Gain yoga independence in our newest offering-- MySore Study Groups starting Thursday, July 3 @ 6am. The studio is open from 6am-8am, with start times of 6am, 6:30am, and 7am.
Our goal is to help you get a maximum practice with individualized attention.
In this class, students learn the Ashtanga method of memorizing vinyasas and sequences over time while also incorporating Vini yoga's static and dynamic holding of certain postures when appropriate. With the help of David, you will get a chance to work much deeper within posture and breath work (Svastha).
MySore is different from a typical yoga class, as the class is not led as a whole. Instead all instruction is one-on-one within a group class setting. David will assist each student individually as the rest of the students practice their own sequences of asanas at their own pace.
Start your day with an open heart and clear mind.
The cost is $20/drop-in. Class passes, memberships, and introductory offers are valid. Register
Dear lil omm community,
lil omm yoga & friends have COMMITTED to sponsor the TEEN YOGA DAY at the first National Kids Yoga Conference on September 27, 2014.
What does this mean?
lil omm & Yokid are co-hosting the event at GWU. We have over 30 presenters and anticipating 200-400 registrants for this AMAZING conference: a first in kids yoga history! WATCH THIS to learn more or visit our site.
Our early bird rates sold out & we are eagerly planning this wonderful day!
From the initial stages of our planning process we had a strong desire to have a teen track, where we could invite 25 teens to join us for the day. lil omm has always supported teen yoga and has proudly worked with Wilson High School to bring free yoga to students.
At our last meeting we realized we have so many connections to youth programs for the underserved in DC and deep seeded relationships in the teen communities. We decided we WANTED to offer scholarships for these students, who otherwise would not be able to attend.
Our goal is that ALL 25 teens, ages 13-17 will be PAID for by our community sponsored scholarships. The teen ticket price is $55 and I believe with our generous hearts and minds, WE CAN raise the $1500 to SUPPORT our local teens to attend for the day.
Our goal is for the teens to connect, practice, meditate, engage with the leaders in the yoga community and hopefully BE INSPIRED to keep this work going! DONATE HERE.
It costs $55 to sponsor 1 child, but ANY amount will help us reach our goals.
Thank you so much for being part of our community and helping us to fulfill our dream.
You have now probably heard about the new "yoga tax". Here is a message written by Ian Mishalove, Co-Owner and Director of Flow Yoga Center. It's so well written and informative we had to share! Please show your support and Don't tax wellness!
This summer Pleasance leads a series of 3 Sunday night classes where we will stretch, breathe, read, connect, meditate and discuss the concepts and philosophies of yoga as a lifestyle. We will engage in goal setting, awareness, play and community as a way to take our practice deeper on and off and the mat.
We will meet on the following Sundays at lil omm from 7-9pm: 6/29, 7/27, and 8/24. Check out this video introduction!
Class 1 (6/29)- Sankalpa. We will focus on the concept around Sankalpa and the intentions we set for our lives. We will dive into setting up a home practice space, learn the basics of seated meditation & creating sacred spaces. Suggested reading "A Life Worth Breathing" by Max Strom.
Class 2 (7/27)- Values & Alignment. We will investigate our own lives through our yoga practice. Specifically, in relationship to our values and how they integrate with our daily lives & our wellness practices. Suggested reading " Living Your Yoga" by Judith Lasater.
Class 3 (8/24)- Practical Magic. In our last session together, we will put it all together. How to take the simple and classic teachings and apply to our daily lives & turn into habits to THRIVE in our lives. Suggested reading "Bringing Yoga to Life" by Donna Farhi.
Check out these titles and more in our Amazon book store.
This group will be limited to a small group in order to facilitate intimacy, depth, and transformation. Men and women of all ages are welcome. Cost: $150 Register.
We will be offering 1 scholarship. E-mail email@example.com and tell us why you want to take the course.
It's no secret we LOVE to share yoga with children. That's why we are co-hosting the first ever National Kids Yoga Conference this September with our friends from YoKid and GWU. We are so excited to continue to plan and prepare for this special event and we hope that you will join us.
Check out this article we love, Giving Kids the Gift of Yoga: Top 10 Benefits of Yoga for Children by Positively Positive. We can surely add to the list of benefits, but we'd rather hear it from you!
All kiddos ages 5-10 are invited to our drop-off free kids yoga demo class on Tuesday @ 5-5:45pm with Holly Clay-Smith. In this class, children explore poses that challenge their strength and flexibility while also enjoying fun partner poses that build confidence, self-awareness, and connection. Beginners are encouraged. Register.
Kids Yoga Special Events this Summer @ LO:
Mother-Daughter Playdate Yoga (4-8 yrs) on Sat 5/31 @ 2:30pm with Pleasance
Downward Doll Yoga & Tea Party (3-6 yrs) on Sat 6/28 @ 2:30pm with Pleasance (drop-off)
Learn more and register under our workshops tab.
Seasonal cleansing, practiced in many forms of traditional medicine, is a practice with numerous health and lifestyle benefits. Assisting the body to gently release toxins at the change of seasons can help support optimal health, relieve seasonal allergies, assist in making dietary and lifestyle changes, and may prevent the development of chronic conditions. The Ayurvedic method of cleansing, as covered in this workshop, is gentle yet effective and easy to follow for almost anyone.
You're invited to explore ayurvedic cleansing this weekend!
Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse Workshop
with Gayatri Rauch
May 31, 2014 6am to noon
Shanti Yoga Ashram at 4217 East West Highway Bethesda, MD 20814
Handouts and recipes and a shopping list will be provided to assist in continuing the cleanse at home for 7-10 days and repeating it seasonally. Some of the more difficult to find ingredients will also be available for purchase at the workshop (cost ranging from $5-$20 per item).
Schedule of Workshop
6:00am Sunrise yoga class
7:00 Silent meditation
7:35 Ayurvedic Breakfasts and Liver Cleanse –cooking demonstration with breakfast provided
8:30 Clean up and break
8:45 Ayurveda basics and individual doshic analysis
9:45 Discussion of the complete Ayurvedic cleanse
10:00 Continued discussion of cleanse and preparation of kitchadi, the Ayurvedic cleansing meal –cooking demonstration with lunch provided
12:00pm Clean up
To register, please contact Gayatri Devi at 312-593-6904 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, May 29. Fee for the workshop is $75 (includes breakfast and lunch)
Contraindications: Cleansing, even of this gentle type, is not recommended during pregnancy, while breastfeeding or for individuals who are anemic.
Gayatri Devi has lived in the Shanti Yoga ashram since 2007 and has been teaching Ayurveda classes and workshops since 2009. She is currently studying for certification as an Ayurvedic practitioner with David Frawley and the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Gayatri also teaches yoga and infant massage and is a professor of yoga at American and George Washington Universities.
Gayatri's classes at lil omm: Prenatal on Wednesdays @ 12:30pm and Gentle Yoga Mondays & Wednesdays at 2pm. Infant Massage sessions (check under workshops/sessions tab for upcoming dates).
Our Mommy Meet Up series is designed for moms and their babies 0-12 months who are looking for connection, information, and support as we grow together as new moms.
We will be offering 4 classes as part of the July series--- come to 1 or all 4! Each class will have a unique focus and discussion/Q&A led by an expert.
Week 1: July 14 @ 12:30pm. Eat with Sharon Curry, IBCLC & China Smulson
Sharon is a lactation consultant from the Holistic Mothering Group. During this half hour, Sharon will answer your breastfeeding questions from getting a comfortable latch, maintaining a good milk supply, nursing on vacation or at work, to weaning & adding complementary foods.....whatever you ask, Sharon will do her best to answer. Besides answers, Sharon will bring two important things to this session: first, a super accurate baby scale, so you can figure out exactly how much your little one is eating, and, second, yummy lactation cookies so mamma can have cookies while baby has milk!"
In the next half China Smulson of Jolly Good Cuisine addresses beginning eaters in general, the how, what, whens; mixing breast milk with meals; highlighting unprocessed diets/fresh foods; recipe how tos; and takeaway literature.
Week 2: July 21 @ 12:30pm. Play with Pleasance
Get ready to have some fun with your baby as you move, breathe, laugh, and sing together. This class will blend the best of Itsy Bitsy, Baby & Me, and Postnatal Fitness while listening to great music and making new friends.
Week 3: July 28 @ 12:30pm. Relax with Alexandra Hughes.
Join Alexandra Hughes, a mother's coach and co-founder of The Bliss Space to learn simple strategies to help you to BE a Mom in a relaxed, energized and self-loving way. This is for Moms who long to stay clear, grounded and vibrant in their motherhood journeys. Simple, practical strategies to help you turn motherhood into a lighter experience will be discussed and explored.
Week 4: August 4 @ 12:30pm. Sleep with Jessica Dodson
Gentle Sleep Coach and founder of Starlight Sleep Coaching, Jessica Dodson is trained and certified by Kim West, aka The Sleep Lady. She works with families with newborns to 5 years to help them get the rest they need, and offer sleep education and planning services.
Together we will work to create a sleep plan that incorporates your parenting philosophy, needs and goals as well as the temperament of your child. Bring questions!
Register for just one class ($30) or save on all 4 ($80). Space is limited to 10 mama/baby pairs.
We had yet another spectacular Mother's Days celebration this year-- our 5th annual evening in honor of mamas! We'd like to share some of the beautiful writings our mamas shared. Our next Mom's Night Out is scheduled for Saturday, 7/26 @ 7:45pm. Please be sure to RSVP as space is limited.
by Rachel Nuzum
Like many others that wear this amazing badge of ‘mother’, I’m a planner. A worrier, a doer. I multitask, organize and end the day with a million scenarios playing out in my head. Even the mundane tasks are not immune to my neurosis – every decision an opportunity for research, public opinion polling and hours of agonizing. My journals turn quickly from romantic prose to to-do lists and pro’s and con lists of whatever I’m debating at the time:
So imagine my surprise when I found myself, hours after running my second half marathon with 15K other women on a postcard-perfect day in DC money to fight cancer, propped up on a table in a tattoo parlor!
I hadn’t yelped them. I didn’t check for health code violations. I sat down and gave Dan my foot.
“What do you think your family will say?” My friend asked in a conspiratorial whisper. “I don’t know” I answered, “it’s not for them, it’s for me”.
And now I have wings reminding me that a Goddess lives here. One that knows that the answers will come when she stops asking the questions.
By Michelle O’Hara Levin
There are things about life people don’t tell you.
They forget to mention that acne is not just for teenagers.
They conveniently fail to bring up the gnarly stuff that happens when you are pregnant. And, I can’t figure out if it’s that they won’t or if it’s that they can’t, but people also don’t explain that being a mom is the MOST.
That’s it – the most.
The most wonderful
The most intense
The most joyful
The most mind-blowingly amazing
The most difficult
The most dishes
The most bodily fluid filled (yours and others)
The most laundry
The most yelling (yours and others)
The most exhausting
The most vulnerable
The most brave
The most challenging
The most raw
The most pure
The most precious
The most love
The most adoration
The most, most, most dedication
It is the MOST of anything you will do and be.
My note to you (and to me) on this Mother’s Day 2014 is to recognize the most-ness of it all. Take breaks from the hard most-nesses and relish, as much as you can, all the amazing most-nesses of motherhood.
Sweet Dear Little One
By Katie Thornton
Oh, sweet dear little one,
I will miss gazing down at you;
I already miss holding
you in my lap while you
peacefully nourish yourself –
But I must let go;
it is all that I can do -
for you, for me –
I must release this
experience in all of its goodness,
In all of its hours,
into the collective energy
of truth and connection that
exists in the atmosphere –
I am strengthened now
By this prospect:
that the 10,000 hours that we spent –
head in crook of arms, skin
to skin – has somehow strengthened
the world in an equally
Subtle and powerful
way that we cannot see
or touch or even
know and too that
Dear sweet little one,
is rooted in the basic,
that is our
You can also find other musings by Katie at: http://ktwritersrefuge.blogspot.com/. Katie will also be leading our first ever Samurai Mama- a 4-week prenatal series focused on discovery, strength, and ofcourse yoga starting Tuesday, 6/3 @ 7:45pm