When everyone else seems to be taking one back in Times Square anxiously awaiting the drop of a ball, thousands of New Yorkers have their eyes closed and their breath big in downward facing dog. When ringing 2014 in, I joined in this tradition and there’s no going back for me because really, it’s quite fun to show up fashionably late to a New Years Eve party (i.e. after midnight) and why not make a grand entrance with a fabulous post-yoga glow?
Here’s the Growing Up On OM guide to ringing in 2016.
NEW YEARS EVE
Harlem Yoga Studio 108 Sun Salutations
Full disclosure: this is the NYE event I’m most excited about because I’ll be attending it and teaching some of the sun salutations at one of my true hOMe studios where I teach my weekly 5:45pm Saturday class. From my personal FB page:
SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED to ring in the New Year with lovely teachers and yogis. Very excited to lead some of the sun salutations in this event (a yoga nerd dream of mine). C’mon by and flow with us NYE – blog post to persuade you even more forthcoming!
- Teachers: a HYS variety!
- 9:45pm – Midnight
Come Ring in the New Year with deep breaths, Yoga, Community, and lots of LOVE! 10 PM through Midnight! Join many of your favorite HYS teachers and fellow Yogis as we celebrate the passing of 2015, and welcome 2016 with intention and open hearts. We will meet, ground, throw away what is not needed from the past year, and offer our intentions and wishes for 2016. Then together we will complete 108 Sun Salutations led by various teachers. We will end with a collective Metta meditation and then mingle and snack with healthy, nourishing food (and cookies!).
Why 108? The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. There are 108 Upanishads, and according to yogic tradition there are 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body.
Register here or just show up at the door!
Integral Yoga Institute 108 Sun Salutations: Peace, Prayers + Loving Energy
- Teacher: Nalini Kuhnke
- By Donation
What better way to welcome 2016 than to stretch, breathe, and celebrate Yoga with 108 sun salutations, led by the wonderful IYI teacher Nalini? Come and enjoy the sacred space of IYI’s Lotus Room as you join with other Yogis and Yoginis in this beautiful practice. Whatever you do for the rest of the evening, you’ll be refreshed, energized, and ready for a great new year.
Laughing Lotus Let Magic Reign w. Victor
- Teacher: Victor Colletti
Patti Smith was taught by her mother that the way she spent the first day of the year would influence the following 364 – so start YOUR 2016 off right with this two-hour intention-setting ceremony filled with fluid asana, chanting, powerful kriyas!
NEW YEARS DAY
New Years Soul Sweat w. Dana Trixie Flynn
- Laughing Lotus
Join Dana for a deep and beautiful fluid practice that rolls into a delicious gong bath. Let’s start the year off together with more energy and sweetness. All Levels.
New Years Day Yin Yoga Class
- Susan Derwin
- Laughing Lotus
We will take time to ground, to release what is in the past, and to open up and create space and intention for the New Year! Yin yoga is a more passive practice, utilizing props and gravity to facilitate lengthening of the connective tissue to increase mobility. This class is open to all levels, including beginners.
@YogaGirl Virtual 108 Sun Salutations (Live from the Upper East Side)
Happy New Year! May 2016 be happy, joyous + free!
written from the boca raton resort