It was the summer solstice. It was hotter than Hades. And yet the fitness participants on Court Street in White Plains kept their cool. Ah, the power of yoga.

More than 500 people experienced it June 20 as they took part in “Get On Your Mat For Mental Health,” The Mental Health Association of Westchester’s first mega-yoga event in the county.  White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach expressed amazement at the city’s sudden transformation into an urban oasis of serenity, Yoga Haven founder Betsy Kase led the opening meditation and then teacher Gwen Lawrence took the enthusiasts through a series of asanas, or poses.

Later Gwen would say, “I wish you could see the view from up here. Just amazing.”

All together now: “Om.”

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