yoga, arcade fire & pop montreal in the city

How does Pop Montreal (one of the best music festivals on the continent) celebrate its tenth anniversary? With a free Arcade Fire show in the downtown core last night (because, as you all know, Montreal is Arcade Fire’s beloved hometown). And how does Montreal prepare for a free outdoor show with an expected attendance of 100,000 people? With a little yoga, of course, accompanied by music from Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld and Pat McGee of Stars.

Moksha Yoga teachers Jess Robertson and Dina Tsouluhas lead a group of about 50 yogis through an hour-long lunchtime class under cloudy skies. The rain finally broke just before savasana, but the hearty yogis held their ground and relaxed through the light autumn drizzle.

I didn’t participate in the class because my back issues still make it difficult for me to do a vinyasa routine, but I lurked around the edges, soaked up the atmosphere and talked to inquisitive passersby. The event was part of Car-free Montreal Week (officially and awkwardly known as “In Town Without My Car!”) and funds were raised for Kanpe, a Haiti rebuilding project.

Jess Robertson welcomes everyone.

Pat and Sarah rocking out by the pylons and port-a-potties.

Curious spectators watching the class from above.

Music happens here.

Moving into upward facing dog.

Music, stretching, Montreal.

Gotta keep the instruments dry.

Slightly soggy savasana.

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