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Newsletter August 2, 2011

YOGA UPDATE – TUESDAY, 18 DECEMBER, 2012
NYE OPTIONS, HUFF POST ARTICLE, PRISON YOGA & SPECIAL DECEMBER CLASSES

UYDFB(Nov10)In this edition:
– WELCOME
– NEW YEAR’S YOGA ALL OVER THE PLACE
– UPCOMING EVENTS W/ HOLLY
– NEW URBAN YOGA DEN BLOGS
– GOOD NEWS!
– TEACHING SCHEDULE

WELCOME to the Urban Yoga Den! Thanks for dropping by.
How are you?  No seriously, I mean it – how ARE you?  Have you asked yourself that lately?  This holiday season…heck, this entire year has brought some pretty serious global, local and personal events to our eyes, to our minds to our hearts and souls.  I know.  I know what’s been happening with you.  So, in the midst of the holiday rush, are you taking time to take care?  Inhale one long, full, deep breath right now and see what comes up.  Again, I ask – HOW ARE YOU?  Take stock.  Look back, look ahead…then take some time in the space between.  The here and now of your being.  Be nurtured.  Be held.  Be rejuvenated.  Tap into your heart’s calling, your intentions, your purpose.  Be supported.  Be empowered.  Be changed.  And then go on out and change the world (perhaps simply by authentically living your changes).  Our December class focus is Intention & Purpose – I hope to practice with you soon! OM Shanti.

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NEW YEAR’S YOGA ALL OVER THE PLACE
Every year I teach a Sankalpa Vinyasa practice for New Year’s Eve
.  It started as a small gathering at my home – 8 friends who no longer wanted to partake in the mindless debauchery of our past NYEs laid ourselves out on the floor, under the tables and on the couch in my tiny little studio apartment and practiced Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Meditation and Kirtan.  It was a relieving and empowering experience for all of us.  That night, I made a vow to annually offer a mindful NYE option, to be of service to those who feel they need that alternative, to make it accessible for all practice levels and to make it affordable for all pockets.  I am thrilled to see that over the years, more and more studios have begun offering a mindful New Year’s Eve practice.  Below are some of your options for ringing in 2013 in a healthy way; please choose what makes sense for you.  Ihope to see you – or hear about your experience – on your mat ‘round midnight this December 31st!
QUIET MIND YOGA, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, DC, http://www.quietminddc.com
– New Year’s Eve w/ Holly – Let Your Intentions Flow.  Monday, 12/31, 9:30pm-1am, $20
. Empower your New Year’s resolutions with an evening of Sankalpa Vinyasa – a practice to awaken the flow of your deepest intentions.  (Additional details under “Upcoming Events w/ Holly,” below.)
EMBRACE YOGA, ADAMS MORGAN, DC, www.embracedc.com
– New Year’s Eve Yoga & Meditation w/ Faith.  Monday, 12/31, 10pm-midnight.  A practice inspired by abundance, energizes your soul, and lays the ground for self-transformation.
PAST TENSE YOGA, MT. PLEASANT, DC, www.pasttensestudio.com– New Year Nirvana w/ John.  Monday, 12/31, 10pm-midnight.  Say goodbye to the old and prepare for the new with a mellow yet energizing yoga class.
YOGA DISTRICT, BLOOMINGDALE, DC, http://www.yogadistrict.com
– New Year’s Eve Sweaty Flow w/ Jasmine & DJ.  Monday, 12/31, 9:30pm-12:15am
.  Light it up, burn it off, and let it go with live music, vigorous yoga, meditation and savasana.
LIL OMM, TENLEYTOWN, DC, www.lilomm.com
– Rockin’ New Year’s Eve & Karaoke Party.  Monday, 12/31, 7pm-midnight.  Enjoy a rocking adult flow for all levels, including singing while on your mat and moving to your favorite tunes. We will follow this with a laughing meditation.

UPCOMING EVENTS W/ HOLLY
All events take place at Quiet Mind Yoga in Columbia Heights – just 2.5 blocks from the Green Line Metro station. Register and see additional details at www.quietminddc.com.
– Happy Hour Vinyasa: Fridays in December, 5:15-6:15pm, regular class price.  It has been an honor to sub for Trisha this month.  I gratefully held space on a tough Friday the 14th, will offer a Winter Solstice practice on the 21st, and am planning to rock out on the 28th!
– Vinyasa/Restorative Practice: Sunday, 12/23, 5:15-6:30pm, regular class price.  And I am honored to sub this special class for Marla during the hectic holiday season.  Come flow then bliss out!
– Jazzy Christmas Eve: Monday, 12/24, 10:30-11:45am, regular class price.  Ramp up to the final hours of holiday hullabaloo with this swingin’ Vinyasa class set to big band maestro Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite.
– Christmas Day Beginner Hatha: Tuesday, 12/25, 6:30-7:45pm, regular class price.  The studio offers our two regularly scheduled 6:30pm classes – one beginner and one advanced class.
– New Year’s Eve – Let Your Intentions Flow: Monday, 12/31, 9:30pm-1am, $20. Empower your New Year’s resolutions with an evening of Sankalpa Vinyasa – a practice to awaken the flow of your deepest intentions. This yoga celebration includes: intention setting and journaling; all-levels movement; rejuvenating relaxation and breath work; guided journeying and meditation; and, ’round midnight, joyous chanting with lots of percussion instruments to share!  In the spirit of enjoying a mindful NYE, this is an alcohol-free event.  Drinks provided – please bring a cup/mug, and, a snack to share at our post-midnight potluck!

NEW URBAN YOGA DEN BLOGS
To keep up with UYD posts, please “Like” Urban Yoga Den on Facebook and/or subscribe to the Urban Yoga Den blog at urbanyogaden.wordpress.com.  Here are links to some of my recent faves:
– TOOLS FOR PROCESSING VIOLENT TRAGEDIES: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/compassion-for-killers-revisited/
– NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/sankalpa-the-space-between/
– HEALING WITH THE KIDS IN THE ‘HOOD: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/a-warm-fuzzy-feeling/
– FEELING STRONGER EVERY DAY: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/change-of-heart/

GOOD NEWS!
– HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE:
I am honored that religion reporter Dawn Cherie Araujo wrote a story about my Diwali-themed class at Quiet Mind back in November.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-cherie-araujo/diwali-columbia-heights_b_2131582.html
– PRISON YOGA PROJECT: I recently attended the Prison Yoga Project teacher training in New York City, and am still drafting the blog about this amazing experience.  In the meantime, check out the PYP website and Facebook page – and please consider contributing to their end-of-year fund raiser.  http://www.prisonyoga.org/takeaction/

WEEKLY TEACHING SCHEDULE:
Please “Like” Urban Yoga Den on Facebook for subbing and other updates.
All classes at Quiet Mind Yoga (Columbia Heights, www.quietminddc.com)
– Tue., 6:30-7:45pm, Beginner Hatha
– Wed., 7-8am, Sunrise Flow & Meditation (NEW!)
– Sat., 10:30-11:45am, Beginner Vinyasa

Thanks for reading!  OM Shanti.  h*

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YOGA UPDATE – TUESDAY, 16 OCTOBER, 2012
CHANGE, MEDITATION & KIRTAN!

In this edition:
– WELCOME
– UPCOMING EVENTS W/ HOLLY
– NEW URBAN YOGA DEN BLOGS
– KIRTAN IN DC
– TEACHING SCHEDULE

WELCOME to the Urban Yoga Den! Thanks for dropping by.

Over the past 20 years, yoga has changed me. This journey of cultivating a constructive way of living has guided me through many styles and teachers, many stops and starts, and many hard-learned lessons. When I first started practicing in 1993, the transformation felt quick and intense. My insides were uprooted and exposed. I started to see myself clearly. My stubborn, self-reliant nature had landed me in the vice-grip of substance addiction. Long-term change was necessary, or I would die. Thankfully, yoga gradually dissolved those destructive patterns; and after my 1st 10 years of practice I became flexible, willing and teachable. Still addicted, however, I reached an all-time low in 2002 – and I surrendered. I finally reached out for help. I am deeply grateful to share that next Monday, October 22nd, I will observe 10 years of sobriety – and 10 years of complementing yoga’s foundational design for living with a recovery program that addresses the cunning, baffling and powerful disease of addiction. Our October class focus is Change – how has yoga changed you? See you soon! OM Shanti.

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A NOTE ABOUT ADVANCED REGISTRATION FOR EVENTS
Please consider registering for events in advance. This tells me how many handout packets I need to Xerox, and how many students to prepare for in general. Advanced registration can also keep studios from canceling events due to low interest. Thank you! OM OM OM…

UPCOMING EVENTS W/ HOLLY
All events take place at Quiet Mind Yoga in Columbia Heights – just 2.5 blocks from the Green Line Metro station. Register and see additional details at www.quietminddc.com.
– THIS WEEKEND! Meditation Immersion! Meditation Myth Busters: Saturday, 10/20, 2-4pm, $30. Using a variety of 1- to 15-minute mini-meditations from diverse traditions, the workshop helps students develop their own, effective, personal practice. This special session also includes breathing exercises, light yoga movement (no experience necessary), and a guided deep relaxation. Myth Busters is part of a two-day Immersion, w/ “Autumn Meditation Hike” on Sunday, 10/21. $45 for both!
– THIS WEEKEND! Meditation Immersion! Autumn Meditation Hike: Sunday, 10/21, 10am-12:30pm, $20. Observe the changing of the seasons with a meditative outdoor hike. Prefaced by light yoga movement (no experience necessary), this sensory observation walk explores yoga’s concept of “Pratyahara” (regulation of the senses), and wraps up with a guided deep relaxation. Meditation Hike is part of a two-day Immersion, w/ “Meditation Myth Busters” on Saturday, 10/22. $45 for both!
– Rock Out!: Friday, 11/2, 8-9:15pm, regular class price. Recover from the work grind and ignite an exciting weekend! Cut loose with energetic, uplifting Vinyasa, set to a soundtrack of rockin’ songs with positive messages, followed by a guided deep relaxation with dreamy rock ballads. See another side of Holly, as she reminds us (and herself) not to take life – or yoga – so seriously!
– Diwali Celebration: Tuesday, 11/13, 6:30-7:45pm, regular class price. During my regular Tuesday Beginner Hatha class, we will have our usual practice, and, observe the Indian holiday of Diwali with festive lights and sweets as a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.
– Chill Time for Karma Yogis: Sunday, 12/9, 7-9pm, $20. Burnt out? Do you work for a cause, volunteer in your community, act as caretaker for your family? Especially when serving selflessly, we must sustain ourselves so our work will go further. Join like-minded yogis for empowering Asana, restorative Yoga Nidra and supportive group sharing. Rejuvenate with others and feel better. Due to the pace and content, this workshop is best for experienced yogis (of any level). Chill Time is part of Quiet Mind’s Soothing Sunday series, and to build a Karma Yogi community, will be offered quarterly (Mar, June, Sept & Dec).
– Let Your Intentions Flow – New Year’s Eve at Quiet Mind Yoga: Monday, 12/31, 9:30pm-1am, $20. Empower your New Year’s resolutions with an evening of Sankalpa Vinyasa – a practice to awaken the flow of your deepest intentions. This yoga celebration includes: intention setting and journaling; all-levels movement; rejuvenating relaxation and breath work; guided journeying and meditation; and, ’round midnight, joyous chanting with lots of percussion instruments to share! Please bring a light snack to share at our post-midnight potluck! Tea and water provided – please honor that this is an alcohol-free event.

NEW URBAN YOGA DEN BLOGS
To keep up with UYD posts, please “Like” Urban Yoga Den on Facebook and/or subscribe to the Urban Yoga Den blog at urbanyogaden.wordpress.com.
– WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/karma-the-big-blue-moon/
– LIFE, LOVE & LOSS: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/i-didnt-expect-to-cry-today/
– SURRENDERING TO CHANGE: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/my-superhero-death-grip-on-life/
– CHANGE…ONE DAY AT A TIME: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/20-years-of-yoga-10-years-of-recovery-1-day-at-a-time/

KIRTAN IN DC
Did you know that the DC-area offers six or more monthly Kirtans hosted by local yoga studios and community centers? Chanting Kirtan-style has become an essential part of my yoga practice. Come warm your heart this winter! Here are some resources:
– DC Supersonic Kirtan: A monthly event featuring visiting or local chanters at a different DC-area yoga studio each month. “Like” DC Supersonic Kirtan on Facebook!
– Sacred Chants Kirtan: Three (or more) monthly events in Columbia and Silver Spring, MD. “Like” Sacred Chants Kirtan on Facebook!
– Sun & Moon Kirtan Circle: Monthly in Arlington, VA. “Like” Sun & Moon Kirtan Circle on Facebook!
– Metro DC Kirtan: This group holds a monthly Kirtan in Takoma Park, MD, and hosts a Facebook Group and Meetup Page promoting any and all DC-area Kirtan events by groups/individuals like Satsanga DC, BE Yoga, Bhakti Tree, Andrea Creel, Christy Freer and more! “Join” Metro DC Kirtan on Facebook, or, join the Meetup group! http://www.meetup.com/Metro-DC-Kirtan
– DC Kirtan Fest: On December 1st in DC,BE Yoga – who host a sweet, community-based monthly potluck & Kirtan at their VA yurt – will host a Kirtan Festival. The event benefits yoga service organization Off the Mat, Into the World’s Global Seva Challenge. http://www.beyogayurt.com/dckirtanfest/

TEACHING SCHEDULE
Please “Like” Urban Yoga Den on Facebook for subbing and other updates.
WEEKLY CLASSES
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At Quiet Mind Yoga (Columbia Heights, www.quietminddc.com)
– Tue., 6:30-7:45pm, Beginner Hatha
– Wed., 7-8am, Sunrise Flow and Meditation
– Sat., 10:30-11:45am, Beginner Vinyasa

Thanks for reading!  OM Shanti.

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YOGA UPDATE – MONDAY, 27 AUGUST 2012

KARMA, MEDITATION & ROCK-N-ROLL!

In this edition:

– WELCOME

– UPCOMING EVENTS W/ HOLLY

– NEW URBAN YOGA DEN BLOGS

– A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

– TEACHING SCHEDULE

WELCOME (back) to the Urban Yoga Den! It’s been a little while. Thanks for dropping by!

My first job after yoga teacher training was to design and instruct a yoga program for at-risk kids at an inner-city Charter School. The program included an incentive called the “Karma Yogi Club,” giving recognition to students who were witnessed taking mindful action during the day. Explaining the incentive, I asked the kids if they knew the definition of “Karma.” One girl answered, “Bad Karma means that if I do something bad, I’m gonna get hit by a bus.” “Eek, no!” I exclaimed, and then explained a kid-friendly definition. “Karma is action, and, the result of that action. For example, if I do positive, healthy, kind and loving things, there is more positive, healthy, kind and loving energy in the world. And we will feel it. If I do annoying, harmful and destructive things, that energy will fill the world. And we will feel it. So a Karma Yogi purposefully chooses to do ‘good’ things – not only to spread the good energy, but also to enjoy it!” Y’know, this definition suffices for my adult expectations, as well. Our August class focus is Karma & Karma Yoga – hope to practice with you soon! OM Shanti.

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UPCOMING EVENTS W/ HOLLY

All events take place at Quiet Mind Yoga in Columbia Heights – just 2.5 blocks from the Green Line Metro station. Register and see additional details at www.quietminddc.com.

– Yoga Nidra: Tuesday, 8/28, 8-9pm, regular class price. Many of you know my love for guiding traditional Integral Hatha Yoga Nidra, a process of deeply relaxing the body, breath and mind in order to release stress, tension and even trauma. Throughout August, I’ve been lucky to sub for wonderful Nidra teacher Ayelet. My final evening approaches this Tuesday, following my regularly scheduled 6:30pm Beginner Hatha class.

– Chill Time for Karma Yogis: Sunday, 9/9, 7-9pm, $20. Burnt out? Do you give selflessly for your causes, in your family, at your workplace? Sustain yourself, so your work will go further! Join like-minded, Seva-oriented yogis for empowering Asana, restorative Yoga Nidra and supportive group sharing. Rejuvenate with us and feel better. Due to the pace and content of the session, this workshop is best for experienced yoga students (of any level). Chill Time is part of Quiet Mind’s Soothing Sunday series, and to build a community for those who serve, will also be offered the 2nd Sunday in December, March and June.

– Meditation Immersion Weekend! Meditation Myth Busters: Saturday, 10/20, 2-4pm, $30. Associate meditation with bearded gurus on mountain tops? Can’t imagine sitting still or emptying your mind of thoughts? This workshop is for you! Using a variety of 1- to 15-minute mini-meditations from diverse traditions, the workshop helps cultivate an easeful, effective and personal practice. This special session also includes breathing exercises, light yoga movement (no experience necessary), and a guided deep relaxation. Myth Busters is part of a two-day Immersion, w/ “Autumn Meditation Hike” on Sunday, 10/21. $45 for both!

– Meditation Immersion Weekend! Autumn Meditation Hike: Sunday, 10/21, 10am-12:30pm, $20. Observe the changing of the seasons with a meditative outdoor hike. Prefaced by light yoga movement (no experience necessary), this sensory observation walk explores yoga’s concept of “Pratyahara” (regulation of the senses), and wraps up with a guided deep relaxation. Meditation Hike is part of a two-day Immersion, w/ “Meditation Myth Busters” on Saturday, 10/22. $45 for both!

– Rock Out!: Friday, 11/2, 8-9:15pm, regular class price. Recover from the work grind and ignite an exciting weekend! Cut loose with energetic, uplifting Vinyasa, set to a soundtrack of rockin’ songs with positive messages, followed by a guided deep relaxation with dreamy rock ballads. See another side of Holly, as she reminds us (and herself) not to take life – or yoga – so seriously!

– Let Your Intentions Flow – New Year’s Eve at Quiet Mind Yoga: Monday, 12/31, 9:30pm-1am, $20. Empower your New Year’s resolutions with an evening of Sankalpa Vinyasa – a practice to awaken the flow of your deepest intentions. This yoga celebration includes: intention setting and journaling; all-levels movement; rejuvenating relaxation and breath work; guided journeying and meditation; and, ’round midnight, joyous chanting with lots of percussion instruments to share!

NEW URBAN YOGA DEN BLOGS
Since our last Update, I’ve written 25 new posts, primarily under the headings of “The Yoga of…,” “Ahimsa Now,” and “Peace Tools.” To keep up with UYD posts, please “Like” Urban Yoga Den on Facebook and/or subscribe to the Urban Yoga Den WordPress blog at urbanyogaden.wordpress.com.  Meanwhile, here are links to some of my faves:
– SHUTTING THE DOOR ON THE PAST: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/growing-pangs/

– SINGING MY HEART OUT: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/kirtan-is-like-a-can-opener-for-my-heart/

– RALLYING FOR TRAYVON: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/peaceful-warrior/

– RUNNING INTO NATURE: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/running-into-nature/

– AHIMSA NOW – CELEBRATING 100 DAYS OF NON-VIOLENCE: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/ahimsa-now-100-days-of-intention-the-final-word/

– PEACE TOOLS – LEARNING TO LOVE THE ENEMY: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/peace-tools-infinite-compassion/

– THE YOGA OF… – GETTING TATTOOS: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/the-yoga-of-getting-tattoos/

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

– Quiet Mind Yoga’s brand new YogaWorks teacher training grads guide the donation-based Sunday, 4pm Community Classes. Check them out! www.quietminddc.com

– My Kirtan inspiration Jai Uttal comes to DC for the first time on Saturday, 10/13. https://www.facebook.com/events/264931796944840/

– I admit, I’ve never taken a class with DC-area Ashtanga teacher Peg Mulqueen; but through Facebook and other interactions, I have grown to admire and adore her.  Check out Peg’s blog and Fall schedule here: http://pegmulqueen.com/

TEACHING SCHEDULE

WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE:

At Quiet Mind Yoga (Columbia Heights, www.quietminddc.com)

– Tue., 6:30-7:45pm, Beginner Hatha

– Sat., 10:30-11:45am, Beginner Vinyasa

WORKSHOPS & SPECIALS:

See above.

FALL ADDITIONS:

I aim to add a few more classes to the weekly schedule soon.  Please “Like” Urban Yoga Den on FB for an up-to-date schedule.

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YOGA UPDATE – MONDAY, 19 DECEMBER, 2011

NEW YEAR’S EVE & MORE!

Hello from DC’s Urban Yoga Den! Thanks for staying tuned.
In this edition:

– WELCOME

– NEW YEAR’S EVE AT QUIET MIND

– WINTER EVENTS ALL AROUND

– NEW URBAN YOGA DEN BLOGS

– A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

– CLASS SCHEDULE (SUBBING LOTS!)

Welcome to the Urban Yoga Den! Thanks for dropping by.

Our December class focus is Abundance. Many of us tend to spend this month formulating New Year’s Resolutions. Yogis call them “intentions;” but the fact is, we’re still thinking a lot about what we want to have, what we want to do and how we want to be. We set goals and make plans. And we can completely ignore life’s natural transitions and forget to be present in the process. What would happen if something came along to upset our plans? What if we discover our goals are not realistic? What if we break our New Year’s resolution? How will we respond, if we’ve had our eyes, minds and hearts glued to the end result? So rather than thinking of Abundance as what we can get, let’s focus on the journey of getting there. Let’s lengthen our breath even more, enjoy the transitions between our Asana, grow into a pose. And in that spaciousness, let’s rest knowing that we can adjust our resolutions, change our plans, set new intentions. Can we make abundant room to welcome whatever abundantly arises?

This month, come to class, see what comes up, then join us for “Sankalpa Vinyasa” on New Year’s Eve. Details below. Hope to see you soon!


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NEW YEAR’S EVE AT QUIET MIND

“Let Your Intentions Flow”

Sat., 12/31, 10pm-1am; $20

Quiet Mind Yoga in Columbia Heights

Empower your New Year’s resolutions with an evening of Sankalpa Vinyasa – a practice to awaken the flow of your deepest intentions. This yoga celebration includes: intention setting and journaling; all-levels movement; rejuvenating relaxation and breath work; guided journeying and meditation; and, ’round midnight, joyous chanting with lots of percussion instruments to share! Please bring a cup for drinks and a light snack to share at our post-yoga potluck! Tea and water provided.

NOTE: LOCATION IS DIFFERENT FROM PAST YEARS!  Quiet Mind Studio in Columbia Heights, 2.5 blocks north of the Green Line Metro on 14th Street. This workshop sold out in previous years – register early! http://quietminddc.com/workshops.html

WINTER EVENTS ALL AROUND

Stay warm with your yoga kula!  There is an ABUNDANCE of Satsanga (community gatherings for chanting and sharing), Kirtan (responsive yogic chanting) and New Year’s Eve/Day Yoga events all around the DC-area this winter! Check out Kirtan, studio and yoga community websites and Facebook pages for details.

NEW URBAN YOGA DEN BLOGS
To keep up with UYD posts and event news, you can “Like” Urban Yoga Den on Facebook and/or subscribe to the Urban Yoga Den at https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/
– 100 DAYS OF THE HAPPY HEART PROJECT: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/the-happy-heart-project-100-days/

– HAPPY TO GAIN 10 LBS.: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/gratitude-pt-1-contentment-or-samtosha/

– SEEING IN THE DARK: https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/gratitude-pt-2-shiva-and-the-darkness/

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

– RAW RACH: San Francisco writer and yoga teacher Rachel Meyers says, “…it all pretty much comes down to this: what it looks like to be raw, live raw, love raw, swim around in it.” Read the rawness here: http://rawrach.blogspot.com/

– GRACE & GRIT YOGA: Pacific NW yoga teacher Jay Field asked herself, “What do I think is important for being a transformational teacher?” and after a few moments, came up with the brilliant “12 Principles: How Not To Be A Poser.” http://graceandgrityoga.com/

– CRUCIBLE YOGA: Roaming yoga teacher, poet and blogger Josh Schrei can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/crucibleyoga. But this is what opened my eyes: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/06/the-moderation-trap-yoga-and-the-alchemy-of-restraint-josh-schrei/

– TERRI TRESPICIO: Whole Living writer Terri Trespicio claims, “The path to fearless living goes straight through the roadblocks, not around them.” I wholeheartedly agree. http://territrespicio.com/

CLASS SCHEDULE

WEEKLY TEACHING SCHEDULE:
Mon./Wed./Fri., 7-8am, Open Level – Trinity Center (Brookland, open to gym members, http://www.trinitydc.edu/trinity-center/)
– Tue., 8-9:15pm, Beginner Level – Quiet Mind (Columbia Heights, http://www.quietminddc.com/index.htm)
– The Free Weekly Meditation will re-group in 2012. Happy Holidays!

SUBBING:

– Wed., 12/21, 5:15-6:15pm @ Quiet Mind (for Rita Maximilian) WINTER SOLSTICE!

– Sat., 12/24, 10:30am @ Quiet Mind (for Alicia Koundakjian) XMAS EVE MORNING!

– Tue., 12/27, 6:30-7:30am @ Quiet Mind (for Liz O’Connell)


Thanks for reading!  Please stay in touch; and let me know if you have questions or comments – I love to hear from you!  OM Shanti.

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YOGA UPDATE – MONDAY, 31 OCTOBER, 2011

TEACHING AT QUIET MIND!  WHAT IS KIRTAN?  THE HAPPY HEART PROJECT.

In this edition:
– UPDATED TEACHING SCHEDULE
– SPECIAL EVENTS
– RECENT BLOGS
– OTHER RESOURCES

Hello…

Back in August, the word was “change.”  Since then, some externals have indeed changed (jobs, teaching locations, hair style) – but most importantly, my insides feel different.  Now, it’s time to emerge…hope to see you SOON!

(P.S. For weekly updates and event invitations, please “Friend” Holly Meyers and/or “Like” Urban Yoga Den on Facebook!)

UPDATED TEACHING SCHEDULE
– NEW CLASS AT QUIET MIND: Starting November 1st, I will be teaching the Beginner-level class each Tuesday, 8-9:15pm, at Quiet Mind.  This Columbia Heights studio – whose slogan is “Radiate Peace” – offers two beautiful practice spaces, holds popular workshops and offers a mix of new and veteran teachers.  Come see us soon!  (http://www.quietminddc.com/index.htm)
– FREE WEEKLY MEDITATION: Each Sunday, we meet at the Urban Yoga Den (aka my home studio), 7:45-8:15am.  Be at the building entrance between 7:30-7:44am. Format includes centering, Pranayama then meditation – alternating weekly between guided and silent. You will have plenty of time to make your early Asana classes in Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant or Columbia Heights!  (https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/ – 1601 Argonne Place, Mt. Pleasant/Adams Morgan)
– CURRENT WEEKLY SCHEDULE:
* Mon./Wed./Fri., 7-8am, Open Level – Trinity Center (Brookland, open to gym members – http://www.trinitydc.edu/trinity-center/)
* Tue., 8-9:15pm, Beginner Level – Quiet Mind (Columbia Heights – http://www.quietminddc.com/index.htm)
* Sun., 7:45-8:15am, FREE Weekly Meditation – Urban Yoga Den (Adams Morgan/Mt. Pleasant – https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/)

SPECIAL EVENTS
– WHAT IS KIRTAN?  Kirtan is a form of Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion and love).  A Kirtan is an uplifting gathering of responsive singing.  Kirtans are family friendly and no experience is required – just repeat what you hear, and sing your heart out!  Since August, I’ve been playing percussion and chanting with DC’s only all-female Kirtan group, The Shaktis.  Time flies when you’re having fun – we will lead our 4th Kirtan this Friday, 7:30-9pm at Simon Says yoga in Bethesda, MD!  (http://www.simonsaysyoga.com/)

RECENT BLOGS
To keep up with posts and other news, you can “Like” Urban Yoga Den on Facebook and/or subscribe to the Urban Yoga Den at https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/
– THE HAPPY HEART PROJECT: Under the new moon of Sunday, August 28, I launched “The Happy Heart Project: 100 Days Toward Joy” – a daily journey away from an annoyingly encroaching emotional darkness and toward the hopeful light of happiness.  From 8/28 through 12/5, I will wake up, burn a stick of “Happy Heart” incense and set an intention to grow toward joy.  Each day I will post a “Happy Heart Project” status on Facebook and periodically post an Urban Yoga Den blog.  I’m on day 65, the light is returning, and I’ve written three blogs!  https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/
– GRATITUDE FOR MY AMAZING MOM: “My Mother is My Guru”  https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/my-mother-is-my-guru/

OTHER RESOURCES

– Yoga District now has five locations, bringing affordable yoga to more DC neighborhoods!  Jasmine and her team amaze me.  (http://www.yogadistrict.com/)
– I love Tori Ellis’ Fuse Pilates classes.  I went to three and a hamstring injury was healed, no joke.  http://fusepilates.com/ or http://pasttensestudio.com/
– FYI: Prenatal Yoga every Sunday at 6:30pm in Adams Morgan.  http://www.yogachai.com/
– Fund raising for To Haiti With Love continues, with lots of fun events around the DC area and Holiday Gifts!  Help send Kristin to Haiti to help others.  http://tohaitiwithlovedc.org/
– Writer Charles Eisenstein ponders “Why The Age of the Guru is Over.”  http://www.realitysandwich.com/across_threshold_0
– Off the Mat Into the World co-founder Hala Khouri describes “How a Yogi Occupies.”  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3414/How-a-Yogi-Occupies.html
– Zen Peacemaker Ari Pliskin focuses on “Uniting the 100%.”  http://zenpeacemakers.org/2011/10/uniting-the-100-the-consciousness-comittee-of-occupy-wall-street/

Thanks for reading!  Please stay in touch; and let me know if you have questions or comments – I love to hear from you!  OM Shanti.

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YOGA UPDATE – MONDAY, 15 AUGUST, 2011 – LEAVING PAST TENSE, SPECIAL EVENTS AND MORE!

Hello from DC’s Urban Yoga Den!  Thanks for staying tuned.

In this edition:
– HELLO
– SPECIAL EVENTS
– LATEST BLOGS
– OTHER EVENTS
– OTHER RESOURCES
– WEEKLY TEACHING SCHEDULE

Hello…

Remember the last Update, just two weeks ago?  “Lately I have been feeling a strong tug to change everything,” I wrote.  I promised to share those changes with you as they unfold.  So here goes…

SPECIAL EVENTS
– Leaving Past Tense: In July 2009, Past Tense Yoga Studio opened its doors and invited me to join their team of teachers.  What an amazing two years.  I am grateful to the teachers, staff, students and community who have forced me to grow in so many ways.  My last class at Past Tense will be Wednesday, 8/24.  I hope to see you at my final classes, which will wrap up our Eight Limbs focus and celebrate these two special years!  Although I will still guide my three morning classes at Trinity (see schedule below), I will be taking an end-of-summer break from other teaching, then looking for opportunities that feel right.  I will also be offering some Fall workshops (see below).  So I’m leaving Past Tense, but not going far!  See you on the mat, at the FarMar, and ’round the ‘hood!
– FREE Weekly Meditation, Sun., 7:45-8:15am: My last session at Past Tense will be 8/21.  Are you interested in continuing our early Sunday practice?  If so, please let me know, and we’ll meet at “The Urban Yoga Den” (my MtP/Adams Morgan apartment) – you’ll still be able to make the 8:30am Asana class at the studio!
– Kirtan, Fri., 8/19, 7:30-9pm: I will be playing percussion and chanting with Andrea Creel (chant leader/harmonium), Christy Freer (chants/percussion) and Angela Blueskies (chants/flute) aka “The Shaktis.”  Kirtan is uplifting, responsive singing and a form of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of devotion and love).  Olney Yoga in Maryland.  (http://www.olneyyoga.com/)
– Yoga Play Date, Sat., 8/20, 4:30-6:30pm: My final Play Date at Past Tense!  This special class includes yoga stations for kids 5 & up!  Drop off the little ones for two hours of movement, art, storytelling and games.  Past Tense Studio in Mt. Pleasant.  (http://pasttensestudio.com/)
– Fall Workshops!:  As typically offered, I intend to guide my “Meditation Myth Busters,” “Meditative Autumn Hike” and “Diwali Celebration” this Fall, and “Chill Time for Karma Yogis” in the Winter.  Watch this space for details and please let me know your interest!

MY LATEST BLOGS
To keep up with blog posts and other news, you can “Like” Urban Yoga Den on Facebook and/or subscribe to the Urban Yoga Den blog at https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/
– Making room for big change.  https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/clearing-the-obstacles/
– Being a yogi, being myself.  https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/be-a-yogi/

OTHER EVENTS

– Meditation for Busy People – Corporate Zendo guru Jeff Munn will offer this workshop at Simon Says Yoga in Bethesda, MD from 2-4 on Saturday, September 17.  He’ll focus on one- or two-minute practices for spare moments in the work day, and show how meditation helps workers become more calm, present, and effective. Beginners and experienced students will feel welcome and discover useful practices.  http://corporatezendo.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-upcoming-workshop-on-september-17.html
– Epic Yoga Studio Opening! – Keep your eyes peeled for a new studio south of Dupont Circle.  Emma Saal, one of the most lovely people on earth, will be opening Epic Yoga in September.  I’ve seen the space – it’s filled with natural light, will have lockers and showers, and offers three yoga rooms.  http://epicyogadc.com/

RESOURCES
These were mind-blowers for me.  Jai’s wisdom re: progress not perfection; and Eve’s breakthrough via breakdown.  Wow.
– Bhakti Yoga Teacher and Kirtan Leader Jai Uttal – Patience and Faith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzpFTB85FXM&feature=youtu.be
– Writer and Performer Eve Ensler – Suddenly, My Body: http://www.ted.com/talks/eve_ensler.html#.TkQaz2g9FmE.facebook

WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST
Mon., 7-8am, Open Level – Trinity Center (Brookland, open to gym members)
http://www.trinitydc.edu/trinity-center/
Wed., 7-8am, Open Level – Trinity Center
Wed., 8:15-9:30pm, Level 1 – Past Tense (Mt. Pleasant)
http://pasttensestudio.com/
Fri., 7-8am, Open Level – Trinity Center
Sun., 7:45-8:15am, FREE Meditation – Past Tense
Sun., 8:30-9:45am, Level 1/2 – Past Tense
* Past Tense classes through Wed., 8/24 only!

Thanks for reading!  Please stay in touch – I love to hear from you!  OM Shanti.

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YOGA UPDATE – MONDAY, 1 AUGUST, 2011 – CHANGE, KIRTAN, BLOGS AND MORE!

Hello from DC’s Urban Yoga Den!  Thanks for staying tuned.

In this edition:
– HELLO
– NEW TEACHING SCHEDULE & SPECIAL EVENTS
– LATEST BLOGS
– OTHER RESOURCES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hello…

Lately I have been feeling a strong tug to change everything.  Everything.  Big and small.  Inside and out.  In the past month alone, notable events forced me to reevaluate my behaviors, activities and needs, and to reignite my practices, beliefs and vision.

Since reaching my 46th birthday last Thursday, I’m enjoying increased clarity about what I truly have, want and need.  I aim to take action based on that clarity.  And I look forward to sharing the changes with you as they unfold.

TEACHING SCHEDULE & SPECIAL EVENTS
– Moving On: I have felt honored to teach at DC’s oldest yoga center, St. Mark’s Yoga.  However, due to the stressful rush hour commute from Mt. Pleasant to Capitol Hill, I will not continue with the Wed., 6pm slot.  Thanks to Caitlin V. for subbing while I was teaching summer camp!  I hope to see the SMYC community for special events!
– Monthly Class Focus: In August we will wrap up our exploration of yoga’s Eight Limbs with a focus on Dharana (single-pointed focus or concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (“enlightenment” or sustainable peace).
– FREE Weekly Meditation, Sun., 7:45-8:15am: I offer a FREE guided or silent (alternating weekly) meditation each Sunday morning.  Past Tense Studio in Mt. Pleasant.  (http://pasttensestudio.com/)
– Kirtan, Fri., 8/19, 7:30-9pm: I will be playing percussion and chanting with Andrea Creel (chant leader/harmonium) and Angela Blueskies (chants/flute) aka “The Shaktis” for a Kirtan.  This practice of uplifting, responsive singing is a form of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of devotion and love).  Olney Yoga in Maryland.  (http://www.olneyyoga.com/)
– Yoga Play Date, Sat., 8/20, 4:30-6:30pm: This special class includes yoga stations for kids 5 & up!  Drop off the little ones for two hours of movement, art, storytelling and games.  Past Tense Studio in Mt. Pleasant.  (http://pasttensestudio.com/)
– Teaching Schedule for August:
Mon., 7-8am, Open Level – Trinity Center (Brookland, open to gym members)
http://www.trinitydc.edu/trinity-center/
Wed., 7-8am, Open Level – Trinity Center
Wed., 8:15-9:30pm, Level 1 – Past Tense (Mt. Pleasant)
http://pasttensestudio.com/
Fri., 7-8am, Open Level – Trinity Center
Sun., 7:45-8:15am, FREE Meditation – Past Tense
Sun., 8:30-9:45am, Level 1/2 – Past Tense

MY LATEST BLOGS
To keep up with blog posts and other news, you can “Like” Urban Yoga Den on Facebook and subscribe to the Urban Yoga Den blog at https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/
– Recommitting to daily routine.  https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/falling-off-the-yoga-wagon/
– Passing on yoga tools to struggling kids.  https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/healing-kids-scars-with-yoga/
– Getting mugged and focusing on yoga.  https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/the-yoga-of-being-mugged/
– Introduction to the Eight Limbs focus.  https://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/march-focus-the-eight-limbs-intro-yama/

RESOURCES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
On the theme of change…
– Yoga/Buddhism Teacher Michael Stone: “There is nothing to cling to.  There is only consciousness and its objects appearing and disappearing, a moving gyroscope of mind, body and world, forever impossible to disentangle from one another because they are made up of one another.” http://www.centreofgravity.org/
– TED Talk w/ Yoga Teacher Max Strom – There is No App for Happiness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMAyVdOOgQ8
– Tiny Buddha’s Tiny Wisdom – How You Know You’re on the Right Track: http://tinybuddha.com/quotes/tiny-wisdom-how-you-know-youre-on-the-right-track/
– Buddhist Teacher Pema Chodron – How We Get Hooked…and Unhooked: http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1610
– Motivational Spoken Word Poet Anis Mogjani – Shake the Dust: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u–_-tyuejc&feature=related
– 7 Fascinating Facts About Meditation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/15/7-fascinating-facts-about_n_899482.html#s309243&title=It_Makes_Your

Thanks for reading!  Hope to see you in the yoga universe sometime.  OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

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