Archive for October, 2013

A GOODBYE (FOR NOW)TO MY HARBOR YOGIS!
October 30, 2013

The FREE Saturday Morning Waterfront Yoga at National Harbor has ended. What an amazing six months it has been! I have had the pleasure of teaching to more Yogis than I could have ever imagined – anywhere from introducing yoga to many first-timers to meeting incredibly experienced yogis. Above and beyond all, I met some awesome people.

Coming to mind are Evan and Kevan, the twin brothers. Evan was a dedicated Yogi who missed very few Saturdays. In his own quiet way, he showed his support by offering advice along with attending my workshop and the Fall Retreat. His brother Kevan, on the other hand, wowed me with his generous offer to play drums on a few Saturday sessions and at the Retreat! What better accompaniment to outside summer Yoga than live music! A heartfelt thank you to the Twins!

I also want to thank all the volunteers who participated in the Blog Feature. Thank you to Nuchapan, Marva, Bob, Edith, Katie, Suzanne, Terry, Ramona, Evan, and Angela. It was touching to hear their inspired yoga stories. Even more surprising is how for many of them Yoga was way more than just a physical practice…it was a way to relieve stress, to create a special time for an inward reflection and most of all to enjoy it all in the beautiful surrounding of National Harbor. And a special thanks to Greg, the photographer who came up with the idea for the Blog Feature and offered his time and talent to take a string of riveting pictures.

A thank you also goes to the Harbor Yogis who supported me by attending my Fall Retreat. I had the pleasure of getting to know Lisa, Tish, Ester, Grace, Theresa, Denise, Tyisanna, Kathleen, and Kelly as we spent the day together exploring the Fire Element. Surrounded by old and new friends, it was a treat to overlap the two groups with yoga being the force drawing us all together.

My hope is to see all of you throughout the winter months in class and again at National Harbor next Spring!

Take a stroll with me down memory lane of our times together at National Harbor, captured in the following photos:

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INSPIRED YOGIS…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
October 20, 2013

Another inspired Yogi shares her story…

Edith Pierce

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How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week? Approximately 10 years.

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What made you decide to practice yoga? Watching yoga on television and I love to exercise.

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What do you like most about practicing yoga at National Harbor? Cathy’s teaching skills and I love National Harbor. I am so happy that PG County has National Harbor and Cathy Valentine.

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What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite? I have at least three favorites, plow pose because, I feel, it helps conquer belly fat, downward facing dog, and triangle pose – but I love plow.

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Describe how yoga has enhanced or changed your life? I personally feel that Yoga is helping me to stay flexible and healthy. Practicing yoga has so many benefits.

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Photos By Greg – The Forever Yogi

Sneak Peek…Pictures from the 2013 Fall Yoga Retreat!
October 16, 2013

Here’s a sneak peak at the first set of photos to come out from the 2013 Fall Yoga Retreat! It was amazing! Our special guest HawaH was a hit! His segment on Acro -Yoga had all the participants flying high! Take a look…

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Photos By Greg-The Forever Yogi

INSPIRED YOGIS…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
October 7, 2013

Another inspired Yogi shares her story…

Katie Roy

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How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week? I have had a physical yoga practice for ten years. I practice mindfulness daily, and try to remember my breath! I usually get to the mat once every week or two.

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What made you decide to practice yoga? I was in high school and knew that I needed to find a way to channel all of my energy and cultivate consistency and discipline before I got to college. Eventually, I became a children’s yoga teacher and a yoga therapist because promoting self-awareness and instilling flow in everyday experiences is one of the greatest gifts I can share.

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What do you like most about practicing yoga at National Harbor? I found the classes to be unique. When yoga is offered without charge it creates a very special sense of appreciation. Free asanas practiced with the water at your feet is just an enchanting opportunity!

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What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite? My favorite asana is pigeon pose. It offers a deep stretch of the hip flexors as well as the hip joints. Women and people with low back tension especially benefit from this deep release. Emotional tension can be held in the hip muscles, and the subtleties of this stretch can really transcend into your state of being.

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Describe how yoga has enhanced or changed your life? Yoga carved out a space in my head and heart where I can always touch peacefulness, kindness and grace. I found confidence and contentment in myself as I committed to my practice and the tenets yoga.

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Photos By Greg – The Forever Yogi