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Mind Over Madness Yoga

Yoga lovers exercise in the middle of Times Square

For the residents and tourists of New York who have been to Times Square, you know how busy it can be. Or rather, how busy it always is. The bright lights, the honking of horns, the crowd, the noise… you get the picture. But what if you could be in the middle of Times Square amidst the noise and commotion, yet be completely separate and away from it at the same time? That is the mission that three yoga instructors set out to accomplish during this year’s summer solstice.

On Tuesday June 21st, Mind Over Madness Yoga will commence in between 45th and 47th Streets in the pedestrian plaza along Broadway. Nicole Nichols, Patrick Lynch and Douglass Stewart, three yoga instructors from local yoga studios, will lead an all-day yoga exercise event (separated into different sessions) in the middle of Times Square. This will be the 10th annual Mind Over Madness celebration welcoming the solstice.

All levels of yoga students are encouraged to come take part in this incredible event. If you want to be a part of Mind Over Madness, you do have to register by clicking here. Spots are limited and participants are limited to one session for the day, so those who are interested in participating should check it out now. There are four different sessions that run starting at 7:30 A.M. and ending at 7:30 P.M. Check-in for these sessions is located at Broadway and 48th Street (remember, register first!). Admission for the sessions is free.

As for those of us who don’t participate in yoga, if you are interested in seeing it in full force in the world’s busiest intersection, I recommend a visit to Times Square this Tuesday to check out the festivities. Take photos, watch the participants and instructors, and take an interest in what they are striving for on the longest day of the year.

The summer solstice is an event regarded in many different cultures as a period of rebirth or renewal for one’s body and one’s mind. Interestingly enough, the word “solstice” is derived from two Latin words, each meaning “sun” and “to stand still.” So, seeing yoga lovers come together in one of the world’s busiest commercial regions in an attempt to bring calmness and stillness to themselves and those around them under the lengthy gaze of our sun should be a spectacle to behold.

–Christopher Cusack, Hofstra University

Photo Credit: Adam Pantozzi

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