Margaret Townsend first started dancing at age five and apprenticed with the La Jolla Ballet Company. She went on to teach yoga and dance in New York and later moved to Virginia to earn her master's of fine arts in dance. Since practicing yoga, Margaret has studied an array of styles such as iyengar, ashtanga, and pre- and post-natal yoga, in addition to earning certification in the integral tradition. Margaret is the founder and executive director of Yogis for Positive Change and the founder of Virginia Yoga Week.
As owner and director of River's Edge Yoga, Margaret draws on more than a decade of experience while guiding students through challenging movements and poses that strengthen and stretch sinews. A compassionate team of instructors mirrors her commitment to helping students grow and learn. Margaret also strives to live by the the Green Yoga Association's tenets, which encourage environmentally friendly practices, such as building earth empathic studios, hosting programs, and setting up blind dates for lonely trees.
"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.
Olivia Sheldon, the owner of Positive Energy Yoga, doesn't worry about doing yoga "right". Instead, her classes focus on doing what's right for each person in each moment. She encourages students to perform only what they have the ability and comfort to do, but not because she's going easy on them. The program is actually designed to help each student realize, and appreciate, his or her own potential and uniqueness. Her classes emphasize flow, with each pose seamlessly melding into the next for a serene workout, and she offers guidance to the students for taking that self-reliance out into their lives outside of the studio. She teaches her 75-minute classes three days a week, and students can take home a DVD of her sessions for at-home practice or to leave it on for pets looking for indoor exercise.
Learn and master a new yoga pose at Honest Soul Yoga in Alexandria and leave feeling accomplished.
Whether you want mouth-watering food or great drinks, this studio has the restaurant just for you.
Bring the whole family to this studio, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Learn how to maintain proper form and alignment in a barre fitness class at Honest Soul Yoga.
This prenatal yoga class provides safe, simple and effective exercises for both you and your future little one.
Heat things up (and sweat out the impurities) with Honest Soul Yoga's hot yoga classes.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So sign up for a yoga class at Honest Soul Yoga in Alexandria and discover the many benefits that come along with the classes.
Practice your yoga poses and your breathing at Alexandria's Mind the Matt Pilates and Yoga.
Head on over to the in-house restaurant for a delectable meal.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly activity everyone will love? This studio is made for all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Dive into a deeper stretch when you ramp up the heat at Mind the Matt Pilates and Yoga — hot yoga provides the perfect temperature to get your muscles going.
Jab, hook, kick! These kickboxing classes will teach you the basic fundamentals and give you a great cardio workout.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Though Refresh Yoga Center's 10-plus instructors each came to yoga from a different path, they all share one common goal: teaching the vinyasa-flow style to students of all skill levels. Within the exposed-brick studio, they run classes seven days a week, teaching basic movements and breathing techniques to beginners. From there, pupils proceed to intermediate sessions, where they develop more advanced poses that develop their strength and flexibility. Besides three levels of vinyasa, Refresh hosts classes in yin yoga and bootcamp.