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Chris Parkison is the Group Program Manager at VIDA Fitness (Yards) in Washington DC. He teaches Yoga, Pilates, and Group Fitness classes. He is Director of the Yoga Alliance RYS-200 school at VIDA Fitness The DC yoga Podcast is offered as an additional resource for yoga students and teachers who want to expand their studio experience. A place for yogis all over the DMV to find out more about their local studios and favorite teachers.

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DC yoga Podcast Chris Parkison

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Chris Parkison is the Group Program Manager at VIDA Fitness (Yards) in Washington DC. He teaches Yoga, Pilates, and Group Fitness classes. He is Director of the Yoga Alliance RYS-200 school at VIDA Fitness The DC yoga Podcast is offered as an additional resource for yoga students and teachers who want to expand their studio experience. A place for yogis all over the DMV to find out more about their local studios and favorite teachers.

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    DC Yoga Podcast- Siobhan Troy-Carranza

    DC Yoga Podcast- Siobhan Troy-Carranza

    DC Yoga Podcast Episode 36- Siohban Troy-Carranza

    - Tranquil Space
    - Yoga in the church (with mosquitos!)
    - Kim Wilson
    - Teacher Training
    - The Art of Sequencing
    - Yoga for Tots and Tykes
    - The Art of Touch
    - Seeing bodies
    - Always remembering your first down dog
    - Owning a studio versus not owning a studio
    - Managing Teachers
    - Vinyasa Yoga
    - Practicing yoga/doing anything other than working and raising your kids/motherhood
    - YogaWorks


    Since May 2002, I have been teaching vinyasa yoga in Washington, DC. After falling in love with the practice and wanting to learn more, I completed my 200-hr teacher training with Kimberly Wilson at Tranquil Space. I get to teach students of many levels and backgrounds to move their body and explore how the practice of yoga can positively influence their lives both on and off the mat. I teach group classes, privates, workshops and I am a teacher trainer at Tranquil Space which became part of the YogaWorks Family in August of 2017. I am a Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance. In 2014, I completed my 500-hr training and have over 9,000 hours of teaching. I teach five classes per week at YogaWorks in Dupont Circle.



    • 56 min
    DC Yoga Podcast- Joe Miller

    DC Yoga Podcast- Joe Miller

    DC Yoga Podcast Episode 35- Willow Street Yoga Director Joe Miller "yoga is how to die well"."

    - Anusara
    - Iyengar
    - Kung Fu
    - Kripalu
    - Amrit Desai
    - Depression and Demons
    - Rags to Riches
    - Potatoes and Pot
    - Self-esteem
    - Masculinity
    - Anger
    - New Mexico
    - John Friend
    - The teaching voice
    - Yoga sutras
    - The Trantric Tradition
    - Regardless of if you come to a yoga class for peace or for a tight ass, you get more than you bargained for.
    - Bhagavad Gita


    Joe Miller, E-RYT500, draws upon his 20 years of yogic exploration and study of anatomy to recognize and celebrate our endless potential to align with the intelligence of the body. With humor and lots of individualized attention, Joe uses his deep understanding of Hatha Yoga, Tantric Philosophy, and Ayurveda to give students practical tools to experience fully this gift of life. Joe co-leads Willow Street's Teacher Training program, and continues to deepen his own practice by studying with his principal teachers and his amazing family.



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    DC Yoga Podcast- Sun and Moon Yoga owners Annie And Amir

    DC Yoga Podcast- Sun and Moon Yoga owners Annie And Amir

    DC Yoga Podcast Episode 34- Annie and Amir "Paying fierce attention to whatever arises in the moment."

    - Yoga Studios as community centers
    - Asana to help alleviate back pain and correct body imbalances
    - Alignment based yoga classes
    - Economics of Yoga Studios
    - Psychoemotional benefits of yoga
    - Learning to weave philosophy into asana practice
    - Yoga in the DMV in the mid to late 1990s (the outfits definitely were not as nice)
    - Offering a real life alternative to instagram
    - Specificity when cuing poses
    - The value in naming or not naming poses
    - The Heart of the Bhagavad Gita
    - Dharma talks
    - Teaching with authenticity
    - Creating the schedule for a yoga studio
    - How being a yoga studio owner has changed over the years
    - Competition with small box gyms


    Amir stands at the helm as the most senior and followed teacher at, as well as the owner of, the nationally renowned Sun & Moon Yoga Studios in Northern Virginia. In his packed weekly public classes and private one-on-one yoga therapy sessions, he works attentively with students who want an enhanced quality of life through a plainspoken and sensible approach to health and well-being. His innovative techniques blending traditional Indian and Thai yoga influences with restorative postures, therapeutic applications, and somatic movement help students move gently forward on a path of healing, and encourages taking the mindfulness of yoga practice into everyday life. He holds Yoga Alliance’s highest certification level and is also a practitioner of Thai Yoga Therapy.

    During her former career as a high school English teacher, Annie began practicing yoga in the 1990s in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in a casual apartment setting with a small group of neighbors and one devoted teacher.

    After her twin daughters were born in 1999, Annie moved to Arlington, VA, and completed teacher training in 2002 at Sun & Moon Yoga, with the intention of bringing yoga philosophy back into the high school classroom.

    Along the way, Annie has taught yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy to thousands of yoga students in public classes at Sun & Moon, in corporate settings, in private one-on-one sessions, as part of basic and advanced teacher trainings, and on retreats. Annie’s regular weekly classes at Sun & Moon are organized by a quarterly theme, and each week presents a short philosophical talk on the theme, followed by a well-rounded physical practice of postures and breathing tied to the theme. Relaxations are long and luxurious. Discussion and questions are welcome. Laughter happens.



    • 59 min
    DC Yoga Podcast- Catherine Marquette

    DC Yoga Podcast- Catherine Marquette

    DC Yoga Podcast Episode 33- Catherine Marquette "Elevating voices instead of owning the conversation."

    - Coming to yoga from athletic injuries
    - Thinking about opening yoga studio
    - Leading 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings (YTT)
    - Working in professional sports
    - The beginning of Yoga Alliance (YA)
    - Broad overview of YA
    - Commodification of yoga
    - Yoga Alliance as the credentialing body for yoga teachers
    - How does a Yoga Alliance Registered 200 hour YTT work and where does YA fit in?
    - 200 hour YTT program as the foundation for teaching
    - How do we incentivize yoga teachers to keep learning after the 200 hour certification?
    - YA as advocate for all yoga teachers
    - How do YTT programs work in other countries?
    - How to start a Yoga Alliance YTT school
    - What are the standards for a YA YTT school and how are thy changing?
    - Who approves the programs at YA?
    - What makes a good yoga teacher and how do we evaluate that?
    - Making requirements for yoga schools and teachers without defining yoga
    - YTT programs vs. other group fitness trainings
    - New Code of Professional Conduct


    Catherine S. Marquette
    Vice President of Marketing & Communications | E-RYT 500

    Catherine Marquette is responsible for all of the marketing and communications efforts on behalf of Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation. In addition, she leads Yoga Alliance’s efforts in public relations, member education, and member benefits as well as government relations and advocacy. She has 20 years of marketing experience with organizations including Pepsi, New Balance, D.C. United, the New York Mets, and New York Road Runners. Her expertise spans community, grassroots, brand, partnership, and experiential marketing. Catherine holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Economics and Communications from the University of North Carolina, where she ran varsity track and cross country, and an MBA from Georgetown University. An Iyengar student for more than 15 years, Catherine has been a member of Yoga Alliance for 10 years as a Registered Yoga Teacher (currently E-RYT 500), became a Level 1 Certified YogaWorks instructor in 2016, and took part in her first YogaWorks teacher training program as an Assistant Teacher Trainer in 2018. She teaches classes and workshops in and around Washington, D.C.

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    DC Yoga Podcast- Halli Jastaran Faulkner

    DC Yoga Podcast- Halli Jastaran Faulkner

    DC Yoga Podcast episode 32- Halli Jastaran Faulkner "The Power of Subtlety"

    - Yoga in High School
    - Becoming a yoga practitioner instead of just practicing yoga
    - 40 day sadhana
    - Creating Healthy habits
    - Processing Trauma
    - Yoga and spirituality together
    - Training with Krishna Kaur
    - The physical demands of Kundalini yoga
    - Trauma and coping mechanisms
    - Providing a space for trauma survivors
    - Teaching with awareness
    - Setting physical and energetic boundries
    - Grounding postures
    - The Power of Subtlety
    - Hypervigilence and breathwork
    - The Long Time Sunshine song

    Note: this episode includes discussion of trauma and sexual abuse and may contain trigger moments for some listeners.


    Halli Jastaran Faulkner teaches healing yoga workshops for women who have experienced sexual assault and abuse.

    As a survivor herself, Halli has spent the last seven years studying how to use the tools of movement, breath, and mantra to help herself heal. Her Woman Warrior workshops use these same tools to create a safe space where students tap into their own innate healing power.

    Halli first learned about yoga in her high school gym class in upstate New York and has been practicing and learning ever since.

    In 2014, Halli moved to Los Angeles and was first trained in Kundalini yoga by Krishna Kaur and then trained in trauma-informed yoga by Kyra Haglund. She then started creating Woman Warrior workshops for survivors while going deep into her own process of healing from sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress.

    Halli has also spent some time in the formal academic world – earning her Master’s degree in education from Loyola Marymount University and her law degree from the George Washington University Law School, then working in education policy for over a decade.

    Halli is honored to have taught Woman Warrior workshops for sexual assault survivors in cities including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Rochester, New York. And she's grateful to spend her down time at home with her beautiful wife, Rachel.

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    December 22nd, 2019 Woman Warrior: Solstice Workshop for Survivors, Preparing for a Prosperous New Year


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    DC Yoga Podcast- Hari-kirtana das Part 2

    DC Yoga Podcast- Hari-kirtana das Part 2

    DC Yoga Podcast episode 32- Hari-kirtana das Part 2 "Yoga and Transcendence."

    - Yoga Teacher Training Programs
    - 300 hour YTT as continuing education
    - Learning to develop your unique gift as a yoga teacher
    - Practical tips and tricks of yoga teaching trade craft
    - Active listening as Yoga
    - The purpose of Drishti
    - Expanding consciousness through body awareness
    - Cultural Appropriation
    - The mistake of reinventing yoga to fit our desires
    - Yoga and Hinduism
    - Yoga as Religion or Science? Both?
    - Teaching yoga in public schools and the Church/state debate
    - Origins of yoga in Transcendence not Culture
    - Sanatana Dharma
    - The meaning of Dharma
    - The Gita
    - Eternal identity and temporary birth
    - Attachment to identity leads to the insistence of ownership
    - The many schools of yoga

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