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Diwali: India’s Festival of Light

Celebrating the Art of Yoga

Yoga Classes

Classes are for students of all levels and all ages.

Pundit Radheshyam Mishra • 12:15 pm
Yoga for Physical Health
This class will include stretching and warm-up exercises, physiology of yoga poses, techniques for better health and strengthening, and deep relaxation. It will benefit those who want to relieve stress and anxiety, improve physical and mental capabilities, and build immunity and resistance.

Pundit Radheshyam Mishra is an International Yoga guru who has taught and practiced yoga for twenty years. He is the founder and director of Ujjain Yogalife Society International, a yoga training and research center with branches in India, Europe, and the United States. He is a member of the International Board of Yoga, an advisor to the World Yoga Council, and a faculty member at Vikram University, Ujjain, India. Pundit Mishra has written four books and released the popular DVD, 24 Minutes of Yoga for 24 Hours of Energy.

Maryam Ovissi • 1:15 pm
Story of Natarajasana (Dancer Pose)

Join Maryam Ovissi for a journey into the world of Natarajasana (Dancer Pose). Using the tools of breath, concentration and movement, you will experience the cosmic dance of Shiva.

Maryam Ovissi is the owner of the Beloved Yoga: Flow from the Heart studios in Northern Virginia. Her studios honor the lineage of Krishnamacharya, with a focus on Vinyasa and Viniyoga. She is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher, and while she has studied with many masters, she considers her students to be her greatest teachers.

Pundit Radheshyam Mishra • 2:15 pm
Yoga for Emotional Health

This class will include postures that promote a strong body-mind complex: Nishpand Bhav (relaxation and control over sensory organs), Pranayam (breathing techniques for emotional strength), and Yogendra Lay (the meditation technique of Shri Yogendra). It will benefit those who want to relieve stress and anxiety, improve physical and mental capabilities, and build immunity and resistance.

John Schumacher • 3:15 pm
Find the Formless Through Form

This class explores how the practice of the forms of yoga asanas (postures) can lead to a realization of the formless ground of being that lies at the heart of all existence.

John Schumacher is the founder/director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, Washington, D.C.'s leading yoga center, and is one of the country's foremost yoga teachers. For the past three decades, he has been a senior student of renowned yoga master, B. K. S. Iyengar. Described by Washingtonian magazine as "the father of yoga in Washington," John has been teaching for forty years and gives workshops for teachers and students worldwide.

Patricia Walden • 4:15 pm
Experience the Transformative Power of Yoga

Patricia will teach a sequence that will energize your body and uplift your mind. She will then lead you into a state of calm and deep relaxation.

Patricia Walden is one of only two North Americans who hold a senior advanced certificate in the Iyengar method. She has been a prominent figure in the evolution of yoga in the United States, and she has played an active role in the Iyengar Yoga community since the mid-1980s. Currently, she is vice president of the B. K. S. Iyengar Regional Association of New England. In addition to her teaching, Patricia is known for her yoga videos, including Yoga for Beginners, and writings. She has coauthored three books, including The Women's Book of Yoga and Health. In 2004, she was cited by Yoga Journal as one of "25 American yoga originals who are shaping yoga today."

Elena Brower • 5:15 pm

This class will focus on alignment and fluidity, both in yoga and in most daily offerings. Through the practice of asana, pranayama and seated meditation, find healing space in your structure, quiet in your nervous system, and listening in your heart.

Elena Brower is the founder and co-owner of Virayoga, a multi-traditional yoga school in New York City. She is the author of Art of Attention, now in its second printing, and an executive producer of a film called On Meditation. In her classes worldwide, Elena incorporates alignment, flow, and meditation in her teachings on realistic reverence and gratitude.

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