Virtual Solstice in Times Square
Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 AM
As Co-Founders of the Times Square Summer Solstice Yoga Celebration, the Times Square Alliance invites you to join us virtually this year to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a yoga class that will be streamed online throughout the day, led by Solstice in Times Square Co-Founder Douglass Stewart.
Solstice in Times Square has always focused on finding calm within the chaos of Times Square. Although we won’t be gathering in person for the Solstice this year, we all still have a need to focus and re-center — filtering out not traffic sounds and bright lights but the noise and distraction in our own minds. This spring has been a time of constant change and emotional upheaval, from our fears and grief at the global pandemic to our pain and anger at days, weeks, and centuries of injustice and racism. With these actions and reactions pulling us in all directions, it becomes even more important for us to channel our own energy and frustrations in order to crystallize our own responses and needs, finding what we can contribute to the world.
The Gunas are three principles of nature that characterize our interactions between extremes: between the static and the dynamic, inertia and activity, and when we can find balance and harmony. Some days, we’re lethargic and slow to move (tamas). Some days, we burst into a flurry of activity — but at times, it’s activity for the sake of it (rajas). The ideal is to hit the right balance (sattva): finding harmony within ourselves, harmony within our environment, harmony with one another, so that we can focus ourselves for purpose and lasting change.
Experienced yogis and first-timers alike are all welcome as we once again join together to welcome the longest day of the year.
The class will stream on our website at TSQ.org/Solstice, on YouTube, and on Facebook at 8am, 12 noon, and 4pm EDT.