Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Yoga District: a word of thanks + present presents + giving back

From: Dave at Yoga District <yogadc@yogadistrict.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 2:01 PM
Subject: a word of thanks + present presents + giving back

What do grief and loss have to do with gratitude? In Yoga District founder Jasmine Chehrazi's opinion, Thanksgiving is about being grateful for everything we have and everything we've lost. In the end, gains and losses help us know ourselves better, and a regular yoga practice can help us see how. Jasmine writes, "May our yoga practices remind us how special we each are, just the way we are. From that place of self knowledge and self acceptance, we have the spaciousness and love we need to make radical change so that we can fearlessly live according to our highest values and deepest self."

We at Yoga District are grateful for you and the community we've co-created as students, teachers, volunteers and other supporters in many forms. Read Jasmine's full thank you message for 2013.
Present Presents
We're over over-consumption. We're into health as wealth. If you need to buy gifts this season, keep it local by sharing the gift of holistic health with private yoga sessions, yoga class passes, massage, acupuncture, and other alternative health methods. Yoga District student Joe G. received a yoga pass as a gift in the past, and explained that he "probably wouldn't have gone to those classes otherwise." This "unlikely student" said, "I felt light and stress-free after the classes, like I was doing something good for myself, which made me feel great." Yoga District has gift certificates that are good at any of our six studios

Giving Back
Many of you know that the Yoga District family supports Yoga Activist, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works hard to makes yoga accessible to everyone from resettling refugees to police officers. Yoga Activist has two projects that need your support. The first is a website overhaul that will allow Yoga Activist to improve its capacity to place volunteers in yoga outreach programs. The second is a research project with GWU investigating the influence of pre-deployment yoga training on workers being sent to conflict areas. We're grateful for your support!

More Than Tea
As you find yourself running around during this busy time of year, you can always swing by District Tea Lodge to get a colorful, fresh, soothing meal. A season favorite, District Tea Lodge's "Buddha Bowl Tea Soup" features savory mushrooms, antioxidant-rich gunpowder green tea broth, scrumptious veggies and hearty, protein-rich tricolor quinoa. There's also bags of house-made kale chips, smokey beet jerky, and our special sun-dried tomatoes. After a recent visit, Aaron M. said, "Thanks for a great cup of tea, and better conversation. I am glad the tea lodge found me, or vice versa." 

From Us to You
Look out for extended, and by-donation classes this holiday season as one of our many ways of saying thanks for another great year. On the holidays we don't stop. Whether it's New Year's, Christmas, Hanukah, Thanksgiving, or Festivus, there are teachers in the Yoga District community who literally offer to teach yoga on holidays. May we be inspired by their dedication to this way of life and path of love, from which there are no breaks!

Train with Us
Our teacher training is about more than the postures. "Yoga teacher training... has improved my life in such a humbling and positive way that the thought of the future and all of its possibilities makes my chest fill with excitement and my head rush. It is amazing. Right now is amazing. That's what I've learned thus far in teacher training classes; that everything is perfect, right now," says a recent Yoga District teacher training graduate. Join us in the new year for a training to transform your life.

Access Your Strength
One of our beloved teachers, Cara George, wrote a letter to you sharing her personal relationship to yoga and this practice that is "magic!" In Cara's inspirational words, "Yoga has been a place for me to navigate the whole spectrum of experience and emotion." Check out Cara's letter, and navigate the new year with Cara's retreat in theShenandoah Mountains in January -- bring a loved one as a gift or join the retreat solo to learn from this leading DC teacher.

"Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth." -Rumi

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid" - Einstein

"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." - T. Paine 

"When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words." - T. Davis

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