March 2015 Newsletter
March is always a month for celebration at CHY. On March 16 we mark our 6 year anniversary! We would like to extend our gratitude to each of you for your continued support and for rolling out your mat with us practice after practice. It is truly an honor for us to serve the Capitol Hill Yoga community with the teachings of yoga.
This year the celebration is extra special as it comes just after we have completed our second yoga teacher training program - the first specifically dedicated to yogahour. It is with great pleasure that we introduce the newest cadre of yoga teachers on the Hill.
We look forward to many more years practicing together!
Stacey and Betsy
Beyond the Asana - Who is Shiva?
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.
You may have noticed that behind the instructor’s mat is a yoga statue (murti) with two candles lit on either side. This statue is of Shiva. Shiva symbolizes consciousness, the masculine principle. He represents the unchanging, unlimited and unswayable observer.
Our statue of Shiva depicts him dancing and is called Nataraja. Shiva Nataraj is likely the most well known depictions of Shiva to yogis who practice physical yoga poses (asana). The statue connotes movement and life. If you look closely you will notice that Shiva is standing on one foot atop a small being known as Apasmra who symbolizes our ego. It is this ego that keeps us small by insisting that we aren’t worthy, don’t have enough, aren’t ready, or haven’t earned the right to be all that we can be. We can learn from Shiva to squash that limiting voice in our head and transform the ego from a problem, as Shiva did, into the actual stage we dance all over. The other foot is the graceful upturned one, which symbolizes revelation – that through yoga we embody the power of grace and our true nature is revealed – joy, goodness, delight, fun.
So next time you feel your ego holding you back from truly experiencing your asana look to our statue of Shiva and remember to squash your ego into something your true nature can dance all over.
by Brianna McDowell
Student of the Month
Capitol Hill Yoga - Yogahour Teacher Training Graduates
"I gained more than I could have ever imagined! A new understanding of studentship, discipline, and what I am capable of. " - Anita Bilbao
"My favorite memory from teacher training that will keep me smiling for years to come is the great group of gals I met---it was an honor going through the program with them. I felt we were all so different yet formed a unique connection to one another." - Tammy McAthey
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Pose of the Month
Fascial Release & Movement Therapy
Feet are really important! They hold you up. They are your foundation, both in yoga poses as well as in your world off the mat. Feet reflect what is going on in the rest of your body because they support and affect every body structure above them. The feet need to be pliable and mobile because their ability to move and flex translates to movement and flexibility in the rest of your body.
So taking your shoes off and working directly with your feet is important to the overall health of your body. The feet should ideally have 20 minutes of stimulation a day.
To honor you, our teachers, and this practice CHY classes always start and end exactly on time. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to class to check-in and settle into class. In case of over flow CHY opens no-show reserved spaces to drop-in students 3 minutes prior to class start. All classes and workshops are closed 10 minutes after the start time.
Continue your yoga habit with the CHY monthly membership. The 3 month minimum contract includes every class on our schedule.
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.
Garlic Kale Mashed Potatoes
An easy dish of comforting warm buttery red skinned potatoes paired with zesty garlic kale flavor. You really can't go wrong with this healthy indulgence this time of year!