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Mini Spotlights

Dec 31, 2016 09:10PM


Yoga 4 All Bodies

Do you have a mind that runs constantly, find yourself slowing down physically or have aches and pains? You can be calmer, stronger, and more flexible with classes at Yoga 4 All Bodies in Reston.

Most people know the benefits of regular mindfulness and exercise practices. Yoga is both. Patanjali says in the Yoga Sutras, “Yoga stills the fluctuations of the mind.” Scientific studies show Iyengar yoga, a yoga practice that focuses on creating systematic awareness, helps with conditions such as arthritis, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel and asthma, as well as side effects of reduced physical health such as depression, anxiety and hypertension.

But have you found the right place for you? Do you wish you could take classes that meet you where you are at? Do you want to be in a space that is relaxing because it is comfortable and has small classes? Or perhaps you want one-on-one attention? Are you curious about how to, as B.K.S. Iyengar says, “know how to practice, and then…know why to do so in a particular way?”

If you are looking for something different from gym or big studio yoga, come to Yoga 4 All Bodies. They offer yoga in the Iyengar tradition in very small group classes with a maximum of 6 people, and in one-on-one privates. They use props such as blocks, blankets and bolsters, as pioneered by B.K.S. Iyengar, so students are better able to do poses and learn more.

Come learn how to create physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being for yourself.

Yoga 4 All Bodies is a home-based Reston yoga studio located at 12021 Creekbend Dr., in Reston. For more information, call 703-297-2224 or visit

Nurtured Bonesnurtured-bones

Are you at risk for bone loss, or have recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis/osteopenia?  Nurtured Bones, with Susan Brady, MPT, offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to help you rebuild the strength of your bones. It is estimated that more than 25 million Americans suffer from bone loss every year and having the right tools for prevention and treatment is essential. Nurtured Bones is dedicated to showing you how to preserve and improve your bone health through nutrition, exercise and a bone building lifestyle.

Brady is a physical therapist, doctor of Integrative Medicine and a nutritional consultant and has been working with osteoporosis clients for over 20 years. She works with her patients to build a path to better bone health with balanced nutrition while optimizing digestion to maximizes nutrient absorption. Brady also addresses stress reduction and quality of sleep (both key components to decreasing hormones which cause bone loss). Her treatment supports and sustains an exercise program as well as a personalized plan for supplements. Along with her dietary advice, she provides bone-healthy recipes and suggestions making good food choices.

Brady offers a free 15-minute phone consultation, with no risk and no obligation, to those who are wondering if they may benefit from her services. Her office is located in Northern Virginia but she is available for consultations via phone or SKYPE as well

For more information or to schedule a free 15-minute consultation, visit or call 703-738-4230

Lotus Garden Wellness Spaminispotlight_lotuswellness

The lotus is a symbol of struggle and rising up from muddy waters toward the light.

The lotus also represents hope for human lives which can be fraught with challenges, stress, pain and illness, impeding growth and ability to reach our full potential physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Nicole (Nikki) Kastelanic, LMT, CCP, CHHC and member AADP, faced many health challenges and struggled through the quagmire of confusing information and the myriad modalities of both allopathic and alternative medicine to find solutions to eradicate such debilitating illnesses as fibromyalgia, chronic and adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism and Lyme disease.

Kastelanic studied and trained in holistic modalities and techniques—ancient and modern—that she found to be the most effective, fast, and beneficial in her healing journey.

Because she wanted to share her knowledge and expertise to support others in their health and wellness journey, and help them rise above life's challenges like the lotus, Lotus Garden Wellness Spa, LLCwas established in Herndon, Virginia.

The spa offers personalized holistic services such as massage therapy, acupressure, reflexology; frequency therapies (CYMA therapy and other sound therapies, Light and Color Therapies); energy medicine (reiki, Pranic Healing, Quantum and Healing Touch), Aromatherapy (including Raindrop Technique and AromaTouch), plus nutritional education and coaching. Monthly and seasonal specials, and discounted packages are offered for stress and pain relief, and body and energetic systems support. There are vegetarian, vegan, raw and live food classes and regular QiGong practices and self-healing meet-ups, and Twin Hearts group meditations for personal and global healing.

For more information, call 703-870-7859 or email [email protected] to schedule a free, no-obligation phone consultation, to begin the journey to optimal health and wellness. 

Prior Unity Gardenmini-spotlight_prior-unity-garden

In 2008, Debby Ward was ready for a life change. Friends suggested she offer her expertise in gardening. “You should do for everybody else what you’ve always done for us—you can grow anything. Why don’t you help people grow their own food?” they asked her, and in 2009 she launched Prior Unity Garden. “We help people grow organic food, so they can realize their organic garden dreams” says Ward.

The inspiration behind Prior Unity Garden’s name comes from the book Prior Unity by World Friend Adi Da. Prior unity, as discussed in the book, is the recognition of the inherent unity of existence, always already connected. Prior unity is how Ward views gardens and thus the name was born.

Prior Unity Garden helps you achieve your organic garden dreams through several avenues, including classes, courses, coaching, consultations, designs and more. Ward’s favorite aspect is teaching because she enjoys “helping grow other gardeners.” Prior Unity Garden’s banner course The Foundations of Organic Gardening is a hands-on, interactive, six-session course spread over six months. It includes workshops, multimedia, a customizable binder full of handouts and worksheets and fosters a sense of community.

Dates for The Foundations of Organic Gardening have been set and registration is open at They also offer resources through,, gardening videos and information on social media, including, blogs, YouTube and Facebook. Prior Unity Garden sells their own locally grown plants, seed starter kits, garden guides, their most popular product rock dust, used to re-mineralize soil.

To contact Prior Unity Garden or sign up for their Foundations of Organic Gardening Course call 703-281-7743 or visit


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