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 

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Inspired Yogi…What’s Your Story?
July 3, 2016

Trina Williams 

How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week?  I’ve been breathing fully and downdogging off and on for years, twice a week for the last three years and recently (since April), I’ve committed to practicing 4-6 days a week.

What made you decide to practice Yoga?  I’ve been drawn to Yoga for as long as I can remember. Growing up dancing and playing sports, the stretching and strengthening aspect is naturally what attracted me to yoga. We were practicing this ancient movement without even being told it was yoga as asanas often were incorporated in our warm up and cool down during practice. As an adult, I welcome the wellness benefits from focus to mental and physical balance, to oxygenating the cells, and invigorating the organs, to maintaining good circulation and metabolism and increasing energy and vitality.

What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor?  I love that I can get an extra oxygen boost being outdoors, feeling the earth beneath me and seeing the sky above me. Plus with the water nearby, it’s so peaceful. Then there’s the drumming, the inspirational music, the fellow yogis and of course Cathy that all make it rewarding.

What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite?  I can’t definitively choose one because they vary depending on how I’m feeling or how a particular asana inspires me while I’m doing it. Sometimes it’s adho mukha svanasana (down dog), sometimes uttanasana (forward fold/bend), or poschimottanasna (seated forward fold/bend) or salamba bhujangasana (sphinx); sometimes it’s one of the warrior poses or utkata konasana (goddess asana). This week it’s virabhadrasana III (warrior 3) because it reminds me of my fierceness, focus, and strength, yet how i can find softness through my breath and the juxtaposition of them to find balance and peace.Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life.  Yoga helps me to find calm in the mist of calamity; it helps me to let go of trivial and petty thoughts and embrace others; it helps me to know that the wisdom we share with each other helps increase our collective knowledge, but I’m still a work in progress!

Namaste.
Peace, power, love, light & wellness,
Trina

PHOTOS BY GREG SCOTT,  THE FOREVER YOGI 

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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