photo credit:  james jackson

photo credit: james jackson

on sunday morning, i had a strong craving to attend church. last week i was out of town and so the yearning to reconnect with God was very deep. my reconnection with the church is very new and although i should know, i did not know that it was the first sunday of advent. i smiled inside thinking, “i am always arriving at the right time.”

it has been very sweet to reflect on this past year. witnessing my own becoming with minimal judgment is the best gift i have given myself yet. through my partner,through therapy,through my new neighborhood,through the church, through returning back to ethiopia, and through yoga, i have found a whole new layer of being. even in becoming, it takes a village.

yoga teaches us that the “self” is not a permanent fixture. it is ever changing — everything is always changing all of the time. it is the reason we are also taught to pause, because in the pause is the lesson. i have had many meltdowns this year, but i have also had some awesome experiences. 

last december, during the New Year’s Eve workshop, i asked everyone to make a list titled, stop. start. continue.  each column had three things that one would like to stop, to start, and to continue. one of my start items was to send out a monthly note. and here i am, on the twelfth month of sharing and continuing to cultivate a community of people who can learn from one another.  

this year, i will be hosting the NYE practice of chakra meditation, intention setting, journaling, reflection, and yoga practice. we practice 6-8:30pm, early enough of an ending to make plans for the rest of your night. we are very fortunate to return to the beautiful space at dock 5 above union market dc, reserve your spot here and bring a friend, i cannot express how much i love leading this workshop — this is the 4th year!!

i have opened up slots for private instruction in the new year. private instruction is great for you if you want to focus more deeply on your yoga practice and also to have something to look forward to weekly on your own schedule and at your own pace. private instruction packs also make a great holiday gift! send me a note to connect.

while we still have 3 weeks before christmas, now is the perfect time to cleanse from fall and our thanksgiving day feast! i am enjoying rebooting my system with splendid spoon’s juices and smoothies. you can take $20 off your order by using code: 

it has been an absolute pleasure to share with you these past twelve months and to receive your feedback. thank you, thank you, thank you, for showing up to my classes, my workshops, my times of need. thank you for allowing me to be there for you during your times of need. this yoga practice is one of the pillars of my life, it is an honor and a pleasure to experience it with you.

if you are into social media, lets stay in touch! follow me on instagram keep a pulse on my facebook page or drop a note any time to say hello!

wishing you a beautiful transition into the new year.

big love,





Nya Alemayhu

Nya Alemayhu is an author, entrepreneur, wellness coach, and yoga teacher based in Washington, DC. Nya began her physical asana practice in 2004 while attending university. She received her first teaching certificate in 2013 and has been sharing the gift of yoga ever since.