John Schumacher — John Schumacher is the founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, Washingtons premier yoga studio. He has practiced yoga for more than 40 years and has taught in the Washington area since 1973. John studied in India with . Iyengar for 33 years, and is a certified advanced Iyengar Yoga teacher, one of only 13 teachers in the . to hold that level of certification. John also spent many years studying with internationally acclaimed teacher Dona Holleman. Johns clear, precise style and his engaging sense of humor have made him one of the countrys leading yoga teachers. Yoga Journal described him as one of 25 originals shaping yoga in America. John has written for a variety of publications and has appeared in numerous local and national media, including . News and World Report, The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Times, PBS, Yoga Journal, and many others. He has spoken about the practice and benefits of yoga on radio and television and at conferences and events around the nation. In 2007, he was a keynote speaker at the first NIH conference on alternative health. In over 40 years as a teacher, John has taught thousands of students, including many of the Washington areas most prominent yoga teachers. He continues to travel across the . and throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, where he conducts workshops for students and teachers of all levels.
At length you reach a cemetery. We all know how deeply the Turks respect the graves of the dead — how they visit them and never permit them to be disturbed, as we do in Europe, after any number of years. In the abstract this is very grand, and when we imagine to ourselves a beautiful cypress grove with tall white monumental stones, and green grass beneath, it presents a stately and solemn picture. Now contemplate it in the reality. The monuments are overthrown, dilapidated, or awry — several roughly paved streets intersect the space — here sheep are feeding — there donkeys are waiting — here geese are cackling — there cocks are crowing — in one part of the ground linen is drying — in another carpenters are planing — from one corner a troop of camels defile — from another a funeral procession approaches — children are playing — dogs rolling — every kind of the most unconcerned business going on.