Last week, I participated in Athleta’s Mind Over Madness yoga extravaganza held in Times Square. There were a few options for classes during the day, but when I saw that Rajashree Choudhury (instructor and wife of Bikram Choudhury) was teaching the Bikram class from 12:30-2 I knew that I had to attend. More importantly though, Wednesday was the Summer Solstice and it was so fitting that it was scheduled to be the hottest day that week!
I printed out my ticket and my assignment and headed over around 11:30. Athleta was handing out yoga mats to the first 1,500 attendees for each class so I figure why not snag one of these babies and a good spot.
I didn’t have to wait in line for too long, five minutes at most, and set up my mat in one of the front rows.
I had some time to kill so I went to visit all the fun booths with freebies! And that was on top of the goodie bag they gave us. Yum :) I’ll try to remember everything provided: a mini Luna bar, small bottle of NatureMade Vitamin D gel caps, tribe hummus, SmartWater, SoyJoy bar, and my new obsession, Mediterranean snack chips! Not to mention all the awesome deals to yoga studios + free class passes.
Anyway, the class was truly amazing. It was a bit hard at first to concentrate with all the hustle and bustle, even more so since everyone was walking by taking pictures. I felt like a zoo animal! But by awkward pose, I was very much focused. I felt so inspired by the thousands around me who were participating. The sun was a little difficult, especially when looking up – thankfully, I brought sunglasses!
I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially the bikram session. Next year I’ll try to take the whole day off so I can just hang out instead of worrying about getting back to my computer to work from home.
Did you attend the summer solstice in Times Square? What was your favorite part / how did you find your concentration?