FAQ

FAQs

If you have a question about nilambu yoga that isn’t answered here, please just email me.

Why nilambu yoga?

That’s such an important question, it got it’s own section!   It’s important to figure out if we are a good fit for your needs and interests.  Learn more here.

What does nilambu mean?

nil = blue
ambu = water

I love the ocean, I love the metaphors, I love the poetry of the sea, especially Neruda.   (Who doesn’t love Neruda?)

Life emerged from the sea.   The sea is a place of replenishing and refreshing.   Floating in the ocean, supported by the minerals and the salt, is one of life’s most pleasurable sensations.  Even the danger of the unknown dark depths makes my heart race and makes me feel vibrantly alive.

Yoga makes can make you feel all that too!

replenished, refreshed, supported,
pleasurable, sensational, exciting, alive

What kind of yoga do you teach?

I primary teach a vinyasa style of yoga.   Depending on your needs and inclination, vinyasa yoga can be rigorous or more relaxing.

Two key elements are universal –

  • matching the movement to the breath, and 

  • moving from pose to pose in a flow

In each pose there should be repose – B.K.S. Iyengar

I create an environment where you can be both alert and relaxed in your body.

Yoga in the vinyasa style is lovely because when in the groove the practice feels like dancing or a moving meditation.

As a certified Relax and Renew Trainer,  I also offer restorative yoga.

My own private teacher for over 14 years is an Iyengar teacher.   So obviously lots of Iyengar yoga has rubbed off on me!    I love the care and alignment and deep rigor of Iyengar yoga.

What is your yoga background?

Good question!  Be discerning, whomever you learn yoga from.

I’ve been doing yoga for nearly 20 years and a teacher for over 10.   Registered with the Yoga Alliance, you can read more about my yoga experience, certifications and experience here.

Whether you come to nilambu to learn yoga or explore elsewhere, please don’t check your common sense at the door.  If something doesn’t feel right, ask.  And if you don’t get a satisfactory answer, don’t do it.  Injuries as a result of yoga are on the rise.

Always be sure your teachers are qualified and registered with the Yoga Alliance.   The Yoga Alliance teacher directory can be found here.

Why invest in a private session?

Yoga has never been more popular!   That’s terrific.   And it also means that classes are crowded.   While the companionship and community of a yoga class is pretty special and super fun, a private session offers complementary benefits including

  • adaptations just for your body 
  • directions closely hewed to your needs
  • answers to all your questions as they arise
  • security of personal attention
  • linkage between what you experience in classes and your own home practice 

Private sessions, on their own or in concert with regular class attendance, is a rocket booster for your yoga practice.

What do I wear and what do I bring?

You need to be able to move so comfortable work out clothes are best.   Yoga is practiced with bare feet, so don’t wear ballet tights (or any other kind of tights).

You can bring your own mat if you wish.   If you don’t have one, I’ve got you covered along with any other supplies you may need (straps, bolsters, weights, chairs).

Bring curiosity and be ready to have fun!

Is there a place to change?

There is a guest bathroom where you can change clothes.   However showers are not permitted.

Where exactly is your studio located?

My studio is located at 1177 22nd Street, NW between L and M Streets.  (right across from the West End Ritz Carlton).  New Hampshire Avenue completes the short block into a triangle.

DC is full of one way streets so please note that 22nd Street is one way north; L Street is one way east; and M Street is one way west.

What metros are nearby?

I’m near the red line (Dupont) and the blue and orange lines (GWU station).   Off the red line, I am about 3 blocks south of the Q Street exit straight down New Hampshire Avenue.   I’m at M and New Hampshire.    From the GWU Metro which is at 23rd and I Streets, I am one block east and three blocks north.

Is there parking available?

Parking is usually available.   I have a spare space in the building, and if free, clients may use that space free of charge.   Otherwise, street parking is available in the neighborhood.  Many indoor lots are in the surrounding blocks.

How can I schedule a session?

Click here to book a session and you will see which appointment times are available.

Can I gift someone a session?

What a great gift!   Of course, you may.   To gift someone a session, start the simple process here.   Your recipient will receive his or her gift certificate by email.

What does a session cost?

A single private session costs $125.   If you sign up for my mailing list, I do offer coupons occasionally to those on the list.

How long does a session last?

50 minutes.  That affords us some cushion for set up and extra time.   Sessions begin promptly on time at the top of the hour.

What is the cancellation policy?

Any scheduled and confirmed session must be cancelled 12 hours in advance.

Do you make house calls?

No, I don’t and here’s why – my awesome yoga paraphernalia is impossible to transport with me.   Practice with me includes not only a mat, blocks and a strap, but may also include sand bag weights, special yoga chairs, bolsters.   The clients who come to my studio enjoy a much more rewarding practice.