Meet Studio Manager Brendan

Feb 16, 2021   //   by Betsy   //   Community  //  No Comments


As we gear up to reopen the yoga studios for classes, we’re celebrating the Yoga District community members who stepped forward to lead that transition and manage the studios with loving care. Meet Brendan, the new manager of the Yoga District Dupont and H Street studios as he shares his yoga journey, thoughts on inclusivity, and his experience being part of the Yoga District community!


Q: How would you describe your journey into yoga?

A: My Journey into yoga began in high school, where I had my first few meaningful interactions with yoga as a tool for combating stress and anxiety. I was able to utilize my physical practice and breath-work to remain calm through some transitions in adolescence.

Q: How did you come to work with Yoga District/ Yoga Activist?

A: My favorite teacher works for Yoga District. I volunteered to help manage the studio spaces that I already frequent and care about to help our community feel safe and to beautify the spaces. Just because Yoga District is affordable doesn’t mean we can’t have thriving plant-filled gorgeous places to practice.

Q: What does inclusivity mean to you? / How do you connect with the Yoga District / Yoga Activist mission to offer inclusive yoga instruction accessible to all?

A: Inclusivity means allowing as many access points as possible – that can be managing the times that offerings are held, the style or variations within the practice. It means purposefully seeking out divergent voices and confirming that they feel welcomed.

Q: What’s the best part of being a yogi?

A: This practice speaks for itself, but my favorite part is probably never needing to sit. I am a very active person in my non-yoga time.

Q: What teaching has yoga led you to that you’d like to share with the community?

A: You have a personal truth that is unassailable. Stay connected first with what nourishes you and leave whatever else behind. Know that you are enough.

Q: What do you love about the neighborhoods of the Yoga District studios you manage? What speaks to you most about those areas of 14th Street and H Street?

A: I enjoy access to Rock Creek Park from the Dupont neighborhood and Lincoln Park in the H Street neighborhood. Aside from the parks, I also enjoy the many coffeeshop offerings in both neighborhoods. Shout out to Sidamo Coffee, caddy corner to the H Street studio!

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The Teachers

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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The Yoga District 200 and 500 hour teacher training certification programs, registered by the Yoga Alliance are unique in their emphasis on diversity of teaching styles studied, personal attention, and trauma sensitive yoga. It's no coincidence that Yoga District is regularly voted the leading studio in the nation's capital, and that most of its classes are taught by graduates of its training program. As a full time yoga school, small group trainings are led up to eight times a year by a dedicated faculty including Jasmine Chehrazi, contributor to the Harvard Karma Yoga Project teacher training, teacher training faculty at George Washington University, Yoga Alliance Standards Committee Advisory Board Member, Yoga Activist Founder, and Yoga Service Council Advisory Board Member. So take your practice and community involvement to the next level by joining a training. There's a reason why our graduates call the training "transformative."
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