March 2014 Newsletter
Our story began on a park bench in the fall of 2008 when we met to discuss the potential of opening a yoga studio on Capitol Hill. Creating a new Capitol Hill Yoga to replace a neighborhood studio that was closing its doors felt like a calling to us. So we began fervently looking for a space to open our new studio. It turns out that one of the students from the old studio was just as eager to find a new yoga home on the Hill. So she connected us with her father who owns buildings in the area, and he had the perfect space for us that could be built out and ready in a matter of months: 641 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
We spent the next 6 months drafting business paperwork (e.g. business plan, licenses), preparing the physical space (e.g., selecting the flooring and color for the walls), developing the program (e.g., hiring teachers, setting the class schedule), and preparing ourselves (e.g., team building exercises and developing our core values to guide us over the years).
It was during this time that we created our vision:
The overarching goal at CHY is to foster wellness in body, mind, and spirit by creating an inspiring physical space, bringing community together, and sharing these teachings that have made such a profoundly positive impact on our own lives. Please come to your next practice at CHY ready to celebrate the tradition, align your physical body with greater precision, and cultivate discipline that will lead you to your fullest potential.
- Physical Space – It is our intention to create a safe, welcoming, and inspiring environment for your practice.
- Community – Community is the essence of who we are – a group of individuals coming together to share, inspire, and motivate each other.
- The Teachings – We share the traditional, yet timeless teachings of yoga. Our goal is to make these teachings and practices accessible so that they can be applied to lives right here and now.
On March 16, 2009 we opened our doors at 641 Penn to the community and began sharing the teachings of yoga. As we celebrate 5 years this month it has been fun to look back and see where we began and how far we have come. Certainly our business has evolved over the years – teachers have come and gone, class schedules have been modified, we have redecorated the reception area, we have even changed the style of yoga we offer. But in all cases we have been guided by our vision, and the essence of who we are and what we wish to offer remains steadfast.
We would like to thank each of you for being a part of our story. Please join us on March 16 at 12:00 PM for an anniversary celebration – complete with a centering message, great food, a champagne toast, raffle prizes and more.
Here's to CHY,
Stacey & Betsy
Pose of the Month
Bakasana can challenge our perceptions as well. As we move our body weight onto our arms, the brain takes over to tell us, "I can't do that", or "That's too terrifying". Our legs are inherently stronger than our arms, so the world of arm balancing shifts our reality of what might actually be possible. I have the words "Be Bold" tattooed on my inner left forearm as a reminder to step out of my comfort zone and try something different and scary. Those words enter my view whenever I do arm balances to remind me that you never know if you don't try.
Opportunity for pregnant women and their partners to practice yoga poses and breathing techniques found helpful during labor and delivery. We will begin with some fun partner yoga postures, followed by a discussion about the stages and natural chemistry of labor. Partners will learn how to support and empower their laboring mamas through the use of various laboring positions, massage techniques, methods of labor communication and ways to reinforce a safe, nurturing birth environment. Relaxation techniques and comforting measures will also be explored.
Turn on your body's ability to relax and tune in as the stress and tension dissolves into blissful tranquility. Using soothing and deeply supported restorative yoga postures, this profoundly relaxing practice can shift your attitude, clear your mind, and heal your body. You will leave feeling completely revitalized and renewed. All levels welcome.
The six week series is geared towards students new to yoga. Students will learn about the structure of a yoga class, breathing techniques to deepen awareness and relaxation, and basic poses to increase flexibility, strength and range of motion. After taking this series, students are encouraged to join our Yoga Essentials classes. Students will also receive a handout with each class that will aid you in continuing your practice outside the yoga studio.
Celebrate Earth Day 2014 with Kelly and Ingrid. Planet Earth provides for us in so many ways, so give back by taking care of yourself. Yoga and its accompanying practices of meditation, yoga nidra, chanting, and healthy eating assist you in letting go of patterns in your life that are constricting. You can then make space for yourself to be the creative, loving person you already are but for which you might not always have time. It is not just living, it's thriving. When you nourish yourself, your friends and family, your community, even the planet will benefit.
Yogahour Barefoot Bootcamp = 4 Hours & 200 Poses. Every yogahour class is an exquisite executive summary, but this afternoon we will practice the book cover to cover. Step in and introduce yourself to all 200 poses of the yogahour syllabus. Whether you are new to yoga, a casual practitioner, or a serious yogini this practice is sure to make an imprint.
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Student of the Month
"I have a very flexible work schedule which gives me time to focus on the things I love to do, like cooking, pickling, running, seeing friends, and of course, YOGA! Tuesdays are my favorite day because I am able to go to CHY and then hit up Eastern Market and get all the ingredients for a home-cooked dinner."
We are turning five and want to celebrate with you! Join us March 16 from 12-1:30pm for a centering message, great food, a champagne toast, raffle prizes and more.
Attend 7 classes within 7 consecutive days and receive $25 CHY credit. The #chychallenge launched February 1 and already more than two dozen yogis have become finishers. So cool!
Previously our "new student passport" this is a one time purchase for everyone and makes the perfect pair with the #chychallenge.
We know most of you live within a walkable distance to the studio and love yoga snow days. So do we and we always aim to hold a full schedule, however necessary class cancellations are always posted to the online schedule and social media within two hours of class start. 6:00am classes will not be held with any delay or cancellation of DC public schools.