VinyaSF blends pop-up energy, upbeat flows and cocktails into your yoga experience
I first met Tara Mohtadi in college and have loved her spirit ever since. Tara and fellow yoga teacher, Jessica Kenny, dreamt up VinyaSF as a way for yogis to meet like-minded people, get out of the studio and practice yoga in an unsuspecting location. Think of it as the yogi version of a pop-up shop. Tara and Jessica had their first event in February at The Office near Duboce Triangle. We rocked out to music, sweated it up and challenged each other with poses and maintaining balance in our breath. After 75 minutes, yogis headed downstairs to Churchill Bar for a drink.
This month, VinyaSF has teamed up with Eventbright as part of The Yes Address’ 10 days of events to try something new and meet people in the City. The secret location for the second event will likely be in or near a rad bar where can yogis can belly up to afterward for cocktails. If you’re into the underground scene or just want to take your practice out of the studio and among new friends, you NEED to check these girls out.
The next event is on Sunday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. and all levels are welcome. For more information, visit www.VinyaSF.com.
Yoga on the Labyrinth encourages spirituality in a beautiful place
I always get a little weirded out whenever I walk into a church because I don’t follow or relate to organized religion. But Grace Cathedral in Nob Hill is home to Yoga on the Labyrinth every Tuesday night and I could totally see myself making the weekly pilgrimage. Step foot inside the Gothic revival Christian church and set your mat on top of the Pagan labyrinth before practicing ancient Eastern yoga. The room is one huge pile of opposing ideas but it all seems to work seamlessly.
There are a handful of people walking around the Labyrinth to adjust your postures and offer some extra hands-on love. You’ll see yogis from all walks of life, ethnicities and ages. (Seriously, I had a yogi practicing behind me and she must have only been eight years old. Last night two kids and a puppy got their yogi on with us.) Grace Cathedral is a beautiful space to practice regardless of your religion. Class starts at 6:15 p.m. but get there around 5:30 p.m. if you want to stake out the perfect spot. What’s unique is that right at 7 p.m., the church bells go off, which is also the same time – like a call to prayer – we started to meditate for the remainder of class.
Oh, and apparently there’s a beautiful ribbon installation in the Cathedral. I’ve read that it was seen last year around the holidays, but I’m really hoping it returns soon.