w-a-s-h-i-n-g, t-o-n baby, dc!

w-a-s-h-i-n-g, t-o-n baby, dc!

So it looks like Mark Lilly and his Street Yoga mission are making an impression on the D.C. yoga community. Just after last week’s Slate.com dispatch from the National Alliance To End Homelessness conference, The Washington Post has also featured an article on yoga activism and accessibility.

The piece acknowledges “a growing movement to take yoga beyond its reputation as boutique exercise for the well-to-do and use it as therapy for groups such as at-risk and homeless youths, HIV/AIDS patients and torture survivors.” It’s about time!

Mark Lilly, who founded Street Yoga in 2002, said the interest in making yoga freely accessible grew steadily until two years ago, when it exploded. “Enough service providers — social workers and nurses and senior staff at nonprofits and clinics and hospitals — had done yoga in their own lives,” he said. “It just hit in a big way for a lot of people at the same time.”

While Lilly is speaking about his observations on a larger, national basis, it does look like there are lots of other cool service-oriented, volunteer-based stuff happening in D.C., including an online resource for “yoga activists” (their website is still under construction, but they have a super cute logo). Who knew? It’s enough to make me almost want to move there…

washingtonpost.com: Yoga Activists Say Classes Shouldn’t Require a Financial Stretch