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 »

Buff and Balanced

Bodybuilders Turn to Yoga by Aimee Hughes We don’t typically envision iron-pumping bodybuilders also flowing and breathing through yoga postures, yet many are combining these complementary disciplines to realize huge benefits. Competitive Edge Nicolina Sandstedt, a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy expert with the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja, Mexico, observes, “The body awareness and alignment focus that the practice ... Read More »

Celebrating Yoga, Community and Wholeness

Come to Reston Town Center for the eighth annual Love Your Body Yoga Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12. The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, including live music, complimentary massages, energy healing demonstrations, healthy food and drink samples. The event is hosted by Beloved Yoga and brings together yoga studios and ... Read More »

An Interview with Steffany Moonaz

Earlier this year, Steffany Moonaz, Ph.D., RYT 500, won Maryland University of Integrative Health’s (MUIH) first annual Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award for her work on Sustainable Transformation: The Short and Long-Term Effects of a Yoga Intervention on Quality of Life for Persons with Arthritis. The award acknowledges an MUIH faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research and/or ... Read More »

One-on-One Yoga Instruction with Vinaya Saunders

Vinaya Saunders, of Leesburg, learned at an early age from her homeland in Bangalore, India, about traditional rituals, yoga practice, tantra and how to live a holistic lifestyle. Her parents exposed her to these influences as they traveled throughout India. At the age of 11-years-old, she participated in her first yoga experience as part of her school curriculum. From this ... Read More »