We have got to step up our yoga pants game, my friend Marina observed at our first yoga brunch. Basic black pants aside, Grip the Mat‘s Bendy Brunch was an interesting event. It started with an hour long yoga class and was followed by a meal. In this case, it was a champagne brunch catered by Hälsa.
The class itself I really liked. It was a mixed-level vinyasa class so it kept you moving and everyone seemed comfortable. There were two instructors so one could lead and one was walking around making adjustments. They also had a microphone so everyone could hear. It was helpful that they were prepared for a large group. The music was a little dance-y for my taste but I generally prefer upbeat yoga soundtracks to meditative ones so I did appreciate that they were trying to keep it fun. They also encouraged a sense of community by making you say “namaste” to your neighbor and also touching their back during warrior 3. It’s always weird going to the same yoga class and seeing the same people and never saying anything to them!
There was really only one problem with this event, which was kind of a large one in this case but wouldn’t necessarily discourage me from attending another Grip the Mat event. Basically, it was freezing. It was November, and this class was held outside. One of the selling points for Bendy Brunch is that the classes are held in beautiful and interesting venues, which is a good selling point and this was in theory a good location. We were at The Shay, which is perhaps too trendy for its own good, but still indisputably lovely. We were on a roof deck by a pool which was partially covered, but still open to the elements. You could tell some of the more serious yogis were holding back so not to strain the muscles that never really warmed up. Like I said, I did enjoy the class, but my only feedback to the instructors would have been to modify the class for the temperature. They took a little too long in the beginning to get us moving and defrosting! And feedback to the event coordinators that this plan was not the best as the November weather can pretty much be counted on to be too cold for outdoor yoga.
On to the food. There was a winter hash, salad, and poached egg from Hälsa. I wasn’t sure we’d get something warm, but was glad we did. This was all really good, but could have gone for more of the hash. There was also yogurt and granola, which many people ended up getting seconds of since the main meal wasn’t as filling as it could have been after a workout. Drinks were really good: champagne with a splash of juice from MISFIT Juicery, which definitely beat a regular mimosa in my book.
The price for the event was $40, which can be justified fairly easily for a yoga class and a meal with booze. At this one, the proceeds all went to the Global Peace Foundation, which I liked. The next Bendy Brunch is happening at Union Kitchen December 20. There are other yoga/drinking events from Grip the Mat this month also. I think these events are definitely worth checking out.