Yoga In A Bar. Make It A Double...
By Christy O'Connell
I'd never been to Monarch Nightclub, let alone practiced yoga in a bar, which seemed like good enough reason go. Yoga in a nightclub sounded strange at first (would the floors be sticky with old smells of booze?) yet intriguing all the same. I was there because of VinyasaSF, a company started in 2015 by Jessica Kenny and Tara Mohtadi that throws pop-up power-yoga events in unexpected places around the Bay Area.
As I unrolled my mat, the glimmers from the spinning disco ball above caught my eye. Energetic classics started to pulse as Tara began her instruction with a series of flowing downward dogs. And by the time Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” came on, I was smiling, overflowing with fond memories. Halfway through class, Jessica took over and we started a series of balance poses. As we stood in tree pose, our arms out-stretched, I thought we looked like Rockettes.
You could hear laughing and giggling throughout the room - the energy was fun and light. Unlike most nightclubs, but true to yoga form, there were more women than men, and all levels of practitioners, so I felt well-supported, with no pressure to be the best yogi in the room. Before we prepared for savasana, Jessica and Tara distributed cold, lavender-scented towels to cool the energy, as 'Yoga in a Bar' was coming to a close. The only thing I'd do differently next time is stay for the post-yoga drink, I'd say it was well-deserved!