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Slide1-IMG_2412On Friday, more than 16,000 people pre-registered to attend Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga—the 11th annual gathering of yogis in Times Square. And we were there to om, down-dog, and center our intentions among them, while gazing up at Jumbotrons.

Here are our best shots of yogis getting their Om on, amid honking horns and gawking tourists…

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Photos: Lisa Elaine Held and Jamie McKillop for Well+Good

 

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Slide7-IMG_1276The world’s oldest yoga teacher, 94-year old Tao Porchon-Lynch, kicked off the day at 7:25 a.m. with a five-minute meditation. She was smash hit, encouraging the crowd to “wake up with a smile” every day.

 

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Slide8-IMG_1289San Diego-based yoga instructor and Athleta fitness model athlete Drisana Carey lead the first class after an introduction from the Times Square Alliance president and the event co-founder Douglass Stewart.

 

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Slide3-IMG_1290Carey’s class was a heart-opening flow, with lots of gentle twists and expansive standing poses.

 

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Slide9-IMG_1287Classes took place on Broadway between 43rd and 48th Streets, and yogis practiced mat-to-mat, which led to some tricky maneuvering (and neighborly nudges) during pose transitions.

 

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Slide2-IMG_1297We rocked our Well+Good tanks (and side planks) for the cameras!

 

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Slide5-IMG_1294You need to strike a fierce warrior pose when flashing ticker-tape lights and billboards are threatening your focus.

 

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Slide6-IMG_1303 Savasana! There’s nothing like lying down on a yoga mat in the middle of Midtown Manhattan. Carey’s class was followed by classes with Reflections Yoga’s Paula Tursi, Bikram instructor Donna Rubin, Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee, and Douglass Stewart.

 

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