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New Moon SoulCollage®️ with Natalie Miller
Jun 1, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019
 

When the sun and moon conjoin in the sky, our nights are dark and starry. Tradition says this is a perfect time to pause, self-reflect, listen deep within, and set intuitive intentions for our best way forward.

Join Natalie to practice SoulCollage®, a creative and intuitive process through which we invite our minds to listen to the embodied wisdom of our hearts and guts. SoulCollage® is excellent for strengthening our ability to listen in, and for integrating the various aspects of ourselves.

In each workshop, we’ll explore the astrological themes of the particular month’s New Moon, then create a meaningful and beautiful SoulCollage®. We’ll leave with deeply-seeded, soul-felt intention for the next lunar cycle.

Everybody welcome - no matter how creative/artistic you believe you are - and all materials for your first session are provided.

  
Schedule
Date
Dec 22, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:00 - 5:00pm
$0.00
4 Sessions
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Monthly Meet-Up for Trauma and Anxiety Workshop Participants with Cheryl Kravitz
Aug 18, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019
 

A number of students who participated in our workshops on trauma and anxiety have said it would be helpful to meet on an ongoing basis. We are planning monthly sessions beginning August 18. Cheryl will facilitate the meet-up, which will include discussion, yoga and meditation centered around relieving anxiety.

Cost is by donation.

  
Schedule
Date
Dec 8, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
4:00 - 5:30pm
$60.00
3 Sessions
$25.00
per Session
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JourneyDance: Body, Heart, & Soul with Beth Charbonneau
Sep 1, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019
 
Get out of your head!
 
Drop into your body; tune into your wild and tender heart; connect what is within you to what is beyond you. JourneyDance uses a combination of led and free-form movement, ritual, and imagery, and an evocative and powerful soundtrack to open up the possibilities for empowered connection to our bodies, hearts, and souls. Every dance is different and all bodies are welcome—no dance or yoga experience needed. Join us this fall!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Schedule
Date
Dec 22, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 2:30pm
$90.00
4 Sessions
$25.00
per Session
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Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation with Carol Mermey
Sep 15, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019
 

Enjoy a break from your daily routine to recharge with this guided meditative practice of deep relaxation that eases tension and fatigue, calms the nervous system, helps heal the body, and restores energy and well-being.

Yoga Nidra helps:
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Cultivate an underlying sense of ease and well-being
- Develop resilience and clarity in the face of life's challenges
- Become more responsive and less reactive to what's happening in the world around us.

In this workshop, you'll:
- Learn centering and relaxation techniques
- Practice gentle asana stretches for joints and muscles
- Explore yoga breathing techniques
- Be guided through a complete Yoga Nidra practice.

Yoga Nidra is practiced in a comfortable lying or seated position. No prior experience needed - everyone welcome. In Takoma Park.

  
Schedule
Date
Nov 17, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:30pm
Date
Dec 22, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:30pm
$150.00
5 Sessions
$30.00
per Session
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Stress Relief Saturdays with Tuesday Irby (fall)
Oct 5, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019
 

Meditation, asana, rest. De-stress from the past week, be yourself in this moment, and re-set for the week to come. Stress Relief Saturdays are your opportunity to come home to you. Our practice includes meditation, journaling, active asana practice, and restorative postures, giving you space to relieve body and mind of tension and stress. All levels welcome. In Takoma Park.

  
Schedule
Date
Nov 16, 2019
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
3:00 - 5:00pm
Date
Dec 7, 2019
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
3:00 - 5:00pm
$95.00
3 Sessions
$35.00
per Session
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Restorative Yoga Sundays with Tara Lemerise (Oct–Dec)
Oct 20, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019
 

Undo, unwind, let go, and experience true rest. Instead of asking your body and mind to do more, this practice soothes your nervous system, quiets your mind, and helps you release deeply held tension. This workshop is a unique circuit of restorative poses where all the necessary blankets, blocks, and bolsters are skillfully arranged before you arrive. You simply come for the deep nourishing rest you need and deserve. Leave feeling completely revitalized and refreshed, ready for the week and the month ahead.

Everybody welcome; no yoga experience necessary. Please register in advance by 4p on the day of the workshop.

  
Schedule
Date
Nov 24, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:30 - 7:30pm
Date
Dec 15, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:30 - 7:30pm
$120.00
6 Sessions
$25.00
per Session
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Postnatal Progress with Michelle Cohen (Oct 20-Nov 24)
Oct 20, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019
 

Postnatal Progress is a yoga class for mamas past their initial postpartum period (six months to four years) who are looking to target key areas for strength building - lots of core work! pelvic floor! shoulders! back! - who feel ready to step back into a fluid and dynamic yoga practice, but are not quite ready to return to a vigorous or traditional yoga class. In addition to strength, rest and integration is valued and offered.

This class is not suitable for those with prolapse or other significant injuries. This class series is a solo practice for mamas - no babies, please!

 

Willow Street Yoga Members attend at a 20% discount! Discount will be applied automatically for Everyday Practice and Weekly Plus Members. Rolling 10 Class Pass holders: use discount code R10 at checkout.

 
  
Schedule
Date
Oct 20, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:15 - 3:30pm
$100.00
1 Session
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On My Own: Independence Skills for Tweens with Defend Yourself
Nov 16, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019
 

Parents: Is your child—late elementary school or early middle school—heading to school on their own? Walking alone or with other kids? Beginning to take public transit? Staying home alone for longer stretches?

In this workshop geared to 9 to 12 year-olds, Defend Yourself will share skills to help them be logistically, mentally, and emotionally ready for these and other situations, as well as strategies for if something doesn’t go as planned. Parents are encouraged to participate.

Spend an afternoon with your tween helping them cultivate independence, critical thinking, and safety… and give yourself some peace of mind.

The workshop will be led by teachers from Defend Yourself, which has been sharing child-safety skills for more than 20 years! For more info, check out www.defendyourself.org.

Class Fee: $110 for each child/parent pair (if more than 1 child per parent, $50 for each additional child). Limited scholarship funds are available; if you need financial assistance, please email classes@defendyourself.org.

  
Schedule
Date
Nov 16, 2019
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 4:30pm
$50.00
1 Session
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I Want More: The Yoga of Desire, Pleasure & Agency with Melanie Williams
Nov 16, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019
 

How does your current relationship with your body affect your experience of pleasure? When do you feel like you “have permission” to feel good? What do you find yourself wanting more of? Do you actually know what you want?

Many of us, particularly those of us in marginalized bodies, have experienced the demonization of our desires. It’s hard to avoid internalizing these messages, but doing so often limits our sense of choice. How can we free up more options, including those options we’d ultimately find most pleasurable? What tools does yoga have to offer us in our quest for agency? This workshop provides a forum to explore desire in a community setting, incorporating group discussion and ample opportunities to connect to your body and desires through adaptive movement practices that are suitable for all bodies and abilities. No prior yoga experience is required.

  
Schedule
Date
Nov 16, 2019
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 5:00pm
$40.00
1 Session
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Kettlebell Turkish Get Up with Marvin King
Nov 16, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019
 

The Kettlebell Turkish Get Up (TGU) is a formidable exercise and arguably the best tool in the Kettlebell arsenal for developing strength from the ground up. By comparison the Kettlebell 2ARM Swing is a Yang exercise when the TGU is a Yin exercise. So when done at Tai Chi speed (perfect for Yoga students) the TGU will challenge and stimulate all your muscle groups at the same time. Muscle balance, muscle symmetry, and overall muscle tone are some phenomenal benefits from doing the TGU. But even more important are the proprioception awareness and anti aging benefits that are developed by adding this technique to your strength tool box! For those kinesiology experts, the TGU stimulates and strengthened your bodies kinetic chain by connecting and balancing the large and small muscle groups. This systemic development is what helps you move with coordination, power, and grace!I can go on but why?

Come learn the proper way to do this incredible exercise (TGU) and become a better person for doing so!

  
Schedule
Date
Nov 16, 2019
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
1:00 - 3:00pm
$40.00
1 Session
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Be the Warrior: Yoga for Survivors of Cancer with Cheryl Kravitz
Nov 17, 2019 - Nov 17, 2019
 

You’ve had the diagnosis, you are in treatment, or you are finished. Cheryl Kravitz, Willow Street Yoga teacher, is currently being treated for breast cancer and is continuing her yogic journey in her weekly class and her workshops.

According to the American Cancer Society, research has long shown that yoga can control physical functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, metabolism, body temperature, brain waves, and skin resistance. This can result in improved physical fitness, lower levels of stress, and increased feelings of relaxation and well-being.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there is also some evidence to suggest yoga may be helpful when used with conventional medical treatment to help relieve some of the symptoms linked to cancer, asthma, diabetes, drug addiction, high blood pressure, heart disease, and migraine headaches.

Please talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise or new therapy to make sure it's safe for you. Use yoga alongside, not instead of, conventional medical treatment. Yoga cannot cure cancer and should not be used by itself to treat cancer or delay treatment.

  
Schedule
Date
Nov 17, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:30 - 4:00pm
$0.00
1 Session
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Surviving Assault Book Launch with Diana Tokaji
Nov 23, 2019 - Nov 23, 2019
 

Willow Street is proud to host Diana Tokaji for the launch of her new book, Surviving Assault – Words that Rock & Quiet & Tell the Truth: Resource for the Living.

This beautiful and accessible book speaks directly to the survivor in four intentional, intimate, and guiding conversations. Each conversation is enhanced by a relevant hand mudra. Surviving trauma to heart, mind, or body requires herculean courage and creativity. This book invigorates paths to deepest wisdom and the disciplined focus that will support us out of isolation—from self-protection to action. Practitioners in the trauma field and all of us heralding light in dark times will find in this book a gift, as well as a path to survival.

Join us for a reading/presentation, Q&A with the author, and a book signing. Light snacks will be provided. Note: this event is free, but please register to reserve your spot!

  
Schedule
Date
Nov 23, 2019
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 3:30pm
$50.00
1 Session
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Gratitude in Motion with Maria Hamburger
Nov 29, 2019 - Nov 29, 2019
 
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let's roll our pumpkins on our mats and celebrate the gifts of embodiment, movement, and breath. This will be a sweet and energizing asana practice for ALL LEVELS in a nurturing environment.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Schedule
Date
Nov 29, 2019
Staff
Days
Fri
Time
10:00 - 12:30pm
$60.00
3 Sessions
$25.00
per Session
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Postnatal Progress with Michelle Cohen (Dec 1-15)
Dec 1, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019
 

Postnatal Progress is a yoga class for mamas past their initial postpartum period (six months to four years) who are looking to target key areas for strength building - lots of core work! pelvic floor! shoulders! back! - who feel ready to step back into a fluid and dynamic yoga practice, but are not quite ready to return to a vigorous or traditional yoga class. In addition to strength, rest and integration is valued and offered.

This class is not suitable for those with prolapse or other significant injuries. This class series is a solo practice for mamas - no babies, please!

 

Willow Street Yoga Members attend at a 20% discount! Discount will be applied automatically for Everyday Practice and Weekly Plus Members. Rolling 10 Class Pass holders: use discount code R10 at checkout.

 
  
Schedule
Date
Dec 1, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:15 - 3:30pm
$30.00
1 Session
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Yoga Through Trauma-Informed & Inclusive Language: A Class for Yoga Teachers & Other Professionals with Cheryl Kravitz
Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019
 
The benefits of yoga to help people affected by trauma can be tremendous and are becoming better researched and documented. It is also key that we steer clear of stereotypes that might keep a student away from practice. Being trauma-informed and welcoming to a diversity of students is a best practice for everyone working with the public, not just “mental health” or “recovery yoga” teachers. It is important to use correct language and to avoid statements that could be triggering for each and every one of your students.
 
 


About Cheryl

Cheryl Kravitz, APR, CFRE, RYT200 plus, is a graduate of the Willow Street Yoga Teacher Training Program in Maryland. She received additional certification to teach yoga to survivors of trauma, restorative yoga and yoga for brain longevity. She teaches weekly public classes as well as specialized yoga to people with injuries, survivors of abuse, individuals with dementia and caregivers.

She served as Executive Director of an organization focused on building inclusive communities and was Director of Marketing and Media Relations for the American Red Cross. She currently consults with several organizations on strategic planning, marketing and communications. She learned early on that yoga is a universal language and has found the practice resonates with the diversity of students she teaches.
 
  
Schedule
Date
Dec 7, 2019
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:30 - 4:30pm
$30.00
1 Session
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Le Yoga en Français with Anna Gilcher & Galen Tromble
Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019
 

Join French teacher Anna Gilcher, PhD (elevateeducationconsulting.com/anna-gilcher) and yoga teacher Galen Tromble in a fun, all-levels bilingual yoga class. You’ll learn the language of yoga in French as body and mind are engaged in the movements of yoga, from lever les bras au-dessus de la tête (lift the arms above the head) to la posture de l’enfant (child’s pose). The only prerequisite is a spirit of joie de vivre!

All levels welcome – in both yoga and French.

 

  
Schedule
Date
Dec 8, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:00 - 5:00pm
$165.00
1 Session
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Surviving Assault: Yoga Therapy as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma - A Strength-Focused Approach for Health and Holistic Practitioners with Yoga Experience (Part I only) with Diana Tokaji
Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019
 
If you work with assault, trauma, acute anxiety, or PTSD, this series will support your visceral understanding of the physiology of assault, provide you with new physical practices, and guide you in holding space for another’s pain. Applying yoga therapy’s pancamayakosha model, or five sheaths – body, breath, mind, wisdom, bliss – you’ll experience how a strength-focused approach bridges body to highest wisdom, a process essential to assault survival and to finding one’s courageous path.
 
Just as we might stabilize a painful broken limb prior to hospital care, the broken Being needs stabilization of body and mind when her world is uprooted. This is the primary step that we address: the acute stage that may occur immediately after trauma or repeatedly thereafter. How do we safely support a body that is traumatized? How can a client -- and how do we -- tap inherent wisdom at darkest hours? You will be guided to explore inspirational body and mind practices – resources that draw us toward a new midline, breeding health where trauma once held power.
 
 
This enrollment option is for Part I: Foundational Principles & Practices for Acute Trauma Care (introduces an illuminating power point, foundational asana, R.A.I.N. and basic touch) only.
 

Please bring pen and pad or journal to the workshops. A folder with many handouts will be provided.

Inspirational assignments (one article, two brief videos, and two short writings) will further integrate the program for participants. For questions and to discuss partial scholarship: dianatokaji@gmail.com
 
 
 
Testimonials from past workshop participants:

“I am already incorporating elements of what you shared into my practice.” Rahel Schwartz, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Director JCADA (Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse)

“I would highly recommend this course to anyone. This course is a must have for all Yoga Instructors! This instructor is one of the best instructors that I have experienced in my lifetime. Patient, knowledgeable, engaging and genuinely concerned and caring for all students.” Zoey Jackson, wounded warrior, author, and ERYT-200 yoga teacher
 
 
Previous course participants: use discount code TOKAJI at checkout for a $70 discount.
 
  
Schedule
Date
Dec 14, 2019
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
12:00 - 5:00pm
$475.00
$525.00
4 Sessions
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Surviving Assault: Yoga Therapy as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma - A Strength-Focused Approach for Health and Holistic Practitioners with Yoga Experience with Diana Tokaji
Dec 14, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020
 
If you work with assault, trauma, acute anxiety, or PTSD, this series will support your visceral understanding of the physiology of assault, provide you with new physical practices, and guide you in holding space for another’s pain. Applying yoga therapy’s pancamayakosha model, or five sheaths – body, breath, mind, wisdom, bliss – you’ll experience how a strength-focused approach bridges body to highest wisdom, a process essential to assault survival and to finding one’s courageous path.
 
Just as we might stabilize a painful broken limb prior to hospital care, the broken Being needs stabilization of body and mind when her world is uprooted. This is the primary step that we address: the acute stage that may occur immediately after trauma or repeatedly thereafter. How do we safely support a body that is traumatized? How can a client -- and how do we -- tap inherent wisdom at darkest hours? You will be guided to explore inspirational body and mind practices – resources that draw us toward a new midline, breeding health where trauma once held power.
 

Part I: Foundational Principles & Practices for Acute Trauma Care
Introduces an illuminating power point, foundational asana, R.A.I.N. and basic touch.

Part II: Sensitive Touch & the Art of Presence (Part I is a pre-requisite)
Deep exploration of asana, training in multiple assists and in healthy, productive presence.

Part III: The Biology of Courage & Safe Restorative Poses (Parts I & II arepre-requisite)
Powerful hand mudra, active & restorative asana, the reality of triggers, and neuroscience.

Part IV: Creative Recovery - Bridging the Art of Survival (Parts I, II, III are pre-requisite)
Survival techniques, Creativity for Wellbeing, inspirational body/mind practices, and actions that heal.
 
 
Please bring pen and pad or journal to the workshops. A folder with many handouts will be provided.

Inspirational assignments (one article, two brief videos, and two short writings) will further integrate the program for participants. For questions and to discuss partial scholarship: dianatokaji@gmail.com
 

CEU: 20 Continuing Education Units with International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance (18 contact hours, 2 non-contact hours)

 
Testimonials from past workshop participants:

“I am already incorporating elements of what you shared into my practice.” Rahel Schwartz, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Director JCADA (Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse)

“I would highly recommend this course to anyone. This course is a must have for all Yoga Instructors! This instructor is one of the best instructors that I have experienced in my lifetime. Patient, knowledgeable, engaging and genuinely concerned and caring for all students.” Zoey Jackson, wounded warrior, author, and ERYT-200 yoga teacher
  
Schedule
Date
Dec 14, 2019
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
12:00 - 5:00pm
Date
Dec 15, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
12:30 - 4:30pm
Date
Jan 18, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
12:00 - 5:00pm
Date
Jan 19, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
12:30 - 4:30pm
$60.00
1 Session
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Soothe Your Soul with Yoga & Rumi with Maria Hamburger & Joanna Teweldemedhin
Dec 29, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019
 

You won't want to miss this soothing and full-body yoga asana practice for all levels accompanied by RUMI poems, beautifully read by Joanna Teweldemedhin. Find comfort and inspiration from this fascinating Sufi poet whose words pulsate in the tension between who we want to be and who we are, discovering lover and the beloved always within.

Come take care of yourselves within the holiday busyness as Rumi ignites the light of hope, love, and compassion within.

 

We should give ourselves two days between layers of baklava
in the quiet seclusion where soul sweetens and thrives... Rumi
 
 
 
 
 
  
Schedule
Date
Dec 29, 2019
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:00 - 5:00pm
$35.00
1 Session
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A Quiet Celebration: New Year’s Eve Restorative Yoga Workshop with Tara Lemerise
Dec 31, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
 
Join us for a totally different kind of New Year’s Eve celebration… Settle yourself into deeply restful restorative postures designed to help you clear out the stress and tension remaining from an intense 2019. Tara’s signature style restorative yoga circuit workshop provides all of the necessary props skillfully arranged before you arrive so you can simply arrive and receive the nourishing benefits of restorative practice. You’ll leave feeling rested, revived and ready to welcome in the new year ahead!
 
  
Schedule
Date
Dec 31, 2019
Staff
Days
Tue
Time
5:30 - 7:30pm
$35.00
1 Session
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New Years Day Detox & Balance with Yoga Nidra with Sheree Mullen
Jan 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2020
 

Sweat out the celebratory by-products of the holidays. Wring out Body, Mind, and Spirit, as we celebrate the opportunities that 2020 holds. We’ll begin with an energetic flow practice linking movement with the breath, incorporating standing poses, twists, revolved, and others, to clear the mind, warm and stimulate the body and purge the holiday, um, excess (food, drink, late hours, parties and people, etc). Let’s cultivate playfulness, focus and equanimity with a variety of balancing poses and open our hearts to the possibilities of a brand new year. We end with a short Yoga Nidra practice to set an intention for the coming year.

For strong, experienced Yoga I students and above.

  
Schedule
Date
Jan 1, 2020
Staff
Days
Wed
Time
3:00 - 5:00pm
$90.00
4 Sessions
$25.00
per Session
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Yoga Nidra Sundays: Yoga for Resilience with Carol Mermey
Jan 19, 2020 - Apr 26, 2020
 

Enjoy a break from your daily routine to recharge with this guided meditative practice of deep relaxation that eases tension and fatigue, calms the nervous system, helps heal the body, and restores energy and well-being.

Yoga Nidra helps:
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Cultivate an underlying sense of ease and well-being
- Develop resilience and clarity in the face of life's challenges
- Become more responsive and less reactive to what's happening in the world around us.

In this workshop, you'll:
- Learn centering and relaxation techniques
- Practice gentle asana stretches for joints and muscles
- Explore yoga breathing techniques
- Be guided through a complete Yoga Nidra practice.

Yoga Nidra is practiced in a comfortable lying or seated position. No prior experience needed - everyone welcome. In Takoma Park.

  
Schedule
Date
Jan 19, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:30pm
Date
Feb 23, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:30pm
Date
Mar 22, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:30pm
Date
Apr 26, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:30pm
$225.00
$325.00
4 Sessions
$75.00
per Session
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Yoga Deconstructed®: Creativity Meets Science with Trina Altman
Jan 25, 2020 - Jan 26, 2020
 

Movement Science Meets Asana: A New Paradigm (1/25, 12:30-3:30p)

Are you finding that your students often struggle to do even the most basic poses in your classes? Or, if they're able to do all the poses, do they complain of wrist, back or hip pain?

Unfortunately, most people are desk bound and their only movement for the day is during yoga class, so their bodies aren't well adapted for the large ranges of motion required. Conversely, many of our students who are able to practice all the poses are still in pain, because they aren't balancing out their extreme ranges of motion with stability and strength.

If you're struggling with helping your students become more embodied and want strategies to create a safer class environment, this workshop is for you.

This Yoga Deconstructed® workshop will teach you:

* How to apply modern movement science to your yoga teaching.
* How to bring functional movement into your classes, while still feeling like you are teaching yoga.
* An exercise science based approach to sequencing to prepare the body for movement and minimize the risk of pain and injury.
* Understanding the components of a pose, such as directions of movement at each joint, loading principles, and biomechanics.
* An introduction to taking an interdisciplinary approach to teaching yoga and how to add techniques from other modalities to your teaching toolbox.

 

A New Beginning: An Updated Approach to Prepare Your Students for Asana (1/25, 4:30-7:30p)

In yoga classes, we're trying to create an environment that nurtures your mind as well as your structure. However, many of our students don't feel safe in classes because they're afraid of doing the poses incorrectly or receiving an unwanted hands-on adjustment.

Additionally, in most yoga classes, a typical warm up doesn't facilitate joint differentiation. For example, in cat/cow most students will flex and extend their spine in the places that already have the most mobility, rather than finding movement in places that are underused.

Beginning your classes with somatic exercises and sensory feedback methods before a corrective exercise such as cat/cow helps your students become aware of movement blind spots that may contribute to pain in more advanced poses later in class.

This Yoga Deconstructed® workshop will teach you:

* How to choose somatic exercises to encourage active ranges of motion, promote dynamic full body movement, and help prepare the body for larger static poses.
* The application of myofascial release techniques to help your students embody the anatomical concepts taught in traditional yoga, so they can better understand the purpose of the pose.
* How to apply the pain science paradigm to empower your students to trust that their bodies are robust and resilient.
* Strategies to introduce variability and neuromuscular re-education into class that help facilitate tissue resiliency, neuroplasticity, and new motor patterns.

 

Corrective Exercise: Introducing Creativity & Critical Thinking Into Your Classes (1/26, 12:30-3:30p)

Modern postural yoga uses poses that in theory prepare the body for a peak pose at the end of class. However, exercise science has shown that there is a more effective way. By incorporating corrective exercises into our classes, we can better prepare the body for more challenging asanas, while bridging the gap between our sedentary lifestyle and yoga asana. This also helps to reduce the risk of injury.

Also: asana is a highly specialized form of movement that often emphasizes aesthetics over function. Through corrective exercise, we can balance out our practice by including movements that don't exist in yoga poses, thus reducing our risk of pain and overuse injuries.

If you've been trying to incorporate corrective exercises in your teaching, but have been struggling with selecting the right exercises and sequencing them within a class, then this workshop is for you.

Oftentimes, alignment cues are thought to be synonymous with safety. However, not all alignment cues correlate with biomechanics or function. This is why critical thinking skills can make you a more effective teacher.

In this Yoga Deconstructed® workshop, you will learn to apply critical thinking when teaching, creating and selecting corrective exercises.

This will help you understand:
* How to choose the right corrective exercises for your students' needs and based on what you see in the room.
* How to use corrective exercises to prepare your students' tissues and joints for specific asanas.
* The application of corrective exercise to improving function in everyday life and athletic performance.



Putting It All Together: A Revolutionary & Non Dogmatic Approach to Asana (1/26, 4:30-7:30p)

Have you been trying to keep up with the latest research, but you aren't sure how to apply it to your classes?

Are you looking for a way to differentiate yourself and specialize in movement, so you can establish credibility, be the go-to expert in your community, fill your classes, and get more private clients?

Do you just want to know how to keep your students safe?

If so, you're in the right place.

Unlock your creative potential and movement smarts by learning how to combine applied anatomy with the transformative aspects of yoga.

This updated, evidence based formula will keep you current in your teaching, prepare you to foster a safe environment for multi-level classes, help you attract more private clients, and build your following.

This workshop will synthesize everything you've learned in the previous workshops, so you can:

* Structure classes and layer exercises in a fun and challenging way, while keeping the heart of yoga.
* Teach from a skills based approach, instead of lineage based approach.
* Feel confident teaching complex poses and exercises in multi-level classes.
* Incorporate exercises and theories from multiple modalities into your teaching.
* Help your students build strength and stability to balance out their yoga practice.


All workshops will be held in Silver Spring.

Each workshop can be taken individually. A certificate of attendance is awarded to students who take all four workshops. Qualifies for 12 Yoga Alliance CECs.

  
Schedule
Date
Jan 25, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
12:30 - 3:30pm
Date
Jan 25, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
4:30 - 7:30pm
Date
Jan 26, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
12:30 - 3:30pm
Date
Jan 26, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
4:30 - 7:30pm
$199.00
$295.00
2 Sessions
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Unleashing Your Creative Flow: iRest Meditation, Imagery, and Interplay with Robin Carnes
Feb 1, 2020 - Feb 2, 2020
 

Whether you are a mathematician, a painter, an administrator, or a social scientist, everyone has a creative capacity. Our creativity helps us see problems in new ways and recognize and implement innovative solutions, and it sparks new ideas and possibilities—something this world needs much more of, in every realm. However, we need to nourish our creativity or stress and other factors will gradually impede our flow.

In this experiential workshop, we will experiment with a variety of exercises designed to help you access your creative gifts. iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation is an evidence-based approach to guided meditation that opens the flow of energy and self-healing. Interplay is a structured system of exercises designed to unlock the body's wisdom.

This workshop is for you if you feel stuck in a rut, uninspired, OR just want to experience even more of benefits of creative flow in your life and work. Step out of your routine and into a greater sense of vitality and possibility (oh yes, and fun!).

No prior yoga or meditation experience required.

  
Schedule
Date
Feb 1, 2020 - Feb 2, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat, Sun
Time
12:30 - 6:00pm
$30.00
1 Session
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Yoga for Trauma and Anxiety with Cheryl Kravitz
Feb 1, 2020 - Feb 1, 2020
 

“We are the authors of our lives, we write our own daring endings.”
Dr. Brené Brown, Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted

 

We’ve all been there... feeling overwhelmed, depressed and lonely. Triggers can come out of nowhere.The upcoming holidays might evoke painful memories. For some of us, symptoms of post-traumatic stress can rise. This workshop will solidify the connection between mind and body. We will include poses for healing, readings and breathwork. Please bring a journal to the workshop. Materials will be available for individual vision boards.

 
 
 
We are the authors of our own stories. We will work together and individually to empower ourselves and one another. You are not alone.
 
All levels of students are welcome to attend.
 
 
 
 
 
  
Schedule
Date
Feb 1, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 5:00pm
$0.00
5 Sessions
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Monthly Meet-Up for Trauma and Anxiety Workshop Participants with Cheryl Kravitz
Feb 2, 2020 - Jun 7, 2020
 

A number of students who participated in our workshops on trauma and anxiety have said it would be helpful to meet on an ongoing basis. We are planning monthly sessions beginning August 18. Cheryl will facilitate the meet-up, which will include discussion, yoga and meditation centered around relieving anxiety.

Cost is by donation.

  
Schedule
Date
Feb 2, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
4:00 - 5:30pm
Date
Mar 1, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
4:00 - 5:30pm
Date
Apr 5, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
4:00 - 5:30pm
Date
May 3, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
4:00 - 5:30pm
Date
Jun 7, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
4:00 - 5:30pm
$95.00
3 Sessions
$35.00
per Session
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Restorative Yoga Sundays with Tara Lemerise (Feb-Apr)
Feb 9, 2020 - Apr 19, 2020
 

Undo, unwind, let go, and experience true rest. Instead of asking your body and mind to do more, this practice soothes your nervous system, quiets your mind, and helps you release deeply held tension. This workshop is a unique circuit of restorative poses where all the necessary blankets, blocks, and bolsters are skillfully arranged before you arrive. You simply come for the deep nourishing rest you need and deserve. Leave feeling completely revitalized and refreshed, ready for the week and the month ahead.

Everybody welcome; no yoga experience necessary. Please register in advance by 4p on the day of the workshop.

  
Schedule
Date
Feb 9, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:30 - 7:30pm
Date
Mar 15, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:30 - 7:30pm
Date
Apr 19, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:30 - 4:30pm
$75.00
3 Sessions
$30.00
per Session
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Yoga for Care Partners with Cheryl Kravitz
Feb 23, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
 

Caregivers—or the newer term, care partners—are likely to experience emotional stress and other negative impacts on their health or well-being. Most care partners had no choice about taking on their caregiving responsibilities, thus experiencing increased strain and stress—and the physical and mental health ramifications that come with these emotions.

Care partners come in many forms. You might be supporting your mother, father, child or other loved one. You might be in a profession that calls upon those skills. Many care partners don’t take time to pay attention to themselves. During these four weeks we will discuss ways to support ourselves and one another so we can be there fully for the person we are helping.

Gentle poses, meditation, breathing, and restoratives will be part of our practice. Appropriate for all levels, including those with no prior yoga experience. Students are encouraged to bring a journal or notebook. We will also work on personal vision boards.

  
Schedule
Date
Feb 23, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 3:00pm
$350.00
2 Sessions
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Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Tara Lemerise
Mar 28, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
 

Some of our students' deepest experiences of yoga happen when we can give them the opportunity to stop working to control their body and mind and instead help them rest with support, awareness, and intention. The deep, purposeful kind of resting possible with restorative yoga can eliminate fatigue, expedite recovery from injuries, ease experiences of anxiety, and develop resistance to the impact of stress on physical and mental health, among other things. This teacher training will provide the tools you need to teach restorative poses with confidence and ease, both in a group setting and to one-on-one clients.

You will learn:

- detailed alignment and propping instruction of at least seven restorative postures
- the benefits, applications, and energetics of restorative yoga asanas
- when and how to use props to initiate a relaxation response
- how to address injuries, limitations, and special conditions during restorative practice
- ways to identify physical and energetic misalignment in restorative poses
- skills for physical and verbal adjustments during restorative practice
This training is ideal for:

- new and experienced yoga teachers who want to expand their teaching skills
- anyone currently enrolled in an immersion or yoga teaching training program
- anyone interested in deepening their understanding and experience of restorative yoga

This training is eligible for 12 hours of continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance and, after completion, there are opportunities to join Tara's apprenticing program.

Cost includes a spiral bound 30-page Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Manual.

  
Schedule
Date
Mar 28, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
1:00 - 7:30pm
Date
Mar 29, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 7:30pm