White House Easter Yoga

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Let's roll some eggs and do some yoga!" exclaimed First Lady Michelle Obama, from the White House balcony on Monday morning.

The theme for this year's annual White House Easter Egg Roll was "Get Up and Go!" a reflection of the First Lady's nationwide campaign against childhood obesity through exercise and healthy eating.

So get up and go they did. Yoga instructors from around the country
led children through modified poses like Peaceful Warrior, Cow, and Butterfly. Sessions ended with a gratitude circle followed by a Downward Dog Tunnel for the kids to crawl through, which one little boy proclaimed, "The best ride of all!"

This is the third year that the Yoga Garden has been included in the Easter holiday celebration. Leah Cullis, the program's organizer, was thrilled to have the chance to share yoga once again in America's backyard: We are all excited and honored to be in the nation's capitol to share the many benefits of practicing yoga and an empowering message to our country's
youth."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this was not the first time on a yoga mat for many of the children. "I like to do stretching and bending in my yoga class," said Oliva, age five, whose mom and sister also practice yoga.

Near the end of the day, the yogis got a special nod as Mrs. Obama (perhaps a yogi herself?) paused at the Yoga Garden, and with palms together and head bowed, acknowledged everyone there with a quick "Namaste."

Watch a video of the day here.

-Guest Blogger Peg Mulqueen