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 

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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 YOGIS…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
September 29, 2013

Here another inspired Yogi shares her story…

Suzanne Shutty

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How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week? I have been practicing yoga for about 14 years now. Unfortunately I’ve let my practice slide and only get to a class once a month. I prefer at least once a week in combination with other exercise.

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What made you decide to practice yoga? Originally I did it to stretch and tone. I had stumbled on a studio that did restorative yoga and I did not enjoy it. It was my first experience with yoga and was too slow a pace. I didn’t realize there were other types. Since then I’ve tried many variations and prefer a vinyasa flow class. It gives me a workout and provides the mental relaxation and spiritual connection.

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What do you like most about practicing yoga at National Harbor? I love outdoor yoga! Nothing better than riding my bike from Old Town over to Cathy’s outdoor class on Saturday mornings. It is so tranquil staring out across the water.

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What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite? Honestly, it varies class to class depending on what my body needs. I always love half-moon as its challenging for me and requires both strength and balance. Sometimes tree is hard enough to calm my mind and find inner balance and reminds me to be grounded like a tree, yet also bend and sway and not let life break you.

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Describe how yoga has enhanced or changed your life? I’m so glad I found yoga. Its always there to return to when I need it. I knew I had to get to a yoga class this weekend as work has me stressed out. I can’t relax or sleep. Yoga gives me that escape and reminds me to simply focus on my breath. Only then do I feel calm and relaxed. Yoga reminds you of your inner strength. As I mentioned above, I didn’t enjoy my first introduction to yoga as it was too slow. Now I even crave the restorative/meditative classes too! Yoga offers something for everyone.

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Photos By Greg – The Forever Yogi