EVERY.YEAR I make plans to attend the Summer solstice Yoga event in Times Square and every year something happens that doesn’t allow me to get there. One year I was away, last year I had a deadline for a client in Singapore and it meant working through the entire weekend, but this year I’ll be there OHM with all the lovely Yoginis from all over the city. If you’re not familiar with the event here is a little about it from their site
Could there be a more appropriate place to celebrate the solstice than in Times Square? Since 1904, the winter solstice (that’s “New Year’s Eve” to you) celebrations have evolved from a fireworks display on the roof of the Times Tower to the introduction of a New Year’s Eve ball lowering to the “eyes of the world” extravaganza that it is today when a worldwide audience, more than a billion strong, watches as 2,000 pounds of confetti are scattered over more than half-a-million revelers packed into Times Square on December 31st.
The Times Square Alliance has introduced a counterpoint to New Year’s Eve with “Solstice in Times Square”, celebrating the summer solstice (the longest day of the year). Throughout history, many cultures have associated the summer solstice with a renewal of mind, body and spirit and a celebration of creative expression – of art, music and the sense of joyfulness and fun that the sunshine evokes in all of us. And what better place to celebrate than in Times Square – for the past hundred years, America’s center for creativity, energy, bright lights and over-the-top artistic expression.
We like to think of ourselves as innovators here in Times Square, but we can’t take credit for the creation of the summer solstice – it’s been celebrated in many forms since the dawn of recorded human history.
This year The United Nations has declared June 21st the International Day of Yoga and there will be several events centering around it. I’ve registered for two classes, the 11 am with Douglass Stewart and the 2pm Bikram with Jennifer Lobo, and I’m super excited! Registration opened today and will fill up quickly so get on it and REGISTER NOW! Hope to see you out there!
Register Here: Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind over Madness Yoga
In the meantime I’ll be jamming to Janelle Monae’s Yoga!