Last night the local Lululemon store hosted their first Glow Yoga Party at Curtis Hixon Park.
Obviously, I got into it.
What is Glow Yoga? Well, basically it’s yoga at night with glow sticks. Pretty cool concept if you ask me. I first heard about the event via Facebook, and apparently I wasn’t alone, over 500 people RSVPed for the FREE Friday night yoga event.
500 people might not seem like a lot of people to most major cities, but 500 interested yogis in Tampa Bay is huge. People were pumped and buzz was spreading. Congrats to the local Luluemon team for working so hard to get the word out.
I RSVPed for the event a couple of weeks ago not sure who would be attending, but knowing I wanted to go. I did a call out over twitter a few hours before the event and discovered a few TBLB peeps would be attending as well, then I received an email from my friend Val who saw my name on the RSVP list and wanted to know if I was interested in car pooling. That’s what I love about events in Tampa Bay – there’s never a group of friends too far away that are probably attending to. I exchanged numbers with the TBLB girls, and accepted Val’s offer to car pool. rock on.
Leading up to the event, I snacked on some trail mix.
And I made a crustless quiche for dinner.
The quiche had onion, spinach, pinto beans, mozzarella cheese, 10 eggs, milk, and a LOT of basil (there may or may not have been a basil incident where the cap came off as I was ‘sprinkling’ it on top. no biggie. still tasted great.)
I had a 1/4 of the quiche
some roasted broccoli
and a piece of toast with pumpkin butter.
This meal was consumed roughly three hours before Glow-ga. I found that was plenty of time to digest before getting my downward dogs on.
Yoga started at 9:00, but registration opened at 8:00. We arrived somewhere in the middle and were greeted with a long line of eager yogis.
The line moved quick. Waivers were signed and glow sticks were distributed in a timely fashion.
The glow sticks were clearly the biggest draw of the evening.
Well, that and doing yoga with a few hundred of your closest friends.
We found a spot to practice in the back and at 9:00pm on the dot (I was SHOCKED they started right on time – way to go Yoga Glow Party Team!) it was time to get our yoga on.
The practice itself was nothing to write home about. We were in the back and really couldn’t see anything that was going on up front. We also couldn’t hear. We had to rely on the people in front of us to know what was going on, and I’m pretty sure most of those people didn’t know what was going on either.
But I figured this practice wouldn’t really be about the “yoga,” it was more about the experience. And doing yoga at one of my favorite parks, at night, with glow sticks is a pretty badass experience if you ask me.
Especially when it involves wannabe member of the Blue Man group breaking it down in blue spandex behind us. Nice.
They were advertising this event as a yoga/ dance party, so for the first 45 minutes of practice, I kept waiting to see how they were going to incorporate the two. Then, we started tapping our toes, stepping in and out with our legs, and jumping up and down.
Before I knew it everyone was heading to the open space in the back and a full on dance party was erupting.
Utter chaos. But utter chaos in an awesome way.
My version of dancing – acting like a crazy woman.
I fit right in. (just ignore all the people walking away from me in the background )
We stayed and rock it out for a bit, then someone mentioned something about “needing a drink for this” which led to “that’s a great idea” and “let’s go to the bar across the street.”
We weren’t the only ones there. The whole bar was full of men and women in yoga pants, covered in glow stick. It was the post- yoga glow party place to be!
I finished the night with a Dogfish Indian Brown Ale.
And had a chocolate bar when I got home.
Have you ever gone to a Glow Yoga Party? Did you get your Glow-ga on?