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It’s no secret I enjoy exercise. As an anxious, spirited, bundle of energy, I turn to running to expend all that aforementioned energy and to yoga to calm my nerves and improve my clarity and focus. I’ve been practicing yoga for nearly a decade and am also a certified yogalates instructor. Some people scoff at the yogi and granola crowd, but yoga truly is a truly beneficial part of any health regimen for folks of all fitness levels and lifestyles.

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Operating under this belief, last Saturday morning I found myself standing on one leg, desperately dehydrated and nauseous, and shaking violently. It was a blissfully beautiful day: 70 degrees and breezy in the early morning sun on the roof of the luxurious Graham Hotel overlooking Georgetown. Everyone around me was down-dogging, up-dogging, savasaning, and sun-saluting with joy and pleasure—and all I could think about is how I wanted to die.

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Because, my goodness, the boozy milkshakes at Satellite Room are delicious at midnight on a Friday but not so wonderful the next morning.

Adeoye, an emphatic, zenned-out, and impossibly svelte African man, and his energy carried me through the class. The positive, genuine, yogi imbues his classes with elements of African tribal dance and instructs in a calm-yet-engaging manner.

As I balanced in crow pose, Adeoye called “Yeah, Yeah?”

“Yeah! Yeah!” the yogis responded happily.

“Yeah. Yeah.” I mumbled, half upside-down and out-of-breath, “Get me to the mimosas,” I added silently.

After a truly blissful yoga class, I lay in shavasana, final resting pose, with the sun shining down upon me.

As we concluded, I opened my eyes, turned to the bar, and immediately spotted a glorious row of fresh-squeezed juices and bottles of bubbly. Ah, this is a blissful morning indeed.

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The yogis queued up for a light continental breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola from neighboring Baked & Wired, and fresh pastries. The brunch cocktails were bottomless for two hours, allowing you to concoct a beverage of your choice from carrot, pear, mango, orange, grapefruit, and papaya juices.

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The food was light and delicious and hit the spot. The fresh fruit included strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, and honeydew, and was paired with honey and fresh Greek yogurt.

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The pastries were moist, warm, and recently out of the oven. They had my favorite, almond croissants, and I refrained from taking a second.

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The morning dubbed “Sun.Stretch.Sip” was planned in partnership with Core Power Yoga, Lululemon Georgetown, and The Graham. The cost of the morning is $44, inclusive of the yoga class, breakfast, brunch cocktails, tax, and gratuity.

It’s a spectacular way to spend the morning with some girlfriends, or by yourself, as everyone sat together and made new friends. So friendly, those yogis.

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The last Sun.Stretch.Sip of the summer is tomorrow, Saturday, August 31. The class only has 20 spots, so snag your reservation early by e-mailing rsvp@corepoweryoga.com.

It’s great collaboration between local Georgetown businesses, including a nod to Baked & Wired, and I can only hope they will extend these blissful mornings into the fall.

The Bitches say: A. A feel-good challenging yoga class followed by high-quality light bites and bottomless bubbly cocktails. I can hardly think of anything better.

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Learn more about Core Power Yoga and check out their Sculpt class, which is heated yoga with weights.

Core Power Yoga Georgetown
1055 Thomas Jefferson St.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 338-9642

The Graham Georgetown
1075 Thomas Jefferson St.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 337-0900

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