As a 19-year-old, Margaret Westley survived a traumatic accident, leaving her with the partial loss of her left leg. Her life-changing accident didn’t prevent her from practicing yoga; instead Margaret has found promise within the ancient practice.
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Autumn is such a great time to spend some time on a gentle detox or cleanse.
Do you have a knee-jerk reaction to the words “detox” or “cleanse”?
I run into a lot of people who think the idea is a hyped-up fad, or who have a lot of fear around it. I understand that, because there are a lot of scary practices and scary stories out there. I first started experimenting with detoxing when I was studying holistic nutrition 10 years ago, and I made some bad choices and had some less-than-optimal experiences. I also had some amazing health shifts, and the whole trial-and-error journey made me passionate about teaching people how to detox GENTLY. (GENTLY is the key word here.) I got so passionate about the topic that my book, Cleansing & Detox Made Simple, was published in 2014!
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In the busyness of modern life it is hard to find time to meditate. Taking even twenty minutes out of your schedule is sometimes impossible. We think of meditation as sitting still in a silent room. But there are many ways to meditate. Walking meditation allows you to multitask. You can get exercise, meditate, and exposure to sunlight and fresh air all at once. Let’s say you normally take the bus to work. Or perhaps you ride a bike or drive. Then you go the gym after work. You could choose to walk home from work instead of going to the gym. This gives you time to practice walking meditation. If walking home after work isn’t an option, you can walk on your lunch hour, or on a day off.
“Stay in your body.” “Don’t worry about what anyone else’s body looks like. Don’t worry about your own body and what it looks like.” The very origin of the word yoga is a reference to the union or yoking of mind and body. But this oft-referenced mind-body connection is terribly nebulous and rather elusive. Body preoccupation has wormed its way front and center, even in yoga, where we have so nobly sought to banish it…from our minds.
Andrea joined Yoga District about a year ago. She is responsible for HR, managing YD’s workplace yoga program and also any teacher communications. You’ve probably seen Andrea around the 14th street studio during the week, taking class or teaching. She moved to DC 5 years ago from Rochester, NY and has since fallen in love with the YD community. We hope you enjoy learning a bit more about Andrea.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
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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