“For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
– Brother David Steindl-Rast
We are encouraged by culture and media to be joyful and grateful during the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Years. Sometimes that comes easily, sometimes not so much. For those of us struggling, a gratitude practice can be powerful.
We use gratitude visualizations with our students in yoga class, but simple practices can be incorporated into home routines as well. A colleague of mine recently described her family’s simple routine. She uses her 10-minute school commute for their practice with a few simple rules: Everyone must share sometime, anything, no judgement, so long as it’s not what they shared the day before. She finds that simple routine gets everyone’s day started on a positive note and brings her family closer together with a daily check-in.
At Breathing Space, we are grateful you have chosen to share your family time with us through classes and workshops. We are looking forward to seeing you this holiday season and in 2017.
December News: New Classes
New Teen Yoga Class
Have your preteen/teen join Jen for a Teen Yoga 3-week mini-series on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-6:45 pm Dec 6-20 at Christ Church! A great way for your 12-16 year old to find out this class is for them before committing to January-March classes.
Prenatal Yoga Now Twice a Week!
Prenatal Yoga on Tuesdays as well from 7:30-8:45 pm Nov 22-Dec 29.
And! Thursday Prenatal Yoga class series has been extended through Dec 30.
Demo Preschoolers and Tot Yoga Clases Dec 11
Join Jen to try out a Preschooler (21 month-4 years) or Tot (crawling-24 mo) Yoga class. No yoga experience necessary.
This is a rare chance to drop in to our toddler classes before committing to a series. Makeups from fall classes also welcome. Learn more.
Prenatal Partners Workshop – Dec 3 or Dec 17
Join Alleah to prepare your partner to be your best comfort and support during the weeks leading up to and during labor. In this workshop for expecting couples, you will learn birth prep partner yoga, massage and therapeutic tools to soothe physical and mental discomforts.
Nutcracker Family Yoga – Dec 18
Calling all soldiers and sugar plum fairies – come enjoy a classic tale in a new way! Families will bring the Nutcracker story to life through yoga, dance, music, and lots of heart. Bring your sense of wonder and magic and join us for a special journey that will get you into the holiday spirit! Join Helena on Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 pm for this special workshop. Learn more.
Winter Class Registration Open Now!
New Classes, New Locations
We are pleased to offer favorite classes on new dates and times, a brand new class, and classes with new location partners.
- Tot and Preschooler Yoga with Debby on Mondays @ Rooted Pilates
- Babywearing Dance with Kaydee on Mondays @ Hot Yoga Capitol Hill
- Teen Yoga (12-16 years) with Jen Tuesday evenings @ Christ Church
and a change to a class format
- Toddler Yoga (walking-36 mo) – Tuesdays with Jen @ Capitol Hill Yoga
New Session Lengths
Starting in January, Prenatal and Postnatal classes, including Baby Yoga, will be offered in shorter sessions: 6-8 weeks. We hope the shorter sessions make scheduling around due dates and maternity leaves a little easier. Commit to the whole series or drop-in.
Find Your Class
Weekday classes being in early January and weekend classes begin toward the end of the month. See individual class listings for dates and details.
Winter Break and January Camp Enrollment Deadlines
Still Room in Winter Break Camps: Registration for Kids Yoga Day-Off Camps are open including our Dec 22, 23 camps! The Week of January 16-20: Due to both initial low enrollment and expected activity on Inauguration Day, we’ve decided to cancel camp on January 20.
We still hope to hold camp on both Martin Luther King Day, January 16, and the DCPS Records Day/PD Day, January 19. Unfortunately, both of those camp days are currently under-enrolled. In order to give enrolled parents plenty of time to make alternative arrangements if necessary, we will make a decision about our Jan 16 and 19 camps during the first week of December. If you are planning to register, please do so.
Yes, we do have gift certificates!
Experiences are wonderful gifts for family members to give without cluttering our small Hill houses. Choose any amount. However, for our very popular Saturday morning classes, we recommend having the giver contact us to register the student directly and ensure your child’s spot in class.
End of Year Tax Questions? Check your purchase receipt for our EIN. Tip: Ensure your camp receipt is formatted correctly by registering your child, not yourself.