I (Betsy) unabashedly love the winter holiday season. I love the smell of fresh pine in my home, the glow of holiday lights, the utter joy in children's eyes as they dream of Santa Claus, singing carols, and the extra effort and love displayed by family and friends. It's such a joy to share my family Christmas traditions now with my daughter. But what I've come to love most of all is the cultural diversity that is shared and melded within communities during this time of year.
When I was about ten years old my Grandmere invited a couple that was new to her church to join our family Thanksgiving. It was their first year in the United States and I was fascinated that they'd never had a Thanksgiving turkey dinner before. We all learned so much that day. I feel so lucky that my three year old (and myself for that matter) is constantly exposed to different cultural and spiritual lessons living here in Washington, D.C.
It is a blessing for my family to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day infused with beautiful spiritual lessons about Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and seasonal notes during the Winter Solstice.
And it is within not only the allowance, but the celebration of melding mind, body and spirit that I really came to love yoga some 15 years ago. My practice can be unabashedly physical one moment, more reflective and mentally cleansing the next day, month or year or spiritually motivated in the next season. It's up to me and it's all on the table. Nurture yourself and celebrate the diversity of the season with us this December.
Peace and joy,
Betsy and Stacey
Pose of the Month
Mastering Ardha Chandrasana allows us to fully experience the energy and sensation of the pose. The goal of weightless flight in this pose is often likened to the moon seemingly suspended in space. What I most love about half moon pose is how it improves us in so many ways: enhancing strength, improving flexibility, and concentration. Though many students perceive half-moon pose as a challenging one, remember that "the higher the peak, the better the view" and the journey is well worth it.
Opportunity for pregnant women and their partners to practice yoga poses and breathing techniques helpful during labor and delivery.
Create fullness and ease your backbends this season.
Using soothing & supported restorative postures, this relaxing practice can shift your attitude, clear your mind, & heal your body.
Asana, Chanting, Yoga Nidra, Raw Foods with Kelly and Ingrid.
Start your New Year with a clear vision of your sankalpa – your intention, resolve, or heartfelt desire and practices for manifesting it!
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Student of the Month
"My practice has become much more focused since I joined Capitol HIll Yoga upon moving to DC 18 months ago. I have always appreciated that yoga increases my awareness of the mind-body connection but I'm now enjoying new levels of strength, precision, balance and groundedness, both on the mat and off. Through my practice of yoga I've come to believe I can do anything I put my mind to."
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