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International Day of Yoga

Harbor View Lawn
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In celebration of Juneteenth and the transformative practice of yoga, join us with an open mind and heart as we bring together local teachers and partners for a full day of classes and wellness experiences on International Day of Yoga.

We invite you to come practice with us and honor the roots of yoga. The yoga practices that will be shared are accessible for any body type and skill level. This free event takes place on the Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn; scroll down for times and details on each class. This event is free, but we do require all participants. to fill out a fitness waiver. RSVP’s via the link below encouraged, but walk-ups welcome!

Additionally, please bring your own mats. A limited number of mats will be available to borrow from the welcome tents.

Important: The registration involves two steps — once you complete registration at the link above, you will be sent a confirmation email with a link to an online waiver which must be completed before you can participate in our fitness programming. Individuals who have not completed a waiver will not be permitted to join.

This event is part of the Festival of New York!

  • 10:15-11:30AM ONEYOGAHOUSE: Sound Healing & Breathwork

      Sound has been used for its therapeutic qualities for centuries. This powerful medium is known to inspire a change in state and self-reflection. Join Brittany Simone for an immersive sonic journey to help deepen your connection to self. Using overtone emitting instruments and gentle breath-work, you will be guided inward towards the unconscious self. This experience encourages a release of stress and a deeper sense of connection. Release the old and invite the new in this dynamic and refreshing introspective event.

  • 12:00-1:00PM Chelsea Piers Fitness: Vinyasa Yoga

      The celebration of Juneteenth is about liberation, a day that should have ushered the enslaved people of America, into a life where they could receive the human rights afforded to free Americans.  Yoga is a practice of liberation, a tool that is used to create balance in mind and body so that our experience of the world is tempered by our understanding of struggle, self awareness and contentment.  This Juneteenth we create liberation, through grounding postures, mindful breathing, challenge, and release, in the hope that the clarity and resilience we cultivate on our mats will help us to continue to fight for freedom in the America of our Present and Future yet to come. The class will be led by Chelsea Piers Fitness instructor, Dorian Shorts.

      About Dorian Shorts
      Dorian Shorts  (E-RYT 500 YACEP) has been serving communities in the NYC area since 2015.  His love of vinyasa and restorative styles stem from a lifelong pursuit of mental and physical balance, and his goal as a teacher has been to expand the limits of possibility within his students, creating a deeper awareness of agency over one’s personal health.  Trained in Lotus Flow Vinyasa, Dorian has been a private teacher as well as an instructor at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, LL Studio, Harlem Yoga Studio, Kaia Yoga, Equinox,  The Ali Forney Center, and Chelsea Piers Fitness.  “In order to create and sustain balance,  a physical practice should be a combination of exertion and rest, explore what works for you on the mat and reap the benefits the rest of your life!”

  • 1:30-2:30PM Abhaya Yoga: Asana Yoga + Live Music

      Celebrating the Liberation within Ourselves: A joyful flow honoring our everyday grace. In this inclusive collaboration of music and movement, we will find release from that which limits our freedom through hip and heart openers – embracing the vulnerability, capacity for love, joy, and mercy within our physical and subtle bodies. The class is led by Abhaya Yoga instructor Michelle Addo and music by Kevin Nathaniel.

      About Michelle Addo
      Although she dabbled in yoga during high school, Michelle Addo’s practice became consistent in 2010 upon moving to Brooklyn – finding NYC’s numerous donation-based programs a relatively accessible way to explore the city. After 11 years of regular practice, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2021 with Abhaya Yoga under the guidance of Tara Glazier. As a teacher, Michelle strives to empower students of all backgrounds to explore the nuance and strengths of their physical and subtle bodies through an encouraging, yet technical practice. With sequences structured around rational progression, students will find an emphasis on alignment and modifications for their unique physicality. As a student, her view of yoga has expanded beyond just the physicality of asanas and she uses her own practice as one of many ways to apply ahimsa – a way to stay active, participate in a far-reaching, diverse community, and find peace through practice. Indeed, she finds a calling within the dual – internal and external – nature of yoga and the concept of devotion to a collective (Sutra 2.1:The practice of yoga consists of self-discipline, self-study, and dedication to Self.).

About The Festival of New York

This summer marks the inaugural Festival of New York, a collaboration and celebration of the best this city has to offer: art, culture, and most importantly, US—the people whose hearts beat for New York. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we’re banding together—we’re talking live musical events, city-wide dance parties, neighborhood sports, volunteer opportunities, and so much more. The Festival offers the chance to grow, connect, and take action, all while celebrating everything that makes our city the place to be. Let’s celebrate our resilience and show the world that New York never left. The comeback summer is here!

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