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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 are pre-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
  
$0.00
12 Sessions
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Eyes Free Yoga with Diana McCown
Jan 5, 2020 - Dec 6, 2020
 

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller

Eyes Free Yoga is inspired by blind/visually impaired yogis and is a class where we will move mindfully and with intent, using all the senses less sight. We will focus on how we move and tap into how we feel this movement in our bodies. Through this process we will explore how we make connections without visual feedback, both on and off the mat. This class is open to all yogis, regardless of amount of sight, however, fully sighted yogis will be asked to wear a blindfold during class.

Class is by-donation.

  
Schedule
Date
Feb 2, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:45pm
Date
Mar 1, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:45pm
Date
Apr 5, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:45pm
Date
May 3, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:45pm
Date
Jun 7, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:30pm
Date
Jul 5, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:45pm
Date
Aug 2, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:45pm
Date
Sep 6, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:45pm
Date
Oct 4, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:45pm
Date
Nov 1, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:45pm
Date
Dec 6, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:15 - 4:45pm
$120.00
6 Sessions
$25.00
per Session
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Postnatal Progress with Michelle Cohen (Jan 5-Feb 9)
Jan 5, 2020 - Feb 9, 2020
 

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.

Please note: this series cannot be attended using free class passes or vouchers.

 
  
Schedule
Date
Jan 5, 2020 - Feb 9, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:15 - 3:30pm
$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
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
$325.00
4 Sessions
$90.00
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
4:30 - 7:30pm
Date
Jan 25, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
12:30 - 3:30pm
Date
Jan 26, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
4:30 - 7:30pm
Date
Jan 26, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
12:30 - 3:30pm
$295.00
2 Sessions
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Unleashing Your Creative Flow: InterPlay, Art, & iRest Meditation with Robin Carnes & Rosana Azar
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, 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 its flow.

In this experiential workshop, we will experiment with a variety of exercises designed to help you access your creative gifts. InterPlay™ is a fun, easy, structured system of exercises designed to unlock the body’s wisdom. iRest™ Yoga Nidra Meditation is an evidence-based approach to guided meditation that opens the flow of energy and self-healing. We will offer art materials and guidance to facilitate a process-oriented (not outcome-oriented), nothing at stake experience of creating in the moment.

This workshop is for you if you feel stuck in a rut, uninspired, OR just want to come and nourish your innate creativity. 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
$120.00
6 Sessions
$25.00
per Session
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Postnatal Progress with Michelle Cohen (Feb 16-Mar 22)
Feb 16, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
 

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.

Please note: this series cannot be attended using free class passes or vouchers.

 
  
Schedule
Date
Feb 16, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:15 - 3:30pm
$175.00
5 Sessions
$35.00
per Session
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Baby Massage with Maria Sakaria
Feb 22, 2020 - Nov 21, 2020
 
Join us for a 75-minute Baby Massage workshop with your little one! Studies have shown that infant massage strengthens the immune system, stimulates digestion, improves quality of sleep by soothing the nervous system, reduces muscle tension, relieves gas and colic, and so much more. Most importantly, the loving touch provided through infant massage strengthens the physical and emotional connection between you and your baby. Making baby massage a part of your routine with your little one has proven to enhance bonding and relationships through close physical and emotional connection! Studies show that the more tactile stimulation a baby receives in his or her first months of life up through the first year can positively impact their brain development.
 
The baby massage class is meant for you and your baby, 6 weeks to 8 months, and is also open to grandparents and caretakers. You can sign up online or show up and register the day of the workshop, walk ins are welcomed!
 
In this class you will:
- Learn how to give your baby a massage
- Learn specific massage techniques before nap time to encourage sleep
- Learn strategic ways to relieve gas, constipation, colic, and stress
- Learn how to enhance brain development, emotional and physical health for your baby
- Get one-on-one bonding time with your baby
 
Please make sure to bring an extra blanket for baby, a clean towel (small or medium) and be prepared to take onsies and diapers off for the full skin to skin touch and massage. Organic Sesame Oil will be provided in class for the massage so please notify the instructor in case of any baby allergies.
 
Cost includes one baby and one adult. Each additional adult costs $10.
  
Schedule
Date
Feb 22, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 3:15pm
Date
Apr 25, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 3:15pm
Date
Jun 20, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 3:15pm
Date
Sep 19, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 3:15pm
Date
Nov 21, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 3:15pm
$60.00
1 Session
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Winter Warmer Workshop with James Foulkes
Feb 29, 2020 - Feb 29, 2020
 

During the Winter Months our energies tend to naturally be drawn inwards as nature becomes still and the cold weather and long nights draw in.

But something deeper is at work.

The Water energy of Winter is an expression of Maximum Yin and Responsiveness. We will balance the Yin nature of the gentle cleansing stretches and breathwork with complementary Yang practices, whilst using meditation, to support the sustaining of our energetic field through the colder months working with the active kidney and bladder energy.

This time is also one of incubating ideas and intentions to manifest in the Spring.

We will establish multi-layered intentions to blossom in the forthcoming year by peering into the shadows of Winter through journeying.

  
Schedule
Date
Feb 29, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
4:00 - 7:00pm
$30.00
1 Session
$30.00
per Session
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Yoga for Care Partners with Cheryl Kravitz
Mar 8, 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
Mar 8, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 3:00pm
$110.00
1 Session
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On My Own: Independence Skills for Tweens with Defend Yourself
Mar 14, 2020 - Mar 14, 2020
 

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 ($50 for each additional child). Limited scholarship funds are available; if you need financial assistance, please email classes@defendyourself.org.

  
Schedule
Date
Mar 14, 2020
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 4:30pm
$45.00
1 Session
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Fascial Release and Tension Relief in Your Quads, Hips, and Hamstrings with Tricia Kull
Mar 15, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020
 
Fascia is connective tissue that supports the structure of your body. When it’s healthy, fascia allows your muscles and tissues to slide and glide as you move. But when your fascia gets tight and stuck, it can restrict your movement.
 
Restricted movement can also be the result of holding tension in your body due to the habitual ways that we sit, stand, and move around in the world. Restricted movement and tension in the quadriceps, hips, and hamstrings have an impact on your low back, your knees, and your ability to stand with ease.
 
In this workshop, you will learn how to release the layers of fascia, decrease tension, and create space in your quads, hips, and hamstrings using a variety of balls, massage peanuts, yoga props, and yoga poses.
 
The goal of this workshop is to release fascial “stuckness," decrease tension, and increase mindful movement in the legs and hips for a happier, healthier body.
 
Everyone welcome!
 
 
  
Schedule
Date
Mar 15, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:00 - 4:30pm
$45.00
1 Session
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Yoga for Bone Health and Osteoporosis: Preventing and Reversing Bone Loss with Carol Mermey and Deborah Boggs
Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 21, 2020
 

Osteoporosis is a silent disease that weakens bones, often resulting in fractures. Recent studies indicate that Yoga, practiced the right way, can build bone mass and prevent fractures without undesirable side effects. You’ll learn a safe and enjoyable practice to improve bone and muscle strength, posture, and balance.

This workshop provides an overview of osteoporosis:

- Definition, prevalence, testing, risk factors, remediating factors, physiology
- Consequences: fractures, falls, bone health
- How yoga can counteract thinning bones without undesirable side affects
- Do’s and Don’ts: movements which are safe and movements to be avoid

Then we’ll guide you through carefully selected yoga poses to build muscle and bone, improve posture, balance, and overall strength as recommended by Dr. Lauren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall.

For men and women of all ages; appropriate for those who’ve never done yoga, experienced students, and yoga teachers.

  
Schedule
Date
Mar 21, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 5:00pm
$40.00
2 Sessions
$25.00
per Session
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JourneyDance: Choose Your Own Adventure with Beth Charbonneau
Mar 22, 2020 - May 17, 2020
 
Every time we come to the dance floor, we empower ourselves with choice. We find our own rhythm, explore our own movement impulses, tell and create our own stories about who we are and how we show up in the world. JourneyDance offers a container for this exploration through a blend of led and free-form movement, rich imagery, and a unique and ever-changing soundtrack.
 
No yoga or dance experience is needed and every body is enthusiastically welcomed. Every dance is different—drop in or come for both!
 
  
Schedule
Date
Mar 22, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 2:30pm
Date
May 17, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 2:30pm
$30.00
1 Session
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Yoga Through Trauma-Informed & Inclusive Language: A Class for Yoga Teachers & Other Professionals with Cheryl Kravitz
Mar 22, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
 
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
Mar 22, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:30 - 4:30pm
$285.00
$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
$30.00
1 Session
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Yoga for Survivors of Cancer with Cheryl Kravitz
Apr 4, 2020 - Apr 4, 2020
 

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
Apr 4, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:30 - 4:30pm
$45.00
1 Session
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Yoga for Bone Health and Osteoporosis Refresher with Carol Mermey and Deborah Boggs
Apr 4, 2020 - Apr 4, 2020
 

Refresh, tune-up, expand your Bone Health/Osteoporosis practice!

This workshop offers students who've attended a prior bone health/osteoporosis workshop (or equivalent) an opportunity to get feedback and deepen your practice to prevent/reverse bone loss.

You’ll have an opportunity to:

  • Answer questions about your practice to optimize bone health
  • Modify, fine tune, or just recharge your practice of the initial 12 Fishman poses
  • Learn alternates poses to vary your practice
  • Explore asanas that strengthen bones in the arm and wrist (a common sites of osteoporosis fractures along with the hip, femur and spine)
  • Practice balance and core-strengthening asanas to help prevent falls
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Schedule
Date
Apr 4, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 5:00pm
$45.00
1 Session
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Fascial Release and Tension Relief for Your Neck and Shoulders with Tricia Kull
Apr 5, 2020 - Apr 5, 2020
 

Do you carry tension in your shoulders? Do you have neck pain? If so, you are not alone. Tight shoulders and neck pain are common symptoms of modern living. The culprits for your pain could be everyday activities, such as sitting hunched in front of your computer screen, constant focus on your mobile device, or driving. In addition, maybe you have a shoulder injury, arthritis, or have suffered whiplash. Regardless of the cause, help is on the way.

In this workshop, we will review the anatomy of the neck, upper back, and shoulders. A variety of balls, massage peanuts, and other props will be used to release tension and create space in the body. You will learn how to support your neck and shoulders by using your feet and legs. In addition, specific techniques and movement exercises will be shared that release tightness and tension in the shoulders and neck. Once this tightness and tension is released, your upper body will start to remember how it was designed to align and move.

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Schedule
Date
Apr 5, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:00 - 4:30pm
$325.00
$395.00
9 Sessions
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Compassion Cultivation Training© with Laura Banks
Apr 19, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020
 

Recent discoveries in neuroscience confirm what wisdom traditions have taught for ages: compassion is a heartfelt awareness of suffering and a willingness to respond skillfully which can be deliberately learned, practiced, and strengthened. In fact, a growing body of research shows that training in compassion for self and others offers a wide range of benefits including improving relationships, supporting health and well-being, and reducing stress, depression, and anxiety.

Join Laura Banks for Compassion Cultivation Training©, an eight-week program designed at Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, to explore the power of compassion and discover your fearless heart. Learning to face the universal challenges of life with compassion can greatly reduce suffering and transform the very things that we thought would break us into the most resilient and beautiful parts of who we are.

Compassion Cultivation Training© includes:

  • A two-hour weekly class for eight weeks that includes meditation, science and poetry, group discussion, and in-class exercises.
  • Access to daily meditation practices to develop lovingkindness and compassion for self and others.
  • Practical applications to explore and develop compassionate thoughts and actions in real life.
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Compassion Cultivation Training© is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and others. This includes parents, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, therapists, executives, public servants, and people in a wide range of professions and life contexts.

 

Learn more at:

www.lauralbanks.com
www.compassioninstitute.com
www.ccare.stanford.edu
A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, Thupten Jinpa, Lead Author, Compassion Cultivation Training©

  
Schedule
Date
Apr 19, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:30 - 4:30pm
$365.00
$395.00
5 Sessions
$85.00
per Session
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CoreWalking with Jonathan FitzGordon
Apr 24, 2020 - Apr 26, 2020
 
Friday, April 24th, 6:45–8:45p: The Art of Tadasana

Tadasana is the foundation pose of most yoga practices. But how well do you see yourself in Tadasana?

How well do you see yourself as you go about your day?

This workshop will change the way you perceive and feel your body in space. Making simple changes to the way you stand in yoga and in life has a profound effect on your daily life, pain issues and athletic performance.


Saturday, April 25th, 1–4p: Yoga For Hips And Balance

Initiating movement from the core of the body is essential to moving well, healing successfully, and aging gracefully. To do that, we need good tone for all of the muscles in and around the pelvis for strength and balance and fluidity.

This workshop focuses on the pelvic muscles that facilitate balance and healthy movement patterns.

 
Saturday, April 25th, 5–8p: Psoas Release Party!

The psoas is the most important muscle in the body, acting as the main hip flexor and the engine of walking. A free and happy psoas allows the body to move with peak efficiency and little strain. Issues with the psoas can lead to any number of problems throughout your body—both physical and emotional. Lower back pain and other joint discomfort as well as disturbances to the nervous system can be linked to the psoas.

This is not a yoga class. You will spend the afternoon awakening, learning about, and releasing the psoas and understanding its core function within the body.


Sunday, April 26th, 1–4p: Yoga for Strength and Stability

Moving from the core requires balanced muscle tone and fluid joints, and in this class you will breathe, focus, move, stretch, and balance to create a more solid center. Core abdominal tone improves nearly every pose, allowing us to move with purpose and ease. Strength built on the mat informs your life when you step off of the mat, allowing you to live work and play to your fullest.

This workshop focuses on building a solid center from which healthy movement patterns originate.
 

Sunday, April 26th, 5–8p: What Is CoreWalking? (And Why Do I Need it?)

The CoreWalking Program provides pain relief, healing, and techniques for aging gracefully. Using simple adjustments to the way you walk, stand, sit, and exercise—CoreWalking can have life-changing results. It offers specific bodywork tools that you can easily integrate into your daily routine to reverse whatever has been holding you back from your fullest life.
 
In this class, you will learn a natural walking technique that helps align your bones, free your joints, and bring welcome relief to overused muscles.
 
When the body moves as it is designed, all parts work in harmony and the body becomes a self healing machine. Using the CoreWalking techniques, you can bring your body into the state of balance that allows you to both move and age gracefully.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Schedule
Date
Apr 24, 2020
Staff
Days
Fri
Time
6:45 - 8:45pm
Date
Apr 25, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
5:00 - 8:00pm
Date
Apr 25, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
1:00 - 4:00pm
Date
Apr 26, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 4:00pm
Date
Apr 26, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 8:00pm
$50.00
1 Session
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Accessible Yoga Training Intro Class with Melanie Camellia
Sep 5, 2020 - Sep 5, 2020
 
Every body has lessons to teach. Every being in a human body has the ability to practice yoga asana and to use this beautiful set of tools to access the innate wisdom already inside of them. Whether your practice consists of handstands and arm balances or is done completely from a bed or a chair, the effects of mindful movement are profound. Every single person, regardless physical appearance or ability, is deserving of a yoga practice that meets them where they are.
 
This introductory training is for yoga teachers who are committed to meeting each student where they are, adapting asana practices for every body size, shape, and ability. We'll cover basic best practices and pose variations for students in larger bodies, students with limited mobility due to age or injury, and students with disabilities. It is not meant to be comprehensive but will provide a solid foundation in adaptive and inclusive teaching, sparking the creative teacher within you and honing your critical thinking skills so you're better able to innovate in real time and offer an asana practice that serves everyone who enters your classroom. It is a great precursor to more comprehensive learning opportunities, such as the Accessible Yoga Training (coming to Willow Street in November 2020!).
  
Schedule
Date
Sep 5, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 5:00pm
$595.00
$650.00
3 Sessions
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Accessible Yoga Training with Melanie Camellia
Nov 13, 2020 - Nov 15, 2020
 

Join the Accessible Yoga Movement!

Accessible Yoga is an international advocacy organization focusing on sharing yoga with all. The Accessible Yoga Training focuses on how to make the yoga teachings available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability. We'll focus on creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes where all students can practice together. We’ll explore the many ways that yoga practice can be variated to suit students with disabilities and physical challenges as well as seniors.

We'll consider how to make our classes welcoming to everyone, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way. You'll learn sample Accessible Yoga classes, chair yoga classes, and even bed yoga classes. We'll also look at ways of bringing the yoga teachings and meditation into your classes, and how all of yoga can be used to support health and healing for every body. We'll review some common medical conditions so that you have a basic understanding of these issues.

This course includes 9 additional hours of required pre-course homework that is to be completed before the start of the course. Graduates of the program become Accessible Yoga Ambassadors and connect with a network of Accessible Yoga teachers and students around the world. Participants who have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training will receive 30 Yoga Alliance CE hours.

Limited scholarships are available; apply here. Application deadline for scholarships is September 1, 2020.

  
Schedule
Date
Nov 13, 2020
Staff
Days
Fri
Time
12:30 - 8:30pm
Date
Nov 14, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
12:30 - 8:30pm
Date
Nov 15, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
12:30 - 8:30pm