NY Peace Week: Stop Violence, Do Yoga (Free! Today!)


In today’s why-can’t-we-all-get-along news, we wanted to give a quick shout-out to NY Peace Week, which runs until Jan. 22nd in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of non-violence. They have an important message and all, but we wanted to first get to the news that we think would grab your attention best: free yoga!

That’s right, folks. Keep up your new year’s resolutions and haul your butt over to 227 West 13th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today for free yoga. Urban Yoga for Teen, Youth, & Community Based Organizations is hosting a “Warriors of Light” workshop and practice, which is about “transforming environmental or internal stress, anxiety, anger, desire, pressure, limitation or lack into expressed flexibility, control, strength, awareness, poise, confidence and ease through body mind integration.” Fight stress, anxiety, and pressure — y’know, all the things that make you a true New Yorker!

If you can’t make it this afternoon, don’t fret. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., you can sweat for peace. That’s right, perspire for pacifism. Sweat My Body is hosting a Pilates and Body Bootcamp from 7-8 p.m. and a beginner’s House dance class from 8-9 p.m.

Now, for you non-yoga-lovers who want to know what this Peace Week is all about — it’s the third annual initiative in New York, and it’s organized by LIFE Camp Inc., a youth violence prevention group.

They have film screenings and other events throughout the week, and are spreading a message of curbing gun violence, which seems to be a theme in New York this week.

Capital New York has a nice article on Peace Week’s press conference launch, in which hip-hop producer Russell Simmons stopped by City Hall with some elected officials to promote, y’know, peace! (And also criticize Police Commissioner Ray Kelly — who Simmons said is “insensitive,” citing his stop-and-frisk and drug enforcement policies).

Youth and celebrity ambassadors are tweeting about it at #PeaceIsALIFEStyle this week.

Several at the press conference said that the discussion this week needs to involve questions of police conduct — a message which folks screamed at Mayor Mike Bloomberg at an MLK event on Monday.