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Monday, June 21, 2010

live from new york... it's yoga at the great lawn!

summer officially started early this morning, june 21st, at 4:28am pacific time. at that exact moment, the sun reached its northernmost point in the sky, giving us the most hours of daylight. which is why it's considered the longest day of the year (and no, it's NOT because it has more hours in the day than any other day... you wish!).

so to celebrate the first full day of summer, flavorpill and adidas will be hosting a massive yoga event in new york city's central park tomorrow. yes, it's a school night, but how often do you get to hang out with 9,999 like-minded yogis?

here's the invite, if you somehow missed it:

10,000 people. The first breath of summer.
Tuesday, June 22 - Central Park, NYC - 6pm

Celebrate great, diverse New York culture on the first full day of summer with an evening of music, spoken word and yoga. All skill levels are welcome.

~ Class led by renowned yoga teacher Elena Brower
~ Hosted by Reggie Watts, performances by Buddy Wakefield, Grammy nominee DALIEN aka 13 HANDS, Wah!, O'Nkosi Rhythms, and more!
~ Free Gaiam yoga mats from JetBlue
~ Free ChicoBags made of 100% recycled plastic

to join in the fun, you need a FREE ticket, which was available at the flavorpill site (i say was because all the tickets have been handed out at this point. but if you're in NYC, i suppose it can't hurt to see if they'll put you on a waitlist if you get there without a reservation).

if you were lucky enough to score a spot in the class, here are some last-minute instructions:

When: Tuesday, June 22 - 5:30pm gates open / 7pm class begins
Where: The Great Lawn, Central Park. Enter at 81st St and Central Park West or at 80th St and 5th Ave. (Once you enter Central Park, our Karma Crew, in green shirts, will direct you to the Great Lawn)

>> Reminder: You must bring your printed ticket for entry

Upon entry, you will receive a complimentary JetBlue yoga mat, a ChicoBag made of 100% recycled materials, a Smartwater, and other goodies. Please do not bring your own yoga mat, as they will not be allowed onto the lawn. Also, please do not bring oversized bags, blankets, or glass bottles. Everyone on the Lawn must be 16 years or older.

Beginning at 5.30pm, you can enjoy live performances by Reggie Watts, 13 Hands, and Buddy Wakefield. At 7:00pm, Elena Brower will take the stage and class will begin. The class is for all yoga levels. Following class, you are invited to enjoy live drumming by O'Nkosi Rhythms until 9pm.

This is a "Leave No Trace" event. Please dispose of plastic bottles in our recycling bins and take everything with you when you leave.

for those of us who can't make the event in manhattan (such as yours truly), we can still join in the festivities remotely. our good friends at LA-based yogaglo will be live-streaming the entire event for FREE starting at 5:30pm EST (2:30pm PST) until it winds down around 9:30pm. while the live feed will start out with the performers and speakers entertaining the gathering masses, the actual yoga class with elena won't get started until 7:15pm EST (4:15pm here in LA). so that'll hopefully give you plenty of time to get home, clear the furniture out in front of your TV screen, and get ready for what promises to be an awesome yoga class. but, if for some reason you can't be there for the live feed, click on that same yogaglo link to access an archived copy of elena's class which will be made available the next day.

on the other hand, if the idea of doing your downward dogs all by your lonesome just doesn't do it for you, here's another way you can participate, courtesy of the standard hotel in west hollywood (by the way, the standard in miami will be hosting a similar event; click here for details). and just like both the live event and its live-streamed counterpart, it's also FREE!!

Yoga on The Great Lawn
Inhale in. Exhale out.

10,000 People. The World's Largest Yoga Event.
Can't make it to NYC?
Don't worry, we're playing along in Hollywood, too!

We'll be live streaming the NYC Yoga event
Yoga guru Tara Stiles will lead a free class

3pm Pacific Time. Tuesday, June 22. Poolside.

The Standard Hotel Hollywood
8300 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: (323) 650-9090

RSVP: HollywoodYoga@standardhotel.com

note: the hotel will be featuring the live-streamed class on the tv monitors at the cactus lounge, adjacent to the pool deck (and no, you won't be able to lay down a yoga mat in the middle of the bar). while that's going on, a separate poolside class will be led by tara stiles. around 50 yogis and yoginis are expected to attend, so make sure you give yourself enough time to get there and score a good spot.

by the way, i'll be tweeting updates about the activity from the standard hotel here in LA. so if you're on twitter, follow me at @ayogist.

and don't worry... i'm a good yogi; i won't be tweeting while asana-ing :)