Open Streets II: Return of the Gorilla Yogis

Open Streets II: Return of the Gorilla Yogis

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On Sunday, June 10th 2012 Lyndale Avenue will be closed to car traffic for Open Streets. The Gorilla Yogis will be back, as well, doing yoga to do good. It’s a Karma thing. Read on for details.

What is Open Streets? Well, by opening up the streets for people to walk, bike, run and skate for a day, we get an opportunity to experience our city in a whole new way.

What: Open Streets Minneapolis (visit site)
Who: An initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition
When: June 10th, 2012, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Lyndale Ave S from 22nd St to 42nd St

Here’s the idea behind it: In the past the street was the hub of the community—it was a place to shop, mingle, gossip, and play. Open Streets gives this back while promoting healthy activity and sustainable transportation. This is a great opportunity for everyone young and old to be active while engaging with neighbors and local businesses.  It’s kinda new-old-timey.

Don’t be afraid to come out to Eye of Horus next Sunday, just come on bike, or plan on a hike. We’ll be here and open our regular hours, 11-7pm.

Return of the Gorilla Yogis

Last year was the first Open Streets. We thought is was a cool idea, getting people up and about and socializing, even the mayor was cycling by. Then we noticed a surprising thing.  People were setting up yoga mats in front of our store.

Lots and lots of people in yoga gear converged all along the block and started taking over the street. There were people with head-set microphones and portable amplifiers leading the whole thing.

Gorilla Yogis 2011

Gorilla Yogis on Lyndale - Open Streets 2011

We asked… what’s it all about, Yogi?  Well, it’s a group of folks who take yoga to the streets to raise money for worthy causes. We took pictures of them out in front of Eye of Horus, and Smitten Kitten, Caffrey’s Deli, Falafal King and all the way to Lake Street. Mass-yoga is pretty impressive. Check out the 2011 photos on our Facebook Page>

When: June 10th, 2012, 10:30am
Where: Lyndale+Lake Street Intersection, 3001 Lake Street, Minneapolis
Suggested Donation: $10
to support: Grease Pit Bike Shop

We loved Open Streets So much Last Year that we’re back at it again. Cycle your way over to Lyndale Avenue and join Gorilla Yogis for a 60-minute outdoor yoga class smack dab in the center of the Lyndale/Lake Street intersection. Together we’ll hit the pavement from sun salutes to savasana to support the hard work of the Grease pit community bike shop.

Gorillas of all ages and abilities welcome.

GORILLA YOGIS are pure of heart revolutionaries. Do Yoga, Do Good.
We are dedicated to connecting and creating a community of peace, love, and bananas in the urban jungle.

Visit the Gorilla Yogis website>

Grease Pit Bike Shop

Currently, the Grease Pit is renting a small service shop at the corner of 28th Street and Bloomington Ave. The Grease pit is a volunteer run bike shop that teaches bike building, maintenance and repair in order to promote self sufficiency, free mobility and a  mode of transportation that does not require fossil fuel. No one gets paid at Grease pit. The project is run by a collective of volunteers who do the day-to-day work of keeping the shop open.

It costs $30 a day for us to stay open. We rely on community support and are solely funded by donations.

It seems like the perfect charity for Gorilla Yogi donations, doesn’t it?

Open Streets is People Powered

Bring your friends, your kids, your parents, your pets and take to the streets. Be active. Be social. Do Yoga, Do Good with the Gorilla Yogis in the morning. Check out our new neighbors at Defiant Tattoo. Definitely stop into the Eye for a cup of tea or water.  Explore on foot and find what you are missing when you drive by. See you Sunday!

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