There will be no peace or tranquility in Times Square tomorrow when thousands of yoga enthusiasts compete for space to spread their mats between 43rd and 48th Streets – and the attention of news photographers and camera-toting tourists – for what may be the world’s largest displays of Downward-facing Dog and Warrior Pose in what has to be one of the world’s largest yoga classes.
The annual Times Square Yogathon, now named Mind Over Matter, celebrates the summer solstice, otherwise known as the longest day of the year. There are classes by top yoga instructors including Drisana Carey throughout the day, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., but if you haven’t already registered for one of the 1,200+ spots for each class, you are too late. They are all signed up, and the wait list is overflowing.
Mind Over Matter is sponsored by Athleta athletic wear, which also is sponsoring a mid-day fashion show and giveaways. Hopefully, tomorrow won’t be as hot as last year, which was well into the 90s, and NYC’s brave and finest uniformed First Responders had to treat some yoga afficianados overcome by the experience. Bring water.
In addition to the Times Square event, Athleta also is giving away FREE yoga lessons in its stores throughout the USA on June 21st, along with giving away yoga apparel and mats nationwide. Click here to find an Athleta store and free yoga classes near you.
Manhattanhenge — While it’s not technically a summer solstice event, Manhattanhenge is when the sun lines up exactly between the east-west grids of NYC streets. It happens twice a year, in May and July. Click here for the full NYCOTC posting on Manhattanhenge 2013