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Vinyasa Flow Here I Come

May 17, 2010

By the time you finish this article, I will have rolled up my new yoga mat (I always start with the accessories) and be headed to my first yoga class. I’d really like to count that Pilates class I took three years ago as my first one because as I expect yoga to be, it was a lot harder than it looked, required a mat, and was a painful reminder that I was once extremely limber.

No more excuses. It’s DC Yoga Week, the perfect time to explore the wide variety of types and classes right here in Georgetown.

Patty Ivey teaches a class. Photo courtesy of Down Dog Yoga

Down Dog Yoga studio was voted “Best of D.C.” in 2009. Started by Patty Ivey in 2003 (she now has three studios in the DC area), this former runner with injuries found that heated power yoga transformed her life. Why that particular style, I asked Patty? “I love the physicality … it offers the body an opportunity to gain a higher place of confidence … In the same way that building the muscles in your legs results in a sure-footedness of being.”  

Jennifer Schneider (at left) relaxes after a class at Down Dog Yoga.

Designed for every age and level of experience, Down Dog’s heated Vinyasa Flow uses a dynamic combination of strength, sweat and spirituality. “Twist, open, lunge, reach, balance, stretch, and gasp.  When you finally rest you will savor the victory, knowing that today’s progress has taken you further down the road to good health by helping you change the way you live, work, play, and think.”

Spiral Flight Yoga, Georgetown’s oldest Yoga studio, founded in 1997, has been owned since last year by Michelle Keel, an Alabama native who had been teaching yoga in Vail, Colorado for 15 years, before coming to Georgetown.

In addition to an eclectic mix of classes including Anusara-Inspired (a relatively new form of hatha yoga pairing strict principles of alignment with “flowing with Grace”), Vinyasa Flow, and Gentle Yoga, Spiral Flight Yoga offers healing and wellness therapies, workshops, and teacher training to help reduce stress, gain strength and flexibility, increase vitality, and improve body alignment and mental clarity. Photo of Tara Lemerise by Sarah Canadine-Bayne.

Resident acupuncturist, Bronwyn D. Clark (pictured below) had a chance to demonstrate the power of a well-placed needle on Michelle’s ”third point on her liver pathway”(between her first and second toe) … to help relieve a persistent vortex headache, one of many effects of a recent car accident.

SomaFit is a modern day spa and fitness center that includes a "Resort Spa in the City" with nine treatment rooms, quiet lounges, showers, saunas and steam. On the fitness side, they offer personal training, Pilates and group yoga classes. Spa Director Brooke Adams explained the three types of yoga they offer: Kundalini (using breathwork, awakens the energy at the base of the spine and draws it upward), Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga (gentle, therapeutic form allowing muscles to relax), as well as several new introductory classes.  

Lululemon, the wonderful Canadian athletic wear company with the reversible straight Groove Pant, my wardrobe mainstay, also holds free yoga classes upstairs and weather permitting, outside.  Their stated mission of “creating components for people to live a longer, healthier, more fun life” includes, as Georgetown store manager, Mara Frisch told me, “supporting local studios by selecting a different one each month to teach classes.” When I visited, Josh Courage, who runs his own personal training company, was taking his class on a power walk to the C & O Canal for some high intensity stretching.

Breathe, stretch, balance, lunch.

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Into the Mouths of Babes

May 13, 2010

"When did food become age-appropriate?" Nancy Tringali Piho, author of "My Two-Year Old Eats Octopus"asked rhetorically as we savored Chef Michel Richard's pearl pasta risotto.

I looked around the room wishing there were more children like Alessandra Johnson here to enjoy this Citronelle experience celebrating Nancy's new book.

Darry and Alessandra Johnson

So why did a public relations expert with 15 years experience and a host of adult food clients decide to study the eating habits of toddlers? "When our two-and-a-half year old son Willie couldn't get enough of the octopus and ceviche at a Peruvian restaurant on the family's Miami vacation ..." Nancy knew she was onto something.

"The American children's diet is full of the big three: fat, sodium and salt." she continued. "Kids' taste buds are alot more developed than adults. Introduce flavour and texture and they will respond," Nancy explained. By now we were enjoying a luscious kid's sized lobster burger with a crisp Thomas Henry Chardonnay.


Chef Michel with Mel Davis, Citronelle's PR coordinater pictured above.


Mary Brett and Barbara Johnson

Georgetown residents Theresa and John Mongan

Judy Newman and Chef Michel Richard

Chef Michels' Chocolate Bar Dessert Sensation

When brother Daniel arrived three years later, Nancy was making her own baby food. And was there anything Willie won't eat?  Nancy smiled, "No beef liver." But perhaps that's because his parents aren't too thrilled with it either. And Willie's favorite food? "Thai! Especially pad thai and spicy eggplant."

Chef Michel and friend Larry Shupnick enjoy a little wine on the terrace ...

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Gustavia Meets Georgetown

May 8, 2010

1930's Venetian Sea Shell Painting, Signed by Guido Manerba

When you meet Elisabeth Wulff Wine, you’ll feel like you’ve been magically transported into her elegant home, somewhere in Europe: a touch of Murano glass everywhere mixed with the warmth of naturally distressed Swedish wooden furniture, and fine paintings from three centuries and as many countries.  

1846 Austrian Children's Oil Portrait by Anton J. Ferenz

You’ve just entered Scandinavian Antiques and Living, Elisabeth’s new Georgetown “home.” A Denmark native and interior decorator/fine arts dealer, Elisabeth has recently been stylishly furnishing the residences of the Milanese (where she had a fine arts and antique business) until three years ago when she met her husband, Craig Wine at a Baltimore antiques show.

1960s Murano Barovier Leaves w/Gold Sconces and Sevres Tureen

1760's Painted Napoli Door Panels Adorn A Swedish Baroque Writing Desk of the Same Period

Lucky for us, she’s now created the most inviting place to find everything: from a pair of signed Venetian shell paintings, to a contemporary Murano Picasso head, to one of her signature Moro Clocks,  which graces her door sign and business card. This classic Swedish clock (the one pictured below is from 1750) says "Paris" on its face. Don’t be confused. Turns out Paris was a popular first name for Swedes in the 17th and 18th centuries, not the place where the movement was made. Why the clock as your motif, I asked Elisabeth. “It’s always been prestigious to have a clock in your home, whether it was in the city or the country,” she explained. And “they’re very beautiful.”

Open since mid-March Scandinavian Antiques and Living, occupies two levels in her P Street shop, and is a must-see destination for anyone in the market for fine art, antiques or luxury home accents.

Valkommen, Elisabeth!

Scandinavian Antiques and Living is at 3231 P Street. Tel. 202.450.5894

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