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Handstands & Brunch with Kali Yoga DC Friends

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope your weeks are off to a great start. :)

I had a fun and active weekend – on Saturday morning, I had a yoga + brunch date planned with my friend and fellow DC area Registered Dietitian Sarah. Sarah and I first met last fall when I attended one of her awesome healthy cooking dinner parties (if you’re in the DC area, check that out – they’re so fun!), and ever since we have formed a “mastermind” group of sorts. We meet up every month or two to talk business, share tips, bounce ideas off each other, and so forth. It’s been both helpful and fun, and we usually try to wrap our meetings into some sort of cultural or DC-related adventure, too. So far, we’ve explored the botanical gardens together, seen a yoga exhibit, and also done some nice downtown walks and tea/coffee dates. Sarah and I are both yoga lovers, and the past few times we’ve met up she’s raved about Kali Yoga and their 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning class. Clearly I had to try it out, so we made plans to hit it up together on Saturday, starting first with a coffee date to talk business.

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We met up at Coffy Café in Columbia Heights, which was great. Friendly staff and good lattes!

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After we caught up, it was time for yoga! I’d never been to Kali Yoga before but have been hearing good things, so I was really excited to try it out. It’s also in Columbia Heights, a short walk from where we got coffee.

As I mentioned, we hit up the 10:30 class which was a 1.5 hour class called “Rocket Yoga” taught by Jonathan Ewing. I asked Sarah what “Rocket Yoga” meant and she described it as “Ashtanga on crack.” Sweet – I’m always up for a challenge. Let’s do this!

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So, how was it? AWESOME. Seriously one of the best yoga classes I’ve ever taken, and I’ve taken a lot of yoga classes by this point. Jonathan was an awesome and fun instructor and the class was fast paced and challenging, but in a playful “we don’t take ourselves too seriously” sort of way. I loved it. He also blasted pop/rap music during the class, which made me smile while sweating profusely through quick sun salutations and attempting crazy arm balances and inversions. This class is definitely not one for beginners, but if you consider yourself an adventurous intermediate (me) or advanced yogi, check it out. I couldn’t do a lot of the arm balances, but no worries – it’s just fun to try. :) I loved the studio, too – completely unpretentious with a friendly, welcoming vibe. I wish I lived closer because I’d go back more often!

Sarah works at the studio front desk once a week and has become friends with many of the instructors there, so after class a group of us headed back to her place for brunch. My contribution was a huge bowl of berries. So good and refreshing after a sweaty workout!

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As for brunch, we had quite the spread. We started with these pretty gluten free raspberry scones made with almond flour (click for recipe on her blog), which were great – hearty and not too sweet.

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For the main event, we had goat cheese, basil & zucchini quiche, which Sarah creatively made with a chickpea crust. This was SO awesome – totally going to recreate it at home. Here’s the recipe over on her blog!

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We also enjoyed some bacon, obviously. (I had more than is pictured!)

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I had a lot of fun chatting over food with Sarah’s Kali Yoga crew – Jonathan, who taught the class we had just gone to, a woman named Teresa who had also just attended the class, Michael Peterson who also teaches at Kali Yoga, and Abby Dobbs who is the owner/manager of Kali Yoga.

While we were eating, Jonathan and Abby were talking about something called acroyoga. When I asked what acroyoga was, Jonathan said it was easier to show me than to tell me, if I was up for it. Well, okay!

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Any brunch that involves breaks for acrobatics is a win in my book! This is acroyoga, apparently. :) A cross between acrobatics and yoga, done with a partner – how fun! Jonathan is actually teaching a partner yoga/acroyoga workshop on April 27th at Kali Yoga that I think I’m going to drag Matt to. Since we are both former gymnasts (yes, Matt was a gymnast when he was younger, too!) I think we’ll have a blast with it!

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Such a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. Thanks for the adventures, Sarah & co.! Hope to see you all again sooner than later. :)

And now, time to tackle my email inbox and prep for teaching tomorrow morning at GW! I also have quite a few AnneTheRD client check ins today. Busy, busy – have a great day, my friends!

Have you ever tried acroyoga or anything like it?

Comments

  1. 2

    SUCH a fun day :) And guess who I got the “oats on top” trick from? Thanks again lady!

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    Acroyoga sounds fun! I’ve never heard of it before, but I want to try it.

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    I hope teaching has been going well for you! Acroyoga looks like lots of fun- I’ll be interested to hear more about it if you end up going to the partner thing in April.

  4. 6

    Oh my gosh! Acroyoga looks incredible!

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    I have definitely not tried acroyoga, but if you and Matt were gymnasts, I bet that would be a lot of fun! A 1.5 hour class sounds a bit intense for me, but I just bought a 1 month unlimited class groupon to Corepower here in Chicago and I’m hoping to spend a lot of time in the yoga studio!

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    That looks super fun! And all the food looked amazing and I can’t wait to check out that chickpea crust!

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    Tried it? I’ve never even heard of it. Although, admittedly, my yoga experience is pretty limited. Looks like you had a fantastic weekend!

  8. 10

    Wow acroyoga looks fun!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Looks great, but would have to update insurance in advance! :-)

  10. 12

    That’s so great that you have like-minded people to network with! It must be something you look forward to whenever you get together. I love that you mix business with pleasure, being sure to accompany the business talk with a little adventure!

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    What a blast! That brunch sounds perfect — and I need to try and find a class like that for my husband and myself to try!

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    Quiche or frittata is my all time favourite meal…any time of the day!!! Love the idea of the chickpea crust!

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    My old yoga studio offered a few actoyoga workshops but, sadly, I never made it. I get really sweaty (TMI, I know) so I don’t know how comfortable I am practicing on someone. It looks really cool, though!

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    I LOVE acroyoga/partner yoga! I haven’t done it in YEARS, but I really do enjoy it!

  15. 17

    What a fun weekend! Acroyoga looks like SO much fun! Have you ever tried Pure Barre? A studio just opened near my work and I’m thinking about checking it out.

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      I have, but I’m not a huge barre person – it’s fun every once in awhile but I tend to get bored! It’s a good workout though (not cardio at all, but tone/strength wise it’s great) and I know a lot of people who swear by it!

  16. 19

    Do you have a car in DC? My husband and I are moving there in a few months and we are wondering if we need a car. Right now we live in NYC where a car is more of a hassle than anything (we had one for two months when we first moved here and never used it once!).

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    Acroyoga looks crazy! What great leg and ab strength to hold you up like that!

  18. 23

    That yoga class sounds interesting. Was it the primary series of Ashtanga you did, or did you go through others as well?

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