Yoga District https://www.yogadistrict.com Mindfulness, Yoga & Lifestyle Wellness Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:16:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Something a Bit Sweet https://www.yogadistrict.com/healthy-treats/ Sat, 10 Feb 2018 02:02:59 +0000 https://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9856 Breath in the scent of chocolate, taste a hint of honey and breath out sheer joy. Being indulgent never felt so good…try these healthy treats! Eating well is a form […]

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Breath in the scent of chocolate, taste a hint of honey and breath out sheer joy. Being indulgent never felt so good…try these healthy treats!

Eating well is a form of self-care. Yet it’s not always easy to meet your sweet cravings and still eat wholesome.

Want something a bit sweet then read on for a few of our favorite healthier recipes!

Why Try These Recipes?

To eat wholesome desserts seems like an oxymoron.  But really it’s a license for creative baking.  A chance to try new flavors and open up your palate to a different type of sweet taste.

We have reaped the delicious benefits from these beloved recipes and we now share them with you!

Be Creative & Make These Recipes Your Own!

Please remember you can always alter any of the recipes we recommend to suit your dietary needs and preferences.

We are under the impression that all of these recipes are Gluten- Free and use no butter or processed sugar.  

To make these recipes Vegan, modify the sweetener from honey to a vegan alternative of your choice like maple syrup or agave. Use only dark chocolate (55- 85% percent cacao) and make sure it’s void of ingredients that are derived from milk, such as whey, casein, milk, milk fat, and milk solids.

Healthy Treats:

Minimalist Baker

COCONUT BUTTER

Coconut butter makes for a great topping over apples, bananas, oatmeal, or as a non-dairy creamer for coffee or tea. Honestly, it’s a versatile condiment enhancing the taste of a lot of food so feel free to experiment.

Remember coconut butter is not the same as coconut oil!

Rather than spend the 10+ dollars coconut butter usually costs at many grocery stores, try making your own for around $3.99 (price of a standard bag of unsweetened shredded coconut).

Minimalist Baker’s Coconut Butter Recipe here

 

Tips:

  • This recipe works best with a high-powered food processor rather than a blender.
  • With a lower-powered food processor, you may need to use a spoon to push the coconut down towards the blade more often (plus it may take more like 20 minutes rather than 8 minutes).
  • Due to the size of your food processor you may need to make this recipe in batches.
  • Mix in any additional add-ins you want. The Minimalist Baker suggests a bit of sea salt or vanilla extract.
  • Store at room temperature and enjoy! It will solidify if kept in a cool environment.

Minimalist Baker

CHOCOLATE COCONUT BUTTER CUPS

Want to elevate the typical peanut butter cup to new heights?

Have more coconut butter than you know what to do with especially after making the recipe above?

Then try this recipe, which only calls for 5 ingredients (or 2 if you decide to not make your own chocolate).

Minimalist Baker’s Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups Recipe here

Tip: If you don’t make your own chocolate, use 1 1/2 cups of finely chopped dark chocolate.

Ambitious Kitchen

OATMEAL BANANA COOKIES

If you are looking for a dairy free, gluten free, nut free, vegan treat AND are a fan of bananas and oatmeal, this may be the recipe for you!

Ambitious Kitchen’s 2- Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies Recipe here

Tips:

  • Mix the bananas and oats with your hands or a spoon.
  • If you want a smoother consistency, you can put the oats into a blender or food processor before combining them with the mashed bananas.
  • Feel free to add in additional mix-ins such as dried cranberries, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, etc. Get creative!

Gimme Some Oven

NO BAKE ENERGY BITES

Sometimes using an oven is not an option.  Maybe you don’t have time to wait for something to bake or it’s too hot outside to even fathom turning on the oven.  Either way, we have you covered with these delicious no bake energy bites.

Gimme Some Oven’s No Bake Energy Bites Recipe here

Substitutions:

  • Exchange the peanut butter for another type of nut butter (almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter, etc)
  • Use Vegan Chocolate Chips or leave the chocolate out of these bites
  • Agave replaces honey nicely in this recipe  

 

For further recipe exploration check out the food blogs that provided the above recipes:

Minimalist Baker’s food blog with 30 minute or less plant-based recipes that use 1 bowl and 10 ingredients or less

Ambitious Kitchen is healthy living blog with creative recipes that sometimes use unique ingredients

Gimme Some Oven is lovely food blog with a collection of creative and easy recipes that are perfect for sharing with others

Eat indulgently healthy and be creative in the kitchen!

 

 

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A Mindful You https://www.yogadistrict.com/a-mindful-you/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:48:17 +0000 https://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9837 Sometimes a horrible day is made a bit better with self-care: a little time by yourself to recharge or maybe change your perspective. A good way to start off your […]

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Sometimes a horrible day is made a bit better with self-care: a little time by yourself to recharge or maybe change your perspective.

A good way to start off your week is to be intuned with your thoughts, feelings and how you move throughout the world.

Read on for a few strategies we find helpful to turn a horrid day around.

Please note: Stop any of our mindful suggestions if you become light headed or dizzy.  Make sure to practice within your own range of abilities and limits.  Please consult with a doctor before practicing if you have any medical concerns.

PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION

Progressive muscle relaxation can help alleviate tension because as your body begins to relax then so will your mind.

Find a quite and calm spot to lie down on your back and stretch out comfortably.  Start with the muscles in your feet and then slowly move up through the body tensing and relaxing the intended muscles. Remember you should feel tightness in the muscle but not pain.

  1. For a few minutes take slow deep breaths through your nose
  2. Still breathing deeply begin to focus on your right foot and how it feels then squeeze it tightly for 4 – 10 seconds.  Try to only squeeze your right foot muscles.
  3. Relax your right foot and focus on the tension flowing away
  4. In this relaxed state take a few slow deep breaths
  5. Now shift your attention to your left foot and use an identical sequence on it
  6. Systematically move up through the body tensing and releasing muscle groups

Order for Progressive muscle relaxation

1. Right then Left Foot 2. Right then Left Calf
3. Right then Left Thigh 4. Hips & Buttocks
5. Stomach 6. Chest
7. Back 8. Right then Left Arm & Hand
9. Neck & Shoulders 10. Face

For more detailed list of muscle group and how to specifically tense them then refer to WebMD’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation reference

PRACTICE AHIMSA

Ahimsa is the practice of non-harming in all aspects of life: physical, mental, or emotional.

It not only refers to your actions towards other people and things, but your actions toward your own self.

Think about how you go about your day usually and how you can act with more kindness to others, yourself, and your surroundings.

 

You can practice ahimsa by:

  • trying to be open to another person’s opinions (maybe one that you had shut down in the past)
  • allow yourself latitude to make a mistake
  • riding your bike or walking instead of driving your car

Notice any positive changes in yourself once you start actively practicing ahimsa.

Refer to YD’s previous MLK day blog post for more information about practicing Ahisma and other forms of nonviolent communication.

Reading a Good Book

There is nothing like a few minutes spent without the distraction of any screens to help calm the mind and make you feel a bit better.

If you don’t have time to for yoga but want to deepen your practice in other ways, Heather Honstein, a beloved Yoga District teacher, shares some of her picks for yoga-related books:

  • Light on Pranayama by BKS Iyengar
  • Freud and Yoga: Two Philosophies of Mind Compared by Hellfried Krusche, T.K.V. Desikachar & Marie Hodges
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Yogi Swatmarama and Muktibodhananda  Saraswati
  • The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami by Radhanath Swami
  • Yoga and Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness by Swami Rama, Swami Ajaya, and Rudolpy Ballentine

You can find Heather’s other book recommendations at YD’s previous Self-Care during the Holidays blog post.

If you are interested in more self-care & relaxation tips then check out our Mindful Tips for Dealing with Thanksgiving Stress blog post.

 

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New Year, Same You But Better: Reflection and the Detox Workshop https://www.yogadistrict.com/new-year-better/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:57:03 +0000 https://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9818 The start of the new year brings a lot of reflection. Some people are a fan of new year’s resolutions. Others find that instead of focusing on one goal it […]

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The start of the new year brings a lot of reflection.

Some people are a fan of new year’s resolutions. Others find that instead of focusing on one goal it is more helpful to think of a word that serves as the theme for the new year. Still others take a more relaxed and “go with the flow” approach to it all.

In order to move forward, it is important to leave behind what isn’t serving you anymore. Here are some strategies that can help you get rid of the old and make way for the new:

Create an Intention Board for 2018

Use something more broad like “be kinder to myself” or specific like “try something new at least once every few weeks.” You can create one for the whole year or break it up month by month.  If you go the month-by-month route, generate new intentions based on the season and what else is going on in your life at that time.

Destinate 1 Word to Serve as the Theme for 2018

For example, your 2018 word could be “empower.” As you go about each day, you can think “how can I empower not only myself but others?”

Reflect on What isn’t Serving You Anymore

What are you longing to change? How can you let it go? Talking it out with a friend or loved one or journaling about it can be helpful.

Check out our “Detox a New You” Workshop

January 28th 2:15-4:15 at the 14th Street studio 

It will feature a practice focused on clearing space physically and energetically. Sign up here

Students will work on building internal heat with twisting, core awakening, and hip opening poses. The sequence will help release stress and tension to physically and/or emotionally make space for a revitalized sense of your own purpose and power.

Yoga District welcomes devoted yogi Gil as a guest teacher for this special workshop.  Gil is dedicated student of yoga since discovering it at age of 20 and becoming a yoga teacher by age of 25. He has previously attended trainings with world-renowned teachers: Seane Corn, Richard Freeman, and Mark Stephens. Gil has adapted some of Seane’s Detox Flow practice and sequence to increase its benefit for this workshop.

We hope to see you on “Detox a New You” Workshop! You can sign up for it here.

 

 

 

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MLK Jr: Living a Nonviolent Existence https://www.yogadistrict.com/mlk-jr-inspiration-living-a-nonviolent-existence/ https://www.yogadistrict.com/mlk-jr-inspiration-living-a-nonviolent-existence/#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 22:56:01 +0000 https://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9801 “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace starts within, and in community. Join Yoga District for a […]

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Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace starts within, and in community. Join Yoga District for a day-long yoga retreat to explore holistic paths of non-violent living in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Read on to learn more about nonviolent communication and how our MLK Jr. Day retreat uses ahimas, meditations, as well as mindful practice as forms of nonviolent existence.

Self-care can include other-care. It requires understanding your needs as well those of others.  Communication is an excellent way to comprehend everyone’s needs.

NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION

Nonviolent communication (NVC), sometimes referred to as Compassionate Communication, honors the nonviolent practices of individuals like Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others that inspired the way in which we exist in the world.

NVC confronts not only explicit violence, but the undercurrent of subtle violence that permeates most cultures. It offers a method of empathy through deep listening to ourselves and others.  Through NVC’s tools and practices a person can attempt to recognize the depth of their compassion.  This understanding allows deeper connection and love for ourselves and others.  

People who have practiced NVC describe it as accessible but transformative.

“All that has been integrated into NVC has been known for centuries about consciousness, language, communication skills, and use of power that enable us to maintain a perspective of empathy for ourselves and others, even under trying conditions.” — Marshall B. Rosenberg, Phd

Check out the Center for Nonviolent Communication to learn more about NVC  

Practices of Ahimsa (Non-Violence): MLK Day Yoga Retreat

We will explore how principles of nonviolence can be applied to our daily lives through:

  • Communication (NVC)
  • Ahimsa
  • Self-care
  • Meditation and Relaxation techniques
  • Intention Setting
  • Ashana
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Focused Chanting
  • Nutrition (retreat includes a delicious vegetarian meal and chai)

Click here for the MLK Day retreats schedule

AHIMSA

Ahimsa includes practicing non-violence in mind, body, and spirit.

Yoga Master Sri Dharma Mittra explains, “Without Ahimsa there is no yoga.” During the retreat learn about MLK’s six principles of nonviolence, as well as the basics of ahimsa according to classic yoga philosophy.

Find more information about:

  • MLK’s six principles of nonviolence here
  • Ahimsa here

SELF CARE, MEDITATION & INTENTION SETTING

One of Yoga District’s beloved teachers Aparna will be leading meditation, NVC talks,  meditative core & restorative asana practice.  Below she outlines some of what she will cover at the retreat:

During meditation, we’ll explore the art of relaxation to connect within. Through modified yoga nidra, participants will enter a state of relaxed awareness.

During this experience of inner stillness, the participants will write down their intentions in their present moment. The participants would observe what fundamental needs aren’t being met.

In a non-judgemental space using the tools of NVC, we’ll discuss strategies to empathize with the people concerned. How to adopt positive action language to fulfill these needs and feel abundant in our everyday lives.

ASANA

We’ll discuss the possibilities of self-exploration that mindful practice of asanas (physical postures) can offer. Then we’ll practice a a meditative flow with a core-focused sequence using mula bandha, as well as hip-openers to release and relax. The practice will end with 2, 15 min restorative poses.

Find more information about:

  • Yoga Nidra here
  • How to use Mula Bandha in your yoga practice here


MLK Day Yoga Retreat:Practices of Ahimsa (Non-Violence)

  • 1/15/2018
  • 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • 14th street studio

You can register for the Retreat here

We hope you carry love & compassion on & off the mat!

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Fight the Polar Vortex with Warm Soup https://www.yogadistrict.com/fight-the-polar-vortex-with-warm-soup/ https://www.yogadistrict.com/fight-the-polar-vortex-with-warm-soup/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:42:23 +0000 https://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9792 Fight the frigid weather unleashed by the polar vortex with a bowl of warm homemade soup!   While outside is a blanket of snow and brutal winds, enjoy some comfort […]

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Cookie + Kate

Cookie + Kate

Fight the frigid weather unleashed by the polar vortex with a bowl of warm homemade soup!  

While outside is a blanket of snow and brutal winds, enjoy some comfort food with these 3 healthy and delicious recipes.

Read on for the Soup Recipes and stay warm!

Busy week, no time to remember to eat, let alone eat healthy?

The key is make enough of any of these soup recipes to get several meals out of the them.  When possible try to use fresh ingredients.  Reap a great reward for minimal effort. 

Want to spread out your culinary enjoyment?

I recommend mason jars, or other glass containers that seal well because they will keep your food fresher longer. Plus all of the below recipes freeze well.

Why try these recipes?

I have made all of them frequently and to great success multiple times.  After any friend or family member has tasted them they have asked for the recipe. Now I share these beloved recipes with all you!

I am under the impression that all of these recipes are Vegan and Gluten- Free.

Please remember you can always alter any of the recipes I recommend to suit your dietary needs and preferences.

Cookie + Kate

Cookie + Kate

Cookie + Kate’s Quinoa Vegetable Soup here

There is some flexibility with this recipe.  Here are my tips:

  1. I prefer to use TriColor Quinoa because it adds a visual brightness to the soup and in my opinion a better flavor than just white quinoa.
  2. I use chickpeas over a northern bean since I always have a can of chickpeas in my kitchen pantry.
  3. I prepare the soup a bit light on the broth which makes it easier to store. Then I add a little water when I reheat it on the stove for the desired amount of broth.

 

Feed Me Phoebe

Feed Me Phoebe

 Feed Me Phoebe’s Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup here

 My recommendation:

 1. Pan toast some pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to sprinkle on top to add a nice crunch to the soup

 

Cookie + Kate

Cookie + Kate

Cookie + Kate’s Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili here

My suggestions:

  1. This recipe works lovely in a slow cooker/crockpot. Add all ingredients in the morning and when you come home 7-8 hours later you have the meal waiting for you.
  2. You can prep ahead by chopping up all the vegetables the night before.

For further recipe exploration check out the food blogs that provided the above recipes:

Cookie+Kate is a wonderful food blog with an archive of creative vegetarian recipes.

Feed Me Phoebe is lovely food blog with a collection of gluten-free comfort food recipes that use convenient ingredients

All these recipes allow for some flexibility and playfulness in cooking.  Remember to have some fun in the kitchen!

Feel free to leave your favorite soup recipe or a comment below.

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Welcome 2018 with one of Yoga District’s 5 workshops & local MLK Day retreat!

1/7 1/15 1/20 1/21 1/27 1/28
The ABC’s of Sun Salutations MLK Day Yoga Retreat Yoga for Runners Workshop Quarterly Handstand Workshop A Meditative Sound Bath Experience Detox A New You

Read on for each workshop’s description, date, studio location, and registration link.

Please feel free to comment below and provide any suggestions for future YD workshops. Thanks!

JANUARY WORKSHOPS & RETREATS:

ACTIVE

The ABC’s of Sun Salutations: Surya Namaskar Alignment

1/7/2018        2:30pm – 4:30pm        Bloomingdale        Sign up here

Sun Salutations are greetings of the Sun and a great way to welcome the New Year! The 2 hours all-level workshop breaks down three versions of Sun Salutations using various props to establish individual Sun Salute practice.

You will learn Surya Namaskar A, B, and C in a manner than it is safe and sustainable for your body gradually building muscular strength, breath awareness, and meditative practice.

Yoga for Runners Workshop

1/20/2018        4:00pm – 6:00pm        Bloomingdale        Sign up here

Running has a lot of health benefits but it can lead to tight muscles and sore joints. Learn to prevent injury by strengthening the core, balancing your stride, and employing effective warm-up and cool-down techniques.

This all-level workshop is a slow-paced vinyasa flow practice designed specifically for runners.

Quarterly Handstand Workshop

1/21/2018        2:30pm – 4:30pm        14th Street         Sign up here

This quarterly given workshop will use drills and exercises on and off the wall to explore and develop the different muscle groups that support the inversion.

Students will also practice falling so that they can face fears and potentially work towards a handstand away from the wall. All levels are welcome.

Detox A New You

1/28/2018        2:30pm – 4:30pm        14th Street         Sign up here

Purify your body, mind, and spirit with Detox Flow. Feel the cleansing effects of your internal heat with a specific sequence of twisting, core awakening, and hip opening. This practice will elevated energy, increased circulation, and greater mental clarity while releasing tension and stress.

Be prepared to sweat. We recommend some yoga experience before attending this workshop.

SPIRITUAL & MINDFUL

ASANA + SONIC SAVASANA: A Meditative Sound Bath Experience

1/27/2018       2:15pm – 4:15pm        14th Street         Sign up here

Begin with a 60-minute asana class to prepare the body for  60 minutes of sound meditation (Quartz crystal singing bowls) that guide participants on a soothing sonic journey,

This deep meditation method is extremely powerful and effective — even for the absolute beginner.

LOCAL DAY RETREAT

 Practices of Ahimsa (Non-Violence): MLK Day Yoga Retreat

1/15/2018       9:00am – 5:00pm       14th Street Sign up & retreat schedule here

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join a day-long yoga retreat to explore holistic paths of non-violent living in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Ahimsa is the practice of non-violence in mind, body, and spirit. We will dedicate our MLK holiday to explore how and where the vast principles of nonviolence can be applied to our daily lives through communication, nutrition, mindfulness practices, asana, focused chanting, intention setting, self-care, and relaxation techniques.

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Om in NYE with Yoga District https://www.yogadistrict.com/om-nye-yoga-district/ https://www.yogadistrict.com/om-nye-yoga-district/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 02:31:32 +0000 https://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9764 Say GOODBYE to 2017 and HELLO to 2018! If you prefer to ring in the NEW YEAR with a chant rather than a champagne toast then Yoga District has 2 different […]

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Say GOODBYE to 2017 and HELLO to 2018! If you prefer to ring in the NEW YEAR with a chant rather than a champagne toast then Yoga District has 2 different ways for you to celebrate NYE:

New Year’s Eve All Levels Flow with Cider & Chocolates

12/31/2017      10:00pm – 12:00am      Bloomingdale      Sign up here

If you are in the mood for an lively and energetic close to 2017 then spend NYE with Jennifer.  Her playful yoga practice with a funky playlist and will be held from 10:00-11:30pm. Followed by a renewal mediation from 11:30-11:45pm then together ring in the new year with a sparkling apple cider toast and chocolate! All are welcome

NYE Special: Healing Touch for All

12/31/2017      10:00pm – 12:00am      14th Street      Sign up here

Wanting to end 2017 and begin 2018 surrounded by radical self-love and deepened compassion for others?  Then spend NYE with Simone to reconnect with your inner self and to those present with you in the moment.

Explore feminine energies through asanas (postures), pranayama (breathwork), restorative practices, and guided healing touch. As midnight approaches you’ll experience community chanting and other facilitated exercises to promote overall wellbeing and healthy physical contact.  All genders and ability levels welcome

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Helpful Tips for Self-Care During the Holidays https://www.yogadistrict.com/self-care-tips-holidays/ https://www.yogadistrict.com/self-care-tips-holidays/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 02:23:22 +0000 https://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9754 While this time of year is focused on giving to others, it is also important to give yourself what your body and mind needs as well. Amidst December gatherings, holiday […]

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While this time of year is focused on giving to others, it is also important to give yourself what your body and mind needs as well.

Amidst December gatherings, holiday prep, and travel, spare some time whether that be 5 minutes or 30 minutes to bring a little routine and self-care back into your life. No matter what this holiday season entails for you, read on for Yoga District’s helpful tips for self-care.

15 Minutes with a Good Book

There is nothing like a few minutes spent without the distraction of any screens to help calm the mind. If you don’t have time to for yoga but want to deepen your practice in other ways, Heather Honstein, a beloved Yoga District teacher, shares her picks for yoga-related books:

  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Be Here Now by Ram Dass
  • Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda
  • Yoga and Yogic Powers by Yogi Gupta
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

Travel Yoga Mat or Available Materials         

You may not have access to your usual yoga mat or props while traveling. With a little creativity, you can turn a blanket into a bolster or use a big book as a block.

There are thin travel mats you can invest in or you can simply find a carpeted spot for your asana practice. A yoga mat isn’t a requirement as you can adjust the poses and sequence to fit the practice space you create when on the go.

Chair Yoga might also be a viable alternative for you.  If interested then refer to the 10 Chair Yoga Poses sequence compiled by verywell. 

Go for a Walk Outside

A walk is a perfect time for some self-guided meditation and can be a nice break if you are starting to feel worn out during get-togethers or holiday festivities.  Sometimes you need to excuse yourself for social gatherings for a few minutes.

During your walk, you can do some of the breathing exercises mentioned in this Yoga District blog post. You can also think of a mantra while you are walking. On the inhale, say “so” to yourself, on the exhale say “hum.” “So hum” means “I am that.”

 

What are some of your favorite self-care practices?

How do you practice yoga when you are traveling?

We would love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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December Donation Class: United for Puerto Rico https://www.yogadistrict.com/decembers-donation-class-united-for-puerto-rico/ https://www.yogadistrict.com/decembers-donation-class-united-for-puerto-rico/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:26:30 +0000 https://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9731 Yoga District’s donation class, Salute the Sun! 108 Sun Salutations for the Winter Solstice, benefits United for Puerto Rico initiative. Thursday, December 21st 14th street studio 7 to 9 pm Please […]

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Yoga District’s donation class, Salute the Sun! 108 Sun Salutations for the Winter Solstice, benefits United for Puerto Rico initiative.

Thursday, December 21st
14th street studio
7 to 9 pm

Please read on to learn more about how United for Puerto aids those affected by Hurricane Irma and María along with how the class will honor the Winter Solstice.

 This holiday season you may be searching for ways to help individuals outside of your community.

The natural disasters of Hurricane Irma and María, displaced many people from their homes with no end in sight. Any donation amount can help bring a little joy to those affected. On December 21st, Yoga District is holding a donation class to benefit the United for Puerto Rico initiative.

Yoga District’s donation class, Salute the Sun! 108 Sun Salutations for the Winter Solstice, will be offered on the longest night of the year, Thursday, December 21st. The class will take place from 7 to 9 pm at the 14th street studio.

United for Puerto Rico gives 100% of their proceeds to the victims to help those affected by Hurricane Irma and María. 

As of December 1st, United for Puerto Rico granted $1,918,662 to nine nonprofit organizations that will provide relief to those most affected. To read more about the grant allocation, click here.

The winter solstice is known as a time for inner reflection.

The donation class will begin with a brief warm-up (don’t worry, you won’t have to do 108 sun salutations) and then finish with restorative poses and an extended savasana. The restorative poses and extended savasana provide your body and mind with the opportunity to slow down during the busy holiday season.

The reflection during this time helps foster growth. Whether you attend the class or not, cherish this time and remember to:

  • Focus inward
  • Meditate
  • Slow Down
  • Let go of what doesn’t serve you anymore as we head into the new year

To sign up for the class, visit this link. If you can’t make it to the class and would still like to donate to United for Puerto Rico, you can make online donations via their website.

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Yoga District Teacher Feature- Kendall https://www.yogadistrict.com/yoga-district-teacher-feature-kendall/ https://www.yogadistrict.com/yoga-district-teacher-feature-kendall/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 03:34:22 +0000 https://www.yogadistrict.com/?p=9704  Meet Kendall, our December Teacher Feature as she shares her yoga journey! Warrior III is the yoga pose that best describes Kendall’s life: “Some days I feel super grounded and […]

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 Meet Kendall, our December Teacher Feature as she shares her yoga journey!

Warrior III is the yoga pose that best describes Kendall’s life:

“Some days I feel super grounded and strong. Other days I feel a little more wobbly and uneven. Either way, I’m always looking for that sweet spot between strong and soft, open and grounded.”

Feel free to attend one of her class and read on to learn more about Kendall.

          

           Kendall’s Class Schedule:

  • Tuesdays at 8 PM, All Levels Flow @ Dupont
  • Sundays at 10:45 AM, Flow 2-3 @ 14th St.
  • Sundays at 6:45 PM, Powerful Flow 1.5-3 @ 14th St.

What is your name and your favorite style of class to teach?

My name is Kendall.  I love teaching power vinyasa classes inspired by Baron Baptiste.  I’m most able to relax and get out of my mind when I feel like I’m getting a really great workout. I find that power classes are quicker paced, allowing me to focus more on my body and less on my to-do list back home. These classes are strong, playful, and just challenging enough that they push you to find your edge and maybe discover something new.

Describe your personal circumstances or experiences that made you want to share yoga.

Throughout college I volunteered with an organization that provided programming and support to mentally disabled adults. One of the activities we offered was yoga. On my first day volunteering at the yoga class, the regularly-scheduled instructor didn’t show up. As someone who practiced yoga, the volunteer coordinator asked me to step in and sub a quick 30 minute class. After 30 minutes of stretching and laughing,  I saw most of the room find some stillness and calm for the first time. This transformative power of yoga made me want to share the practice with others.

What advice do you have to someone sharing yoga with others?

Be authentic! I think the best yoga classes are the classes where teachers are comfortable to be themselves. If you’re silly and energetic, then let your classes be silly and energetic. Yoga should never be so serious that you (or your students) are afraid to laugh.

What pose or practice do you like to teach to help students feel empowered? To relieve stress? 

Any type of inversion. I think there is this amazing breakthrough that happens the first time students face their fears and change their perspective. Inversions come with this great sense of pride and frustration that both lift us up and humble us at the same time. I think they’re empowering because they show us that we’re capable of things we never thought we’d be cable of (like balancing on our heads!).

 To relieve stress, I really like seated forward folds. These poses allow us to ground down, steady our heart rates, and turn inwards. They allow us to close the eyes and just focus on releasing any areas of tension in the body. 

What is your favorite thing to do around town?

Some of my favorite things are yoga, coffee, policy, and the outdoors. I’d say I’m definitely in the right place. When I’m not at the studio, you can usually find me exploring one of DC’s many coffee shops, listening to an NPR podcast, or escaping the city for a weekend hike. 

What is your favorite thing about the DC yoga community?

 The people! I think we are surrounded by incredible teachers and students in DC that constantly challenge me to grow and improve. I’ve met some of my closest friends through our DC yoga community and am incredibly thankful for their support and guidance.

 How long have you been in DC?

 I actually grew up right outside of DC so I have been in the area my whole life. My parents even still work in the city, so occasionally I can convince them to come to a class or two!

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