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The entire WYC team wishes you and your family a very warm and peaceful Holiday season. For this upcoming Holiday Week, the studio will be open every day except Wednesday, December 25. We do have a modified schedule so make sure to check the online schedule. For those who are in town, please know that we'd LOVE to see and your family on the mat!!
Health & Wellness Round Up

Prioritizing the “me” in merry:
Self-care strategies for this holiday season

Harvard's Health Publishing


"The holiday season is filled with hustle and bustle. There’s plenty of excitement from seeing family and friends, but also stress, travel, long lines, planning, preparation — and a range of emotions from positive to negative. For many, the holiday season means planning and taking care of others. However, this leaves little time for taking care of oneself."  Read more


Yoga Practice of the Week
Downward-Facing Dog
(Adho Mukha Svanasana
Downward-Facing Dog energizes and rejuvenates the entire body. It deeply stretches your hamstrings, shoulders, calves, arches, hands, and spine while building strength in your arms, shoulders, and legs. Because your heart is higher than your head in this pose, it is considered a mild inversion (less strenuous than other inversions, such as Headstand) and holds all the benefits of inversions: Relief from headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and mild depression. The flow of blood to the brain also calms the nervous system, improves memory and concentration, and relieves stress.


Step 1
From Table position, tuck the toes under, press into the hands and begin to lift the hips up towards the ceiling.

Step 2
Spread the fingers wide apart with the middle finger facing forward, and the palms shoulder width apart. Press the out through the fingers and edges of the hands.

Step 3
Using straight (but not locked) arms, press the hips up and back reaching the chest towards the thighs. Lift up through the tailbone to keep the spine straight and long.

Step 4
Have the feet are hip’s width apart with the toes facing forward. Press the heels into the floor feeling a stretch in the back of the legs. The legs are straight, or you can have a small bend at the knees to keep the back flat.

Step 5
Let the head and neck hang freely from the shoulders or look up at the belly button.

Step 6
Breathe and hold for 4-8 breaths.

Step 7

To release: bend the knees and lower the hips back to Table position, or come all the way down to child pose.
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This Weekend at Washington Yoga Center
Birthing New Dimensions Group Healing
with Christy Escher
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 | 2:00-5:00 p.m.

During a group healing, Christy creates a safe space of trust and understanding.

Christy opens the group with a prayer and gently guides a brief meditation where she feels into each participant’s chakras. Intuitively, she identifies areas in the body where one might be storing unprocessed emotion and how this unprocessed energy is manifesting now. Then, Christy goes back and uncovers circumstances and events that triggered these sensitivities and emotions.
Once that cellular memory is unlocked, participants come to realisations on their own and perceptions shift. Christy also discusses integration and next steps. A theme always runs through the group so that what comes up for one person benefits the whole. Only that which needs to come through does, so it's never too much or unmanageable. This is deep inner work that can help people release old patterns that no longer serve them.
This work is about learning how to love oneself unconditionally by embracing every aspect of self, even that which feels uncomfortable. When the healing is complete, we close with a prayer of gratitude and appreciation for all of life. This is a wonderful way to prepare for and enter into the new year.
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Upcoming Workshops and Series

All About the Joints: Shoulders
Sat, Jan 4, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Mindfulness in Daily Life
Sun, Jan 12, 2019 | 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Yin Yoga + Yoga Nidra: Moving into Stillness
Sun, Jan 12, 2019 | 5:30-7:15 p.m.

Mobility and Joint Conditioning is for all levels of students looking for challenging mindful movement, but in specific care and focus to joint maintenance, health, and longevity.

Students will build strength and flexibility with controlled joint rotations and isometric exercises -- all with the intention of safeguarding and normalising joint function (an excellent supplement to a regular yoga practice.)
A schedule to fit yours

Classes highlighted in blue are located upstairs in studio #400

Please refer to website to see weekly sub and class changes
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