Washingtonian Announces GTM as Top Instagram Account

Washingtonian announced Grip The Mat as a top fitness Instagram! Read their article 12 DC Fitness and Exercise Instagram Accounts to Follow for Healthy-Living Motivation.

We're glad more people are catching on to our happy and healthy, yin and yang, yoga and cocktail lifestlye. Since we opened a year and a half ago, hundreds of yoga newcomers and advanced practicioners have joined us in the journey toward a lifestyle balanced with mindfulness and a social twist. The Washington, DC yoga scene has exploded this past year and we are glad to be a part of it!

Do you follow us on Instagram? Let us know if we live up to the hype.

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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.

Bendy Brunch™ in Technicolor Church

Bendy Brunch

yoga + brunch

can't forget... bottomless mimosas!

What does the nation's fittest city* love more than starting the day with a detoxifying yoga flow? Add a huge group of 200 friends and brunch with bottomless mimosas. Now we really doubt you'll be able to come up with anything better!

December 07, 2014 marked our second ever Bendy Brunch and it rocked our worlds. The event was held at Blind Whino in SW DC. Talk about a beautiful site! This venue features wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling art, making for an eye-popping visual experience.  

New modern Mexican restaurant Agua 301 brought the brunch and man, oh man did they not disappoint!  Their made-to-order pancakes and omelets paired perfectly with KIND snacks to make our mouths water and refuel our guests with a well-balanced meal. 

Finally, mimosas mixed with Honest Ade flowed like manna from Heaven. 

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us! We have a lot in store for 2015 and can't wait to see everyone back on the mat.

Cheers and Namaste!

PS - check out our Facebook page for more Bendy Brunch pics

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