Category - Yoga

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Self-Regulation in the Digital World – A Necessary Balance (+ giveaway)
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Fall Events for Natural-Minded Families
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Love Your Baby Family Health & Wellness Fair Returns to Beloved Yoga September 19
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Summer Fun for the natural-minded family
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Love Your Body day brings yoga to the masses
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Ease Yoga & Cafe opens in Del Ray
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Inspiration abounds at first National Kids Yoga Conference
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Resources for Children’s Yoga
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First Kids Yoga Conference Comes to DC September 27
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Yoga Camp at 532 Yoga
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Lil Omm: a haven for family yoga this summer!
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Love Your Body, especially during Virginia Yoga Week!
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DC Yoga Week April 28-May 4

Self-Regulation in the Digital World – A Necessary Balance (+ giveaway)

Our world is becoming increasingly digital.  Technology is integrated into all aspects of our lives and has transformed how we engage in most of our activities – work, play, communication, entertainment, shopping, recording, and creating of all kinds.  How is this daily, hourly use of digital technology affecting us and our children?

Leah Kalish of Move with Me Yoga Adventures shares her insights in this guest post.

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Fall Events for Natural-Minded Families

We here at Mindful Healthy Life are pleased to present a list of some activities this fall you won’t want to miss if you’re interested in healthy living and mindful parenting. And good clean – or dirty! – fun outdoors!

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Love Your Baby Family Health & Wellness Fair Returns to Beloved Yoga September 19

Beloved Yoga in Reston is holding its second Love Your Baby Family Health & Wellness Fair on September 19 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.. A day of education and grounding for parents and parents-to-be, the fair offers workshops and the opportunity to meet with exhibitors who support mindful families.

Love Your Baby Family Health & Wellness Fair will feature sample classes, demonstrations,  massages, prenatal & postnatal nutrition, infant care as well as the opportunity to ask questions about alternative healing therapies such as Reiki, chiropractic, massage, and yoga therapy for pre- and post-natal. The day is designed to help new parents “learn how you can support & nurture yourself, your baby & your family with Northern Virginia’s best yoga instructors and alternative health care providers offering fun and educational methods.” Read More

Summer Fun for the natural-minded family

What are you plans for summer? Here is the first attempt by Mindful Healthy Life to capture some of the great summer 2015 opportunities of special interest to natural-minded and mindfully-inclined parents in Metro DC, otherwise known as all the cool stuff I wanted to catch this summer or to remember to look for next year!

Please comment below or on the Mindful Healthy Life Facebook page with suggestions and we will add all we can!

All events are subject to change. Please follow the links and check the sponsoring websites for complete information and updates.

Saturday, June 20Healthy Living Day expo sponsored by Natural Awakenings, Rockville, MD, 9-2

Sunday, June 21 – Father’s day and lots of yoga opportunities to commemorate the summer solstice. See http://www.virginiayogaweek.org/ for more information

Wednesday, June 24 – Sunday, June 28 – Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall

Saturday, June 27

Sunday, June 21-28 – Family HEART Camp West Virginia

Monday, June 29-Friday, July 3: Drop-in outdoors and arts camp with Christy and Amrita in Arlington, 9-1

Tuesday, June 30 – Thursday, July 2 – World Children’s Festival of activities and performances with the International Child Art Foundation on The Ellipse next to the White House. Most days 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 10-5, closing with a drumming ceremony. Day Themes: Tuesday: Environment & Health; Wednesday: Creativity and Imagination; Thursday: Peace & Leadership. Awards Banquet Friday, July 3.

Wednesday, July 1 – Waldorf Wonder-days at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Alexandria, VA Repeats the following Wednesdays: July 15, July 29, August 12 

Wednesday, July 1 – Sunday, July 5 – Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall

Tuesday, July 7Play-In for Climate Action with Moms Clean Air Force, Upper Senate Park, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Moms Clean Air Force Play-In 2014 capitol front

Moms Clean Air Force Play-In 2014 press conference Heather Clark

Friday, July 10 – first day of four-week Herb Camp for Kids at Centro Ashe Farm, Bryans Road, MD, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Saturday, July 11  – Lotus & Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington, DC, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens child with lotus

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens dark pink lotus

Saturday, July 25

Sunday, July 26  – The Powers Of Observation: A Special Program For Budding Naturalists Ages 6 To 10 Years Old (& Their Parents) at Meadowlark Botanical GardensVienna, VA

Saturday, August 1Big Latch On, Cloverdale Park in Woodbridge (22192), 10:30 a.m.

Monday, August 3 – Family Yoga at Arlington County Library with Cathy Burke, 1:30 at Glencarlyn and 4:30 at Cherrydale. Repeats 8/4 at 4:00 at Shirlington, 8/5 at 4:00 at Westover and 8/6 at 4:00 at Aurora Hills and 7:00 at Central

Wednesday, August 5 – Summer Reading Puppet Show at Green Springs Garden Park, Alexandria, VA, 10 a.m.

Friday, August 7  – Hum Along with Hummingbirds Campfire at Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington, Virginia 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 15 – Family Fun: Wildlife Habitat at Green Springs Garden Park, 1 p.m., Alexandria, VA

Sunday, August 16 – Down South Paleo cookbook launch party with local mom Jennifer Robins of Predominantly Paleo blogBon Vivant Cafe + Farm Market, Alexandria, VA, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 20 – MommyCon, DC Convention Center, 9-5

Saturday, August 22

Sunday, August 23 – Lubber Run Amphitheatre Interactive Family Concert with Levine School of Music, Arlington, VA, 4 p.m.

Thursday, August 27 – Summer Night Hike at Fort C.F. Smith in Arlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 29 – Lubber Run Amphitheatre performance by Groovy Nate, Arlington, VA, 4 p.m.

More outdoors ideas:

Annmarie Sculpture Garden stage

Here are some quick links to more children’s programs at a few locations

Regular all-ages events at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens including Creature Feature and Garden Walks. Lilies and lotus are in bloom in July and into early to mid-August

Summer Camps and Family Programs at Audubon Naturalist Society in MD and VA

Gulf Branch Nature Center programs in Arlington County Library Summer Reading Program, July 20-23.

Campfires at Gulf Branch and Long Branch Nature Center, various Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m. See The Snag for dates and themes

Outdoor Entertainment

List of some area Virginia Nature Centers & interesting features of note

Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center and Dora Kelley Park, Alexandria. Live animals and exhibits in center; closed Monday and Tuesday. Birding and wildlife trail.

Ellanor C. Lawrence ParkFairfax. Animal exhibits, hiking trails (some with blackberries). Closed Tuesdays.

Gulf Branch Nature CenterArlington (north). Animals, Native American exploration area, pollinator garden. Closed Mondays

Long Branch Nature CenterArlington, VA (south). Trail to Glencarlyn Park and W&OD and Four Mile Run trails; children’s book display on trail; creek and pond; center with small play house, books and activities; animals. Closed Mondays

Hidden Oaks, Annandale. Outdoor Nature Playce area, trails, indoor dress-up and play along with animals. Closed Tuesdays

Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria. Trails including boardwalk over wetland area with bird viewing, nature center and gift shop. Visitor Center closed Tuesdays.

Riverbend ParkGreat Falls. Trails with river views, Native American exhibits. Visitor Center closed Tuesdays.

Family & Kids Yoga
family yoga lil omm

lil omm yoga studio in NW DC offers the following classes:

  • Family yoga for crawlers through age 2, Saturdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
  • Family yoga for ages 3-8, Saturdays, 10:30-11:15
  • Crawlers, Walkers & Me (age 8-24 mos), Mondays 10:45-11:30
  • Little Kids Yoga & Dance (drop off class), Mondays 3:30-4:15 p.m.
  • YogaFIT Playtime (children may join), Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Yoga Flow/Playtime (children may join), Tuesdays 10:45-11:45, Thursdays 12:30-1:30, and Fridays 10:45-11:45: “Yoga Flow/Playtime is an energetic flow class that everyone can enjoy.  This unique class is geared toward adults and welcomes children of ALL ages into the room during practice to either sleep, play, watch or participate. Older children are also invited to entertain themselves without supervision in the childcare room. Yoga Flow/ Playtime is an adult flow class for all levels.”
  • Walkers, Jumpers & Me (up to 4 yrs), Thursdays, 10:45-11:30 (and also Wed., July 1 at 4:00)
  • Other prenatal and baby classes available, and childcare also available.

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Friday Morning Playtime class at Yogi Underground in Falls Church, VA, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

“If your kid/s are home for the summer and you need a place to practice, this is for you. This practice is a bridge between gentle and vigorous yoga, and explores a variety of foundational poses (standing, seated, and on the floor) and breathing exercises. It provides low-key circulation, deep restoration, and your children are allowed in the room. You are responsible for your child/ren and may bring a toy/book/quiet game for them to play with, or they may practice with you!”

Summer Camps and Kids’ Classes at Local Motion Studio in Alexandria, VA. There is also a childcare room for children ages 6 mos to 8 years for use during adult classes.

Summer Kids’ Classes at Honest Soul Yoga in Alexandria, VA. Child-minding also available for ages 6 weeks to 10 years

Mommy & Me, Mommy & Movers and prenatal classes are offered at Mind the Mat in Alexandria.

Beloved Yoga in Reston is hosting a  Barefoot Boogie Family Jam on June 27 and several sessions of  kids yoga camp

Yoga offerings for children, tweens, teens and families available at Dream Yoga Studio & Wellness Center in McLean, VA

Sun & Moon Yoga offers Kids Yoga Camp in Arlington the week of July 20, a Teen Week in Arlington the week of July 13. Other offerings in the summer schedule include Moms & Babies and prenatal

Arlington Library Summer Reading Program Yoga in the Libraries, August 3-6, various locations.

Also see the Our Kids Guide to Yoga in/around DC

Yoga photos courtesy of lil omm yoga studio

Love Your Body day brings yoga to the masses

Love Your Body Day yoga festival in Reston Town Center brought out hundreds of adults and children to practice yoga, chant and dance, and connect with businesses that focus on health and wellness. Read More

Ease Yoga & Cafe opens in Del Ray

Ease Yoga & Cafe, the first of its kind yoga studio and healthy cafe in the area, has opened its doors in Del Ray, Alexandria, in a brightly lit space with a wall of windows that look out on the oval sculpture at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues.

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Inspiration abounds at first National Kids Yoga Conference

YogaKids DVD was the first television I allowed my son some seven years ago.  Since then, he and his little sister have been to a handful of kids and family yoga classes, and a day of yoga camp. This summer, my daughter had a delightful yoga birthday party at which her older brother showed off his knowledge of poses and Sanskrit phrases. They are not without some yoga knowledge.

But truth be told, though I try to practice daily on my own, yoga has remained something of an extra rather than an integral part of my parenting. It’s always there in the background in theory, but in practice, when I’m working so hard just to stay well by cooking all the time and am also staying involved in volunteer efforts whose higher goal is health and well-being for families, I don’t always ooze groundedness at home. I never have, anywhere. This really is a lifetime journey.

Enter the first National Kids Yoga Conference conference this past weekend! As if it weren’t inspiring enough just to interview the organizers, I emerged from the conference in awe of the many benefits of yoga for children and bowled over by the numerous strategies out there to make yoga accessible to young ones. It was truly transformative. I hope and believe that my parenting – my life – will never be the same.

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Resources for Children’s Yoga

At the first National Kids Yoga Conference on September 27, we learned about many wonderful recording artists, authors and others providing support for yoga with children and providing training.

Check out this list of Resources for Children’s Yoga taken from the conference exhibitors, sponsors and speakers and organizations mentioned by speakers and exhibitors.

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First Kids Yoga Conference Comes to DC September 27

The organizers of the first National Kids Yoga Conference are moms who putting their mindfulness skills in practice with every step of planning toward the Saturday, September 27 event at George Washington University’s School of Public Health.

I’ve long admired the work and commitment of lil omm yoga studio owner Pleasance Silicki and Michelle Kelsey Mitchell, co-founder of the Alexandria-based non-profit organization YoKid. When I spoke with them about how they’ve managed to pull off such a huge endeavor, I got even more inspired.

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Yoga Camp at 532 Yoga

Some of the best summer options for kids are the ones planned by passionate people in the promising weeks of spring, long after special issues of camp round-ups have gone to press and summer fairs have introduced hopeful parents to what seem like the only options. Not so, as I learned when I put together a list of unique camps and yoga camps for the summer, a compendium I hope to grow next year.

Last week I learned that 532Yoga in north Old Town Alexandria was offering a Kids Corner yoga camp.

532 yoga kids camp

It had been a while since I had seen owner Suzanne Leitner-Wise, the leader of a fabulous yoga retreat I went on when I was seventh months pregnant in 2010, and I hadn’t yet made it to her gorgeous new studio. Talk about light and airy! And its front room contains two beautiful couches and a lovely array of clothing, books, jewelry and art.

The camp was planned as a weeklong experience but also offered a drop-in daily option, which worked great for us since we had other afternoon commitments a few of the days this week. It’s important to me that my kids learn to see yoga as a fun and healthy way to feel centered and grounded. And sometimes, they need to see that from another person! (I hope to learn more and get inspired to integrate yoga into our home life more this fall at the first National Kids Yoga Conference on September 27).

 

My children attended 532’s Kids Corner yoga camp on Monday and had a great time. When I arrived early for pick-up, energetic and bubbly teacher Lisa Sonntag — a special education teacher in Fairfax County, a certified yoga teacher, and an experienced camp counselor — said she could not believe how quickly the time flew. “Miss Lisa” shared that the children did an early savasana after a first half of class full of active asanas, or poses,

They then moved on to snack and crafts, including braiding yarn and making and coloring a “You Can Do Yoga” booklet and an accompanying coloring book/journal to be used through the week.

532 yoga camp group

I sat with the class as Lisa closed that first day with a reading (peppered by lively discussion) of the Dr. Seuss book, My Many-Colored Days, which associates different emotions with different colors.

532 yoga camp book 2

During the class, while I enjoyed some kid-free time at the Starbucks across the street, I sent Lisa some questions for further reflection.

Mindful Healthy Life: What was your favorite thing about the first day at yoga camp?
Lisa Sonntag: I loved having the children feel comfortable and active at the studio. They talked a lot and showed me what yoga poses they could do already.
MHL: What made you want to teach a kids camp this summer?
Lisa: I have always been excited to be babysitting and teaching children either over the summer in a camp environment or during school. After getting my 200-hour yoga teacher certification this year, I just knew I would incorporate my love of yoga with my love of children!!
MHL: What are your goals for the campers?
Lisa: My main goal for the campers is to enjoy yoga and have a great time learning new things that they can do with their bodies and minds. The campers will be listening and visualizing during meditation activities, communicating their thoughts and feelings, playing games and hearing stories that promote movement with yoga poses.
MHL: What are your goals for yourself as a teacher of young children?
Lisa: My personal goal, as with all teaching that I do, is to instruct the child where they are at and help them learn to be the best that they can be. It is okay being different!
MHL: What made you decide to pursue yoga teacher training after working for so long as a special education teacher?
Lisa: I have always wanted to be a yoga teacher and as I continue to work as a special education teacher, I realized yoga would be beneficial to my students as well as for me personally. 

In addition to accepting drop-ins through this session’s final day, July 18, 532Yoga will repeat this kids camp with Lisa Sonntag the week of August 4-8. Interested parties can contact the studio to inquire about a sibling discount or register through the workshops page on its scheduling site.

Disclosure: I received a discount on drop-in tuition for my two children in exchange for writing this post and sharing information about the camp.

Lil Omm: a haven for family yoga this summer!

When an email from lil omm yoga studio recently landed in my In box listing its upcoming family-friendly classes, my jaw dropped at all the offerings! I promptly asked if I could steal the info and post it all here!

lil omm circle

If you’ve never been to lil omm, north of Tenleytown and south of Friendship Heights on Wisconsin Ave. in NW DC, it’s a truly beautiful place. There are great classes and workshops that can be enjoyed by anyone as well as classes that cater to families with young children and opportunities for mothers to refresh and renew.

Even though I have a hard time even making it to a studio a few miles from me, lil omm got me out last January to see author Katrina Kenison, in April to journal with Abundant Mama Shawn Fink, and last month to sit and practice with Zen Buddhist priest and author Karen Maezen Miller.

During the weeks my kids are not in camp this summer, I’m also hoping to get to studio for a class by myself while they are in childcare (limit of 5 kids and offered for select classes, as seen on the lil omm schedule) or for a “Yoga Flow/Playtime” class when my kids can participate or play. There are also Saturday Family Yoga classes (ages 3-8) and a new “Backyard Bootcamp” that studio owner Pleasance Silicki is hosting out of her NW home on Thursday mornings (kids welcome). We have aged out of the Baby & Me and Movers & Tots classes, but check out the Class Description page to see all those offerings and more, including prenatal and postnatal.

lil omm family

In addition to these regular offerings, here is what else is coming up at lil omm this summer and fall!

Family Partner Yoga (all ages)- Sun 7/27 @ 1pm.  Pleasance leads families with children of all ages in a playful class that  incorporates breathing, movement, creativity, and flexibility AND family connection.
lil omm hula hoop
Let it Go: Frozen-inspired Yoga (families with children 3-8 years)- Sat 8/9 @ 5:30pm.  Yoga, dance, crafts, and glitter! Costumes welcome as we celebrate the music and themes from Frozen.
Circus Inspired Family Yoga (families with children 5+)- Sun 8/17 @ 2:30pm.  Explore circus and acro-yoga poses, mindfulness, and team work!  Also offered on Sat 9/13 @ 2:30pm
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Downward Doll Yoga (ages 3-6) – Sat 10/18 @ 2:30-3:30. Drop off your kiddo and his/her favorite doll or stuffed animal for a fun-filled, spirited yoga class followed by tea and cookies!

Lil omm is also teaming up with YoKid to put on the first National Kids Yoga Conference on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Read more about the conference here on the lil omm blog and check out this opportunity to sponsor a teen to attend!





Love Your Body, especially during Virginia Yoga Week!

Beloved Yoga’s sixth Love Your Body Day on Sunday, June 8, was truly full of love. The outdoor yoga festival kicked off Virginia Yoga Week with several different classes of yoga outside in the main plaza of Reston Town Center complemented by vendor tents from businesses devoted to health and well-being.

The festival makes yoga accessible through its free classes and brings in dozens of vendors to support people in their healing and wellness journeys. Donations made at the free event go to Cornerstones, formerly Reston Interfaith, a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.

When I asked Beloved Yoga owner Maryam Ovissi last year about her reasons for organizing the event, she said: “All Yoga festivals and events usually have one object to bring the commUNITY together to celebrate. However my underlying motivation for creating this event is to allow us (yoga studios/wellness studios) a way to release competition among ourselves. There is enough for everyone in this world and those of us who are committed to bring wellness, healing to the community need to see how we are serving together for the Highest Good. There is not just one way and therefore we have many different lineages and practices in the yoga and wellness community! We celebrate them ALL!”

Last year, I took my then two-year-old daughter to Love Your Body Day where we enjoyed participating in the children’s yoga tent, which offers a full day of classes and activities.

Love Your Body Day 2014 Children's Yoga Tent

This year, I left both kids at home so I could enjoy a solo yoga practice, but I picked up several brochures about children’s yoga, including the upcoming National Kids Yoga Conference in September co-organized by YoKid and lil omm.

Doing yoga in the open air with more than a hundred other people was a beautiful way to start a Sunday morning. Maryam began a great opening practice accompanied by David Newman’s live music, including the song “Thinking of You” to which we all joined our voices in singing “Be bold, be free, be beautiful, believe, be love, be true to you.” I felt the hum of everyone’s energy when there are literal live vibrations coming from the stage, especially with the song’s message that we are all connected and thinking of one another.

Love Your Body Day 2014 David Newman singing

I hope we can go as a family next year so that my children and husband can be part of this group connection. Chanting with live music – in this opening class and also with the kirtan in the bhaki tent — changed my inner vibration and my outlook. I want my kids to see people this blissed out more often. I want to be this blissed out more often! Love Your Body Day reminded me that I have the power to get to a peaceful and connected place whenever I want.

Love Your Body Day 2014 Bhakti tent

Want a piece of the bliss? There are $5 classes at studios around Northern Virginia through Sunday, June 15 and other related Virginia Yoga Week events. On Saturday, June 14 (rain date June 28) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. will be the free Yoga in the Fresh Air event in Old Town Alexandria’s Montgomery Park, 2 Montgomery Street. Organized by River’s Edge Yoga and presented in part by Yogis for Positive Change, the event will include outdoor yoga and a wine tasting and will kick off Be Well Virginia June 20-September 20. That solstice-to-equinox program will feature several free events, food drives (for people and for pets), and $5 classes to raise money for four charities: Carpenter’s Shelter, Cornerstones, Smashing Walnuts and Yoga Gives Back.

Note: Due to soggy conditions this week, Yoga In the Fresh Air may be postponed to June 28. Check the Virginia Yoga Week Facebook page or call 571-218-2161 after 12 noon on June 14th for a recorded message about the status of the event.

Also on Saturday the 14th, at Sterling Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will be a free session of yoga, music and meditation as an introduction to the Happiness Program of The Art of Living Foundation. Space is limited for that one, so RSVP here or email kumblepradeep (at) gmail (d0t) com or call 480-332-2297. See the Virginia Yoga Week Facebook page for updates.

Looking ahead to 2015, expect another Love Your Baby Day around Mother’s Day next year at Beloved Yoga. This year’s inaugural event helped connect new and expectant parents with their inner wisdom and to groups and businesses that can support them in their parenting and holistic health journey.

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Love Your Baby Day 2014 Beloved Yoga

And in the more recent future, if you know of a yoga camp that still has space available this summer, please share it in the comments, email jessica (at) mindfulhealthylife (dot) com, or post it on our Facebook page and I’ll include in a compilation posting next week.

DC Yoga Week April 28-May 4

If you’ve been meaning to get back into yoga classes but needed an incentive — like, say, a free class — be sure to enjoy some of the great opportunities with DC Yoga Week. Starting today, April 28, and lasting through Sunday, May 4, you’ll be able to try free and reduced price classes and special opportunities with the DC Yoga Week partners listed below.

On Saturday, May 3, participate in a huge group yoga event: Yoga on The Mall, beginning at 10:00 a.m. with Kids Yoga. The main event runs 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon and will feature internationally known yoga teacher Shiva Rea. The event takes place at Constitution Gardens on the National Mall between the long reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial and Constitution Avenue (closest Metro Foggy Bottom).

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DC Yoga Week April 28-May 4, 2014 Partners

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