Somewhere around 2006 we had the idea to include a Yoga on the National Mall with our annual DC Yoga Week. The first year we tried this, it was about 50 degrees and drizzling.
We did yoga with frozen hands, hoodies, and down coats. Nearly 100 people showed up anyway! We organizers thought they must be crazy, but we knew that DC Yogis wanted to be together as a community.
So we persevered and kept offering Yoga on the Mall, through difficulties with port-a-potties, high humidity, and helicopter landings.
Last year we were given the threat of 80% chance of severe thunderstorms, and so at 5 am on the morning of the event, Deb and I reluctantly decided to cancel. For the rest of the day we madly texted asking each other, where is the rain!?? We were discouraged at having wasted efforts, but decided to keep moving ahead for 2012 preparations and be sure to include a Rain Date.
This year, we will hope for a sunny beautiful day on Saturday, May 19, but if it does rain, we have learned our lesson, and have a rain date on Sunday. I am sad that this is the very first year that I won’t be able to join you there, but I know it will be a huge success. Have a great time! xo, annie.