Join Cathy Valentine Yoga at National Harbor for a special free outdoor Cherry Blossom Yoga class series. This series is a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating the beauty of nature, the possibility of renewal and the gift of hope!
This free seven class series honors the start of the spring season, exploring the transition from winter to spring as it relates to body, mind and spirit. The Yoga sessions will help you to cleanse and detoxify, set new intentions and plant internal seeds to ensure your vital energy is focused on honoring not only the impermanence of the present moment, but also the blossoming of creative energy towards the future.
All levels are welcome. All attendees should bring their own mat. Come dressed for the weather!
SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTRATION IS SUGGESTED TO HOLD YOUR SPACE
LOCATION AND TIME: Classes will be held under the Capital Canopy located to the left of the big screen (National Plaza & American Way). Sessions start at 11:00am
Yoga Class Series Dates & Times:
Spring Blooms Yoga Flow – Honoring Sakura
Sunday, March 21 at 11:00am
Be inspired by spring and flow into the present moment honoring the beauty of nature represented by Sakura – the cherry blossom flower. This all levels flow is designed to water and nurture what’s blooming inside of you! Springtime is an opportunity to appreciate the ever unfolding present moment called LIFE. The flow will explore variations of Virksasana or Tree pose as a way to plant your body in the present moment, get grounded as you honor the unfolding of your imagination and creativity inspired by the arrival of spring! You’ll leave your mat feeling renewed and refreshed.
Yoga Detox – Renew and Spring Forward
Saturday March 27 at 11:00am
Leap into spring with a practice to shed any residual heaviness or lethargy from the winter months. This flow will move you through major muscle groups with options for deep stretching to release stuck energy, spinal twisting to create detoxifying heat, and heart openers that bring in renewed optimism and joy!
Spring Cleaning-A Gift of Love to Yourself
Sunday, March 28 at 11:00am
This is a full mind-body detox flow using twists and kryias to ignite the “fire of purification” (tapas) and flush out the digestive tract and endocrine system. This all levels flow will help to clear out clutter in the mind, unprocessed emotions in the heart and stagnation and heaviness in the body. Leave this practice feeling refreshed, light, clear and joyful!
Spring Elements Flow – Opening to Air and Space
Saturday, April 3 at 11:00am
This revitalizing and energizing flow celebrates the characteristics of the air and space elements that are abundant in nature during the spring season. You’ll explore how these characteristics show up inside our bodies and minds using movement, mudra (hand gestures) and breath. This breath to movement flow uses repetition of a variety of standing poses, warrior variations and standing splits to create grounded energy in the body which allows the mind to be spacious, clear and creative.
Create Sacred Space – Open the Hips
Sunday, April 4 at 11:00am
This all levels session invites you to be intentional about the space around you as a practice to create sacred space within you. The focus in this flow will be on opening the side body and hips, allowing space into the area that holds the energy of the second chakra. The second chakra is connected to your emotions and creative ability, and governs the physical experience of your unique identity.
Springtime Flow – Everything is Beautiful
Saturday, April 10 at 11:00am
Springtime offers an abundance of beauty to behold in the natural world reminding us to also look inward for true beauty. This hip opening flow offers you an opportunity to find the beauty and magic in the mundane and notice the extraordinary expression of all things. This is an opportunity to expand the concept of your own physical form and understand the beauty of your body in new ways.
State of Zen Flow
Sunday, April 11 at 11:00am
Zen is a practice which emphasizes the value of stillness of mind through meditation. This meditative flow asks you to hold the intention of simplicity and harmony as you gently warm your body. By beginning in corpse pose, we set relaxation as the tone for the practice and enjoy several other moments of stillness to encourage calmness and serenity troughout the flow.