zzz – holiday offerings | free workshop w/ gift card purchase | book club | outreach training | andrew and francesca

No need to buy more stuff–just share yoga’s gifts with a Yoga District email-able gift card. If you purchase a gift card this week, you and your gift card recipient are welcome to free spots in our January workshop, “A Beginner’s Guide to the Eight Limbs of Yoga and How to Adapt Any Studio Class to Meet Your Wellness Goals” (please sign up soon as space is limited). Our gift certificates are easy to redeem and are valid for any of our seven locations. Get a gift card and check out the workshop.
Everyone deserves access to yoga’s teachings! To support accessibility in yoga, we invite you to make a tax-deductible donation to Yoga Activist, our 501(c)3 nonprofit sister organization. Yoga Activist supports yoga outreach programs at schools, shelters, prisons, community centers, veterans service organizations and more. If you’d like to start your own yoga or meditation outreach program, join the Yoga Activist Training on the Basics of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instruction on January 7-8. There are sliding scale payment options for the training and, as always, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Learn more about the training or make a tax-deductible donation
Yoga philosophy compels different yogis to respond in different ways to the current political situation. Our blog features one take by the dearly loved Yoga District teacher, Andrew. He explains, “I love you and if it makes you feel better then go ahead, build a wall if you must, but know this–it is a cage for you. I will build bridges, ladders, passages. I will stand with those you think to lock out.” Read Andrew’s complete post on our blog
On Sunday December 18, beloved Yoga District teacher Francesca is leading a by-donation benefit asana and crafts class to support Planned Parenthood at the 14th Street studio. This interactive class will feature yin and restorative yoga, followed by an introduction to finger knitting as a mindfulness practice. Relax, release, and support vital reproductive health care and worldwide sex education. Sign up for Francesca’s Yoga and Knitting Gathering supporting Planned Parenthood.
 Our monthly book club meet up is this Sunday, and we’ll be discussing The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Join us for a friendly, group-led discussion as we get cozy with blankets, tea and any vegetarian snacks you’d like to bring to share. Everyone is welcome. If you’re interested but haven’t read the book at all, feel free to still join us as welcomed observers! Free / by donation, with all proceeds supporting Yoga Activist outreach programs to communities in need. Drop in or sign up for the book club in advance.
There’s no holiday stress here–just a playful, welcoming community full of seasonal cheer. Many Yoga District teachers lovingly offered to teach classes on Xmas Eve, Xmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, including some extended, seasonally-themed classes for our regular class prices. We’re also offering a Winter Solstice workshop-style practice and New Year’s Eve celebrations with all-levels yoga, themed music, sparkling apple cider & chocolate midnight toasts. Make the most of these opportunities to play, reflect, replenish, and reconnect through the holiday season. Check out our holiday class schedule.
If your New Year’s resolution involves being happier, healthier and more self aware, taking a Yoga District training will help get you there. One recent grad explains, “After the first day at the Yoga District training, I had felt as if I’d already learned more about yoga than I’d ever known existed. I’ve grown in so many ways thanks to the training. It was life changing.” The extended training (weekends only) begins January 14 and the intensive (daily all-day format) starts January 26, so there’s no need to put off embarking on this powerful journey. Payment plans, scholarships and work/study available.  Connect with us by December 14 to learn more about our diverse training options and sign up with early bird rates.
On December 23, we are coming together as a community for meal preparation service at DC Central Kitchen, a national leader in reducing hunger with recycled food. Community service is a part of a traditional yoga practice–Swami Sivananda explains, “By doing service, you purify your heart. Egoism, hatred, jealousy, idea of superiority vanish. Humility, pure love, sympathy, tolerance, and mercy are developed…You feel unbounded joy.Sign up to give back with us at DC Central Kitchen on Friday, December 23.

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