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.