As I promised many of you, here's a recipe for a beet and carrot (or just carrot) salad that I made for passover, for lunch, for anyone I could corral into my apartment...just like a new movement that I get obsessed with (were you around for toe-pointing week, as inspired by the above home practice?), once I get into a new dish, I want to try it and refine it and tell everyone about it, until my muscles/taste buds are ready to be set on fire by something else. So here's my toast/invitation/intention to spring 2018 - to keeping things fresh, to growing and changing at a sustainable pace, to eating raw vegetables again! I hope you'll have a chance to join me for a varied-movement yoga class, a wrist and ankle strengthening workshop, a service project at Manna Food Center, or a one-on-one session next month:
Through May 15, bring a gently used or newpot or pan to either Willow Street Yoga location in Takoma or Silver Spring, and it will be donated to A Wider Circle, a local organization that provides basic need items to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness, fleeing domestic abuse or otherwise living without life’s essentials. We ask that donations honor A Wider Circle’s Dignity Clause and be clean and in good or excellent condition. You'll be thanked for your donation with either 20% off a boutique purchase, or a free class pass - would love to see you in my Takoma Park Tuesday 4:30 p.m. Aligned flow!
fortify your foundation / strengthening practices for your wrists + ankles
I was so excited to share this workshop last month in Silver Spring, and now you can catch version 2.0 across town in Bethesda! When we think about building strength, we often focus on large muscle groups (quads, glutes, pecs etc) and the poses that ask those groups to work – think chair, lunges, and planks. But if you are going to have the stamina for long holds and repetitions of these postures, your hands and feet need to be in tip-top shape. In this workshop, you’ll learn specific exercises that target tissues in your wrists and ankles that you need to be mobile and stable if you are using yoga as your primary movement practice or ever want to progress towards arm balances that ask your hands to support the full weight of your body. All attendees will receive a handout to help make these exercises a regular part of your home practice or pre-class warm-up.
sunday may 27 (memorial day weekend) / 2 - 4 p.m.
Yoga Bliss yogis are gathering for the fourth time at Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg (9311 Gaither Rd, Gaithersburg, Md, 20877). It's truly a fun, family-friendly activity - I always bring my portable speaker to play some tunes in the warehouse! If you've been looking for a way to get involved with Manna's mission to end hunger in Montgomery County, I hope you'll join us. Friends, family members, and kids over age 8 welcome. Please register each individual - we can only bring so many yogis, and this service project typically fills up! - and bring cash, a check, and/or items from Manna's most needed foods list if you are able.
Do you have a busy schedule, a special condition, or an injury - or all three - that makes attending group classes challenging? Want to make your practice more personalized and relevant to your life right now? Reply to this email if you'd like to discuss meeting for practice privately with me - some students have me over a few times to help address a specific issue and then return to group classes with modifications, others wish to schedule an ongoing weekly time to commit to their practice with guidance.
Working together, we'll create a practice that helps you take care of you. It won't necessarily look like a 'typical' yoga class (unless that's what you want): it'll be the things you like +plus+ the things we find that you need to grow stronger and more resilient -minus- the things that don't work for you right now. As you change, the practice will change.