According to the Times Square Alliance website, “attendees are challenged to find tranquility and transcendence in the midst of the world's most commercial and frenetic place.”
Finding “tranquility and transcendence” through yoga can do your body good. According to the Mayo Clinic, the health benefits of practicing yoga can range from stress reduction to weight loss.
“With its quiet, precise movements, yoga draws your focus away from your busy, chaotic day and toward calm as you move your body through poses that require balance and concentration,” the Mayo Clinic said on its website.
There’s something to all those yoga stretches too, according to the Mayo Clinic. “As you learn and refine new poses, you may enjoy improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you're less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.”
This ancient Indian practice can also help you manage a host of chronic health conditions including cancer, depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia. It can also help reduce blood pressure. According to the American Cancer Society, a small clinical trial showed that people with lymphoma fell asleep quicker, reported fewer sleep disturbances and slept longer after a seven-week yoga program compared to patients who did not participate.
If you’re trying to shed a few pounds – get into that ‘bridge’ pose. Not only does yoga help increase relaxation and overall feelings of well-being, but it may help you make healthy lifestyle changes so you can gain control over your eating habits.
And while yoga is generally safe for most people, check with your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- Balance problems
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Certain eye conditions, including glaucoma
- Severe osteoporosis
- Artificial joints
Tranquility is probably not the word most people would use to describe Times Square in New York City, but every year on the first day of summer, yoga enthusiasts from all over the world flock to the hectic tourist destination to roll out their mats for the Mind Over Madness Yoga event