WSY - TAKOMA PARK

Yoga Studio  in Takoma Park , MD

6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 100
Takoma Park , MD , 20912
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  • Yoga Studio in Takoma Park, MD
  • Yoga Studio in Takoma Park, MD
  • Yoga Studio in Takoma Park, MD

WSY - TAKOMA PARK

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2021 Meditation Challenge
Jan 3, 2021 - Jan 31, 2021
 

join us this January to experience the benefits of a daily meditation practice!

As we begin a new year perhaps unlike any other in our lifetime, we have yet another opportunity to decide how we want to be in relationship to our mind, our body, and the world around us.

A regular meditation practice is one of the most powerful ways to build mental and emotional resilience and to boost and strengthen our immune systems. Meditation increases our capacity to meet uncertainty with grace, to act with compassion, to make decisions from our deepest intuition.

This ancient practice, found in cultures and traditions around the globe, allows us to deepen our relationship with ourselves, with the present moment, and with reality exactly as it is – rather than frittering away our precious energy struggling against what is happening in any particular moment.

And while meditation can absolutely connect us with the highest good that exists in our universe, you don’t have to believe any of the mystery in order to experience its benefits for yourself. For decades, scientific experiments have proven the profound health benefits of meditation – regardless of what tradition or technique is being researched.

Whether or not meditation is brand new to you, or you are an experienced practitioner, our 2021 Meditation Challenge offers the opportunity for you to begin, deepen, revisit, or explore your practice.

If you are experiencing grief and endings…. if you are forced to step into new beginnings…. or if you are chugging along either swimmingly or in struggle…. You will be held in the loving support of the Willow Street community.

Whether you want to empower your immune system, reduce your stress, be kinder to yourself or others, manage your anger, find a new way to relate to your monkey mind, align with your creativity, obtain inner peace, honor the sacred within and all around you, or become one with the universe – we’ve got you covered.

During this FREE challenge we will offer: 

· Live 30 minute meditation classes throughout the week, at different times of day (stay tuned for the schedule!).

· Recordings for you to practice on your own schedule.

· Weekly live check-ins to address your questions and challenges.

· Workshops to deeper explore and expand your practice.

· Varied meditation instruction, techniques, and traditions.

· Daily inspiration and reminder emails.

 
  
Schedule
Date
Jan 4, 2021 - Jan 31, 2021
Days
Mon
Time
1:00 - 2:00pm
$60.00
7 Sessions
$15.00
per Session
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Poses for People with Periods: A Monthly Workshop with Tuesday Irby (Jan-Apr)
Jan 16, 2021 - Apr 17, 2021
 

Menstruating bodies deserve a little extra care, extra support. This workshop is designed to teach you about and to practice yoga poses that may help your body to ease through the stormy seas of your menstrual cycle. Gentle stretch and Restorative poses come together for your comfort. Every body and everybody that menstruates is welcome. This is an all levels practice.

You will need a few props:

  • 2 yoga blocks or 2 large books
  • 3 blankets or 3 full size towels or 3 toss pillows from your couch
  • 1 bolster or 1 couch cushion or 2 bed pillows wrapped in a towel or throw blanket (to create firm support)
  • 1 yoga strap or 1 belt or 1 long scarf or 1 necktie
  •  

 

This workshop will meet online; Zoom meeting links to the workshop will be sent out before the workshop begins. Please enroll at least 12 hours in advance.

  
Schedule
Date
Feb 20, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
1:00 - 2:30pm
Date
Mar 20, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
1:00 - 2:30pm
Date
Apr 17, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
1:00 - 2:30pm
$320.00
4 Sessions
$75.00
per Session
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A Science-Based Approach to Sequencing with Trina Altman
Jan 23, 2021 - Jan 24, 2021
 

This workshop weekend is for movement educators as well as the general public.

It includes four workshops taught over the course of two days and will include the exercises and sequences from Trina’s new book, Yoga Deconstructed®: Transitioning from rehabilitation back into the yoga studio. Participants may sign up for one or all of the workshops. However, it is highly recommended that you attend the first three workshops in preparation for the fourth one.

All four workshops are all-levels and qualify for Yoga Alliance CEC’s.

 

Workshop 1: Incorporating Somatics and Rolling Patterns in Classes
Saturday, January 23rd, 12:30–3:30p

Somatic exercises serve as regressions for traditional yoga poses and allow us to teach osteokinematics in a way that is embodied and down regulates the nervous system. This workshop will teach you how to select and sequence somatic exercises in supine, side lying, and prone to help your students improve movement patterns and prepare their bodies to navigate external load and asana.

You will learn how to:

- Incorporate somatic exercises into different styles of yoga classes, such as vinyasa and hatha.

- Create mini sequences that include non-linear movement in the transverse plane and rolling patterns that transition from lying down to seated.

- Prepare the body for seated, kneeling, and standing poses.

- Use feedback from the ground to improve proprioception for students who are hypermobile, experience joint discomfort, or struggle to sense where their joints are in space.

- Reduce feelings of stiffness or tightness through neuromuscular re-education.

 

Workshop 2: Using Primal Sequencing to Evolve Passive Postures into Active Movements
Saturday, January 23rd, 4:30–7:30p

Traditional asana involves many passive kneeling and seated positions. While this alone is not an issue, many of our students are not well adapted to sit on the floor and find it difficult or uncomfortable to assume these postures and transition to kneeling or standing. This workshop will give you strategies and mini sequences to incorporate into your classes to improve mobility, strength, and power in a way that is fun and challenging!

Learn how to:

- Use primal movement to reestablish better motor patterns by incorporating exercises that move through the early motor development stage.

- Flow together primal postures that relate to classical yoga asanas, including Sukhasana, Virasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana... and more!

- Use mobility drills and preparatory exercises to self assess for joint limitations and prepare the body for loading in end ranges of motion.

- Utilize bands, blankets, and blocks to adapt traditional kneeling and seated poses from passive to active ranges of motion.

- Incorporate animal locomotion movements, such as beast pose and gorilla hops into your classes.

 

Workshop 3: Applying Progressive Load and Control to Standing Transitions
Sunday, January 24th, 12:30–3:30p

Many standing poses involve holding one position at your end range of motion for a sustained period of time. While this may promote isometric strength at your end range, it doesn’t build strength in the transitions. This workshop will explore how to apply strength training principles, such as progressive overload to standing poses and transitions.

This workshop will teach you:

- How to prepare the body to transition through common vinyasa sequences, such as Warrior 2, Extended Side Angle Pose, and Half Moon with fluidity, stability, and ease.

- Preparatory exercises using resistance bands, cork blocks, and blankets as external load to build strength in standing transitions.

- Strategies to improve control and coordination in single leg balance movements.

 

Workshop 4: An Interdisciplinary Movement Approach to Yoga Sequencing
Sunday, January 24th, 4:30–7:30p

Are you struggling to connect the dots between yoga and all of the movement modalities that you’re studying? This workshop will teach you how to incorporate everything you’ve learned in the previous three workshops into full length classes. It will draw on the sequences outlined in my book Yoga Deconstructed®: Transitioning from rehabilitation back into yoga studio.

During this workshop, we will also create sequences as a group and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers to create and practice teaching your own sequences.

Learn how to:

- Develop your critical thinking skills for sequencing your classes and private sessions.

- Expand your problem solving abilities when creating sequences and planning classes.

- Teach from a skills-based approach that prepares your students for asana and real life.

- Incorporate progressions and regressions to meet the different levels of the students in the room.

*Please note: it is highly recommended that you attend the first three workshops in preparation for this one.

  
Schedule
Date
Jan 23, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
12:30 - 3:30pm
Date
Jan 23, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
4:30 - 7:30pm
Date
Jan 24, 2021
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
12:30 - 3:30pm
Date
Jan 24, 2021
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
4:30 - 7:30pm
$50.00
4 Sessions
$15.00
per Session
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Stress Relief Saturday with Tuesday Irby (Jan–Apr 2021)
Jan 23, 2021 - Apr 24, 2021
 

Restorative poses designed for your comfort, rest and stress relief. Every body and everybody is welcome. This is an all levels practice.

You will need a few props:

  • 2 yoga blocks or 2 large books
  • 3 blankets or 3 full size towels or 3 toss pillows from your couch
  • 1 bolster or 1 couch cushion or 2 bed pillows wrapped in a towel or throw blanket (to create firm support)
  • 1 yoga strap or 1 belt or 1 long scarf or 1 necktie
  •  

 

This workshop will meet online; Zoom meeting links to the workshop will be sent out before the workshop begins. Please enroll at least 12 hours in advance.

  
Schedule
Date
Jan 23, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
7:30 - 9:00pm
Date
Feb 27, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
7:30 - 9:00pm
Date
Mar 27, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
7:30 - 9:00pm
Date
Apr 24, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
7:30 - 9:00pm
$40.00
3 Sessions
$15.00
per Session
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Yoga Nidra Sundays: Yoga for Resilience (Jan - Mar) with Carol Mermey
Jan 24, 2021 - Mar 21, 2021
 

With the disruption that currently surrounds us, it’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Yoga Nidra, a guided meditative practice, can help you find a source of internal stability and resilience. It can ease tension and fatigue, calm the nervous system, and restore energy.

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.

This workshop will meet online; Zoom meeting links to the workshop will be sent out before the workshop begins. Please enroll at least 12 hours in advance.

  
Schedule
Date
Jan 24, 2021
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:00pm
Date
Feb 21, 2021
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:00pm
Date
Mar 21, 2021
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:00pm
$25.00
1 Session
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Access the Inner Knower to Act with Clarity with Martha Hare
Jan 31, 2021 - Jan 31, 2021
 

As we launch into 2021, we are leaving a time of darkness (in more ways than one) and preparing for the return of light. This 2-1/2 hour workshop is for people who are interested in the interplay of inner development, whether or not they consider themselves spiritual, and showing up in the larger world as a vibrant active contributor. We will turn within to access the voice of our knower – the inner voice that speaks with clarity – as a platform to discern our path outward. Together we will draw upon a few varied but connected sources of spiritual wisdom (e.g., Yoga philosophy, Sufi, Judaism, “secular”) to increase our understanding of how we each fit into the bigger picture of Life. We will seek to develop a tool kit to help us cope with the interplay of seemingly conflicting demands for attention to the inner self and to others we care about – be they humans, or our overall environment. These tools are embodied practice (yoga asana), and spiritual direction exercises that include meditation, contemplation with journaling, and deep listening. As a result of the workshop participants may learn to creatively assess what practices they are drawn to for inner exploration and how they may support themselves in the world of action. The workshop format provides a safe environment where participants can share their challenges and wisdom with each other. Practice will be led at a gentle/beginner level.

  
Schedule
Date
Jan 31, 2021
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
2:00 - 4:30pm
$0.00
2 Sessions
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Willows Rise Book Club
Jan 31, 2021 - Feb 7, 2021
 

Willows Rise Book Club: a monthly gathering with a little reading, more discussion and a whole lot of social justice

Viva la Revolucion!

Join together in a social justice book club with action. Each month, we’ll share a virtual discussion designed to foster community, connection, and conversation about important topics in our world at the intersection of yoga and social justice. Each month will feature a shared reading connected to the crossroads of yoga and social justice, and a rotating discussion facilitator.

Each cycle will have 3 rounds to discuss the text: that is connected to the crossroads of yoga and social justice:

Round 1 – a book club conversation and work with WSY staff and teachers

Round 2 – a book club conversation and work with students and community members

These discussions often beg to go deeper, and we’re expecting that to be the case! Stay tuned to find out how to dive further into the topic in the weeks following the community discussion!

Our first text is Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma by Gail Parker and will be hosted by Maria Elena Montero.

For the first cycle, teachers will meet on Jan 31, and the community discussion will be Feb 7. All sessions are 3–4:30p. Discussion sessions are free, but please register to receive the Zoom link!

 
  
Schedule
Date
Jan 31, 2021
Days
Sun
Time
3:00 - 4:30pm
Date
Feb 7, 2021
Days
Sun
Time
3:00 - 4:30pm
$15.00
1 Session
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We Can Be Brave While Brokenhearted: Yoga for Trauma and Anxiety
Feb 28, 2021 - Feb 28, 2021
 

“We are the authors of our lives. We write our own daring endings.”

Dr. Brené Brown, Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted

 

We have all been there…. feeling overwhelmed, depressed and frightened. Months of isolation, distressing news cycles, personal grief, emotional triggers are all around us. This workshop will solidify the connection between mind and body. We are including poses for healing, readings and breath work. Please have a journal available. All levels of students are welcome to attend. Everything in the workshop is confidential. We are the authors of our own stories. We will work together and individually to empower ourselves and one another. You are not alone. Following the workshop participants are welcome to attend free confidential meet- ups the first Sunday of the month.

 

The Instructor: Cheryl Kravitz, APR, CFRE, RYT200, Cheryl Kravitz, APR, CFRE, RYT200plus learned early on that yoga is a universal language and has found the practice resonates with the diversity of students she teaches. A survivor of breast cancer and domestic violence, Cheryl understands the calming power of yoga and meditation, having experienced it in her own life.

She is a graduate of the Willow Street Yoga Teacher Training Program and received additional certification to teach yoga to survivors of trauma, restorative yoga and yoga for brain longevity. Away from the mat she is a certified diversity and inclusion trainer, a marketing and communication consultant and a freelance writer. She has written extensively locally and nationally about the positive impact of yoga on the individual and community.

  
Schedule
Date
Feb 28, 2021
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 2:30pm
$30.00
1 Session
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Yoga for Bone Health & Osteoporosis: Preventing & Reversing Bone Loss with Carol Mermey & Deborah Boggs
Mar 6, 2021 - Mar 6, 2021
 

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 weakening bones without undesirable side effects.
– Do’s and Don’ts: movements which are safe and movements to be avoid.

We guide you through carefully selected yoga poses to build muscle and bone, improve posture, balance, and overall strength as recommended by Dr. Lauren Fishman.

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

Suggested props: yoga mat, blocks, strap (substitute: belt, necktie), folding or straight-back chair

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. Please enroll at least 24 hours in advance. The Zoom meeting link as well as handouts with PowerPoint slides and photos of the poses in the yoga practice will be sent to you prior to the workshop.

  
Schedule
Date
Mar 6, 2021
Days
Sat
Time
1:30 - 4:00pm
$365.00
$395.00
5 Sessions
$85.00
per Session
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CoreWalking with Jonathan FitzGordon
Apr 16, 2021 - Apr 18, 2021
 
Friday, April 16th, 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 17th, 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 17th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 16, 2021
Days
Fri
Time
6:45 - 8:45pm
Date
Apr 17, 2021
Days
Sat
Time
1:00 - 4:00pm
Date
Apr 17, 2021
Days
Sat
Time
5:00 - 8:00pm
Date
Apr 18, 2021
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 4:00pm
Date
Apr 18, 2021
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 8:00pm

Business Hours *

Yoga Studio HOURS*

Monday
11:15 am - 9:15 pm
Tuesday
9:30 am - 9:15 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
Open9:45 am - 9:15 pm
Friday
9:15 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 12:15 pm
Sunday
8:45 am - 5:30 pm
* Daily and holiday schedules may vary. Please contact us for more information.