New GTM instructor Nichol Teaches Her First Vinyasa to Vino

Yoga, wine and everything nice.

Grip The Mat took over C.A.V.E. Gallery for another weeknight Vinyasa to Vino in Los Angeles! This time, new instructor Nichol Chase co-taught with co-founder Christy Skarulis.  The class was contemplative, fun and chalk full of all things GTM: vinyasa flow, fun partner poses, deep juicy holds and a Savasana surprise! 

Not only is Nichol a professionally-trained yoga instructor AND formerly competitive yoga performer, but also a trained opera singer.  After her cool down, she lead yogis through a powerfully sweet lullaby accompanied by Ryan Svendsen on trumpet.

GTM yoga social events are made for you to relax and have fun, but also meet amazing people. 

There's something special about bringing your yoga practice with you wherever you go. That's why GTM brings the events to different spaces around the city. The goal with pairing yoga with wine is to help integrate the practice into your daily life and apply yoga off the mat. 

Thank you to all of the incredible yogis (new and advanced) who attended Vinyasa to Vino.  

For those who could not attend, check out the Facebook page to see the magic yourself!

Cheers & Namaste

Photos by Nate Polta

Grip The Mat Introduces Vinyasa to Vino to LA

We knew you were ready, Los Angeles.

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Photo by Nate Polta

Grip The Mat's first yoga social event Vinyasa to Vino was in a basement art gallery in Washington, DC. Less than two years later, Grip The Mat has introduced the signature series Our Vinyasa to Vino to Los Angeles.  

We hosted our first ever yoga wine event in a basement art gallery, neutral territory for yogis and winos alike. To keep the theme alive and the juju right, we launched Vinyasa to Vino in a stunning gallery - C.A.V.E. -  off Abbot Kinney in Los Angeles.

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Photo by Nate Polta

Things panned out just as expected. Curious attendees trickled into the gallery and greeted their fellow yogis. As GTM instructor Ben lead the class in mediation, everyone settled in and closed their eyes unsuspecting of the upcoming pleasant surprise... 

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Photo by Nate Polta 

Live trumpet music by Ryan Svendsen filled the gallery for a tingling awakening of the senses. The spirits were high as everyone warmed up and they even broke the ice with a few partner postures!

Photo by  Nate Polta

Photo by Nate Polta

Photo by  Nate Polta

Photo by Nate Polta

After a heating vinyasa flow and a series of peak poses, it was time to wind down. Ariadne then lead the class through restorative asanas and into a dreamlike Savasana.

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Photo by Nate Polta

What came next was, of course, the wine. A tasting by ONEHOPE wines and treats by Beaming nourished our yogis. Another surprise raffle by Sweaty Betty and Alternative Apparel helped a few of our attendees wardrobe and everyone walked home with a swag bag filled with goodies by our local partners.

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Photo by Nate Polta

After the last attendee left the gallery, the verdict was clear: more Vinyasa to Vino in LA!

Cheers & Namaste, sweet yogis. We can't wait to see you soon at the next Grip The Mat event.

Photo by  Nate Polta

Photo by Nate Polta