Bears Do Yoga

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Yoga, an ancient practice originating in India, is a holistic discipline that focuses on uniting the mind, body, and spirit. In recent years, yoga has gained widespread popularity and acceptance, appealing to individuals of all ages, fitness levels, and backgrounds.

One unique variant of yoga that has emerged is Bear Yoga, a class specifically designed for individuals who may feel uncomfortable or intimidated by traditional yoga classes. Led by experienced instructor Henry Davis, Bear Yoga aims to create a welcoming and supportive environment for students of all skill levels, particularly those who may feel out of place in mainstream yoga studios.

Historical Context and Origins

The concept of Bear Yoga originated in response to the discontinuation of a popular yoga class at the Green Lantern, a well-known establishment in the city. Davis, recognizing the need for an inclusive and accessible yoga class, approached the management of the Green Lantern with a proposal to reintroduce the program.

Class Details and Logistics

Bear Yoga classes are held every Wednesday evening at the Green Lantern. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats, which can be purchased online or at local sporting goods stores for a reasonable price range. Comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement, such as t-shirts and shorts, is also recommended.

To accommodate the diverse abilities of participants, Davis tailors each class to cater to individual skill levels and flexibility. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of their previous yoga experience. The focus of the class is not on achieving advanced postures or complex acrobatics, but rather on cultivating a connection between the mind and body through gentle movements and poses.

Benefits of Bear Yoga

Bear Yoga offers numerous benefits for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. By engaging in regular practice, participants can expect to:

* Enhance flexibility and range of motion
* Improve balance and coordination
* Strengthen muscles and increase mobility
* Reduce stress and anxiety levels
* Enhance body awareness and self-acceptance
* Foster a sense of community and camaraderie

Class Information

Bear Yoga classes are held every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct. NW). Classes are open to anyone, regardless of age, fitness level, or prior yoga experience. A $10 fee is payable in cash at the door. For more information, please visit the Green Lantern’s website or call (202) 347-4533.


Bear Yoga is an inclusive and empowering yoga practice that provides a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Led by experienced instructor Henry Davis, Bear Yoga classes focus on fostering a connection between the mind and body, promoting flexibility, strength, balance, and overall well-being.

Credit and rights belong to OMG I Yoga.

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