give to yourself first

photo credit:  james jackson

photo credit: james jackson

i spent all morning taking delight in the time i had at home. usually, i have an hour in the morning to practice my self-care rituals which consist of hot lemon water, 100 squats, an omelette if i can squeeze it in, and finally dashing out wishing my cat Kali a wonderful day. today however, i had 2 hours. not only could i extend the time i cared for myself, i even had extra time to enjoy the process.

i have just returned from a sojourn in charleston, south carolina where i celebrated my turn around the sun. with an abundance of time, filled with nothing but activities that evoke states of gratitude, fulfillment, and joy, i fell into the hands of bliss. i realized that this was the first time, in the whole of my life where i felt absolutely no guilt about giving to myself first. this caused me to wonder, aside from the week of my birth, do i spend the other 358 days feeling guilt about giving to myself first? even more important, i wondered, how can i take this experience home with me? how can i find time each day to rejoice in the miracle of being alive? i think the answer is practice. practice giving to yourself first!

while it may be true that there are many things that consume us, ranging from our children to our work, it is possible to cultivate a daily self-care ritual that allows space and time to feel grateful, to feel full, and to feel at peace. i invite you to practice giving to yourself first in some small way, every day, consistently. how much time isn't as important as the consistency of the ritual that you create. the truth is, the more you can practice giving to yourself first, the better you will be at giving to others. i will be rooting for you all the way! 

***7 chances to practice with me in the month of february:

monday’s february 6, 13, 20, and 27, join me for small group yoga limited to 6 students in the lounge upstairs at chaia. chaia, a female-owned business run by the dynamic duo Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon, offers seasonal, plant-based, tacos with an emphasis of sourcing locally. if you haven’t been, you are in for a treat! reserve your spot here!

tuesday’s february 21 and 28, i will be guiding a slow flow at georgetown yoga. my class on tuesday’s february 7 and 14 will be guided by the lovely Molly Dunn

finally, on sunday, february 26, join in on satsang #2 focusing on neck and shoulder opening in my home from 10:30a-12p. following practice will be a reading as well as coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries. reserve your spot here, space is limited.

thank you for joining me on this journey, it is my absolute pleasure to serve you!

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.