Decked in brightly-colored caps and thin workout leotards, a group of yoga practitioners chatted at noon today on a soot-covered parking lot at the corner of Westheimer and Montrose. Then music blared across the battered asphalt, and the group arranged themselves for a yoga flash mob. Several passers-by honked horns, yelled and waved their support, and a large sign held overhead by a volunteer invited anyone to join.
Attendees at flash mobs congregate in a public and seemingly random location to dance, sing or in this case, stretch and twist for passing vehicles and pedestrians. Social networking sites and word of mouth are the most common ways to plan the mobs. Yoga One Studios organized today’s event.
“I’m doing it because I love yoga and always wanted to be in a flash mob, and this is my opportunity,” said yoga enthusiast Molly Donovan before joining the event.
As with other flash mobs, the event was over fifteen minutes later, and within minutes the parking lot was empty and once again ready for the endless stream of lunchtime shoppers.