January 2015 Newsletter
Here's to a Great 2015!
As we kiss 2014 goodbye, we would like to thank you all for being a part of what was a really good year for Capitol Hill Yoga. During the year we offered more weekly classes than ever before, began our first yogahour teacher training program, and received the Hilly Award for fitness and exercise service provider of the year – to name a few. We look forward to building on these successes with you in 2015.
New year’s resolutions or intentions, sankalpa in Sanskrit, often involve healthier living, and we strive to give you the tools to do just that. We've added four new weekly classes and have an exciting quarter of workshops – ranging from Kirtan and Yoga Basics to Barefoot Bootcamp and Asana Lab where you can take your pose knowledge and practice to the edge. We also expanded our newsletter to include a Beyond the Asana and Yoga Kitchen section. Read on for all the details.
January is always a particularly exciting month for us at the studio as we see so many regular, longtime students joined by those trying yoga for the first time. The people and the conversation make the experience so much richer. Say hi to the person on the mat next to you and find out if it's their first, hundredth or even thousandth yoga class! This year we are making more time for our own mats, both in class and in our home practice. We hope you’ll join us in making more time for yoga in 2015.
Happy New Year,
Stacey & Betsy
Beyond the Asana - What is Kirtan?
A primary piece of CHY's vision is to make the traditional, yet timeless teachings of yoga accessible to our lives right here and now. Explore some of the deeper roots of yoga in our beyond the asana section each month.
What is kirtan? Kirtan could be considered the music of yoga. It is a devotional path of yoga that involves singing/chanting, generally to the accompaniment of instruments. Kirtan is a way to experience mind-body connection through sound. We are excited to share with you our new instrument, the harmonium, to make every single om in class resonate deeply. Consider joining Kelly Fisher and Wynne Paris on Saturday, January 3 at 2 pm for CHY's very first kirtan!
Student of the Month
"Yoga has taught me patience, endurance, and the importance of taking time each day to pause, reflect and appreciate the life’s daily joys."
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Pose of the Month
Surya Namaskar A - Sun Salutation
Each time I roll out my yoga mat I begin with Surya Namaskar A. The movement not only warms up my body and breath, but allows me the time to tune into a deeper self awareness necessary for my yoga asana practice. Begin your New Year with this classic salutation to the sun.
New yogahour classes: Monday 6am, Wednesday 6am, Friday 12pm. With 19 yogahour classes & 34 total classes per week we aim to have a great time and class fit for you.
Relax and unwind with us. By popular demand Yoga Nidra is now a weekly class. Join Joanna every Sunday evening from 7:15-8:15pm.
Did you resolve to catch up with your yoga mat more in 2015? Roll out your mat at Capitol Hill Yoga with 7 classes within 7 consecutive days and receive a $25 CHY credit. Start anytime and use #chychallenge to tell your friends about your adventure.
Coconut Sesame Kale Soup
Immersed within the depths of winter, with very little green foliage in sight, it can be tempting to forego greens on your dinner plate and reach for comfort food instead. This recipe offers all of the comforts of a wholesome wintery soup, but adds a boost of winter greens to help nourish your body.