Yoga

Join the Posture Workshop in Ivy City

Reggie Meneses will hold a posture workshop from 12 to 4 p.m. on October 8, at Bikram Yoga Ivy City. In this workshop, participants will explore the fundamentals of the bikram yoga series, including body mechanics, the benefits of each posture as well as discuss the mind-body-breath connection of yoga practice that helps improve our quality of living. Meneses is ... Read More »

The Yoga of Awareness

Spotlight on Raj Yoga Center by Sam Hudgins Raj Yoga Center opened as a community owned nonprofit in 1975 with one focus—to teach and share Kundalini yoga. Known as the “yoga of awareness”, Kundalini yoga offers innumerable physical, spiritual and mental benefits, and can be practiced by all ages and abilities. Some of the rewards Kundalini offers include increased flexibility, ... Read More »

Yoga Mini Spotlights

Bikram Yoga  From their first location in Riverdale Park in Maryland, which opened in February 2014, through the expansion into two additional locations, in Ivy City (DC in September 2015) and Takoma Park (Maryland in December 2015), Bikram Yoga owner, Kendra Blackett-Dibinga is a woman on a mission to bring yoga to many different areas of the DMV. At these ... Read More »

National Kids Yoga Conference at Catholic University

Amazing work is being done to bring the health benefits of yoga, mindfulness and meditation to children and teens. They are learning how to de-stress, focus their minds and develop greater self-awareness as educators, mental health professionals, parents and yoga teachers are seeing the benefits of social emotional learning, physical movement and wellness programs taught at all ages. The National ... Read More »

What My Yoga Practice Has Taught Me

by Nya Alemayhu When I reflect on who I was before I began my practice, it is not an exaggeration to say, I hardly recognize myself today. Entering the yoga portal has not only regenerated my heart, but it has restructured my thoughts, my beliefs and my attitude to and relationship with the earth. The very first yoga lesson I ... Read More »

Yoga and Parkinson’s: An Interview with Kim Brooks

Kim Brooks is a Yoga for Parkinson’s instructor with the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA). She recently spoke with M. Teresa Vandergriff, to discuss yoga’s benefits for people facing this condition. Yoga seems demanding with its “pretzel” poses; can it work for Parkinson’s? KB: Yoga is the union of breath and awareness of the moment, and there ... Read More »

An Invitation from Lovelight Festival co-founder, Wynne Paris

Namaste friends, As the nation mourns, and the world turns upside down I believe the only thing that can really change the world is love. Together with my longtime friend and Woodstock festival co-founder Michael Lang, I invite you to raise your voices, open your hearts and practice yoga at the first, of many to come, Lovelight Yoga and Arts ... Read More »

Creating Community and Emerging Voices at the Lovelight Festival

by Robin Fillmore Every participant at the Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival, in Darlington, Maryland, will be helping to create the experience for all, during this August 26 to 28 event. They will also be shaping a new community that is built on wisdom, sharing, art, profoundly touching music, as well as yoga. The idea for festival came from Michael ... Read More »

Bringing the Personal Touch to Yoga

A Spotlight on Vinaya by Sam Hudgins Too often in Western culture, self-transformation is shown as something that occurs from the outside in—think reality makeover shows. Vinaya Saunders knows true, effective transformation actually comes from making changes within oneself. “We are just a physical reflection of the end, but everything starts with how our mind is and what we eventually ... Read More »

The Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Laugh if you’ve ever done laughter yoga! (ha ha ha) “Or, what is laughter yoga?” you might be wondering. Created in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, M.D. in Mumbai, India who researched the impact of laughter on health, laughter yoga lowers your cortisol levels, increases your oxytocin, releases endorphins, lowers your stress levels and creates other health benefits. Each session ... Read More »