Another inspired Yogi tells her story…

Angela Martin

How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week?
I started practicing regularly in April 2013– so about 4 months on average 3 times/week.

What made you decide to practice yoga?
I was looking for a regular form of exercise that I would enjoy– I found that in yoga. When I moved from Florida to Washington about 4 years ago, I left behind the beach which was the only place I could truly relax and enjoy my own company. Since starting yoga my mat has become the place I go to when I need to retreat and reflect. An added benefit is that yoga allows me to strengthen and align my physical and spiritual body at the same time!

What do you like most about practicing yoga at National Harbor?
Practicing on the waterfront allows you to be closer to nature, to feel the gentle breeze on your skin as you focus on your breath and practice. It’s a nice break from the confines of the gym or indoor studio.


What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite?
I love tree pose (Vrksasana) because its so basic yet the variations you can do with your arms and legs are limitless and impose a challenge if you try something new every time! I also love forearm stands because I can manage to get upside down and hold myself there for several breaths. Inversions are fun and challenging and have so many benefits to our health. Again, I find these challenging and i’m having fun working on improving mine over time. I really enjoyed the dolphin with one raised leg hop exercise you guided this morning, now I understand how to work on getting my head fully off the ground (thanks!).

Describe how yoga has enhanced or changed your life?
Yoga has taught me to live in the moment and not worry so much about what other people are doing or what I cannot do. I’ve made a promise to myself that the moment I step on to my mat I will let go of judgement toward myself and others. Instead of feeling weak, I honor the strength I do have. Instead of worrying about all the things I have to do after practice, I focus on the present moment. One of the favorite mantras I’ve heard during practice was “You’re here. So be all here, and give every movement and moment all you’ve got.”– I try to live by that on and off the mat.

Photos By Greg-The Forever Yogi

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  1. I love that mantra! I need to apply that to my practice and life. Love the insights and pics. Beautiful!

  2. Such an inspiring beautiful photo! You look so focused and challenging your inner strength. I find the same power from yoga and staying present. #katomateyogis

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