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Brookland Yoga – A New ‘Floating’ Yoga Studio Option

One of the services that can be hard to come by in the Brookland area is a good yoga class. That’s why we were happy to hear about the launch of Brookland Yoga, a “floating” yoga studio, meaning, it doesn’t have a permanent location, and instead their mission is to partner with already existing organizations in the community. We caught up with Sharlene Bagga-Taves, the owner Brookland Yoga and asked her some questions about her new business. Interested? Check out her next class at Right Proper Brewery on Monday March 14th. Here is the flyer and go to the event page here to sign up.
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What brought you to your yoga practice?

I have been exposed to yoga ever since I was a little girl. I remember getting ready for school and coming downstairs to see my dad practicing his sirsasana, or, headstand, in the living room against the glass porch door.  I never really thought of it as yoga, or really thought of it at all, until I started practicing yoga in 2002 after a nasty ankle injury.  I was hoping that yoga would be a way for me to transition back into working out until I could completely bear weight on my ankle. It turns out yoga became a much bigger part of my life.

Over the first few years of my practice, what kept me going back to yoga – at least what I thought – was the physical exercise component. I love sweating it out in hot yoga and the increased flexibility it can inspire (when practiced safely, of course). As I started practicing yoga more regularly, I realized that other parts of my life were improving.  Somewhat related, but not necessarily linked, I was able to get off my asthma medication and have not returned to it since. Part of this may have been just growing out of my childhood asthma, but it is likely that at some point my practice of deeper breathing and awareness of breath probably aided this remission.

I have moved around a lot as an adult and have always been nervous about whether I’d feel part of a community during my stints in different places.  Having lived in Michigan, California, El Salvador, Thailand and now Washington, DC, I have discovered that yoga is really a bridge to community for me. By that I mean, it is a great way to meet like minded people and folks that share other interests of mine which include wine tasting, traveling, reading, working out, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and of course yoga

What is the story behind Brookland Yoga?

So when I took a year off after having my son in 2014, I had some time to refocus my creative energy. I rediscovered my inner artist and started painting, doing ceramics, cooking a ton, gardening, and turning my yoga teaching up a notch – both in terms of creative sequencing and also creative alliances. This is where my idea for a “floating” yoga studio grew from. I am a very proud Brookland resident and have always been surprised by the lack of yoga and athletic outlets in this part of Northeast D.C.  To my delight, the first few businesses in the community I reached out to were excited to partner with Brookland Yoga, and together we are able to offer unique yoga experiences to Ward 5 residents and beyond! We have partnerships with the Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market, the Monroe Street Market (for their residential community) and most recently Right Proper Brewery. You might think of Brookland Yoga as a traveling pop-up yoga studio partnering with local organizations to create unique yoga experiences. That is our vision.

Brookland yoga is always looking to expand partnerships and we welcome interested yoga teachers to get in touch if they’d like to join our team.  New opportunities are coming up every day – at least it seems like that, and it feels great. I hope to combine some of my other favorite activities with yoga and mindfulness such as art & yoga and mindful wine tasting following a yummy, sweaty yoga class! I’m working on those leads now.

I also love teaching pre-natal yoga and connecting folks within the community of new parents in the neighborhood. This summer, Brookland yoga is hosting pre-natal classes outdoors followed by a social half-hour of tea to meet and greet with your neighbors. Perhaps this will become a regular thing. When I was looking for permanent studio space, my vision was to have a half-hour of tea and socializing before the start of each yoga class.  Now that we’ve become a floating studio, we’ll have to find other creative ways to do this! It’s a good thing that there are so many beautiful spots in the city to practice yoga outdoors.

How long have you been teaching yoga?

I have been practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching it since 2013. I completed an intensive 200 hour teacher training in Chacala, Mexico and am currently enrolled in the Advanced (500 hour) Teacher Training program at Tranquil Space in Dupont circle.  So far, anatomy is the part I like to nerd out on the most – it is really fascinating how our bodies work!

 Tell us about the types of places you are looking to hold classes and how often.

I am looking to develop a comprehensive yoga program in Brookland that offers the community regular yoga classes and unique yoga experiences that don’t require a lot of travel. If neighboring businesses and organizations continue to be receptive to partnering with Brookland Yoga, I think that this goal is very reachable.  It also includes signing up some of the experienced yoga teachers (many of whom I met at my farmers market classes last summer) to join our team so that we can really cater to the needs of our students

Why did you pick Brookland to open your business?

I never thought about starting a business before I moved to Brookland, so I would say that Brookland itself is really the inspiration. When I moved here after living abroad for two years, I was amazed at the sense of community that I felt. I have lived all around the city in various neighborhoods over the last ten years, and have never felt such a strong sense of community anywhere else in D.C. Talking to people that really want to practice yoga in Brookland and meeting new local business owners that are interested in partnering with us is what gave me the final push of inspiration I needed to start Brookland Yoga.

Anything else you want readers to know?

My background is in public health and both of my parents’ careers were in mental health care, serving mostly homeless patients in the metro Detroit area.  I think, without realizing the path, my background in health has led me to yoga which actually has amazing mental health benefits including finding calmness in the chaos of life, and enhancing one’s ability to cope with change and hardship, often through breath.  If you don’t know what I mean, I hope to see you on the mat, even if all you want is a good workout and stretch!

What is the best way for readers to keep up with the Brookland Yoga?
Send us an email at brooklandyoga@gmail.com and we will be sure to let you know about upcoming classes and events.  You can also check out our website here. If you are interested in partnering with us, we would love to hear from you as well.

Brookland LGBT Holiday Happy Hour At Right Proper Brewery Wednesday

Photo from a Brookland LGBT Happy Hour
Photo from a Brookland LGBT Happy Hour

This coming Wednesday, December 16th there will be a Brookland LGBT Holiday Happy Hour starting at 6:00 pm at Right Proper Brewery, 920 Girard St NE. Check out Brookland’s newest hot spot at a private event just for Brookland’s  LGBT group! Enjoy delicious fresh brewed craft beer and celebrate the holidays with neighbors and friends. The brewery does not have a kitchen, so please bring a snack/finger food to share or we can order food delivery. All are welcome and hope to see you there!

Right Proper Brewery And Tasting Room Opens December 3rd

To say beer loving Brooklanders have been eagerly awaiting Right Proper Brewing Company‘s opening is a huge understatement. We recently learned from this Washington Post story that Right Proper received the go-ahead to brew on Thursday and plans  to have at least five beers on tap when they open their doors on December 3rd.

According to the  WaPo story, the tasting room will eventually serve up to 12 beers on tap, tasting flights, growler fill ups, and in the future offer charcuterie and other foods. There are also plans for a front patio with tables, bike racks, and planters. We can’t wait!

Hours will be Thursday and Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Right Proper is located at 920 Girard St. NE.

Right Proper Brewery And Tasting Room To Open In December

Right ProperSince we found out that Right Proper Brewing Company was opening a brewing operation and tasting room in Brookland about a year ago, we have been tracking their progress. We were happy to see this recent story in the City Paper with sneak peek pictures and additional details. From the story:

The current equipment setup will allow Right Proper to grow from brewing 1,000 barrels a year at the brewpub to up to 15,000 barrels per year at the new brewery, with room to add more tanks to expand beyond that. Cheston predicts they’ll make 3,500 barrels in the new brewery’s first year of operation. The expansion means you’ll start seeing Right Proper’s brews at restaurants and retailers around town.

The tasting room, adorned with rich cherry wood, will have 12 draft lines and two high-tech growler fillers that can pour beer from any of the 12 lines. The bar and tables seat about 45 and are made from wood sourced from a single fallen tree from co-owner John Snedden’s back yard.

Hours will be Thursday and Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Right Proper will be located at 920 Girard St. NE and should open sometime in December.

Right Proper Brewery Gets Permit To Move Forward In Brookland

right proper logoBack in May we were happy to report that that Right Proper brewing is planning to open their much anticipated location at 920 Girard St NE by late summer.  Recently we learned that they were granted permits to move forward with the brewery. From an article in the Washington Business Journal:

920 Girard St. NE: A 15-barrel production brewery and tasting room, Right Proper Brewing Co., will be installed in this former auto repair shop in Brookland. The brewery will seat 17, with a maximum occupancy of 42. Right Proper, whose existing home is 624 T St. NW, was created by “beer guru” Thor Cheston, head brewer Nathan Zeender and John Snedden, founder and owner of Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Co.

We will let you know when we learn anything new. Keep up with Right Proper at their Facebook page or their Twittter feed.

Right Proper Brewery To Open In Brookland Late This Summer

right proper logoIn November we were happy to report that Right Proper brewing is opening up a location at 920 Girard St NE. We recently learned from this City Paper article that Brooklanders will be able to stop by, enjoy a pint and fill up their growlers by late summer.  We will bring you more details as they become available. Keep up with Right Proper at their Facebook page or their Twittter feed.

Right Proper Brewing Company To Open In Brookland!

Nathan at Brookland's Franciscan Monastery. Photo Courtesy of the Washington Post and WildCraft/Nathan Zeender.
Nathan at Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery. Photo Courtesy of the Washington Post and WildCraft/Nathan Zeender.

Some readers may remember when we posted a story two years ago on Nathan Zeender, a Brookland based artisan beer brewer . At that time, he was looking to open a brewpub, which he did, just over a year ago called Right Proper Beer Company. The popular restaurant is located in the Shaw neighborhood. We got rumblings that Right Proper would be moving their brewing operations to Brookland from this Washington Post article a couple of weeks ago, that stated:

Right Proper Brewing, reports owner Thor Cheston, has secured a location in Brookland for setting up a second brewery, one that will keg and bottle for off-site sales.

Now we have gotten word from multiple sources that Nathan really is bringing his brewing operation to his home neighborhood and opening up at 920 Girard St NE! Awesome! We will bring you more details as they become available, and hopefully catch up with Nathan for a quote or two. Keep up with Right Proper at their Facebook page or their Twittter feed.