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August’s Essential Yoga WorkShop: Balance

Essential Yoga Workshops are themed, monthly workshops that weave essential oils into yoga practice to deepen and expand the yoga experience with distinctive aromas and powerful healing energy. Essential oils help to extend the impact or influence of the yoga practice beyond the mat. Specific oils are chosen to enhance the physical and emotional aspects of each theme. During the workshop, students will experience essential oils aromatically, internally with water (optional), and topically during centering/breathwork, the main body of the yoga class, seated poses, and meditation/savasana.

August Essential Yoga Theme: “BALANCE – Creating Optimal Health

Date: Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 (3-5 pm in Zen Room)

Yoga Focus: Vinyasa Flow, Effort & Surrender, The Power of OM

Oils: Balance grounding blend, lavender, melaleuca, On Guard protective blend, AromaTouch massage blend, Deep Blue soothing blend, wild orange, peppermint

Description: A vinyasa flow sequenced to integrate a slower-paced experience of essential oils, movement, and breath. We will use oils from doTERRA’s AromaTouch Technique to help support the body’s system to function optimally in response to everyday stress, increased toxin levels, inflammation, and autonomic nervous system imbalances. When paired with yoga,essential oils help the body and mind move toward a more balanced, holistic state of being.

August 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Yoga Teacher Training Information Session

Do you want to become a yoga teacher? Would you like to immerse yourself in practice where you can fine tune your asanas but also dive deeper into the teachings of Yoga? Would you like to build a solid foundation in meditation, breathing technique, devotion, restorative yoga, diet and nutrition? Mind Your Body Oasis’ Fall 2015 Teacher Training is the next chapter in your life.

Soozie Kinstler, Master Teacher, and Amanda Shipe, MYBO founder, will lead you on an immersive journey to become a yoga instructor. You will build a solid foundation in meditation, breathing technique, devotion, restorative yoga, diet and nutrition.

Yoga teacher training is a big decision as well as a commitment, we commend you for making it this far and considering this life changing experience. Mind Your Body Oasis (MYBO) strongly believes that the practices of yoga and a solid foundation of nutrition and diet provide a platform and a tool to achieve and believe in yourself and your dreams. This teacher training will be as unique and special as it will be practical. You will learn how you can apply all that you learn directly to becoming a yoga teacher (if that is what you desire) or how to live the healthy life of a yogi or yogini more fully in your existence. Everyone involved at MYBO is focused on you, your growth, your knowledge and building a community that can be your Oasis…your home.

MYBO Flow & Restorative Yoga Teacher Training provides an intensive, immersive, experience for the yogi seeking to deepen his or her practice and learn to lead and inspire students. Committing to 200 hours of yoga for your own personal, emotional, spiritual, and professional development will be a fulfilling and life-altering experience. Throughout the journey, you will build strength and resilience in mind, body and spirituality and learn how to share your passion for the practice with others.

Ready to learn more? Sign up for our free Teacher Training Informational Session to learn about this instructional program. The 60 minute seminar requires absolutely no commitment, but is required in order to move forward with the 200 hour program

To reserve your spot call 703-567-1290

August 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The Power of Om

How many times have you heard, “we’ll begin our practice with three oms, inhale…?” But why do we do so?  August’s theme explores the power of Om.

Om is the most sacred mantra in the universe and reflects the vibrations of the universe, that everything is constantly moving. This month we are explaining Om and giving people a deeper reason to practice chanting it. Oming allows us to observe, surrender ourselves and participate in the vibrations that connect everything.
These vibrations that connect us to the universe allow you to surrender your outer layers of ego and observe the power in silence. surrender in this context is about letting go to something outside of yourself. For some very strong ego personalities this may mean that you surrender your ego to your highest self. That’s great, begin there.

But, then, what if you considered relinquishing control to life that is outside of you? That’s where the real work of this philosophy happens. Take baby steps and begin watering the seeds of this relationship. No matter what you call it, this is the principle goal of yoga. And, what if instead of calling it a goal, something with defined expectations, we exposed a natural yearning? A yearning for surrender internally then externally?

Participate in the vibrations, surrendering your ego by oming:

A – pronounced AHHHHHH, the sound is made in the back of the throat, lips and jaw relaxed, tongue drops and it vibrates in the belly/navel. It represents earth, birth, creation, Brahma.
Experiment: Put your hand on lower belly and chant ahhhh can you feel the vibration.
U – pronounced as OOOOOO, the sound is made in the mouth. The vibration is felt in the heart which represents the present moment, now, all of life itself, Vishnu.
Experiment: put your hand on heart and chant oooooo
M – pronounced MMMMM, the sound is made with the lips and tongue to roof of mouth and it vibrates at the top of the head. It represents heaven, death, Shiva.
Experiment: Put hand on top of head and chant mmmmmm

The sound fades into nothing. This silence, Turiya, is absolute.

Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be is om. Likewise all else that may exist beyond the bounds of time, that too is om.–Mandukya Upanishad

In Yoga Sutra 1.23, Patanjali gives us a sure-fire way to reach the state of yoga. It is a practice called Ishvara Pranidhana. Ishvara is a Sanskrit word that can be translated to mean supreme, or personal, God. Pranidhana means to dedicate, devote, or surrender. The practice of Ishvara Pranidhana therefore means that if we are able to completely surrender our individual ego identities to God (our own higher self); if we can dedicate our lives to serving the God that dwells within all other beings, human and non-human alike; we will move beyond all feelings of separateness. If we can say without reservation: “I give You myself: my body, my mind and my heart, to do with as You best see fit,” then we will be freed from the stress, anxiety, self-doubt and negative karma that arises from our reliance upon our egos to determine which actions we take in our lives.

Ishavara Pranidhana is the practice of less action. It is the practice of being and seeing. What unfolds, what flows. It asks that you connect within and without to find the trust and belief that Life itself supports all your choices, events and obstacles.

How does this word, God, sit with you? What does it bring up and why? Yoga is the path of discovery, allow yourself to acknowledge where the resistance is coming from and why. You don’t have to use the word God. What if you changed the word to something that was more comfortable? Love, Universe, Source, or Earth? As you know yoga is about stepping out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be for you, but surrender in this context is about letting go to something outside of yourself.

Within a yoga class, there are many ways to practice Ishvara Pranidhana, and cultivate our ability and willingness to surrender. By continuously offering up our efforts and rewards to something more than just personal gain, we are able to keep Ishvara (our own personal form of God) in the forefront of our minds. By putting aside our judgments and criticisms, and following the instructions given to us in class, we learn to more easily take cue from something other than the ego. With each forward bending posture, we bow down to God in some form that has meaning to us, and with each back-bending posture, we offer up our hearts, so that we may carry out the will of the universe with every thought, word and action we take. 

Contemplate daily the Supreme attributes of Ishvara as you meditate and offer yourself completely as a vehicle for Divine Will. Peace comes when we relinquish the idea that we are the “doer” and allow the infinite to guide us on our way. Let go, and let God lead.
God is the representation of Life, Earth, universe, Energy, Source, Divinity. God is Om.
August 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Congratulations to August Student of the Month Margo C!

Meet Margo, August’s Student of the Month: Margo is an Attorney for a federal law enforcement agency. Born and raised in Colorado, she moved to this area after law school.

“I met my amazing husband in DC and we live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. I love to laugh, cook, scrapbook, play chess, travel, go to sporting events, read, brunch, spend time with my family, and of course practice yoga! I am very passionate about my family. I have a large immediate family that is continuously growing! My parents are my heroes and family is everything to me.”

What might you not know about Margo: Each of my three siblings was born in a different country! 
Margo is motivated to practice yoga because: I took my first yoga class over 7 years ago and practiced off and on until I found MYBO. This studio has been very welcoming and I am fortunate and grateful to practice at MYBO as much as I do. I have received so much support and guidance from all of the teachers (particularly my Guru, Soozie!) and I am continuously inspired by the many friends I have made. Yoga truly connects and bonds people and MYBO brings so much light to my daily life.

“Yoga is incredibly pure to me and I am dedicated to a consistent practice because it gives me such a positive outlook. When I leave yoga class my mind always feels clearer, lighter, and happier.”

The biggest physical/mental health benefit Margo has noticed: Yoga (particularly hot yoga!) has humbled me and given me strength and confidence that I didn’t know existed. There is so much power and positivity in the practice and it reminds me that when my mind is in a positive place, my body, energy, and attitude will naturally follow. Yoga is physically challenging but it is also playful and it keeps me grounded and open minded. Through yoga, I am constantly learning new things about myself and my surroundings. It has been a truly transformative process (both mentally and physically)!

For those of you considering trying out our studio: Why not give it a try?!? Whether it is to relieve stress, detox, relax, increase strength, flexibility, or mobility; yoga will change your life. There is so much to gain. The benefits are endless!

To stay centered and calm in our hectic world, Margo recommends: Practicing mindfulness and focusing on my breath helps me put things in perspective and stay focused on what is really important. Taking a few deep breaths helps me let go of things and yoga reminds me that there is beauty to be found in everything.

August 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Downdog Days of Summer Specials are here!

August in DC is hot, humid and slow paced.  Our August specials will make that all bearable!

  • Make August the month to commit to yourself and your practice! Enjoy one full month of unlimited yoga or pilates for $99 (value $180), August 1-31.
  • Treat yoself with pamper time: Book and appointment with Khrystyna and get a 60 minute facial and 30 minute far-infared sauna for $80 ($125 value).
  • The Yoga Experience: New to yoga? Looking to fine-tune with a professional at your convenience? We’ve got the perfect treat for yourself or the yoga newbie in your life! August only, new students receive two 60 minute private yoga sessions, two group classes, and two healing infared sauna session for $169. Current students can take advantage for $199.
  • Eat Well, Live Well: In August, 90 minute nutrition session + $100 credit towards supplements, five healing infrared sauna sessions, $199 (value $400).
August 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

Teacher Tips to Take your Practice to the Next Level

Here are the steps to get into standing forehead to knee. Each step should be mastered with a standing straight leg (e.g. muscles activated above and behind the knee to prevent hyperextension) before moving on to the next. 

This pose builds mental strength; improves concentration; unifies the mind and body; tightens the abdominal and thigh muscles. It is also good for diabetes. As you breathe into the pose, feel how it squeezes and flushes out the internal abdominal organs, such as the gall bladder, pancreas and spleen, as well as the uterus and ovaries and increases flexibility of the sciatic nerves. An active pose, it strengthens the tendons, biceps of the thigh muscles, and hamstrings in the legs while developing the deltoids, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, scapula, biceps and triceps all while working on the muscles of the back.

So how do you make it happen?

  1. Distribute weight equally over the four points of the foot
  2. Activate all the muscles of the knee of the standing leg including the quadriceps and muscles behind the knee. 
  3. Keep a tight, webbing to webbing grip with all ten fingers
  4. Leg is parallel to the floor with heel in line with hip. 
  5. Suck your stomach in and contract your abdominal muscles
  6. Flex the whole foot back toward your face beyond perpendicular while kicking forward from the hip through the heel. 
  7. Elbows reach towards the calf muscle and attempt to go below. 
  8. Tuck chin to chest, round the spine, touch forehead to knee for the final expression. 

Share your progress on this pose with us on Facebook or Instagram!

July 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

LayerOne Wellness Products Now Available!

We’re excited to announce we’re now partnering with LayerOne Wellness, featuring their products in the studio. From the owner, Blair, a former teacher at MYBO:

“LayerOne began as a labor of love; a small set of handmade food-grade lotion that I shared with my family on my wedding day. It has since grown, for me, into something much bigger. It became a path to helping others by learning and sharing products made with integrity, and building skills around healthy lifestyle and love. I hope to share this with you to create a better, more natural world. From my first layer, LayerOne.”

We have a variety of LayerOne products at Mind Your Body Oasis, including Kinstler yoga massage oil!

Named for Master Yogini, Soozie Kinstler, the relaxation oil is designed for everyday personal face massage and yoga adjustments. The premier blend of organic oils were selected for anti-bacterial properties and low-comedogenic factor (acne clearing and avoiding). High in carrier oils, Kinstler absorbs quickly and does not leave greasy residue.

  • Rosehip Seed Oil high in essential fatty acids calms and nourishes
  • Vitamin A hydrates and absorbs quickly
  • Hemp oil protects the skin from free radicals while olive oil builds the protective barrier
  • Castor oil cleanses and rejuvenates
The gift of massage in practice and in everyday is a form of communication we don’t often find. We designed Kinstler to facilitate our connection to each other and find a new, deeper layer.

July 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Back to School: Yoga Teacher Training

We all have a desire to learn more: about ourselves, our inner light, our physical practice, how to master Astavakrasana (Eight-Angle Pose); Sanskrit; or even the more spiritual elements that yoga offers. And one of the best ways to do that is through yoga teacher training at Mind Your Body Oasis.

Yoga teacher training is a big decision as well as a commitment, we commend you for making it this far and considering this life changing experience. Mind Your Body Oasis (MYBO) strongly believes that the practices of yoga and a solid foundation of nutrition and diet provide a platform and a tool to achieve and believe in yourself and your dreams. This teacher training will be as unique and special as it will be practical. You will learn how you can apply all that you learn directly to becoming a yoga teacher (if that is what you desire) or how to live the healthy life of a yogi or yogini more fully in your existence. Everyone involved at MYBO is focused on you, your growth, your knowledge and building a community that can be your Oasis…your home.


The program is a 11 weekend program stretched over 3 months. This is an immersion and it is meant to be intense so that it can have the most beneficial and transformative effects. Training cycles in session 3 weekends in a row and then break for 1 weekend.
Fall Schedule

The program starts 9/11/15 and ends on 12/6/15. The schedule will be:
9/11-13, 9/18-20, 10/2-4, 10/9-11, 10/16-18, 10/23-25, 11/6-8, 11/13-15, 11/20-22, 12/4-6

You’ll learn from the best, sign up today!

Reminiscing about going back to school? We all love learning and whether that’s discovering your inner light, developing your physical practice to master Bird of Paradise, or learning to guide others on their yoga path MYBO teacher training offers you these opportunities. Lead by Soozie Kinstler, you’ll challenge yourself inside and out.
Posted by Mind Your Body Oasis on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Don’t be a Stranger, Come Meet Khrystyna!

A new addition to our team, Licensed Skincare Therapist, Khrystyna Modrytska brings her magical touch and passion for skincare to MYBO! Book an appointment with Khrystyna and receive this special rate: 60-minute facial and 30-minute far-infrared sauna for $80 ($125 value). Khrystyna began her journey into skincare as a pharmacy student. She quickly realized that her love of biology and chemistry translated into a passion for skincare and supporting beautiful skin.  At Mind Your Body Oasis, she works with clients to improve their skin drawing upon her expertise of innovative skincare products and the chemistry of the skin. Take advantage of these specials and let your inner glow shine though your skin.
July 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Testimonial Tuesday: 3 Ways We’re Dedicated to Health at AddThis

We’re very grateful for the shoutout from AddThis.  Take a tip from from them! What is your favorite way to incorporate wellness into your workplace? Check out our corporate wellness offerings here!

–Excerpted from AddThis

Part of what makes AddThis an exciting place to work is the fun and distinct approach we take to our daily routine. Our employees are extremely talented and hardworking, which is why it’s important to balance the scale by incorporating some stress-relieving activities that also improve personal health. One way we approach this balance is through good old-fashioned exercise!

2. Yoga

We’re a flexible company. No, seriously. I mean we are physically flexible. This is thanks to the Founder of Mind Your Body Oasis, Amanda Shipe. She joins us on a bi-weekly basis and takes us through various yoga workouts. She accommodates all levels of skill and helps us de-stress for an hour at the end of the day. After class, our focus is in the right place to finish up our remaining tasks and head home feeling great.

July 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|