As a last minute trip, our family had the opportunity to participate in the White House Egg Roll in Washington DC. With lines reminiscent of Disney world, we were led onto the White House lawn by a local school band, and entered a wonderland of activities for all ages - getting fit with celebrities in the Eggtivity center and on the President's tennis and basketball courts with tennis pros and the Harlem Globetrotters, egg decorating and jump rope making, learning about bees and how to make delicious healthy snacks from celebrity chefs. Most exciting for all, was the celebrated egg roll, set up just a few feet from the backdoor of the White House.
But there was another event on the lawn, just as you enter the space that caught my eye - a YOGA garden! As you entered the White House lawn, yogis greeted you with the invitation to kick off your shoes and join them! I tried to get a picture of this little piece of history on the Presidents lawn, struggling to get a wide angle view with my iPhone. In the meantime, both of my kids jumped into their favorite poses - Aliyah in dwi hasta bhujasana (balancing on her hands as she wraps her thighs over her tricep s and claps her feet together) and Robbie jumped into balasana. ahh..my little yogis!
Running since 2009, the yoga garden is a burst of sunlight in the Obama's backyard. An original idea stemming from the White House, the President made an impressionable statement of the importance of fun, fitness and play to the 30,000 egg-roll participants from across the nation. The teachers that participated were handpicked by the organizers from around the country for their recognition for doing great things on and off the mat. They showed all who participated how much fun yoga could be for themselves and their families, and let them experience that feel-good yoga feeling when they left the mat.
I know we did! Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Namaste!
Family yoga with laughing hearts yoga on April 15th at 4pm! www.laughingheartsyoga.com
Elisha Fernandes Simpson, CKYT, RYT organizes free bi-weekly yoga classes for people with breast cancer. Become a friend on Facebook's laughing hearts yoga page.