Last week I had the privilege of being a part of something big. Yoga in Times Square! It was for Summer Solstice - which occurs "exactly when the Earth's semi-axis in a given hemisphere is most inclined towards the sun." (Thank you Wikepedia!) There were over 2000 participants and literally thousands watching as we did our bends, twists and poses!
In fact, over 17,000 people pass through Times Square every hour. Yup, every HOUR. Everyday. Isn't that incredible? So with many watching (most of them snapping pics with slight confusion as to what on earth was going on!) and amidst all the chaos - the people, noise, larger-than-life advertisements and blazing sun - we breathed. It was truly one of those unforgettable moments.
Lying in Shivasana, looking up at the huge buildings and bright lights - I just couldn't believe I was literally lying in the middle of Times Square! And being in that moment got me thinking... about life and its undeniable chaos.
No matter what our unique lives are, there always seems to be craziness surrounding us. If not with work, family, finance, health and/or relationships - then just the stress of our fast-paced society is enough to make us all a little frazzled!
So how do we find the calm and peace that we need? It was in that moment in Times Square I realized that life will never slow down. The noise won't subside anytime soon. And Times Square was the extreme example of that. However, what we need to do is make peace WITH the chaos and find the calm within ourselves. Practices like yoga, meditation and simple mindful breathing exercises are so powerful - just a few minutes a day can literally change how you feel, react and be in the world.
I think we could all use a little TLC for ourselves - not in the form of a spa or vacation, but just a few minutes a day of breathing. I hope we can all make the decision to find the calm amidst the chaos -although it can be daunting in the beginning - eventually we'll be able to block out the world and find our Om.
Yours in Wellness,
ps. here is a link to the live stream - I was in the 12:30 class!