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Yoga Month Part I: Your summer recap


September is Yoga Month, and to celebrate, we’re catching you up on all things yoga every Monday through the month.

Wanderlust NYC
Wanderlust in New York City. (Photo: Michael Malandra for Wanderlust)

First up: A recap of our long hot summer of yoga in New York City

The summer sun will soon have set on our city, so we’re looking back at the yoga classes, epic events, and studio happenings that kept us lean and level (and sweaty) all season long.

The inaugural New York City-based Wanderlust in the City event kicked off the season on a grassy knoll overlooking the Hudson River.

Then, a couple thousand yogis took their asana to Times Square for the solstice and in August, we hopped on a ferry to take over Governor’s Island with Lululemon for the day.

And let’s not forget the hundreds of free (and affordable) yoga classes taking place in Bryant, Central, Battery, and Prospect Park and in other small parks and on piers throughout the five boroughs.

Solstice in Times Square 2011
The Solstice in Times Square 2011 (Photo: Larkin Clark for Well+Good)

As the economy’s dips and dives worsened, yogis also began to look inward, finding solace in spiritual classes and focus behind a blindfold.

Despite the uncertainty, studios thrived, with Laughing Lotus created a yoga dance hall.

YogaVida debuted a second studio in Noho, and the Shala opened a sister studio in Ft. Greene; one NYC yogi opened a studio in the Berkshires.

And we almost accidentally caused the arrest of a couple hundred yogis when publicizing an end-of-summer flash mob in Grand Central. Whoops!

Now, about it’s time to trade your literal sun salutations in for crisp autumn air and an indoor practice.

But if you’re feeling rushed, there are plenty of amazing yoga retreats this fall in locations from Argentina to Italy to help you hold onto your vacation vibe.

Got any fall yoga events or personal yoga goals to share? Tell us in the Comments area, below! To learn more about Yoga Month, visit yogamonth.org