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5th Annual Brick City Solstice

5th Annual Brick City Solstice

Newark Yoga Movement held the 5th Annual Brick City Solstice today, moving the event away from Military Park and over the “rain” location at the Haynes Building. The event celebrated the International Day of Yoga and the Summer Solstice. The day was filled with calming yoga, meditation, laughter yoga, vinyasa yoga, ritual sun salutations, coffee talk yoga and more.

Two yogis practice a pose at 5th Annual Brick City Solstice Photo By Brian Hester
Newark Yoga Movement event organizers at 5th Annual Brick City Solstice Photo by Brian Hester

Classes guided by Newark teachers I’m So Yoga Newark, Newark Yoga Movement, Prudential, Let’s Do Yoga and some wonderful meditation guides.

Instructor Punam Gupta lead a session of Laughter Yoga. Photo by Brian Hester

Founder Debby Kaminsky had read about low graduation rates in Newark–in 2013 approximately 87.5% of students graduated high school in New Jersey as compared to 67.7% in Newark*.  She knew that yoga would be an inexpensive way to help create positive change.

Newark Yoga Movement enhances the educational experience and provides easy access to increased peacefulness, focus and confidence as a complementary source of discipline and structure for all. Newark Yoga Movement meets every Newark child where they are, bringing them life skills through the practice of Yoga, breathing and centering at their schools and in their communities

Newark Yoga Movement founder Debby Kaminsky is flanked by instructors at 5th Annual Brick City Solstice Photo by Brian Hester

Sponsors and friends included Military Park, Prudential, Lululemon, MPAC Solutions and Hahne & Co.

Newark Yoga Movements Kim Stevens-Redstone leads practitioners. Photo by Brian Hester


Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye. Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics. ​You can see more of his work at

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