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Times Square Alliance officials expected thousands of yoga practitioners to participate in free classes for all skill levels ...
during the `'Solstice in Times Square-Athleta Mind Over Madness" event. (June 20)
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[SOT/]president Times Square Alliance: "Today is the summer solstice mind over madness yoga in Times Square. It's the tenth time we've done it and what's most incredible is the growth of the event. The first year there were literally three of us. And of this year there were 14,000 people pre-registered online."Tim Tompkins, president Times Square Alliance: "You start off and you're hearing the horns honk, you're hearing people yell things from the sidelines. And by the end of the class your mind and spirit are in a different place. It's extraordinary."Vaness Berenger, yogi: "It was very cool. I mean, I think for the first time, for me, I thought Times Square was quiet for the first time. So it was really nice."Marie Garcia, yogi: "The chemistry is just perfect. It's just perfect to be with people who have similar minds."Giancarla Boyle, yogi: "I'm glad that we came early and did the early session. So it's a lot cooler and we're in the shade so it's really nice out."