You enter a studio, take off your shoes, and step onto your mat. With a deep inhale and relaxing exhale, you begin your yoga class. Have you ever wondered why it’s customary to practice yoga barefoot? Or the reason you remove your shoes when entering a yoga studio?
Read on to learn about the cultural, practical, and physical reasons that yoga studios are shoeless.
East Coast Solidarity Summer (ECSS) is a program for youth of South Asian heritage who are passionate about social justice.
Saloni, a Yoga District teacher, is offering tri-weekly donation classes to benefit ECSS.
ECSS Yoga Donation Classes:
- April 17- May 1, 7:00am, Dupont Street Studio
- Monday: Sunrise Flow Yoga 1.5-2.5
- Wednesday: Flow Yoga 1-2
- Friday: Sunrise Flow Yoga 2
- Sign up here
Learn more about ECSS and why Saloni is dedicated to them.
There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding who does (and does not) participate in yoga. But, it’s important to know that the practice of yoga welcomes all people–not just one, particular type of person.
Keep reading to learn about five of the most common yoga myths.
No two yoga classes are identical, but sometimes something truly unexpected may occur. What if, during your yoga class, one of the students becomes ill? How do the yoga teacher and the rest of the class help that person in need? This is exactly what transpired during one of Andrew’s Yoga District classes.
When a student gets sick in class: stay calm, check their vitals, and, if necessary, call 911. Do your best given the circumstance.
Read on to find out what happened in Andrew’s class and learn how he maintained a safe space for all–even as an emergency situation unfolded. Read more >>
People talk about mindfulness all the time but I can’t ever recall anyone talking about mindlessness.
Patrice Ford Lyn, professional life coach, examines the benefits of combining being mindlessness and mindfulness.
- “Yes I can.” “No I can’t.” Simple enough, right?
- Are you good at setting boundaries?
- Your answer is likely a bit more nuanced than a simple
- “yes,” or “no.”
Setting personal boundaries is a form a self-care. Read on as Patrice Ford Lyn, professional life coach, discusses personal boundaries and how to improve setting them in your life.
If you’ve been experiencing feelings of loneliness lately, you are not the only one.
Patrice Ford Lyn, professional life coach, shares her insights into the epidemic of loneliness and the steps we can take to find and maintain community.
- Weekly Donation Class
- Every Tuesday
- Columbia Heights Studio
- 5:15PM – 6:15PM
- Sign Up here
Another June (Pride Month) has come (and nearly gone) in the district. At Yoga District, we are proud to celebrate the diversity of our community–including those who identify as LGBTQ+.
Chad, a Yoga District teacher, has been offering weekly donation classes to benefit The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — a champion advocacy organization for the LGBTQ+ community.
“Our vision is for yoga to transcend barriers in the Philippines. We want the practice to be easily accessible for everyone and anyone,” – Richie Bernardo
The opening of Community Fitness Studio highlights the power of yoga in bringing people together, creating a real sense of community, and of acceptance.
Richie Bernardo and Jonathan Donnelly, two graduates from Yoga District’s teacher training program, opened up a non-profit studio in the Philippines in December 2017. They modeled their studio, Community Fitness, after Yoga District.
The opening of their studio brought yoga to the inner city of Manila. A place where most people had only heard of the term yoga but never practiced.
Richie Bernardo shares about Community Fitness Studio and its connection to its community.
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.
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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