WELLNESS: Signs of Summer (Solstice) in the City
You know it’s officially summertime in New York when thousands converge on Times Square with yoga mats in hand. Another sure sign people are ready to shake off any remaining winter blues _ lots of singing in the streets as Make Music New York kicks off with more than 1,000 free concerts in public spaces planned across the five boroughs. And, kudos to everyone who helped save this year’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade (June 22), raising more than the $100,000 needed in a robust Kickstarter campaign.
Yes, the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day of the year begins at 1:04 a.m. ET on Friday, and not a second too soon. National Geographic points out an interesting twist: This year’s summer solstice will be followed by 2013’s largest supermoon (whoa!). In the early hours of June 23, the moon will officially reach its full phase and will be the closest to Earth that it will be all year, the magazine reports.
Mindful of that, I’m simply ready to embrace another summer full of unlimited possibility and fresh hope knowing that it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
“Athleta is excited to co-host the Summer Solstice in Times Square event and harness the power, beauty and spirit of our collective yoga practices to salute the sun and welcome Summer,” said Tess Roering, Athleta’s vice president of marketing. Extending a message of peace and tranquility nationwide, Athleta stores will hold free yoga classes on June 21st led by local instructors, plus give away one free Athleta yoga outfit and commemorative “Solstice in Times Square”-branded yoga mats.
Solstice in Times Square: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/solstice-in-times-square/index.aspx
Make Music New York: http://makemusicny.org/
Time and Date’s ‘Day and Night’ World Map: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunearth.html