Every Saturday morning I get a huge joy because of teaching and practicing yoga with my tremendous yoga community, but yesterday the yoga just kept on coming. I had the chance to share yoga and teach side by side with a dear friend who has been on a parallel yoga path with me. My pal Lauren Schulz and I represented our friend, Ashley Litecky's studio (Sky House Yoga), for a teen health awareness expo (organized by GAP). The expo is held annually and its purpose is to raise health awareness around issues that especially concern teens of today. The yoga segment we planned was focused on finding strength and peace within our physical forms and how teens can use yoga to help them through their exciting but also stress-filled and confusing days. We rolled out mats onto the pavement and wondered how people would be able to hear our voices over the car horns and music. We had a perfect group of yogis and yoginis. After we sung "AUM", everything naturally fell into place. The expo took place amidst the weekend market and there were loads of people passing through to watch our practice. The sun was shining and we offered yoga to some people who had not been on a mat much beforehand. It was a brilliant day.
Thank you, Lauren, for being my friend and yoga buddy. Thank you, Ashley (www.skyhouseyoga.com), for giving us such a soul-fulfilling opportunity.
With great caring,
DC Yoga Week begins today and runs through May 3. Many area studios are participating in the celebration by offering $5 yoga and free classes (http://dc.about.com/od/healthandfitness/a/DCYoga.htm). At Sweet Life Yoga, we will be honoring the week with free yoga at the studio. Class cards will not be punched. In addition to free yoga, we will also be supporting three great causes: pediatric brain cancer research (Lilabean), Down Syndrome research (Flynn Fry memoriam), and lymphoma treatment and research (NIH). At all classes, donation containers will be available. Come and support the cause that best connects with your heart. No donation is too small. Let's celebrate the countless benefits of yoga while supporting our community.
This week is a great nod to yoga. If you find you can't roll out your mat or get to a class, consider these other forms of wellness:
With open heart,
In November, I did a lovely Fall cleanse with an holistic nutritionist named Mollie Boyle. I really enjoyed it and am embarking on a Spring cleaning on April 21. If you have an interest in learning about a simple and effective, 12-day healthy plan for body and mind please contact Mollie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are words from Mollie regarding why Spring cleaning is important:
"Cleansing and detoxification programs have been a part of nearly every culture and civilization for thousands of years. Spring is a time of renewal and a time to lift the heaviness of winter, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our bodies naturally crave lighter foods and may start to cleanse themselves from excess toxins by giving us aches and pains and maybe even a flu or a cold. We can aid our bodies by eating less, reducing animal proteins and filling our plate with vegetables and fruits of the season. A food cleanse is the perfect way to jump start this process. Join me on this journey to a clean body, mind and soul."
Mollie Jones Boyle
Enjoy the full and gorgeous emergence of Spring.
With peace and caring,
One of the most special aspects of my work is that I get to meet so very many interesting people. I am always giddy when I find out more about my students' lives and what they do off of their mats. One such student is Larrissa Strout. She is a gifted baker and has mastered the delicacy of baking for the gluten intolerant. I recently asked her to make my family a ski inspired cake for our Sunday dinner (image to the left). It was not only beautiful and whimsical but it was incredibly delicious. Visit Larrissa's blog for information on how to order your sweet masterpiece: http://stupendousstrouts.blogspot.com.
Congratulations to our half marathoners, Ann Cavanaugh and Jill Werwinski, for completing their big run on Saturday. Your strength and drive are an inspiration to me and all.
Enjoy a sunny, sweet Sunday.
With peace and caring,
Gorica (pronounced Goritza) is offering the community a free assessment session to help bring us to optimal health. This promotion is available for packages purchased before March 10.
Gorica has been a fitness coach and trainer since 2005 and has worked with clients in DC, MD and VA. Gorica will come to your home to work with you, individually, or in a small, 4 person maximum, group structure.
Please contact Gorica at email@example.com for further information regarding her comprehensive wellness programs.
Enjoy the sweet, peaceful snow.
The Sky House studio will be closed during my 10am class on March 5. Therefore, the usual 10am class will be held at our Sweet Life Yoga home studio. You will need to pre-register and pay on the Sky House web-site: www.skyhouseyoga.com.
See you Wednesday.
I need to cancel the 8:15am class on Saturday, March 1. This class will be rescheduled for Sunday, March 2 at 7:30am.
As well, if you would like to attend a group wellness class on Saturday, March 1, please reach out to Amy Langevin. Amy teaches an excellent group exercise class at the Stoneridge school. You may reach Amy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy a sweet, sunny day.
With peace and caring,
Our four week study group of Ashtanga yoga will meet in March. We will focus on the standing postures within the primary series of this path of yoga. We will gather on Thursdays, 9:45-10:45am. Dates: March 13, 20, 27 and April 3. Cost: $40. Maximum class size is 8 students. Please reach out to me if you're interested in participating: email@example.com.
Our hiking idea hasn't really taken off yet given lots of snowy and cold weather this season. Many of you did respond with great interest in a Monday or Friday 11-12pm hike. Meeting location is the Northwest Branch Trail parking lot on the Trader Joe's side. This portion of the trail is rougher terrain but will ask us to climb onto rocks and traverse little streams. It is the kind of experience that will leave one smiling. Please always feel free to meet without me. I do plan on attempting our walk on Monday, March 3.