Julie Eisenberg, the owner of Lighthouse Yoga Center, explains her love of kundalini and the importance of community.
How did you come to find yoga?
I first came to hatha yoga about 20-something years ago because I had a very stressful job, and I had a neighbor who used to teach out of her apartment … Then I was like, “Something is missing” and about 12 or 13 years ago I stumbled into a kundalini class. I realized, “Oh my gosh, this is what is missing.” And then that was it. There was no going back after that.
What is one thing you love about yoga?
It allows me to quiet and focus my mind. I also love, particularly with kundalini yoga, that it’s very empowering. One of the things we do is we don’t shy away from the things that are going on in the world.
How did you become the owner of Lighthouse?
There was a kundalini studio in D.C., and it closed eight years ago. There was nowhere to go. I was kind of complaining to my teachers that aren’t local. I was like, “I don’t know what to do. There’s no kundalini here,” and they were like, “Well open a studio, bring kundalini back to the D.C. community.” And by then I had already been teaching yoga full time for eight years, so I was like, “OK.”
What is something that sets your studio apart from others?
We prioritize diversity and inclusion in the studio, and we work hard to make sure we represent the neighborhood we’re in. And, we’re not solely kundalini; we offer a wide variety of hatha classes and Pilates as well. In that way, we are also able to meet the needs of our immediate community.
What is something you think your studio is really good at?
In my past life I was an organizer. Coming with that background, I’m really able to reach and inspire our students to create an environment where they feel like they have ownership.
What is next for Lighthouse Yoga Center?
We just moved into a new space … We’re right now in the process of rebuilding so over the next year or so Lighthouse Yoga Center is going to continue to build in the neighborhood and continue to provide kundalini and hatha yoga, Pilates, and our family programming to both the neighborhood and the city at large.