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Every Sunday at 9-10am at Wangari Gardens
October 26th is 8:30-9:30am
If there’s rain the class will be canceled.
Helena Woodvine Synder, PhD
A Biochemist by day, who often can also be found moonlighting as a camera crane operator for her husband’s film production company by night, Helena has always enjoyed the richness and diversity that life has to offer. Passionate about the outdoors and wilderness adventure, Helena has led a very active, environmentally conscious lifestyle. A yoga student for over 11 years, Helena first came across yoga at university when she learned that yoga might be able to help improve her scoliosis and increase muscular strength and flexibility. She immediately fell in love with the practice and over time, found many other benefits than just increased physical ability. Helena found that yoga helped increase her concentration and aid in finding space to be truly present. In time, a continuing study of yoga allowed her to find greater calm in her daily life and a deeper sense of self that was more at ease with the World. In February of this year, Helena embarked on a 200 Hour YTT certification which she will complete in September. She is excited about the opportunity to share with others the benefits she has found from regular yoga practice. Helena‘s yoga teaching is inspired by several yoga styles. She focuses on conscious, alignment based practices drawing from her Iyengar and Anusara background, whilst incorporating the poses into an Ashtanga influenced, Vinyasa flow. Her classes combine active flow asanas with calming, therapeutic twists.
Mariia’s style is Power inspired Vinyasa flow. Her classes are playful and inspiring. She encourages her students to feel like kids again on their mats, release all the masks, fears, holdings and just allow themselves to be who they really are, realize that they are perfect and enough just the way they are, and allow themselves to relax and have fun. She encourages students to take a new challenge on the mat, find a new edge in a practice. So if you want not only to find peace in mind and connect with your deepest spirit but also to sweat and tone your body Mariia’s class is for you.
The first part of a class is fast-paced, you move your body and energy and the second part is more meditative in order to reconnect you with your true Self.
Mariia inspires people to believe in themselves, so they start realizing that there is nothing impossible in this life, there is no limitations and we all are born to be happy and free.
STARTS AT 8:30-9:30!!!
I had my first experience with yoga as a teenager, attending weekly classes at my local YMCA. In the summer of 2012, I discovered Bikram yoga, immediately fell in love, and regularly practiced for two years…but I needed something more. So, I began exploring other types of yoga, which led me to complete my 200 hour teacher training with Yoga District in July of this year. My practice now extends beyond just doing the asanas; for me yoga is the constant practice of mindfullness in all areas of life. My intention is to share all the benefits I receive from my practice with others. I incorporate breathing and meditation into all of my Dharma inspired flow classes. I currently teach at the Benning Road Public Library on some Saturdays at 10 am. My classes are geared toward beginners and intermediate practitioners, but all are welcome!
We’re recruiting people who want to barter for our Barter Festival that’s happening Sunday September 21st. If you’re interested please sign up at this link.
Please help spread the word too. We need a certain number of barterers by sept 14th to make this festival happen. Thanks!
More details below
Wangari Gardens Team
On Saturday Sept 6th Wangari Gardens is partnering with a huge bus load of GW freshman during their service learning day to hopefully build an accessible path made from tampered gravel and stone dust that will allow our current gardeners with mobility disabilities, community members in wheelchairs, and future patients from the Washington Hospital Center across the street, to participate in our workshops, harvest from our “Accessibility Garden” (made from different vertical gardens) and reach with ease our super tall personal garden plots for our gardeners with mobility disabilities.
We are spending the rest of our garden budget on this project, but we still need to raise another $1000 for materials and tools to complete the whole path. We’re reaching out to people today to ask for support for this much needed project.
If you can help us make Wangari Gardens accessible to everyone, please make a tax deductible (we are a 501c3 non profit now!) donation on our paypal link on our website, http://www.wangarigardens.org or mail us cash or a check made to Wangari Gardens.
If we can raise more than our goal we will put the rest of the funds towards hiring a carpenter to build a hand rail along the steps in our garden leading to the Washington Hospital Center. If we don’t reach our goal we will build what we can of the path and continue to raise the funds to finish the project next year.
If you also have hand tampers and wheelbarrows we can borrow for Sept 6th or would like to join us in creating or planning the accessible path please email us too. We welcome all the help we can get!
Please check out our website at http://www.wangarigardens.org if you can make a tax deductible donation to help us make Wangari Gardens more accessible or mail us cash or a check made to Wangari Gardens to the following address
2918 Sherman Ave NW
Washington DC 20001
Thank you everyone for your time.
Wangari Gardens Team
If the sun is out tomorrow, Sunday August 17th at 1pm, Solar Household Energy (SHE), an amazing nonprofit, will be doing a solar cooking demo. I heard ratatouille with a cake for desert is on the menu.
Solar Household Energy’s (SHE) focus has been international with populations that cook meals with biomass (firewood, charcoal, dung): http://www.she-inc.org.
SHE is part of SCInet, the organization in Sacramento that organized the Solar Cooking Convention. Check out the video this video more info
Have you ever wondered how great yoga is outside? Do you enjoy yoga but can’t afford DC prices? Are you interested in yoga but haven’t found your style or teacher in DC yet?
Do you wish you had better mobility, stronger lungs and more relaxation in your life? Do you feel like joining a bunch of amazing people every Sunday morning at a beautiful place to try out a variety of yoga styles and teachers?
If you said yes to any of these questions, please check out Wangari Gardens for the outdoor summer yoga sessions.
Time: 9-10am every Sunday this summer
Cost: These yoga sessions are free and open to anyone. The teachers are donating they’re time so we’re asking for a $5 donation if you can pay. Please come regardless.
Mats: We have limited free yoga mats to use. Please bring your own if possible.
Location: Wangari Gardens is located at Kenyon and Park Pl NW intersection. Please respect our neighbors and the few parking places they have by avoiding parking on Park Pl. Meet us at our outdoor classroom area. Thanks!
RSVP: RSVP is not required but will help us plan, and you’ll get an email heads up. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
6/1/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
6/8/2014 Zsudayka Nzinga Kemetic Yoga*
6/15/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
6/22/2014 Sihnuu Hetep Vinyasa Flow
6/29/2014 Elizabeth Kanter Gentle Yoga
7/6/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
7/13/2014 Yael Flusberg Gentle Yoga
7/20/2014 Zsudayka Nzinga Kemetic Yoga*
7/27/2014 April Rameé Hatha Yoga
8/3/2014 April Rameé Hatha Yoga
8/10/2014 Helena Woodvine Mix Yoga
8/17/2014 April Rameé Hatha Yoga
8/24/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
8/31/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
9/7/2014 Zsudayka Nzinga Kemetic Yoga*
9/14/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
9/21/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
9/28/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
* Children are encouraged to come
Yoga Teacher Bios
Ally has taught yoga outreach programs since 2010 in the place she feels most authentic, the inner city. Teaching in under served communities, Ally brings yoga to communities where yoga is not easily accessible and teaches in a style that is gentle, compassionate, and honoring. Her students are diverse and are often dealing with defeat, struggle, and loss but have found their way out of the depths. Ally feels that her students are the real teachers and has a large following in the Benning Road neighborhood of DC. She uses the mat as a tool to deal with life in a creative and compassionate way. Through her yoga, Ally teaches her students to be the change they wish to see in their community and the world.
Based out of Washington D.C., April Rameé (200-RYT) is a modern-day Renaissance Woman. April has always possessed a deep love for every type of dance form and is extraordinarily passionate about healing with herbs, travel, music, and mathematics. After spending seven years studying several different yoga disciplines, she found her natural niche in traditional Sivananda Hatha Yoga. Trained under Anjali Sunita at Baltimore Yoga Village, April discovered the absolute truth that accompanies the ability to harness the genuine spirit of love and healing. In addition to her extensive yoga training, April is a clinical herbalist with a dedicated connection to Mother Earth and healing with plants. April has also been performing for seven years and is skilled in the art of performing with live flames. April navigates life with one key intention—to spread love and the healing energy of the universe via yoga, herbs, dance and all other forms of spiritual physical activity.
Elizabeth Lakshmi Kanter, E-RYT200, RYT500 and certified yoga therapist, believes that everybody – and every body – can practice yoga and receive its benefits. Her therapeutic approach addresses the whole person: immune system, nervous system, emotional and mental well-being, postural alignment, breath, vitality, and self-awareness. She has worked with 9-to-5-ers at offices and conferences, with people with cancer at hospitals and retreats, with trauma survivors and human trafficking survivors through nonprofits, and with people with auto-immune diseases and mobility challenges at yoga studios. Her instruction supports each individual as they work toward their goals in finding greater ease and presence in body, breath, and mind. Her Gentle Yoga classes incorporate awareness, mindful therapeutic movement, healing breath, and a delicious guided relaxation.
Sihnuu is a lover of life, laughter and movement in all of its forms. She interlaces yoga into every aspect of her life and encourages others to do the same by exploring open dialogue with their bodies on the mat. Sihnuu holds two 200hr certifications through Yoga Alliance and has participated in many yoga trainings to deepen her practice. Throughout her time in training she has been able to find her yoga voice and now as an instructor hopes to share her experience with others. She currently teaches at Epic Yoga and Corepower Yoga in Washington, DC. Sihnuu’s ultimate focus is to empower students by helping them find mind body balance and internal peace on the mat that can be integrated into everyday life.
Yael Flusberg has taught yoga classes at area hospitals, libraries, workplaces, schools, yoga studios – and is thrilled to be adding community gardens to the mix. As an integrative yoga therapist (RYT-500, E-RYT-200), Yael facilitates both group and individual yoga therapy sessions with people dealing with a variety of conditions; at Wangari gardens, her gentle class will incorporate breathing practices, mindfulness, self-massage, and simple but effective movements.
Zsudayka is an artist and life coach from Denver. She’s been doing self love and inner peace workshops for almost a decade all over the country. She teaches Kemetic yoga and encourages people to bring their children.
Helena Woodvine Snyder, PhD
A Biochemist by day, who often can also be found moonlighting as a camera crane operator for her husband’s film production company by night, Helena has always enjoyed the richness and diversity that life has to offer. Passionate about the outdoors and wilderness adventure, Helena has led a very active, environmentally conscious lifestyle. A yoga student for over 11 years, Helena first came across yoga at university when she learned that yoga might be able to help improve her scoliosis and increase muscular strength and flexibility. She immediately fell in love with the practice and over time, found many other benefits than just increased physical ability. Helena found that yoga helped increase her concentration and aid in finding space to be truly present. In time, a continuing study of yoga allowed her to find greater calm in her daily life and a deeper sense of self that was more at ease with the World. In February of this year, Helena embarked on a 200 Hour YTT certification which she will complete in September. She is excited about the opportunity to share with others the benefits she has found from regular yoga practice. Helena’s yoga teaching is inspired by several yoga styles. She focuses on conscious, alignment based practices drawing from her Iyengar and Anusara background, whilst incorporating the poses into an Ashtanga influenced, Vinyasa flow. Her classes combine active flow asanas with calming, therapeutic twists.