Weird way to celebrate Remembrance Day in Toronto: Early morning rave and yoga

Toronto is awesome, in part, because of the huge number of totally unique and exciting events that happen in our city. Such as doing an early morning yoga-cum-rave Remembrance Day party.

Remembrance Day is Wednesday, November 11. Why not remember the lives that were lost and the men and women who fought and died for our freedom with an 8 am yoga session followed by a rave?

I’m being a little facetious because I’m not sure what yoga or raves have to do with remembrance.

However, the point here is that you can, in fact, wake up to yoga and a rave in Toronto because, why not?

The group that puts on these really out-of-the-ordinary events is called Morning Grind. Every once in a while, they host a morning rave. The November 11 event is called Rise ‘N Remember: Yoga Edition. It starts at 8 am for coffee and snacks. Morning yoga kicks off by 8:15 for about an hour, then a live DJ takes over (DJ Ludovic) and the rave party begins. (Location was TBA when we wrote this blog – check the website for updates.)

The whole movement is actually aimed toward fitness, but in a totally different way than your run-of-the-mill morning spin or Barre class. The Morning Grind crew find a cafe to host the event once or twice a month, early in the morning, on a weekday. The coffee is free and so are the fresh pressed juices.

Some of the commentary out there about the Morning Grind has been negative – people shunning the event as being quite contrary to the true, old-skool definition of a rave. To be fair, Morning Grind doesn’t call the event a rave, rather describes it as an alternative way to wake up, have fun and dance.

Would you squeeze an early morning dance sesh like this into your pre-work routine?

See the schedule here and follow the links to register.

Erin Cardone

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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