“Speak Softly and Carry a Yoga Mat”
Sunday, May 5, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (events begin at 11am!!)
This will be held at the beautiful Constitution Gardens
by the Vietnam Memorial (closest Metro Stop is Foggy Bottom)
*10:45am is the annual kids class led by Rebecca Gitter! Kids of all ages welcome for this 20 minute kid focused fun yoga class!
Yoga on the Mall is a gathering of over a 1000 yoga practitioners and enthusiasts. We will gather on the Mall to participate in a free all-level outdoor yoga practice led by top and inspiring teachers from DCCY including John Schumacher, Patty Ivey, Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, and Greg Marzullo; and others from DC Yoga Week Member Studios. Check out the wealth of styles of teachings participating this year, and check out your home studio or a studio you have been curious about visiting to see who will be coming to Yoga on the Mall 2013.
Yoga on the Mall is open to all levels of yoga students, from beginners to advanced, along with individuals and families. It is always great fun for everyone and a wonderful celebration of our growing yoga community!
Many thanks to all of the wonderful participating studios who put great energy into making DC Yoga Week and Yoga on the Mall a great success.
This year our emcee is the visionary behind The Poetry of Yoga project – HawaH.
Our two-hour practice together will include asana demonstration lead by representatives from all of our Partner Studios including Jen Dryer, Nikki Plaskett, Soozie Kinstler, Molly Hanten, Kelly Fisher,Faith Hunter, Krista Block, Andrew McCauly, Lika Elwood, Eva Burns, Doerthe Braun, Leticia Franchi, Kristen Krash, Hillary Wentz, Jafar Alexander, Suzie Carmack, Rebecca Bly, Alleah Clarke, Debora Jackson, Monika Leiss, Lauren Poppalardo and Ryan Daniel Smith.
Then join John Schumacher , Patty Ivey, Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, and Greg Marzullo as they lead an all-level free community class.
All Member Studios will have a teacher on stage practicing during the class. This includes Jen Campbell, Clare Kelly, Hayley Steinbarth, Amanda Shipe, Shauna Coleman,Amanda Shipe , Molly Hanten, Katie Myer, Andrew McCauly, Ginny Loving , Nina Stanger,Brandon Copeland, Derek Waddy,Tori Gordon, Suzie Mills, Niya Sha,Jafar Alexander, Janet Walkoe, Nina Stanger,Brandice Rogers, Julia Romanao, Liz Chabra, Monika Leiss, Debra Mishalove and Lauren Poppalardo
What to Bring: Please bring a yoga mat, a towel, water, snacks and your friends!
Rain Date: Saturday, May 11 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Constitution Gardens by the Vietnam Memorial
(closest Metro Stop is Foggy Bottom)
Patty’s convinced that she did not find yoga – yoga found her! An avid marathon runner and biker, Patty suddenly found herself indefinitely stalled with a knee injury that would require surgery and perhaps months of rehabilitation.
Upon the urging of doctors and friends, -she took her very first yoga class. Her teacher was none other than Baron Baptiste himself! Patty was instantly hooked on Baron’s powerful flow and his inspirational teaching. From the moment he called Downward Dog, she knew her life was about to change forever.
Patty is definitely someone who through the practice of yoga found her footing in life, her heart and voice. Her teachings offer a rawness that is refreshing, and an authenticity that inspires all who fill her classes to “keep it real”. Although Patty has studied with many great yoga masters, she considers Baron Baptiste to be the one teacher that has had the greatest impact in her teaching and life.
These days, she can be found leading the masses of yoga warriors that flow through Down Dog Yoga, the Baptiste Affiliate studios she founded and operates in DC, Maryland and Virginia . Each year, it brings her joy to share the light by introducing thousands of yoga students to the energetic and dynamic practice that found her nearly a decade ago. It is not unusual to see her students lined up to secure a spot in her packed classes. Patty and her studios have been featured in numerous publications, and most recently named DC’s National Treasure by Women’s Health Magazine.
Off her mat, Patty dedicates much of her free time ensuring the welfare and care of abused and abandoned animals. Patty and the Down Dog Yoga community regularly sponsor pets in need, finding them the loving homes they deserve.
Patty resides in Georgetown, DC with her husband, Scott, and their small animal kingdom that includes her two cats, Lucas and Lulu, and two dogs, Coco and Elijah.
For more information on Patty, her classes, workshops and retreats, please visit www.downdogyoga.co
Greg Marzullo is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and, each year, teaches thousands of people the physical, mental and philosophical practices of yoga. More than a dozen weekly classes in the D.C. area at three different studios are complimented by workshops and leading international yoga retreats. He teaches free classes to the staff of N Street Village, a large women’s homeless shelter, in D.C., and also teaches budding yoga instructors their craft for the nationally recognized Flow Yoga Center’s teacher training program.
Greg first encountered yoga during a summer arts camp when he was 11, and after the camp was over, he continued practicing on his own because of the positive benefits he felt physically and mentally. He returned to yogic practices throughout his teens and 20s, both on the East Coast where he grew up, and at Arizona State University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in English. Greg made yoga a regular part of his physical and mental conditioning in his late 20s, as a way to counteract the rigors of a stage and dance career that lasted 15 years. Inspired by yoga in both body and spirit, he finally decided to become a yoga teacher and completed his 200-hour training program in 2009 at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, D.C.
For four years, he studied and became apprentice to Alessandra Belloni, a world-renowned percussionist and healer who taught him the shamanic techniques of Southern Italy. After having studied these spiritual traditions in the U.S. and in Italy, Greg now regularly teaches workshops on the famed tarantella, Southern Italy’s ancient ecstatic healing dance and the dances of the Black Madonna.
John Schumacher is the founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, Washington’s premier yoga studio. He has practiced yoga for more than 40 years and has taught in the Washington area since 1973. John continues to study in India with B.K.S. Iyengar, the world’s foremost Yoga teacher, and is a certified advanced Iyengar Yoga teacher, one of only 13 teachers in the U.S. to hold that level of certification. John also spent many years studying with internationally acclaimed teacher Dona Holleman.
John’s clear, precise style and his engaging sense of humor have made him one of the country’s leading yoga teachers. Yoga Journal described him as “one of 25 originals shaping yoga in America.” John has written for a variety of publications and has appeared in numerous local and national media, including U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Times, PBS, Yoga Journal, and many others. He has spoken about the practice and benefits of yoga on radio and television and at conferences and events around the nation. In 2007, he was a keynote speaker at the first NIH conference on alternative health.
In his 39 years as a teacher, John has taught thousands of students, including many of the Washington area’s most prominent yoga teachers. He continues to travel across the U.S. and throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, where he conducts workshops for students and teachers of all levels.
The studio he founded in 1979, Unity Woods Yoga Center, has grown to encompass four locations in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. It is now the largest Iyengar Yoga center in the U.S. and one of the largest and most respected yoga centers in the country. Over the more than 30 years of its existence, Unity Woods has worked to foster health, serenity, and awareness for more than 45,000 students who have taken classes at the center.
Kevin has been teaching hatha-vinyasa yoga for over 10 years at Tranquil Space Yoga. He is currently the director of teacher training at Tranquil Space and runs the basic Level 1 teacher training, the 200-hour certification, and the advanced teacher training for 500-hour certification, all approved by the Yoga Alliance. He leads weekly classes, seasonal workshops, teacher trainings, and international retreats. He has worked to inspired and challenge new teachers to take their seat as teachers, while finding their own unique voices. His workshops have included topics like: teaching yoga, psychology, ethics, mindfulness, detox-practices, core-strength, partner-yoga, and personal growth. Kevin encourages his students to tap into their individual brilliance, strength, vitality, creativity, and awaken their inner wisdom through yoga and mindfulness meditation. He has completed advanced teacher trainings with Tranquil Space, Cindy Lee, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Baron Baptiste, David Nichtern, and many others. His aspiration is to continue to be a curious and inspired life-long student with a beginner’s mind.
Kevin is practicing psychotherapist at Whitman-Walker Health and focuses his work on individuals and groups coping with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. His work has also focused on LBGTQ issues, immigrant/new-comer health, and HIV/AIDS. Kevin holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker- LICSW. He holds professional affiliations with the National Catholic School of Social Service, the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and the Professional Psychology Program at George Washington University. He is a practicing and licensed massage therapist and was certified in massage therapy by Potomac Massage Training Institute. He believes that all that we learn and experience can be folded into an integrated approach to wellness.You can attend one of his classes at Tranquil Space on Tuesdays (5:30/7pm), Thursdays (7:30-Yoga for Men), or Saturdays (9/10:45am).