Can you believe it’s officially summer? I can’t. The weather here in NYC has been a bit coo coo, but it’s finally starting to get hot. I’m loving it!
Here’s the gist: last Friday, June 21st, over 16,000 people came to Times Square to do yoga, the one thing you thought you’d never be able to do in Times Square.
For those of you that haven’t been to Times Square, let me paint a little picture. It is about five blocks of pure insanity. Honestly, it is one of the craziest, most hectic places in the world. It’s mobbed with so many people that you’re forced to walk at a pace a turtle would think is slow all while being constantly bombarded with fliers, honking horns, and flashing lights. Needless to say, I avoid it at all costs. The crowds, the noise, the chaos. Oye!
But that craziness is exactly why Times Square is the perfect place to get your ohm on. If you can find tranquility in the midst of the world’s more hectic place, you can find calm in any situation.
Classes were held throughout the day, and I signed up for the very last class. I grabbed my yoga mat, took a deep breath, and headed into the crazy world of Times Square ready to put mind over madness.
After slowly weaving my way through a crowd, standing in a long line, and being ushered into a corral between 45th and 46th Street, I was definitely not in a state of Zen, but then I rolled out my mat, laid back, and saw this (sans type, of course):
I instantly understood how cool this was. When else can you lie down in the middle of the busiest street in Manhattan and gaze up at all the amazing skyscrapers? It gave me a whole new perspective, and I realized just how lucky I am to be able to do yoga outside, in the heart of one of the greatest cities in the world.
The class itself could have been better. The instructor’s microphone kept cutting in and out and I couldn’t see him from a block away, so it was hard to follow along. However, it was awesome to be surrounded by so many other yogis, and I really enjoyed seeing New York City in a whole new way, like turning Times Square upside down!
I also got to meet up with fellow blogger, Greatist, and Sweat Pink Ambassador, Katie from Hungry Runner. Katie’s blog is one of my favorites, so it was great to meet her in person. Check out her blog if you haven’t already.
How do you find calm in chaos?