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We typically host events in the central DC area, so why are we going out of our way to host Soul & Spirits at The Daley at Shady Grove? Well...we’re glad you asked!
Grip The Mat’s purpose has always been to bring communities together, and sometimes it feels like those living in the DMV, outside of the district, get left behind in all the fun! The Shady Grove area is just a red line away (or an uber, because metro fires are real) and it has so much to offer to our yogis! The Shady Grove / Rockville neighborhood is one of the best areas to live near Washington D.C., especially for those wanting a well-balanced nature-filled lifestyle. Think: parks and trails for running, hiking, and biking- oh my! As community builders, we want to be able to share and showcase what each part of the DMV has to offer, so we partnered with a local residential building, The Daley, to host our next Soul & Spirits!
What is Shady Grove about and how is The Daley perfect for young professionals who seek a well balanced lifestyle?
So here’s the scoop...The Daley is just a two-minute trail walk directly to the Shady Grove metro station and the space is truly exceptional, with more than 10,000 square feet of amenity space. From outdoor gathering areas to quiet, indoor nooks, and even a yoga studio! They offer plenty of places that are ideal for chilling with friends, taking care of business, or just doing your own thing; it’s a community within a community (but with an awesome pool).
The Daley has no shortage of exclusive resident events and opportunities to mingle with your neighbors, and this FREE Soul & Spirits event is no exception. We are beyond excited to be able to offer the best yoga community to one of the best places and communities to live in the DMV. So what do you say? Join us?
Vinyasa to Vino Comes to London
@ Autumn Yard
GTM is excited to announce that we're bringing our signature yoga wine event Vinyasa to Vino across the globe to London! We're turning our pinkies up to the dreary London weather and creating the coziest night out this city as ever seen.
Say goodbye to Dry January and welcome in the new month with balance. We'll be practicing mixed-level vinyasa yoga then flowing into a wine tasting at Autumn Yard in East London. After all, February is the month of love! Why not treat yourself to night of self love? Who knows, you might even leave with a little more than that... Know what we're sayin'? ;)
What can beat an evening of yoga and wine with good people in an amazing cozy space? Grab your tickets below and get ready to experience the best kind of yoga in London.
Details: Vinyasa to Vino // February 7th // 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This weekend's Yogini guides
Photos by Sandi Moynihan
Washington, DC - “Crazy things happen when we let ourselves be vulnerable,” advises Falon Sweeney, one of the two Grip The Mat instructors to lead yoga at this Saturday’s sold-out yoga social event, “Grip The Mat’s Soul & Spirits Presented by Sprindrift.”
If things go as Falon has planned, “crazy things” might happen. Soul & Spirits Presented by Spindrift is an experience created to break people out of routine and shake things up. It’s a time to feel all of those pent up emotions and let loose in the company of great people!
Over 150 tickets have sold to this one-of-a-kind yoga event at Big Chief in Ivy City. With every dollar benefitting the Potomac River Keepers Network, the event offers a feel-good experience attendees can feel proud of.
If anyone is left wondering whether they are capable of joining the yoga social fun, co-instructor Charlotte Bowden encourages, “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” For anyone who still isn't sure, tickets to the 2-hour open bar social hour are available on the event page.
Learn more about the two DC-based Grip The Mat yoga instructors who will guide this weekend’s soul-thumping Vinyasa yoga. You may be surprised at what you find!
Meet Charlotte & Falon
How They Came Into Yoga
Charlotte’s First Experience: In college at the gym.
I remember there was a guy next to me who had also never done yoga before, and we both laughed at some of the things the instructor was asking us to do - not because they were funny, but because we both were struggling so much.
Falon’s First Experience: In high school with her dad.
I took my first yoga class in Hanover, MA at Open Doors Yoga studio with my dad when I was a freshman in high school.
Why they started teaching
Charlotte’s Reason: Community.
I knew I wanted to start teaching almost immediately after I started practicing in DC. I realized I had found a community that I wanted to become more involved in, and that teaching was an opportunity to learn more, remain accountable, and practice some creativity.
Falon’s Reason: Service to others.
During my senior year of college at the George Washington University, I took an unconventional spring break trip to India with my best friend Monica. In India, we supported her family's non-profit, India Children's Angel Network (ICAN) by teaching for a week at one of the Orphanages the charity supports. As part of our lesson plan and as active yoga students, Monica and I taught basic yoga poses to the orphans. While I was teaching, I remember so clearly the girls being in tree pose, and thinking to myself, "Wow, I can actually do this - I can make the world a little bit better of a place by teaching yoga." After the trip, I made it a goal to get certified and start teaching within the next six months. Teaching has transformed who I am down to my deepest roots, and I thank the girls at the Home of Hope for that.
Their favorite Washington, DC hangout:
Charlotte’s Choice: Logan Circle
I love the roof of my house in Logan Circle. It's a little bit slanted so yoga is interesting, but it's great for hanging out with friends and just enjoying the sunset.
Falon’s Choice: Lincoln Memorial
The back of the Lincoln Memorial - early in the morning and late at night, and even during peak tourist times, there is a sense of calm and serenity amidst bustling DC life.
Their “other” job
Charlotte’s full-time: Commercial Banking Research Analyst
“It's more interesting than it sounds.... most of the time. :)”
Falon’s full-time: Strategic Communication Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton
Why They Teach for GTM
Charlotte: Authentic interactions.
My favorite part of GTM is getting to meet new people from all over DC who are just looking to have fun. There's no pretenses, no rushing to the mat before practice and then rushing out right after practice is over; instead, people come together to enjoy their practice and each other.
The community, hands down. When I come to a GTM event, whether I'm teaching or attending, I always connect with the most awesome people. The other GTM instructors and staff are a huge part of this community, and I always feel so warm, happy, and connected after leaving a GTM event.
Favorite Post-Yoga Treat
Charlotte: Whatever is in my path..... but if you've ever heard me talk about the OMG bars at Baked & Wired (pictured above), you know those are my one true love in life.
Falon: A green juice or a smoothie - basic, I know, but truly so good for your mind, body, and soul.
Parting Advice to You
Charlotte: If you can breathe, you can do yoga.
Falon: Don't be afraid to show up.
"Maybe you bought your ticket to GTM but are hesitant to come because your friend bailed. Or maybe you're tired after work and don't feel like an hour of yoga + socializing. My best advice is to do it - to show up, do what you wouldn't normally do, do what's uncomfortable and see what kind of magic happens. We've all been there, but you never know who you'll run into at these events, and you might just get to know yourself a bit better. Crazy things happen when we let ourselves be vulnerable."
To learn more about Soul & Spirits Presented by Spindrift, visit the event page.
Live Music at Soul & Spirits Presented by Spindrift
Remember the last time you had the time of your life? If you were truly feeling excellent in your body, you had to have been out of your mind. Figuratively. That's because feeling good is about you.
So, if you want to unlock your inner Buddha, you have to forget caring about what other's are thinking . Our favorite tool for this? Music.
Grip The Mat is stoked to announce that Soul & Spirits Presented by Spindrift will feature live music to shake your soul awake. The smooth vibrations of Washington,DC-based band Hollertown are sure to rewire your brain and facilitate a total sensory experience.
Hollertown is a badass blue grass band. Their instruments of choice include a banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bass and vocals. Mix these rockstars with Grip The Mat yoga and healthy Spindrift cocktails and you have the best, most intuitive event in Washington, DC.
Tickets to this masked-yoga event include the live music and all-natural Spindrift cocktails open bar. All levels of yoga experience are welcome. Spoon-playing and other hidden musical talents are not required, but highly encouraged.
Venice Beach, Los Angeles - Trick or treat? How about Champagne or Chardonnay? This Wednesday, October 26th Grip The Mat is hosting Vinyasa to Vino at C.A.V.E. Gallery on Abbott Kinney.
In honor of the October harvest season, and all things spooktacular, this Venice Beach yoga and wine experience features a Vinyasa flow yoga class appropriate for all levels followed by a wine tasting social hour for yogis beginners to advanced, ghouls, goblins, and basic witches alike.
Thanks to Springboard Wine Company, yogis will enjoy post-yoga sips by Valkyrie Selections wines.
Tricksters’ tastebuds should prepare for Tempranillo made with certified 100% organic and hand-picked grapes, as well as Catalonian Cava.
The flight's finish features red wines from Southern France that are sure to bring you to Cloud Nine.
The feel-good GTM yoga class mixed with aromatic wines not only assures a hair-raising good time, but also a little liquid courage. Expect to step out of your box, meet someone new and maybe have a "go" at that yoga pose you've been dying to try.
The Grip The Mat Family and Crew suggest Lion's Breath (pictured below): a posture equally terrifying to others, yet utterly self-satisfying.
All yogis and yoginis 21+ are welcome to join Vinyasa to Vino.
It will rejuvenate your spirits and bring you back to life.
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