This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cottonelle. All opinions are 100% mine.
After a quick beach getaway over the weekend, I returned to Manhattan on Sunday and headed to the Solstice in Times Square event, where the Times Square Alliance celebrates the first official day of summer with a series of yoga classes. Last year, the classes sold out faster than I could reserve a spot, so I was looking forward to practicing with hundreds of other yogis on what I believed to be a sunny evening. When I arrived in Times Square, I met up with the Cottonelle team and spokeswoman Cherry Healey. For the first time, Cottonelle was offering bathrooms at the event. They also had a cheeky photo booth set up to encourage people to Go Cottonelle Go Commando.
Remember when I called the weather sunny? Shortly after moving into the class space and taking my spot in the center of the front row, clouds moved overhead. Before anyone could take cover, it started to pour. I’m talking sheets of rain. I had no umbrella and no shoes on, so I sat on my mat in the rain until another girl pulled me under her umbrella. The storm lasted less than 10 minutes, but everyone was soaked from head to mat. Miraculously, no one left. Instead, everyone cheered as Cherry took the stage to talk about the Cottonelle sponsorship and share some silly yoga poses.
After a short delay, renouned instructors Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee took the stage. I realized that, as a blogger, I was in the first two rows with other influencers and instructors and felt a bit nervous. But as soon as the sun peaked through the skyscrapers, I was overwhelmed with the magnitude of sitting on a mat at the center of New York City. Rodney and Colleen calmed the group and focused our attention on our practice. Hundreds of tourists watched.
I really enjoyed the format of the class. Rodney and Colleen took turns instructing. While one spoke and demonstrated onstage, the other wandered around the first few rows to make hands-on corrections. It was pretty awesome to have my form corrected by such respected instructors. Colleen also shared a poem about what it would be like if the world stopped and enjoyed 12 seconds of stillness. The words were appropriate as we stretched and moved through the practice in Times Square. Class lasted until almost 8pm. Before heading home, I caught a glimpse of Manhattanhenge (Can you call it that on the wrong date?), which was reflecting off the Cottonelle trailer. Despite the rain, the event was the perfect way to officially welcome summer.