Building Strength and Courage at Bendy Brunch ™

Courage comes from the Latin word cor, meaning heart. It also comes from the French wine called champagne. 

This Sunday's Bendy Brunch at Long View Gallery was a blast! What better way  to finish off Valentine's Day weekend than with a friend-filled yoga practice  followed by a champagne brunch, all in the awe-inspiring setting of Long View?

 Grip The Mat Yoga, Bendy Brunch, Longview Gallery, Sunday February 15, 2015, Photo by Ben Droz.
 Grip The Mat Yoga, Bendy Brunch, Longview Gallery, Sunday February 15, 2015, Photo by Ben Droz.

Both sessions focused on heart openers and core strengtheners to build up to the peak partner posture Adho Mukha Vrksasana, or handstand.  Flipping upside down requires strength, focus and courage, but, with the help of a friend, is fun and energizing! After 30 minutes of a heating sequence, Christy and Ashley demonstrated how to help a friend set the foundation for a solid handstand. The diverse group of yogis eagerly jumped at the task and spent some time getting to know and learn from each other.

The hard work did not go unrewarded. After a restorative  yoga sequence and juicy savasana, the mimosa brunch began.  Prepared by Spike Mendelsohn, the spread featured healthy, wholesome and locally sourced ingredients. Buffalo Bergan's fresh pressed juice paired perfectly with the refreshing sparkling wine.

 Grip The Mat Yoga, Bendy Brunch, Longview Gallery, Sunday February 15, 2015, Photo by Ben Droz.
 Grip The Mat Yoga, Bendy Brunch, Longview Gallery, Sunday February 15, 2015, Photo by Ben Droz.
 Grip The Mat Yoga, Bendy Brunch, Longview Gallery, Sunday February 15, 2015, Photo by Ben Droz.

The Grip The Mat crew loved spending  Sunday morning with everyone that joined and cannot wait for the next Bendy Brunch!

 Grip The Mat Yoga, Bendy Brunch, Longview Gallery, Sunday February 15, 2015, Photo by Ben Droz.

Photos by Ben Droz.