Alston Taggart (sub)
Alston is a North Carolinian expat, who has been living in DC for 22 years. With degrees in fine and graphic arts, Alston has always been a student of the amazing and beautiful world we live in and of its infinite possibility. For more than a decade, she has brought that wonder and joy to the study and teaching of yoga. She draws from a variety of schools of ancient and modern yoga to create a fusion of heart, mind, and body.
Alston finds yoga the perfect means to balance and align her current worlds of graphic design and motherhood — helping herself and others in her classes — to find stillness, strength, and calm amidst the crazy of our modern times.
Alston Taggart (sub) instructs the following:
This Vinyasa class is directed at all students. It is physically demanding as it is especially meant to take the tiredness and stress out of a work week.
In class, students can expect to build heat in this flowing, well being practice. Breath and movement are syncopated to calm the nervous system and energize the body. Students will flush their joints, break into a sweat, and restore the mobility compromised by hours of sitting on a chair.
Power Yoga II/III
This class is a powerful, energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next with breath connecting movement. This type of class is taught in a heated studio (ours will not exceed 80 degrees) which makes it a vigorous and revitalizing form of physical fitness. It incorporates strength, flexibility, balance, cardio and physical and mental stamina all in one session. Baron Baptiste, founder of this form of yoga, describes this practice as "the perfect blend of sweat and serenity". This class will start with a proper body warm up followed by belly up core work. Interval and cross-training exercises will be incorporated to challenge both the aerobic and anaerobic systems of the body. Because the body adapts, each class will vary types, intensity, and duration of exercises. The teacher will provide variations to modify, intensify, or challenge the body by altering the pace or duration of poses, and the frequency that they are repeated. Prerequisites for this class includes consistent practice of 5 plus months, familiarity of basic and foundational poses, and most importantly, an open mind and an open heart. Anticipate torching your calories, toning your muscles, strengthening and rinsing your body, and clearing your mind, leaving you with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment. The dynamic mix of sweat and spirit that you cultivate in class will challenge you to step up to your edge and unlock your hidden potential for achieving authentic personal power and living an extraordinary life. Opportunity for inversions and balances and challenging transitions will occur often, but all practitioners are encouraged to modify as needed, following teacher suggestions. Music will be incorporated into each session. Class will close with a well-earned savasana. Be prepared to shine!