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Yoga Mini Spotlights

Aug 30, 2016 10:23PM
Yoga Directory_BikramYOga Bikram Yoga 

From their first location in Riverdale Park in Maryland, which opened in February 2014, through the expansion into two additional locations, in Ivy City (DC in September 2015) and Takoma Park (Maryland in December 2015), Bikram Yoga owner, Kendra Blackett-Dibinga is a woman on a mission to bring yoga to many different areas of the DMV. At these three locations, her team aims to provide all students who come through their doors a safe and welcoming environment where they can meet their total wellness goals.

The three centers are known for offering members a home away from home, where they can focus on personal healing while being a part of a sustainable and supportive community of like-minded individuals. It is this emphasis on community that makes them unique. While yoga is the entry point at each of the studios, they offer so much more with yoga nidra, children's yoga and kirtan—offering not just an hour of good sweating but also, an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.

According to Blackett-Dibinga, the joy of her work is seeing the transformation of so many individuals in mind, body and spirit. “People who enter the doors of a Bikram yoga studio are seeking a better solution for whatever ails them in life. It can be as simple as finding alternatives to surgery or other issues that prevent them from living life to the fullest. To see people struggle through class but still come back day after day is amazing. It's wonderful to be a part of their stories and to know that they are becoming at peace with themselves.”

To celebrate their first anniversary at the Ivy City location, they will be offering day long classes and workshops, including a self-defense workshop, so watch for details.

Locations: Riverdale Park, 6202 Rhode Island Ave., Ste. 200, Riverdale Park, MD; Ivy City, 1510 Okie St., NE, Washington, DC; Takoma Park, 7324 Carroll St., Takoma Park, MD. To see the full class and workshop schedule, visit

EastMeetsWest10 Year AnniversaryMiniSpotLightSept2016 East Meets West Yoga Center

East Meets West Yoga Center is a premier studio located in the Tysons Corner/Vienna, Virginia area, with individuals coming from all over the greater metro area to enjoy the life-changing benefits of yoga. Under the thoughtful and skillful leadership of owner, Dawn Curtis, East Meets West Yoga Center has been bringing the practice of yoga as well as education about yoga to the community for more than a decade as of this past July.

They provide a safe, tranquil and supportive environment to practice, allowing individuals to open to the possibilities of what could be. Even their website is full of information for those looking to begin a practice with practical information about the things a new yoga enthusiast might need to feel comfortable with this new lifestyle. This includes classes in gentle yoga as well.

It is important to Curtis and her teachers that yoga be made accessible to everyone. This has been an important component of their work since opening a one-room studio in 2006. In the preceding years, they have grown into their current location that holds four different studio spaces and work with 25 teachers.

East Meets West Yoga Center’s staff of teachers and educators is a community of knowledgeable, dedicated yoga practitioners with years of experience. These teachers are open to offering a variety of yoga styles, to allow each student to flourish. In addition to a full listing of their classes and events on their website, they are pleased to be hosting the internationally renowned Tao Porchon-Lynch, who still teaches yoga at the age of 98, who is offering a class on Saturday, October 1.

Location: 8227 Old Courthouse Rd., #310, Vienna. For more information, visit



At extendYoga in Montgomery County, owner Arlet Koseian-Beckham and her staff offer a warm welcome to all that come through their door, as a community that is accessible to everyone—all ages, body types, ability and experience. Whether new to yoga and simply exploring what’s possible, looking for a breakthrough or just looking to break a sweat, extendYoga seeks to accommodate all. They offer a spacious, serene sanctuary that is home to an active, engaged and vibrant community, which together, fosters a positive, nurturing environment that challenges individuals to extend themselves through mind, body and soul.

When asked what brings her joy, owner Koseian-Beckham noted that her joy was found in being able to hold the space for so many to find what they are searching for. “We're here to serve, and if we can provide a safe place and space for people, that's all I can ask for from our business.”

They also take a lot of pride that they are an environmentally conscious studio that is committed to reducing their footprint on the planet.  To that end, they are a certified Green Business via Montgomery County’s Green Business Certification Program

They have been serving the communities of Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring for nearly five years, with their location in North Bethesda between the White Flint and Twinbrook Metro stations and they have ample, free parking.

In addition to a full schedule of classes and a wide array of diverse workshops each month, they will be offering a 200-hour yoga teacher that starts in October.

Location: For more information, including the training and workshop schedule, call 301-881-3330 or visit


Lotus Pond Center for Yoga & Health

            The Lotus Pond Center for Yoga & Health is a premier yoga teacher training school, offering a 200-hour yoga certification immersion in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Amid the serenity of nature, The Lotus Pond’s mission is to give attendees the wisdom, support and tools not just to be a yoga teacher, but to live the yogic path and truly help others along their own paths.

Their next training is offered April 19 to May 12, 2017, and will be held at the Art of Living, which has been nominated as one of the top 10 best retreat centers in America. Participants will join expert teachers, experience an inspiring training and immerse themselves in the gorgeous Art of Living Center, which spans 381 mountaintop acres.

For the last 13 years, The Lotus Pond has been providing exceptional yoga trainings with renowned instructors from around the country. Yoga teacher trainees come from all over the world, from all walks of life, with all different yoga experiences. However, they all come together in North Carolina for this 24-day training to discover their inner peace, strength and happiness.

This unique Hatha Yoga Certification provides balanced training that weaves together the influence of Iyengar alignment and the heart of Kripalu Yoga. According to Val Spies of The Lotus Pond Center, “Our students learn how to walk more peacefully on the earth, how to find the stillness and strength within themselves, and develop their voice to share their passion with others.” Their curriculum is designed thoughtfully to allow training to unfold naturally, supporting each participant every step of the way.

To learn more about the training, including a discounted rate off tuition of $800 (regularly $3,000, room and board not included) by signing up by October 15, contact Val Spies at 813-956-3506, email [email protected] or visit


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