Summer Solstice Yoga in Times Square ..

Or for you social media people out there #SolsticeTSq . Friday, June 21 was the summer solstice. As we all know the summer solstice is the day that we have the longest period of sunlight of the year.  Now every day until December 21 (or so) the sunlight portion of the day will be less.  The science lesson is now over. See the internet for more information (or not). This year was the 11 th annual Summer Solstice in Time Square. The first year they had three people doing yoga in Time Square. This year split among five different classes during the day they had over 16,000 people participate. That is crazy! We were there.  Here is a link to their website.

Our class was the last one of the day, 7:45 pm to 9 pm. Yoga through the sunset and the onset of the night.  It was not dark after the sun went down. There are so many electronic billboards and signs that it is never dark in Time Square. Our day started out with driving 85 miles to Secaucus to take the train into New York’s Penn Station. We arrived in Penn Station around 5:30 pm. We were like salmon swimming upstream since the end of the day commute was in full swing and we were headed the opposite direction as the commuters.  We walked up 7 th Ave to 44 th Street  and found a Summer Solstice Yoga class in progress. I shot some pictures of this class and then we went to find a sandwich to eat while we waited for our class to start. We ate our dinner sitting on our rolled up yoga mats on the sidewalk of 44 th street.

Our yoga class got loaded into the penned off area around 7 pm and we all got lined up. In our section we had over 600 people. We sat and talked, looked around, took pictures and marveled at being in Time Square. Our space was right next to the Armed Forces recruiting center. If we turned around we could see the post where the ball drops on New Years Eve.  All during the next two hours we were part of the side-show that is Times Square.  People would lean on the barricades and take pictures and talk in dozens of different languages.

At 7:45 pm our class started. We started out on our backs, looking up at the sky.  Talk about way cool!. Over the next 75 minutes the instructor took us through various yoga posses. He was in a different area of Time Square but we could hear him and they had instructors and spotters to keep you on track if you lost your way. In several quiet moments of meditation you could hear the sirens  and the other noises of the city. At other times, I did not hear the noise or notice the lights. I heard the voice of the instructor and followed the instructors in our area. Then the instruction was given to go back onto our backs for the final pose. I leaned over to my DW and asked what time it was. She said it was 8:55 pm. Five more minutes to go. Where did the time go?  Talk about getting lost in your yoga head space..  We finished up, took some more pictures and left our yoga pen to walk around Time Square.

We walked back down 7 th Ave to Madison Square Garden. New York’s Penn Station is under the garden. We walked to the NJ Transit section and waited for the next train to New Jersey.  20 minutes later we were in Secaucus and heading home. We stopped at Rutt’s Hut for a few hot dogs on our way.  That visit is detailed in a different blog post.

An outstanding night, for sure. If possible, we will go back again next year.

Pictures, here are a few.  This link will take you to the Drop Box folder containing all the pictures.  Also, two Vine video’s can be found here and here.

Namaste

Snowdrift Vanilla Porter..

Is a Porter a beer?  It certainly is not an ale.  This particular Porter is made by the Leinenkugel’s Brewing Company of  Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  I give this beer a thumbs up. My DW likes stouts and porters and she likes this one as well.   We also bought the Brooklyn Brewery’s Winter Ale today. I did not like this at all. I will save for one of the kids if they will drink it.  It might be me, I am willing to concede that. We walked around COSTCO today and I liked one of the ten or so products being offered as samples. I usually can find some redemption in almost every free sample I taste. Not today..

I seem to be suffering from a post-Christmas sugar rush crash. I tried to explain this to DS2 at dinner today.  The build up to Christmas was intense. The delivery of the holiday met expectations (that’s good, right?). The next day, sugar crash. Way up high, then way down. Why? You ask? I’m not really sure. Maybe it’s the real world intruding on my holiday sugar rush. Wednesday we had four inches of rain fall in our area. We had no rain in the cellar. The waterproofing from the fall continues to work. We have a cellar window that is at the ground level. In the past we have had water flood in this window during very heavy rain events. Wednesday night we spent four hours bailing the window box to keep the rain out.  I am devising a plan to permanently solve this problem.

Wednesday we also found out that one of the boys that played with DS1 on his college lacrosse team was found dead on Christmas around lunch time.  This was an unexpected death. At this point I have not heard the definitive cause of death. The family has a history of fatal brain aneurysms. The boy was also in some trouble with the law and may have taken his own life. At this point I don’t know.  DS1 took this pretty hard.

Fast forward to Saturday night. DS1 is in Pittsburgh visiting with his college lacrosse teammates. The trip was scheduled two weeks ago. This can be a good time for them to get together and grieve, if they are careful. The funeral and such will be held near Seattle, Wa. DS3 is on Long Island this evening. I took him to the train station this morning. He took the train into New York City to meet up with a girl who lives on Long Island and goes to the same university as him.  They spent the day in NYC and have made their way to her mom’s house on Long island.  This is a leap of faith on the part of his parents.

Me, I’m working through it. Pictures, of course!  Enjoy!

Namaste

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