FREE Saturday Morning Yoga at MGM National Harbor
May 21, 2018

Yoga with Cathy Valentine is coming to MGM’s grand outdoor promenade deck overlooking the Potomac!!!! MGM is continuing Cathy’s philosophy of spreading the mental, spiritual and physical joy of Yoga FREE to the DMV community. The Yoga sessions will feature live music with DJ Evan and Kaleo on drums. Don’t miss this unique Yoga experience happening every Saturday starting May 26th at 9am. Parking is FREE!

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Cathy Valentine Yoga Teacher Training
February 5, 2018

Cathy Valentine Yoga
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

Yoga is a fluid exploration of the self through movement, meditation and attention to breath. Life’s about making connections and the study of Yoga is a way, a path, a journey of connecting – first to the self and, ultimately, through gained wisdom and insight, to the world around us. Whether you are interested in becoming a Yoga teacher or just wish to enhance your knowledge of the Yogic path, Cathy Valentine Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training program will be for you!

THE TRAINER
The program is led by Cathy Valentine who is a 200 hour certified Yogi with over 15 years of teaching experience. Her style has often been referred to as a mix of skill and spirit as each of her classes combines the physical challenge of Yoga asanas with a spiritual undertone, creating what has been referred to as an “alluring” experience. Her love of Eastern philosophy, spirituality and understanding of anatomy are all weaved skillfully into her teachings. By combining these skills with the ancient teachings of Yoga, Cathy’s goal is to encourage her students to find insight and answers to life’s deeper questions, creating transformation and liberation.

THE CURRICULUM
This 200 hour Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training program is certified by Yoga Alliance (RYS 200). It is a complete and progressive learning experience that deepens student’s knowledge and builds a solid foundation for a working Yoga teacher in each of the following fields of study:

~ anatomy & philosophy
~ asanas & sequencing
~ teaching methodology
~ pranayama & meditation
~ energetics
~ history & philosophy
~ Sanskrit terminology
~ ethics & business of Yoga

In this training, you will learn to artfully create a class sequence and teach asanas skillfully. You will be prepared to develop safe and sensible yoga classes for all levels of competency. You will learn to accurately observe students’ bodies and assist them into optimally aligned asanas through the use of words, basic hands-on adjustments, modifications and use of props.

PREREQUISITES
This training may be taken to deepen your own knowledge of Yoga, with or without the intention of ever teaching. Either way, the training and practice schedule requires students to fully immerse themselves in Yoga. Sincere interest and the willingness to study intensely are needed. It is recommended that you have a regular Yoga practice of at least one year prior to this training.

TUITION
The course tuition is $3,200 which includes a $300 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot. The non-refundable deposit must be received no later than February 28, 2018, with the remaining balance due by March 2, 2018.

SAVE WITH EARLY-BIRD PRICING OPTIONS:
Option 1 – $2700 paid in full, available between January 19 – February 1, 2018 ($300 of which is the non-refundable deposit)
Option 2 – $2900 paid in full, available between February 2 – February 28, 2018 ($300 of which is the non-refundable deposit)
PAYMENT PLAN OPTION:
Full tuition of $3,200 payable as follows: $300 non-refundable deposit due on February 28, 2018, followed by five equal monthly payments of $580 due on March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, and July 6, 2018.

CLICK HERE to submit deposit or tuition payment.

Accelerated, one-on-one, training is also available. Contact Cathy for details: 240-346-3889

2018 CATHY VALENTINE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING SCHEDULE:
TRAINING LOCATION: Shabach Yoga Studio, 3165 Crain Hwy, #202
Waldorf, MD 20603

TRAINING TIMES:

Training meets one weekend a month for 10 months, March through December:

Fridays 5pm-9pm
Saturdays 1pm-8pm
Sundays 11am-8pm

TRAINING DATES:
MARCH – 2, 3, 4
APRIL – 6, 7, 8
MAY – 4, 5, 6
JUNE – 1, 2, 3
JULY – 6, 7, 8
AUGUST – 3, 4, 5
SEPTEMBER – 7, 8, 9
OCTOBER – 5, 6, 7
NOVEMBER – 2, 3, 4
DECEMBER – 7, 8, 9

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:

Hatha Yoga Illustrated
Martin Kirk, Brooke Boon, Daniel DiTuro

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda

The Key Muscles of Yoga
Ray Long

Please note: the required textbooks are NOT included in the price of the tuition and must be purchased prior to start of training

OPTIONAL TEXTBOOKS:

The Breathing Book
Donna Farhi

Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes
Mark Stephens

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

Already a certified Yoga teacher and want to deepen your knowledge? Continuing education credits (CEU) are available by attending this program on an hourly basis. Cost is $16 per hour (available for certified Yoga teachers ONLY)
Contact Cathy for details on curriculum topics and dates 240-346-3889

CLICK HERE to leave your contact info or contact Cathy at cthyvalentine@gmail.com or call 240-346-3889

Sunday Afternoon Yoga At Romano Vineyard
December 1, 2017

Inspired Yogi…What’s Your Story? 
September 21, 2016

Kat Adams

How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week?  I have practiced yoga off and on for about 20 years. I currently practice about once a week.

What made you decide to practice Yoga?   I thought it looked interesting and could be a good workout. The instructors usually had nice muscle tone, great posture and confidence and I wanted all of those.

What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor?  I like being outdoors and having a large venue so we don’t get in each other’s way. The music is a wonderful addition and the view of the water is soothing.

What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite?  I have 2 favorite poses – chair and warrior 1. I love how powerful my legs feel in both poses. Happy baby is another favorite as it makes my hips and lower back feel so good. I usually just want to laugh when I’m in it because I think of a tiny baby grabbing its feet and giggling.

Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life.  Yoga has improved my muscular strength and flexibility. Having degenerative disc disease, I used to have a lot of back pain, but yoga has taken most of that away. It has also given me confidence and peace. If I’m having a stressful day, after my practice the stress is gone and my mind is clear. I’ve learned to be more open and non-judgmental.

PHOTOS BY GREG SCOTT-THE FOREVER YOGI 

Inspired Yogi…What’s Your Story? 
September 10, 2016

Candice Ramsey

How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week?  On and off for about 5 years. At my peak, twice a week.

What made you decide to practice Yoga?  To relax! I am on the go a lot and was not paying attention to my body. I started feeling really tight and getting a lot of little aches and pains that I did not want to use over the counter meds to “fix”.

What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor?  The view! It’s a beautiful space and great atmosphere. 

What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite?  I enjoy the Sun Salutations. I like the flow of the movements and using my breath.

Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life.   As a dancer and dance teacher, as well as working a full time sedentary job, I’m always on the go! Yoga gives me the opportunity to turn my mind off and check in with my body. It has helped with my anxiety and gotten me to focus on being in the moment! 

PHOTOS BY GREG SCOTT-THE FOREVER YOGI 

Inspired Yogi- What’s Your Story? 
August 21, 2016

Audra Woodley

How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week?  I’ve known and attended yoga classes here and there over past decade, but it wasn’t til last year that I became a serious Yogi. I’ve acquired a 200 hour certification via Spiritual Essence Yoga studio and am now practicing at least 4-5 times a week.

What made you decide to practice Yoga?  Physical and mental health sustainment.

What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor?  Feeling the power
of outdoors; being neat water.

What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite?  I honestly don’t have a favorite. I am in appreciation of what they all represent in practice. I aspire towards holding crow pose for 5 breaths and to do a full handstand.

Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life.  It has brought an understanding of the journey/pathway to peace and acceptance.

PHOTOS BY GREG SCOTT-THE FOREVER YOGI 

Inspired Yogi- What’s Your Story? 
August 12, 2016

Jorhena Thomas

How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week?  I have practiced for several years. I try to do a quick session at the end of each day. Sometimes I can squeeze one in during the morning as well.

What made you decide to practice Yoga?  I tried it once and enjoyed the feeling of relaxation.

What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor?  The area is perfect. The water is beautiful, the turf is comfortable and spacious and the diversity of yogis is wonderful. The music is fabulous; the whole vibe of being outside in the sun feels great.

What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite?  I like the child’s pose because it stretches my core and feels so relaxing.

Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life.  Yoga has helped me calm my thoughts and release stress. I can be a pretty anxious person, and yoga helps me to temper that.

PHOTOS BY GREG SCOTT-THE FOREVER YOGI 

Inspired Yogi…What’s Your Story? 
July 22, 2016

Parnie Harger


How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week?  I have practiced yoga inconsistently for many years, but never stuck with it long-term. This summer, I started an exchange with a yoga studio and am attending classes 1-3 times a week in an effort to commit to a continuing personal practice and progress as a beginner.

What made you decide to practice Yoga? I have never been a competitive athlete or enthusiastic about sports. After health issues interrupted my normal fitness habits for several years, I found getting back into a routine quite intimidating and uninspired. Nothing quite motivated me to get back on track, but my mind and body increasingly told me that I needed to do so. As life and adulthood gets busier and more stressful, I am drawn to yoga mainly by the non-judgmental atmosphere in which I can work to challenge myself physically. I also appreciate the chance for fulfillment that yoga provides at this juncture in my life through restoration, stillness, and mind-body awareness

What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor?  Having just visited for the weekend (and on my 31st birthday!), it was lovely to be outdoors in a new yoga environment and start off the morning with purposeful reflection and movement as I began the next year of my life. 

What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite?  There is something about reclining goddess pose that is just the pinnacle of full physical, mental, and emotional centering for me in my restorative practice. The thigh stretch and hip-opening feels perfect every time. 

Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life. Every time I successfully complete a yoga class, I walk away feeling stronger in body and mind. Though it is challenging for me physically, it is quickly shaping my idea of the kind of person I want to be and how I want to live my life. 

PHOTOS BY GREG SCOTT-THE FOREVER YOGI 

Inspired Yogi…What’s Your Story? 
July 22, 2016

Rathi Blankenship

How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week?  Consistently for 5 years and inconsistently for several years before that. I usually practice 2-3x/week

What made you decide to practice Yoga?  I was a runner and started experiencing quite a bit of knee pain. I kept hearing over and over again that yoga could help with that and in general was great for runners. Turns out they were all right!

What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor?  This was a first time experience for me. I live out of town. I was having a girls’ weekend with my sister and we thought it would be an amazing way to start our Saturday morning and her birthday!

What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite?  I love tree pose! It’s one of those balancing poses that makes you feel grounded and strong. You feel invigorated in the pose and it brings you to a place of concentration, focus and peace. 

Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life.  From a tangible aspect, yoga has definitely helped alleviate my knee pain while running. However, it has been much, much more than that for me. It has been empowering and has taught me that I can accomplish things I otherwise wouldn’t have thought I could do.  It has also given me a place to let go of and work out Lifes little obstacles. When I’m on my mat it is truly a place of peace and happiness!

PHOTOS BY GREG SCOTT-THE FOREVER YOGI 

Inspired Yogi…What’s Your Story? 
July 12, 2016

Amber Baker

How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week?  I’ve practiced yoga off and on for a few years with no consistency. Within the last year my practice has grown and developed and now I practice almost daily.

What made you decide to practice Yoga? I am an athlete and I really needed a more structured stretching routine.

What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor?  I love being outdoors. I feel like it really enhances my practice.

What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite?  Pigeon pose and its variations is my favorite. It is a really great hip opener and stretch.

Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life.  I am a much happier person. 

   


PHOTOS BY GREG SCOTT-THE FOREVER YOGI