- Fri, Jun 22, 2018 02:30 AM
Latitude: 40.7589, Longitude: -73.9851
Solstice in Times Square: A free yoga event in the heart of New York City. Consider making an optional donation to two of our favorite NYC yoga-related charities. A donation equal to the amount you would normally pay for a yoga class would be wonderful, since the Solstice yoga classes are all free. All proceeds will be split evenly between the following two charities. Bent On Learning Since 2001, Bent on Learning has been teaching yoga to children in New York City public schools -- during the school day -- and giving kids the tools they need to be healthier, happier and better prepared for academic and personal success. They serve 3,500 students every week, (20,000 kids to date!), and strive to reach as many students as possible. Please support them in educating our children in body, mind and heart. For more information, please click Bent on Learning. Exhale to Inhale Since 2013, Exhale to Inhale has been bringing the healing and grounding tools of yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Exhale to Inhale’s trauma-trained yoga teachers visit over a dozen domestic violence shelters and community centers each week. They bring free yoga to women who might not otherwise have access. This young organization is growing rapidly and can use your support to reach their goal of bringing yoga to 1,000 survivors this year. For more information, please click Exhale to Inhale. Event Information To register for a class, click the green "REGISTER" button in the top right hand corner. You can choose your class time from the list of available classes, AFTER you click "CHECKOUT." Please note, each person must have their own ticket, and each person is allotted ONE class for the whole day. After you have finished the registration process, you should receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. Once you receive this email, please DOWNLOAD and PRINT your ticket and remember to bring it with you on the day of the event. For more info and Frequently Asked Questions about Solstice in Times Square, visit TimesSquareNYC.org/Solstice. Share your Solstice photos and experiences using #SolsticeTSq via Twitter and Instagram, @TimesSquareNYC. Class Schedule 7:30am - 8:30am Class, Instructed by Douglass Stewart Douglass has been teaching yoga since 2001. He is the co-founder of Solstice in Times Square, celebrating the Summer Solstice by uniting the community of yoga enthusiasts across the country. He has received the Community Center Service Award for volunteering his yoga classes at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center. He is inspired by the notion that if peace is our goal, then it is also the means. Douglass is a Yogiraj at the ISHTA Center. 9:30am - 10:30am Class, Instructed by Jodie Rufty Jodie Rufty is a Senior Yoga Teacher/Trainer and East Coast Director of Trainer Development for Yoga Works in NYC. She has been teaching yoga since 1995 throughout New York and California as well as internationally. Jodie co-founded Amrita Yoga Center NYC in September of 2002 and helped launch Nava Yoga Center in Zagreb Croatia in June 2004. She is also the author of “The Art of Yoga Sequencing,” published in 2008. 11:30am - 12:30pm Class, #AerieREAL Empowered Flow Instructed by Catherine Gignac Catherine is so excited to rep Aerie at Solstice for the second year. She always keeps it #AerieREAL—bringing honesty, confidence and love to everything she does—both in her yoga teaching and as the Senior Manager of Digital Creative for Aerie and AE. Catherine is constantly inspired by how many of us overcome struggles on our mats. In 2012, Catherine was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and despite its challenges, it has changed her practice and lifestyle for the better. Catherine knows she’s not alone—so many of us struggle with physical and mental challenges—and she believes that when we learn to listen to our bodies and recognize what’s happening under the surface, powerful shifts can happen. You can find Catherine at Aerie pop-ups across the country and at Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh, where she teaches classes focused on upbeat flows, long sequences that challenge patience and breath, and heart-opening variations. Follow her on Instagram @catherinegignac. 1:30pm - 2:30pm Class, Instructed by Donna Rubin, Jen Lobo, and Friends Donna Rubin and Jen Lobo Plamondon led the hot yoga revolution in NYC with their first studio opening in Times Square in 1999. Now, 19 years later they have four studios and a new brand with a lot of history! Donna Rubin is the co-founder and instructor at bodē nyc. She has been teaching the Bikram Method style of yoga since 1998 and is certified in Bikram Yoga, Ishta Yoga and Barkan Yoga. As a former professional dancer, Donna performed with the National Ballet of Canada, in the role of Meg Giry in the original Canadian company of Phantom of the Opera and later made her Broadway debut in Carousel at Lincoln Center. Jen Lobo Plamondon is a native New Yorker and the co-founder of bodē nyc. Jen has been teaching yoga since 2001 and running the studios with Donna since its inception. Prior to that, Jen served as the Communications Director for IMG, the largest sports marketing company in the world. With a background in marathon running, soccer, tennis, skiing and golf, Jennifer discovered yoga – particularly the Bikrram method – as a great cross-training tool, which after a few short months became her favorite form of exercise. With her marathon days behind her now, Jennifer finds that tradional hot yoga really fills her need for a hard workout and a great feeling afterwards. 3:30pm - 4:30pm Class,Instructed by Colin Lieu - Youth Friendly Colin Lieu is a youth yoga and mindfulness coach working with young people to help them fulfill their potential in some of New York City's most under-served communities. He trains educators and works with over 200 students each week in collaboration with community organizations such as SoBro, South East Bronx Neighborhood Centers, Manhattan Youth, Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School and The School Yoga Project. The class will reconnect us with our inner child and be welcoming to newcomers while offering challenges to seasoned yogis. 5:30pm - 6:30pm Class, Instructed by Amy Pearce-Hayden Amy Pearce-Hayden has devoted twenty years of study, practice, and teaching to classical yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, and meditation. She founded the RajaHatha School of Yoga in 2003, and continues to certify teachers in her 200 and 500 hour lineage. She is thrilled to return to Times Square for this magical Summer Solstice event, after participating as a co-host in 2013 and 2014. As an advocate for re-exposing the inner limbs of classic yoga, Amy is known for making the ancient wisdom of yoga accessible and profoundly healing. She is co-author of Living the Sutras, A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat, which was released by Shambhala, June 2018. When she’s not busy guest teaching for Yoga International, working on her next book, or directing her studio, TANTRA, she can be found happily leading a retreat with the ocean visibly nearby. 7:30pm - 8:45pm Class, Instructed by Swami Paramananda Swami Paramananda is one of the main Hatha Yoga professors in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers organization, and teaches the Hatha Yoga portions of the Teachers and Advanced Teacher Training Courses at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in NY, and also around the world. He frequently teaches various yoga programs at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Chelsea, NYC.