Volunteer Spotlight: Greg Marzullo

“Greg Marzullo has been teaching a “vinyasa flow” yoga class for N Street Village staff for many months now and has attracted a happy following of Friday afternoon yogis. Greg’s class is a way to promote self-care and well-being for our enormously talented and hard-working staff,  AND — the gift of his volunteerism creates a full circle of giving as it is transformed by that staff into compassion and hospitality for the hundreds of women and families who will find help and hope here this year.” 
— N Street Village Executive Director, Schroeder Stribling

GregLet’s get to know Greg…
Greg Marzullo is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and, each year, teaches thousands of people the physical, mental and philosophical practices of yoga. Before becoming a yoga teacher, he was a reporter and then the features editor for the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest LGBT newspaper. Greg got involved with N Street Village after discovering that one of his students, Schroeder Stribling, is the executive director of the organization. Every month, he looks forward to providing time and space for the incredible staff of N Street to breathe, move and find peace.

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the D.C. area?  I’m from New England, both Massachusetts and Connecticut, and I’ve lived in D.C. for 12 years, which virtually makes me a native.

On a Saturday evening you will find me…at Amma’s ashram in Potomac, Maryland. Amma Amritanandamayi is commonly called “the Hugging Saint.” She’s a woman from India who literally travels the world offering hugs to thousands of people at a time. She’s been known to hug people for over 22 hours at a stretch without a break! I am deeply inspired by her story and her work in the world -everything from feeding the hungry to helping those wrangling with suicide, so I spend time at a local center dedicated to her and her work.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant?  I was just introduced to Tortino on 11th St. between N & M, N.W. It’s amazing Italian, and with a last name like Marzullo, I know my Italian food.

What is your favorite D.C. landmark?  It’s actually a little off the usual tourist path, but every time I have friends come into D.C. for the first time, I take them to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Catholic University’s campus. I think it’s one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots we have in the city.

What is favorite yoga pose?  I love any of the heart openers. Give me a chance to get into a deep backbend, and I’m there with bells on.

Why do you feel yoga is important for nonprofit professionals?  So many people in nonprofit fields give deeply of themselves to make sure that others can lead a better life. More often than not, the well runs dry because we don’t place value on taking care of ourselves. Yoga is one avenue that can help to refill the reserves for nonprofit employees so they can continue to make life easier for others.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village?  Aside from the inspiration I take from the wonderful staff, my favorite moment is walking up to the building through a group of women usually hanging out outside of the front door. I recognize they’ve had a long hard road to get to that courtyard, but I feel my heart swell when I see that for this moment, in this place, safety is theirs.

What makes N Street Village unique to you? The extensive nature of its programming and opportunities! How incredible!

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Giving. Radiant. Healing.