Yoga in Times Square- Mind Over Madness 2014

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“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
― Charles Bowden

 

I love the summer. Call it nostalgia but warm weather makes anything possible. Maybe it’s because I’m not wrapped in layers of clothes. Maybe I’m just a hot-blooded yogi. Whatever it is, it works for me. Yesterday, I celebrated the coming of summer by doing what I have done for the past few years- yoga in Times Sq. Mind Over Madness 2014 had over 11,000 yogis register.

This year I went with my sister, Ashley and friend Luanda. We unrolled our mats and prepared for a sunset flow with Ali Cramer of Laughing Lotus.

We stretched and opened our hearts as the sun began to set. Ali’s words inspired me to feel my body open with compassion and strength. Move in way that feels right for your body Ali encouraged- so I did. Flowing into to warriors on an inhale and falling into chat on an exhale I felt my belly wake up for the first time since surgery. There was no pain. My patience paid off. Being gentle can help me be warrior.

My body is recovering – I thought. Relief washed over me. No seven inch belly incision can get me down because I can show up for me. I can show up and be still when I need to. And when the time feels right I can roar with my heart, reach my hands up to the sky and send out all the love I have because I was brave enough to love myself.

When we got to the ground we put our hands behind our heads and Times Sq became our beach. With hundreds of other yogis I took in the lights at the crossroads of the world. Luanda turned to me and said, ‘I can’t believe we are laying on our backs in the middle of Times Sq.’

It’s a pretty crazy thought. Both Ashley and Luanda are in that part of town during the week. Ashley said the next time she feels stressed among the 9-5 hustle she’s going to remember how she felt doing yoga and hold onto that.

Good plan.

Happy Summer Solstice.

Namaste y’all.

 

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4 thoughts on “Yoga in Times Square- Mind Over Madness 2014

  1. I didn’t know that you had major abdominal surgery just recently! So did I about 5 weeks ago! I can totally resonate with your words in your post about the therapeutic yoga workshop you attended. My first two weeks were so difficult to wrap my mind around. I’m a dancer and not being able to dance and move like I am used to was a real eye opener. I just came home from a major dance (salsa) event in St. Louis this weekend however and I was able to dance, teach, and socialize almost at 100%. It was such a welcome blessing! And now reading about how you were able to step back into your yoga practice is encouraging me to make my first attempts to step back into mine. Thank you for sharing!

    Leah
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    1. Thanks for reading Leah!! I hope that you are recovering from your surgery too!! I mentioned in an earlier post that I really appreciated cultivating a meditation practice. I saved me from trying to come back too soon. Meditation has also deepened my yoga practice helping me to see that my true yoga happens when I step off the mat. Good luck as you ease back- remember to be kind to body. Namaste!!!

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