Rhythm and yoga greet the solstice

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Michelle Whelan of Ocean City, who teaches yoga at the Ocean City Community Center, Yoga Zone and Exodus Integrated Wellness, leads the yoga practice at the Music Pier Dec. 22. Michelle Whelan of Ocean City, who teaches yoga at the Ocean City Community Center, Yoga Zone and Exodus Integrated Wellness, leads the yoga practice at the Music Pier Dec. 22.

OCEAN CITY — A crowd of yogis gathered Dec. 22 at the Music Pier in celebration of the winter solstice. Participants were asked to bring a donation to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Steve Mullen of Yoga Dog, who helped to organize the event, said thanks to Ocean City Home Bank, all of the almost $1,600 in donations collected Thursday evening will go to the food bank. Yoga instructors for the evening included Haddonfield resident Nicole Cucinotta of Firefly Arts and Yoga, Margate resident Melissa Goldstein of New Jersey Yoga Zone, Ocean City resident Michelle Whelan, who teaches yoga at the Ocean City Community Center, Yoga Zone and Exodus Integrated Wellness; and Somers Point resident Giselle Toner of Eternity Yoga. Gina Roche of Atlantic City and Pamela Whitman of Beesleys Point provided the music for the event. Following the hour-long practice, participants were invited to join in a drum circle led by Mullen.

Rhythm and yoga greet the solstice
OCEAN CITY — A crowd of yogis gathered Dec. 22 at the Music Pier in celebration of the winter solstice.
Participants were asked to bring a donation to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Steve Mullen of Yoga Dog, who helped to organize the event, said thanks to Ocean City Home Bank, all of the almost $1,600 in donations collected Thursday evening will go to the food bank.
Yoga instructors for the evening included Haddonfield resident Nicole Cucinotta of Firefly Arts and Yoga, Margate resident Melissa Goldstein of New Jersey Yoga Zone, Ocean City resident Michelle Whelan, who teaches yoga at the Ocean City Community Center, Yoga Zone and Exodus Integrated Wellness; and Somers Point resident Giselle Toner of Eternity Yoga. Gina Roche of Atlantic City and Pamela Whitman of Beesleys Point provided the music for the event.
Following the hour-long practice, participants were invited to join in a drum circle led by Mullen.
—Claire Lowe
photos by Claire Lowe
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Yoga instructor Nicole Cucinotta of Haddonfield and Firefly Arts and Yoga takes the participants through several stretches.
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Yoga instructor Melissa Goldstein of Margate and New Jersey Yoga Zone helps the yogis move to their next position.
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Rody O’Rourke moves into a warrior pose.
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The yogis move into a warrior pose.
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Another variation of the warrior pose.
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These participants drop into a triangle pose.
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Michelle Whelan of Ocean City, who teaches yoga at the Ocean City Community Center, Yoga Zone and Exodus Integrated Wellness, leads the yoga practice at the Music Pier Dec. 22.
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A large group practices yoga Dec. 22 at the Music Pier.
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This woman moves into a variation of what is sometimes known as the rockstar pose.
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Gina Roche of Atlantic City plays music to accompany the yoga practice at the Music Pier Dec. 22.
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Giselle Toner of Somers Point and Eternity Yoga shows a more advanced move.
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Steve Mullen of Yoga Dog helped to brings the practice to a close.
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Damien Gilgore of Galloway plays his own drum at the drum circle which followed a yoga practice in celebration of the winter solstice Dec. 22 at the Music Pier.
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Luisa Cilurzo of Smithville has a great time participating in the drum circle.
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Sherri Edelman of Ventnor plays the tambourine.
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Joe Jennings of Margate keeps a beat on the djembe.
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Brie Sterling of Ocean City shakes to the beat.
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Casey LaCarrubba and Julia Conover of Somers Point play along in the drum circle.
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Janice Strigh and Linda Zabon, both of Somers Point, stretch before yoga at the Music Pier in celebration of the winter solstice Dec. 22.

photos by Claire Lowe

Yoga instructor Nicole Cucinotta of Haddonfield and Firefly Arts and Yoga takes the participants through several stretches. Yoga instructor Nicole Cucinotta of Haddonfield and Firefly Arts and Yoga takes the participants through several stretches.

Yoga instructor Melissa Goldstein of Margate and New Jersey Yoga Zone helps the yogis move to their next position. Yoga instructor Melissa Goldstein of Margate and New Jersey Yoga Zone helps the yogis move to their next position. Rody O’Rourke moves into a warrior pose. Rody O’Rourke moves into a warrior pose.

The yogis move into a warrior pose. The yogis move into a warrior pose. Another variation of the warrior pose. Another variation of the warrior pose.

A large group practices yoga Dec. 22 at the Music Pier. A large group practices yoga Dec. 22 at the Music Pier. This woman moves into a variation of what is sometimes known as the rockstar pose. This woman moves into a variation of what is sometimes known as the rockstar pose.

Gina Roche of Atlantic City plays music to accompany the yoga practice at the Music Pier Dec. 22. Gina Roche of Atlantic City plays music to accompany the yoga practice at the Music Pier Dec. 22. Giselle Toner of Somers Point and Eternity Yoga shows a more advanced move. Giselle Toner of Somers Point and Eternity Yoga shows a more advanced move.

Steve Mullen of Yoga Dog helped to brings the practice to a close. Steve Mullen of Yoga Dog helped to brings the practice to a close. Damien Gilgore of Galloway plays his own drum at the drum circle which followed a yoga practice in celebration of the winter solstice Dec. 22 at the Music Pier. Damien Gilgore of Galloway plays his own drum at the drum circle which followed a yoga practice in celebration of the winter solstice Dec. 22 at the Music Pier.


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