Written on June 16, 2014 at 10:01 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Anna Hecht, editorial intern
Honking cars, a sea of people, lit-up billboards and a naked cowboy serenading tourists. It sounds like a place of chaos (and trust us, it is most days), rather than a serene place to practice yoga. This Saturday and Sunday, however, the Athleta “Mind Over Madness” two-day yoga event is back again, taking over the heart of Times Square and challenging NYC-based yogis to restore the body, mind and spirit in the midst of city life.
So why would you want to submit yourself to a crowd of half-naked people getting bendy, when you can do it in the comfort of your own home (or just a clean studio)? Besides the fact that it’s a crazy fun and challenging way to celebrate the summer solstice, the money raised by MINDBODY Connect will benefit Bent on Learning, a nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to NYC public school children, and Urban Zen, an integrative therapy program.
And just in case you forgot what the summer solstice is (hey, we’ve all been there), it’s the one day of the year, usually around June 21st, that signals the official start of summer. In addition to it commencing the blissful time of year for flip flops, days at the beach and all things warm and wonderful, it is also the one day when the sun reaches its greatest height, shines longer and sets later, meaning more time for all sorts of outdoor fun (and calorie burning, obvs).
Although day one is already sold out, day two on Sunday, June 22, is still open for registration, with the first class starting at 8 a.m. and the final class beginning at 2:30 p.m. Classes run for 1.5 hours, cost $20 and are taught by master instructors, including renowned yoga teacher Rodney Yee and meditation guru Alan Finger.
So go on and register for an altogether unique experience to find peace of mind amidst a crazy-busy schedule. And don’t forget to tag us (@FitnessMagazine) and use #SolsticeTsq in the swoon-worthy Instagram shots we know you’ll take—after all, you’ll get to tell all your friends (thus making them jealous) that you did yoga in Times freaking Square. How cool is that?!
Photo courtesy of Derek Goodwin
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Written on June 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Laura Cofsky, editorial intern
When times get tough and days are busy, we often turn to workouts to blow off some steam. While a heart-pumping kickboxing class or treadmill speed session can be just what you need, sometimes an hour of peace helps boost your mood and re-center your mind.
On Wednesday, June 20, calm your mind for the annual Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind over Madness event. There will be free classes throughout the day in the hub of New York City, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. Don’t worry about fighting your way through the train with a yoga mat either—the first 1,500 participants of each class will receive a mat. That’s 13 hours of Om-tastic fun, not to mention Athleta fashion shows and giveaways sprinkled in for good measure.
The yoga village will also provide one-on-one yoga instruction, and a chance to participate in Athleta’s live streaming video and meet Athleta brand ambassadors.
So if you find yourself in the Big Apple during the Summer Solstice, consider this a free, one-day pass to tranquility. Pre-register for the session that best suits you, and let the age-old practice prove that meditative breathing, fluid movements and internal quiet can overcome external noise.
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