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a day for wellness

Photo credits: 1© Andréa D’Amato, 2© Jair Magri

Morning It doesn’t matter what your beliefs are. Try to start the day attending a Mass celebrated with Gregorian chants at the Basílica de Nossa Senhora da Assunção, in Mosteiro de São Bento (Lgo. de São Bento, s/n, Centro; 3328-8799). This sung Mass is held daily at 7 am on weekdays, an hour earlier on Saturdays and every Sunday at 10am. Remember to arrive early if you don’t want to stand in the aisles. When it is over, your body and mind will certainly feel fresh and lighter. A good alternative to have breakfast right there, opposite the monastery, is Café Girondino (R. Boa Vista, 365, Centro; 3229-4574). The atmosphere is sober and the decor is inspired in the São Paulo of the beginning of the XX century; the menu features a variety of hot drinks for breakfast, including special coffee blends, as well as juices, fruit salad, bread, snacks and sandwiches. You can also shop at the Padaria do Mosteiro, which sells bread, cakes, biscuits and jams. Among the delicacies made by the monks themselves are gingerbreads filled with strawberry jam and loaves of whole grain bread that take brown sugar, oat and olive oil. Just don’t commit the sin of gluttony. Take everything to the park of your choice and have a delicious picnic. After eating, check if there is any physical activity or meditation scheduled for the day. Ibirapuera Park offers a place to contemplate and relax the mind: the Pavilhão Japonês (5081-7296). This wooden building, designed in Japan, has a hall for tea ceremonies, and also handicraft workshops. A koi pond and a traditional Japanese garden complete the atmosphere of tranquility. Still inside the Ibirapuera, those who feel cityofsaopaulo.com

Aclimação Park: a place to rest outdoors

like moving their bodies to achieve a sense of well-being may head to the Espaço da Antiga Serraria. There, adepts of Chinese gymnastics (information on 3266-5829) meet from Monday to Saturday at 10:30am. The oriental technique, known as lian gong, stimulates blood circulation, increases stamina and helps to correct the posture. Also in Ibirapuera, but only on Sundays, at the same place, from 8 to 9:45 am, it is time for yoga exercises. Other green areas of the city offer yoga lessons: Aclimação Park (R. Muniz de Souza, 1119, Aclimação; 3208-4042), Severo Gomes Park (R. Pires de Oliveira, 356, Santo Amaro; 5687-4994), Guarapiranga Park (Estr. de Guarapiranga, 575, M’Boi Mirim, 5514-6332) and Praça Victor Civita (R. Sumidouro, 580,

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