Summer solstice yoga in Times Square 2010
If you can find stillness in the midst of one of the noisiest, most crowded, most frantic intersections in all of New York, then you have tasted one (or all) of the three final limbs of yoga as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), samadhi (absorption). The opportunity to experience one-pointed focus in the midst of myriad distractions will be put on public display on Monday, June 21st, 2010: this year’s date for Times Square Alliance’s annual Solstice in Times Square.
At the intersection of Broadway & 7th Avenues between 46th & 47th Streets, hundreds of yogis will sun salute in honor of the solstice (and all the wonderful benefits of yoga, or whatever their personal intention may be). There are several classes offered, but you have to pre-register, and teachers from NYC studios (including my own, Reflections Yoga) will be offering the solstice classes.
Solstice yoga in Times Square is a beautiful way to bring in the summer season. As traffic whizzes by, tourists ooh and ahh, and all manner of activity, noise, and visual stimuli abound, lessons of creativity, flexibility, spontaneity, and community can be had. Sometimes practicing in an unexpected location and in an unexpected way can stretch you in ways you couldn’t have imagined. At the very least it will be lots of fun!