Annual Yoga Event In Times Square Is Online This Summer Solstice—But Record Turnout Expected

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A massive yoga event welcoming the summer solstice in Times Square was moved online this year because of the coronavirus, but an organizer is expecting a record turnout.

In years past, practitioners on their yoga mats would sit in the middle of the Crossroads of the World for the Solstice in Times Square, but organizers didn’t see a way to do that safely this year.

For the 2020 event on Saturday, yoga poses like sun salutations and downward dogs will be done online.

Event co-founder and instructor Douglas Stewart will hold classes from a nearly empty Times Square. He expects thousands to tune in from home.

“I think people are just finding that it is a practice that helps them to calm down or energize, whatever is needed,” Stewart said.

He said yoga is needed now more than ever.

“I think people are just needing some kind of stability,” Stewart said. “We're certainly not getting from leadership, and so we need some means of organizing ourselves.”

Classes and talks will be available throughout the day at the Times Square Alliance’s website.

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