It may feel like summer is already here, but there’s nothing like the Summer Solstice to truly embrace its long-awaited arrival. This year it takes place on Sunday, June 21—International Yoga Day. If you’re an experienced yogi or even a beginner, get out and do your best sun salutations—whether with an online course like YogaGlo or a great yoga app, or even your favorite lake, beach, or park. The beauty of yoga is that you only need your comfiest clothes and a mat.
Every year, The Times Square Alliance and its sponsors offer a magnificent free outdoor yoga event in New York City. Thousands of bodies crowd onto thin free mats for the all-day event, which is led in 1-hour workshops from sunrise to sunset. I’ve attended in the past, and it’s absolutely mind-blowing to practice in the busiest, brightest place in the Big Apple. You also see all shapes and sizes and feel a real zen—which you may think is a bit tough considering the honking traffic and spectators gawking from the sides of Broadway. But honestly, I felt really glad to be alive.
This year, lucky participants will get to take a class from Yoga for Life author Colleen Saidman Yee and her husband Rodney Yee, who are on deck from 6:30-7:30PM EST. The Yoga Shanti owner and renowned model is known for her calming sequencing, perfect for the prime time before the solstice.
If you’re in Times Square on Sunday, you can also read one of our favorite yoga books for free: Yoga for Life. Download the Foli app to check them out, and roll out your mat for some extra inspiration.
Photos by Greg Kessler
Yoga for Life
From a rebellious young woman with a dangerous heroin habit to a globe-trotting fashion model to “First Lady of Yoga” (The New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee tells the remarkable story of how she found herself through the healing power of yoga—and then inspired others to do the same. From learning to cope with a frightening seizure disorder to navigating marriages and divorces to becoming a mother, finding the right life partner, and grieving a beloved parent, Saidman Yee has been through it all—and has found that yoga holds the answers to life’s greatest challenges.
By the yoga instructor who inspires more than one million followers on Instagram every day.Whether she’s practicing handstands on her stand-up paddleboard or teaching Downward-Facing Dog to the masses, Rachel Brathen—Instagram’s @Yoga_Girl—has made it her mission to share inspirational messages with people from all corners of the world. Featuring spectacular photos of Brathen practicing yoga with breathtaking tropical backdrops, along with step-by-step yoga sequences and simple recipes for a healthy, happy, and fearless lifestyle—Yoga Girl is like an armchair vacation to a Caribbean spa.