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heard it said that Yoga gives a person a second chance at life.
Having worked with four of the teachers at Yoga Space, whether for
workshops or classes, I can say that these instructors have the expertise,
teaching ability, and generosity of heart to make that happen!"
Trish Weil - 2007
Julia Gaspar-Bates is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200) registered by Yoga Alliance who has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. Her classes incorporate a deep awareness of the breath with detailed descriptions and careful attention to the physical alignment and benefits of each pose. Julia's classes provide a relaxed and welcoming environment for anyone looking to get in shape, renew and restore their energy, and create balance and harmony in their lives. A cross-cultural trainer in her non-yogic world, Julia is currently researching ways to cultivate self-awareness through the practice of yoga and the development of cultural intelligence.
definitely been put off from yoga in the past by not getting such a
thorough understanding of what I'm supposed to be doing and why. Maybe it
was because I took a mixed-ability class, where the teacher didn't really
have as much time to spend on us newbies since she was dealing with all
those levels of ability. The classes weren't all bad, but they didn't
engage me the way yours have. I'm really excited about yoga!"
is from the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan, and has lived in the DC Metropolitan area for several years. She has been a student of Middle Eastern and North African dance for eight years, and has studied with master instructors such as Malika Negwa, Morocco and Tarik, just to name a few. Over the past three years Nyla has taught at various workshops, private classes, and at the Dance Place Studio. She finds empowerment through this dance and encourages students to find and exude that inner confidence and self love we all possess.
Beginners Belly Dance
Middle Eastern and North African Dance, also known as belly dance, is an art form that focuses on isolation. In Nyla's Introduction to Belly dance class, students will learn how to isolate distinct muscles and use them to execute a series of movements and dance phrases. This class is great for beginners; however, all level students will benefit and are welcome. Students can expect great music, knowledge of the culture and a fun environment to learn shimmies, undulations and rib lifts. Comfortable work out attire and a hip scarf should be worn for class.
|Carol Mermey, RYT 500, iRest
Yoga Nidra Level II |
has been teaching yoga since 2004. She sees yoga as a way to become more aware, enlivened and focused. She provides a welcoming and encouraging environment for students to develop strength, flexibility and balance, feel good about their bodies and simply de-stress and enhance their sense of well-being. Her classes incorporate humor, compassion, and healthy alignment techniques to create a sense of well-being and empowerment.
Carol is a graduate of the Willow Street Yoga Teacher in Takoma Park, MD, studied Anusara Yoga, and currently trains with Rod Stryker (ParaYoga) and Richard Miller (iRest Yoga Nidra).
"Carol is always upbeat and very caring about all her students. Her classes are well thought out and enjoyable. I always feel that I get a good workout." (from a survey taken in February 2008)
|Beginning/Intermediate Hatha Yoga|
This class offers a well-rounded, safe and therapeutic, yet challenging yoga practice for beginners as well as continuing students. Each class incorporates breath work, seated and standing poses, and relaxation/meditation to open the body and, mind to new possibilities. Paying attention to healthy alignment principles, classes are carefully sequenced to build strength, flexibility, balance, and mindfulness.
We spend the first few weeks reviewing alignment and basic poses. Continuing students are offered more challenging variations. Everyone is encouraged to work at their own level, finding the balance between ease and effort that just feels right.
|Meghan Mullan is a graduate of the Tranquil Space Yoga Studio teacher training program in Washington, DC. She has practiced yoga since taking her first class in 1994 when she was living in Hermosa Beach, California. Meghan teaches a flowing and gentle practice influenced by vinyasa and Iyengar styles of yoga. She has been teaching since 2006. For Meghan, yoga is a path to opening the heart and accessing the deeper wisdom of the soul. Thorugh her teaching, she helps students to tap into their natural abilities for deep healing, satisfaction and creativity. Meghan has training in pre- and post-natal yoga and experience in teaching all levels of students.|
Vinyasa Yoga: Mixed Level
Meghan is taking some time of regular teaching but comtinues at Yoga Space as a much valued substitute teacher.
|Milt Pugh is our Pilates instructor. He was
certified by Roberta Stiehm Allen and continues to study with her. He
originally decided to study Pilates to increase his bicycle and running
speed. This class will help develop, tone, and increase flexibility of
your body. But the class is not just for athletes, it is for anyone
just tired of being a lump and out of shape. Milt will teach this class
with heart. Check out his "magic socks."
"Milt is a Mensch! He is to be included among the salt of the earth people of this world. He is an exceptional Pilates instructor. Has a lovely sense of humor. Provides useful feedback. Listens to his students and has creative ideas every week to share with us, both related and unrelated to Pilates." (from a survey taken in February 2008)
|Pilates Mat I |
Have you heard that you need to be fit and muscle-bound to take Pilates? Think again! Join this class, and you will soon begin to notice firmer muscles that were once flabby, a higher energy level, maybe even better looking! We strengthen the core muscles to make all this happen. To top it all off, we have fun! Join us and see for yourself how you will benefit.
Pilates Mat I/II
|Pilates Mat II |
is a continuation of Mat I/II. (Students must have completed at least one session of Mat I/II). This class moves with speed and further develops your core strength.
|Douglas Thompson, E-RYT founder of Yoga Space, has
been teaching Yoga in the Washington area since 1996, including
at George Washington University, and the University of Maryland.
Douglas is certified through the Himalayan Institute as a Yoga instructor,
and is registered through the Yoga Alliance. He is a co-founder of a
Yoga teacher's training program at George Washington University, which is
accredited through the Yoga Alliance, where he teaches Yoga Anatomy. He is also certified
through Integral Yoga to teach Stress Management, both as a part of a Yoga
class, and within the business community in special one and two-hour
seminars. He is certified in Thai Yoga Massage, and is a member of
the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Douglas has served
as President of the Mid-Atlantic Yoga Association (MAYA). His
classes incorporate stress relief, increased flexibility, breath work, and
"I've practiced with many teachers, and Douglas is one of the best I've ever studied with. He patiently urges us to improve, without forcing a competitive environment. His kindness as a person informs his teaching, and for that I am thankful to be able to study with him." (from a survey taken in February 2008)
|Beginners and Gentle Yoga |
This is a combination of warm-ups, gentle postures, and pranayama (yogic breathing,) and is always followed by a guided deep relaxation. This class is designed for students of all ages, including seniors. This class is beneficial for people recovering from injury or illness and those experiencing chronic pain. It is also suitable for anyone who has never taken Yoga before and those who are simply looking for a kinder gentler Yoga!
Designed for people that have taken Beginners Yoga, or who have recently taken Yoga. This class focuses on the foundation poses, and stresses correctness of posture, and endurance. Also included are several breathing practices. Each class ends with a guided deep relaxation.
Prenatal Yoga Mixed Levels
is a wonderful tool that is especially suitable for the pregnant mother in preparing for birth. In this class you will use yoga to gently stretch and release some of the tension that can build up in muscles and joints. Your body will be toned and strengthened. As you move from trimester to trimester, some of the asanas will be modified to safely accommodate your changing body. Breathing techniques that can aid in labor and birth will be taught. At the end of each yoga session you will enjoy a "deep relaxation" which will further relax the body, as well as help you to release emotions.
Although prenatal yoga is appropriate for women new to yoga as well as experienced students, you must first check with your Obstetrician, or Midwife and make sure they are in agreement that your yoga class will be of benefit to you.
Adaptive Yoga for MS Mixed Levels
Although it is designed for students with MS, it can equally be useful for those dealing with neuropathy or other similar conditions. It includes modified yoga stretches to release muscular tension (thus relieving spasticity), breathing practices, and fun. It has been reported by others with MS that doing yoga can increase body awareness; improve flexibility and strength; allow for better coordination and balance; and give the ability to better handle stress. Each class ends with a deep relaxation. Participants must be ambulatory & be able to transfer from chair to floor.