Summer Solstice Yoga in Times Square  ニューヨークのタイムズ・スクエアでの夏至ヨガ

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the shortest day. Always good to remember that we are only HALF of the globe.)


It is the day each year when we get the most sunlight, so for millennia, it has symbolically been connected with the power of Light winning over Darkness. This year, it also happened to be on the same day as the Full Moon, an event that has not happened since 1967. That means, this day was packed with energy for all of humanity to tap into. More on that here:


This year, I had the great pleasure of sharing the day with thousands of yogis and many other on-lookers, in the center of my hometown, one of the busiest and most distracting places on Earth, Times Square.


The Mind Over Madness Yoga event is in its 14th year celebrating the solstice in Times Square with charity yoga.IMG_1647 As the co-founder of this charity focused event, Douglass Stewart, stated, it started as a class full of yogis getting together to find peace on the pavement, and blossomed year by year, attracting
more and more people to find tranquility amongst the traffic.

Mind Over Madness Yoga というイベントは今年、第14回のヨガイベントが夏至にタイムズ・スクエアで開催されていた。最初に、ヨガクラスぐらいの参加者が集まっていたが、少しずつこのイベントが咲き、現在は何千人も魅力されるチャリティー・ヨガイベントとなった。

The event celebrates the idea of peace as a state of mind that can and should be cultivated, regardless of the state of the outside world. In a city like New York, in a time like 2016, amidst all the terror, violence,  aggression, stress, and pressures of daily life, this movement is more meaningful than ever.


I was lucky enough to take two classes, taught by the cheerful and warm Sarah Bell and the author of ‘The Art of Attention’ Elena Brower.


In between, I was asked to be a part of a Huffington Post Live video about the event, which you can see here:


The whole day was really magical. I felt inspired, energized, and balanced. Looking over all the people resting peacefully in Savasana, as cars honked, people screamed, as the chaos of the city moved along, I felt the true power of developing a mindful practice, like yoga. Through it,  we are all capable of being active members, co-creators, in a movement towards peace and compassion, simply by cultivating those qualities in ourselves.



Thank you for reading. Namaste.



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