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 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 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 

INSPIRED YOGI…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
October 3, 2014

Teresa Duke

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How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week? I have been practicing different styles of Yoga on and off for 30 years. It would be anywhere between 2 -5 times per week.

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What made you decide to practice Yoga? I started with the Jane Fonda Yoga video to keep in shape and build endurance. I then progressed to Hatha Yoga that through the poses, I could meditate and pray. As a result of this practice I became more relaxed, centered and mindful. Next came Siddha Yoga which became my spiritual path. The practice helped me to become aware of my inner self and the world around me. It led to finding divinity in everything I see and everyone I meet. I was then introduced to Bikram Yoga through a friend in which I learned 26 poses in 105 degrees. The heat helped me to do my postures optimally.

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What do you like about practicing Yoga at Fort Washington Park? Doing yoga in a historical setting overlooking the Potomac at sunset. During Cathy’s direction through the Yoga session being able to hear the silence and feel the wind caressing your face. I would say it is being at peace.

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What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite? I would pick the Tree Pose. It helps with the alignment of the head, spine and hips. This than leads to feeling very centered and balanced. You connect with the earth and the sky.

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Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life: Here are just a few examples of how Yoga has enhanced my life: strengthening and toning my body, relaxation, deep breathing, slowing down, releasing tension, being in tune with the universe, inner peace, balance and happiness. I came to Ft. Washington recently and was actively looking for a Yoga instructor and found Cathy online. After my first class I was hooked. Thank you so much for being a part of my life.
Namaste, Teresa

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INSPIRED YOGI..WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
September 26, 2014

Lauren Dwyer

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How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week? I started practicing Yoga in 2010. It started out in the gym as a way to switch up my work out. I soon realized that Yoga was more than a physical practice. Before long, I was practicing 3-4 times per week.

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What made you decide to practice Yoga? I was looking for muscle confusion and had no idea it would be life-changing!

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What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor? I like practicing at National Harbor because it’s beautiful for one thing. There are also lots of new and interesting people. The sunsets can be amazing! While some people find the extra noise a challenge, I have learned to incorporate it into the meditation practice. The sounds are the sounds of life – people, interaction, crying babies, nature, capitalism, etc., all at once! I have learned to treat it as the background music of life and now I love it.

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What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite? Wild Thing is my favorite pose. I love it because it is a full body stretch and still strength-based. I think it is feminine and beautiful while still powerful in appearance.

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Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life: It may sound extreme, but Yoga has made me a better person. In addition to feeling healthier, stronger, and with better physical balance, my mind is also more balanced. My mind, breath and body are connected. I can control my own stress levels and better manage how outside influences impact me. I am more likely to think before reacting and it helps me to be kind and patient with those around me. Practicing Yoga lets me interact with the world in a better way!

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INSPIRED YOGI…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
September 18, 2014

Julie (Jewelz) Whipple

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How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week? Tried my first class in college in 2007, after much convincing by a girlfriend; practiced on my own off and on from 2008-2013 when I started regularly attending the free classes with Cathy at the Harbor and have been practicing 1-3 times per week since May 2013.

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What made you decide to practice Yoga? I initially tried it as a relaxation aid during mid-terms in college, but have found that it helps me deal with anxiety, depression, and epilepsy symptoms.

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What do you like about practicing Yoga at Fort Washington Park? It offers both breath-taking scenic views and a unique setting.

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What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite? Bird of Paradise or Wheel Pose. They each offer their own unique challenges; Bird of Paradise I had to practice for a few months before I could actually do it, so I felt accomplished when I finally could complete it. I enjoy the back-bending aspect of Wheel Pose and how it can make you see things from literally, a whole new perspective.

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Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life: Yoga has helped me to accept myself, including all the flaws, imperfections, and mistakes as part of a unique whole. Life almost never goes as planned, but by making the connection between mind and body that yoga has led me to, I have found myself being able to reach into inner strength and abilities that I didn’t even know I possessed prior to practicing on a regular basis.

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