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COUNTDOWN TO NYE
Solstice in Times Square 2020 streamed at 8am, 12pm, and 4pm on June 20, the day of the 2020 June Solstice. You can re-stream Douglass Stewart's Solstice class with the video below.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CO-FOUNDERS
As Co-Founders of the Times Square Summer Solstice Yoga Celebration, we invite 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. (By the way, to contribute to our two selected Solstice charities this year, click here to support the World Health Organization and click here to support Black Emotional and Mental Health.)
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 streamed on our website at TSQ.org/Solstice and on Facebook on June 20, 2020 at 8am, 12 noon, and 4pm EDT.
President, Times Square Alliance
Interview with Tim Tompkins and Douglass Stewart:
Each year, thousands of yogis from around the world travel to Times Square to celebrate the Summer Solstice with free yoga classes in the heart of New York City and to find their center in one of the city's busiest places. Sign up for the Solstice mailing list below to be one of the first to know about Solstice 2021.