A free yoga-fest in the heart of Times Square – Sunday, June 21, 2009

WHAT: A free yoga-fest in the heart of Times Square. Both experienced and beginning Yoga enthusiasts find tranquility and transcendence in the midst of the urban energy of the world’s most commercial and frenetic place.

WHEN: Sunday, June 21, 2009

WHERE: In Times Square, at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:  Visiting Times Square for the Summer Solstice and need a place to stay? Click Here to browse these special offers and packages from Times Square hotels.


We are currently accepting pre-registration to participate in the following yoga session(s):

– 8am – Class full, waiting list now open

– 10:30am – Class full, waiting list now open

– 1pm – Class full, waiting list now open

– 3:30pm – Open


PLEASE NOTE: Due to overwhelming interest in this event, each participant may sign up for one session ONLY. Sign-ups for multiple sessions will not be honored.

Mind Over Madness Yoga


The Times Square Alliance invites you to join us at our Solstice in Times Square, a celebration of sun, summer and creativity.

For tens of thousands of years and across diverse cultures, the Solstice has always been a key time in our collective human calendar. The Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year and the point at which the days finally begin to be longer rather than shorter – has been the natural phenomenon underlying some of society’s most important rituals, like Christmas and of course, New Year’s Eve. The Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – has not held quite so prominent a place, at least in Western consciousness. Some historians have argued that public recognition of the Summer Solstice has faded because some of the ideas with which the date was associated in early cultures – femininity, fertility and creativity – were deemed subversive by the then powers-that-be.

Whatever the explanation, we at the Times Square Alliance, as custodians of the world’s best-known Winter Solstice celebration (a.k.a. New Year’s Eve), decided to do our part to revive the Summer Solstice. The underlying natural metaphor may be different: we are not turning from dark to light, from night to day, with all the implications for hope and renewal that those ideas encompass. But we are, on the longest day of the year, drawing on the full force and energy of the sun and are ideally at the height of our creative powers. We have more potential to draw strength from nature than on any other day and, perhaps, like the ancients thought, we are even more fertile (Times Square has always been about sex, right?)


An overview of summer solstice traditions, facts, themes and controversies. More>>



Use these tips to get the most out of the yoga classes you attend.

By Tim Noworyta

Here are some ways to get more out of the yoga classes you attend:

DO arrive early. Getting to class early can help you settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class. While you’re waiting you can practice a pose, do a few stretches, or just sit or lie quietly, breathe, and get centered.

DON’T eat for two or three hours before class. If you practice yoga on a full stomach, you might experience cramps, nausea, or vomiting, especially in twists, deep forward bends, and inversions. Digesting food also takes energy that can make you lethargic.

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Solstice in Times Square Waiver

Participants in Solstice in Times Square Yoga sessions are required to review and sign this waiver. If you’d like to acclerate your check-in process on the day of the event, please click here to download the waiver to print out and bring with you.

For questions about Solstice in Times Square, please emailevents@timessquarenyc.org.

Yoga Talks

Spiritual Survival in the City

As residents of New York, we know what it means to act fast, multitask and schedule. But, as yogis, we know what it means to find a place of centered calm on our mat. Now how do we bring that feeling of peace into our lives? Join Alanna for an insightful talk on how to connect to the yoga community to find a way to survive spiritually in the greatest city in the world.

About Alanna Kaivalya…

A life-long obsession with sound led Alanna to Jivamukti Yoga, which gave her the freedom to immerse herself in the power of yoga, chanting and music. Also known as The JivaDiva, Alanna travels the world teaching and leading kirtans, and produces the JivaDiva Yoga Jam podcast, which has been heard by over a million people worldwide. In March 2008, Yoga Journal named Alanna one of the top 20 teachers under 40 shaping the future of yoga. She teaches at Yoga Journal Conferences, and is on staff at the Omega Institute. Her album, Shine, was released in May of 2007, and she is a contributing writer to Yoga Journal. She currently resides in New York City. For more information, please visit her website, www.jivadiva.com.


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