Yoga & Karate Come Together at YogaRaté, Thursday 8/11

Karate Inspiration

YogaPalooza is in the home stretch.  (Home STRETCH … get it?)

Our YogaPalooza classes continue on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. through August 26.

And, this week, YogaPalooza has a special “play date” with you on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.!

Join Black Belt Karate instructor, Dan Paterson, for YogaRaté , Thursday, August 11 at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia. One class only – 5:30 p.m.

Many of you know Dan from our Yoga classes. I’m delighted that he also teaches Karate for Adults at Peaceful Hands on Tuesday and Thursday nights. He’s prepared this special class especially for YogaPalooza.

Dan karate pic

Dan is a 6th degree black belt who has been practicing for 30 years and teaching for the past 15.  And, because of his Yoga practice, he knows first-hand how the rich traditions of these two practices complement each other.

Dan explains …

Our Yogapalooza Yogaraté class is an introduction to the common origin and goals of Yoga and the Okinawan Martial Art Isshinryu (One Heart Way). We’ll explore some interesting parallels between the two practices, dispel common myths, and learn that often there are many ways to achieve the same objectives.

You’ll learn some Karate-based training methods that may be used to enhance your Yoga practice and some simple and practical self-protection techniques.

The level of physical activity and ability will be no greater than that of a beginner’s Yoga class. No worries, participation is limited to each person’s comfort zone.

Self-protection skills lead to self-confidence. Self-confidence is empowering and leads to a peaceful nature. Once inner peace is achieved, the search for enlightenment is possible.  You’ll see that Yoga and Karate share much in common.

Okinawan Karate traces its origin back to India. An Indian Buddhist Monk Bodhidharma introduced Yoga-inspired training to Chinese Monks at the Shaolin Temple. Due to trade routes with China, Okinawans learned these practices and brought them back to their home. Over the centuries the practices were adapted and modified to fit the Okinawan people and their culture.

Television and movies often give the wrong impression of Karate, implying that it is an aggressive practice. In fact, there is no “first strike” in Karate. In its basic form techniques learned are for self-protection and the protection of others only.  The ultimate goal, as in Yoga, is inner peace and enlightenment.

Dan’s class is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Dress for a Yoga-style class and bring your mat. (You may not need your mat, but, just in case, have it handy.)

I hope you’ll join us!

YogaRaté is part of our ongoing YogaPalooza session.  It is included in the Unlimited Class option or counts for one class of the 8-class session.  Drop-in’s may attend for $13.

Check out the full YogaPalooza schedule here.

If you have any questions about this or any other upcoming class, email me at

YogaPalooza … because Yoga doesn’t stop just because it’s summer.


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