Archive for July, 2013

INSPIRED YOGIS…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
July 27, 2013

For many of us, Yoga turns into a life-changing event. If and when it does, we remember the time and place where it transpired, just like we remember any other big world news event. Why – because it really does change us! There is the physical aspect, becoming stronger, gaining balance and experiencing flexibility, but there is also that more subtle, more internal change where we end up calmer, less stressed, and a better person for it!

I thought it would be interesting for others to share their Yoga experience. An opportunity for me to get to know YOU, for you to share your journey to inspire others, to share hope so many more can experience that peace within that Yoga brings.

Here the first volunteer to share her story, won’t you share yours!

Nuchapan Chianrapatanakom

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How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week?
It has been more than 10 years and I practice yoga every day ranging from 30 minutes to an hour.
What made you decide to practice yoga?
I started off with the idea of seeking relaxation and happiness in life. With my Banking job as a Bond Trader, life is so stressful and under pressure all the time. At some point, I was hospitalized and the doctor recommended yoga for me. My cortisol level improved, my cholesterol level came down. Since then, I never want to give up Yoga.

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What do you like most about practicing yoga at National Harbor?
Be able to do yoga outdoors with a beautiful view and a nice breeze. Especially the best yoga teacher like Cathy. It’s almost like a dream. Her cue is wonderful that you can do the yoga with your eyes closed.

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What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite?
I love Triangle Pose. Trikonasana.
I have a SI Joint problem and Triangle pose is one of the best to help strengthen my pelvis and hips.

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Describe how yoga has enhanced or changed your life?
Yoga not only has helped me with my health issue but it also helps to give me strength and flexibility. A day or two without yoga, I feel like my life is not complete.
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Photos By Greg-The Forever Yogi

Click HERE to complete questionnaire and tell your story!

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ON A YOGA HIGH AT NATIONAL HARBOR!
July 12, 2013

Wow! It’s been an amazing experience teaching the Free Saturday Yoga at National Harbor! Never did I imagine I would be teaching yoga to a crowd of 125! I’m so grateful to be able to share yoga through my teaching and to get the opportunity to meet new yogis! Even more amazing, from the very first class, I’ve had the feeling of being at HOME! I had anticipated being nervous teaching to so many but, as in the past, the love I have for yoga took over and I felt completely at ease.

Helping to create that comfortable feeling is having my Team of experienced students by my side; modeling the poses for the crowd allowing me to be free to move about the crowd and provide hands on adjustments. It makes me so proud to see students that I have been teaching for years, up front and center with me, beautifully demonstrating for the crowd. This teaching experience at the Harbor has opened up possibilities for not just me, but it has inspired some members of my Team to step up their practice and get their teaching certification. I couldn’t be more pleased!

Let me take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to my Team: Angie, Robin, Kevin, Greg, Terri, and Kim. Thanks for making me feel at ease every Saturday morning and sharing with me that Yoga High at the end of each session!

Here are some pictures from our Saturday sessions….enjoy!

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Photos by Greg-The Forever Yogi

NEW FACES AT THE FREE YOGA AT THE PARK!
July 3, 2013

Here are pictures from the last free yoga session at Fort Washington Park. I was very happy to see new faces. Lucky for us, the rain held off until the end of the session. The breeze on the hilltop was so nice!image_13 image_14 image_12 image_11 image_10 image_9 image_8 image_7 image_6 image_3 image_4 image_5 image_2 image_1 image image_15