Every year, there's a day of yoga smack dab in the midst of Times Square. But does it actually help the cause of yoga? It is good PR? Or does it cause a yoga backlash?
Yahoo comments tend to be the bottom of the barrel, but they do provide an interesting window into the minds of Americans. The reaction to the yoga event on this Yahoo article was predominantly negative. Comments ranged from the annoyed to the political.
One person seemed offended that yoga would be sullied by the commercial bustle of Times Square:
How can a peaceful, serene and meditative pursuit like Yoga be practiced properly in a place like the middle of Time Square?
Sheesh, what a joke!
Others were more outraged over the taking over of the city square and traffic stoppages:
Out of all places, they had to pick one of the busiest epicenters in the country? They couldn't have done this at a beach?
When I excercise I do it at home, in the gym or in the park. These idiots have to make a spectacle of themselves AND shut down city traffic.
Some criticized the yogis for not taking time out of their day to protest the evils in the world, such as this person concerned about government corruption:
The Lala crowd come out for this but would they come out against the corruption in government? The shrinking of our liberties and freedoms? No, that would have too much meaning. Some generations never grow up. WOW that's c-c-c-ool man it's like totally wacked 3,000 air heads doing yoga on a filthy New York Street. Truly, it was one of the highlites of
m-m-my life.Know what I mean? It just blew me away. I felt.......like.......so complete.
And finally, a good-old fashioned rude New Yorker had his say:
I want the old New York back, when hardhats beat the crap out of hippies and this garbage wasn't tolerated.