It has always been a dream of mine (actual and figurative) to organize a giant yoga class on one of the main bridges in Pittsburgh. Lucky for me, my other job outside of photography is working for a yoga company – lululemon athletica! It is amazing how much yoga has grown in Pittsburgh, and I had a grand vision of bringing the yoga community together on one of our city’s iconic landmarks. After all, we are the city of bridges!
After going through several leads starting in March of trying to shut down the bridge, filling out never-ending city permits and not hearing anything back, I was becoming okay with the fact that it might not happen this year (patience is a key learning from my yoga practice).
However, just a few weeks ago, lululemon got the amazing opportunity to join the Knit the Bridge party, which was a celebration of the Knit the Bridge installation (the largest yarn-bomb in US history!). We couldn’t have asked for better partners as the pieces from the bridge are actually going to be donated back to local shelters in the area – done for the community by the community. It was a perfect space.
We put together this event in less than 3 weeks with the help of both lululemon Pittsburgh stores, our lovely ambassadors, and some pretty phenomenal teachers in the Pittsburgh area. We got over 780 yogis to practice on the Andy Warhol Bridge last night. I can’t even describe in words (that’s why I love photographs) how amazing it was watching so many people come together to share their practice. For sixty minutes, we practiced for something bigger and greater than ourselves. No judgments. Just love, energy, inspiration…and yoga for EVERYONE! It was really a dream come true. I’m still in awe and giddy with excitement with the overwhelming response.
This is proof that you really can manifest anything your heart desires. It may not happen the way you think or when you want it to, and you definitely need to keep patient, but if you set your intention for the greater good, the universe has a way of giving you what you want. And it will always be more than you ever could have imagined.