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No more counting sheep:
Proven behaviors to help you sleep

By Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH, Harvard Health Blog



"As humans, we spend about one-third of our lives asleep. Though science has taught us about the human brain’s exquisite control of our daily sleep and wake patterns, tens of millions of Americans still don’t get the sleep they need. Nearly 20% of American adults report using a sleep medication to help them sleep, despite known side effects and information about how well they really work." Read more

Yoga Practice of the Week
Yin Yoga


Yin Yoga is a slow-paced approach practice where poses are held for a longer period of time in a relaxed manner, up to 5 minutes or more.

There are around 20 classical poses (+ variations) in the Yin Yoga repertoire which might appear easy at first glance, the challenge remains in keeping stationary while cultivating stillness. Yin Yoga evolves into 3 main different levels of understanding, relating to the 3 main aspects of human existence:

On the physical level Yin Yoga targets bones, joints and connective tissues. There is no aesthetic ideal to reach which makes the Yin Yoga approach very liberating, instead there is an emphasis on a functional approach.

On the energetic level the practice reconnects with its roots of Taoist Yoga, and uses the ancient map and modern theory of the meridians, the long holds in Yin restore harmony in the subtle body by targeting the channels that run through the connective tissues.

On the emotional/mental level the Yin approach prepares the practitioner for meditation as one of the central intention of the yin practice is the cultivation of inner stillness and a keen sense of introspection, like Paul Grilley describes it : Yin Yoga is a Quiet Practice.
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This Weekend at Washington Yoga Center

Yin Yoga + Yoga Nidra...
A Shift in Perspective

with Sarah Cahill
Sunday, November 24, 2019 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Yin Yoga is a slower-paced deep style of yoga where you are guided into supported postures and then simply let go, staying for time. Once the body is open and quiet, you will then experience a 30 minute Yoga Nidra, a sacred practice of guided deep relaxation. This workshop will leave you rested, centered and refreshed! A perfect complement and preparation for the busy week to follow. These two practices aid in lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety, calming the mind and providing clarity.

Taught by Sarah Cahill, a registered yoga teacher and owner of Serenity Yoga whose passion is helping others find the calm within that is always there waiting.

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Upcoming Workshops and Series

Mindfulness in Daily Life with Vicki Goodman
Sun, Dec 1, 2019 | 5:30-6:45 p.m.

All About the Joints: Intro Refresher with Rhia Morsberger
Sat, Dec 7, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Functional Anatomy & Advanced Postures: A Weekend With Abby Dobbs
Sat, Dec 7, 2019 | 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Sun, Dec 8, 2019 | 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Pelvic Floor: Beyond the Kegal
Sun, Dec 8, 2019 | 12:15-1:45 p.m.
What's New at WYC

Start your Thanksgiving day by opening your heart in gratitude and prepare for the festivities with a thankful yoga practice. We are offering TWO opportunities to practice this holiday!

Vinyasa All Levels | 8:00-9:15 a.m. | Ronnie Jersky
Vinyasa All Levels | 10-11:15 a.m. | Rajiv Dhar
Exceptional Teachers Exceptional Classes

Meet Sarah Cahill!


Sarah had been practicing yoga for 10 years when it became such an essential element in her life that she was drawn to teach others. Working a full-time corporate job for 30 years and having raised three boys, she understands the stresses of daily life and the need to stay grounded and connected to your own sense of self. Her classes are Vinyasa style and use a wide range of music. She incorporates breath, meditation, energy work, and an awareness to now –where all of the fun is! Sarah was RYT500 trained by Neva Ingalls has now been teaching for 10 years and is the owner of Serenity Circle Yoga Studio. She also works with medicinal plants, aromatherapy, and is Reiki trained.

Join Sarah this weekend for a special workshop.
Sunday | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Yin Yoga + Yoga Nidra
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