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Thousands of Yogis Swarm Times Square for Solstice (photos)

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photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images

Thousands of yoga folk flooded the epicenter of Manhattan yesterday for the 10th annual “Solstice in Times Square.”

According to organizers, approxiately 14,000 people signed up for the four free classes throughout the day, which turned out to be four sessions of hot yoga due to the present heat wave. Hydrate! The event was presented by the Times Square Alliance and sponsored by Athleta, which is of course the active-wear/yoga clothing line owned by Gap, Inc., which you may or may not have caught by the sea of purple Athleta-branded mats. Though a few yogis opted to use their own mats, and flattened cardboard boxes (?)

Check out some pics and video below. Were you there?

photo: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

photo: Mark Lennihan / AP

More pics here and here.

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5 comments… add one

  • Stephanie

    I’m now able to do 10K runs and half-marathons, when even a 15-minute jog would earlier leave me gasping for breath.
    (I don’t think I’d be able to do a full marathon, though).

    I’ve been doing Iyengar-Yoga for the last 8 years.

    I’ve been vegetarian for the last 7 years, and am very sure that I don’t want to eat meat or fish ever again.

    I’m thus able to swagger up to my Indian-American Hindu friends and co-workers with a “Hindu-er-than-thou” attitude. They tell me that I must have been an Indian Hindu in my previous-life. Maybe… that would certainly explain why I’ve never met a Dosa I didn’t like :-) .

  • Yes, I was there. It was an amazing time. I took the 7pm class led by Dana Flynn. She was incredible. I’m a born and raised New Yorker. I remember when Times Square was filled with peep shows, etc… I felt extremely lucky to have been part of such a fun event.

  • Wow. That is MASSIVE. Great photos too. Proof that anything really is possible, if you just believe. Well, it may not be possible for Barbie to breathe. But almost anything ;)

  • Vision_Quest2

    Well, a health podcaster caught her own participation in this event on video.

    It inspired one of my home practices. Nice while it lasted. But for what I REALLY think, these people go there:

    http://thebabarazzi.com/2012/06/25/whatever-western-yogis-touch-turns-to-gold-or-pooh-summer-solstice-times-square-2012/

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