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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.


Playing to Live!

Jun 21, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  1 Comment

PlayingtoLive1We are proud to promote an event happening this coming Sept 27th, 2:30-4pm at the Bloomingdale studio with Playing to Live! Check out their latest video!

PTL! is an international nonprofit that brings art, play and yoga therapy to children affected by trauma. Evidence-based research shows that child-centered, creative arts therapy techniques greatly improve a child’s ability to express and understand complex emotions resulting from trauma. Children can lack the words to communicate their feelings and Playing To Live! gives them a voice. To make the program sustainable we partner with local NGOs to help us recruit local community members by training them in culturally relevant therapy techniques, which Local caregivers are trained and then employed to provide therapeutic services to the children. We source all of our program materials locally enabling us to help support the local economy. We have established partnerships with local NGOs to help us remain culturally relevant.


Yoga District Gives Back: All Levels Flow Yoga to Benefit SOME

Jun 18, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  1 Comment
NotForgotten“Nothing in this shelter makes more sense, makes me understand my purpose more, than to kill bugs on a homeless man’s flesh, to dress him well in donated, cast-off clothes, to see him the next day laughing besides a burning barrel.” Nick Flynn in Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
If home is where the heart is, what happens when you don’t have a home? Well…you are not the heart-less one; if we don’t offer our hearts to you, we are. Having a home is so central to one’s existence–in a practical sense but even more so in an emotional sense. Root-less, place-less…and love-less…recognition-less. 

Evening Mysore @ 14th St. Studio

Jun 17, 2015   //   by Betsy   //   The Blog  //  No Comments


Meet Yoga District Teacher, Claudia. Playful and creative, former gymnast Claudia came to Yoga looking for balance and inner peace. She was first introduced to Yoga back in Peru when she was 18 years old, and fell completely in love with the tradition. She has studied the traditions of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Rocket Yoga. And, to date continues to immerse herself in studying and practicing Ashtanga and Rocket Yoga. Claudia teaches morning, midday, and evening classes daily at various Yoga District studios.

Are you interested in practicing Ashtanga Mysore Style but are unable to make it in the mornings?
Join Claudia for Mysore Ashtanga Yoga in the evenings from 4-6 pm.

You are ready: By Jane C.

Jun 15, 2015   //   by Staff Writer   //   The Blog  //  No Comments

Jane C. completed Yoga District’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in April 2015. We are honored to share her reflections on her training experience.

I remember asking a trusted yoga teacher whether I was ready for teacher training. His answer? “You’re totally ready if you want to be.”   



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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