This past March, Yoga District, for the first time ever, offered a 200-hour intensive teacher training in Jaco, Costa Rica! Eight students (including yours truly) attended the training, which was led by Yoga District founder Jasmine. While there they studied, practiced, and learned more than they ever could have expected. In the piece below, Yoga District teacher training graduate Micah Simon reflects on her life-changing experience with Yoga District in Costa Rica.
The Physicians Committee is working to spread awareness about how you and your loved ones can prevent colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women, with 1 in 20 developing it in his or her lifetime. This disease will claim the lives of more than 50,000 Americans this year.
We’re teaming up with Yoga District to launch a new campaign, “Down Dogs to Drop the Dog”because processed meat products, like hot dogs, are strongly linked to colorectal cancer. Processed meat is so closely linked to colorectal cancer that no amount is safe for consumption.
The description for Yoga District’s upcoming Introductory Ayurveda Workshop begins, “Ever heard the words vata, pitta, or kapha around the yoga studio and wondered what they meant?”
Personally I have always wanted to learn more about ayurveda but had never heard the terms “vata,” “pitta,” or “kapha” before. According to ayurvedic philosophy, our physical, spiritual, and emotional constitutions manifest as three different energies or doshas. These are said to be determined at the moment of conception, but the proportion of each dosha in your life is affected by environment, diet, climate, age, and other factors.
Many of us have heard of Thai yoga massage and know that other yoga practitioners are drawn to it, but if you’re like me you may not know many specifics about it and the kind of benefits it can offer. In the piece below, Yoga District teacher Gracy, a specialist in Thai yoga massage, describes her discovery of the art and the great joy her years of studying and teaching Thai yoga massage have brought her. Gracy will be leading a two-day immersion in Thai Yoga Massage at our I Street studio on June 28 & 29. Read more to learn more about Gracy’s experience and the immersion workshop she will be leading.
From Daisaku Ikeda’s “To My Friends” Series:
Determine to face and challenge
any suffering or hardship head on!
Continuous, ceaseless efforts to
challenge your situation will
enable you to strengthen and
deepen your life condition.
Engrave in your life a personal
history of triumph and glory!
I think it’s safe to say many of us know what the healthiest foods are for us to consume: more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and the importance of eliminating or at least limiting the amount of processed foods we take in. So the first step towards achieving a healthier diet is to have a plan at the grocery store. Here are three shopping tips to help you get a little closer to your goal:
Again and again, we hear Yoga District teacher trainees reflect on the training as an experience that went far beyond learning to teach the poses. The training is designed to take the trainees’ whole selves into account—because yoga is a practice that asks us to call upon all aspects of who we are and because teaching yoga must come from every part of us, body, mind, and spirit. In the piece below, Sophia Cedillos Guth reflects on what drove her to leave the sun of Costa Rica to teacher train at Yoga District during a bitter Washington winter—and how she transformed far beyond what she could ever have expected.
Did you know that every time you come to a Yoga District class, you are helping to share the benefits of yoga with diverse communities far beyond our Washington, D.C., studios? At Yoga District, we believe that every being deserves the holistic benefits of yoga, and that’s why proceeds from our classes go to Yoga Activist, our non-profit outreach arm.
Jake at Yoga District Dupont with his DC yoga teacher Jayanti Harrison
Do you work in front of a computer all day? Do you carry a work Blackberry in one hand and a personal cell phone in the other? Do you read news sites, Facebook feeds and Twitter scrolls constantly?
I bet you do. And I bet you could use a break.
Fortunately, there’s a solution right around the corner, and it fits right in with the mindful practice we enjoy with every class at Yoga District.
For 24 hours, I hope you’ll join me for a growing movement to unplug and reconnect with yourself, your friends and your community. It’s called the National Day of Unplugging, and it’s happening from sundown to sundown March 7-8. The challenge is simple: unplug from technology – and all the physical and emotional implications that go with it – for 24 hours. People all around the world are taking the “unplug challenge” as we speak, and I invite you to do the same.
Read on for three reasons to participate, and three reasons I’ll be uplugging with Yoga District.
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I practice so that I reside in a calm, awake, and balanced state. This practice has gradually stripped away the layers of accumulated baggage that weigh on my mind, body, and spirit. Through Ashtanga Mysore practice, I have learned to consciously build myself up with energy and reduce the fluctuations of the mind.
- Breaking Down Yoga’s Transitional Poses: Plank, Chaturanga, Updog, DowndogBreaking Down Yoga’s Transitional Poses by Veronica Grant If you go to a flow yoga class, the sequence will almost certainly include the downward-facing dog, plank, chaturanga, upward-facing dog, then […]
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