Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Yoga Session On Parliament Hill

A quick word to my fellow bloggers before getting started- I will catch up gradually with things; I'm falling behind in reading at the moment. I have a very busy schedule this week, and I'm going through a bit of a bad spell at the moment. This is what happens when Churchill's proverbial black dog decides to go a few rounds with you and throw some left hooks.

Through the summer, until the weather cools down, there's a gathering on Parliament Hill on most Wednesdays at the noon hour. It's one big yoga session, with hundreds of people taking part, bringing their yoga mats. I went up one day and spent time circling around the west side of the lawn, photographing. On days when there are even more participants, they spill over to the east lawn.

32 comments:

  1. I am very sorry to read this.
    But sometimes life gets in the way of living. Don't stress out just take your time and catch up.

    cheers, parsnip

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  2. I find this very well in several senses, the brotherhood, the citizenship... etc etc.

    Tomás.

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  3. Hey William, worry not - there's no way I can spend half as long as I'd like popping into all the interesting blogs out there and leaving comments for my ethereal friends! As for the black dog, I can empathise with that. Bear in mind the man's own maxim - Just KBO! That's an amazing event you've photographed there; in fact, quite astonishing!

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  4. Really a BIG yoga event, William ! Interesting.

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  5. @Parsnip: thanks.

    @Tomas: thank you.

    @Mike: I keep telling the black dog to go away and shut up, but he can't take the hint.

    @Marleen: many people do.

    @Karl: it draws people in.

    @Marianne: many people do find it that way.

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  6. would the word me "yogians" ... now that is a sight to behold. so many exercising folks. i have always wanted to learn that. only tried once and was totally lost. i think it was the instructor ... she was not very helpful. i need a bit of advice before i know what the heck i am doing 1st. LOL! ( :

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  7. My daughter has participated in that. Great photos. Hope things calm down for you soon, William.

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  8. Colorful group enjoying the benefits of yoga. It's good to see that many people participating.

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  9. quite a colorful turnout and what a backdrop! i hope all is well with you!

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  10. Oh my gosh -- this is great! I love the idea of yoga there. Obviously, so do many other people. Great turnout! Nice documentation.

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  11. Wonderful photos of this event, William! I am so sorry to know that the black dog has been doing its rounds. I totally empathize, as I struggle with this as well, as you know. Take good care of yourself and I hope that you feel better soon. Sending you my best wishes, dear friend.

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  12. I wish I could still bend like that!

    Take care of yourself. Take all the time you need.

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  13. Yoga heaven for all those participants. Take your time, stress is not good!

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  14. This may be why Canadians are calmer than we folks south of the border. I'm amazed to see so many taking part in this event. I hope the cranes in your photos don't mean the Parliament building is coming down or some ugly modern high rise will be built to shield it from public view.

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  15. How wonderful that so many people show up!
    I hope you are back to yourself soon - outrun that dog! ;-)

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  16. @Beth: it's a curiousity to me.

    @Deb: a lot of people turn out for this every week. I think it'll be done for the season either yesterday, or the next couple of weeks.

    @Janis: that it is.

    @Furry Gnome: it's quite a thing to take in.

    @Red: and in such a setting. I can't quite see this happening on the Mall in Washington.

    @Tanya: it will be in time.

    @SRQ: thank you.

    @Linda: thanks.

    @Norma: bending like that takes serenity among other things!

    @Bill: a lot of these people must be civil servants, as there are many government offices in the core.

    @Catalyst: no, just renovation work. It'll be a few years before it's all done. One of the things they're working on is the development of a new visitor centre between the West and Centre Blocks.

    @RedPat: the dog's been growling, but he'll go away.

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  17. Good grief! How can they possibly coordinate their movements at such distances? Is there a Jumbotron somewhere? :-)

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  18. That's an amazing sight(s)! And what a wonderful thing to get so many people involved. Nice photos, too, William. Lots of color out there. Hope things settle down in your life soon!

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  19. That's absolutely amazing, what's a sight! ....just do things at your own pace William in your own time..

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  20. Hugs. Some would say to join them. Quite the crowd.

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  21. @MB: it is quite a sight.

    @Revrunner: they've got a coordinator who speaks with an earpiece and mike set, broadcast on a speaker. That keeps everyone going.

    @Lowell: thank you.

    @Geoff: it's always fun to see.

    @Mari: they seem to love doing it.

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  22. wow, massive effort! very cool! hope things are better for you soon!

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  23. I've fallen behind, too. I hope things improve for you soon. If they haven't by next Wednesday, take a mat and join the yoga crowd.
    I remember your posting one of these yoga classes before. It boggles the mind to see so many people practicing though I'm also pleased to see it attract so many as well. Wonderful and amazing.

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  24. Wow! That's an impressive turnout. I'm also having work-related stress at the moment, so I feel for you. Hopefully things will get better soon!

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  25. Fabulous spot to do yoga, what a wonderful backdrop!

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  26. A wonderful setting for a yoga session.

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  27. You take good care, man. I knew you were a bit quiet.
    We missed a yoga day by an hour in the summer! Glad you took the photos!!!

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