Practice With a Supermodel at Madison Square Garden

If you've always dreamed of playing Madison Square Garden, it's your chance to get on the court.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: Manhattan's Madison Square Garden stands over Pennsylvania Station on July 25, 2013 in New York City. The New York City Council 47-1 to only extend the sporting arena's special operating permit for 10 years instead of permanently, as the Garden's owners had requested. The city plans to expand Penn Station, which currently sits below the arena and is daily crowded with some 500,000 people who pass through it via the subway system.

Madison Square Garden (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

If you’ve always dreamed of playing Madison Square Garden, now is your chance to get on the court. Unfortunately, you won’t be playing basketball or singing lead in a band, and you won’t even be wearing Yeezys paired with a normcore outfit. You will, however, be able to participate in the first ever yoga session on the court of MSG, proving wellness is ubiquitous. After all, it must be mainstream if it’s taking place at MSG.

On Monday, March 7 non-profit REBUILD Globally is hosting Impact Garden, a wellness and fashion focused charity event to raise money to fight poverty in Haiti. Of course, the yogi leading the first ever session at MSG can’t be a normal. Instead, it’s supermodel, activist and kundalini yoga teacher Angela Lindvall.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: Model Angela Lindvall walks the runway at The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the 69th Regiment Armory November 9, 2005 in New York City.

Model Angela Lindvall during her Victoria’s Secret Angel days (Photo: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

After guests practice with the ultra-green Ms. Lindvall (better perfect your poses; it will be highly intimidating to exercise with a former Angel) they’ll receive a gift bag full of vodka and beauty products, and they can enter the artisan marketplace. The more athletically inclined will even have the chance to shoot hoops with former Knicks players.

Host Committee Chair and model Heide Lindgren told the Observer what she hopes to accomplish on the court.


Heide Lindgren (Photo: Courtesy Deux Mains).

Can you tell us a little bit about what REBUILD does? REBUILD Globally is a non-profit whose main mission is fighting poverty through job creation. We are able to put the measures—a job opening, training, education one should have received prior to obtaining that job, materials needed for executing the job—in place for a company like Deux Mains Designs to be created and employ people in the community, providing them with dignified, living wages and a place to take pride in their work and share their incredible talent.

How did you choose Ms. Lindvall as the event’s yogi? I’ve been working in the fashion industry since the age of 13, so I’ve always been aware of and admired Angela Lindvall. I have always been told that she was not only an incredibly kind person, but that she cared so much about the bigger picture.

Instead of discarding tires, deux mains upcycles them and uses them as the soles of sustainable sandals for our fashion brand.

Deux Mains upcycles tires and uses them as the soles of sustainable sandals (Photo: Deux Mains).

What are some of your favorite retailers in the marketplace? Deux Mains Designs made me fall in love with this movement. They remove tires from the streets and gutters and turn them into the most stunning products. Sasa Designs, a brand I came across not too long ago, provide deaf women in Kenya with employment designing beautiful jewelry. Article22‘s talented artisans literally turn land mines into “peace bombs.” Each peace bomb bracelet sold goes to helping farmers clear their land of landmines that, incredibly, still exist.

Practice With a Supermodel at Madison Square Garden