Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses (Living in Alexandria included!) and join us for a relaxing evening at the beautiful River Farm located at 7931 E Boulevard Dr, Alexandria, Va., 22308.
Enjoy a yoga class at 5 or 6 p.m. with In Joy Yoga & Nutrition owner Natalie Weinstein.
Until 8 p.m., sample specialty drinks from Umbrella Dry Drinks owner Sam Kasten, and shop at local women-owned vendors White Lily Shoppe, Made in ALX, and Mrs. Moxie’s Moon Shop for a variety of beauty and wellness products.
Rain or shine!
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Natalie Weinstein recently chatted with us about her yoga business and philosophy.
Q: How long have you been practicing yoga? How did you start?
A: I have been practicing yoga for about 18 years now. I started taking classes my freshman year of college to manage stress and save time for me in the week. I have been teaching yoga for over six years and have taught over 2,000 classes in studios, gyms and for corporate and private clients. I also led a retreat in Italy!
Q: What type of yoga do you teach or is there something you specialize in? What do you like about this particular shape?
A: I teach a variety of styles: vinyasa flow classes, beginners, yin yoga, aerial yoga and meditation. All of my classes focus on alignment and anatomy and I also like to focus on functional movement and mobility work. I think each style offers something different and I enjoy teaching them all.
Q: For you, what are the benefits of yoga, both mental and physical? How has yoga contributed to you and your life?
A: Yoga gave me time to reflect, reset and focus on myself. I find yoga to be both soothing and invigorating – I don’t think about anything else while teaching or taking classes. Teaching and learning clears my mind, which is wonderfully beneficial! In addition to yoga, I enjoy hiking, tennis, boxing and weight training – yoga has been a great way to balance these activities.
Q: What is your yoga philosophy?
A: There is something for everyone. I believe the practice of yoga is as much off the mat as it is on the mat.
Q: Can you tell me more about your teacher training? What does it take to be an instructor? For example, are there specific and unique qualifications?
A: I did my initial 200 hour teacher training in Maui and since then have also completed 20 hour sequencing training, yin and aerial yoga training and got my nutrition coaching certification . I am also currently training in functional anatomy. All teachers must complete the initial 200 hour training and many specialize from there.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about being a yoga teacher/instructor?
A: I really enjoy teaching and watching students learn something new about themselves. It’s also very rewarding to work with a client to help them achieve their wellness goals.
Q: Do you have a meditation practice? If so, what is your favorite way to meditate?
A: I like meditations that tend to focus on nature imagery. Another way I like to meditate is to take a quiet walk, especially in the woods.
Q: For Women’s Wellness Night, how do you encourage people who are hesitant to immerse themselves in yoga and meditative practices?
A: Try it! It can be difficult to try something new, but these classes will be extremely encouraging and appropriate for all levels. I hope you come away wanting to take another course!
Q: What do you like about Alexandria from a wellness perspective?
A: Alexandria has so much to offer from a wellness perspective! There are so many activities that I love – exploring the local parks, spending time by the water, biking around the city, and the diversity of fitness opportunities. There is something for every taste.
Q: How can people find out more about you and take your courses?
Take a look at the class schedule on my website: https://injoyyogadc.com/class-schedule and feel free to contact me: [email protected]