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Grip The Mat joined the international morning dance party sensation DAYBREAKER in their June 03, 2015 Washington, DC launch party!
Picture this: 6am on a Wednesday. The sun is still rising and the streets are quiet. In Flash, the infamous Shaw district nightclub, 60 yoga mats are set up in tight rows and DJ Ayes Cold is spinning in the booth. GTM's lighting designer Tall And Friendly dims the lights and the practice begins.
The practice begins with gentle warm up and then the beat builds. Sequences transition to heart-openers and core strengtheners to work up toward standing peak postures.
After sharing some sweat, the lights dim again as the music and pace of the yoga practice slows down.
A restorative Savasana and a collective Namaste seal the practice. In mere minutes, 250 other DAYBREAKER participants join the room for a 2 hour early morning dance party!
Yoga + dancing. We couldn't think of a better way to break the day. We hope to see you all next time.
Cheers and Namaste,
We funked up and we're proud of it! This past weekend, local yogis joined Grip The Mat for a one-of-a-kind yoga session in the middle of DC's Funk Parade in the U Street Corridor. That's right. We meditated, vinyasa'ed, and savasana'ed while there were sirens blaring and family's staring. Children joined in, taking up mats of their own and sharing ours!
If you think you're in love with your city, try sitting still and closing your eyes on the side of one of its busiest streets. We can guarantee you will notice new things you never knew were there. For instance, the silence in between cars passing, the sounds of people humming as they pass by or the warmth of the sun on your face (oh, wait... that's because it's been freezing up until this weekend!).
While the weather was close to perfect during our practice, we dedicated our thoughts and intentions to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Thank you to those who showed up to practice and donated to the Nepal disaster relief. One of our goals with Grip The Mat is to not only provide tools for people to live balanced lifestyles, but to provide avenues for people to thrive in the community. Our community does not stop at our events borders, but extends through all physical boundaries and past all politics. We continue to hold Nepal in our hearts as neighbors, families and friends try to piece their home back together.
We look forward to meeting everyone back on the mat this month. Here's to taking time to stepping out of routine, meeting new people and trying new things. Life is about living. Don't funk it up ;)
1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. This results in 40,000 precious lives taken annually.
October is the month devoted to breast cancer awareness. Although, with the inconceivable numbers of diagnoses and death, it is rare to find someone not already affected in some way by this life-threatening disease.
Thanks to improved treatment and early detection methods, breast cancer mortality has decreased by 34 percent since 1990. Numerous outreach groups such as The Breast Cancer Deadline, Susan G. Komen, and National Breast Cancer Foundation have worked effortlessly to pull resources to increase research, raise awareness and improve medical care to those at risk.
Thank you to everyone who showed up to Vinyasa to Vino this month to support the movement for a world without breast cancer. Proceeds from event tickets benefited National Breast Cancer Foundation and provided mammograms to women in need.
As we transition into a new season of goodwill and thanksgiving, Grip The Mat will continue to devote time and energy to the the many women (and men!) out there affected by breast cancer. We hope you all will too!
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Balance and Brews
It's October and everything is changing: the weather, our yoga clothes, the leaves, OUR BEER...
We recently joined forces with Rodman's Gourmet to provide the ultimate transition into the new season at WeWork in Shaw. The evening started off with a cleansing yoga class fueled by detoxifying pranayama (or breath work) and then flowed straight into our seasonal craft beer tasting.
The menu highlighted this season's tastiest ales, Oktoberfests and lagers and even paired each beer with a complemental cuisine (Schwartz Bier's Devil's Backbone + chocolate brownie might be the best food-to-drink pairing on this planet). KIND bars provided a sustaining fuel to keep our fellow yogis going strong all night long.
Thank you so everyone who showed up for our first Balance & Brews! We look forward to many more. Cheers and Namaste!