6 Ways to Relax and Renew in Indy

Recharch your batteries in creative ways around town.

Combat stress and restore your energy by scheduling in some time for yourself in a variety of ways, from embracing your creative side with a pottery or mosaic class to finding your Zen in a yoga studio or spa. Here are our favorite ways to relax in Indianapolis.

Create Something Beautiful

As a twist on the popular painting-with-wine class, Carmel artist Nancy Keating offers Mosaic and Wine classes at SoHo Cafe. Get creative with colored glass as an instructor demonstrates how to make a mosaic picture frame, either using your own design or based on an example. While you work, enjoy wine and snacks from the cafe and maybe even make some new friends. 620 S. Range Line Road, Carmel, Indiana, 317.501.4652

Fountain Square Clay Center
Fountain Square Clay Center (©Fountain Square Clay Center)

Get Your Hands Dirty

Playing with clay can be both a soothing pastime and a creative outlet. Stop by Fountain Square Clay Center for a one-night class to learn basic hand-building techniques and even try out the pottery wheel. There is a Women’s Night once a month that’s perfect for girls’ night bonding. Already know your way around a pottery wheel? Book open studio time and go your own way. 950 Hosbrook Street Studio A, 317.985.1212

Bend, Stretch and Restore

So what if you didn’t pack your cutest yoga outfit? Throw on some comfortable clothes and head to BodySpace Yoga & Wellness. Mats are provided free of charge, and drop-in classes are $15 and judgement-free. The studio typically offers a restorative class Sunday evenings, a more energetic sunrise yoga session Tuesday mornings and candlelight yoga focused on deep stretching Thursday evenings. Check the schedule for more in-depth stress-busting workshops that incorporate acupuncture or meditation. 1315 Shelby St., 317.685.2639

Detox and Unwind

Whatever ails you, an afternoon of holistic care at The Art of Healing will send it packing. Detox with an herbal body wrap using the purifying power of ginger, rosemary, allspice, eucalyptus and clove, in addition to a foot massage and aromatherapy. For the full detox package, pair it with an infrared therapy session and ion cell foot bath. Better yet, if you have a meditation practice, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to try out the floatation therapy tanks. 3019 Meridian Meadows Road, Greenwood, 317.360.6336

Thai Chi
Thai chi (©Shutterstock)

Find Peace in Movement

Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that combines movements with meditation to help focus and balance energy. Classical Systems offers a Qigong Tai Chi class at The Playful Soul twice a month, teaching the basic forms and how to move between them. You’ll find that the slow, smooth motions wash away anxiety and bring much-needed peace of mind. 6516 N. Ferguson St., 317.253.0499

Be Salty

Book some time in the Salt Room at Irvington Wellness Center and just breathe for a while. The room is lined with pure, pink Himalayan salt, which is said to ionize the air and infuse it with minerals that soothe inflammation and fight bacteria. Meditate, read or just lounge in a zero gravity chair and breathe deeply as you reap the benefits for your respiratory system, skin and mental well-being. 17 N. Layman St., 317.292.2802