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Winter 2014


Comfort is Overrated by Amir

In yoga class, I often discuss the importance of distinguishing between discomfort and pain. As we hold a yoga pose, we might feel a healthy discomfort as we progressively stretch and lengthen muscle fibers. The discomfort of working muscles to the correct extent and with proper alignment is drastically different than the pain of forcing our body to do something beyond its capacity. Yoga poses should never cause pain – if anything negative arises, it should only reveal tightness, inflexibility, or patterns of dysfunction.  If we try to ‘push through the pain,’ we are actually working against ourselves. However, if we work in the areas of discomfort, we can gradually expand our range of motion and bring our bodies into alignment. The same thing applies to our emotional and mental states, and yoga has a way of uncovering the roots of some of the most common, stress-producing problems. Consider procrastination, lack of exercise, eating poorly, over-committing to activities, or lack of sleep. The root cause behind each of these is discomfort. For some people, eating healthy food is uncomfortable, or sitting in meditation, exercising, saying “no” to people, or even just completing a chore at hand. Addressing these problems isn’t uncomfortable in an intensely painful way, it simply takes us out of our routine comfort zones. Discomfort is not an enemy to be feared, and just a little bit of discomfort can move us toward resolution of many problems. When we’re uncomfortable, we are likely to be trying something new, we’re learning, we’re expanding, we’re becoming more than we were before. Discomfort is a catalyst for growth. It makes us yearn for something more. It forces us to change, stretch, and adapt. Discomfort is a sign we’re making progress. Many people think that comfort leads to happiness. Too often, superficial comfort leads to self-absorption, boredom, and discontent. We lay about on the sofa, eating familiar and unhealthy comfort foods, and then our health suffers, leading to a deeper yearning for comfort and reinforcing the tendency for more unhealthy indulgence.  We have a choice:  we can either be comfortable and stagnate, or we can stretch ourselves – become uncomfortable – and grow. Ultimately, we'll experience the comfort we were seeking all along.

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Workshops, Programs, and Community Events This Winter For the Holidays & the New Year Fri

12/20

7:00p - 8:30p

Arl

Winter Solstice Yoga to benefit the Arlington Free Clinic

John Sherburne

Fri

12/27

6:00p - 9:00p

Arl

An Evening of Energy Medicine & Meditation

Jackie Shaffer & Alex Levin

Tues

12/31

11:00a - 1:30p

Ffx

Reflection and Intention at Year’s End: Yoga and Potluck

Rixie Dennison

Wed

1/1

11:00a - 1:00p

Arl

Wring Out the Old & Breathe In The New: New Year’s Day Yoga

Amir & Annie

Wed

1/1

1:00p - 3:00p

Ffx

Finding Balance in 2014: New Year’s Day Yoga

Carol Confino

January Sun

1/5

1:30p - 4:00p

Arl

De-Mystifying Mysore: Intro to Ashtanga & Morning Mysore

Tova Steiner & Lydia Teinfelt

Sat

1/11

1:30p - 3:30p

Arl

Yoga for Winter Blues

Annie Moyer

Sat

1/11

4:30p - 5:30p

Arl/Ffx Yoga for Good: FREE YOGA for a Good Cause

Sun & Moon Faculty

Sun

1/12

3:00p - 4:00p

Arl/Ffx Family Yoga

Sun & Moon Faculty

Sat

1/18

1:30p - 3:30p

Arl

Yoga for Desk Jockeys

Anne Jablonski

Sun

1/19

2:00p - 4:00p

Ffx

Restore with Rixie

Rixie Dennison

Sun

1/26

2:00p - 4:00p

Ffx

Rejuvenate Your Joints: Yoga for Arthritis

Vicki Christian & Carole Rodero

February Sat

2/1

3:00p - 4:30p

Arl

Yoga for Your Dog: Compassionate Training and Healing

Suzanne Morgan

Sun

2/2

2:00p - 4:00p

Ffx

Rest Deeply with Yoga Nidra

Rixie Dennison

Sat

2/8

1:30p - 3:30p

Arl

Restore w/Amir

Amir

Sat

2/8

4:30p - 5:30p

Arl/Ffx Yoga for Good: FREE YOGA for a Good Cause

Sun & Moon Faculty

Fri

2/14

7:00p - 9:00p

Arl

Valentine’s Partner Yoga

Heidi & Roger Panetta

Variable

Ffx

Yoga for Healthy Aging

Hosting Baxter Bell

Healing Lower Back Pain

Amir

Fri - Sun 2/14 - 2/16 Sat

2/22

1:30p - 4:30p

Arl

Sun

2/23

3:00p - 4:00p

Arl/Ffx Family Yoga

Sun & Moon Faculty

Fri

2/28

6:30p - 8:30p

Arl

Yoga as Loving Kindness: Metta Meditations

Jane & Garrett Phelan

Sat

3/1

2:00p - 4:00p

Ffx

The Healing Breath

Anna Mikheeva

Sat

3/8

4:30p - 5:30p

Arl/Ffx Yoga for Good: FREE YOGA for a Good Cause

Sun & Moon Faculty

Variable

Ffx

Weekend Study of Asana, Pranayama and Yoga Therapy

Hosting Doug Keller

March

Fri - Sun 3/14 - 3/16 Sat

3/22

1:30p - 4:00p

Arl

Building Support: Yoga at the Wall

Amir

Sun

3/23

2:00p - 4:30p

Ffx

Yoga for Your Feet

Rixie Dennison

Fri

3/28

6:00p - 9:00p

Arl

Energy Medicine & Meditation

Alex Levin & Jackie Shaffer

Sat

3/29

2:00p - 5:00p

Arl

Resting in Silence: Afternoon Retreat

Alex Levin & Jackie Shaffer

Sun

3/30

3:00p - 4:00p

Arl/Ffx Family Yoga

Sun & Moon Faculty

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ARLINGTON STUDIO WINTER 2014 (12 WEEKS)

DIRECTIONS TO ARLINGTON ARLINGTON STUDIO 3811 Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22207 From Rt. 66 heading East: Take Exit 72 (Spout Run/Lee Hwy) Turn left onto Lee Hwy. Continue on Lee Hwy to third light (N. Pollard St). From GW Parkway/Alexandria: Take the Spout Run Exit (left exit) off GW Parkway. Turn right onto Lee Hwy. Continue on Lee Hwy to fourth light (N. Pollard St). From all points on Lee Hwy: Turn north/west onto N. Pollard across from the historic Cherrydale firehouse. Park in lot adjacent and behind a small strip of stores. Metrobus lines 3A, 3B, 3E, and 3Y stop at our doorstep. Orange Line Metro: walk about 20 minutes from Ballston or Clarendon stops.

NEW PRICING FOR MULTIPLE REGISTRATIONS! Want to register for TWO weekly classes? Take $50 off the total cost. Want to register for THREE or more? Take $108 off your total. Multi-class discounts apply to full quarter registrations only,may not be shared between students, and may not be combined with other discounts.

First Class Free!

If you have never taken a class at our studio, we would like you to try a class on us. We hope that if Sun & Moon is the right studio for you that you'll sign up for one of our many offerings. You may want to give this coupon to a friend. Bring this coupon to the studio for your first class. This offer is valid one time to students who have never before attended a class at Sun & Moon. This offer does not apply to Morning Mysore. 4

THURS JAN 2 - WED MARCH 26 Day/Time MONDAY 10:00am-11:30am 11:00am-12:15pm 12:15pm-1:30pm 4:00pm-5:15pm 4:00pm-4:45pm 4:30pm-6:00pm 5:00pm-6:00pm 6:30pm-7:45pm 6:15pm-7:45pm 6:15pm-7:30pm 8:00pm-9:30pm 8:00pm-9:15pm TUESDAY 10:00am-11:15am 10:15am-11:45am 11:30am-12:30pm 12:00pm-1:30pm 4:30pm-6:00pm 4:30pm-5:45pm 6:15pm-7:45pm 6:15pm-7:30pm 7:45pm-9:15pm 7:45pm-9:00pm 8:00pm-9:15pm WEDNESDAY 6:30am-7:30am 9:30am-11:00am 9:30am-11:00am 11:15am-12:30pm 11:15am-12:15pm 4:30pm-6:00pm 5:00pm-6:15pm 6:30pm-7:45pm 6:15pm-7:45pm 8:00pm-9:15pm 8:00pm-9:30pm THURSDAY 9:30am-10:15am 10:30am-12:00pm 10:30am-11:45am 4:15pm-5:00pm 5:15pm-6:00pm 6:15pm-7:30pm 6:30pm-7:45pm 5:00pm-6:30pm 7:00pm-8:30pm 7:45pm-9:15pm FRIDAY 10:15am-11:45am 11:00am-12:30pm 11:45am-12:30pm 4:30pm-5:45pm 6:30pm-8:00pm SATURDAY 7:45am-9:00am 9:15am-10:30am 9:15am-10:30am 10:45am-12:15pm 10:45am-12:15pm SUNDAY 9:00am-10:30am 9:15am-10:45am 10:45am-12:00pm 11:00am-12:30pm 4:30pm-6:00pm 4:45pm-6:00pm 6:30pm-7:30pm

Class

Instructor

Start Date

Fee

Studio

Level 2 Level 1/Gentle Meditation Level 1 Middle Schoolers (no class 1/20, 2/17) Level 2/3 High Schoolers (no class 1/20, 2/17) Mat Pilates Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Vinyasa 1/2 Level 1

Judith Lyon Asya Haikin Jackie Shaffer Karin Caffi Annie Moyer Jackie Shaffer Annie Moyer Suzanne Morgan Amir Satya Prakash Jill Schroeder Amir

1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6

$180 $180 donations $180 $130 $180 $130 $180 $180 $180 $180 $180

A B A B C A C B A C B A

Level 1 Level 2 Feldenkrais Level 3 Level 2/3 Level 1 Level 2 Level 1 Level 2/3 Gentle Level 1

Judith Lyon Annie Moyer Madeline Helbraun Annie Moyer Jackie Shaffer Debbi Pierce Jackie Shaffer Suzanne Morgan Kristin Heinz Asya Haikin Heidi Panetta

1/7 1/7 1/7 1/7 1/7 1/7 1/7 1/7 1/7 1/7 1/7

$180 $180 $156 $180 $180 $180 $180 $180 $180 $180 $180

B A B A A B A B C B A

All Levels Level 2 Vinyasa All Levels Level 1 Moms & Babies Level 2 Yin Yoga Level 1 Level 3 Level 1 Level 2

Charlotte Raich Jackie Shaffer Kristin Heinz Jackie Shaffer Sylvia C./Dana C. Annie Moyer Alex Levin Lisa Gunther Annie Moyer Roger Panetta Lisa Gunther

1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8

$156 $180 $180 $180 $156 $180 $180 $180 $180 $180 $180

A A B A B A B B A A B

Toddlers Together Level 2 Level 1 Kids (grades K to 2) Kids (grades 3 to 5) Level 1 Prenatal Level 2 All Levels Integral Yoga

Dana Cook Alex Levin Annie Moyer Azure Lea Azure Lea Carol Stehl Beth E./Charlotte R. Laura McCarty Kat Dame Debbie Sheetz

1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2

$156 $180 $180 $156 $156 $180 $180 $180 $180 $180

A A B B B B C A A B

Level 2 All Levels Meditation Gentle All Levels

Jackie Shaffer Suzanne Morgan Jackie Shaffer Pauline H./Faith H. Alfia Khaibullina

1/3 1/3 1/3 1/3 1/3

$180 $180 donations $180 $180

A B A B B

Mat Pilates 1/2 Mat Pilates 1 Level 1 Level 2 Vinyasa All Levels

Nirinjan Devi Nirinjan Devi Amir Amir Kristin Heinz

1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4

$180 $180 $180 $180 $180

B B A A B

All Levels Level 3 Level 1 Level 2 Vinyasa 2 Prenatal - NEW DAY & TIME! Meditation

Enid Kassner John Sherburne Enid Kassner Anne Jablonski Alfia Khaibullina Pauline Howard Jane & Garrett Phelan

1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5

$180 $180 $180 $180 $180 $180 donations

A B A B B A A

NEW MORNING MYSORE ASHTANGA CLASSES weekdays and Sundays with Tova Steiner. Learn more on page 7.


FAIRFAX STUDIO WINTER 2014 (12 WEEKS) THURS JAN 2 - WED MARCH 26 Day/Time

Class

Instructor

Start Date

Fee

Studio

MONDAY 10:00am-11:15am

Mat Pilates 1/2

Anna Mikheeva

1/6

$180

A

10:15am-11:45am

All Levels

Carol Confino

1/6

$180

B

12:00pm-1:15pm

Gentle/Level 1

Carol Confino

1/6

$180

B

4:00pm-4:45pm

Kids (grades K to 6)

Cynthia Maltenfort

1/6

$156

A

4:45pm-6:00pm

Level 1

Carole Rodero

1/6

$180

A

6:00pm-7:30pm

Level 3

Vicki Christian

1/6

$180

B

6:15pm-7:45pm

Level 2

Dena Jensen

1/6

$180

A

7:45pm-9:15pm

All Levels

John Sherburne

1/6

$180

B

8:00pm-9:15pm

Level 1

Kate Rudacille

1/6

$180

A

7:00am-8:00am

All Levels

Cynthia L./Cynthia M.

1/7

$156

B

10:00am-11:30am

Level 2

Susie Crate

1/7

$180

A

10:15am-11:30am

Gentle

Annette Hyde

1/7

$180

B

11:45am-1:15pm

Adaptive Yoga

Noralea Dalkin

1/7

$180

B

4:30pm-6:00pm

Level 2

Rixie Dennison

1/7

$180

B

6:00pm-7:15pm

Level 1

Terry Strayer

1/7

$180

A

6:15pm-7:45pm

Level 2/3

Rixie Dennison

1/7

$180

B

7:30pm-8:45pm

All Levels

Terry Strayer

1/7

$180

A

9:00am-10:30am

Level 2

Cynthia Maltenfort

1/8

$180

B

10:45am-12:15pm

All Levels

Anna Mikheeva

1/8

$180

B

11:30am-12:30pm

Moms & Babies

Vicki Christian

1/8

$156

A

6:00pm-7:30pm

Level 2

Carol Confino

1/8

$180

A

6:00pm-7:30pm

Level 3/4

Pat Pao

1/8

$180

B

7:45pm-9:00pm

Mat Pilates 1/2

Lesley Laing

1/8

$180

A

8:00pm-9:15pm

Level 1

Carol Confino

1/8

$180

B

7:00am-8:00am

All Levels

Cynthia L./Cynthia M.

1/2

$156

B

9:15am-10:30am

Level 1

Vicki Christian

1/2

$180

A

10:15am-11:45am

Level 2/3

Judith Lyon

1/2

$180

B

10:45am-12:15pm

Level 2

Carol Confino

1/2

$180

A

4:30pm-5:45pm

Gentle

Susie Crate

1/2

$180

A

6:15pm-7:30pm

Level 1

Carole Rodero

1/2

$180

A

6:30pm-7:45pm

Prenatal

Melinda Hofstetter

1/2

$180

B

8:00pm-9:30pm

All Levels

Deb Hertz

1/2

$180

B

10:00am-11:30am

All Levels

Cynthia Maltenfort

1/3

$180

B

10:15am-11:45am

Level 2/3

Vicki Christian

1/3

$180

A

11:45am-1:15pm

Adaptive Yoga

Noralea Dalkin

1/3

$180

B

12:00pm-1:15pm

Level 1

Deb Hertz

1/3

$180

A

5:30pm-6:45pm

Peaceful Practices (no class 2/14)

Rixie Dennison

1/3

$165

B

7:00pm-8:30pm

Yoga for the 12 Steps (no class 2/14) Rixie Dennison

1/3

$165

B

9:00am-10:30am

Level 3

Annette Hyde

1/4

$180

A

9:15am-10:30am

Level 1

Dena Jensen

1/4

$180

B

10:45am-12:15pm

Level 2

Dena Jensen

1/4

$180

B

9:15am-10:30am

Gentle/Level 1

Carol Confino

1/5

$180

B

10:30am-12:00pm

All Levels

Anna Mikheeva

1/5

$180

A

10:45am-12:15pm

Level 2

Carol Confino

1/5

$180

B

4:30pm-5:30pm

Middle & High Schoolers

Cynthia Maltenfort

1/5

$156

A

5:00pm-6:15pm

Prenatal

Carole Rodero

1/5

$180

B

7:00pm-8:00pm

Meditation

Jon Waterman

1/5

donations

B

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

DIRECTIONS TO FAIRFAX FAIRFAX CITY STUDIO 9998 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 From Rt. 29/211: Take Rt. 236 East (Main Street). Pass downtown Fairfax City. We’re located on the left in Main Street Center. From I-495: Take Rt. 236 West (Little River Turnpike). Little River Turnpike turns into Main Street. We’re located on the right in Main Street Center. From Rt. 123: Take Rt. 236 East (Main Street). We’re located on the left in Main Street Center.

NEW PRICING FOR MULTIPLE REGISTRATIONS! Want to register for TWO weekly classes? Take $50 off the total cost. Want to register for THREE or more? Take $108 off your total. Multi-class discounts apply to full quarter registrations only,may not be shared between students, and may not be combined with other discounts.

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Sun & Moon Yoga Studio is among the country’s premier schools for the study and practice of yoga. We’ve shared our teachings with over 10,000 students since the early 1990s. We embrace a holistic approach to this ancient system of health and healing, offering our cherished students a well-rounded yoga education and practice to help them feel better inside and out. Our philosophy is based on an eclectic blend of hatha yoga traditions with instructors who share a strong passion for teaching and a commitment to giving students a nurturing home for exploring the art and science of yoga.

While this schedule is current as of printing, there may be changes. Please check our website at sunandmoonstudio.com for the most up-to-date information. 5


General Information and Fees REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND FEES Sun & Moon is a school of yoga, with weekly classes structured to provide a wellrounded curriculum over an entire quarter. We run four quarters per year; depending on the season, the length of the quarter varies. We welcome beginners and new students at any time. Your first class is free! Once you decide to sign up for a class, you can register online at sunandmoonstudio.com; or by phone, fax, mail, or in person. We accept credit cards, checks or cash. If you’re redeeming a gift certificate or studio credit, please do so by phone or in person. We offer the following options for class registrations: FULL QUARTER REGISTRATION We recommend this option, as it will give you the best possible yoga education and experience. Regular practice and connection to your yoga community form the cornerstone of Sun & Moon’s unique yoga environment. Full quarter prices: $15/class for 75- and 90-minute classes $13/class for 45- and 60-minute classes PARTIAL REGISTRATION If you’re joining the quarter late, or you know you’ll be traveling and unable to attend several classes, you may register for a partial quarter, with a minimum of six classes. Partial registration prices: $16/class for 75- and 90-minute classes $14/class for 45- and 60-minute classes SINGLE CLASS/DROP-INS To accommodate students with unpredictable schedules, we allow anyone to drop-in anytime (on rare occasions, space will not be available in a fully registered class). Drop-in prices: $20/class for 75- and 90-minute classes $15/class for 45- and 60-minute classes EXTRA DROP-INS FOR REGISTERED STUDENTS If you’re a registered student (full or partial) seeking an additional class, you may drop-in to any class at the partial registration price listed above. MULTIPLE CLASS DISCOUNTS – NEW BENEFIT!! Register for two full quarter classes and take $50 off your total; register for three full quarter classes and take off $108.

MAKE-UPS Consider your registered class your “homeroom” for yoga. However, if you can’t make it to your registered class, you can make it up in any other class within the current quarter at either studio. Make-ups in advance of a future absence are allowed. When you are doing a make-up, sign in at the front desk and inform the teacher. All make-ups must be taken during the quarter for which you are registered; they may not be carried over to the next quarter. REFUND AND CREDIT POLICY Keeping in mind our liberal make-up policy, we understand that life circumstances sometimes get in the way, and yoga has to wait. If you decide you must ask for a credit or a refund, they are available for the number of classes remaining in the quarter, based on the date we receive your request (not the date you last attended). Therefore, please fill out a refund/credit request form as soon as you know you can no longer attend your classes. Refunds will incur the following administrative fees: $20 for classes or 10% the cost of a workshops. Refunds by check may take up to 3 weeks to process; refunds by credit card may take up to one week. Letters of Credit are valid for one year from the date issued, and incur no administrative fee. Letters of Credit apply to classes and workshops only, and cannot be redeemed for cash or merchandise. Workshop refunds or letters of credit are available up to the day before the event. No refunds or credits are given the day of or after the workshop. WHAT TO WEAR AND OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION Wear comfortable “work-out” clothes; nothing too baggy so teachers can see your alignment. We practice barefoot and keep our floors clean; leave your shoes in the cubbies before entering the yoga rooms. We have men’s and women’s changing areas. No heavy perfume/cologne or noisy jewelry. For your safety, leave valuables locked and hidden in your car. Cell phones must be silenced; for the benefit of all, we strongly discourage cell phones in the yoga room. Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, Ltd. reserves the right to dismiss (with or without a refund) any student who disrupts the harmony of the class or studio. EMERGENCY CLOSINGS Classes cancelled due to inclement weather or other emergency will not be rescheduled, but may be made up in any other class during the quarter. During severe weather conditions or other emergencies, we will post all cancellations on the studio website and on the outgoing voicemail at 703.525.9642.

Registration – Winter 2014 703-525-YOGA (9642) www.sunandmoonstudio.com

One form per person please.

Name ________________________________________________________________________

Date _______/_______/_______

Address _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City ______________________________________________________________ State ___________ Zip __________________________ Phone (day) __________________________________ (evening) ___________________________________ (cell) ________________________________ Email ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By signing here, I declare myself to be responsible for my own health and safety while participating in class. I have read and understand the make-up and refund policy.

Class

Day

Time

SIGN HERE Teacher

_____________________________________________ Arlington or Fairfax?

Cost

Take $10 if you are a senior (60+ years). Take $50 off two full class registrations . Take $108 off three full class registrations DISCOUNTS ARE FOR FULL QUARTER REGISTRATIONS ONLY AND MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANOTHER STUDENT OR ANOTHER DISCOUNT.

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TOTAL DUE: For mail in or Faxed registrations only:

Visa

MC

Disc# _________________________________________

Exp. Date ___ /____ Signature ______________________________________

OFFICE USE: did you add name to reg. notebook?

ring transaction in shopkeep?

how was payment made? credit card _____ cash_____check (#_____ )

SMYS credit $amount _______ gift cert. (#_____ & $amount _______ ) Please make payment to Sun & Moon for full amount. Drop off, fax or mail to: if partial reg., how many weeks? _______ Arlington classes: 3811 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22207 Fax: 703-525-5524 YOUR NAME_________________ Date rec’d ____________ Fairfax classes: 9998 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031 Fax: 703-934-9481 which staff person entered in database? _______________________ 6


Teacher Spotlight:

Mysore style yoga is an unled class where students arrive any

Tova Steiner and

time during the specified hours. The teacher greets students

Morning Mysore

Yoga postures, breathing, and gazing points. The teacher

one-by-one gets them started on a set series of Ashtanga circulates quietly, giving individual adjustments and tailoring the series according to each individual’s level and needs. Teachers are able to give customized, one-on-one attention, which in turn allows students to develop independence and responsibility for their own practice. The student’s inward focus is an opportunity to foster the meditative state we seek from yoga. This style of yoga is an ancient form of practice taught by the grandfather of modern yoga, Krishnamacharya, to Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, one of his most prominent students. The Mysore program is now running in the Arlington studio weekdays 5:30a to 8:00a, and Sundays 8:00a to 10:30a. For more information, email mysore@sunandmoonstudio.com

How has this practice influenced your life? Before this, I had been feeling spiritually lost in spite of my Jewish upbringing, and I had played around with Christianity, Buddhism, Quaker meetings. While Quaker meeting was really lovely, I always vaguely felt like I wasn’t a good enough person to be there. I had too many issues! Practicing yoga pushed me in the direction of figuring out what all those issues were, and if not actually solving them, certainly addressing them in a way that felt productive. I think it’s really important too to say that it doesn’t have to be a spiritual practice for everyone. My very first teacher would say whatever you’re coming to yoga class for, that’s what you’ll get, and I completely agree.

What is it like studying in India? Humbling. Many people love going to Mysore; I find it a really difficult place to be. It’s best to go with an open mind and no expectations, which was a lot easier on the first trip than on subsequent trips, after I’d been exposed to the poverty and struggle of so many people there. But it’s also wonderful. An essay I read once in The New York Times referred to “thin places,” where you feel closer to God, and definitely I feel that in India, even if it’s not always in a beautiful way.

How was it to learn from Pattabhi Jois’s daughter Saraswati? My first trip to India was right after Guruji passed away, and I studied with Saraswati. She is old, wise, and incredible. In her hands, you get the sense that although tradition and techniques are important, there’s this real ease and lack of worry. She lived right above the shala [yoga school] and sometimes she would come down to teach in her pajamas, and you really felt like a welcome guest in her house.

How would you describe the values in the Ashtanga yoga practice? Ashtanga is much more concerned with energetics than the outward form or appearance of a posture. You can see a lot about people by the way they move and their relationship to their body. It’s interesting to see things that come more easily to people and things folks have more trouble with. As a teacher, it’s incredible to be able to watch students’ progress, and see what comes as pleasant surprises when they’re willing to work hard and be patient. It’s fun and inspiring.

Is this a fast-paced practice or slow and steady? The “rule” is that you hold each pose for five breaths, but Guruji always said that if you’re treating or discovering something inside your body, you should hold the pose for as long as necessary. You go at your own pace, and not at someone else’s count. This affords us the time to address what we need to work on rather trying to keep up with somebody else. 7


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Washington, D.C. Permit #567

3811 Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22207 Dig Deep Into Healing This Winter YOGA FOR WINTER BLUES Sat Jan 11 w/Annie Moyer REJUVENATE YOUR JOINTS: YOGA FOR ARTHRITIS Sun Jan 26 w/Vicki Christian & Carole Rodero THE HEALING BREATH Sat March 1 w/Anna Mikheeva RIXIE’S YOGA FOR THE FEET Sun March 23 ENERGY MEDICINE & SILENT RETREAT Fri & Sat March 28 & 29 w/Alex & Jackie

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WORK EXCHANGE

GIFT CERTIFICATES

We offer free yoga in exchange for those interested in volunteering to work at the yoga studio. Contact the studio where you’d like to volunteer.

Yoga is a wonderful gift to longtime practitioners and beginners alike. We have gift certificates available for classes and workshops in any amount.

We’re thrilled to welcome this winter’s master teachers BAXTER BELL presents Yoga for Healthy Aging: Feb 14 - 16

DOUG KELLER presents Weekend Practice of Asana, Pranayama & Meditation: March 14 - 16

Yoga Therapy Workshops and Private Sessions with Amir Restoratives February 8 (Saturday) Lower Back Pain February 22 (Saturday) Building Support at the Wall March 22 (Saturday) Private Yoga Therapy check website for days and availability


Sun & Moon Yoga Studio Newsletter Winter 2014