This week’s blog post is from guest blogger Jessica Band.  Jessica Band is the Social Media Director at Central Farm Markets.  For more information about Central Farm Markets, please visit their website.

What’s going on at the markets this summer?

So much!  Our market schedule is packed with musicians, wine tastings, chef demo’s, special craft vendors, plant clinics, and of course, lots of great food! Our farm market vendors bring the freshest produce, dairy, meat, seafood, and baked foods from local farms to the DC Metro area.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with extendYoga to host those great FREE outdoor yoga sessions.  Our last session in early June had a great turnout despite the weather!  There are two more classes this month – July 13 and July 27 at Pike Central Farm Market.

market yoga arlet

We also have some great special programs that are going on now, and events that are coming up later in the summer.  Here are some of them, to name a few:

1. CompostKIDS Program (going on now through September 1)

A lot of our market patrons participate in the Compost Crew’s food recycling program, and we wanted to extend this wonderful lesson of food recycling and composting to the kids who come to our markets.  Kids who want in on the fun get a compost canister and a punch card.  Each week, CompostKIDS will bring their canisters to the market and empty them into the compost bucket located at the Compost Crew’s table and get their cards punched.  When they get their card punched 10 times, each child will get a gift card for school supplies and a bag of compost for their gardens.  They get treats, t-shirts and other prizes throughout the program.

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2. Cook’s Corner

Almost every Saturday, Chef Lynn Foster is cooking up something delicious.  Cook’s Corner started this year and is only at our Pike Central Farm Market.  Each week, Chef Lynn does food demos or cooking classes that feature seasonal market ingredients from our vendors.  Stay tuned for more classes so you can sign up before they fill up!  Proceeds go to Manna Foods.

Cook's Corner class

3. Bake Bethesda a Pie Contest

Our annual pie contest will take place on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend (September 1) at Bethesda Central Farm Market.  Kids and adults can submit their best pies and bring them to the market on September 1st.  We have some fabulous celebrity judges from the food industry in the DC area that will select the best pies.  After prizes are awarded, everyone can taste their favorite pie…FREE! Proceeds go to Manna Foods.  Registration opens on July 17!

pie contest

We hope to see you soon!

what’s going on at Central Farm Markets?

what’s going on at Central Farm Markets?

Hola from the extendYoga blogosphere!  Today’s post is an oldie but a goodie and about a topic that I really care about.  I’m re-posting a blog post from last year’s blood drive in honor of our 2nd Annual Blood Drive this Saturday, June 1!!!  Here’s all the info about the drive this weekend.  And on to the (slightly revised) post…

I’m excited to blog about something that is very important to me.  :)

So many are uninformed, scared, nervous and have misconceptions about this topic.  The topic being: donating blood.  Don’t… stop… reading… see?  I knew you’d be hesitant to hear more!

Well, the fact of the matter is, that yes, you may think it’s scary, BUT when you have the power to actually save someone’s life in a matter of just an hour– I think it’s pretty easy to get over those fears.  It may also help to know that every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and more than 38,000 donations are needed EVERY DAY.

Now of course, some may have legitimate medical reasons to not donate, but 37% of Americans ARE eligible to donate (and less than 10% actually do).

If you are part of that 10%– THANK YOU!  And please continue to save lives with your donations.

That other 27%… well if you have ever thought about donating, but said to yourself: “It’s not for me, there is enough blood, they don’t need mine, I don’t like needles…” or any other excuse, here is an opportunity to finally try it!

On June 1, 2013: 9:30am-2pm, we will be hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross.

Everyone who signs up will not only have the opportunity to save a life, but will get 1 FREE CLASS at extendYoga to use by September 30, 2013.  AND– you will also be entered into a raffle to win 1 MONTH OF FREE YOGA! WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO SIGN UP!? (well here is a whole list of more reasons)

We have 2 classes during the drive, so feel free to take a class, donate blood and top off your day with free juice and cookies!  Sounds like an AWESOME Saturday to me!

While IN class, here are some yoga poses you can work on to help your blood circulation and flow:
-Deep breathing
-Inversions: shoulder stand, headstand
-Standing postures: warrior poses, triangle pose, tree pose
-Relaxing/Restoring postures: shavasana, legs up the wall

To sign up:
call the studio: 301-881-3330 (currently, taking drop-ins only)

I hope to see you there and please invite your friends (it’s always nice to have a buddy with you)!

Yours truly,
Arlet, blood type A+ :)

Have questions?
Feel free to call the Red Cross: 1-800-Give Life or Arlet at the studio: 301-881-3330

Some more helpful links:
Donor eligibility requirements
How to prepare/what to do before donating
What to eat before donating
Blood Facts and Statistics

extendYoga / 12106 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

save a life? free yoga class? sign me up!

save a life? free yoga class? sign me up!

Happy hump day!  Today’s post is all about amazing yoga in the DC-MD-VA area coming up during DC Yoga Week! The DC Community Yoga Association (DCCY) is proud to present the 8th annual DC Yoga Week and Yoga on the Mall.  April 29 – May 5, over 40 participating studios in the DC-MD-VA area will offer FREE and $5 yoga classes all week long as well as discounts on class packages, workshops, and yoga merchandise.  On May 5, from 11am – 1pm, the week will close with Yoga on the Mall, one of the largest outdoor yoga classes hosted in the country.

All  info and details can be found here:

DC Yoga Week website

Yoga on the Mall ~ May 5: 11am-1pm  yoga on the mall location: Constitution Gardens (by Vietnam Memorial) Rain date: May 11
John Schumacher, Patty Ivey, Greg Marzullo and Kevin Waldorf-Cruz lead the free class on the National Mall.

Sign up for free and $5 classes at extendYoga in Rockville:

DC Yoga Week: April 29-May 5

DC Yoga Week: April 29-May 5

Tuesday, September 5, 2012

That’s right.  Yoga and Local, FRESH food.

On Sat, September 15th, extendYoga‘s pairing up with the Central Farm Markets, Rockville Pike location and offering two COMPLIMENTARY yoga classes.

 The sessions will take place on the grassy area in the middle of the market.  The first class is from 10:30am – 11:15am (adult class), and the second class is family friendly and offered from 11:30-12:15pm.  We’ll have around 10-15 mats available, but you’re encouraged to bring your own mat if you can.

For more information, please check out this link: Central Farm Markets Free Yoga Classes – Rockville

The Farmers Market is located at 11806 Rockville Pike, between Old Georgetown and Montrose Roads in Rockville (Mid Pike Plaza: La Madeline, Toys R Us, Chipotle Shopping Center).

The market is open from 9am-2pm on Saturdays, so feel free to come early to get your shopping done before class!

Excited to check out Central Farm Market but overwhelmed at the thought of so many great choices?  lululemon posted 9 tips for shopping a farmers’ market.

We hope you’re loving this as much as we are!

Enjoy and see you on the mat!

FREE YOGA at the Central Farm Markets in Rockville

FREE YOGA at the Central Farm Markets in Rockville

The fun pose of the day is adho mukha vtksasana or handstand.

adho= downward
mukha = face
vrksa = tree
asana = pose, posture

Today was a steamy 100 degrees, so we didn’t even need to add more heat to our heated flow class this evening.

With the natural heat we had an amazing class – and we started our handstand prep.  While I spent my time with my feet on the wall (like the photo below) , I feel like I made a lot of progress!

Before we take you through the steps to handstand, here are just a few of them nay benefits:

  • Strengthens the shoulders, arms and wrists
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Calms the brain
  • Relieves stress and mild depression
  • Stretches the belly
  • Improves circulation
We’re linking up to Kathyrn Budig and her Challenge Pose blog to help guide you through the steps.
Enjoy and we’ll see you on the mat!

 

fun pose friday: handstand

fun pose friday: handstand

Today’s fun pose is brought to you be Amanda Credeur.  Come check out Amanda’s classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights.  For the schedule of classes click here.

Astavakrasana/Eight-Angle Pose

Asta means eight, vakra means bent or curved (angle), and asana means pose.

This pose includes a forward fold, twist, hip opener/leg extension, and arm balance all rolled into one. Keep an open mind when practicing (just have fun with it!) and you’ll gain increased core and arm strength, enjoy a deep twist, gain flexibility in the hips and hamstrings and get a huge confidence boost. Before you try this pose, you should do a few rounds of sun salutations, warrior 1warrior 2extended side angle, low lunge and lizard. After you’re done practicing eight angle pose, enjoy a cool down of child’s pose, happy baby and corpse pose. Please do not practice this pose if you have any injuries in your hands, arms or shoulders. If you have knee injuries you can keep your knees bent as much as you need to in this pose.

 

Let’s start on the right side!

 Sit up straight, with your legs stretched out in front of you. Grab your right foot with both hands and gently bend your knee toward your chest; put your knee under your arm pit. Slide your right arm on the inside of your thigh, under your calf, and put your right hand on the floor. If you can manage, put your left hand on the floor (both hands on either side of your hips); if that doesn’t feel stable, keep holding your foot with the opposite hand. Grounding down through your hips and your hands, lengthen your leg for 3-5 breaths, and then let your leg go.

 Bend your knees, putting your feet flat on the floor. Put your right hand between your legs, twist to the left. Pressing your hands through the floor, keep twisting and bending your elbows. Hold for 3-5 breaths.

 

Cross your left leg (bottom leg) over your right ankle (top ankle). Squeeze your arm with your thighs. No, really; sqeeeeeeeze your arm and start engaging your inner core muscles (root lock/mula bandh anyone?).

 

Pressing into your hands (fingertips are important!), use your feet for support to lift your hips off the floor. Remember: bend your elbows, open your chest toward the floor.

 

Press your feet and hands into the floor and lift your hips up; try to keep your shoulders level with each other by dropping the shoulder with your leg on it, and lifting the free shoulder up.

If you feel confident enough, lift your feet off the floor by stretching the legs out (you can keep a bend in the knees). Lifting with your thighs won’t get your far; you have to use those inner core muscles and work on the balance of the pose between your hips and your feet.

 

Relax, and sit back down. Readjust in the twist to set up for one more try. Make sure your thighs are squeezing your upper arm (above your elbow).

 

 Lift your feet off the floor, and extend through the heels. Keep your feet lifting tot the ceiling and use your hands and abs to lift your hips off the floor.

Slowly lower your chest to the floor by lifting your hips up. Press your tailbone back, and press your heels away from you. It’s a balancing act of opening the chest, lifting the hips, and extending the legs…. try to keep your shoulders level. Look forward, breathe and smile! Slowly sit back down.  Do child’s pose, downward facing dog, and then repeat on the other side.

If you have any questions at all, comment on our Facebook page, or email us at info@extendYoga.com. Amanda is happy to answer questions.

Come try out astavakrasana in Amanda’s classes next week!

See you on the mat!

fun pose friday: astavakrasana

fun pose friday: astavakrasana

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here.  It’s good to be back on the blog and I’m excited to blog about something that is very important to me.  :)

So many are uninformed, scared, nervous and have misconceptions about this topic.  The topic being: donating blood.  Don’t… stop… reading… see?  I knew you’d be hesitant to hear more!

Well, the fact of the matter is, that yes, you may think it’s scary, BUT when you have the power to actually save someone’s life in a matter of just an hour– I think it’s pretty easy to get over those fears.  It may also help to know that every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and more than 38,000 donations are needed EVERY DAY.

Now of course, some may have legitimate medical reasons to not donate, but 37% of Americans ARE eligible to donate (and less than 10% actually do).

If you are part of that 10%– THANK YOU!  And please continue to save lives with your donations.

That other 27%… well if you have ever thought about donating, but said to yourself: “It’s not for me, there is enough blood, they don’t need mine, I don’t like needles…” or any other excuse, here is an opportunity to finally try it!

On April 20, 2012: 9am-3pm, we will be hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross.

Everyone who signs up will not only have the opportunity to save a life, but will get 1 FREE CLASS at extendYoga to use by Oct 31, 2012.  AND– you will also be entered into a raffle with other April donors to win a 16GB iPad2!  WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO SIGN UP!? (well here is a whole list of more reasons)

We have 3 classes during the drive, so feel free to take a $5 Friday yoga class, donate blood and top off your day with free juice and cookies!  Sounds like an AWESOME Friday to me!

Fri, April 20 classes during the drive:
8:30am Hatha Yoga (mixed level)
9:30am Flow (mixed level)
12noon Flow (mixed level)

While IN class, here are some yoga poses you can work on to help your blood circulation and flow:
-Deep breathing
-Inversions: shoulder stand, headstand
-Standing postures: warrior poses, triangle pose, tree pose
-Relaxing/Restoring postures: shavasana, legs up the wall

To sign up:
call the studio: 301-881-3330
sign up directly at: http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation
or respond to our blood drive facebook invite

I hope to see you there and please invite your friends (it’s always nice to have a buddy with you)!

Yours truly,
Arlet, blood type A+ :)

Have questions?
Feel free to call the Red Cross: 1-800-Give Life
Myself or Antonia at the studio: 301-881-3330

Some more helpful links:
Donor eligibility requirements
How to prepare/what to do before donating
What to eat before donating
Blood Facts and Statistics

***If anyone is available and interested to Volunteer for part of or the whole day– please let me know!  We need someone to help pass out juice and cookies.  :)

extendYoga

12106 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

What’s better than a free yoga class?… saving a life… or two!

What’s better than a free yoga class?… saving a life… or two!

Today’s blog is coming from extendYoga’s talented instructor, Amanda Credeur.

Celebrate Spring (& our REOPENING) by Saluting the Sun.

Spring is known as a time of renewal, so it is fitting that the reopening of extendYoga coincides with the Spring Equinox (March 22nd).   Come celebrate the Spring Equinox THIS SATURDAY for FREE! at 1pm.  Along with rebirth, the Spring Equinox is associated with he most well known yoga sequence, the Sun Salutation* (Surya Namaskar). As we move from the shadows of winter into the spring sunlight, sun salutations are a wonderful way to welcome this new season.

The sun salutation sequence is great as a short, daily, home practice, which can help maintain proper alignment between regular yoga classes. Regularly practicing sun salutations is a great way to check in with your body every day; since the sequence includes the same poses, noticing subtle changes in the body between practice sessions becomes easier. One of the best benefits of regularly practicing sun salutations is that the poses build a strong foundation for many intermediate and advanced poses. If strength isn’t always what you’re looking for, any memorized sun salutation can be used as a form of moving mediation.

While the most popular Sun Salutation is Surya Namaskar A (pictured above), there are many other versions and variations. Anyone can easily adjust Surya Namaskar A to fit their practice level. For example, the sequence can be modified by holding some of the poses longer than one breath, practicing lunges when stepping forward and backward or practicing hand stands as the transition to and from downward facing dog. The possibilities are endless! We hope you’ll join us in our flow and power yoga classes to learn the many variations and benefits of the Sun Salutation sequence. Join us in our celebration of spring by saluting the sun!

As a way to get you back into your yoga practice since we’ve been closed – extendYoga is offering this class FREE on Saturday, March 17th at 1pm.  Be sure to sign up online: HERE or call the studio: 301.881.3330 to reserve your spot!

See you on the mat,

Amanda

*Link to pose names and descriptions of the full sequence: http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/2746?page=2

Please note: While there are many benefits of practicing sun salutations there are also possible pitfalls. If you have injuries, especially in the shoulders, wrists, or feet, you should ask your instructor for modifications or forego practicing poses within the sequence that you cause discomfort. 

extendYoga

12106 Wilkins Ave in Rockville, MD 20852

info@extendYoga.com

301.881.3330

Saturday: 108 Sun Salutations to Celebrate Spring (and our reopening!)

Saturday: 108 Sun Salutations to Celebrate Spring (and our reopening!)

Everywhere you look people are doing yoga.  Not only “normal” people like you and I, but everyone from star athletes to celebrities to OPRAH incorporate yoga into their lives.

There are so many benefits to practicing Yoga it would be hard to name (and type!) them all in this blog.  For  example, Sting says Yoga is reversing the aging process, and Meg Ryan says it changes her life.  You can read about the other celebs who have a regular practice HERE.

Matthew McConaughey practices yoga shirtless (does he ever wear a shirt?!) on the beach, and Jennifer Aniston says yoga is therapeutic for her (and helped her get over Brad).

Now onto athletes…

Superbowl bound NE Patriots Cornerback Devin McCourty credits his success to hot yoga in the off-season.  And Lebron James’s secret is Yoga (and where he practices is a secret too!)

Do you want to have a regular practice but don’t have a celebrity paycheck?  Not a problem!  extendYoga’s new schedule starts FEBRUARY 1st and we’re happy to announce that we have Four classes for $5 on Fridays in February.  Join us every week and enjoy and hour of yoga for just $5 (that’s less than a latte at Starbucks!).  We’re also teaming up with lululemon athletica to offer COMPLIMENTARY classes on Sundays at 11am – that’s right, $0 for one hour of yoga!  At extendYoga we’re making it more affordable than ever to get yoga into your life.

See you on the mat!

extendYoga

12106 Wilkins Ave

Rockville, MD

www.extendYoga.com

yoga: everybody’s doing it

yoga: everybody’s doing it

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DONATION BASED FLOW: THE CHILDREN’S TUMOR FOUNDATION~ CUPID’S UNDIE RUN W/ NINA & ARLET

SUNDAY, FEB 1: 1pm-2pm

Suggested Donation: $10 per person (but any amount helps and is much appreciated!).  Sign up here.

Help Arlet Koseian, Nina Stanger and many more extendYoga teachers/yogis raise money for Cupid’s Undie Run. The run is a 1.5 mile run in your bedroom-best on Valentine’s weekend. No, we’re not crazy, we’re just crazy serious about raising money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation. The Children’s Tumor Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF). Their mission is to advance peer-reviewed research to develop treatments and cures, support persons with NF and their families, assist in developing clinical centers and best practices to improve access to quality healthcare, and expand public awareness of NF to improve diagnoses, increase understanding of the challenges that NF presents, and encourage support for NF research.

Watch this video (or this one) to see what Cupid’s Undie Run is all about!  Put the Hilarity in Charity!

If you can’t make it to class but would like to donate, please visit:

Team: Catch Our Asanas

Donation Based Flow: Sun, Feb 1: 1pm-2pm

Donation Based Flow: Sun, Feb 1: 1pm-2pm