Today we’re going to actually skip the plane ride and hop on the bus…
oh and yes.. I took the photo above that is being used as the featured image (I’m so artsy sometimes) 😉
I’m sitting here reminiscing over my first ever trip to NYC; I initially thought it was in the summer and then remembered I made the crazy drive from Niagara Falls to NYC. Driving eight hours isn’t bad at all… driving through Manhattan on the other hand is just god awful!! Anywho, that trip was very short lived and we spent most of our time in New Jersey.
So here’s the thing – I’m absolutely in love with New York City.. like hands down my soul lights up when I’m there.
My first true time in the city was back in June 2012 for the Mind over Madness event in Times Square. Imagine the heart of Manhattan closed off and over populated with yogis – the energy was incredible!
YES THIS IS A REAL THING!!
So here’s how it all went down! The night prior to the summer solstice (June 20th) my best friend Marlie and I got on a mega bus from Buffalo and we got into NYC around 6am… first stop starbucks!
Our scheduled Bikram class in TSQ wasn’t until noon… so we wandered around the city, found some cute shops, ate breakfast and took in the oh so amazing New York City vibes.
We made sure to be in Times Square well before noon to ensure we got a ‘good’ spot for class (because that’s obviously what matters when you’re practicing yoga… NOT), but it definitely pleased 19 year-old Catherine at the time. So we’re still happy about that.
Ahhh… June 21st, summer solstice in NYC, scorching HOT heat.. and no effing breeze. Cool, now let’s just do that worlds hardest yoga class ever; Bikram Yoga… AND DIE! Seriously hottest day of the year, it was over 105F with the humid X, no air to breathe in the polluted city and blaahhh just not good. BUT the class, and the energy and the people – holy moly, LIFE CHANGING!
After the deathly, life changing-amazing class – we were simply dead tired and soaking wet of sweat. We had no energy, all we wanted was a shower and air conditioning.
But here’s the thing with being 19 in NYC… you can’t rent a hotel. We had our bus ticket already bought to head back to Buffalo and go home that night.
So let’s just recap this:
Leave Buffalo on June 20th midnight, no sleep, get to NYC at 6am, practice 90 minute class at noon in the blazing hot heat, and take the bus home at 7pm on June 21st – get home at 3am.
THAT’S A DAMN COMMITMENT TO YOGA PEOPLE! And so so so so so worth it. We like to laugh about it now; because at the time we were seriously broke university students with a passion and desire to stop, drop and yoga in the craziest place in the world… and we did just that. (high five 19 year old Catherine and Marlie)
Yup, we were sweating, hot and hungry… and we all know that means cranky. We immediately found FOOD! If we would have been a little more organized I’m sure we could have found our way to a really good vegetarian restaurant… but we were desperate, so we ended up Olive Garden (I’m sad.. we could have at least ate NYC pizza). After filling our bellies, we did the smart thing.. we found a hotel, and laid in the lobby out of the heat!
We never made it to the Empire State building, or to Central Park… nope, none of that. Just yoga, food, and a hotel lobby. In all honesty, we were so pleased with ourselves it didn’t even matter that we didn’t see the entire city.
We swore after this trip we would never ever take a bus to the city and practice yoga… the next time we’d be sure to save up all year if we had too, buy plane tickets and rent a hotel.
But guess what, we did it all over again in 2014… we took the bus ride to the city JUST for the day so we could practice and calm our minds in the busiest place – and that my friends is why it’s called Mind over Madness.
Marlie, marbles, boo boo bear, best friend – you’re my rock, my safe harbour, my golden nugget! You’re the only person I could endure on a bus without any sleep, cuddling trying to stay warm, practice yoga with in the blazing heat with hungry bellies, and still hold hands in savasana and just hug it out with full hearts and pure happiness afterwards. Not only would I do this all over again just like this every single year with you – but I would do anything for you at any time.
Next time you pack your bags to head somewhere, be sure to bring someone that you wouldn’t want to kill after two days – it makes a big difference 😉