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East Village Welcomes Georgetown Yoga

July 19, 2012

Eli Hengst at sliding door adjoining Jean-Pierre Antiques (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Eli Hengst at sliding door adjoining Jean-Pierre Antiques

“I was a pretty serious yoga skeptic, but after a few months of regular practice with Alex at his Adams Morgan studio, the positive effects of yoga on my body and mind were real, totally undeniable, and wholly positive. And when I saw the space on P Street - just around the corner from my house – I saw the opportunity to bring to others the same challenging, deep, classical yoga experience, free of pretense,” says Georgetown Yoga founder Eli Hengst.

Along with Alex Paraskevas, longtime yoga instructor and owner of Yoga Chai Adams Morgan, Eli is bringing a true independent neighborhood yoga studio to Georgetown.

For this competitive cyclist, yoga meant immediate and permanent improvement to a separated shoulder injury. As Eli says, “Guys are used to powering through workouts.  With yoga you learn to balance with concentration. I found that in two to three weeks, I felt better.”

Katya Andresen in Joan Wadopian's West Coast Vinyasa class (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Katya Andresen in Joan Wadopian's West Coast Vinyasa class

The studio offers classes for all - regardless of age or level of athleticism - and the approach is rooted in classical Hatha yoga styles [Vinyasa “Flow,” Iyengar, Ashtanga].

“We believe that yoga is about more than just sweating,” says Alex, “We want to help students harness or “yoke” body and mind, but we let people get there in their own way. And we try not to take ourselves too seriously- classes are not super rigid, and students can ask questions, talk, laugh, groan. If you’re not enjoying it, you’re not going to do it for long.”

All teachers emphasize proper alignment and breathing as the foundation of strength, balance, and concentration, and offer both easier and more challenging variations on poses to students throughout class.

And if meeting Joan (a dancer and recent transplant from Manhattan, now teaching at Georgetown Yoga and sister studio Yoga Chai Adams Morgan) doesn't make you want to take your shoes off and stretch, nothing will.

Through August 1, a summer monthly unlimited membership is only $85. With each class, students recieve complimentary yoga mats, cold filtered bottled water, and towels.

Mention The Georgetown Dish and you will receive a three-class pack for $38 (regular price is $48).

Owner of Sonoma Restaurant, the pioneering farm-to-table restaurant and wine bar on Capitol Hill, Eli is clearly enthused by his new venture. “A yoga studio fosters community like the restaurant business. It’s a place where people gather outside of their work and homes. In a week and a half of doing this, I've met more people than I have in a year.”

And how did you manage to get that domain name? Eli explained, “Turned out there had been a small, unrelated Georgetown Yoga studio run by Margaret Buns Vap, who generously transferred the domain name for our use. We'll be doing some fundraisers for their "Cowgirls vs. Cancer" Program at the Big Sky Yoga Retreats in Montana this fall and winter.

Studio with white oak floors, environmentally friendly low-emission paint, and an integrated wireless digital sound system (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Studio with white oak floors, environmentally friendly low-emission paint, and an integrated wireless digital sound system

The newly renovated, light-filled street level studio is across the street from from Rose Park and the Jerusalem Baptist Church, next door to Jean Pierre Antiques, steps away from P Street Kids and a block from Stachowski's, Georgetown new, and very first charcuterie.

And speaking of a flurry of adorable three-year old sidewalk traffic, the studio is planning classes for kids this fall. Check the schedule for current class times.

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Georgetown Yoga is located at 2603 P Street. Tel: 202.642.2603

Through Jardin Privé sign of Jean Pierre to future site of Georgetown Yoga terrace gatherings (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Through Jardin Privé sign of Jean Pierre to future site of Georgetown Yoga terrace gatherings

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Washington Design Center Sells for $200 Million in Merchandise Mart Sell-Off

July 17, 2012

The Washington Design Center (WDC) has been sold. This, according to a July 5, 2012 press release from New York City based property owner Vornado Realty Trust.

Vornado announced the sale of 409 Third Street S.W. for $200 million which will result in net proceeds of $186 million and a net gain of $120 million. This office building, which is part of the Washington, D.C. segment is contiguous to the WDC and is being sold to the same purchaser. 

Both of these assets were acquired as part of the original Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) acquisition in 1998 from the Kennedy Family.

Home to seven floors of luxury showrooms, WDC has been the premier one-stop shopping for area decorators, architects and design-savvy consumers just a few blocks from Capitol Hill.

The D.C properties are part of a larger Vornado sell-off that includes two other MMPI properties: the Boston Design Center, the L.A. Mart, and the Canadian Trade Shows.

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Richard Engel: From Syria to Georgetown

July 16, 2012

Award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent for NBC News, Richard Engel was spotted in Georgetown Monday.

At Le Pain Quotdidien, gracious and friendly, the New York native told The Georgetown Dish, "Just got back from Syria last week and I'm in town having lunch with my friends."

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Engel reported as recently as last Thursday on the rebel uprising against the Assad regime.

A veteran covering Middle East conflicts, Engel was the first broadcast journalist recipient of the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for his report "War Zone Diary."

A winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2009, Engel won the Peabody Award for his reports covering U.S. Army Viper Company fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan. In 2011, Engel was honored with the David Bloom award for his outstanding service to journalism. Engel was on assignment covering the 2011 Libyan civil war.

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