After a productive day at the office, it was time to kick off the weekend with fun Friday plans. This included a chance to attend another Believe in CLE yoga event — on The Mall between the Public Auditorium and the Cleveland Convention Center.
From the Believe in CLE website: “In partnership with the Land Studio & the AHA! Event, Believe in CLE was invited to light up Cleveland with breath and movement as we flow and glow beneath a sky full of lights! As we come together to celebrate our city, we also give our worldwide guests of the International Gay Games 9, a warm welcome and a giant ommmmmm straight from the heart of CLE.”
Believe in CLE officially began at 7:30 pm with a special speaker, Deputy Chief of Police Ed Tomba. Since I teach til 6:45(ish) on Friday nights, I managed to make it down just in time to pick up my yoga partner-in-crime, Kimberly from Smitten in Cleveland, and power walk it over from our parking garage of choice. We rolled out our mats towards the back of the crowd (note to self: move to the front next time!) and we were ready to flow. Sorry we missed you, Chief!
From there, the vinyasa practice got going just a few minutes before 8:00 pm. Adam Tilocco — a fellow CLE yoga teacher I’ve known since we went through new employee orientation together at lululemon back in 2011 — began the practice, encouraging us to send our three OMs out to the city of C-L-E. Adam’s words set the tone for Tammy Lyons – from Inner Bliss Yoga Studio – to take us on an adventure of down dogs, handstands, crescent lunges and every asana in between!
Photo ℅ @aerialagents’ Instagram feed
At the end of the practice during savasana, my great friend Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene closed the practice by chanting the Ganesha chant. The words ”om gum ganapatayei namaha” are sang with the purpose of removing obstacles. (You may remember it if you joined us back in February at her Hearts on Fire class at lululemon athletica Eton Chagrin.) Instead of laying in savasana, I sat and sang with her — it was the moment of complete connection for me that made the entire practice come together.
After the practice, we played around in the AHA! light show as DJ Rimon played some tunes.
A wheel on the light was bound to happen. #youcanttakemeanywhere
By 9:30ish, we were ready for a bit of refreshment. Unfortunately, there were only a few food trucks that showed up that evening (seriously CLE food truck owners: there is a KILLING to be made with this many yogis ready to chow down – get it together, ha!) With the long long lines for the trucks, Kimberly and I headed to a spot that never disappoints, Hodge’s Cleveland.
…and with a glass a wine, Hodge’s deviled eggs and a celebrity sighting (hello Lance Bass!), we called it a night — hearts open, energy heightened and the belief that our city could do anything.
Many thanks to Tammy, Adam, Ylonda and the entire Believe in CLE crew for another opportunity to bring more yoga to more Clevelanders. Rumor has it (via the @believeCLE Twitter feed) that the next event is going to be at Quicken Loans Arena this fall. Should be another excellent opportunity to roll out your mat in a new location!