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What's New at WYC
Winter Solstice is Here!
$15 Drop-Ins all day this Friday!
 
Celebrate the longest night of the year and join us in any class on Friday, December 20, 2019 for only $15!
Holiday Schedule Changes!

Tuesday, December 24
6:30-7:30 a.m. – Vinyasa All Levels
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Vinyasa All Levels


Wednesday, December 25
No classes

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Tuesday, December 31
Regular morning schedule

Wednesday, January 1
9:00-10:15 a.m. – Vinyasa I/II
10:00-11:30 a.m. – Gentle Yoga (Ease into 2020)

Refer to website for last minute changes


 
Give the Gift of Yoga
 
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Give the Gift of Yoga here.


 
NEW WEEKLY CLASS
Mobility  & Joint Conditioning
with Rhia Morsberger
Resuming Wednesday, January 8
8:00-9:15 a.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.)
Health & Wellness Round Up

The safe way to do yoga for back pain
Harvard's Men's Health Watch

 


"Yoga is a gentle practice that is ideal for maintaining back strength and flexibility. It's also one of the more effective tools for helping reduce low back pain, the most common source of pain and disability among older adults. "Yoga helps strengthen and stretch back muscles that might be tight, which improves mobility," says Dr. Lauren Elson, medical editor of the Harvard Special Health Report An Introduction to Yoga "  Read more

 


Yoga Practice of the Week
 
 
Bound Angle Pose
(Baddha Konasana)
 
Bound Angle Pose is a well-known seated yoga posture that opens the hips and groins. It is also sometimes called “Cobbler’s Pose,” after the way cobblers in India sit on the ground to work on footwear. Many people today have very tight hips and inner thighs due to a lifetime of sitting in chairs, cars, and on couches. Baddha Konasana is a pose that many children easily accomplish because their hips are so open and flexible. But, many adults have lost that easy flexibility in their hips and feel tight and restricted when attempting this pose. Regularly practicing hip-openers, such as Baddha Konasana, will counteract this stiffness, reduce pain, and bring more ease and grace to your movements.


 



Step 1
Sit with your legs straight out in front of you, raising your pelvis on a blanket if your hips or groins are tight. Exhale, bend your knees, pull your heels toward your pelvis, then drop your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet together.

Step 2
Bring your heels as close to your pelvis as you comfortably can. With the first and second finger and thumb, grasp the big toe of each foot. Always keep the outer edges of the feet firmly on the floor. If it isn't possible to hold the toes, clasp each hand around the same-side ankle or shin.

Step 3
Sit so that the pubis in front and the tailbone in back are equidistant from the floor. The perineum then will be approximately parallel to the floor and the pelvis in a neutral position. Firm the sacrum and shoulder blades against the back and lengthen the front torso through the top of the sternum.

Step 4
Never force your knees down. Instead release the heads of the thigh bones toward the floor. When this action leads, the knees follow.

Step 5
Stay in this pose anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes. Then inhale, lift your knees away from the floor, and extend the legs back to their original position.

 
 
Any concerns or questions please write to info@washingtonyogacenter.com.
This Weekend at Washington Yoga Center
All About the Joints: Wrists + Elbows
with Rhia Morsberger
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Learn how to maintain and increase the health and longevity of your joints, and how to age dynamically and gracefully at just about any age. In this lecture + predominantly movement-based workshop, you will learn the fundamental movements of your wrists & elbows as well as specific exercises to build foundational strength, flexibility, and how to more efficiently prepare the joints for more load and complex movement.
Register Today
Introduction to Mat Pilates
with Jacinda Li

Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 | 2:00-3:30 p.m.

This workshop is suitable for those who are brand new to mat Pilates, or for those who been practicing Pilates for some time and would like to refine their mat Pilates exercise fundamentals. Because Pilates is low-impact for the joints, it is an excellent form of exercise for those who are just beginning their exercise journey or are recovering from exercise-related injuries. No experience necessary.
Register Today
Mindfulness in Daily Life
with Vicki Goodman

Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 | 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Many of us have heard of mindfulness and many have experienced mindfulness meditation. But what does it really mean to bring mindfulness into your daily life? We want greater ease, wellbeing and joy in life. In this class you will learn mindful meditation and the loving kindness practices that will help you to bring more balance, sensitivity and ease into your life.
Register Today
Upcoming Workshops and Series

Birthing New Dimensions Healing Group
Sun, Dec 29, 2019 | 2:00-5:00 p.m.

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

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

Meet Rhia Morsberger!

 

Rhiannon / Rhia is a yoga + movement educator, traditional Thai yoga practitioner, and professional dancer. Rhia’s work, in this lifetime, is to help people connect to a deeper part of themselves, to know themselves, & to move better in order to live better. 

So we reached out to Rhia with a few interview style questions, and now we’re sharing her answers with you! Check out Rhia's Interview below and find out if she’s someone you can relate to, someone you might like to practice with or someone who inspires you!



How did you get into teaching yoga?

I got hooked with some videos as a kid after recovering from a serious injury from dance. As a dancer, I was taught to push it, but yoga guided me into more compassionate relationship with my body that led me to learn more. I opened up a Sivananda book at age 14 and the philosophy and ethics resonated with me so on my own I was practicing breathwork, became a vegetarian, and then started taking studio classes shortly after. As soon as I hit 18, I did my first training. I’ve been teaching ever since. No longer veg though.


If you have a home practice - what does it look like?

My physical practice is a mix of mobility work and strength training that I practice with the same intention as I would do traditional asan, which I follow up with a meditation practice. 


Do you have a morning routine?

Every morning I light up my alter and sing my prayers. I drink warm water with lemon, and do at least a basic joint routine  (that I teach in my intro to joint health workshops.)


Why are you passionate about teaching?

I love creating a space for people to connect with a deeper part of themselves, to connect with other humans, & to connect with a timelessness and awareness that can change our relationship with ourselves, and our relationship with life for the better. I love teaching movement in a way that gives people more tools in their toolbox to build resiliency and live their life more fully


Want to know more about Rhia?
Join her this weekend for a special workshop...
All About the Joints: Wrists + Elbows
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Register today.
 
And for her regular weekly classes!
Mobility + Joint Conditioning 
Wednesdays | 8:00-9:15 a.m.
Starting Wed, Jan 8

Hatha I/II 
Saturdays | 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
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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