By Cat Perry
June 21st was not only the Northern Hemisphere's summer solstice, aka the official start of summer and the longest day of the year, but it was also, newly crowned, the International Day of Yoga, thanks to a declaration by the United Nations General Assembly. According to Yoga Alliance, "56 percent of American adults are interested in yoga but do not currently practice. As of May 2015, more than 19 million adults—nearly 17 percent of the population—currently practice yoga in the U.S." and today that number may grow by many more.
Thank Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who lobbied the UN to declare this yoga day, when, from New Delhi to the Eiffel Tower and Times Square, similar events have been or will be held.
He says to the Associated Press: "We are not only celebrating a day, but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace and harmony. This is a program for the benefit of mankind, for a tension-free world and to spread the message of harmony."
What did you do on #yogaday??
Some Go to Times Square
The summer's powerful heat, flowing rivers, and green mountains welcome all our bucket lists of hopes and adventures, and it's a time to be thankful for the distant memory of winter. So it's the
perfect day to go relax and shine in...Times Square?! You read that right. Times Square will be an epicenter for the International #YogaDay.
For the inaugural International Day of Yoga on June 21, it's conveniently also the 13th-Annual Solstice in Times Square 2015: Athleta "Mind Over Madness" Yoga, where hundreds upon hundreds of yogis young and young-at-heart will gather to practice yoga
with some of the biggest U.S. and international names in the discipline.
This means that the once-epic Times Square event can join with the hands of yogis around the world, to create an even more cathartic celebration on the mat, with perhaps millions participating.
Watch yogis at the Solstice in Times Square Event. Practice along. Head to your favorite yoga class in NYC or around the world. Feel the flow. I know I will!
@TimesSquareNYC | #SolsticeTSq | #YogaDay
Watch the live stream here from 9 am to 7:30 pm:
Schedule of events below and register HERE
for an event:
Class times and instructors are subject to change. All registrants will be informed about any adjustments prior to the day.
7:00 am - 8:00 am
9:00 am - 10:00 am
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Bikram)
Rajashree Choudhury, Donna Rubin, and Jennifer Lobo
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Mary Dana Abbott
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee
Please note: while donations are encouraged they are not required to register. The event is free.
*Cancellations will be made on a class by class basis, based on the safety conditions due to weather.
See 2014 event:
Event sponsors include: