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INSPIRED YOGI…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
August 30, 2014

Cheryl (Anne) Ransom

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How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week? I began practicing Yoga approximately 5 years ago. I do a formal class weekly, but I incorporate Yoga in my morning waking routine and while watching television.

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What made you decide to practice Yoga? A Health and Wellness Program at my place of employment began offering Yoga classes during lunch hour and after work. I tried it (skeptically), and reaped the benefits immediately. Using Yoga helped ease the frantic and stressful workplace environment. It brought a deeper calmness to my demeanor. I learned to take time to meditate and just B R E A T H E meaningfully everyday. I’ve been hooked ever since on Yoga’s healthy benefits.

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What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor? I began practicing at National Harbor last year during their summer classes. I met Cathy earlier this year at classes being held at the YWCA. My first class with her was a challenge. What I thought was a beginners class turned out to be an advanced class…who attempts a headstand in their first class? I also love practicing at Fort Washington Park. This site provides a calming effect as the sun fades into the Potomac, and the gentle breezes whisper as we flow into our Yoga movements. Did I mention it’s FREE?

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What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite? Oh, so many…the standing Tree pose for starters promotes concentration, breathing, solid focus, balancing on one foot…and pray that you don’t fall on your face. The Pigeon pose is challenging as it stretches the gluteus and hamstrings; and don’t forget Happy Baby and Child’s pose. I guess I’m still working on a favorite.

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Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life: Yoga provides a cross training benefit to activities that I love to do such as running and dancing. It builds physical strength, enhances flexibility and stamina. Practicing Plank, Push-up and Cobra poses have strengthened my core and are giving me more definition in my arms. The Pigeon and Down Dog poses stretch out my hamstrings and glutes. The movements are so slow and fluid, you don’t know you’ve had a serious workout until you’re in the final relaxation position (resting), and don’t want to get up. I’ve transferred Yoga breathing methods to my running activities. Thank you Cathy for your continued inspiration.

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PHOTOS BY GREG – THE FOREVER YOGI

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INSPIRED YOGI…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
August 27, 2014

Cesar Perez

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How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week? I have been practicing yoga for over a year now attending 1 class a week.

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What made you decide to practice Yoga? I had always wanted to try yoga and finally I did and love it. Love, love both the physical and mental workout.

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What do you like about practicing Yoga at Fort Washington Park? The open space, Cathy, and my yoga partner, Nora!

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What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite? Ananda Bala, aka Happy Baby Pose. Besides the name, I like that it stretches the hips and inner groin. Great feeling and it’s generally done at the end of class.

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Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life: Yoga has added more peace and quiet time to my life.

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PHOTOS BY GREG – THE FOREVER YOGI

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INSPIRED YOGI…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
August 22, 2014

Cindy Logan

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How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week? I started about 6 years ago, however have not been consistent. I make it a point to do it at least once a week in a structured class but I find I do the moves and breathing quite often. It has almost become second nature.

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What made you decide to practice Yoga? There was an advertised class at the community college and my girlfriend and I decided to take it. The regular teacher was unable to make the first class so this young guy taught. I was hooked. He was so calm and the way about him made you get lost in his words. The one thing that was most vivid wasn’t any movement but he had us hold energy between our hands. It was the strangest and most empowered feeling I had ever felt.

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What do you like about practicing Yoga at the National Harbor? I love National Harbor but most of all, Cathy is the best. She gives you options and pushes you. Her flexibility and commitment is amazing. While the environment at National Harbor can be a bit loud at times the sunsets are beautiful. Once we get started I don’t think I really notice. And the convenience of food afterward is perfect.

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What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite? My favorite pose is the Tree pose. It uses all of your energy to remain still. It makes you focus on breathing, core, and calm. Yet you must remain strong and grounded. And just like a tree I feel strength, stability, and grace all at once.

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Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life. I have lower back issues and I can say that as long as I practice, the pain is minimized. I like the increased flexibility and also some of the strength I’ve developed. It keeps me balanced.

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INSPIRED YOGI…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
August 21, 2014

Nora Maritza Velasquez

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How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week? I have been practicing Yoga consistently one day per week at the National Harbor for 7 weeks. I have tried yoga a few times last year, but never stuck with it.

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What made you decide to practice Yoga? Last summer my Aunt Thelma, who is in her 60’s, invited me to visit her at the beach. I saw my aunt practicing the Eagle and the Warrior III Yoga poses by the ocean and I thought, “I want to be fit and flexible like my Aunt Thelma.” My aunt told me that she was in her 50’s when she started practicing Yoga. Also; my best friend Cesar, who is very flexible, enjoys Yoga. I would say both my Aunt Thelma and Cesar encouraged me to take Yoga classes.

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What do you like about practicing Yoga at Fort Washington Park? The classes are outdoors, free of charge, and Cathy Valentine is a great teacher.

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What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite? Shavasana (death pose) is my favorite pose because of the deep relaxation I feel during and after this pose. It is like a mini vacation; I feel rejuvenated every time I practice this pose.

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Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life? At the age of 53 Yoga has given me the confidence to try new physical activities such as Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Pole dancing.

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