Wipe out Winter Blues: Wellness Workshops for Everyone @ Lil Omm

This March, lil omm welcomes a number of wellness experts who can help you wipe out the winter blues in a series of nourishing workshops! 


Friday, 3/6, 7-8pm: Join us for our Full Moon Dance Party with Jessica Lusty! Celebrate the JourneyDance™ of release and renewal as we connect to our inner fire, feel the strength of our bodies and dance our hearts' deeper expression. Come alone or with some friends! $20/person.

Sunday, 3/8, 6:15-8:15pm: Relax and renew at Yin Yoga: Energize, Balance, and Restore with Manisha Tare of Falling Leaf Wellness. All levels and prenatal students are welcome to enjoy this 2-hour meditative practice that includes yin and restorative poses, pranayama, and meditation. Activate your subtle body energy, reduce tension, and treat yourself to a practice that complements more active yang yoga practices.$35/person.


Friday, 3/13, 6:30-8:30pm: We all know stress causes inflammation and toxicity in the body, which in turn can lead to disease. When you can alleviate stress, you will sleep better, your moods will change, your digestion will improve, and you will feel a new sense of lightness. Just what we need any time of year! Explore the benefits of aromatherapy and create your own stress-relief blend in our Stress Less with Essential Oils workshop led by Hilary Mughloo. $40/each.

Friday, 3/20, 7:30-9:30pm: Inspired by Sarah Avant Stover's book, The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Lifewe come together as a community of women in our Rhythm of the Seasons Spring Retreat. Pleasance leads an evening of yoga, meditation, and self-care to help us blossom and grow. $40/each.


Sunday, 3/22 @ 6:30-8:00pm: By quieting the mind we will come to a place of stillness where we can prepare for the blossoming spring energy in our Acupuncture for Springtime Renewal workshop led by Jamie Wick. We will explore the springtime and what it has to offer based on the physical manifestations in nature and in our own body and mind. Acupuncture will be done on the ear, which is an especially profound style of acupuncture due to its gentle yet powerful effect on the body and mind. $30/person.


Guidelines for Playtime Classes


Playtime classes are adult practices where children of all ages are welcome into the studio/space.   Often class is taught in a classical vinyasa style or a signature blend we call YogaFit, which combines yoga, conditioning, and strength building exercises.


Often infants will nap in a carrier or enjoy time on a blanket near a parent’s mat while crawlers and toddlers may play together in the studio or unsupervised in the playroom.  Older children are welcome to use the studio space or playroom to do homework, read, craft, or even to practice alongside a parent.

We highly encourage older children interested in a classical vinyasa practice to explore a playtime class.

Although children are invited into the space, we do ask that all participants honor each other’s time and practice by following simple good neighbor guidelines. 

  • The first rule of thumb is safety.  Children are not allowed in the office or hallways during Playtime classes.
  • Respect other children, toys, props, and the yoga in session.
  • Be mindful of your children and attend to them as needed.  Only you are aware of your child’s readiness to participate or play unsupervised.
  • Teachers are responsible for leading the class, not providing childcare.
  • There are no snacks allowed in the playroom.  Please provide your children with a cup of water before or after class.
  • To encourage healthy social interaction with others, we ask that screens be left at home (tablets, smartphones, etc).
  • lil omm is a "No Put-Down" Zone.  
  • Kindly help put away toys with your children so that the playroom is in a safe and usable condition for the next class.
  • In case of excessive disturbances, we reserve the right to ask you to return at another time. Rambunctious play disrupts both playtime and yoga.

We hope that these guidelines will provide a framework to ensure our classes are of a high quality and can be enjoyed by our entire community--- those with and without children.

Playtime classes are held several times during the week and on weekends.  View schedule

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions please e-mail us at info@lilomm.com


Mamas: Step Off the Hamster Wheel & Into the Calm

By: Alexandra Hughes

MAMA, read the statements below.
  • I am always in a rush – with or without kids, I am always on the go.
  • My “to do” list bounces annoyingly through my head all day long (and sometimes at night, too).
  • My mind is full, and doesn’t stop talking to me (argh).
  • I am ticking all my boxes (but not really enjoying much of it).
  • I am not connecting with my loved ones as often or in the way I want to.
  • I don’t recognize myself anymore.
  • I doubt myself as a mother and professional.
  • I say: “I am not enough. I don’t do enough” regularly.
  • I feel guilty.
  • I want to “ban busy” but I don’t know how.
  • By the time I’m ready to take time for mySELF, I’m too tired to enjoy it…
  • In fact, I’m pretty much always tired.

Are any of these statements true about you?

If these statements resonate with you, then take a moment now and breath a sigh of relief. Finding yourself in this place in today’s world (and in this crazy city) as a mother is completely normal.

You are not alone.

Five years ago, I answered YES to every one of the above questions! Every. Single. One.

A “make it or break it” moment happened when baby number 3 came along.

My hamster wheel was spinning out of control with just two kids. And somewhere deep inside of me I knew I’d be rolling down a parapit in that broken hamster wheel with three little creatures in tow.

Pregnancy and childbirth forced me to slow down, though. And as soon as I got off that hamster wheel I saw the light.  

I used my maternity leave and professional training allowance to get my Professional Coaching Certification and to begin a small coaching practice to support mothers to find themselves again. 5 years later, I am a proud D.C. Mom with three healthy kids, the founder of calmjoyfulmom.com and a growing coaching practice that I love.

It was my baby, Joaquim, who forced me to step off that hamster wheel. You don’t need to have a baby to see the light, though.

If you are suffering from busy-itis, from not-enoughitis, from go-go-gophysis, stress and overwhelm, then please step off that wheel with me.

Starting on Wednesday, March 25, join me in the next Calm Mom Coaching Circle at lil omm. You'll rediscover CALM, JOY and a sense of who you are. That wonderful, mysterious YOU that got sucked into the crazy busy-ness that is D.C.

In the Calm Mom Coaching Circle, you will gently learn and practice Mama-friendly mindfulness. You will learn to identify what triggers your Momstress and sense of overwhelm. You will develop strategies to manage this stress and overwhelm. You will laugh. You will reconnect with YOU.

Here are some take-aways that one of my Calm Mom Coaching Circle graduate shares about her experience:

“The Calm Mom coaching circle helped me to learn to stop in moments of stress, to step back and shift perspective. I stopped being so judgmental (of myself and of others), and felt a growing sense of compassion. And I stopped feeling alone in this crazy journey that is motherhood.”

There are many scientific reasons why managing and reducing stress are important. I document three key ones in my latest blog.

Most important, though, is that finding calm makes you a kinder person – to you, to your partner, and to you little one(s).

Looking forward to seeing you on the other side of the rainbow,




Private Yoga and Well-being Sessions with Pleasance

NEW in 2015!  Private yoga and well-being sessions are a unique way to have your practice supported in for own home or office.

For this hour, Pleasance will work with you individually on your health, well-bring, and spiritual practices.  Based on her work as a yoga teacher and holistic health coach, instruction might include yoga, meditation, self-care, nutrition, aromatherapy, deep meditation, or setting up a sacred space in your own home or office.

A totally unique, customized experienced based on your needs as they are today and help you to release stress and tension while addressing any health concerns you may have.

These private sessions are intended for students of all levels and ideal for postpartum families and students who need a gentle practice, or students who have injuries and are not able to attend regular studio classes.

*If your home or office is not available, we can work on finding studio time.

1 session- $125
3 sessions- $300
5 sesssions- $465

Limited slots are available in 2015.  Please e-mail any questions to info@lilomm.com


Call for Donations: Go Give Yoga

By: Rhiannon Landesberg

On January 13th I will have the honor of traveling to Haiti where I will help lead a yoga training for young adult yoga teachers. I will also be leading children's yoga classes to children living in orphanages as part of my work with an international yoga non-profit, Go Give Yoga, which strives to share yoga and mindfulness tools to empower children and adults in impoverished communities.

When I travel in January I would like to bring a suitcase of goodies for our youth. These items will include mats, snacks and art supplies for our yoga sessions. If you have any interest in donating see below for a list, anything is greatly appreciated!

-large suitcase(s) you are willing to donate
-used yoga mats
-cliff bars (Luna or Kind bars are also great)
-dried fruit and turkey jerkey
-art supplies (Crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, construction paper, coloring books, etc.)

Please leave all items for donation for pick up by January 10th, 2015.

If you are interested in donating more than the above listed items, your monetary donation can help to provide more training for Haitian teachers and more yoga classes for Haitian children. We also work to combat hunger by providing the children we work with healthy and nutritious meals. $1 can provide one hot meal for a child in our program. $200 provides a month of hot meals for each child after yoga class and $2,880 can fund healthy meals for children up to a year.

Please help us work towards a sustainable future for Haiti's children. Visit Go Give Yoga if you are interested in learning more or getting involved. 


Referral Rewards @ LO

Have you heard about Referral Rewards?  It's our little way of saying thank you for referring your friends and family to lil omm.

# of Friends You Refer Reward
1 $5 off workshop, session, or multi-class pass
3 $15 off workshop, session, or multi-class pass
5 Free Workshop
10+ Private Yoga Class for Up to 4 People

When you refer a friend to LO, make sure they list you as their reference on their waiver. ALL new students MUST fill out a waiver.

Want to re-gift your reward to someone else?  E-mail their contact information, including e-mail to info@lilomm.com 


Make Time for "Me Time" Yoga this Spring

By: Holly Clay-Smith

“Finally it’s my time,” writes Washington Post journalist and author Abigail Trafford,”a time to refresh, revive and re-imagine one’s life.” 

Changes reaped by changes: illness, children leaving the “nest,” retirement can feel disorienting; in our culture, few rites-of-passage mark intersections of roads taken and the ones ahead. Me Time Yoga honors these cultivatable cross-roads. It’s for the me, who wants to make the journey ahead rich with meaning.

Starting on March 5, join us at  5:30 pm for a weekly Me Time Yoga class. We’ll do yoga, play, dance and connect. Embodying our inner resources, we’ll find ourselves getting unstuck and loosening joints, mindsets and buried sources of inspiration.

Engagement and interaction bring dreams and masked talents to the surface. Yoga, creative group expression, collaboration circles, and just plain fun are on the Me Time Yoga menu, a guide to a feast of possibility we prepare and enjoy together.

Open to the Possibilities, expand in community.

Click here to register or email info@lilomm.com for more information. 


New Year's @ LO

Ring in the New Year, lil omm style-- healthy, safe, and fun for the whole community!

First, join us for our New Year's Eve Family Parties!  A sell-out event year after year, families count down to the New Year.  

Our first party is for families with children 0-3 years from 4-5pm.  Enjoy age appropriate family yoga for all levels, music, snacks, and refreshments.  Cost: $30/family.  RSVP

Then from 5:30-7pm families with children 3 and up are invited to a rockin' New Year's Eve class complete with pizza dinner!  Cost: $50/family.  RSVP

For our adult yogis: you've toasted in the New Year at midnight. You've resolved to practice yoga more diligently, both on and off the mat. You wake up on the first morning of 2015 and realize that you've made your resolution without a game plan.

Here's how to begin: roll out of bed, throw on a few layers of stretchy comfy clothing, have a nourishing breakfast, and head over to lil omm for Amy Dara's annual Detox n' Rejuve workshop @ 11am, recently featured in Washingtonian Mom magazine!  Check out the article, 18 Winter Family Activities to Do in Washington.

Reset your intention with an invigorating flow of asanas and pranayama to detoxify your body, mind and soul. Then relax deeply into meditative yin and restorative poses to reenergize your being and recommit to your true self, creating space in your heart and mind for new possibilities in 2015.  All levels and prenatal welcome.

At 2pm, Holly leads New Year's Day Circus Yoga for families with children ages 5 and up.  Enjoy a vinyasa based family practice spiced with novel versions of acro and circus yoga + theme-based mindfulness.

On Friday, 1/2 @ 7:30pm Pleasance leads our women's Winter Retreat at lil omm. Based on Sarah Avant Stover's, The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life we learn to live in harmony with the seasons and live optimally!

David leads a Handstands YogaLab on Saturday, 1/3 @ 2:30pm.  In this 1-hour focused workshop, we will closely break down the mechanics of a hand stand in a safe, supportive, and methodical way.  Some yoga experience is necessary, but open to various levels. Even if you never thought this pose could possibly be part of your practice, come to enter into the path toward this powerful pose and feel more stronger and confident in your 2015 practice.

New to Yoga or looking for ways to support your current yoga and well-being practice?  Pleasance leads 2 new offerings: a new Hatha Yoga Session, starting Tuesday 1/6 @ 9:45am at lil omm as well as Private Instruction.  More info about Private Yoga & Well-being Instruction at your home or office.

Jen Young will lead Yoga Basics, a 4-week intro to vinyasa on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am.  Childcare is available.

Jessica Lusty leads Dance with Daughters on Saturday, 1/10 @ 5:30pm.  Together with our daughters we give physical expression to our goals and intentions in 2015.  Enjoy simple, guided movement plus free exploration!  Join us!


lil omm's Student Scholarship Fund

lil omm yoga was created out of a need for a community-based family yoga center that offered yoga classes and workshops for prenatal mamas, postnatal families, and the ever-changing stages of childhood and parenting.

As we grew, neighbors found our classes inviting, warm, and well-balanced. They requested more classes for our adult yoga and meditation program. We’ve been able to add many gentle, slow flow, curvy, and restorative options. At lil omm, there is truly something for everyone at almost every hour of the day.

I’m pleased to share lil omm’s newest program: the lil omm scholarship program. This program's purpose is to provide free or discounted classes to new and returning students. I KNOW how powerful yoga and meditation are for healing, and I have leaned on my practices to get me through many tough times. There are enough obstacles to making yoga part of your life, and I hope that through this program, we can make our community more accessible to all who are interested.

If you know someone who needs yoga, please send them the link to this page.  If you are someone who needs yoga, please let us know a little bit about you using the form below, or click here to download a paper form and send it to:
Pleasance Silicki / Lil Omm
4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20016.

You can also email the form to info@lilomm.com.

Please feel free to email me if you’d like to make a donation to the program.

All proceeds from our Open Studio & Play on Tuesdays @ 1pm and the first Thursday Candlelight Flow class @ 7pm will benefit the fund!

We hope you will help me get the word out about this program so that we can help more people benefit from yoga when they need it the most.

Om shanti,


Lil Omm Scholarship Program Information

To apply for the lil omm scholarship program, please complete the short form below. Once your information has been reviewed, I will set up an account for you. You will be able to sign up for classes, just like any other student, and check in normally. I will place the class credits into your account, based on what we have agreed upon. I hope this process is simple and stress-free.

If your circumstances change, please let me know (you can email me at info@lilomm.com or call 202-248-6304 and I’ll adjust your discount). We’re so glad to have you as a part of our community!


Your name:


Phone number:

Street address:




Age (optional):

How did you hear about lil omm?:

Have you been to lil omm before?:

Please briefly describe why you are applying for financial assistance:

If you are just interested in receiving a discounted class pass/membership, how much can you afford to pay per class or per month? (optional):

What types of classes are you interested in?

Are you seeking a solo adult membership, or will you also be needing childcare and/or classes for other family members?:


Mindful Return: Support for New Moms Returning to Work

Lori Mihalich-Levin, a member of the lil omm community since taking prenatal classes with her second child, knows well the struggles new moms can face upon going back to work after maternity leave. Disappointed by a lack of good resources about how to do this return in a calm and empowered way, Lori founded Mindful Return to help new moms make the experience of returning to work less stressful and anxiety-ridden.

On Saturday, February 21 at 7pm, Lori will be leading a new workshop designed to help pregnant and new moms take steps toward planning their own mindful return to work after maternity leave. Here are her answers to some common questions about the workshop:

At what stage should I take this workshop? When I’m pregnant? On maternity leave? Back at work?

ANY of these times is perfect. If you are currently pregnant, learning and getting ready now will help you plan ahead and help you connect with other new moms in the same situation, helping to make your return less daunting. If you are already on maternity leave – but perhaps trying to avoid thinking about going back – now is the time to get some reassurance that you can do this in a peaceful, radiant way. And if you’re already back, you could probably use some extra positive voices helping you get through the day. This workshop is for all of you.

This isn’t my first return to work after maternity leave. Will I still benefit from this workshop?

Absolutely. Every return is different, and perhaps there things that could go better for you the second time around. After my first baby, my return went relatively smoothly; after my second, I had the feeling that 1 child + 1 child = 85 children…and I thought I was drowning. It was my second return that inspired me to create this workshop, a blog, and an online e-course. If this isn’t your first return, I also invite you to join the workshop as a voice of experience.

What will we cover during the workshop?
During our two hours together, we will focus on the following four themes to help make that transition back to work go more smoothly:
  • Creating a mindful mindset for return
  • Mapping out logistics (including child care, pumping and not pumping, sick days and the unexpected)
  • Turning maternity leave into an empowerment opportunity at work
  • Building supportive communities to help you in your return

If you had just one piece of advice for new moms heading back to work, what would it be?
Community matters. When I went back to work, there was an unspoken rule that I wasn’t supposed to talk about how hard it was. Or that I was struggling. Or that I had changed and grown as a person and employee. There were plenty of other women in my office who had gone on maternity leave and returned, and yet I felt isolated. Then one day after my second return to work, I sat down with a colleague who had just recently come back herself after maternity leave. We shut the door and found so much power in talking about our shared experiences. I was inspired to form a “Returning to Work Community” at my office that now meets monthly for lunch and has a Google+ page for sharing experiences and advice. More than anything it’s been connecting to other returning-to-work mamas who have made the difference in my life. So my advice is to reach out. To connect. To find other women in your community who can say “me too.”

Join us on February 21st at lil omm!

Lori K. Mihalich-Levin, JD, founder of Mindful Return, is mama to two beautiful red-headed boys (ages 1 and 3) and is the Director of Hospital and GME Payment Policies at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).