From the Forum – Yogo – 1 on 1 and Classes in Auto/Motorcycle Mechanics and Electrical Installation?

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Yogo – 1 on 1:

“Haven’t done Yoga before [have taken stretch classes] and have a few lower back issues. Wondered if anyone in PoPville can recommend 1 on 1 Yoga instructor/class to see if my back is A-OK for a class.”

Classes in Auto/Motorcycle Mechanics and Electrical Installation?

“Does anyone know places in DC where one can learn vocational hands-on skills? I would like to learn more about auto/motorcycle maintenance and electrical installation, but cant’ find any classes in the area. Only tech institutes that offer associate degrees. I’m not looking to be certified, I just want to learn some more skills.”

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  • 1) Buy a old motorcycle
    2) Buy a Haynes manual/tools
    3) ?????
    4) Profit.

  • Before every yoga class I’ve been to, instructors will ask if you have any injuries that they need to know about that might interfere with your ability to keep up with the flow. They will then offer modifications or warnings to avoid certain exercises to prevent further injury. You could maybe come a few minutes early and talk to them about whether it would be worth pursuing.

  • I agree with “Tips” except for two things:
    1) I used the Clymer instead of Haynes to learn but they’re probably the same difference.
    2) You’ve really got to practice a long time to become mechanically adept. I was lucky that my father taught me a lot of things that are now “instinct” to me. Start small with a bicycle to learn basic mechanical concepts. Then move to a lawnmower or a moped/scooter (something you can easily lift the engine) then to a motorcycle/car. You can also add in home appliances like toasters, microwaves and washing machines and such. Once you understand the basic concepts, they’re all simple machines. But, you need to start somewhere…

    Oh, and two bits of sage advice (from my father, of course):
    1) Never use your hand as a hammer. You’ll pay later in life if you do (he did – surgery…)
    2) Always use the right tool for the job. You’ll destroy a lot of things with the wrong tools.

    • Another thought on progression is to start with smaller projects and build to bigger ones. Buy a manual (or search the internet) on how to do things like rotate the tires on your car and change the oil, filters and other fluids. Those are pretty simple tasks. Then, knowing how to take the tires off, you could check your brake pads/disks/drums for wear. After you “get” that, you could change the pads. Similarly, once you are comfortable changing the oil, you could move to checking the tension on your belts and eventually changing them (but be careful – a timing belt is a different beast than an alternator belt!). You slowly expand the complexity of your projects. Again, there are some great books out there and I have found youtube to be invaluable for some hairier projects like changing bearings/axles/tie rods and my timing belt.

  • For the yoga, if you are anywhere near Takoma Park, Willow Street Yoga has a Yoga for Special Conditions and Injuries Class. They even have a Yoga for Scoliosis option too.

  • Ha, ha from the title I thought you were asking about some obscure car service or a new version of the Yugo

  • I don’t know if they still do but Fairfax County used to have a really awesome set of classes in the evenings for all kinds of things – electric, masonry, carpentry, … all kinds of cool stuff. It’s a hike out to their Manassas campus but NOVA has some great classes on auto repair, welding and such. Check with all the counties/school districts.

  • Love Supreme Yoga does classes for companies. They may do one on one too. Their instructors also teach at Yoga Heights and are great.

  • Check out Unity Woods for yoga – the teacher are skilled in working with injuries and will help you modify poses. More than any other studio I’ve been to, they use props (straps, blankets, bolsters, blocks) to support you in different poses. There is also a workshop coming up on strengthening your back that might be helpful.

  • For yoga, I highly recommend Pattie Cinelli. She teaches classes at Results on Capitol Hill and she really understands clients with physical issues. She writes a column in the Hill Rag. Her email is
    Her articles are here:

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