"Our bodies and minds are closely interconnected. Our state of mind is expressed in physical phenomena, and, conversely, physical phenomena reflect our state of mind," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "Nothing is impossible. Keep working on it until it's possible. There is no failure, just the gradual process of success." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30?40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation?including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
For Shauna Simon and her family, yoga is more than just a workout or stress-reliever—it's an integral part of their daily lives. She first discovered the transformative powers of yoga when she was a teen and later lived in an ashram for many years, traveling to India to deepen her knowledge. At her yoga studio, she creates a nurturing atmosphere for adults and kids so that each student can leave feeling energized and peaceful.
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Movement is medicine for Sunyatta Amen, proprietor and head instructor at MamaSita Movement & Wellness Studio. She expresses this philosophy through an eclectic menu of group classes such as Belly Dance Drills and Technique, West African Workout with live drummers, Brazilian Samba, and yoga. During classes, students gain confidence as they shimmy hips and undulate bellies through each 60- to 90-minute workout.
Blueberry Gardens' seasoned instructors cultivate whole-body health with a schedule of multi-level classes inspired by ParaYoga, Anusara, and body-balance methods. A composite of breath and movement, ParaYoga challenges students to prod the body's upper limits of flexibility and strength through vigorous postures such as downward dog, dolphin plank, and recumbent Andrew Carnegie. Fueled by an uplifting philosophy, Anusara yoga encourages students to honor their differences, limitations, and talents, and body-balance yoga integrates the body and mind through asanas inspired by Protean animorphs. Each 90-minute class includes mats and props and, if missed, can be substituted in any of the other summer sessions.
Inside Bikram Yoga Rockville, which recently moved to a brand-new, larger studio, the heat swirls around students, lending to a warm, dynamic setting as they bend and pose. Each 90-minute session sends students flowing through a set of 26 postures, lead by the guidance of certified, experienced, and nurturing instructors and wise words carved into the floor by previous students. The instructors provide students with comprehensive instructions for each pose?one building on the next to strengthen all the muscle groups?while offering corrections or modifications so all levels can practice together. Two well-ventilated classrooms come equipped with infrared energy-efficient heating systems, with moisture-resistant floors that are designed to protect joints. The studio also includes free parking, spacious changing rooms, and shower facilities onsite. Mats and towels are available for rental should students not have their own.