Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

1,000s Celebrate Yoga in NYC Times Square

Solstice in Times Square 012Beyond Body Mind Spirit was among thousands gathered to celebrate Summer Solstice- the first day of summer- in NYC Times Square.

No one seemed to lose their focus, though they were in Times Square, the world’s most commercial and frenetic place.  Nor did anyone seem to notice as temperatures soared to the high 90s on the longest day of the year.

Solstice in Times Square 011Their focus was on moving and stretching in surprising tranquility in one moment while in other moments, the high energy reverberated off the buildings as they chanted “PEACE. WE ARE FREE!”

Not only did I connect with other enthusiastic New Yorkers, but made a special connection with Rostelle from Chicago and Susan from Edison, New Jersey.

Solstice in Times Square with Michele Risa 010As a co-sponsor of this inspiring event, Beyond Body Mind Spirit is offering a FREE Spa Gift Package to all those who take advantage of our FREE Thursday Yoga Classes (good through August 31.) To reserve your spot, email me at

If you were among the 1,000s and we somehow didn’t see each other (?!?), I’d love to hear your story.

Hope you join our team next year!

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