Grip The Mat at DAYBREAKER DC Launch

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,

GTM 

Introducing... Balance & Brews

Balance and Brews

It's October and everything is changing: the weather, our yoga clothes, the leaves,  OUR BEER... 

 Grip the Mat hosts "Balance and Brews", a specially curated yoga event with seasonal beer tasting.  WeWork, DC.  Photo by Ben Droz.

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. 

 Grip the Mat hosts "Balance and Brews", a specially curated yoga event with seasonal beer tasting.  WeWork, DC.  Photo by Ben Droz.
A toast from our kick butt bartender Julia Goldstein and beer pro Nolan Rodman.
A toast from our kick butt bartender Julia Goldstein and beer pro Nolan Rodman.

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.

 Grip the Mat hosts "Balance and Brews", a specially curated yoga event with seasonal beer tasting.  WeWork, DC.  Photo by Ben Droz.

Thank you so everyone who showed up for our first Balance & Brews! We look forward to many more. Cheers and Namaste!