A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how much I love doing yoga on the beach when I am up on Cape Cod for the summer, it’s quiet, peaceful, relaxing – you can barely imagine a more perfect setting for an early morning yoga practice.
Well, today to celebrate the Summer Solstice I did yoga in the most OPPOSITE place you could think of. It was loud, overwhelming and incredibly crowded – yes ladies and gentlemen, I did yoga in the middle of Times Square!
When I originally heard about this event (which is in it’s 11th year!) put on by the Times Square Alliance and Athleta, I thought “who in their right mind wants to do yoga in the middle of Times Square??!” (I personally dread even walking through Times Square it’s so darn busy!)
But once I read the event tagline, “Mind Over Madness”, I totally got it and immediately wanted to check it out.
In yoga we’re constantly trying to focus on being present while practicing and not letting our minds wander to other things. Being present and not just going through the motions during yoga is something I used to struggle with, but I really feel I’ve come a long way and what better test than to practice in the middle of honking cars, jackhammering and thousands of tourists and New York City commuters!
I arrived bright and early for the 7:30am class I had pre-registered for and managed to grab a great spot right up front by the stage!
The class began with an opening mediation by the 94 years young, world renown yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch…
The practice only lasted about 45 minutes (due to a late start because of some technical issues), but what an amazing experience!
Despite the noise, the distractions, the spectators and media the practice felt calm and focused, and right in the middle of Times Square, quite possibly the busiest place on earth, we laid down for savasana, the pose of final relaxation…