yogis in full bloom

This blog post was written by Kelly on the right, an educator at our Logan Circle's lululemon athletica.

“In the cherry's blossoms' shade, there is no such thing as a stranger," says yoga teacher Peg Mulqueen over the loudspeaker. I join her voice to chant 'om' with over 1,000 brightly-clad yogis here to practice yoga during the peak of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

Peg leading over 1,000 people in yoga.

A whole bunch of warriors.

We are no more than fifteen minutes into the practice, and I have already violated pratyahara, or control of the senses, because I am definitely not keeping my cool. With the awe-inspiring National Monument, American flags, and a big, cloud-filled sky looming over a record-breaking crowd, I find it hard to focus on the practice.

The best way to spend your Saturday afternoon.

I cannot help but scan the energetic rows of down dogs and warriors surrounding me, and the rock star yogis from near and fear. On stage practicing are this month’s Yoga Journal cover model Faith Hunter, David Kyle, a world famous yogi from Puerto Rico, and Kaitlin Quistgaard, Yoga Journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

Faith doing lotus pose.

The event was organized by lululemon athletica Tyson’s Corner manager, Laura Mann, with the support of lululemon athletica educators from all over the DC region. Our region came together to maximize our word-of-mouth persuasion and online community, garnering 1,200 confirmed guests on Facebook alone in the days leading up to the event.

The amazing lululemon team!

We chant a final 'Namaste' just as the sun peaks out from behind the clouds. A warm breeze sends cherry blossom petals fluttering around us just as we bow our heads. Ah! Now this is yoga!


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That is epic!

Something like that should be organized in Vancouver I think.

Comment by Brendan — April 5, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

Unreal! This is amazing and such a great example of what lululemon can accomplish within its community! Way to go Tyson Corner and the D.C. region!

Comment by Jessica Hejna — April 5, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

Great post, Kelly!



Comment by laura — April 6, 2010 @ 5:25 am

I was there! I had a blast and was definitely sore the next day. It was in inspiration to see the physical strength of the community as well as the strength in each other that was clearly shown that day.

Comment by Chau — April 6, 2010 @ 8:36 am

I was there with my family and we all had a great time! Peggy did an amazing job….. the class was excellent. Thanks for such a fun event, Lululemon!

Comment by Sharon — April 6, 2010 @ 9:33 am

This may seem like a silly question, but I’m a yoga newbie so I’m wondering what is the significance of the gemstone on the forehead??

Comment by Jessica — April 6, 2010 @ 10:14 am

Loved loved love this! Here’s some video clips – http://www.youtube.com/user/exhilauren#p/a/u/0/kuAnoR_hecQ

Comment by Lauren — April 6, 2010 @ 5:07 pm


Comment by Renee — April 6, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

The gemstone represents your third chakra, or your “third eye”. It’s a channel for light and inspiration to enter the body. Which gemstone is used may mean different things like purity or calm.

Comment by Laura - GEC Online Community — April 9, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

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