Willow Street Workshops

Willow Street is pleased to offer a variety of workshops each session, both by our own talented teachers and by world-renowned instructors.

Please visit our policies page for more information on registration and policies.

Release and Tone Stubborn Muscles: An Upper Body Series with Judy LaPrade

In this four-part series, join Judy to learn myriad techniques to release stubborn upper-body muscles. Students will gain specific knowledge of and access to neck, shoulder, and upper-back muscles, and will use Active-Isolated Stretching, supportive breath work, self-massage techniques, and principles of home hydrotherapy to find openness and ease they never thought possible!

Workshops may be taken as a series (most effective!) or individually. Everybody welcome. In Takoma Park.

Sept 12: Neck and Head: Includes work on levator scapulae, scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, and occiput.

Oct 10: Shoulders and Upper Arms: Includes work on biceps, triceps, and rotator cuff muscles.

Nov 14: Forearms, Wrists, and Hands: Includes work on flexors, extensors, rotators, thumbs, fingers, and carpal tunnel.

Dec 12: Chest and Upper Back: Includes work on pectorals, sternum/clavicle, rhomboids, trapezius, and thoracic rotators.

Date, Time and Location

Sept 12: Neck and Head: Sat Sep 12 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP
Oct 10: Shoulders and Upper Arms: Sat Oct 10 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP
Nov 14: Forearms, Wrists, and Hands: Sat Nov 14 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP
Dec 12: Chest and Upper Back: Sat Dec 12 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Single session — $40.00
REGISTER All four sessions — $135.00

Instructor(s)

Judy LaPrade has been a massage therapist, mental health practitioner, and yoga teacher for many years. She holds Masters Degrees in both Rehabilitation and Counseling Psychology as well as 1,000+ hours training in Connective Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Sports Massage from the Florida Institute of Natural Health. Judy loves to share her passion for extreme self-care with people at all levels of ability through humor and serious fun.

Labor with Love: Yoga, Positioning & Partner Support to Enhance Your Birth with Michelle Cohen

This labor preparation intensive will give you the tools you need to enter your birth feeling equipped and empowered. Topics will include a discussion of the stages of labor, optimal positioning, breath work, and key positions to use during labor. Michelle Cohen, mother of 2, prenatal yoga instructor, and doula weaves together her knowledge of various comfort measures, yoga philosophy and postures, breath work, visualization and birth planning to help you actively and enthusiastically participate in your birth. For those seeking an active, participatory birth, this is a perfect complement to other childbirth education for first-time couples, and as a stand-alone refresher for second-time (or more!) moms. Registration fee is per couple. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Sep 12 2015, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Couple — $105.00

Instructor(s)

Michelle, RYT-200 is certified in vinyasa yoga, and has also completed Conscious Birthing Prenatal Teacher Training with Janice Clarfield and Itsy Bitsy Yoga Training for Tots and Tykes with Helen Garabedian. As the mother of two active boys, her greatest yoga moments occur off the mat and on-the-go. Completely transformed by pregnancy, labor and birth, Michelle has found her greatest passion in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. Her own children have taught her the most about connecting to the breath, the bittersweetness of impermanence, and the ability for the heart to hold more joy than ever thought possible. As a yoga teacher, she encourages her students to uncover and embrace their inner wisdom to empower them to lead a more truthful, conscious and passionate life. Trained as a doula, Michelle is thrilled to weave together her yoga, mindfulness, labor support, and parenting skills to serve as a resource for pregnant women during this magical and momentous stage of their lives. www.savoritstudios.com.

Living Yoga: Create a Life of Purpose and Passion with Joe Miller and Pat Blum

Life is a gift: an opportunity to express our uniqueness and experience great joy.

Does it feel that way to you?

From a yogic perspective, life fulfillment and the ability to manifest our potential requires a conscious relationship with our four core desires, or purusharthas. These "four aims of the soul" are artha (health and wealth), kama (all forms of pleasure), dharma (our life's purpose), and moksha (inherent freedom). Rod Stryker writes, "learning to honor the four desires allows you to thrive at every level, and leads you to a complete and balanced life."

In this 14-week course of study, Joe and Pat will facilitate working through Stryker's book on the purusharthas, The Four Desires. Each week's class will involve a balanced, clarifying yoga session; lecture and discussion (both in pairs and whole-group); time for doing the often-challenging exercises from the book; and practice with meditation techniques that support this profound work.

Joe and Pat will use their years of experience using and teaching these concepts and tools to help empower each student on their individual journey of self-discovery.

No yoga experience necessary, only a willingness to look frankly at ourselves and step into the challenge of this fulfilling project.

Date, Time and Location

Monday, Sept 14: Mon Sep 14 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Sept 21: Mon Sep 21 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Sept 28: Mon Sep 28 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Oct 5: Mon Oct 5 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Oct 12: Mon Oct 12 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Oct 19: Mon Oct 19 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Oct 26: Mon Oct 26 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Nov 2: Mon Nov 2 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Nov 9: Mon Nov 9 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Nov 16: Mon Nov 16 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Nov 23: Mon Nov 23 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Nov 30: Mon Nov 30 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Dec 7: Mon Dec 7 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Monday, Dec 14: Mon Dec 14 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Registered students — $395.00
REGISTER Students not registered in classes — $450.00

Instructor(s)

Joe Miller, E-RYT500, draws upon his 20 years of yogic exploration and study of anatomy to recognize and celebrate our endless potential to align with the intelligence of the body. With humor and lots of individualized attention, Joe uses his deep understanding of Hatha Yoga, Tantric Philosophy, and Ayurveda to give students practical tools to experience fully this gift of life. Joe co-leads Willow Street's Teacher Training program, and continues to deepen his own practice by studying with his principal teachers and his amazing family.
Pat Blum, RYT 500, is a graduate of the WSYC YTT, AYTT, and a certified Para yoga teacher. She continues her yoga studies with Rod Stryker. She is a life long teacher and a lover of adventure and travel. Pat brings enthusiasm and compassion to her early morning class. With sri vidya and the teacher in her heart, she leads her life as she has been led in love and balance.

Awakening the True Power of Yoga: A Weekend with Rod Stryker

We are thrilled to welcome Yogarupa Rod Stryker to Willow Street for a weekend of deep study and extraordinary yoga, including the world-renowned Sun, Moon, Fire practices as well as two brand-new offerings. These workshops will fill; please register now to secure your spot, and by July 31 to take advantage of early-bird pricing.

Friday 10am-4:30p
Master Class: Gheranda Samhita Immersion
Explore and experience the depth of Tantric Hatha Yoga - and some of its secret teachings - in this all-day workshop. Yogarupa will lead two practices that highlight the essential teachings of this classic text and share its luminous and powerful wisdom. Participants will have a 90 minute lunch break.

Saturday-Sunday
Awakening the True Power of Yoga: Sun, Moon, and Fire
The ancient tradition of Tantra maps the entire spectrum and sacred journey of Hatha Yoga. According to these teachings there are three stages to practice: Moon, Sun, and Fire. Knowing how and when to apply these practices, ancient wisdom tells us, is key to realizing the promise of yoga and to achieve lasting happiness and success.

Join master teacher, Rod Stryker, for what promises to be an inspiring and life-changing weekend. Each class includes theory and practice. All levels welcome.

Sun Practice: Awakening the Force of Transformation
Saturday, 11a-2p
We focus on the approach to practice that links us to prana or life force. Sun practices allow us to increase vitality, subtle awareness, passion, and power. "Solar" energy leads to shining, both internally and externally and is the foundation for the final and most powerful stage of practice.

Moon Practice: Centering and Balancing
Saturday, 3:30-6p
Activation of the lunar force creates a rhythm of healing, peace, and wisdom. These practices stimulate the nurturing energy that allows us to remain calm in the midst of turbulence, steady in the midst of change. These practices are key to awakening hidden intelligence, and intuition.

Fire Practice: Discovering and Living the Ultimate Aim of Practice
Sunday, 11a-2p
The ultimate aim of Yoga practice is to awaken our inner fire­­—the force of Spirit. Activation of the subtle force of fire leads to extraordinary perception and living. Practice focuses on generating the energy that dissolves inertia in order to access the dormant channel within the spine.

Awakening the Inner Teacher: Asana and Contemplation to Access Intuition and Inner Guidance
Sunday, 3:30-6:30p
"The sole purpose of life is spiritual discrimination." -Bhagavad Gita
The cornerstone of self-mastery is being able to access the power of discernment, the light of the inner teacher. In this workshop, we discuss the principles of the light of discernment and explore practices that allow us to fully embody it.

Date, Time and Location

Master Class: Gheranda Samhita Immersion: Fri Sep 18 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM -- SS
Sun Practice: Awakening the Force of Transformation: Sat Sep 19 2015, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM -- SS
Moon Practice: Centering and Balancing: Sat Sep 19 2015, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM -- SS
Fire Practice: Discovering and Living the Ultimate Aim of Practice: Sun Sep 20 2015, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM -- SS
Awakening the Inner Teacher: Asana and Contemplation to Access Intuition and Inner Guidance: Sun Sep 20 2015, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Full Weekend (early bird rate) — $425.00
REGISTER Full Weekend — $450.00
REGISTER Friday Immersion (early bird rate) — $140.00
REGISTER Friday Immersion — $165.00
REGISTER Sun/Moon/Fire/Inner Guidance (early bird rate) — $325.00
REGISTER Sun/Moon/Fire/Inner Guidance — $350.00
REGISTER Sun/Moon/Fire (early bird rate) — $275.00
REGISTER Sun/Moon/Fire — $295.00

Instructor(s)

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga and widely considered one of the country's leading yoga and meditation teachers. He has taught for nearly thirty years, and leads retreats, workshops, and trainings worldwide. Rod is one of few American teachers today transmitting an ancient tradition, one that has been handed from teacher to student for literally thousands of years.

Active-Isolated Stretching to Enhance Your Yoga Practice with Judy LaPrade

Get the simple instructions on full-body AIS to get problem areas out of the way in your yoga practice. Based on the principle of Reciprocal Inhibition, AIS uses the stretch reflex to its greatest advantage, contracting opposing muscles to release target muscles in a brief, repeated stretch. We then add a sports medicine trick, PNF (proprioceptor neuromuscular facility), for The Three R's: Resist, Release, and Repeat, for a most effective stretch. Anytime something gets tweaked, you will be ready! Tuition includes a copy of Aaron Mattes's full-body manual, Stretching for Everyone. Everybody welcome. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Sep 26 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $55.00

Instructor(s)

Judy LaPrade has been a massage therapist, mental health practitioner, and yoga teacher for many years. She holds Masters Degrees in both Rehabilitation and Counseling Psychology as well as 1,000+ hours training in Connective Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Sports Massage from the Florida Institute of Natural Health. Judy loves to share her passion for extreme self-care with people at all levels of ability through humor and serious fun.

Yoga for Grief with Elizabeth Kanter

Yoga for Grief: Creating Transformative Space
Join Elizabeth to explore practices for creating nurturing, transformative space around the energies of grief. Through movement, breathing, and guided meditation, we will begin to change our relationships to grief.

Yoga for Grief: Tuning into What's Needed
Join Elizabeth to explore practices for moving or settling the energies of grief. Learn to tune into what is most needed through movement, breathing, and guided meditation.

Workshops are excellent in combination, but also may be taken separately. Everybody welcome. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Yoga for Grief: Creating Transformative Space: Sat Sep 26 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP
Yoga for Grief: Tuning into What's Needed: Sat Oct 24 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Single workshops — $30.00
REGISTER Both workshops — $50.00

Instructor(s)

For Elizabeth, yoga has continually revealed amazing wisdom in the body, alchemical power in the heart, refined grace in the breath, and boundless depths in the soul. Her gratitude extends to all of her teachers (many here at Willow Street!) and the gifts that they continue to offer her on her journey. She has been practicing alignment-based yoga for 14 years, throughout a career in documentary science television and film production, web design, and urban arts education. Yoga has transformed her physically and energetically, and has helped her heal from and move through several injuries and personal challenges. Elizabeth's teaching promotes awareness, renewal, healing, fierce love, and innermost joy. She is a graduate of the amazing WSYC teacher training and is also trained by Jnani Chapman in Yoga Therapy for Cancer and Chronic Illness. Elizabeth leads classes for outpatients in hospitals and also works with trauma survivors. She loves sharing the incredible beauty and benefits of the practice with all of her students - and seeing them light up from the inside out! www.fullheartyoga.com.

Yoga Nidra for the Seasons: An Autumn Practice with Melissa Lindon

Yoga nidra offers an easy way to be in harmony with the changing seasons. When we tune in to the inward-turning energy of Autumn, we find the power and grace to release what no longer serves us. Perhaps you want to let go of something physical: the ache of a loss or life change, or negative mental chatter. Or maybe you simply crave the experience of deep peace and rest. This deeply meditative practice invites an effortless release of patterns of tension in body and mind, leaving you with the feeling of freedom like a deep breath of cool, crisp autumn air. All levels of experience welcome. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Sep 26 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $25.00

Instructor(s)

Melissa Lindon, E-RYT 500, approaches yoga as an opportunity to find balance and stability in a busy life, and reconnect to our innate joy. A ParaYoga Level I Certified Teacher, she has taught at the Yoga Center of Columbia since 2006, and studied with Rod Stryker since 2007. She enjoys practicing and leading yoga nidra for its profound benefits for mind, body, and spirit. www.melissalindon.com

Restorative Yoga Sundays with Tara Lemerise

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. For each monthly workshop you'll find 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 month ahead. Everybody welcome. No yoga experience necessary. Sorry, no drop-ins; advance registration only. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sept 27: Sun Sep 27 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- TP
Oct 25: Sun Oct 25 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- TP
Nov 22: Sun Nov 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Single session — $38.00
REGISTER Two sessions — $60.00
REGISTER All three sessions — $80.00

Instructor(s)

Tara Lemerise, E-RYT-200, fell in love with yoga in 1999 and has been teaching since 2005 after graduation from the Willow Street Yoga Center Teacher Training. She is known for offering clear, light-hearted, and encouraging instruction to students of all levels. From restorative postures to arm balances and everything in between, Tara helps her students delight in each moment, even the challenging ones. Her students leave feeling more joyful, more grounded, and more at ease after each class. To learn more about Tara, visit her website: www.taralemeriseyoga.com.

Sugar Smackdown with Janice Levitt

Sugar seems like your sweetest friend, when actually it's damaging your health. Come learn what happens in your body when you eat sugar, get a better understanding of your cravings and how to manage them, find those hidden sugars in everyday foods, and discover alternative natural sweeteners. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Fri Oct 2 2015, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $15.00

Instructor(s)

Janice Levitt followed her passion for healthy living to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach and launch her company, Savor Wellness, after a 20 year career in international education. She offers transformational individual and group health coaching programs, wellness workshops, and whole foods detox programs. Janice helps people around the world to find balance, reduce stress, increase their energy, lose weight, and improve digestion through making gradual food and lifestyle changes. She uses mindfulness techniques to help her clients achieve greater awareness and radiant health so they can follow their dreams, professionally and personally. Janice got her certification in nutrition and health coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her clients' success stories and information on her programs may be found at www.SavorWellness.com.

More Mind, Less Muscle: Arm Balancing with Ease with Kristen Krash

In the land of asana, arm balances and handstands are usually seen as the lions and tigers: powerful, dynamic, and often intimidating. However, while these inspiring poses do cultivate physical strength, they also help us to find our own cat-like grace and intelligence in movement. Join Kristen Krash for playful and precise exploration that breaks down these challenging poses into accessible and helpful components from creating more space in the in the hips and and spine, waking up our deep core muscles, and learning how the breath can facilitate a wonderful sense of steadiness and ease in these empowering postures. For Levels I/II+. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Oct 3 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $35.00

Instructor(s)

Kristen Krash has practiced and taught a lot of yoga over the past fifteen years, from the sweat and athleticism of vigorous vinyasa, to the fine-tuned precision of aligned asana, to the sweet surrender of restorative practice. After being injured in earlier pursuits of competing cycling and martial arts, Kristen first found great relief from pain and compression, and was surprised at how physical healing opened the door to the bigger picture of becoming more open and grounded mentally and emotionally. Kristen's years of practice of classical yoga methods form a solid foundation for a practice that is intrinsically inquisitive and playful. In short, Kristen gets that today's yoga practitioners want to explore challenging postures, push their boundaries, and have fun doing it. She brings a packed toolkit of direct and effective cues to every class to help students get safely from A to Z in their poses, intelligent and progressive sequences designed to build strength while creating space in the body, and, most importantly, an exuberant sense of humor about the whole thing. With a passion for organic gardening and eco-activism, one of the greatest lessons Kristen credits her steady practice for teaching her is that the practice is here to serve us, to help us live more vibrant, connected, and truly happier lives beyond the end of a sticky mat. Live, learn, love—and don't forget to laugh.

The Next Chapter: Practices to Ease Life's Transitions with Tom Forhan

As we get older we are faced with more and more difficult challenges: shifting into retirement, an empty nest, new roles, even the loss of a partner. Yoga provides real tools to help with these transitions. In this workshop we'll see how yoga can be a source of both strength and stability in the face of change. We'll explore asana and breath practices that can energize us for challenges ahead, as well as other practices practices that can serve to calm, rest and restore. Meditation will help access our inner core in times of turbulence and also help us see the way forward. Suitable for all students that have completed at least one session of Gentle Yoga or Yoga I. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Sun Oct 4 2015, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $40.00

Instructor(s)

Tom Forhan, RYT 500, committed to sharing yoga after it guided him through one of the most difficult periods of his life. He began studying with Rod Stryker and completed his initial ParaYoga teacher training in 2013. He believes strongly in the power of integrating all the tools of the yoga tradition to create steadiness and ease in the face of change. He is grateful to many, but especially his first yoga teacher Sheree Mullen, as well as Joe Miller and Maria Hamburger. Tom has lived in Takoma Park for over 25 years; his work as an archaeologist has taken him from 19th century Irish tenements north of Baltimore to Mayan ruins in the jungles of Belize.

Living Yoga: Practicing Big Magic with Natalie Miller and Joy Kirstin

Elizabeth Gilbert's newest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is hugely inspirational. Gilbert writes like your best friend, who loves and believes in you, but who also isn't putting up with your excuses any longer. The book is warm yet bracing, fanciful and no-nonsense. It gives ample inspiration for what Gilbert calls Creative Living – "living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear."

How to practice what Gilbert preaches? Letting go of perfectionism and expectations, opening up to the wonder of embodiment and the power of intention: this, friends, is yoga.

In Practicing Big Magic, join Natalie and Joy for practices designed to realize and integrate inspirations gleaned from Gilbert's book. Over eight weeks, we'll read the book together, practice together, and enjoy creating a community intent on Creative Living. Classes include yoga practice, meditation, yoga nidra, and guided self-reflection. Everybody welcome.

Date, Time and Location

Sunday, Oct 4: Sun Oct 4 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS
Sunday, Oct 11: Sun Oct 11 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS
Sunday, Oct 18: Sun Oct 18 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS
Sunday, Oct 25: Sun Oct 25 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS
Sunday, Nov 1: Sun Nov 1 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS
Sunday, Nov 8: Sun Nov 8 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS
Sunday, Nov 15: Sun Nov 15 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS
Sunday, Nov 22: Sun Nov 22 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER registered students — $195.00
REGISTER students not registered in a class — $245.00

Instructor(s)

Joy Kirstin enjoys accompanying people from all walks of life as they explore the uncharted places in their own hearts to create more sustainable, rewarding lives. As a Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra facilitator, professional life coach and trained priestess of the holistic arts, her work in the areas of resilience and authentic living draws from a lifetime of sojourning, creating, and coloring outside the lines. She is an award-winning writer, intrepid traveller and independent soul with a gift for helping others organize their time, priorities, and belongings for greater simplicity and ease. She has been integrating Yoga Nidra into her holistic work with individuals and groups since 2003. www.joykirstin.com
For Natalie Miller, yoga is powerful because it reminds us of the beauty within and all around us. Natalie's teaching blends creative, fluid sequencing with precise alignment instruction. She weaves attention to the breath throughout practice, helping students to cultivate connection with their bodies' inherent wisdom. With humor and eloquence, Natalie's classes inspire her students to bring the power of their yoga into the way they roll in the world: to love who they are and be in awe of who they're becoming. Her own practice is grounded in the extraordinary everyday of mothering three little girls, living in vibrant Takoma Park, and co-directing Willow Street Yoga with her husband, Joe.

Yoga Nidra Meditation Sundays with Joy Kirstin

Yoga Nidra guided meditation helps you unwind, reset, and experience greater ease in daily life. It is clinically recognized as a powerful adjunct treatment for many body/mind conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD. Each session offers a 50min YN practice followed by 25min of silent integration time for your choice of sitting/writing meditation, or continued rest. Everyone welcome; no experience needed. Advance registration recommended. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Oct 4: Sun Oct 4 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM -- TP
Nov 1: Sun Nov 1 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM -- TP
Nov 29: Sun Nov 29 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Single session — $30.00
REGISTER Two sessions — $50.00
REGISTER All three sessions — $60.00

Instructor(s)

Joy Kirstin enjoys accompanying people from all walks of life as they explore the uncharted places in their own hearts to create more sustainable, rewarding lives. As a Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra facilitator, professional life coach and trained priestess of the holistic arts, her work in the areas of resilience and authentic living draws from a lifetime of sojourning, creating, and coloring outside the lines. She is an award-winning writer, intrepid traveller and independent soul with a gift for helping others organize their time, priorities, and belongings for greater simplicity and ease. She has been integrating Yoga Nidra into her holistic work with individuals and groups since 2003. www.joykirstin.com

Yoga & Live Jazz: In a Mellow Tone with Natalie Miller and the Nicole Saphos Trio

Join Natalie and the Nicole Saphos Trio for an evening of sweet yoga practice and lovely live jazz. We’ll enjoy a mellow practice – a little flow, some dreamy hip openers and restoratives poses – and listen to excellent music throughout. Everybody welcome. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Fri Oct 16 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $30.00
REGISTER Per couple — $50.00

Instructor(s)

For Natalie Miller, yoga is powerful because it reminds us of the beauty within and all around us. Natalie's teaching blends creative, fluid sequencing with precise alignment instruction. She weaves attention to the breath throughout practice, helping students to cultivate connection with their bodies' inherent wisdom. With humor and eloquence, Natalie's classes inspire her students to bring the power of their yoga into the way they roll in the world: to love who they are and be in awe of who they're becoming. Her own practice is grounded in the extraordinary everyday of mothering three little girls, living in vibrant Takoma Park, and co-directing Willow Street Yoga with her husband, Joe.
Jazz bassist and vocalist, Nicole Saphos, is a multi-talented artist who is known for her hard driving bass lines and infectious voice. She studied Jazz Bass and Vocal Performance at Temple University. Since emerging onto the DC jazz scene not long ago in 2012, Saphos has established herself as a compelling entertainer performing in renowned venues such as Bohemian Caverns, and The Kennedy Center.

Reinvent: A Whole Foods Autumn Cleanse with Janice Levitt

How are you feeling these days?

Are you craving sweets, snacks, and carbs?
Are you eating more processed food than you'd like?
Are you frustrated with how your clothes fit (or don't fit)?
Do you feel bloated, sluggish, or irritable?
Are you stressed out and tired?
Are you stuck in a rut with the same old boring foods?
Do you need a change in your diet but feel overwhelmed with how to start?
Are you eager to restore your energy levels and boost your immunity through the season?
Would you like to truly nourish yourself from the inside out with delicious, seasonal whole foods that support your body to function at its best and leave you feeling revitalized?

The Reinvent Autumn Cleanse is a 14-day guided detox and rejuvenation program based on eating clean, whole foods. Join Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Janice Levitt to get a fresh start with healthy eating this fall and gain momentum to continue healthy eating habits into the holiday season. Here is your chance to be part of a supportive community while you embrace clean eating, deeply nursing yourself from the inside out. You'll gently reboot your body and mind with seasonal foods and self-care practices. While trying delicious new foods, discover how eating intentionally can increase your energy, get rid of cravings, and uncover hidden food sensitivities.

What's included?

In this 14-day guided cleanse, you'll get all the support and information you need to succeed, via:
-Three meetings at Willow Street Yoga at the beginning, middle, and end of the cleanse to fully support you to succeed. (Meetings are Saturday mornings, October 17, 24, and 31, in Silver Spring).
-Guidance, inspiration, support, and accountability with Janice
-The Savor Wellness Cleanse Guide with all the information you need (60+ pages)
-A Recipe Book with delicious, healthy meals and tips on where to buy ingredients at reasonable prices (60+ pages)
-Time-saving sample meal plans and done-for-you shopping lists
-Supportive daily emails that inspire and empower you to take charge of your health
-Daily support from Janice and your cleansing community in a private Facebook group to answer questions, share experiences, and cheer each other on.

What benefits do cleansers often experience?
• Feeling more alert, lighter, and more balanced
• Boosted energy
• Reduced cravings
• Ease in developing new habits
• Weight loss (if needed)
• Balanced mood
• Improved digestion
• Improved sleep
• The fun of learning new recipes and try new foods
• A newer, healthier grocery shopping routine
• More confidence in the kitchen
• Inspiration and support from a professional health coach
• New insights into yourself and your body
• The momentum and motivation to continue on a healthful path after the cleanse
• Feeling great in your body and happy with the way you are treating yourself!

Registration by Sat, Oct 10 is encouraged, so you can receive informational materials and prepare for our first meeting. Meetings are in Silver Spring. Early birds: register by Fri, Oct 2, and attend the Sugar Smackdown workshop for free!

Date, Time and Location

First meeting: Sat, Oct 17: Sat Oct 17 2015, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM -- SS
Second meeting: Sat, Oct 24: Sat Oct 24 2015, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM -- SS
Third meeting: Sat, Oct 31: Sat Oct 31 2015, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER 14-day cleanse — $169.00
REGISTER Repeat cleansers — $129.00

Instructor(s)

Janice Levitt followed her passion for healthy living to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach and launch her company, Savor Wellness, after a 20 year career in international education. She offers transformational individual and group health coaching programs, wellness workshops, and whole foods detox programs. Janice helps people around the world to find balance, reduce stress, increase their energy, lose weight, and improve digestion through making gradual food and lifestyle changes. She uses mindfulness techniques to help her clients achieve greater awareness and radiant health so they can follow their dreams, professionally and personally. Janice got her certification in nutrition and health coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her clients' success stories and information on her programs may be found at www.SavorWellness.com.

Better Posture, Happier Body: CoreWalking Education with Jonathan FitzGordon

Join Jonathan for an afternoon of anatomical explanations, innovative practices, and lots of insights into how your body works, and how you can help it to work better. Everybody welcome!

Jonathan is also available for a limited number of one-on-one sessions on Friday, Oct 16. Please email registrar@willowstreetyoga.com for more information.

Farewell, Sciatica! A Piriformis Release Party 12:30-3:30p
Sciatica is a pain in the lower back that sometimes travels down the leg, via the sciatic nerve. Piriformis syndrome is a pain in the butt that sometimes travels down the leg, since piriformis and sciatic nerve are neighbors. Poor posture and movement patterns often lead to dysfunction in one or both of these troubling pieces of our anatomy. And together, this nerve and muscle team up to be responsible for or involved in almost all back pain situations.

Knowledge is power, so join Jonathan to learn more about the anatomy and biomechanics of your pelvis, hips, and legs. Then, enjoy a piriformis-releasing practice that brings ease to your hips and low back and enables better posture and improved movement patterns. Everyone welcome.

Introduction to CoreWalking 5-8p
Walking is fundamental. Even the most sedentary person takes 3000 steps a day. We are evolved to walk in a particular way, but modern posture habits and lifestyles work against our innate design. We usually stand up somewhere around one year old, take a few steps to the cheers of our parents, and are then left to our own devices to figure things out.

Unfortunately, most Americans are pretty sedentary, and a couple of hours of yoga a day cannot compensate for biomechanical misalignments during the other 22 hours. Just a little education can improve your gait, alleviate pain, prevent injury, and free you up emotionally. The workshop teaches the fundamentals of the CoreWalking Program, a natural walking technique designed to be fun and easy. Changing your long-held conditioned patterns can create unimaginable benefits! Everyone welcome.

In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Farewell, Sciatica! A Piriformis Release Party: Sat Oct 17 2015, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM -- SS
Introduction to CoreWalking: Sat Oct 17 2015, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Single session — $60.00
REGISTER Both sessions — $95.00

Instructor(s)

Jonathan FitzGordon is a yoga teacher and the creator of CoreWalking, a program teaching a natural walking technique that has been highly successful in alleviating pain, enhancing athletic performance and improving quality of life. His yoga classes are imbued with the love of anatomy and the moving body. He shares his musings on the body on his daily blog: www.corewalking.com.

Yoga Nidra: Making Space for Trust and Courage

Yoga Nidra: Making Space to Be Courageous
"I decided that I would need to build an expansive enough interior life that my fear and my creativity could peacefully coexist. If I can relax, fear relaxes, too." - Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

We explore the kleshas - 5 habitual afflictions the ego mind uses to attempt to keep us "safe". Yoga Nidra trains us to make space for all the mind's fears and fluctuations in the vitalizing radiance of deep awareness, the place where creative inspiration is born. Everyone welcome - no familiarity with the book needed to benefit fully. Bring a notebook or journal. In Silver Spring.

Yoga Nidra: Learning to Trust Ourselves
"I know that I am not only an ego; I am also a soul... My soul, when I tend to it, is a far more expansive and fascinating source of guidance than my ego will ever be, because my soul desires only one thing: wonder." - Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Yoga Nidra is a most trusty guide as we move past habitual patterns of aversion and lack, to engage our curiosity and enter the realm of the soul where our true potential lies. We are returned to ourselves, and life lives through us in wondrous ways. Everyone welcome - no familiarity with the book needed to benefit fully. Bring a notebook or journal. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Yoga Nidra: Making Space to Be Courageous: Sun Oct 18 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS
Yoga Nidra: Learning to Trust Ourselves: Sun Nov 15 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Single workshop — $35.00
REGISTER Both workshops — $60.00

Instructor(s)

Joy Kirstin enjoys accompanying people from all walks of life as they explore the uncharted places in their own hearts to create more sustainable, rewarding lives. As a Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra facilitator, professional life coach and trained priestess of the holistic arts, her work in the areas of resilience and authentic living draws from a lifetime of sojourning, creating, and coloring outside the lines. She is an award-winning writer, intrepid traveller and independent soul with a gift for helping others organize their time, priorities, and belongings for greater simplicity and ease. She has been integrating Yoga Nidra into her holistic work with individuals and groups since 2003. www.joykirstin.com

Mama Party: Postnatal Practice & Reunion with Daisy Whittemore

Beautiful mamas who spent some of your precious prenatal time in our Willow Street classes, please return for a reunion with yourself and with your Willow Street mama friends. We will breathe and move, reintegrate and restore, loving our bodies with care and wisdom. It will be a strengthening and restorative practice, designed just for you. Yes, an hour and half for you, all yours. Then, for our last half-hour, invite your partners and babies to join us for some cookies, chatter, and cooing over your children. It will be great, and great fun. Everyone welcome. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Oct 24 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $25.00

Instructor(s)

Daisy Whittemore, RYT200, has spent more than 12 years studying different types of yoga, including Anusara, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow. Her class offerings draw from a rich blend of these yoga styles with a focus on effective alignment-based practice to give students a solid foundation, with elements of flow to keep the body and breath moving. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in the Anusara style of yoga at Willow Street Yoga Center, and continues her study-as teacher and student-in alignment, sequencing, meditation, and philosophy with a wide-range of teachers including Sianna Sherman, Sally Kempton, Stacey Millner-Collins, Maria Hamburger, and Suzie Hurley. Daisy infuses laughter and light into her challenging classes, and welcomes the power of play (of which her children are her best teachers) as vector for growth and progress, both for her students and in her own practice. She encourages students to connect to their own power, flexibility, and peace, both on and off the mat. Of late, Daisy has also developed an alter ego, Yoga Nag, and is encouraging folks to do yoga. Today. And everyday. If you want to follow her blog and get a Nag-A-Day via email Facebook, or Instagram, go to Yoga Nag http://yoganag.wordpress.com/.

Finding True Purpose: (Re)discovering Your Dharma Code with Tom Forhan

Your Dharma Code is a statement of your deepest purpose, a mission statement for your core self. In this modern world we are pulled so many ways it is easy to disconnect from our real being. Based on teachings from Rod Stryker's book, The Four Desires, this workshop will use discussion, journaling, asana, pranayama and meditation to get you in touch with your unique Dharma Code as well as begin to bring your life into alignment with that purpose. A life aligned to your core purpose is a life of energy and peace. Suitable for all students that have at least completed one session of Yoga I. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Sun Oct 25 2015, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $40.00

Instructor(s)

Tom Forhan, RYT 500, committed to sharing yoga after it guided him through one of the most difficult periods of his life. He began studying with Rod Stryker and completed his initial ParaYoga teacher training in 2013. He believes strongly in the power of integrating all the tools of the yoga tradition to create steadiness and ease in the face of change. He is grateful to many, but especially his first yoga teacher Sheree Mullen, as well as Joe Miller and Maria Hamburger. Tom has lived in Takoma Park for over 25 years; his work as an archaeologist has taken him from 19th century Irish tenements north of Baltimore to Mayan ruins in the jungles of Belize.

Embodied Anatomy and Yoga: A Body-Mind Centering® Approach with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Yoga is an ancient study of the embodiment of consciousness. Through calm, effortless movement, we can experience a sense of peaceful unity. Through cellular breathing we manifest quietude and a vitality for engaging in the practice of living fully.

The Body-Mind Centering® approach to Embodied Anatomy is a deep, internal study of the body and consciousness in which movement is explored through the direct experience of our own body systems, tissues and cells. The learning process takes place not just in the mind, but in the body itself and the experience is integrated at the cellular level.

The bones and organs are a wonderful entry point for exploring the body systems in this way. The skeletal system (bones and joints) gives our body its basic form, with which we locomote through space, act on the environment, and sculpt and create the energy forms in space that we call movement. Bones also provide the foundation for the psychophysical qualities of clarity, effortlessness and form.

Our organs are vital and alive. They are the contents of our skeletomuscular container. Organs provide inner support to our postural tone, movement, breath and voice and they underlie our feelings, expression and sense of volume, both physically and psychologically.

In this workshop we will experientially explore the relationship between our bones and organs creatively through yoga seeking:
-the structural clarity of our bones
-the full-bodiedness and authenticity of our organs
-the effortlessness of cellular breathing and movement

Using movement, breathing, touch and discussion, participants will explore the process of embodiment of our bones and organs and how they can be experienced in our yoga practice.

Participants are asked to arrive by 9:30a to set up, receive printed materials, and be prepared for Bonnie to begin at 10am. Each session will break for lunch from 12:30-2p.

Everyone is welcome, but spaces are very limited. Please register now to secure your spot. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Saturday, November 7: Sat Nov 7 2015, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM -- SS
Sunday, November 8: Sun Nov 8 2015, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Full-weekend registration: early birds (register by Sept. 7) — $300.00
REGISTER Full-weekend registration — $340.00

Instructor(s)

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen is a movement artist, researcher, educator, therapist and developer of the Body-Mind Centering(R) (BMCSM) approach to movement and consciousness. BMC(R) is an exploration of how we embody our body systems, tissues and cells as well as our developmental movement patterns and embryological development. In 1973 she founded The School for Body-Mind Centering(R). Her work has influenced the fields of dance, bodywork, yoga, body psychotherapy, infant and child development and many other body-mind disciplines. She is the author of the book, Sensing, Feeling and Action and numerous DVDs on dance, embodied anatomy, embryology and working with children with special needs. For more information, visit www.bodymindcentering.com/.

Do What You Love: Starting a Home Yoga Practice with Daisy Whittemore

Do you want a home yoga practice but don't know where to start? Do you have a home practice that isn't satisfying? Does practicing yoga on your own scare or intimidate you? Do you think you lack the self-discipline to build a home practice for yourself?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, this workshop is for you.

In this workshop, we will begin with what you love: the parts of your practice that bring you joy, that feel good, that help you sleep better, that make you feel stronger, that help you find whatever you seek in your yoga practice. We will work in groups and individually, talking and moving, thinking and writing, considering the elements necessary for a smart, sustainable, enjoyable, and individualized home practice. This workshop will help you lay the groundwork for a home practice, built for you by you.

Please come prepared to talk, to write, to move, and to take pictures. Students should bring paper and a writing instrument, as well as a digital camera of any variety, phone or camera. At least one year of weekly yoga experience required. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Nov 7 2015, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $30.00

Instructor(s)

Daisy Whittemore, RYT200, has spent more than 12 years studying different types of yoga, including Anusara, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow. Her class offerings draw from a rich blend of these yoga styles with a focus on effective alignment-based practice to give students a solid foundation, with elements of flow to keep the body and breath moving. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in the Anusara style of yoga at Willow Street Yoga Center, and continues her study-as teacher and student-in alignment, sequencing, meditation, and philosophy with a wide-range of teachers including Sianna Sherman, Sally Kempton, Stacey Millner-Collins, Maria Hamburger, and Suzie Hurley. Daisy infuses laughter and light into her challenging classes, and welcomes the power of play (of which her children are her best teachers) as vector for growth and progress, both for her students and in her own practice. She encourages students to connect to their own power, flexibility, and peace, both on and off the mat. Of late, Daisy has also developed an alter ego, Yoga Nag, and is encouraging folks to do yoga. Today. And everyday. If you want to follow her blog and get a Nag-A-Day via email Facebook, or Instagram, go to Yoga Nag http://yoganag.wordpress.com/.

Creating a Restorative Yoga Home Practice with Tara Lemerise

Ever find yourself in need of the tension dissolving power of a restorative practice when there is no restorative class to be had? This workshop is the perfect way to prepare for those unexpected emergencies when nothing else will help the way restorative yoga does! You'll learn how to prop yourself effectively with a variety of easily accessible household items like bed pillows, couch cushions, bath towels, and kitchen chairs. Come learn some poses and strategies to recreate restorative yoga bliss in home on demand. Perfect for the impending holiday stresses. Some familiarity with restorative yoga postures is helpful but not required. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Nov 14 2015, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $30.00

Instructor(s)

Tara Lemerise, E-RYT-200, fell in love with yoga in 1999 and has been teaching since 2005 after graduation from the Willow Street Yoga Center Teacher Training. She is known for offering clear, light-hearted, and encouraging instruction to students of all levels. From restorative postures to arm balances and everything in between, Tara helps her students delight in each moment, even the challenging ones. Her students leave feeling more joyful, more grounded, and more at ease after each class. To learn more about Tara, visit her website: www.taralemeriseyoga.com.

Labor with Love: Yoga, Positioning & Partner Support to Enhance Your Birth with Michelle Cohen

This labor preparation intensive will give you the tools you need to enter your birth feeling equipped and empowered. Topics will include a discussion of the stages of labor, optimal positioning, breath work, and key positions to use during labor. Michelle Cohen, mother of 2, prenatal yoga instructor, and doula weaves together her knowledge of various comfort measures, yoga philosophy and postures, breath work, visualization and birth planning to help you actively and enthusiastically participate in your birth. For those seeking an active, participatory birth, this is a perfect complement to other childbirth education for first-time couples, and as a stand-alone refresher for second-time (or more!) moms. Registration fee is per couple. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Nov 14 2015, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per couple — $105.00

Instructor(s)

Michelle, RYT-200 is certified in vinyasa yoga, and has also completed Conscious Birthing Prenatal Teacher Training with Janice Clarfield and Itsy Bitsy Yoga Training for Tots and Tykes with Helen Garabedian. As the mother of two active boys, her greatest yoga moments occur off the mat and on-the-go. Completely transformed by pregnancy, labor and birth, Michelle has found her greatest passion in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. Her own children have taught her the most about connecting to the breath, the bittersweetness of impermanence, and the ability for the heart to hold more joy than ever thought possible. As a yoga teacher, she encourages her students to uncover and embrace their inner wisdom to empower them to lead a more truthful, conscious and passionate life. Trained as a doula, Michelle is thrilled to weave together her yoga, mindfulness, labor support, and parenting skills to serve as a resource for pregnant women during this magical and momentous stage of their lives. www.savoritstudios.com.

Sankalpa Shakti: Empower Your Resolution with Tom Forhan

Sankalpa is a deep determination, a resolution to meet your highest goals. This workshop will help you find or refine a goal, big or small, and build your intention to complete it using a combination of journaling, discussion, asana, and meditation. While based on Rod Stryker's book, The Four Desires, this class features new methods and practices that he has only recently begun to share. Whether you are new to the process or you'd like to invigorate your Four Desires work, you will leave this workshop with a clear goal, resolved to make it happen, as well as the tools to make it your reality. Suitable for all students that have at least completed one session of Yoga I. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Sun Nov 15 2015, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $40.00

Instructor(s)

Tom Forhan, RYT 500, committed to sharing yoga after it guided him through one of the most difficult periods of his life. He began studying with Rod Stryker and completed his initial ParaYoga teacher training in 2013. He believes strongly in the power of integrating all the tools of the yoga tradition to create steadiness and ease in the face of change. He is grateful to many, but especially his first yoga teacher Sheree Mullen, as well as Joe Miller and Maria Hamburger. Tom has lived in Takoma Park for over 25 years; his work as an archaeologist has taken him from 19th century Irish tenements north of Baltimore to Mayan ruins in the jungles of Belize.

Yantra Wisdom: The Empowered Heart Chakra with Chantal Tacoronte-Perez and Philip Bender

Discover the subtle dynamics of the heart chakra through the ancient art of yantra painting.

Yantras are diagrams or forms that are said to symbolize mantras, chakras and deities, among other things. But when engaged in practice, they become something more and draw us into a relationship with the particular essence of what they represent. By painting yantra, we focus our attention on a very tangible, hands-on endeavor and somehow awaken to a new depth of experience.

In this workshop, we'll begin with a brief discussion of the heart chakra and proceed to a gentle practice of movement, mantra and meditation. Then we'll move directly to the yantra work so that each participant will learn to draw and paint the heart chakra and take it home with them as a reminder of their empowered heart.

Join us to explore your creative side and wed it to your yoga practice. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Nov 21 2015, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $95.00

Instructor(s)

Philip Bender (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) creates yoga and meditation classes to facilitate greater joy, confidence and connection in the lives of beginners and experienced practitioners alike. His clear style, dry humor and occasional irreverence (for which he credits his no-nonsense North Dakota upbringing) allow him to share traditional teachings in an accessible way that inspires students to deepen their own relationship with what lies within. An initiate of the Himalayan tradition, Philip Bender is a senior student of ParaYoga founder, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and of Rolf Sovik, Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute. He leads workshops and retreats in the area as well as weekly hatha yoga and meditation classes at Willow Street Yoga, the Freer Gallery of Art, and Anne Arundel Community College where he offers teacher training through Yoga4Life. Philip draws from his degree in philosophy, experience as a performing artist, nine years as a dad, and long-term personal practice to impart the profound yet practical wisdom of moving inward.

Backbends for Everyone! with Kristen Krash

If arm balances are the lions and tigers of asanas, backbends are the swans--beautiful, graceful, and perhaps viewed wistfully as only possible for the willowy and uber-bendy.

In reality, a strong and healthy backbend practice offers the benefits of improved posture, deeper breathing, and sense of vitality to everyone, especially important in our often desk-bound and device-dependent modern lives. Kristen Krash came to the practice of yoga fifteen years ago neither willowy nor bendy, and with chronic back pain from a traumatic car accident. Learning how to extend her spine took patient and persevering study and practice but paid off remarkable dividends. Kristen absolutely loves to share everything she learned along the way to make backbending more accessible, safer, and more ease-ful to all practitioners. Come learn a variety of techniques and tips on how to unlock the shoulders and chest, lengthen the spine, and use the breath to create space in these energizing and elevating postures. Everyone welcome. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Nov 21 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $35.00

Instructor(s)

Kristen Krash has practiced and taught a lot of yoga over the past fifteen years, from the sweat and athleticism of vigorous vinyasa, to the fine-tuned precision of aligned asana, to the sweet surrender of restorative practice. After being injured in earlier pursuits of competing cycling and martial arts, Kristen first found great relief from pain and compression, and was surprised at how physical healing opened the door to the bigger picture of becoming more open and grounded mentally and emotionally. Kristen's years of practice of classical yoga methods form a solid foundation for a practice that is intrinsically inquisitive and playful. In short, Kristen gets that today's yoga practitioners want to explore challenging postures, push their boundaries, and have fun doing it. She brings a packed toolkit of direct and effective cues to every class to help students get safely from A to Z in their poses, intelligent and progressive sequences designed to build strength while creating space in the body, and, most importantly, an exuberant sense of humor about the whole thing. With a passion for organic gardening and eco-activism, one of the greatest lessons Kristen credits her steady practice for teaching her is that the practice is here to serve us, to help us live more vibrant, connected, and truly happier lives beyond the end of a sticky mat. Live, learn, love—and don't forget to laugh.

Burn the Bird with Sommer and Paul Sobin

Sommer and Paul Sobin return to Willow Street from the wilds of North Carolina for this Thanksgiving tradition: our 12th annual Burn the Bird! Give thanks to yourself on the mat and celebrate the abundance of life with this invigorating asana class. This full-spectrum practice is a smorgasbord of all the delicious flavors that yoga has to offer. Be prepared to sweat and laugh. Levels I/II+; fills quickly, so sign up now! In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Fri Nov 27 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Early bird rate (by Nov 13) — $40.00
REGISTER Regular rate — $50.00

Instructor(s)

Sommer & Paul Sobin are longtime hatha yoga teachers and forever students on the brilliant path of yoga. They live with their young daughter and son in the lush woods of Chapel Hill, NC. In their classes and workshops you will feel how deeply committed they are to assisting each person in recognizing the deepest truth of the light within, and you are guaranteed to laugh and expand into new areas of freedom along the way. Their teaching is filled with playfulness, precise bio-mechanical alignment instruction, and rich philosophical offerings. They also weave in insight and guidance from years of studies in Ayurveda, herbal medicine, energetic healing, nutrition, and self-transformation work. Visit their website at thousandpetalsyoga.com.

Keeping Kosha: Enjoying our Whole Being with Moses Brown

Yoga recognizes we are more than just physical beings, we are Luminous Beings.

While we are Physical, we also embody Energy, Emotions,Thoughts, Wisdom, Joy, Consciousness and Spirit. These are the shared layers of our reality. Yoga calls these layers The Koshas. Each of us is a beautiful interwoven tapestry that contains all of these qualities as part of the wonderful experience of embodiment, the fabric of humanity.

Yoga practice allows us to deepen our understanding and appreciation of these layers of ourselves. In these workshops, we will learn about the Koshas and practice how we can influence them to joyfully enhance our experience of the wonders of being human.

Each class will be unique and suitable for all levels of yoga practice; take them together or separately. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Sat, Dec 5: Sat Dec 5 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM -- SS
Sun, Dec 6: Sun Dec 6 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Single session — $50.00
REGISTER Early bird for both sessions (by Nov 1) — $80.00
REGISTER Both sessions — $95.00

Instructor(s)

Moses Brown believes that yoga should be a heart-opening experience that is supportive as well as empowering to the student. His teachings create an approach that is physically dynamic, mentally stimulating and therapeutic. Moses brings focus, concentration, and mindfulness to his classes, weaving them together with playfulness, joy and FUN!!