1. ON A MISSION

    Above is the original mission statement I wrote fifteen plus years ago shortly after opening our Flagship studio in Georgetown. It hung in a cheap frame right above the studio entrance; simple, yet palpable in how it touched, moved and inspired so many who walked through that studio door. Four years…Read More

  2. GRACE AND GRIT

    Lately I’ve been struggling with my faith. And no, I’m not talking about the kind of faith that is connected to a religious belief, but the kind of faith I had when I was certain I was making a difference in the world, and not just spinning my wheels. This got me thinking about my Dad… My dad …Read More

  3. EMERGING…

    For most of my life I have felt completely alone, never really feeling like I fit in. For years I’ve had shame around being seen as “different”, feeling misunderstood, certain there was no one else out there in the world who really “got me”. For such a long time I believed I had to hide my…Read More

  4. IMAGINE IF…

    Imagine how much brighter the world could be if we filled it with our vision, passion and ideas… If we quieted the voices of fear, self-doubt and the dream killers whispering in our ear. When it comes to creating the life you want to live, the only one who can put that good sh&%T out into the …Read More

  5. LIFE THROUGH ROSE-COLORED GLASSES

    Ever since I was a little human I have looked at life and others through rose colored glasses. Call me crazy, but I like to believe that people will always do the right thing, make the right choices and fight for the right causes. I have the tendency to trust too much, forgive too easily, and overlo…Read More

  6. LOOKING FOR LOVE… IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

    Self-love. Sounds like a simple concept, right? Just… love yourself. It can’t possibly be that hard. If only it were that simple… The thing is that most of us spend the majority of our lives criticizing ourselves. We live in a culture where society has shown us who we are not, encouraging us t…Read More

  7. THE DAY I STOPPED GIVING A F@$%

    As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been way too worried about what other people think of me. Looking back to a young age, I was not the most confident kid. In fact I was painfully shy and super sensitive. It didn’t take much to hurt my feelings. And like all kids, I just wanted to be lik…Read More

  8. STEP YOUR RIGHT FOOT FORWARD & CHANGE YOUR LIFE

    A Guest Post by Shannon Garvey, one of our inspiring Team DDY Bethesda Teachers. How many times during a practice do we say these words: “Step your right foot forward”? What we are really asking of our students is not just to step forward on their mats, but to move forward in their lives. This f…Read More

  9. THE BLAME GAME

    We all know people who constantly blame everyone else for what is going on in their lives. Whether it be their wife/husband, a co-worker, employer or perhaps the neighbor three doors down, somehow they’re convinced that someone else is responsible for what is happening to to them or how they are f…Read More

  10. CATCH AND RELEASE…

    Most of us would like to believe we don’t hold grudges… Yet at some point, the truth is we’ve all held a grudge, or had someone hold a grudge against us. It’s easy to not even realize when we are holding one. We convince ourselves that we have forgiven that person for hurting or disappointin…Read More