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October 16, 2017 @ Trio Grill (Falls Church, VA)

VEToga Annual Gala 2017 - Here to Flow
Annual Gala 2017
Trio Grill + Eye Eaters Society + lululemon are inviting you to an exclusively curated dining experience to support the mission of VETOGA. Come hungry to be inspired by our veterans’ stories of healing and transformation through yoga. Black attire required. Valet will be provided.
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Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at 12:00pm
Soaring Spirit Yoga Studio308 Poplar Aly
Occoquan, VA 22125
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This will be a donation based class to benefit, Veterans, Active Duty and First Responders. You will need to sign up prior to the event. Thank you.

532 Yoga Events

Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at 2:00pm
532Yoga532 North Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Explore the rejuvenating techniques of myofascial release (MFR)

In combination with active & passive forms of yoga (Yang/Yin), MFR will re balance your body as we stretch, roll and release using balls, blocks and your own body weight.

Relieve tension, tightness, stress, and even pain.
Learn how this unique practice can move energy and release fascia - MFR is a great way to target specific body parts where stress and tension is stored.

This is a special introductory 1 hour workshop designed to teach you a few tools to decrease muscle soreness & combat the wear & tear on the body of the modern lifestyle.

No yoga experience is required. Special pricing!

Paige Lichens ( E-RYT 500 Kripalu Yoga & Meditation Teacher, who has also completed a 65 hour Yin Yoga training that focused on MFR with Jo Phee. She has been teaching for the past 8.5 years and practicing for over 20 years.

Cost: $10
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 9:30am
532Yoga532 North Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Start your Thanksgiving Day off with some peace, balance, gratitude, and a few extra twists and heart openers in our very special Thanksgiving day yoga class.

This class is designed for all levels of practitioners, so don’t miss out and don’t forget to invite the family!
Cost: There is no additional cost for this class if you are already a 532Yoga member or have a class package. All drop-in’s are $22.

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Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 2:00pm
532Yoga532 North Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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People now spend an average of two to four hours a day with their heads tilted forward as they check emails, send texts, read, and play games on their wireless devices.

All this time we’re spending with our heads down has a big impact on our bodies.

It’s led to a constellation of symptoms that have become so common that a term has been coined for them: “text neck; (US chiropractor Dr Dean L. Fishman). As the head tilts farther and farther forward, the spine is forced to bear incrementally increasing weight. Eventually the cervical spine loses its natural curve. This can lead to increased repetitive stress on the neck muscles, excessive wear and tear on the spine, disc degeneration, and, in severe cases, even surgery!

The human head weighs roughly 12 pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds! - imagine carrying an 8 year old around your neck several hours a day!

It is especially concerning because young, growing children could possibly cause permanent damage to their cervical spines that could lead to lifelong neck pain.

Prevention is Key!

Text neck symptoms range from headaches, to a chronic, nagging pain to sharp, severe upper back muscle spasms, shoulder pain and tightness, possibly resulting in painful shoulder muscle spasm. If a cervical nerve becomes pinched, pain and possibly neurological symptoms can radiate down your arm and into your hand. The condition can also affect respiration, heart rate and blood pressure, and result in emotional and behavioral changes as the stress can affect the release of 'happy hormones'.

“It is an epidemic or, at least, it’s very common,” Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, told The Washington Post. “Just look around you, everyone has their heads down.”

What can you do?

Other than limiting the amount of time you spend hunched over a device, a few key alignment principles and simple exercises will help minimize any possible problems. On a physical level, the practice of yoga asana (postures) can bring your head and spine back into alignment. The spine resumes its natural curvature and your ears align over your shoulders. This optimal postural alignment leads to less strain on the intervertebral discs. Asana practice also strengthens the muscles of your neck and back, which allows you to maintain a more healthy posture on a daily basis. This simple awareness goes a long way toward avoiding the physical pain that results from poor posture and text neck.

Learn why text neck is hurting you and your children through expert advice from Kayla Robison, PT.

Learn simple alignment techniques and poses to keep your neck and spine healthy with Suzanne Leitner-Wise, e-ryt500.

Cost: $30 each adult. Bring a younger family member for free!
Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 2:00pm
532Yoga532 North Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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As we enter into the calendar new year, many of us will have a resolution to live a healthy life-style in the coming year. In this class, Rupen will share information from his vegetarian Indian cookbook Ayurveda (ancient Indian wisdom about holistic well-being) that will promote our need to live a healthy life-style. Basic principles, dosha questionnaire and food information based on Ayurveda will be explained/discussed during this session.

Stay centered and energized during Vata season.

The seasons, like your individual constitution (prakruti), are characterized by cycles of vata, pitta, and kapha. If you want to stay healthy all year long, try living in harmony with these natural cycles, adjusting to the changes in your environment through the food you eat, the type and amount of exercise you do, the herbs you ingest, and so on. While you can’t control the weather, you can control these factors, which either build your health, vitality, and resistance to disease, or wear you down.

Join Ayurvedic expert, Indian food entrepreneur, and international travel chef, Rupen Rao at this informative and interactive workshop to put you on the right eating track for Winter.
Stay warm and healthy this winter.

Learn about the right food and nutrition for 'you' so you can make the best choices about food intake, as the inter-connectivity of mind, body, and consciousness is dependent on how we nourish ourselves. A harmonious balance can be attained through mindful dietary habits.

Strong Digestion = Strong Immunity

Blending traditional Indian knowledge of Ayurveda and traditional Indian recipes feeds not only your unique constitution but also the healthiest and yummiest recipes.

Rupen has a line of cookbooks and handmade spice blends to help you cook your favorite Indian foods easily in your home.

This workshop is FREE!

You also have the option of purchasing of a Special Signed Copy of Rupen’s latest book ‘Ayurveda Cookbook’ (excellent Christmas gift!), or 3 deliciously blended Indian spices at $30. (given to you at the workshop)

Workshop includes Prasad - a specially prepared treat by Rupen. 'The word 'prasad' means that which gives peace.

Please pre-register so we know we have enough special treats to go round!

Cost: FREE!

Books and hand made spices will be available for purchase.
Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at 4:30pm
532Yoga532 North Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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**This is an online course and will use Skype**

Online workshop on Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga) will cover WHY it is so important to have a basic understanding of this ancient healing modality, not only to improve your practice, but to also improve your physical & mental health, as well as slow down biological aging.
We’ll dive into:
What is Ayurveda
The meaning of the doshas, the elements, and the qualities associated with each AND why, as yogis, we need to know.
The three pillars of life according to Ayurveda
The Tridoshic Theory
The Ayurvedic Clock
Daily Dinacharya (for your practice and for building a strong immune system)

Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India and the oldest system of Health Care in the world. A system of both preventative and curative medicine, it has been practiced for at least 5000 years and perhaps as long as 10,000 years.

This ancient healing system understands that each person is unique and as a result, each person’s path toward optimal health is unique. Ayurveda helps to individuals to know what type of food, colors, aromas, sounds and touch will create a state of balance in the body and mind. When the body and mind are in harmony, normal physiology is restored and healing takes place. It’s all about energy, balance, and ultimately remembering your true nature as spirit.

Annette Shellenbarger is an RN, RYT, YHC (Yoga Health Coach), AHC (Ayurvedic Health Counselor), and currently completing her Doctorate in Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda. She has her own private Ayurveda practice in Long Beach, CA, and teaches courses online. Her mission is to impact, heal, and transform lives through the ancient healing wisdom of Ayurveda. When you change your vibration, your life transforms!

Cost: Free!

Past Events

August 6, 2016 @ Vetoga Gala 2016 (Alexandria, VA)

VETOGA GALA - August 6, 2016 @ John Strongbow's (Alexandria, VA)
First Annual VETOGA Freedom Gala
August 6, 2016 @ John Strongbow’s Taven (Alexandria, VA)
Address – 710 King St, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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Charity Event – Hosted by VETOGA, to benefit military & veterans yoga instructor training
RSVP or Share on Facebook – VETOGALA
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Come celebrate at our first annual Freedom Gala on Sunday, August 6th at John Strongbow’s in Alexandria, VA. Dinner, drinks, bands and a silent auction all night. This special charity event will directly benefit our military and veterans program: training new Yoga Instructors that will bring the healing benefits of yoga back to their communities. $25 general admission. $50 tickets include the Gourmet Food Buffet, 2 drinks and live music. Vegan options available. Casual dress. Space and tickets are limited: purchase tickets online or call 703-329-3075. Starts at 4pm and goes until the bar closes. Share the event on Facebook, see you there!  Get more details here.

July 1-15, 2016 @ Fundraiser for #VETOGANATION

A Call to Action - #VETOGANATION
A Call to Action – #VETOGANATION
July 1 – July 15 :
Public Fundraiser – Hosted by VETOGA
Join the event on Facebook – #VETOGANATION
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Help raise funds for a Veteran to become a Yoga instructor in their community. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to pay for 20 veterans to attend the 2016 VETOGA Teacher Training. Offer a donation-based Yoga or Fitness class in the month of July at your local yoga studio or gym with a goal of raising $250-500. All donations from classes can be applied at: To participate, contact Justin: Justin (at) | Send a MessageWe will send you all the material and details you will need to teach the class. Thanks in advance for all your support!

May 7, 2016 @ Vida Fitness at the Yard (Washington, DC)

Mindful of the Military Day - May 7, 2016
Mindful of the Military Day
Yoga Workshop – May 7, 2016 @ Vida Fitness at the Yard
Free to the public – bring a friend!
Donations gratefully accepted
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May 28-30, 2016 @ Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA)

Mindful Memorial Day - May 28-30, 2016
Mindful Memorial Day 2016
A Living Memorial – May 28-30, 2016 @ Arlington National Cemetery
The Women in Military Service Memorial, at the gates of the National Cemetery
Address: 2 Memorial Avenue, Arlington, VA 22202
Saturday/Sunday, 8am – 5pm. Monday, 8am – 3pm
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January 7 – 10, 2016 @ SVA’s National Conference (Orlando, FL)

SVA's 8th Annual National Conference - January 7-10, 2016 in Orlando, FL
SVA’s 8th Annual National Conference
The largest conference for America’s Student Veterans
January 7-10, 2016 in Orlando, Florida


September 26, 2015 @ Down One Bourbon Bar (Louisville, KY)

VEToga Event - September 26, 2015
Venue info: Down One Bourbon Bar
View event details: PDF Flyer
RSVP: Facebook