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.

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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!

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Warriors for a Cause

One of the wonderful things about practicing  yoga is  that is comes with the opportunity  to reflect on oneself and one's surroundings. As the holidays approach, we are especially reminded to take care of our community. Did you know that nearly 15% of those living in Washington, DC suffer food insecurity?* Even more shockingly, the nation's capital highest in child food insecurity.  

Grip The Mat's first ever Warriors for a Cause (WFAC) was dedicated to raising canned foods for Capital Area Food Bank. On Sunday, November 13, nearly 50 yogis gathered at the Gibson Guitar Showroom for a group practice followed by a light champagne brunch by KIND. 

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Rise and shine, yogis!

This Sunday, Grip The Mat saluted the sun alongside 70 yogis at the Wonder Bread Factory during Day 3 of the No Kings Collective 5 Year Anniversary weekend "100% Bread". Bendy Brunch featured heart opening vinyasas, detoxifying twists, wall-to-wall art, and, of course, an exquisite brunch. Did we mention there were mimosas, too?

The mission of Bendy Brunch (and all of GTM's yoga socials) is to provide yogis of all levels a safe and fun environment to explore their practice, meet like-minded people, and try something new. We wanted to open the door to new paths for reaching your personal "bliss" by offering a new definition of wellness that encompasses a balance of mindfulness, play, and movement awareness.

When is the last time you shared a meal with 70 like-minded others?  The dining table is a unifier, a place of community and of mindful interaction. Work culture leaves little time for communal meals.   It is reported that one in four Americans eat at least one fast food meal a day. That doesn't count the mindless meals eaten at a desk and in front of a computer. To help break the habit, we offered clean proteins, vitamin-rich veggies, and wholesome desserts.  Grip The Mat worked closely with our sponsors Honest and KIND to provide quality, clean fuel for the post-yoga workout.  Of course, we had to leave a little wiggle room for the sweet tooth with Ted's Bulletin's homemade pop tarts. #treatyourself

Healthy eating wasn't all we were concerned with. Bendy Brunch offered the space for healthy person-to-person interaction, as well. When is the last time you stayed to talk with the yogi on the mat next to you? Did you opt not to because you didn't have the time? Grip The Mat created yoga socials because we wanted to take out the option of choosing between a fitness regiment or a social life, leaving a time to immerse in both.

After all, yoga practice is all about balance (easier said than done, we know).  Our mission is to encourage everyone to take time to fulfill their every need by making it easier to take yoga practice off the mat and into the real world. As the cliches will tell you, the body and all of its components are a reflection of the current state of things and what is being taken in. With that said, take in happiness. Take in balance. Toast to your health. And be happy because you are with friends. If nothing because Ted's pop tarts come with sprinkles. 

Cheers and Namaste,


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More pics of Bendy Brunch to come!