The Faces of Yoga in Central Park

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One of the world's largest yoga classes proved also to be one of the shortest. An estimated 10,000 people showed up for yoga in Central Park on Tuesday only to find--mid Surya Namaskar--that lightning and rain would cut the solstice celebration short.

Legendary yoga teacher Elena Bower lead the mass of yogis. Participants on the scene say even the rain and thunder could not dampen their moods or destroy their inner peace.

One of the greatest things about yoga--and New York City--is its ability to unite young and old, and people from all parts of the city proudly waited in long lines for a chance at this great coming together of community in the park. As they waited, they did what yogis often do: yoga.

In the end, the day will be remembered as yet another lesson in willful intention with non-concern for results.

Aerial image by Geoffrey Goodridge / Michael O'Neill
Photos by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan