If you’re like me, you could probably use a brush-up on our nation’s first president, George Washington. And where better to do that than at his estate, Mount Vernon!
Mount Vernon is located in Virginia, a short 30-minute drive outside of Washington, D.C. The drive along the Potomac River is beautiful and worth a trip in itself—just look at the picture I posted above! It was taken five minutes outside of Washington’s Mount Vernon estate along the 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail, which is a great place for running, biking…and yoga.
I recommend going to Mount Vernon on a day when it’s good weather because the property is just as amazing to see as the inside of the house. In 1973, federal legislation created a park along the Maryland side of the Potomac River so that we could enjoy the same views General Washington once did. Pretty crazy putting that into perspective.
The most interesting tidbit that I re-learned while visiting here is that George Washington was unanimously elected president twice. That would never happen today. Our country is way too divided.
There’s a reason Washington was so well-liked. He secured American independence as commander of the Continental Army and presided over the country during some of its most important years. (The making of the Constitution in Philadelphia, Pa., for example. No biggie.)
In December 1799, Washington died here in his Mount Vernon home. After that, the nation’s capital was moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., and named so in his honor.
Now, people like Neil, this Colonial worker who I convinced to do tree pose with me (check out the explanation here), welcome the public into Washington’s Mount Vernon home to help us better appreciate our heritage.
I’ll leave you with this quote, which I believe reflects the honesty and virtues of our nation’s first president, while also speaking to the heart and soul of the yoga community. Go visit Mount Vernon to learn LOTS more!
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. -George Washington