Student Spotlight: Kate Judson

Student Spotlight: Kate Judson

Yoga Heights is made up of many fascinating people.  We are excited to introduce you to them one by one via the blog! Meet Kate, who stays busy by working to make DC a great, green place to live, chasing after her toddler sons, and enjoying her neighborhood! She finds peace in yin classes and loves Yoga Heights’ inclusive philosophy and the diversity of its yogis. Read on to learn more about Kate! Yoga Heights: Why do you practice yoga? Kate: To gain strength and bring peace to my crazy life as a working mom to toddler twins!   YH: Tell us about your first experience at Yoga Heights. K: I think my first class was a yin yoga class with Amy. I remember leaving and feeling more relaxed than after a professional massage. I was hooked!   YH: What classes do you go to at YH and why? K: I most enjoy yin yoga and all levels flow.   YH: What do you do when you’re not on the mat? K: During the day I work for the District’s Department of Energy & Environment and lead the coordination and implementation of the District’s Sustainable DC Plan (a 20-year plan to make DC the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the US. Learn more here: www.sustainabledc.org). When not working, I am chasing after my almost 3 year old twin boys, drinking coffee, or enjoying brunch at Anxo on Kennedy Street!   YH: Where did you grow up? K: In sunny Sarasota, FL.   YH: What neighborhood do you live in now? People love to know about their neighbors!...
Student Spotlight: Catherine DuBois

Student Spotlight: Catherine DuBois

Yoga Heights is made up of many fascinating people. We are excited to introduce you to them one by one via the blog! Catherine appreciates yoga’s ability to help her tune into her body and mind, and has been coming to Yoga Heights at least once a week for over a year and a half now! Read on to learn more about our neighbor and fellow yogi Catherine.   Yoga Heights: Why do you practice yoga? Catherine: Yoga is incredibly calming and self-centering for me. Yoga is a way for me to tune into myself, and focus on where my body and mind are at that day. I try to practice a little bit each day, in some capacity, as a way to carve out time to slow down and prioritize myself.   YH: Tell us about your first experience at Yoga Heights. C: Back in February 2016, I did the 3 weeks of unlimited classes deal that YH offers. I quickly got hooked and have been coming back to YH ever since!   YH: What classes do you go to at YH and why? C: It depends on the week, but I tend to go to the late morning or evening all level flow and power yoga classes. I also try to go to a yin class once a week.   YH: What do you do when you’re not on the mat? C: I’m the director of the National Sexual Assault Hotline where I oversee a national team of a couple hundred folks, so that takes up most of my time and energy when I’m not practicing. Hobby-wise,...
Student Spotlight: Benjamin Finkel

Student Spotlight: Benjamin Finkel

Yoga Heights is made up of many fascinating people.  We are excited to introduce you to them one by one via the blog!   Benjamin Finkel is a super dedicated yogi who quietly comes in, sets up in the front row, and digs deep into his practice every time.  Since his first visit to YH in July of 2015, Ben has taken more than 225 classes. Check out his work as a cameraman, which is his super cool day-job, via the link in our interview below.   Yoga Heights: Why do you practice yoga? Benjamin: I run around with a heavy camera on one shoulder which throws me pretty far off balance. Yoga straightens me out.   YH: Tell us about your first experience at Yoga Heights. B: About a year before I joined Yoga Heights when I lived in Silver Spring, a friend invited me to a restorative class at Yoga Heights with a live guitarist and wine. I was sore for the next week.   YH: What classes do you go to at YH and why? B: I really joined Yoga Heights because of the variety and frequency of classes. My work schedule changes day to day, so I end up in lots of different classes at different times.   YH: What do you do when you’re not on the mat? B: I’m a cameraman and video editor producing content for a variety of broadcast and corporate clients. From ESPN, Discovery and Access Hollywood to Hilton, Boeing and the American Cancer Society, I do it all. Check out www.viewpointvideo.com   YH: Where did you grow up? B:...
Student Spotlight: Bethany VanderSluis

Student Spotlight: Bethany VanderSluis

Yoga Heights is made up of students who are fascinating people.  We are excited to introduce you to them one by one via the blog!   Meet Bethany.  She has taken more than 400 classes at Yoga Heights since her first visit in September 2015.  Bethany also graduated from the Yoga Heights Yoga Teacher Training last May and she is our newest addition to our teaching team!     Yoga Heights: Why do you practice yoga? Bethany:To challenge myself mentally and physically. The challenge always depends on the day, is it the challenge of calming down my mind or tuning into my body or to try something new and not be afraid to fall on my face.   YH: Tell us about your first experience at Yoga Heights. B: My first class was fusion flow with Amy and it kicked my butt!   YH: What classes do you go to at YH and why? B: I mostly go to 4:30 classes. The teachers are great and the class are right after I get out of work. I also love Rocket and take it on Sunday nights to push my myself in my practice.   YH: What do you do when you’re not on the mat? B: Working as a social worker in DCPS, gardening, cooking, and hanging out with my friends and family.   YH: Where did you grow up? B: Grand Rapids, MI   YH: What neighborhood do you live in now? B: I have live in Petworth for three years.   Make sure to say hi to Bethany if you see her in the studio.  She’s usually...