Don’t you dare downward-dog me in the face.
Alright, you crunchy, patchouli-oil-wearing daters out there, this one might be for you; the summer solstice is nigh and with it comes the semi-religious-exercise-practioners who reserve the right to practice their stretching in mid-town traffic while slack-jawed tourists and community-service-street-cleaners look on in passing amazement and boredom . . . it’s hard to compete with an enormous video of an undulating coke bottle, a hypnotic and partially psychedelic m&ms presentation, and an enormous NASDAQ screen scrolling the most boring information in the universe. Yep, there are lots of distractions in Times Square.
What does all this crypto-hyphenated speak actually mean? The Times Square Alliance is having a Summer Solstice Free Yoga-Fest for free. I know, I know: everyone has been clamoring for more Yoga, and so finally I came through with it.
Anyway, it seems like a strange idea, mainly because it IS a strange idea. But, it could also be fun, depending on how you go about it. Basically, the gist of the whole event is best explained on their site:
A free yoga-fest in the heart of Times Square. Yoga enthusiasts, both experienced and beginners, gather to face the challenge of finding tranquility and transcendence in the midst of the urban energy of the world’s most commercial and frenetic place.
I have to admit, it sounds interesting . . . assuming you’re a beginner, you should show up at 6pm. With your leotard on and with your date . . . who presumably is also into this idea, either as being terribly ironic, or because they’re really into it. Either way, it’s a one-time thing . . . sort of like being in a Spencer Tunick photograph; interesting, deliberately weird, obnoxious in a way and memorable, all at the same time!
What: Solstice Yoga In Times Square
When: 7:30am-9am (Intermediate/Advanced)
Where: In Times Square, on the island at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets, and throughout the Times Square neighborhood. Take any train (other than the 6) to 42nd street.
How: You must register beforehand . . .
Afterwards, I suggest going to the Hotel QT bar and pool for drinks and a shower — maybe even a steam or sauna sitting. Check out the Hot Date: Steam Rooms, Sauna, and Swimming Pools date from May — this would be a great end to the evening (if you don’t include being mobbed by gay men. . . . unless, of course, you are one . . . then it might be OK for you).
TIP: 1.7 million people walk, bike, and drive through Times Square each day. That makes it slightly less trafficked than your bedroom . . . ZING!! HEYOO!! Ugh.
TIP: Although not for the photo above, Spencer Tunick was arrested for taking a similar photo in Times Square when in 1999 after 150 people got naked at his request.
SEXY-TIP: The word “Yoga” is taken (partially) from the sanskrit word yuj, meaning, among other things, “to unite.” The word itself means “joining” or “uniting.”
This is one of those events that wouldn’t benefit from the bandit box wines that Hedgehog is always pushing like a 19 year-old drug dealer. I just thought I’d note that.