you can get your nails done in a New York minute) and chic, bold colors designed to reflect our edgier urban style. All of the salon’s polishes are free of the major toxins and allergens usually found in polish, including formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin, parabens, and, yes, gluten, for those who are highly allergic. 100 East 13th Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues), East Village
Focus on your well-being before the holidays get into full swing. Let us plan a healthy, wealthy day for you.