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Yoga flash mob: Downward dogs by the dozens promote calm at Westheimer and Montrose

Yoga flash mob: Downward dogs by the dozens promote calm at Westheimer and Montrose

Houston's yoga community spread some serious consciousness Friday afternoon with a special noontime flash mob at the corner of Westheimer and Montrose.

Nearly 30 yogis rolled out their mats beneath the Half Price Books and Schlotzsky's sign in the parking that once housed Blockbuster.

The instructions were easy: mats down by noon, tadasana until music starts at 12:06, sun salutations A and B (three each), then freestyle yoga until the music stops a few minutes later.

"The idea was conceived around promoting yoga as a great way to be conscious and present during the holidays," Roger Rippy tells CultureMap, noting that yoga is a wonderful way to remain calm during an often stressful time of year.

 "The idea was conceived around promoting yoga as a great way to be conscious and present during the holidays," yogi Roger Rippy told CultureMap.

 One of the organizers of the afternoon flash mob and co-founder of the Texas Yoga Conference, Rippy hoped this would be the first of a number of public outreach events for the yoga community.

"Today's flash mob represents a number of studios in Houston," said yoga mentor Melissa Smith, who also helped arrange the event via Facebook. "This is a group effort really, a lot of people from a lot of different places."

The group met at Photobooth on Montrose, a multi-purpose photography studio and performance space next to BB's Cafe, run by photographer Simon Gentry.

While no plans have been finalized as of yet, several flash mobbers mentioned the possibility of another event this Sunday at the Galleria.

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Houston yoga enthusiasts mobbed the corner of Montrose and Westheimer Friday at noon. Photo by Julie Knutson
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Nearly 30 yogis arrived at the lunchtime event to promote consciousness during the holiday season. Photo by Julie Knutson
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Holiday hats strongly encouraged... Photo by Julie Knutson
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