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Tasha shares her yoga training journey: “each class is different, every time it gets easier.”

Sep 14, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

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September 24th marks the start of a new teacher training that will last 13 fun-packed days and transform the lives of everyone attending. Tasha Veit explains how the training transforms firsthand. As a recent graduate of a recent Yoga District training, Tasha’s blog post describes her incredible teacher training journey, teaching career, and her efforts to intertwine yoga practice in the military. Learn more about Tasha’s journey on our blog, and consider signing up for the training starting next week. Whether or not you want to teach or just learn more about yoga and yourself, our welcoming training focusing on diversity, acceptance, and empowerment is the place for you unfold.


Creating a dynamic morning routine: by Gracy

Sep 11, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

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To stay balanced, we need to talk more about the simplification of choices. In our culture we get overwhelmed because we CAN do so much. We are educated, we have access to resources and thus we could achieve our dreams if we choose to dedicate our time and efforts to them.

So why aren’t we? Why are we so scattered and anxious when it comes to the future? Why do we feel like we are always falling behind?


Teacher spotlight: beloved Ashley

Sep 10, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

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Ashley is a long-time YD veteran! She has held a multitude of roles in the community ecosystem: student, intern, studio administrator, 200 hour teacher trainee, and now, a much loved yoga teacher. She teaches an array of Ashtanga, Rocket, and Power inspired classes at Bloomingdale and 14th Street studios. Her classes emphasize prep poses and advanced variations of arm balances and inversions. Each class closes with restorative postures and a mindful pranayama to shift the mind to a meditative state. Read on to know more about Ashley’s personal history, philosophy, and how her classes are an offering to the larger DC community.


Yoga Reggae Festival on September 19

Sep 8, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

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What do you get when you combine the soul of reggae music with the spirit of yoga? According to one D.C. yoga instructor – the art of peaceful living.

Anne Harrison, better known to her yoga students as “Jayanti,” aims to bring these two worlds together for the upcoming Yoga Reggae Festival – an all-day music and wellness festival happening Sept. 19 from 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Gateway DC East.

It’s an evolution for “yoga with reggae” – classes she pioneered in the D.C. community, which the Washington Post took note of in a 2008 article “Jamaican Me Limber: Reggae Yoga.”


Meet Purnima!

Aug 24, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

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Purnima joined Yoga District three years ago! Since then she has pretty much been running the show, leading with her heart forward. Even if you’ve never met her, Purnima is responsible for much of what you experience at Yoga District. Seeing the connection between her work and Yoga District’s heart-forward mission, Purnima performs every duty, large or small, with a lot of love. Purnima grew up on an ashram, is a touring devotee of Amma the hugging saint, and might be seen taking a selfie now and again. We hope you enjoy Purnima’s interview and please join us in celebrating her three years of loving service!


DC Central Kitchen

Jul 24, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  No Comments
photo 3On July 4th, a group of ten yogis visited DC Central Kitchen. Safety and sanitation are tphoto 1op priorities. We washed our hands, put on gloves, hair nets, and aprons, and we were instructed on knife and kitchen safety. Then we were ready! Some volunteers helped dice turkey sausage, others helped bake muffins, while a few were writing the next week’s meal menus. After a break, we began round two. We sliced carrots for a pot pie that would be served that week.  The kitchen staff was very friendly and humorous. We were told that we were the best volunteers EVER! We had a great time volunteering and we are looking forward to visiting again!


Charity Workshop for Casa Ruby

Jul 20, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

CasaRubyCarlie is offering a workshop to support Casa Ruby and kindly shared some of her experiences to inspire our community to join her for an All Levels Flow to benefit Casa Ruby on August 22 from 4:30-6pm.

I have lived in the DC area for three and half years and have found a home in the DC queer community. I personally experienced the tight-knit support system that can be found within it and would love to contribute my own form of support through yoga. I got my teaching certification through Yoga District’s 200-hour training in winter 2015 and have been teaching here since. Other than teaching yoga, I am also an artist and dancer. I am teaching a workshop to benefit Casa Ruby, DC’s only bilingual multicultural LGBT organization which provides valuable services such as hot meals, clothing exchange, support groups, case management, emergency housing referrals, and legal services counseling for the most vulnerable members of the LGBT community.


New Years Yoga Retreat

Jul 14, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  2 Comments

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Yoga District is proud to share this lovely piece by one of our practitioners, Sophie!

Day one was coming to a close: I stood outside in the cold, shoulder to shoulder with the other retreat yogis, gathered around a small but persistent fire next to our large log cabin in the Shenandoah River Valley. The sun had set hours before and we were sated from a delicious vegan meal. As we breathed in the mountain air and embraced the stillness of the surroundings, we set and shared our own New Years intentions – not resolutions, because that might imply that we were less than perfect, below the standard, under achieving in some way. Rather, by applying focus and setting an intention, we were adding to our selves that were already enough.


Soothing Anxiety

Jun 26, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  No Comments
Meet CJ – one of our YD trained Yoga Teachers who teaches at our I street and Glover Park Studios.
After completing my teacher training at YD, and prior to starting teaching there, I was looking for opportunities to help the community I feel most connected to: women who have survived sexual assault. I stumbled upon Exhale to Inhale, and while they don’t have a program in DC currently, they drove home a message that there is a place for everyone in yoga and that healing can take place within your mind and your body if you let a little love in. A few weeks ago I received an email from ETI outlining a free resource for those that have suffered trauma, work with trauma victims, or simply live anxious lives. I would like to share Lisa Danylchuk’s YouTube series on poses for trauma with the beautiful YD community:


How I Almost Gave Up Yoga

Jun 24, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  1 Comment

IMG_2442Meet Marci, a Senior Teacher at Yoga District as she shares an honest, heartfelt expression of her personal struggles with the practice. You can join her in her practice at multiple locations.

I almost gave up my yoga asana (exercise) practice over the last year.  Injuries, frustrations, and judgment towards myself created a hostile relationship between myself, my body, and the poses I had once fallen in love with.  How did I, a senior yoga teacher, avid practioner, and advocate of yoga almost walk away from the very practice that changed my life? Let me start with how I came to yoga in the first place.



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 Next Step

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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