Category: Media & Culture / June 21, 2013 5:48 PM EDT
Finding peace in Times Square was the goal of thousands of yogis on Friday, June 21.
The free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes were held on the longest day of the year, also known as the summer solstice, to harness the power of yoga and to welcome the new season.
Standing tall, stretching and sitting, the students quietly tuned out the noise of Times Square and tuned in to their inner peace.
"Being in the environment of a hectic New York City, it's really just relaxing and kind of like a good combination of just the hecticness of New York City and then the calmness and the peacefulness and the tranquility that you find in yoga. And I love yoga. I do have a hectic work schedule, but I also find time for that. So that's why I'm here," said Jennifer who works in a local hotel.
"It makes me feel like I can find peace anywhere. It makes me feel like I can be with everyone in the city and be alone at the same time. So It's kind of an amazing feeling. And just taking the morning to be by myself with strangers and visitors and still feel like I'm one is wonderful," added Ana.
It was Dr. Charles Nicolai's first time at the yearly Times Square yoga event.
"It's amazing. It's great energy, the summer solstice. It's my son's birthday too today. So, I'm celebrating that with a little peace and balance," he said.
This is the 11th year of the Solstice in Times Square event. This year's daylong event was sponsored by the Times Square Alliance and Athleta, a women's clothing company.
Organizers said 16,000 people pre-registered for the classes that took place all day, from early in the morning until late in the evening.
Video Credit: Reuters