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Watch NYC's Solar Eclipse the Wellness Way

Picture of Esme Benjamin
Wellness Editor
Updated: 18 August 2017
On Monday afternoon the moon will pass directly in front of the sun, creating an uncanny, momentary twilight across many American states. Naturally, the wellness world is embracing this rare cosmic happening—the first of its kind since 1918—as an opportunity for sacred ritual and energetic growth.

Here in New York City we’ll get approximately 70 percent coverage of the sun, peaking at around 2:44pm, and in true New York style, there will be plenty of rooftop events with mid-afternoon happy hours and custom cocktails to choose from. For the more wellness-minded residents of the city, the standout occasion is a mini yoga retreat at Brooklyn Grange, aptly named Commune with the Moon.

The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m., when attendees will get a guided tour of the farm, which is located on the roof of the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. It’s the largest of its kind in the world—producing over 50,000 lbs. of organic produce every year, as well as honey from carefully cultivated bee hives.

Experience the eclipse from Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm
Experience the eclipse from Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm | © Anastasia Cole Plakias

At around 2:44 p.m. everybody will don special solar eclipse glasses, courtesy of Brooklyn’s favorite hipster eyewear brand Warby Parker, to watch the big event, followed by a two-hour intensive yoga and meditation session led by Sarah Schumann, from Prospect Heights studio Shambhala Yoga.

At 5 p.m. the mini solar eclipse retreat wraps up with drinks against a backdrop of looming sunflowers and cityscape views across the water. It really is the only way to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Heads up: This is a BYO mat and props situation, and organizers recommend taking an eye mask, light blanket, and re-fillable water bottle along to keep you comfortable for the duration of the afternoon.

Brooklyn Grange, Brooklyn Navy Yards, 63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 11205 +1 347 6703660

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