Inspired Yogi- What’s Your Story? 
August 26, 2016

Brittney Ramsey 

How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week?  I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for two years.

What made you decide to practice Yoga?  I’ve been a dancer since the age of five and retired from dancing in the NBA two years ago. Yoga is a great alternative to dance and helps me maintain my flexibility. 

What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor?  Practicing yoga at the National Harbor is a great break away from the typical studio class. Being outdoors with a clear view of the water adds to the relaxation aspect of yoga.

What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite?  Airplane is my favorite yoga pose. It takes focus, balance and strength to achieve.

Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life. Yoga has helped improve my relaxation. It’s given me techniques to better my breathing and clear my mind. The strength and flexibility I have gained has also helped diminish my day-to-day pain.

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 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 

FREE SUMMER YOGA
May 4, 2016

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2014 SUMMER YOGA AT NATIONAL HARBOR!
October 23, 2014

This video says it all! I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to share my passion for Yoga to the crowds that came out to National Harbor this summer. This video gave me the opportunity to highlight My Team and show them at their finest! GO TEAM!

SKYWARD YOGA!
October 20, 2014

Who doesn’t look at the sky and regard it with wonder? The vastness of it, the amazing colors, the fluffy, floating clouds… The beauty of the sky coupled with a body forming the shape of a yoga pose is a combination that can’t be beat! Over the past four years Team Photographer Greg has captured some of the most amazing Yoga images with the sky as the backdrop and me and my students as models. I’ve collected a few of my favorite shots in this blog. Once again, I am in awe of Greg’s talent at capturing a great shot and at how beautiful my students look posing for them…truly magical!

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PHOTOS BY GREG-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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PHOTOS BY GREG – THE FOREVER YOGI

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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PHOTOS BY GREG…THE FOREVER YOGI

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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PHOTOS BY GREG…THE FOREVER YOGI

INSPIRED YOGI…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
September 11, 2014

Christine Barron

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How long have you practiced Yoga? How often per week? I have been practicing Yoga for the better part of three months! Yoga has been recommended to me by friends and family for quite some time, however I never tried it out until June of this year. I enjoy practicing about twice a week with Cathy, and I am looking to practice three days a week.

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What made you decide to practice yoga? My friend discovered that the National Harbor was offering free Yoga classes on Tuesdays through out the summer months, and invited me to join her. I instantly began to love coming out every week. I have a debilitating back injury that had restricted my ability to do traditional forms of exercise, which promoted me to try Yoga. It has allowed me to work on strength building in my back, without re-injury.

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What do you like most about practicing Yoga at the National Harbor? In addition to the National Harbor being very convenient, the Waterfront creates a great atmosphere and perfect setting for meditation and reflection.

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What is your favorite Yoga pose and why is it your favorite? My favorite Yoga pose has to be the Camatkarasana (Wild Thing) Pose. It really helps with strengthening and stretching my back all while it improves my spinal flexibility. I love when Cathy incorporates it into her routine.

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Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life? I feel like I really have a new lease on life. My back pain as significantly subsided, allowing me to regain flexibility. Cathy’s classes have been a lifesaver! I hope to continue to learn and work towards Yoga on an advanced level.

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PHOTOS BY GREG…THE FOREVER YOGI

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