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Pranayama (Yes, You are Alive!): By Sarah Hull

May 12, 2015   //   by Rosalind Schwartz   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

Growing up in the 80’s with severe asthma kept me in and out of the hospital and home recovering for days at a time. This afforded me a great opportunity to watch a lot of PBS and one of my favorite songs from Sesame St was from the rockin’ band, Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats which starts:

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(inhale) Breathe In!
(exhale) Breathe Out!
(inhale) Breathe In!
(exhale) Breathe Out!

For a little kid having difficulty breathing, I can’t begin to explain how great it would have felt to take those deep breaths. While being active was difficult for me, my doctor was very progressive, encouraging me to get involved with sports to help build my lung capacity and oxygen utilization.

Physiologically at the most basic level when we breathe, we breathe in fresh air, that contains oxygen which enters the lungs and breathe out waste gas in the form of carbon dioxide.

But what happens anatomically when we breathe? When we regularly inhale, the diaphragm pulls down, muscles contract, and the lungs expand while the rib cage moves up and out. The low pressure in the lungs creates a vacuum that draws the air in through the nose (or mouth) down through the trachea and into the lungs.  Exhaling is a passive process, where the muscles relax, the diaphragm rises, the chest contracts, the lungs deflate and the waste air is expelled.

Simple, right?

So, how does this relate to yoga?

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Yoga for stress and anxiety management: by Brooke

May 7, 2015   //   by Purnima   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

Upon graduating from Yoga District’s 200 Hour teacher training in summer of 2014, Brooke has been teaching weekly stress management focused yoga classes at Yoga District. We are honored to share her holistic approach to stress management and anxiety through yoga with you here. Please read on to hear more from Brooke, check out her yoga classes on the schedule, and consider attending her workshop on stress and anxiety management through yoga in June.

It’s safe to say that everyone is going to experience stress frequently throughout their lives and unfortunately, a portion of the population will also experience anxiety. Notice I use the word “experience” and not “suffer” here! That’s because I sincerely believe no one has to suffer with stress or anxiety when there are a multitude of tools one can use to manage both.

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The Yoga of Tidying Your Home: by Kelly

Apr 28, 2015   //   by Purnima   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

Upon graduating from Yoga District’s 200 Hour teacher training in winter of 2013, Kelly has been teaching weekly classes at YD. We are honored to share her holistic spring cleaning approach and workshop with you to jumpstart a nourishing spring season. Please read on to hear more from Kelly, check out her yoga classes on the schedule, and consider attending this Saturday for workshop on guided spring cleaning.

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy.” -Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

You may have heard about the New York Times’ best-seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. (Yesterday I covered the basics of this method, so check that out for the practical steps.) I recently purchased this book and set out on my personal endeavor of decluttering my home. I had high hopes, and ultimately it exceeded my expectations. But as I made my way through the book and then through the process, so many aspects of my existing yoga practice and trainings began to rise to the surface. Because what’s there isn’t some new-fangled way of keeping my house neat. Underlying this method, for me, there is yoga.

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5 Practical Steps to Decluttering Your Home this Spring (based on the KonMari Method): by Kelly

Apr 27, 2015   //   by Purnima   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

Upon graduating from Yoga District’s 200 Hour teacher training in winter of 2013, Kelly has been teaching weekly classes at YD. We are honored to share her holistic spring cleaning approach and workshop with you to jumpstart a nourishing spring season. Please read on to hear more from Kelly, check out her yoga classes on the schedule, and consider attending this Saturday for workshop on guided spring cleaning.

A few weeks back, I set out to tidy my home in a way I never had before.

Before I started out on this endeavor, I should begin by saying that my home was not a mess! In the sense that it didn’t appear to be like the homes you’ve heard about on the television show Hoarders. There weren’t piles of trash stacked up from years of disregard or anything like that. In fact, I didn’t even think I had all that much to get rid of. Boy was I wrong. About seven large bags of clothing and as many bags of trash later…

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Ashtanga & Rocket Yoga with Claudia

Apr 14, 2015   //   by Purnima   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

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Claudia is a Senior Ashtanga and Rocket Yoga instructor at Yoga District. She teaches at YD’s Dupont, H-Street, and Glover studios. Read on to know more about Claudia’s personal history, philosophy, and inspiration.

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In loving service of Sri Dharma Mittra: Brando

Apr 7, 2015   //   by Purnima   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

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Brando is a Dharma Yoga Teacher at Yoga District. He teaches lunchtime and evening classes at I-Street and 14th Street studios. Read on to know more about Brando’s personal history, philosophy, and how his classes are a loving offering to his teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra.

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Veganism for Beveganers: Why a Plant-Based Diet IS For You

Apr 7, 2015   //   by Purnima   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

“Eat socially. And I don’t mean eat with other people necessarily, but rather eat with other people in mind. When we make decision as to what to eat, it impacts a lot of people. And of course the environment, which impacts us all. If we choose to eat food that has taken less land, water, and fossil fuel to create, and produces less C02e, it will be better for us all. So plants. Eat plants.”–Brendan Brazier

If every American dropped one serving of chicken per week from their diet, it would save the same amount of CO2 emissions as taking 500,000 cars off the road.

Chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows are collectively the largest producer of methane in the U.S.

It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat.

1 pound of wheat takes 25 gallons.

Raising animals for food uses 30 per cent of the Earth’s land mass… that’s about the same size as Asia!

Source: Infographics by The Mindful Word
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YD Volunteers at DC Central Kitchen!

Apr 6, 2015   //   by Purnima   //   The Blog  //  No Comments
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A YD team of gals volunteering at DC Central Kitchen in Northwest on March 27

“By doing service, you purify your heart. Egoism, hatred, jealousy, idea of superiority vanish. Humility, pure love, sympathy, tolerance, and mercy are developed. Sense of separateness is annihilated. Selfishness is eradicated…You begin to feel oneness or unity of life. You develop a broad heart with broad, generous views. Eventually, you get Knowledge of the Self.”―Swami Sivananda

On Friday, March 27, a team of sixteen Yoga District teachers and students volunteered at DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) to give back to the larger community in the city. Read on to learn more about their beautiful (and humorous!) evening spent together in service.
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YD Gives Back: Benefit Class for Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

Mar 31, 2015   //   by Staff Writer   //   The Blog  //  No Comments
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Join Francesca this Saturday at Yoga District Bloomingdale for an all levels practice to raise funds for Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, a 400 acre non-profit farm animal and wildlife refuge in Poolesville, Maryland.

Read on to lean more about Francesca’s love for the animals at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, as well as about her work there…

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Yoga District Presents: Instructor Hayley Ann

Mar 16, 2015   //   by Staff Writer   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

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Yoga District Instructor Hayley Ann teaches a style of yoga that is all her own, and encourages others to also teach from an authentic place. As a Senior Teacher, she is an incredible leader in the YD community, hosting teacher gatherings, providing advice to other instructors, and sharing a myriad of insights—along with delicious, healthy recipes—on her blog The Wandering Yogini.

Read on to learn more about Hayley Ann.

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The diverse family of DC yoga teachers at Yoga District are dedicated to making yoga accessible to everyone through a huge variety of yoga class types, from vinyasa flow to restorative and beyond. Most Yoga District teachers are graduates of Yoga District’s nationally-attended 200 hour teacher training program. All Yoga District classes focus on coordinating breath with body movement to promote flexibility, strength, and peace of mind. We strongly believe in yoga as therapy, so catch one of our classes whenever you need a healthy dose of self-care.
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