Yoga For Peace event - September 19th, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Today was the Yoga for Peace event here in St. Louis. They could not have bought a better day. I don't think it got over 80 degrees during the whole event. I found a nice shady spot and started watching all of the random sorts show up.
I didn't really know what to expect, but there was really a bunch of different people there. You had your prissy "look at my perfect yoga outfit" types that were there moreso to be seen, your crunchy granola types (actually probably half were like that!), folks like me just trying to play along! The biggest spread was the age group. You had the young folk all the way up to the gray hairs. Pretty neat to see. There was probably 100-125 people in attendance.
This annual event actually came about starting in 2002. It was started by a yoga instructor in NYC inspired by the 9/11 tragedy. It has been held in St. Louis three years now.
Overall, given the name, it was a pretty hippie kinda shindig. There were a couple of guys beating a drum through the whole thing, sometimes singing. We had to all gather by the tent at the front to have an opening, um, sing-a-long/chant thingy. We all returned to our mats to begin the 108 Sun Salutations. (for those of you that don't know, this might save you a surprise later - it isn't 108 different poses, it's one set of poses 108 times - YIKES!) At the end we had a 15 minute Savasanah ( MY FAVE! All you have to do is just lay there) and had a final Om chanting session. It was very...authentic!
A couple of the drum guys...
I wasn't prepared physically for the event, but I did participate. I got to see my favorite yoga teacher who promised that my favorite class was coming back soon. (Gentle Yoga - super stretchy and relaxing) All in all, I'm glad I went. It's nice to expand your horizons past your living room or regular yoga studio. So in closing, Namaste...