Yes. A Yoga Rave is a thing. Let’s just get that out there.
The UPLift Yoga Rave was held in Los Angeles last Thursday (April 25, 2013) at the Vibiana Cathedral near Little Tokyo. It is no longer a Cathedral due to damage it sustained in the Northridge earthquake in the 1990s and is now used for events…like yoga raves!
Again, my yoga-BFF, Nikki, and I headed over to the yoga rave after work (why do they host these on Thursday nights??) but not before making our way to Mother’s Market for a light dinner and juice…because, when you go to something like a yoga rave you need to be extra ridiculous with these things (yes, we chatted about privilege because…let’s be honest, what demographic do you think is really going to this event? If you’re interested in throwing in your two cents, do so in the comments section).
Speaking of ridiculous, never in my life have I seen more women striking a post or people saying “selfies”…it was over the top to be honest…and that’s from somebody who drank to kool-aid and has gone to two of these! Nikki and I made sure to set up our mats toward the outer edge of the room so we could be near our belongings (note to self: bring a reusable tote next time) including all of the Luna Bars and Zico coconut water we could carry.
We weren’t planning on staying for the whole event (yoga+dance party+yoga+raffle+after party) but we ended up staying pretty late…I just needed to know if I was going to win the rock climbing package from the silent auction/raffle! Can you seriously blame me? The yoga portion of the event was fun (it was technically Power Yoga) and I had to laugh when I was in Up-dog and I was grabbed from behind and was scolded for not having my heart open enough…thanks to a crappy mat, I went sliding backwards! There were plenty of people wandering around providing adjustments…I’m going to assume they were instructed to do so and not just random yogis wanting to touch people? Creepy.
The second half of the event was awesome, we had a cool-down yoga session and were able to gaze up at different intentions on the cathedral ceiling as we came out of shavasana. We were also able to get everybody to sit along the edges of the room and join in on some chanting and some good ‘ol connecting with others. I was scrunched in a corner but made the most of it.
Nikki and I are already joking about what sorts of ridiculous things we can wear to the next event and if we should upgrade to a VIP package for more swag, but we’ll see how we feel at that time…who knows, maybe we’ll be too busy with yoga teacher training by that time?
You can find out more about UPLift and the previous Yoga Rave in my last yoga rave post.
Have you gone to a yoga rave?
Do you have a favorite fundraiser that seems like a FUNdraiser?