For the second year, I was on the teaching team for the White House Easter Egg Roll in the Yoga Garden. It is no less humbling, inspiring and surreal to walk onto the White House lawn than you might imagine.
This year, Easter Monday was sunny and gorgeous; I spent most of it barefoot. I had my fingers crossed that First Dogs Bo and Sunny had not had their way with our patch of lawn.
More than 30,000 people attended the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll — the coordination of the day is mind-boggling. People line up and come in for a two-hour session, with 6,000 people flooding the lawn at a time. Tony Hawk was roaming the grounds. Same with Dr. Oz, who popped by the Yoga Garden. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made a brief appearance on the balcony before coming to check out the activities.
We had a team of 26 at the Yoga Garden, where we led 10-minute yoga classes, and danced and did yoga in the five minute breaks in between. We were lucky to have the awesome MC Yogi encouraging people to do lotus with the POTUS. We did partner yoga, we did a yoga roller coaster, we did lots of yoga tunnels. I like to think the yogis have the most fun of anyone out there. Although it is possible had the most fun of anyone.
Late in the day, a woman came up to me and fellow teacher Chris Lucas. Douglas, 8, was waiting with his sister Francesca, 3, for class. His mom asked if we’d be teaching any more. We told them we were done for the session. They won the Easter Egg Roll lottery from Dayton, OH, and yoga was the one thing Douglas wanted to do. There was only one option — Chris and I rallied for a mini family class. At the end of our sun salutations, his mom asked for a picture. I wanted one, too.
I love that Douglas wanted to take yoga when he had his choice of an obstacle course, art activities, story time with Jim Carrey, and the Easter egg roll. I love that his mom made sure he got the yoga class. I love knowing Douglas might take a kids yoga class to help him with soccer. It was the highlight from a day full of highlights.
The Easter Egg Roll is a collaboration with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. The passion to share a lot of movement and activity to support healthy kids is incredible. The power of play, fun and community is awesome and universal. It was a special day.