soft spaces


when i began teaching yoga 6 years ago, i had not anticipated how much it would change my life, how much the practice would help me guide others to enhance their life, and really serve as my lighthouse. recently, i have found myself either with my students, or with friends, in a deep space of gratitude for this practice. i am beginning to notice in others, soft spaces, where the person is aware and present with their lot in life in a very compassionate and open way. allowing ourselves the space to be soft and vulnerable is what this whole life is about, the more we allow ourselves, the more we will allow others.

last weekend, i graduated my first student from the mindful movement school of yoga private teacher training program. i founded mindful movement last year in an effort to create a structure that influences and supports the next wave of teachers, one teacher at a time. it took us one year, and at least 200 hours to arrive at the end of our journey, but we did it! when we can take something that has deeply impacted our life for the better and offer it to others, we are consciously creating a vibration that heals all those with whom we come into contact. 

in a few weeks, i am headed back to ethiopia for my annual visit. to give back through the practice, myself, core72, and wydler brothers real estate are putting together 4 free yoga classes to benefit orphanages in ethiopia on october 21 and october 28, 2018. we are requesting donations in the form of children’s clothing that can be worn year round that are gently used or new. you can sign up here for classes at cathedral commons and here for classes in chevy chase. space for yoga is very, very, limited.

making your unique impact on the world doesn’t have to be a daunting task, it can be something small that you do each day. your good deed will then inspire the person whom you’ve just touched to pay it forward, thereby creating a ripple effect of goodness in our world. 

my life has been touched by each of you, let’s keep spreading the light!

 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.