YogaShak offers Beginner Fundamental, Vinyasa, Hot Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative & Aerial Yoga classes at our studio located in Ashburn, Va. Visit us online @ You belong here!

YogaShak is a Yoga studio offering You flexibility, mobility, strength, health, and overall vitality. Join us in this relaxing oasis to release the tension and stress of your everyday. Creating community and connecting you with your mind, body, and soul. Conveniently located just off of Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway.

Gratitude can change any Attitude 🙏🏼

Longer ((((HUGS)))) ❤️!!!

The average length of a hug between two people is 3 seconds. But the researchers have discovered something fantastic. When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind. The reason is that a sincere embrace produces a hormone called "oxytocin", also known as the love hormone. This substance has many benefits in our physical and mental health, helps us, among other things, to relax, to feel safe and calm our fears and anxiety. This wonderful tranquilizer is offered free of charge every time we have a person in our arms, who cradled a child, who cherish a dog or a cat, that we are dancing with our partner, the closer we get to someone or simply hold the Shoulders of a friend.

A famous quote by psychotherapist Virginia Satir goes, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” Whether those exact numbers have been scientifically proven remains to be seen, but there is a great deal of scientific evidence related to the importance of hugs and physical contact. Here are some reasons why we should hug::


Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts on the limbic system, the brain’s emotional centre, promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress, and even making mammals monogamous. It is the hormone responsible for us all being here today. You see this little gem is released during childbirth, making our mothers forget about all of the excruciating pain they endured expelling us from their bodies and making them want to still love and spend time with us. New research from the University of California suggests that it has a similarly civilising effect on human males, making them more affectionate and better at forming relationships and social bonding. And it dramatically increased the libido and sexual performance of test subjects. When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease.


Connections are fostered when people take the time to appreciate and acknowledge one another. A hug is one of the easiest ways to show appreciation and acknowledgement of another person. The world is a busy, hustle-bustle place and we’re constantly rushing to the next task. By slowing down and taking a moment to offer sincere hugs throughout the day, we’re benefiting ourselves, others, and cultivating better patience within ourselves.


Affection also has a direct response on the reduction of stress which prevents many diseases. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine says it has carried out more than 100 studies into touch and found evidence of significant effects, including faster growth in premature babies, reduced pain, decreased autoimmune disease symptoms, lowered glucose levels in children with diabetes, and improved immune systems in people with cancer.


Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.


Almost 70 percent of communication is nonverbal. The interpretation of body language can be based on a single gesture and hugging is an excellent method of expressing yourself nonverbally to another human being or animal. Not only can they feel the love and care in your embrace, but they can actually be receptive enough to pay it forward to others based on your initiative alone.


Hugging boosts self-esteem, especially in children. The tactile sense is all-important in infants. A baby recognizes its parents initially by touch. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.


Everything everyone does involves protecting and triggering dopamine flow. Low dopamine levels play a role in the neurodegenerative disease Parkinson’s as well as mood disorders such as depression. Dopamine is responsible for giving us that feel-good feeling, and it’s also responsible for motivation! Hugs stimulate brains to release dopamine, the pleasure hormone. Dopamine sensors are the areas that many stimulating drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine target. The presence of a certain kinds of dopamine receptors are also associated with sensation-seeking.


Reaching out and hugging releases endorphins and serotonin into the blood vessels and the released endorphins and serotonin cause pleasure and negate pain and sadness and decrease the chances of getting heart problems, helps fight excess weight and prolongs life. Even the cuddling of pets has a soothing effect that reduces the stress levels. Hugging for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.


Hugs balance out the nervous system. The skin contains a network of tiny, egg-shaped pressure centres called Pacinian corpuscles that can sense touch and which are in contact with the brain through the vagus nerve. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
Embrace, embrace with your heart.~~

art: Dorina Costras
Shared from Sacred Dreams

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 19 ~ What Splurge Item are You Most Grateful For Having?

Historic breakthrough: WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience team first to use ultrasound to treat Alzheimer's

Grateful for this good news 🙏🏼 MORGANTOWN — World-leading brain experts at West Virginia University’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute are celebrating the historic breakthrough Alzheimer patients around the globe have been awaiting.

Inhale, and God approaches you, Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation and surrender to God.
~ Sri T Krishnamacharya

Gratitude for our lineage and your training. On this day you were born we celebrate your life and teachings. 🙏🏼

Let go of what doesn’t serve you! #embracechange #makeadifference

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 18 ~ What Season of the Year are you Most Grateful for?

Have you counted your blessings today? Join us on this journey! #30daysofgratitude

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 17 ~ What band are you most grateful for?

Sarah Vogel Doula

We are so happy to support Sarah as she supports our cOMmunity in Love & Kindness ❤️🙏🏼

I get this question a lot! Here’s an easy to read article that skims the surface of the incredible service postpartum doulas provide 🖤

#Stretch #bend #breathe 🙏🏼

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 16 ~ What about your body are you most grateful for having?

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 15 ~ What Movie are You Most Grateful for watching?

NovOMber Book club meets the 21st from 6-8pm!

Do you enjoy reading, conversation with friends, light refreshments, an opportunity to share?

Then the Book Club @ the Shak is for YOU!

Every month we will gather at YogaShak to enjoy each other's company, explore a new book that will support and nourish us on our journey towards a more enlightened path and share a glass of wine and some refreshments!

This Book Club is totally FREE and open to everyone, so please invite your friends! Join Us!!!

November Book :: The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness
by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Please sign-up to R.S.V.P so we have enough refreshments for everyone.

P.S. If you are new to Book Club, we pre-read the book before we meet to discuss! Otherwise, this would just be meeting to drink wine, not that it's a bad thing...this is a no-judgment zone!

Gratitude can change any attitude 🙏🏼

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 14 ~ What Talent are You Most Grateful for Having?

It’s not to late to join us on our Gratitude Journey! #nojudgementzone #nevertolate #startnow

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 13 ~ Who are You Most Grateful to Work with?

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 12 ~ What Goal have You Accomplished that You are Most Grateful for Achieving?

Coming soon!!! It’s our January....
200HR Registered Yoga Teacher Training.
Early Bird Special saves you $250 til Nov. 15th!!!
More information email or contact us at [email protected]
We are here to serve you 🙏🏼

“Be the change you want to see in this world” ~Gandhi

Why wait until a new year to create a positive change in your lifestyle? Join us on a 4 week journey to reset before the new year begins!!!

Ayurveda - 4 Week Series
“Transform your Wellbeing by Transforming your Lifestyle”

Known as the “Science of Life”, Ayurveda touches upon several features of how to live a healthy, happy, satisfying life. It lays out a very specific definition of “health” (svastha), integrating the body, the mind, and the spirit to bring about a truly wholistic approach to living.
By embracing Ayurveda’s “back to basics” lifestyle approach, you are essentially saying a big YES to restoring health and balance to mind and body!
This 4 week series will focus on how we can integrate a consistent self-care practice into our busy lives by using Nature’s rhythm to achieve optimum results (it’s what our mind and body were literally designed to do!). We will explore how Nature’s biological energies, the doshas, regulate not only our own body and mind, but our understanding of Nature itself, and how the key to long-term health lies in unlocking their potential.
Objective of the series: to guide each person through their personal Lifestyle transformation, using gentle, loving techniques, and considering each individual’s unique constitution.

Series offered by Ileana Gonzalez, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Founder of Apurva Ayurveda Healing. Ileana received most of her training in a traditional gurukula-style setting in India, including clinical studies with Dr. Vasant Lad in Pune, and Panchakarma therapeutics at Arsha Vidya Peetam Trust in Coimbatore. Since 2011 Ileana has been offering traditional ayurvedic treatments and services, specializing in the ancient purifying techniques of panchakarma. Ileana believes in the long term rewards of a healthy lifestyle, and is very much committed to offering her clients the tools and the support needed to live a life of balance and wellness.

We will meet Tuesday evenings from
6pm - 7:30pm Nov. 26th - Dec. 17th

Space is limited - Register today!!!

Today we offer our gratitude with FREE Classes to all Veterans!
Thank you for your service to our country 🙏🏼

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 11 ~ What Freedom are You Most Grateful for?

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 10 ~ What Inspiring Quote are You Most Grateful for?

Congratulations to Kevin & Christine Fox on your new beautiful gym @EvolveAthletics Beautiful space and great celebration today!!!

Gratitude in all things! 🙏🏼

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 9 ~ What Animal are You Most Grateful for? (Share a pic!)

Join us tomorrow at 11 @house6brewing
All are Welcome to this FREE event!!! Collecting any can goods you might want to share for @LoudounHunger

In Honor of Veterans Day we offer FREE Yoga to all Veterans on Monday.
Thank you for your service to our country 🙏🏼 #thankyou #VeteransDay #HonorThroughAction #gratitude #Respect #yogashakva

Couple of spots open for tonight’s Aerial Flow class! Grab a friend!
#weekend #aerialyoga #comeflywithme
#aerial #Yoga

Register here....

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 8 ~ What Lesson in Life are You Most Grateful for Learning?

Hey YogaShak is @house6brewing this Saturday at 11! Join us!!! And this picture was taken before we had any beer! #JustSaying #justsayin #yogagirl #yogapants #yogaflight #beerbods #yogalife #yogashakva

Can you relate? 🤔🤣😆
Did you hear we have 9:30 HOTTIE’S??? #yogaeveryday #yogaeverydamnday
You don’t have to cup their precious ears anymore! 🙌🏼🙏🏼

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 7 ~
What Book are You Most Grateful for?

“A miracle is not defined by an event. A miracle is defined by gratitude” ~ Kate Baestrup

30 Days of Gratitude Reflection

Day 6 ~ What in Nature are You Most Grateful for?

30 Fay Gratitude Reflection

Day 5 ~ What Item in Your Home are You most Grateful for?

The Norwegian Secret To Enjoying A Long Winter

Consider the positive, what a difference it can make! 🙏🏼 Residents of Norway view their long dark winters as something to celebrate. How it’s possible to be cheerful for the next four months.

30 Day Gratitude Reflection

Day 4 ~ What Memory in Life are You most Grateful for?

Please join Sarah for Prenatal classes Wednesday Nights (starting Nov. 6) from 6:00 pm ~ 7:15 pm
Saturday Mornings (staring Nov. 16) from 8:30 am ~ 9:45 am

Sarah designs her prenatal yoga classes from the perspective of safe preparation. Mamas are training for a marathon whether they have a belly birth or vaginal birth and yoga class is a great opportunity to prepare for that experience. With that in mind, she focuses on building strength while also creating space in the body through deep stretches and opening postures. Along with physical movement, Sarah teaches mamas various "tools" for their labor or birth toolbox that help moms prepare for the mental challenges of birth. Through breath, sound, and relaxation, moms will learn how to activate their parasympathetic nervous systems and cultivate a sense of peace, confidence and empowerment.
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The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety & Grief

Please join us on our 30 Day Gratitude Reflection! The benefits are OMazing!!! Simple thankfulness can go a long way in affecting our brain. Read on to learn about the neuroscience of gratitude, and its effect on anxiety and grief.

30 Day Gratitude Reflection

Day 3 ~ What Food are you most Grateful for?

Don’t forget to set your clocks!
Grab an extra hour of sleep and join us for the 9:30 HOTTIE!!!

Meditation can calm the mind 🙏🏼
Free Meditation 10:30 Sunday morning 🙏🏼

30 Day Gratitude Reflection

Day 2 ~
What technology are you most Grateful for?

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Ashburn, VA

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