Yoga District (YD) launched a series of by-donation, all-levels yoga classes that will donate all proceeds to nonprofits fighting for causes we believe in. Yoga District arranges the classes and compensates the presiding teacher so that every single penny donated by students goes to the featured nonprofit organization.
This initiative correlates with the very mission that YD is based on: yoga by the community, for the community. It also is a great compliment to YD’s nonprofit counterpart Yoga Activist, which helps partner yoga teachers interested in yoga outreach with social service organizations interested in offering yoga programming.
Last night, Yoga District was honored to host Ms. Ruby Corado and some of her staff from Casa Ruby for our inaugural charity yoga class. Casa Ruby is a local drop-in community center serving as a safe space for the LGBT community in DC. We reached out to Ms. Corado to learn more about her and the organization that she started.
In addition to showcasing teachers on our blog, Yoga District (YD) is honored and humbled to have a variety of dedicated students. For this reason, we have a “Student Feature” series, Q&As with our regular students featured on our blog, so that you can get to know some of the students that make YD such a special place. Today’s Student Feature highlights a frequent visitor, A. Anthony.
A. Anthony is a yogi who embraces the fact that this practice “is for every-body and is welcome to all races, genders, classes, sexualities, and abilities.” They are even planning to deepen their practice by participating in the 200-hour Dharma Yoga Life of a Yogi Teacher Training within the year. For A. Anthony, yoga is a relief from the stress of their work in activism and academia – yet, at the same time, activism in itself.
In 1993, DC’s crime lowered by 23% thanks to meditators dedicating their practices to the cause. In the past we’ve let students know they can email us so that members of our loving, compassionate staff can meditate for them, those they love or whatever causes they personally feel are in need of a bit of peace, compassion or loving kindness.
Now we have a handy web form that will make this easier. Feel free to share as much or as little about the situation or person you’d like us to meditate for. You can make it totally anonymous or you can choose to share your email if you’d like us to be in touch.
Yoga District is launching an exciting new series of charitable yoga classes that will donate all of the proceeds to a select DC organization. Join us for our inaugural class with live music on January 10, 2015 from 8:30pm to 10:30pm to benefit Casa Ruby, a local drop-in community center serving as a safe space for the LGBT community in DC.
Yoga District (YD) is pleased to showcase another one of our outstanding teachers as a part of our “Teacher Feature” series – Q&As with our instructors featured on our blog. Today’s Teacher Feature highlights a longtime instructor, Jayanti.
Jayanti completed her teacher training about 10 years ago, and enjoys bringing students the same peace that yoga gives her. She emphasizes much more than poses in her classes: Jayanti advises a daily practice of tapas, svadhyaya, and Ishvara pranidhana for teachers and students alike who want to deepen their practice. Tapas is shifting energy. Svadhyaya is studying yourself, getting to know yourself, and reading and studying scriptures. Ishvara pranidhana is surrendering the ego in meditation. Learn even more by reading our full interview with Jayanti.
This holiday season, our Glover Park Studio Administrator Rebecca made a generous donation to Yoga Activist through her employer Conover + Gould. Yoga Activist is the nonprofit counterpart of Yoga District. You can learn more about it at www.yogaactivist.org. Read on to see why Rebecca chose Yoga Activist – and how you can donate, too!
Read Yoga District Instructor Dani’s thoughts on yoga’s evolution from spiritual practice to physical exercise – and back again to the spiritual:
Is practicing meditation or asana without the devotion to the original religious texts with which yoga was inspired still considered to be yoga? This article written by Antonia Blumberg for Huffington Post states that “Yoga’s rising global popularity has led to disagreements about what constitutes an authentic yoga practice – and about who is qualified to say what’s authentic and what’s not.”
Yoga District (YD) is proud to showcase its wide variety of teachers in periodic “Teacher Features” – Q&A’s with the instructors on our blog. Today’s Teacher Feature highlights a thoughtful, compassionate instructor, Klydie.
Klydie’s class was recently praised in the DC online news source The Hill is Home. She provides insights about her students like: “It takes a deep sense of compassion for self as well as some good ol’ courage for a student to speak for themselves if they aren’t comfortable. This is empowerment in its rawest, most immediate form, yet so many feel they should stay quiet and not upset things even if they are screaming on the inside.”
We love it when people reach out to learn more about Yoga District (YD) — especially when they share what they learn with others. DC blogger Lauren Walens recently got in touch with YD to interview our founder, Jasmine Chehrazi, and get the inside scoop on our H-Street studio, which she featured on the online news source, The Hill is Home.
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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