Yoga District http://www.yogadistrict.com Mindfulness, Yoga & Lifestyle Wellness Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:20:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 New Year, Same You But Better: Reflection and the Detox Workshop http://www.yogadistrict.com/new-year-better/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:57:03 +0000 http://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9818 The start of the new year brings a lot of reflection. Some people are a fan of new year’s resolutions. Others find that instead of focusing on one goal it […]

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The start of the new year brings a lot of reflection.

Some people are a fan of new year’s resolutions. Others find that instead of focusing on one goal it is more helpful to think of a word that serves as the theme for the new year. Still others take a more relaxed and “go with the flow” approach to it all.

In order to move forward, it is important to leave behind what isn’t serving you anymore. Here are some strategies that can help you get rid of the old and make way for the new:

Create an Intention Board for 2018

Use something more broad like “be kinder to myself” or specific like “try something new at least once every few weeks.” You can create one for the whole year or break it up month by month.  If you go the month-by-month route, generate new intentions based on the season and what else is going on in your life at that time.

Destinate 1 Word to Serve as the Theme for 2018

For example, your 2018 word could be “empower.” As you go about each day, you can think “how can I empower not only myself but others?”

Reflect on What isn’t Serving You Anymore

What are you longing to change? How can you let it go? Talking it out with a friend or loved one or journaling about it can be helpful.

Check out our “Detox a New You” Workshop

January 28th 2:15-4:15 at the 14th Street studio 

It will feature a practice focused on clearing space physically and energetically. Sign up here

Students will work on building internal heat with twisting, core awakening, and hip opening poses. The sequence will help release stress and tension to physically and/or emotionally make space for a revitalized sense of your own purpose and power.

Yoga District welcomes devoted yogi Gil as a guest teacher for this special workshop.  Gil is dedicated student of yoga since discovering it at age of 20 and becoming a yoga teacher by age of 25. He has previously attended trainings with world-renowned teachers: Seane Corn, Richard Freeman, and Mark Stephens. Gil has adapted some of Seane’s Detox Flow practice and sequence to increase its benefit for this workshop.

We hope to see you on “Detox a New You” Workshop! You can sign up for it here.

 

 

 

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MLK Jr: Living a Nonviolent Existence http://www.yogadistrict.com/mlk-jr-inspiration-living-a-nonviolent-existence/ http://www.yogadistrict.com/mlk-jr-inspiration-living-a-nonviolent-existence/#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 22:56:01 +0000 http://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9801 “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace starts within, and in community. Join Yoga District for a […]

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Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace starts within, and in community. Join Yoga District for a day-long yoga retreat to explore holistic paths of non-violent living in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Read on to learn more about nonviolent communication and how our MLK Jr. Day retreat uses ahimas, meditations, as well as mindful practice as forms of nonviolent existence.

Self-care can include other-care. It requires understanding your needs as well those of others.  Communication is an excellent way to comprehend everyone’s needs.

NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION

Nonviolent communication (NVC), sometimes referred to as Compassionate Communication, honors the nonviolent practices of individuals like Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others that inspired the way in which we exist in the world.

NVC confronts not only explicit violence, but the undercurrent of subtle violence that permeates most cultures. It offers a method of empathy through deep listening to ourselves and others.  Through NVC’s tools and practices a person can attempt to recognize the depth of their compassion.  This understanding allows deeper connection and love for ourselves and others.  

People who have practiced NVC describe it as accessible but transformative.

“All that has been integrated into NVC has been known for centuries about consciousness, language, communication skills, and use of power that enable us to maintain a perspective of empathy for ourselves and others, even under trying conditions.” — Marshall B. Rosenberg, Phd

Check out the Center for Nonviolent Communication to learn more about NVC  

Practices of Ahimsa (Non-Violence): MLK Day Yoga Retreat

We will explore how principles of nonviolence can be applied to our daily lives through:

  • Communication (NVC)
  • Ahimsa
  • Self-care
  • Meditation and Relaxation techniques
  • Intention Setting
  • Ashana
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Focused Chanting
  • Nutrition (retreat includes a delicious vegetarian meal and chai)

Click here for the MLK Day retreats schedule

AHIMSA

Ahimsa includes practicing non-violence in mind, body, and spirit.

Yoga Master Sri Dharma Mittra explains, “Without Ahimsa there is no yoga.” During the retreat learn about MLK’s six principles of nonviolence, as well as the basics of ahimsa according to classic yoga philosophy.

Find more information about:

  • MLK’s six principles of nonviolence here
  • Ahimsa here

SELF CARE, MEDITATION & INTENTION SETTING

One of Yoga District’s beloved teachers Aparna will be leading meditation, NVC talks,  meditative core & restorative asana practice.  Below she outlines some of what she will cover at the retreat:

During meditation, we’ll explore the art of relaxation to connect within. Through modified yoga nidra, participants will enter a state of relaxed awareness.

During this experience of inner stillness, the participants will write down their intentions in their present moment. The participants would observe what fundamental needs aren’t being met.

In a non-judgemental space using the tools of NVC, we’ll discuss strategies to empathize with the people concerned. How to adopt positive action language to fulfill these needs and feel abundant in our everyday lives.

ASANA

We’ll discuss the possibilities of self-exploration that mindful practice of asanas (physical postures) can offer. Then we’ll practice a a meditative flow with a core-focused sequence using mula bandha, as well as hip-openers to release and relax. The practice will end with 2, 15 min restorative poses.

Find more information about:

  • Yoga Nidra here
  • How to use Mula Bandha in your yoga practice here


MLK Day Yoga Retreat:Practices of Ahimsa (Non-Violence)

  • 1/15/2018
  • 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • 14th street studio

You can register for the Retreat here

We hope you carry love & compassion on & off the mat!

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Fight the Polar Vortex with Warm Soup http://www.yogadistrict.com/fight-the-polar-vortex-with-warm-soup/ http://www.yogadistrict.com/fight-the-polar-vortex-with-warm-soup/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:42:23 +0000 http://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9792 Fight the frigid weather unleashed by the polar vortex with a bowl of warm homemade soup!   While outside is a blanket of snow and brutal winds, enjoy some comfort […]

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Cookie + Kate

Cookie + Kate

Fight the frigid weather unleashed by the polar vortex with a bowl of warm homemade soup!  

While outside is a blanket of snow and brutal winds, enjoy some comfort food with these 3 healthy and delicious recipes.

Read on for the Soup Recipes and stay warm!

Busy week, no time to remember to eat, let alone eat healthy?

The key is make enough of any of these soup recipes to get several meals out of the them.  When possible try to use fresh ingredients.  Reap a great reward for minimal effort. 

Want to spread out your culinary enjoyment?

I recommend mason jars, or other glass containers that seal well because they will keep your food fresher longer. Plus all of the below recipes freeze well.

Why try these recipes?

I have made all of them frequently and to great success multiple times.  After any friend or family member has tasted them they have asked for the recipe. Now I share these beloved recipes with all you!

I am under the impression that all of these recipes are Vegan and Gluten- Free.

Please remember you can always alter any of the recipes I recommend to suit your dietary needs and preferences.

Cookie + Kate

Cookie + Kate

Cookie + Kate’s Quinoa Vegetable Soup here

There is some flexibility with this recipe.  Here are my tips:

  1. I prefer to use TriColor Quinoa because it adds a visual brightness to the soup and in my opinion a better flavor than just white quinoa.
  2. I use chickpeas over a northern bean since I always have a can of chickpeas in my kitchen pantry.
  3. I prepare the soup a bit light on the broth which makes it easier to store. Then I add a little water when I reheat it on the stove for the desired amount of broth.

 

Feed Me Phoebe

Feed Me Phoebe

 Feed Me Phoebe’s Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup here

 My recommendation:

 1. Pan toast some pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to sprinkle on top to add a nice crunch to the soup

 

Cookie + Kate

Cookie + Kate

Cookie + Kate’s Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili here

My suggestions:

  1. This recipe works lovely in a slow cooker/crockpot. Add all ingredients in the morning and when you come home 7-8 hours later you have the meal waiting for you.
  2. You can prep ahead by chopping up all the vegetables the night before.

For further recipe exploration check out the food blogs that provided the above recipes:

Cookie+Kate is a wonderful food blog with an archive of creative vegetarian recipes.

Feed Me Phoebe is lovely food blog with a collection of gluten-free comfort food recipes that use convenient ingredients

All these recipes allow for some flexibility and playfulness in cooking.  Remember to have some fun in the kitchen!

Feel free to leave your favorite soup recipe or a comment below.

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Welcome 2018 with one of Yoga District’s 5 workshops & local MLK Day retreat!

1/7 1/15 1/20 1/21 1/27 1/28
The ABC’s of Sun Salutations MLK Day Yoga Retreat Yoga for Runners Workshop Quarterly Handstand Workshop A Meditative Sound Bath Experience Detox A New You

Read on for each workshop’s description, date, studio location, and registration link.

Please feel free to comment below and provide any suggestions for future YD workshops. Thanks!

JANUARY WORKSHOPS & RETREATS:

ACTIVE

The ABC’s of Sun Salutations: Surya Namaskar Alignment

1/7/2018        2:30pm – 4:30pm        Bloomingdale        Sign up here

Sun Salutations are greetings of the Sun and a great way to welcome the New Year! The 2 hours all-level workshop breaks down three versions of Sun Salutations using various props to establish individual Sun Salute practice.

You will learn Surya Namaskar A, B, and C in a manner than it is safe and sustainable for your body gradually building muscular strength, breath awareness, and meditative practice.

Yoga for Runners Workshop

1/20/2018        4:00pm – 6:00pm        Bloomingdale        Sign up here

Running has a lot of health benefits but it can lead to tight muscles and sore joints. Learn to prevent injury by strengthening the core, balancing your stride, and employing effective warm-up and cool-down techniques.

This all-level workshop is a slow-paced vinyasa flow practice designed specifically for runners.

Quarterly Handstand Workshop

1/21/2018        2:30pm – 4:30pm        14th Street         Sign up here

This quarterly given workshop will use drills and exercises on and off the wall to explore and develop the different muscle groups that support the inversion.

Students will also practice falling so that they can face fears and potentially work towards a handstand away from the wall. All levels are welcome.

Detox A New You

1/28/2018        2:30pm – 4:30pm        14th Street         Sign up here

Purify your body, mind, and spirit with Detox Flow. Feel the cleansing effects of your internal heat with a specific sequence of twisting, core awakening, and hip opening. This practice will elevated energy, increased circulation, and greater mental clarity while releasing tension and stress.

Be prepared to sweat. We recommend some yoga experience before attending this workshop.

SPIRITUAL & MINDFUL

ASANA + SONIC SAVASANA: A Meditative Sound Bath Experience

1/27/2018       2:15pm – 4:15pm        14th Street         Sign up here

Begin with a 60-minute asana class to prepare the body for  60 minutes of sound meditation (Quartz crystal singing bowls) that guide participants on a soothing sonic journey,

This deep meditation method is extremely powerful and effective — even for the absolute beginner.

LOCAL DAY RETREAT

 Practices of Ahimsa (Non-Violence): MLK Day Yoga Retreat

1/15/2018       9:00am – 5:00pm       14th Street Sign up & retreat schedule here

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join a day-long yoga retreat to explore holistic paths of non-violent living in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Ahimsa is the practice of non-violence in mind, body, and spirit. We will dedicate our MLK holiday to explore how and where the vast principles of nonviolence can be applied to our daily lives through communication, nutrition, mindfulness practices, asana, focused chanting, intention setting, self-care, and relaxation techniques.

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Om in NYE with Yoga District http://www.yogadistrict.com/om-nye-yoga-district/ http://www.yogadistrict.com/om-nye-yoga-district/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 02:31:32 +0000 http://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9764 Say GOODBYE to 2017 and HELLO to 2018! If you prefer to ring in the NEW YEAR with a chant rather than a champagne toast then Yoga District has 2 different […]

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Say GOODBYE to 2017 and HELLO to 2018! If you prefer to ring in the NEW YEAR with a chant rather than a champagne toast then Yoga District has 2 different ways for you to celebrate NYE:

New Year’s Eve All Levels Flow with Cider & Chocolates

12/31/2017      10:00pm – 12:00am      Bloomingdale      Sign up here

If you are in the mood for an lively and energetic close to 2017 then spend NYE with Jennifer.  Her playful yoga practice with a funky playlist and will be held from 10:00-11:30pm. Followed by a renewal mediation from 11:30-11:45pm then together ring in the new year with a sparkling apple cider toast and chocolate! All are welcome

NYE Special: Healing Touch for All

12/31/2017      10:00pm – 12:00am      14th Street      Sign up here

Wanting to end 2017 and begin 2018 surrounded by radical self-love and deepened compassion for others?  Then spend NYE with Simone to reconnect with your inner self and to those present with you in the moment.

Explore feminine energies through asanas (postures), pranayama (breathwork), restorative practices, and guided healing touch. As midnight approaches you’ll experience community chanting and other facilitated exercises to promote overall wellbeing and healthy physical contact.  All genders and ability levels welcome

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While this time of year is focused on giving to others, it is also important to give yourself what your body and mind needs as well.

Amidst December gatherings, holiday prep, and travel, spare some time whether that be 5 minutes or 30 minutes to bring a little routine and self-care back into your life. No matter what this holiday season entails for you, read on for Yoga District’s helpful tips for self-care.

15 Minutes with a Good Book

There is nothing like a few minutes spent without the distraction of any screens to help calm the mind. If you don’t have time to for yoga but want to deepen your practice in other ways, Heather Honstein, a beloved Yoga District teacher, shares her picks for yoga-related books:

  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Be Here Now by Ram Dass
  • Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda
  • Yoga and Yogic Powers by Yogi Gupta
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

Travel Yoga Mat or Available Materials         

You may not have access to your usual yoga mat or props while traveling. With a little creativity, you can turn a blanket into a bolster or use a big book as a block.

There are thin travel mats you can invest in or you can simply find a carpeted spot for your asana practice. A yoga mat isn’t a requirement as you can adjust the poses and sequence to fit the practice space you create when on the go.

Chair Yoga might also be a viable alternative for you.  If interested then refer to the 10 Chair Yoga Poses sequence compiled by verywell. 

Go for a Walk Outside

A walk is a perfect time for some self-guided meditation and can be a nice break if you are starting to feel worn out during get-togethers or holiday festivities.  Sometimes you need to excuse yourself for social gatherings for a few minutes.

During your walk, you can do some of the breathing exercises mentioned in this Yoga District blog post. You can also think of a mantra while you are walking. On the inhale, say “so” to yourself, on the exhale say “hum.” “So hum” means “I am that.”

 

What are some of your favorite self-care practices?

How do you practice yoga when you are traveling?

We would love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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December Donation Class: United for Puerto Rico http://www.yogadistrict.com/decembers-donation-class-united-for-puerto-rico/ http://www.yogadistrict.com/decembers-donation-class-united-for-puerto-rico/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:26:30 +0000 http://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9731 Yoga District’s donation class, Salute the Sun! 108 Sun Salutations for the Winter Solstice, benefits United for Puerto Rico initiative. Thursday, December 21st 14th street studio 7 to 9 pm Please […]

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Yoga District’s donation class, Salute the Sun! 108 Sun Salutations for the Winter Solstice, benefits United for Puerto Rico initiative.

Thursday, December 21st
14th street studio
7 to 9 pm

Please read on to learn more about how United for Puerto aids those affected by Hurricane Irma and María along with how the class will honor the Winter Solstice.

 This holiday season you may be searching for ways to help individuals outside of your community.

The natural disasters of Hurricane Irma and María, displaced many people from their homes with no end in sight. Any donation amount can help bring a little joy to those affected. On December 21st, Yoga District is holding a donation class to benefit the United for Puerto Rico initiative.

Yoga District’s donation class, Salute the Sun! 108 Sun Salutations for the Winter Solstice, will be offered on the longest night of the year, Thursday, December 21st. The class will take place from 7 to 9 pm at the 14th street studio.

United for Puerto Rico gives 100% of their proceeds to the victims to help those affected by Hurricane Irma and María. 

As of December 1st, United for Puerto Rico granted $1,918,662 to nine nonprofit organizations that will provide relief to those most affected. To read more about the grant allocation, click here.

The winter solstice is known as a time for inner reflection.

The donation class will begin with a brief warm-up (don’t worry, you won’t have to do 108 sun salutations) and then finish with restorative poses and an extended savasana. The restorative poses and extended savasana provide your body and mind with the opportunity to slow down during the busy holiday season.

The reflection during this time helps foster growth. Whether you attend the class or not, cherish this time and remember to:

  • Focus inward
  • Meditate
  • Slow Down
  • Let go of what doesn’t serve you anymore as we head into the new year

To sign up for the class, visit this link. If you can’t make it to the class and would still like to donate to United for Puerto Rico, you can make online donations via their website.

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Yoga District Teacher Feature- Kendall http://www.yogadistrict.com/yoga-district-teacher-feature-kendall/ http://www.yogadistrict.com/yoga-district-teacher-feature-kendall/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 03:34:22 +0000 http://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9704  Meet Kendall, our December Teacher Feature as she shares her yoga journey! Warrior III is the yoga pose that best describes Kendall’s life: “Some days I feel super grounded and […]

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 Meet Kendall, our December Teacher Feature as she shares her yoga journey!

Warrior III is the yoga pose that best describes Kendall’s life:

“Some days I feel super grounded and strong. Other days I feel a little more wobbly and uneven. Either way, I’m always looking for that sweet spot between strong and soft, open and grounded.”

Feel free to attend one of her class and read on to learn more about Kendall.

          

           Kendall’s Class Schedule:

  • Tuesdays at 8 PM, All Levels Flow @ Dupont
  • Sundays at 10:45 AM, Flow 2-3 @ 14th St.
  • Sundays at 6:45 PM, Powerful Flow 1.5-3 @ 14th St.

What is your name and your favorite style of class to teach?

My name is Kendall.  I love teaching power vinyasa classes inspired by Baron Baptiste.  I’m most able to relax and get out of my mind when I feel like I’m getting a really great workout. I find that power classes are quicker paced, allowing me to focus more on my body and less on my to-do list back home. These classes are strong, playful, and just challenging enough that they push you to find your edge and maybe discover something new.

Describe your personal circumstances or experiences that made you want to share yoga.

Throughout college I volunteered with an organization that provided programming and support to mentally disabled adults. One of the activities we offered was yoga. On my first day volunteering at the yoga class, the regularly-scheduled instructor didn’t show up. As someone who practiced yoga, the volunteer coordinator asked me to step in and sub a quick 30 minute class. After 30 minutes of stretching and laughing,  I saw most of the room find some stillness and calm for the first time. This transformative power of yoga made me want to share the practice with others.

What advice do you have to someone sharing yoga with others?

Be authentic! I think the best yoga classes are the classes where teachers are comfortable to be themselves. If you’re silly and energetic, then let your classes be silly and energetic. Yoga should never be so serious that you (or your students) are afraid to laugh.

What pose or practice do you like to teach to help students feel empowered? To relieve stress? 

Any type of inversion. I think there is this amazing breakthrough that happens the first time students face their fears and change their perspective. Inversions come with this great sense of pride and frustration that both lift us up and humble us at the same time. I think they’re empowering because they show us that we’re capable of things we never thought we’d be cable of (like balancing on our heads!).

 To relieve stress, I really like seated forward folds. These poses allow us to ground down, steady our heart rates, and turn inwards. They allow us to close the eyes and just focus on releasing any areas of tension in the body. 

What is your favorite thing to do around town?

Some of my favorite things are yoga, coffee, policy, and the outdoors. I’d say I’m definitely in the right place. When I’m not at the studio, you can usually find me exploring one of DC’s many coffee shops, listening to an NPR podcast, or escaping the city for a weekend hike. 

What is your favorite thing about the DC yoga community?

 The people! I think we are surrounded by incredible teachers and students in DC that constantly challenge me to grow and improve. I’ve met some of my closest friends through our DC yoga community and am incredibly thankful for their support and guidance.

 How long have you been in DC?

 I actually grew up right outside of DC so I have been in the area my whole life. My parents even still work in the city, so occasionally I can convince them to come to a class or two!

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December Workshops! http://www.yogadistrict.com/yoga-districts-december-workshops/ http://www.yogadistrict.com/yoga-districts-december-workshops/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:28:55 +0000 http://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9685 Yoga District has a variety of workshops and a local retreat in December that can help your body adjust to the colder weather and earlier sunsets of winter.  Whether you […]

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Yoga District has a variety of workshops and a local retreat in December that can help your body adjust to the colder weather and earlier sunsets of winter.  Whether you are looking for something active, spiritual, mindful, or inspirational then there is a workshop to fit your needs.  Please feel free to comment below and provide any suggestions for future YD workshops. Thanks!

12/2/2017 12/9/2017 12/10/2017 12/16/2017
– May Your Back Bend: A Back Bending Workshop – Work your Core!: Development Drills for Your Yoga Practice – Soul Journey: Live Music All-Levels Flow for Inner Peace – Day Long Meditation Retreat (Donations TO YOGA ACTIVIST)
– Intro to Meridian Flow Yoga – Yoga for Positive Body Image (Donations to Rock Recovery)

                              Read on for each workshop’s description, date, studio location, and registration link.

 

YOGA DISTRICT’S DECEMBER WORKSHOPS & RETREATS:

ACTIVE

May Your Back Bend: A Back Bending Workshop

12/2/2017        2:00pm – 4:00pm         14th Street studio         Sign up here

Designed to help you fall in love with backbends, or at least understand them better. Teacher Andrea D. will focus on the actions that will lengthen your spine and open your chest while strengthening and decompressing your lower back. 

You’ll start on your back, working with props to gently gain awareness and space then build heat with sun salutations, standing poses, and core work through a backbend-focused sequence. You’ll leave this workshop feeling energized, challenged, and with a new love for back bending.

Work your Core!: Development Drills for Your Yoga Practice

12/9/2017        4:45pm – 6:45pm         14th Street studio         Sign up here

CJ and Marissa’s workshop will take your practice to the next level with overview drills to supplement your yoga routine. It will cover the basic mechanics of vinyasa with ways to strengthen them along with movements that will help your inversions and overall practice. Plan to sweat and smile and make sure to bring some socks because you will be sliding!

SPIRITUAL & MINDFUL

Intro to Meridian Flow Yoga

12/2/2017        4:00pm – 6:00pm        Bloomingdale        Sign up here

Teacher Emily R’s meridian line yoga flow workshop is great for advanced beginners and seasoned yogis. You will explore the physical locations of meridians and how to activate specific lines throughout a yoga class. The workshop will begin with a lecture and discussion on meridians, their alignment in yoga practice, and how to use them in your home sequence or during a group class. After the lecture, you will practice a 75 minute physical asana class (where you can apply your meridian learnings).


Soul Journey: Live Music All-Levels Flow for Inner Peace

12/10/2017        2:30pm – 4:30pm        14th Street studio         Sign up here

Join teacher Marci and visiting musician Sagit Silberman for a special journey of sound, reflection, flow, and meditation. Marci will guide you through an all levels flow class with an inner reflective journey. She’ll lead chanting, thoughtful journaling, a flowing yoga practice, and a guided meditation. Throughout the workshop, Sagit will provide potent improvising sound, using 10 different instruments, to help you attune to the depths of your being. Please bring a notebook, pen, and an open heart, with an intention to journey.

INSPIRATIONAL

Yoga for Positive Body Image (Donations to Rock Recovery)

12/16/2017        4:00pm – 6:00pm        Bloomingdale        Sign up here

All bodies are welcome! No experience with yoga is necessary. Through yoga practice, mindfulness, and body awareness exercises, you will begin to explore how yoga can be a part of developing and maintaining a more positive body image.

All proceeds will be donated to Rock Recovery (non-profit that provides affordable care for clients with eating disorders).

LOCAL RETREAT

Day Long Meditation Retreat (Donations TO YOGA ACTIVIST)

12/16/2017        8:00am- 6:00pm        I street        Sign up & retreat’s schedule here  

Explore a day of seated and walking meditation practices as well as two awareness-based yoga classes. Guided by deeply experienced meditator Ben, the practices are designed to build clarity of emotion, balance in body and mind, and a deep awareness of your personal nature.

All retreat proceeds to be donated to Yoga Activist (non-profit for yoga outreach with social service organizations).

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Yoga District Community- Meet Mikela our Studio Collective Assistant Director! http://www.yogadistrict.com/yoga-district-community-meet-mikela-our-studio-collective-assistant-director/ http://www.yogadistrict.com/yoga-district-community-meet-mikela-our-studio-collective-assistant-director/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:10:57 +0000 http://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9665   Meet Mikela, our Studio Collective Assistant Director as she shares her yoga journey and  her experience being part of the Yoga District community!  “And I said to my body, […]

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Meet Mikela, our Studio Collective Assistant Director as she shares her yoga journey and  her experience being part of the Yoga District community! 

“And I said to my body, softly, ‘I want to be your friend.’ It took a long breath and replied, ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this.’”  -Nayyirah Waheed

How long have you served the Yoga District community?

In October 2016, I started as an intern at 14th street making it’s only a little over a year since I’ve been part of the YD community.

How did you come to your administrative role at Yoga District?

Discovering Yoga

I discovered yoga in February 2016 at a gym. After several months of gym yoga, it felt as if something was missing from my practice. I soon ditched the weights and was on a mission to find a more familial and warm setting to develop my practice. For several months, I visited numerous yoga studios all with different vibes, missions, and values.

Finding Yoga District

As a woman of color, it was essential to me to find a studio with a diverse student, teacher, and class demographic. I wanted to feel safe and welcomed despite my skin color, hair texture or which yoga pants I was wearing. Also, as special education teacher, it was important that I found a studio that was affordable. After taking a few drop-in classes at Yoga District, I was introduced to the work-study program. Eventually, the perfect position opened up at 14th street studio as a deep clean intern. Of course, I took the opportunity with YD and I never turned back. 

During this time, I was focusing on deepening my yoga practice but I was also beginning to have doubts about my career. Again, it was that feeling of incompleteness and sadness I had felt previously. In March 2017, I decided to quit my job as a teacher with absolutely no plan or money. However, I did know that this thing called yoga had changed my life opening up this catalyst of curiosity, adventure and also stillness that I didn’t know I possessed.

Working for Yoga District

In May, I started my yoga teacher training where I met many amazing YD teachers, including Jasmine. I don’t actually remember how the conversation came up, but I imagine I mentioned to Jasmine how I quit my job and the conversation ended with Jasmine saying, “I have an idea.” Soon after that conversation, I started managing the 14th street studio and slowly, I took on other administrative duties. Some days, I ask myself the same question, “How did I get here? How did I come to this role?”. I like to think everything happens exactly how it’s supposed to happen.

How has working with the administrative details at Yoga District nurtured, challenged, and transformed you?

Working at Yoga District

Even in this short time, this role has transformed me physically and mentally.  I would not trade it for anything despite some of its challenging obstacles. This community is beautiful. I can’t keep track of how many times a YD teacher or student has offered me kind words, a hug or even a smile. It’s truly inspiring to be part of a community that picks each other up and is so filled with love.

It’s easy as an administrator to become consumed in the work and forgot why I’m here.  After a particularly long day, the last thing I want is to go
to the studio and practice. I could easily say to myself, “I just wrote all these emails about yoga. I don’t want to actually go do the yoga now.” The most important thing this role has taught me is that my yoga practice (asana, meditation, and ahimsa) is so much bigger than me. Being so close to the practice has allowed me time for personal self-reflection and a shift in perspective that I had never encountered before.

Working for Yoga District

From a more administrative standpoint, this role has also reinforced the ideas of time management and organization. My ability to take care of myself and to create a self-care routine that also includes non-asana activities has improved tremendously. I learned to practice compassion towards people and myself. Although it’s not always perfect, my ability to communicate and interact with others continues to grow. From a more personal perspective, I believe Yoga District has become a place I can channel my passion and love. Growing up, I wasn’t able or even allowed at times to express myself. Yoga District has been a place where I feel safe enough to share all this love and creativity that I’ve been wanting to give but never knew how. I am so grateful everyday for my YD team and family.

What is your favorite thing to do around town? 

I love acroyoga/partner yoga. With nice weather, you can usually find me around Malcom X Park hanging upside down with friends listening to the drum circle.

What is your favorite thing to do?

What a challenging question! There’s no one answer to this but if I had to pick then it would be lying outside quietly on a warm and sunny day.

If you had to describe your life in the form of a yoga pose, which pose would it be?

I LOVE being upside down so I’d have to choose headstand. Besides it being my favorite pose, it’s one of the only poses that I feel calm and still. There is something childlike about being upside down in any posture and it’s a nice reminder to not take life so seriously. Sometimes balance in life, just like in a headstand, can be challenging but once you find that sweet spot then you never want to come down. And sometimes you fall and that’s okay.

For me, inversions symbolize freedom adventure and a different perspective on life.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself forever being a student. I’m finishing up my training in massage therapy and eventually, I’d like to get a Masters in Acupuncture and in Yoga Therapy. I’d like to finish up my children’s yoga training and eventually take on a 500 hour training program. Do you think I can finish all of that in 10 years? I’m envisioning a future in which I can not only share all of these things that have transformed my life with others but also make them affordable and accessible. I have a lot of work to do.

 

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