Willow Street Workshops

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

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Yoga & Live Jazz: Holiday Edition with Natalie Miller and the Nicole Saphos Trio

Fri Dec 19 2014, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM SS $35.00 REGISTER
Join Natalie and the Nicole Saphos Trio for an evening of making spirits bright with sweet practice and festive holiday standards. Natalie leads a sparkly yoga practice for students of all levels; Nicole, along with her trio, upright bass, and melodious voice, infuses the space with loveliness. Everybody welcome. In Silver Spring.
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.

The Power of Support: Restorative Yoga to Benefit Wishes for Elliott with Tara Lemerise

Amid the busyness of the season, students of all levels - including very beginners - are invited to join Tara for an afternoon of Restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga is a gentle, quiet, deeply healing practice; with the support of blankets, bolsters, and other yoga props, you can relax, shift your attitude, clear your mind, and provide your body a unique opportunity to rest and renew.

Best of all, this afternoon of supportive yoga goes to fund Wishes for Elliott, an organization initiated by family, friends, and parents of Elliott Conecker, which raises awareness and promotes research to help children with rare and undiagnosed neurological disorders. Elliott suffers from a very rare and poorly understood neurological disorder that leaves him, at nearly two years old, without neck control, the ability eat independently, sit up or control his muscles and with poor vision. Because there was none to be found, Wishes for Elliott is working to establish a support network for parents like Elliott's mom and dad, Gabi and John, who are building community for parents facing the myriad, often isolating hardships of caring for a child with such profound challenges.

All proceeds from this workshop go toward helping Wishes for Elliott build a network to provide support among parents whose children suffer from rare and undiagnosed neurological disorders. To learn more about Elliott or to donate directly to Wishes for Elliott, visit wishesforelliott.org/. In Takoma Park.

Basic registration

Sun Dec 21 2014, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER

I can give a little more

Sun Dec 21 2014, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM TP $45.00 REGISTER
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.

Yoga Nidra: A Winter Night's Practice with Joy Kirstin

Sun Dec 28 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER
Enjoy a contemplative evening: a candlelit practice infused with the sounds of ancient chants. Yoga Nidra guides us inward so we replenish depleted reserves, relax into the nourishing dark of the winter season, and soothe away the old to make room for the new. Everyone welcome. $25 advance registration, $30 at the door.
Joy was introduced to Yoga Nidra in 2003 and immediately began incorporating it into her work with individuals and groups. Her offerings are informed by Rod Stryker, Richard Miller, a 25-year background in earth-based spiritual practices, and 8 years experience in maintaining a thriving international life coaching practice. She is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher and the creator of a popular Yoga Nidra CD. www.joykirstin.com

Step into 2015 Confident, Trusting, and Open with Maria Hamburger

Wed Dec 31 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM SS $30.00 REGISTER
Join Maria for Warrior Poses to step into the new year feeling strong, clear, and bright. All levels welcome!
Maria is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and Certified Yoga Teacher.

Maria is a passionate believer in living and embodying a spirited life. She seeks to inspire her students to recognize the light inside themselves and manifest this in their lives, on and off the mat. Maria's progressive teaching style allows each student to experience their fullest capacity within a supportive atmosphere and a playful heart.

Along with Maria's regular teaching schedule she has assisted in the Willow Street Yoga Teacher Training program for the past 5 years and has co - taught in the Willow Street Yoga Immersion program.

Maria seeks to ignite the passion of the journey of yoga from where the richness of ourselves becomes the well from where we experience life.

Power into 2015: New Year's Eve Day Pilates with Roberta Stiehm

Wed Dec 31 2014, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER
Come get ready for 2015 by working your powerhouse into the New Year. Join Roberta for a bubbling workout to get your spirit going, power up your New Year's Resolutions and start the year off right. For students with at least one session of Pilates experience.
Roberta Stiehm is a dancer, singer, teacher, and student of Yoga living in Takoma Park. She has danced and taught modern, ballet, and movement for Actors professionally, for over 25 yrs. She has had an extensive performance career in the US and abroad including Broadway. She is certified in True Pilates since 2000, with Romana Kryzanowska, and as well as teaching group mat classes, teaches privately in her own studio, fully equipped with all Pilates apparatus.

New Year's Bliss with Yoga and Live Music with Kelly Fisher and Wynne Paris

Thu Jan 1 2015, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM SS $30.00 REGISTER
Celebrate new beginnings on New Year's Day 2015 with two hours of yoga love. First, enjoy an all-levels flow yoga class taught by Kelly Fisher while celebrated kirtan artist Wynne Paris serenades us on sarod, an Indian stringed instrument that is simply sublime. At the end of the asana practice, enjoy a deeply relaxing yoga nidra, and you will be roused from your peace with more ethereal live music.
Kelly Fisher, E-RYT 500, teaches a grounded style of yoga that is both challenging and calming at the same time. Her instruction is rooted in her many years of meditation practice and her study of Anusara Yoga, tantric philosophy, and ayurveda. She emphasizes proper alignment so that her students can efficiently release tension while also building energy and strength. The human body contains an innate wisdom that we each have an ability to access if only we have the right tools to unlock it. Through practice of yoga asana and breath work, her students are gently guided to deeper and deeper places within their own hearts, bodies, and minds so that underlying knowledge can manifest in their daily lives. The subtlety of creative power is enchanting, and in Kelly's classes, thoughtful sequencing enables students to open to new poses as well as new levels of awareness within themselves. It is at once empowering and fun. This embodiment is a gift of the universe and in Kelly's classes, students have a safe space to celebrate that gift.

New Year Workshops with Sheree Mullen

register for both workshops for $60 (save $10)

Detox and Balance for the New Year

Join Sheree to wring out body, mind, and Spirit, and to celebrate the opportunities that 2015 holds. We'll begin with an energetic flow practice of basic sun salutes, twists, and other poses to remove the cobwebs, oil the creaky places, and purge all that holiday excess (food, drink, relatives, late hours, etc.) Then we'll cultivate playfulness, humility, focus, and equanimity with a challenging, well-rounded practice. We'll end with poses that allow us to reflect and turn inward, and a short Yoga Nidra practice to set our intentions for the coming year. For students Level I/II+.
Sat Jan 3 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM SS $35.00 REGISTER

Relax, Renew, and Resolve with Restoratives

Open your body, mind and heart to cultivate your intentions for the coming year. We'll begin with a short yoga practice of gentle, dynamic movement to loosen up the hips and shoulders, and then give attention to the hands, feet, neck, & eyes. We'll follow with restorative postures that invite us to turn inward, connect to our hopes and desires for the coming year, and experience a deep rest to rekindle the energy to manifest our resolve for the new year. All levels welcome. No yoga experience necessary.
Sat Jan 3 2015, 12:30 PM - 2:45 PM SS $35.00 REGISTER

Both workshops

Sat Jan 3 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM SS $60.00 REGISTER
Sat Jan 3 2015, 12:30 PM - 2:45 PM SS
Sheree believes strongly in the power of yoga to transform the mind, the body and the spirit. Her fun, enthusiastic and playful teaching style is balanced by her knowledge of alignment, meditation, breathwork and the therapeutic benefits of the practice; all offered with clarity and inspiration. She has been teaching yoga for 13 years, has trained in ParaYoga, Anusara yoga, is a RYT, and continues her studies with Rod Stryker and many others. She has a Masters in health education, is the mother of three daughters, a dog and has trouble matching her socks.

Yoga to Enhance Daily Presence in the New Year with Galen Tromble

Sat Jan 3 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM SS $30.00 REGISTER
Bringing yoga into your life - practicing yoga throughout your day - takes more than finding an hour and a half to take a yoga class. It actually takes much LESS! Join Galen to explore easy but powerful ways to connect to your center throughout your day, bringing the benefits of your yoga practice into the real-world complexities of life. The workshop will build on your yoga class experience with breath and movement, and cover a range of techniques to bring that centered experience even into the busiest days of the New Year. Everybody welcome.
Galen believes in the transformative power of yoga to help us learn who we are, and relate to the world with positivity and gratitude for the gift of being alive. A graduate of Willow Street Yoga Center's teacher training program, Galen focuses on the connection of mind and body through the breath, teaching with clarity, attention to sound alignment, and a sense of humor. His intention is to help each person find the practice that best serves them, here and now.

Beyond Resolutions: Advanced Sankalpa Work with Joy Kirstin

Sun Jan 4 2015, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM TP $45.00 REGISTER
Using Yoga Nidra practice, guided meditation, and writing exercises, we focus on the relationship between Desire and Sankalpa. An effective Sankalpa practice not only manifests changes in our lives, but brings our whole being alive on a daily basis of co-creation with our deepest, most authentic desires. We learn techniques for keeping the flame of intention alive without turning a deep calling into yet another self-improvement project or "should".
Joy was introduced to Yoga Nidra in 2003 and immediately began incorporating it into her work with individuals and groups. Her offerings are informed by Rod Stryker, Richard Miller, a 25-year background in earth-based spiritual practices, and 8 years experience in maintaining a thriving international life coaching practice. She is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher and the creator of a popular Yoga Nidra CD. www.joykirstin.com

Post-Holiday Ayurvedic Cleanse with Belinda Baer

Sun Jan 4 2015, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM TP $35.00 REGISTER
Feeling the need to lighten up after the holidays? This is a great time to do a mono-diet cleanse. Ayurveda, the 5,000 year-old science of Yoga, recommends that each individual cleanse based on their own needs rather than using a cookie cutter method of cleansing. A typical cleanse can last from one day to 21 days, depending on the needs of the individual.

At this workshop, you will:
-Explore the benefits of cleansing the body and mind
-Investigate yogic techniques to cleanse the mind while cleansing the body
-Taste Kitchari, a safe mono-diet meal for an Ayurvedic cleanse
-Learn daily rituals to support and deepen your cleanse
-Begin to design a cleansing plan based on your needs
Everyone welcome; no yoga experience necessary.
Belinda Baer, founder of Wise Woman Ayurveda, is a certified Ayurvedic Consultant, Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Bodyworker. Experiencing the profound effects of the ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda has propelled her forward to share this common sense, life-changing information with others through education, consultations and bodywork. She trained at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda with well-known teachers of the Ayurvedic community. In addition, Belinda brings a depth and breadth of experience in yoga instruction to Wise Woman Ayurveda. She received her Yoga Teacher Certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2001. Since then, she has studied various traditions with many different Yoga teachers, integrating their methods into her teaching style. Belinda currently lives and works in Silver Spring, Maryland with her family.

New Year's Evolution: Clearing Space in an Overwhelmed Life with Natalie Miller

Sat Jan 10 2015, 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM SS $295.00 REGISTER
We live in abundance, and this is both a blessing and a challenge. Our work, our homes, our calendars, our inboxes, our minds are full to the brim with to-dos, and this often leaves us running on empty.

Join Natalie to step into the new year by clearing the way for the life you want: one where you have the time and energy to be inspired - rather than overwhelmed - by life's abundance.

Together, with the help of yoga and meditation practices, self-reflection exercises, weekly clear-it-out tasks for home, and ample community support, we will:

-Evaluate and adjust our daily lives to reflect our values and intentions.
-Clear out living space: at home, in our calendars, in our heads.
-Learn to feel good about saying "No."
-Shift away from multitasking and toward working smart.
-Identify and eliminate habits that drain time and energy.
-Begin to make - and actually take - time for ourselves.


Each class includes balanced asana and meditation practice, plus time for self-reflection and discussion. Weekly re-cap emails plus an optional Facebook group help us to stay connected and motivated. Students may make up any missed classes, and additional class registrations are eligible for the multiclass rate.

Practices are geared to students with yoga experience - no very beginners, please - but will include modifications to suit yogis of all levels. Suggested reading: Brigid Schulte’s Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play when No One Has the Time, which gives fresh sociological and psychological perspective on why and how Overwhelm is so prevalent today.

Class meets Saturdays, Jan 10-March 28 (12 weeks), 9:00-10:45am in Silver Spring.
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.

The Radical Act of Self-Care Begins with You with Maria Hamburger and Belinda Baer

We all want to slow down, let go and appreciate life. Yet we find ourselves being rushed, stressed, and never meeting our intentions. Join Maria and Belinda to acquire new tools to improve your life while dealing with everyday challenges. You will learn how to actively influence your state of wellbeing and satisfy your deep desire for wellness through the many healing practices of yoga and Ayurveda.

Workshops are designed to complement one another, but may be taken separately.

All four sessions

Sun Jan 11 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM TP $135.00 REGISTER
Sun Feb 8 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM TP
Sun Mar 15 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM TP
Sun Apr 12 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM TP

January 11: Awaken the Inner Energies of Healing

We explore our individual constitutions and current state of balance with a view toward understanding our true nature and what puts us off balance on and off the mat. We then consider how we can introduce more ojas, the sanskrit word for "energy of life," into our blood streams and lives to make us a little more open, more positive and more relaxed.
Sun Jan 11 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER

February 8: Love Yourself Inside and Out

When you wake up in the morning or at any time of day, there are wonderful self-care practices to release stress and enhance a sense of relaxation in your body and mind. Some of the exercises you will learn in this session are tongue cleaning, abhyanga, oil pulling, breathing, and visualization practices.
Sun Feb 8 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER

March 15: Improve Digestion, Physical and Mental

Ama is a toxic accumulation in the body. Here, we explore different ways to help reduce ama (recipes, cleansing, movement, pranayama), as well as look at the digestive process, the benefits of eating 3 meals per day, the pitfalls of snacking. We also learn techniques to kindle mental digestion of emotions, sensory stimulation, and anything else that we take in through our senses.
Sun Mar 15 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER

April 12. Move from Stress to Happiness

Cortisol is the stress hormone that builds up at the belly through burnout and everyday tension. We look honestly at our tendencies and how they steer us into stressful patterns. Explore how laughter, joy, and what makes us happy are essential to our health.
Sun Apr 12 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER
Belinda Baer, founder of Wise Woman Ayurveda, is a certified Ayurvedic Consultant, Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Bodyworker. Experiencing the profound effects of the ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda has propelled her forward to share this common sense, life-changing information with others through education, consultations and bodywork. She trained at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda with well-known teachers of the Ayurvedic community. In addition, Belinda brings a depth and breadth of experience in yoga instruction to Wise Woman Ayurveda. She received her Yoga Teacher Certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2001. Since then, she has studied various traditions with many different Yoga teachers, integrating their methods into her teaching style. Belinda currently lives and works in Silver Spring, Maryland with her family.
Maria is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and Certified Yoga Teacher.

Maria is a passionate believer in living and embodying a spirited life. She seeks to inspire her students to recognize the light inside themselves and manifest this in their lives, on and off the mat. Maria's progressive teaching style allows each student to experience their fullest capacity within a supportive atmosphere and a playful heart.

Along with Maria's regular teaching schedule she has assisted in the Willow Street Yoga Teacher Training program for the past 5 years and has co - taught in the Willow Street Yoga Immersion program.

Maria seeks to ignite the passion of the journey of yoga from where the richness of ourselves becomes the well from where we experience life.

New Lenses for Yoga Philosophy and Practice: A Weekend of Conversations with Matthew Remski

Matthew Remski returns to shine smart, new insight into the heart of yoga practice and philosophy. After a Friday morning session for yoga teachers and philosophy students, Matthew offers three discussions of the seminal Bhagavadgita's text and context.

Students may opt to add-on 45 minutes of balanced, hip-opening, seat-facilitating asana with Willow Street faculty. Asana begins one hour prior to lecture start time, and practice will suit students of all levels.

The weekend culminates in a by-donation presentation on Matthew's groundbreaking What Are We Actually Doing in Asana? project. Students may register for the full weekend or individual sessions; everyone is enthusiastically invited to attend the WAWADIA session.

In Silver Spring.

Full weekend

Fri Jan 16 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM SS $150.00 REGISTER
Fri Jan 16 2015, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM SS

Full weekend plus asana

Fri Jan 16 2015, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM SS $175.00 REGISTER
Fri Jan 16 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM SS
Fri Jan 16 2015, 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM SS
Fri Jan 16 2015, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM SS

All three Bhagavad Gita sessions

Fri Jan 16 2015, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM SS $120.00 REGISTER
Sat Jan 17 2015, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM SS

Gita sessions plus asana

Fri Jan 16 2015, 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM SS $145.00 REGISTER
Fri Jan 16 2015, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM SS
Sat Jan 17 2015, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM SS

Pretty Good Practices for Yoga Philosophy Today

As lifelong students and teachers in the global yoga movement, how do we sort through and utilize the multiple and conflicting messages of yoga philosophy? Is there a best way to read old books? What about oral traditions? Who has interpretive authority? What is cultural appropriation, and can it be avoided? What about the "religion" question? What are the passions that drive us to learn, and what do they make us see, and miss? Are there streams of yoga philosophy that can effectively resist the imbalances of global capitalism? Are these old views perennial, or outdated? In this wide-ranging discussion for teachers, Matthew will lay out twenty helpful guidelines for turning the thorny path of navigating yoga philosophy into an invitation to lifelong learning and creativity.
Fri Jan 16 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER

Pretty Good Practices for Yoga Philosophy Today plus asana

Fri Jan 16 2015, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM SS $55.00 REGISTER
Fri Jan 16 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM SS

Will the Real Gita Please Stand Up?

Some say the Bhagavadgita comes from the mouth of a compassionate God, intent on teaching human beings the truth of their interdependent nature. Some say it is a masterwork of ancient psychology. Some say it is the pinnacle of possession-based tribal-god worship. Still others say that it is an anti-Buddhist polemic, intended to encourage the acceptance of an eternal self and the dominant social order. Is it a war-mongering poem? A pacifist poem? A poem of self-realization? Which self? Is it like every great poem in human literature-renowned for mirroring our most painful and luminous contradictions? In this discussion, Matthew sketches the interpretive history of the Lord's Song, referring to Vaisnava, Vedantic, Tantric, and Marxist sources, and suggests a few new interpretive languages that will inform adventurous contemplation for the weekend.
Fri Jan 16 2015, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER

Will the Real Gita Please Stand Up? plus asana

Fri Jan 16 2015, 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM SS $55.00 REGISTER
Fri Jan 16 2015, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM SS

Self-Awareness and its Discontents

In one of the most poignant passages of the Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna: Even though your path is uncertain, you have no choice but to act. Moreover, you must act without any sense of ownership over the results of your actions, because far too many factors are at work for you to take credit or blame. So it's best to mentally surrender the fruits of your work to the ongoing divine sacrifice of life. Is Krishna teaching a moral lesson here about humility? Is he simply laying down the existential facts? Could the writers of the Gita also be predicting one of greatest findings of contemporary clinical psychology? A look at Krishna's message through the modern lens of "flow": the description of "optimal experience" proposed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and others. And a few detours into the neuroscience of metacognition: when it is useful, and when it is not.
Sat Jan 17 2015, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER

Self-Awareness and its Discontents plus asana

Sat Jan 17 2015, 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM SS $55.00 REGISTER
Sat Jan 17 2015, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM SS

The Conundrum of Effort

In another rabbit-hole passage, Krishna advises Arjuna to try to find action in inaction and inaction in action. He suggests that cultivating this principle of effortless effort "destroys the seeds of karma". What is effort? How do we want to change, and why? How do we pursue change without deepening our sense of inadequacy? What does destroying the patterns of karma imply? That we become more free to creatively change in relation to circumstance? What does "choiceless choice" offer the psyche, exhausted with the effort of growth? A non-reductive look at one of the most elliptical passages of the Gita through a psychoanalytic lens, and making reference to the strange new neuroscience of free will.
Sat Jan 17 2015, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER

The Conundrum of Effort plus asana

Sat Jan 17 2015, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM SS $55.00 REGISTER
Sat Jan 17 2015, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM SS

Public Forum: What Are We Actually Doing in Asana?

Over the past eight years as an asana teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, Matthew has heard hundreds of stories of classroom or self-practice injury. In January of 2014 he began a formal qualitative research project to catalogue the pedagogical, psychological, and socio-cultural contexts that can make practice less safe. He'll present stories and themes from the 80+ interviews he has conducted, and moderate a discussion about how we manage and give meaning to discomfort and pain on the mat, and some best practices for creating the best learning environments possible. $20 suggested donation, or Pay What You Can. All funds go to support the research project.
Sat Jan 17 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM SS $20.00 REGISTER
Matthew Remski received YA certification with Darren John Main in 2002, and Yoga Therapy certification in 2004 from Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda under the directorship of Sarasvati Buhrman. In addition to studying Ayurveda and Yogic philosophy with Professor Buhrman, he has studied structural alignment and Marma Point therapy with Shar Lee, Yoga Therapy for Asthma and Diabetes with Dr. Sarita Shresta of Nepal, Yoga Therapy for Cancer Patients with Jnani Chapman of Commonweal, Yoga for Problems of Aging with Nischala Devi of the Dr. Ornish programme, and Applied Yogic Psychology with Maitreyi'i Nolan, Ph.D. Graduated from American Institute of Vedic Studies (David Frawley, Director) in both Ayurvedic Health Education and Advanced Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Practitioner categories (800 hours combined). He graduated Advanced Yoga Philosophy Programme through RYA under Scott Petrie, 2008 -- 2010. Studied Hasta Samudrika and Vastu Shastra with Hart deFouw, 2008 -- 2010. Studied Jyotish in a gurukula setting at Vidya Institute in Toronto from 2007 to 2011. He serves as adjunct faculty member for many of the Yoga Teacher Training Programmes in Toronto, teaching Ayurvedic theory and practice. He was the co-director of Yoga Community Canada and Co-founder of Yoga Festival Toronto. He is co-author, along with Scott Petrie, of the Yoga 2.0; Shamanic Echoes. His revisionist translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Threads of Yoga: a Remix of Patanjali's sutras with commentary and reverie, has been gathering international acclaim. Mark Singleton writes: "I don't know of any reading of the yoga sutras as wildly creative, as impassioned and as earnest as this. it engages Patanjali and the reader in an urgent, electrified conversation that weaves philosophy, symbolist poetry, psychoanalysis and cultural history. There's a kind of delight and freshness in this book that is very rare in writing on yoga, and especially rare in writing on the yoga sutras. This is a Patanjali for postmoderns, less a translation than a startlingly relevant report on our current condition, through the prism of this ancient text." Matthew is currently working on a book on Ayurvedic theory and practice for the 21st century that has the working title of "Ayurveda: an ecotherapy for our time". You can read other writings of his on his blog: http://matthewremski.com.

School's Out Kids Yoga Play Days with the awesome kids' yoga faculty at Willow Street

School's out for the day: what to do with the kids? Bring them for a day of fun at Willow Street! Kids aged 5-10 will enjoy yoga, crafts, stories, games, lunch (you provide), healthy snacks (we provide), and outdoor time (weather permitting). Register 14 days in advance to get a great early bird discount; even better, sign up for all 4 days and get one free!

All 4 days (get one free!)

Mon Jan 19 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP $225.00 REGISTER
Tue Jan 20 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP
Mon Feb 16 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP
Fri Mar 27 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP

Monday, Jan 19 (early bird)

register 14 days in advance and save $20
Mon Jan 19 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP $75.00 REGISTER

Monday, Jan 19

Mon Jan 19 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP $95.00 REGISTER

Tuesday, Jan 20 (early bird)

register 14 days in advance and save $20!
Tue Jan 20 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP $75.00 REGISTER

Tuesday, Jan 20

Tue Jan 20 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP $95.00 REGISTER

Monday, Feb 16 (early bird)

register 14 days in advance and save $20!
Mon Feb 16 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP $75.00 REGISTER

Monday, Feb 16

Mon Feb 16 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP $95.00 REGISTER

Friday, Mar 27 (early bird)

register 14 days in advance and save $20!
Fri Mar 27 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP $75.00 REGISTER

Friday, Mar 27

Fri Mar 27 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM TP $95.00 REGISTER

Yoga and Essential Oils for Clarity and Resolve with Natalie Miller and Laura Farr

Fri Jan 23 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER
Join Laura and Natalie for an evening of yoga infused with essential oils that will help you open to the possibilities of 2015 and bring fresh inspiration to all your practices: from yoga to work to laundry. Natalie leads a clarifying yoga practice in which you'll experience essential oils in various ways; Laura leads a post-practice discussion on how to choose and use oils to facilitate openness and integrity in everyday life. Yoga experience recommended but not required. In Silver Spring.
Laura is a lover of plants and designs outdoor spaces with the intent of elevating the soul. Essential oils are literally the essence of the plants. She has really enjoyed learning how plants and oils can support us and provide natural solution to our physical, spiritual, mental and emotional lives. Laura has practiced yoga for about 10 years and is excited to bring together the healing modalities of yoga and essential oils.

She has studied horticulture and landscape architecture and has worked in the green industry for 20 years. Currently she has been apprenticing with a shaman and exploring the relationship between the earth and well-being.
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.

A Flash of Goodness with Cyndi Lee

Sat Jan 24 2015, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM SS $30.00 REGISTER
Share practice with Cyndi and connect to the feeling of your own basic goodness: the strength and softness of your own body, the power and preciousness of your own breath, the spaciousness and bright energy of your own mind. By recognizing and relaxing into your natural goodness, you gain the confidence to extend yourself to others with more kindness and compassion. For students Level I/II+.
Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. In 1998, she founded the OM yoga Center in NYC, which became a mecca for yogis worldwide. One of the most influential teachers in the U.S., Cyndi is known for her dynamic and contemplative classes; creative, safe and sane sequencing; smart and soulful teachings -- all offered in a non-competitive environment of goodness. Be prepared to move, to apply clarity to your alignment, to watch your mind, to sweat, to stay steady, to get bored and let go, to engage and be inspired. When she's not on the mat and cushion, Cyndi writes. Her newest book is the The New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind. Other books include Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice. She writes regularly for Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, Yoga International and Tricycle Magazine. Cyndi holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and is a long time student of Gelek Rimpoche.

Release and Tone Stubborn Muscles with Judy LaPrade

Join licensed massage therapist Judy LaPrade to learn myriad ways to release and tone stubborn muscle groups, in support of breath expansion and full-body tension pattern release. In this series, our primary focus is Active Isolated Stretching, with detailed instruction also in breath work, home hydrotherapy, and self-massage techniques.

Each month has a different focus:

January: Diaphragm, Ribs, and Quadratus Lumborum
February: IT Band, Quads, Knees, and Hamstrings March: Psoas
April: Piriformis and Glutes
Students will hone skills and understanding by taking the whole series, but are welcome to sign up for individual sessions. Everybody welcome, including physical therapists, trainers, yoga teachers, massage and mental health professionals, and all levels yoga students.

All four sessions

Sat Jan 24 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP $120.00 REGISTER
Sat Feb 21 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP
Sat Mar 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP
Sat Apr 25 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP

January: Diaphragm, Ribs, and Quadratus Lumborum

Sat Jan 24 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER

February: IT Band, Quads, Knees, and Hamstrings

Sat Feb 21 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER

March: Psoas

Sat Mar 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER

April: Piriformis and Glutes

Sat Apr 25 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER
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.

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.

All four sessions

Sun Jan 25 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $100.00 REGISTER
Sun Feb 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Mar 29 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Apr 26 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

3 sessions: January, February, March

Sun Jan 25 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $80.00 REGISTER
Sun Feb 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Mar 29 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

3 sessions: January, February, April

Sun Jan 25 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $80.00 REGISTER
Sun Feb 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Apr 26 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

3 sessions: January, March, April

Sun Jan 25 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $80.00 REGISTER
Sun Mar 29 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Apr 26 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

3 sessions: February, March, April

Sun Feb 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $80.00 REGISTER
Sun Mar 29 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Apr 26 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

2 sessions: January, February

Sun Jan 25 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $60.00 REGISTER
Sun Feb 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

2 sessions: January, March

Sun Jan 25 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $60.00 REGISTER
Sun Mar 29 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

2 sessions: January, April

Sun Jan 25 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $60.00 REGISTER
Sun Apr 26 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

2 sessions: February, March

Sun Feb 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $60.00 REGISTER
Sun Mar 29 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

2 sessions: February, April

Sun Feb 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $60.00 REGISTER
Sun Apr 26 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

2 sessions: March, April

Sun Feb 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $60.00 REGISTER
Sun Apr 26 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

January only

Sun Jan 25 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $35.00 REGISTER

February only

Sun Feb 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $35.00 REGISTER

March only

Sun Mar 29 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $35.00 REGISTER

April only

Sun Apr 26 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $35.00 REGISTER
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 and Partner Support to Enhance Your Birth with Michelle Cohen

Sat Jan 31 2015, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SS $95.00 REGISTER
This labor preparation intensive gives you the tools you need to enter your birth feeling equipped and empowered. Topics include a discussion of the stages of labor, optimal positioning, breath work, and key positions to use during labor. Michelle Cohen, mother of two, 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.
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.

28 Day Meditation Challenge

Sun Feb 1 2015, 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM TP $0.00 REGISTER
Register to receive a daily email and up-to-date details for February's special Meditation by Donation offerings.
Joy was introduced to Yoga Nidra in 2003 and immediately began incorporating it into her work with individuals and groups. Her offerings are informed by Rod Stryker, Richard Miller, a 25-year background in earth-based spiritual practices, and 8 years experience in maintaining a thriving international life coaching practice. She is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher and the creator of a popular Yoga Nidra CD. www.joykirstin.com

Rock the Bakasana with Kelly Fisher

Sun Feb 1 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER
In this master class, practice yoga postures that have the same actions as Bakasana, crane pose, to help you find your strongest, lightest, most radiant posture possible. This is a chance to deepen your understanding of arm balances in general, the anatomy and breath behind them, and specifically to help your crane (also known as crow pose) take flight! In Takoma Park.
Kelly Fisher, E-RYT 500, teaches a grounded style of yoga that is both challenging and calming at the same time. Her instruction is rooted in her many years of meditation practice and her study of Anusara Yoga, tantric philosophy, and ayurveda. She emphasizes proper alignment so that her students can efficiently release tension while also building energy and strength. The human body contains an innate wisdom that we each have an ability to access if only we have the right tools to unlock it. Through practice of yoga asana and breath work, her students are gently guided to deeper and deeper places within their own hearts, bodies, and minds so that underlying knowledge can manifest in their daily lives. The subtlety of creative power is enchanting, and in Kelly's classes, thoughtful sequencing enables students to open to new poses as well as new levels of awareness within themselves. It is at once empowering and fun. This embodiment is a gift of the universe and in Kelly's classes, students have a safe space to celebrate that gift.

A Midwinter Night's Dream: Candlelit Yoga and Meditation with Tom Forhan and Daisy Whittemore

Fri Feb 6 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM SS $30.00 REGISTER
Feeling creaky and stuck in the wintertime? Tired of the chill and the dark? Join Daisy and Tom for a Friday night candlelit practice, starting with a smooth, warming flow followed by a meditation that will bring light into your heart. Geared to students who have completed at least one session of Yoga I. In Silver Spring.
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/.
Tom Forhan committed to sharing yoga after it guided him through one of the most difficult periods of his life. He began studying with Rod Stryker in 2010, completed ParaYoga teacher training, and is an RYT200. 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.

Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Tara Lemerise

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 begin resting 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

This training is eligible for 12 hours of continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance.
Please bring a camera/cell phone with camera and a pen/pencil for note-taking.
Tuition includes a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Manual and a recommended-for-restoratives eye pillow. Participation in both days of this training is highly encouraged; Saturday-only registrations are available but limited.

Feb 7-8, 2015; 1pm-7pm (includes a lunch break).
Early birds: register by Jan 18 for only $210 (save $40)! In Silver Spring

Early bird registration

Register by Jan 18 to save $40!
Sat Feb 7 2015, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM SS $210.00 REGISTER
Sun Feb 8 2015, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM SS

Basic registration

Sat Feb 7 2015, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM SS $250.00 REGISTER
Sun Feb 8 2015, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM SS

Saturday only

Sat Feb 7 2015, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM SS $160.00 REGISTER
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.

Yoga Nidra: Better than a Nap with Joy Kirstin

Sat Feb 7 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER
Rooted in ancient yoga relaxation practices and non-dualism, this lying-down guided meditation practice gently loosens and releases learned patterns of anxiety and striving. It helps our systems let go of self-limiting patterns, allowing more natural ease and joy to shape our days. Evidence-based clinical research proves it to be a valuable adjunct therapy for insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and PTSD. Included: discussion on how to best continue a home practice after this introductory live session. Everyone welcome; no experience necessary. In Takoma Park.
Joy was introduced to Yoga Nidra in 2003 and immediately began incorporating it into her work with individuals and groups. Her offerings are informed by Rod Stryker, Richard Miller, a 25-year background in earth-based spiritual practices, and 8 years experience in maintaining a thriving international life coaching practice. She is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher and the creator of a popular Yoga Nidra CD. www.joykirstin.com

Yoga and Essential Oils to Shake the Winter Blues with Natalie Miller and Laura Farr

Fri Feb 13 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER
As the long, cold nights of Winter stretch on, it is easy to feel disconnected from the vibrant life force still present all around us. Yoga practice and essential oils alike can help us to remember abundance, inspire gratitude, and empower creativity to enjoy, rather than just endure, winter. Natalie leads a bright, balanced yoga practice in which you’ll experience essential oils in various ways; Laura leads a post-practice discussion on how to choose and use oils to bring new light to winter living. Yoga experience recommended but not required. In Silver Spring.
Laura is a lover of plants and designs outdoor spaces with the intent of elevating the soul. Essential oils are literally the essence of the plants. She has really enjoyed learning how plants and oils can support us and provide natural solution to our physical, spiritual, mental and emotional lives. Laura has practiced yoga for about 10 years and is excited to bring together the healing modalities of yoga and essential oils.

She has studied horticulture and landscape architecture and has worked in the green industry for 20 years. Currently she has been apprenticing with a shaman and exploring the relationship between the earth and well-being.
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.

A Fine Romance: Yoga and Jazz, Valentine’s Edition with Natalie Miller and the Nicole Saphos Trio

Sat Feb 14 2015, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM SS $35.00 REGISTER
Treat yourselves to a most special evening that will make every heart sing! Join Natalie and the Nicole Saphos Trio for easygoing, restorative, post-dinner yoga accompanied by excellent live jazz. We guarantee a lovely experience for sweethearts and singles, too—no yoga experience necessary. In Silver Spring.
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.

Yoga Nidra: Deepen Your Meditation Practice with Joy Kirstin

Make the most of Yoga Nidra's unique ability to relax you into your deepest innate wisdom-with a 50min guided YN practice followed by 30min for sitting or writing meditation. Each month's practice session is perfect for hitting the "Reset" button, nourishing your ongoing meditation practice, or dedicating time towards a specific life goal. Sessions are practice-focused with minimal instruction outside of the guided YN practice. Meditators and non-meditators welcome, including day-of registrations (space permitting). In Takoma Park.

All three sessions

Sun Feb 15 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $60.00 REGISTER
Sun Mar 22 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP
Sun Apr 19 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP

2 sessions: February, March

Sun Feb 15 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $45.00 REGISTER
Sun Mar 22 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP

2 sessions: February, April

Sun Feb 15 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $45.00 REGISTER
Sun Apr 19 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP

2 sessions: March, April

Sun Mar 22 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $45.00 REGISTER
Sun Apr 19 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP

February only

Sun Feb 15 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $25.00 REGISTER

March only

Sun Mar 22 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $25.00 REGISTER

April only

Sun Apr 19 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $25.00 REGISTER
Joy was introduced to Yoga Nidra in 2003 and immediately began incorporating it into her work with individuals and groups. Her offerings are informed by Rod Stryker, Richard Miller, a 25-year background in earth-based spiritual practices, and 8 years experience in maintaining a thriving international life coaching practice. She is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher and the creator of a popular Yoga Nidra CD. www.joykirstin.com

Aging Gracefully with Yoga and Ayurveda with Belinda Baer and Penny Diamanti

As we grow older and wiser, sometimes we notice more anxiety, a lack of focus, dryness, stiffness, digestive issues, and even lowered immunity. Yoga and Ayurveda offer individualized tools and techniques to support a vibrant journey into wisdom. Belinda and Penny share myriad practices to help you age gracefully and well, and help you individually to choose practices to address your specific needs.

Full series registration recommended, although individual workshops may be taken separately. Everybody - including beginners - welcome.

I: Fundamental Practices and Daily Routines for Rejuvenation
-Learn gentle and restorative Asana to rejuvenate and nourish the body, mind and soul
-Discover daily and seasonal routines to increase focus, energy, comfort and immunity

II: Practices to Promote Ease, Calm, Clarity, and Sleep
-Dive deeply into the exploration of what you want your life to look like now
-Discuss natural ways to address insomnia and ease hormonal transitions
-Experience mediation and breathing techniques to promote calm, clarity, and a good night's sleep

III: Foods and Practices to Improve Digestion and Balance Weight
-Explore foods and cooking preparations that are nourishing and calming
-Learn practices to improve digestion and elimination, and balance weight
-Sample rejuvenating and revitalizing Ayurvedic treats

All three sessions

Sat Feb 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM TP $95.00 REGISTER
Sat Mar 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM TP
Sat Apr 25 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM TP

Part I: Fundamental Practices and Daily Routines for Rejuvenatio

Sat Feb 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER

Part II: Practices to Promote Ease, Calm, Clarity, and Sleep

Sat Mar 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER

Part III: Foods and Practices to Improve Digestion and Balance

Sat Apr 25 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER
Belinda Baer, founder of Wise Woman Ayurveda, is a certified Ayurvedic Consultant, Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Bodyworker. Experiencing the profound effects of the ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda has propelled her forward to share this common sense, life-changing information with others through education, consultations and bodywork. She trained at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda with well-known teachers of the Ayurvedic community. In addition, Belinda brings a depth and breadth of experience in yoga instruction to Wise Woman Ayurveda. She received her Yoga Teacher Certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2001. Since then, she has studied various traditions with many different Yoga teachers, integrating their methods into her teaching style. Belinda currently lives and works in Silver Spring, Maryland with her family.
Penny Diamanti, Certified Ayurvedic Health Educator (AHE), began practicing yoga and meditation in 1972, but detoured through a decade in government and corporate life before returning home to yoga. She began her studies at Willow Street with Suzie and Joe Miller and continues with Marion Griffin. After completing all of the Teacher Training modules with her primary teacher Rod Stryker, her special interest in Ayurveda led her to further studies, earning her Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist certification from the California College of Ayurveda in early 2012.

Yoga Nidra for the Seasons with Melissa Lindon

Be in harmony with the changing seasons using the gift of Yoga Nidra. Follow nature's way to go deep into the stillness of winter, then emerge into spring with clear vision and a sense of purpose. All levels of experience welcome; workshops may be taken separately. In Takoma Park.

Both workshops

Sat Feb 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM TP $42.00 REGISTER
Sat Mar 21 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM TP

Winter Rest

A restorative Yoga Nidra practice for turning inward, dropping into stillness and deep rest.
Sat Feb 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM TP $25.00 REGISTER

Spring Forward

An energizing Yoga Nidra practice for moving forward with optimism and grace.
Sat Mar 21 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM TP $25.00 REGISTER
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

Psoas Release Party with Jonathan FitzGordon

The psoas muscle is the main hip flexor of the body and the main engine of walking. It is essentially responsible for holding us upright while standing. A free and happy psoas allows the body to move with peak efficiency and little strain. Conversely, issues with the psoas can lead to any number of problems throughout your body-both physical and emotional.

Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and practice, students will:

-Learn the anatomy and physiology of the psoas muscle
-Begin to understand the Iliopsoas group and its core functions in the body
-Practice exercises that release long held chronic tension
-Get the best night's sleep in a decade



Everybody is welcome - no yoga experience is necessary. In Silver Spring.

Psoas Release Party (early bird)

register by Feb 1 to save $15!
Sat Feb 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM SS $75.00 REGISTER

Psoas Release Party

Sat Feb 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM SS $90.00 REGISTER
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.

The Science of the Private Lesson: Full 35 Hour Teacher Training with Francesca Cervero

Do you want to teach more private clients? Do you feel depleted from running all over town teaching tons of group classes? Do you feel drained from teaching the private clients you do have? I hear you! I have been there too. But it doesn't have to be this way.

It is possible to inspire and support meaningful change in your student's lives in a way that is sustainable. Teaching yoga one-on-one requires a different skill set than teaching group classes, and these unique skills are left out of most teacher trainings. In this full 35-hour teacher training you will be empowered to feel and trust your intuition, as well as learn practical and tangible actions you can implement in your teaching right away. Francesca will spill all her biggest secrets on what it takes to build a thriving private practice.

We will cover:
-how to turn a hectic home or busy office into a sacred space for yoga so that you can help your clients feel transported
-how to build trust with your students on every level, so they will open up to you, and real transformation can occur
-how to think on your feet and create sessions that meet your students where they are on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels
-understanding how anatomy can and should affect your teaching (finally, feel confident and anxiety-free when dealing with injuries)
-how to set boundaries (no more stress surrounding money or other sticky trigger points!)
-how to manage the business of yoga like a professional and have consistent, steady income you can count on
-how to manage your energy so you can teach a full schedule of private clients without getting drained or depleted
-how to deal with difficult clients so you fall in love with them and they stop driving you crazy ;-)
-how to manage the intense vulnerability of teaching one on one so you stop feeling nervous with new clients
-how to create long term relationships with clients who are committed to working with you, so you never have to hustle for clients again

Students will receive a training manual, certificate of completion, and eligibility for Continuing Education credits through Yoga Alliance. Spaces in this training are limited to ensure ample attention for all students: you will get a chance to practice teach, and receive immediate and helpful feedback from Francesca.

Would you like to go into your next private session feeling like a pro, with skills that will build your clientele? Register now to secure your spot.

March 1-5, 2015; 9am-5pm (includes a lunch break)
Early birds: register by Feb 6th for only $850 (save $75)! In Silver Spring.

Early bird registration

Register by Feb 6th to save $75!
Sun Mar 1 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS $850.00 REGISTER
Mon Mar 2 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS
Tue Mar 3 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS
Wed Mar 4 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS
Thu Mar 5 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS

Basic registration

Sun Mar 1 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS $925.00 REGISTER
Mon Mar 2 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS
Tue Mar 3 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS
Wed Mar 4 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS
Thu Mar 5 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS
Francesca is a full-time yoga teacher and yoga teacher's mentor. She has been teaching yoga in New York City and Washington, DC since 2005 and the foundation of her teaching practice comes from OM Yoga Center's style of alignment-based vinyasa. Her teaching is also inspired by the years she spent in physical therapy, a deep study of anatomy, and the Buddhist writings of Tara Brach.

Francesca believes that introducing more people to the deeply healing benefits of yoga has the power to completely transform our world and the best way to get more people practicing (mindful, therapeutic) yoga is to raise the bar of professionalism for yoga teachers. She hopes that yoga teaching can be a career path that is respected and allows for sustainable income. She believe that the responsibility is on us as teachers to be worthy of, and demand such respect. It is for this reason she has maintained a thriving business teaching 25 private yoga clients a week and added a full practice teaching and mentoring yoga teachers in The Science of the Private Lesson.

Introduction to the Kettlebell Swing and Press with Marvin King

Sat Mar 7 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER
Join Chief Instructor Marvin King RKC, from the Bowie Kettlebell Club in Bowie, MD, to become acquainted with the art of the Kettlebell. Marvin introduces Authentic Russian Kettlebell technique alongside elements of yoga to show you how Kettlebell practice helps you build strength and improve joint mobility. All you need is bare feet, a bottle of water, and a desire to get stronger! Everybody welcome, but no serious injuries, please. In Silver Spring.
Marvin is a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor (RKC) and is a National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Professional Trainer (CPT). In 2006 Marvin achieved the RKC Level-1 and the following year in 2007 achieved the Level-2 certification from Pavel Tsatsouline, (pioneer and founder of the RKC, Russian Kettlebell Challenge). Marvin is the owner and Chief Instructor of the Bowie Kettlebell Club (BKC) in Bowie, MD. He has been in the fitness arena for many years achieving high ranking in various martial arts and offers a course in Self Protection Training as part of his curriculum at the BKC. Marvin has introduced Kettlebells to;

yoga students - martial artist - runners - strength enthusiast - weekend warriors - and people just looking to get a little more functional body movement out of everyday life.

His unique approach to Kettlebell exercises, proper breathing, and joint mobility has helped many students better understand how Kettlebells can be used to improve yoga strength, running and walking endurance, all purpose flexibility, and proprioception awareness in everyday events.

Marvin has been seen introducing Kettlebells on the "Absolute Body Power Series" aired on Montgomery Co. cable TV. Kettlebells have been here in the US for a little over a decade and the correct usage of the Kettlebells is still hard to come by. The magic is in the detail. That's all we do!

Hips, Hams, & a Happy Low Back! with Rick Fiori

Sat Mar 14 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER
There is a reason why when hip or hamstring openers are announced in a yoga class half the class smiles while half the class groans. They are equally satisfying and challenging. Greater hip flexibility and lengthened hamstrings greatly reduce the risk of low back pain while building integrity in the low back as we age. As hips and hams open, deeply held stress and integrated emotions move through and from the body, while allowing the mind to process feelings and ultimately settle.

We will cover therapeutic techniques that open the body in a way that is mindful and safe, with a thoughtfulness that creates openness and healing. We will begin high, move slow, go upside down, and end low, culminating in meditation, powerful breath work and a juicy savasana. All levels.
After years of struggling with back pain, Rick found Willow Street; since beginning his studies of Anusara Yoga, he remains pain free. This new-found freedom inspires Rick to help people find their own freedom, no matter what form it takes. Rick is a graduate of Willow Street's YTT program and continues to be inspired and seriously impressed by his fellow students and teachers.

Strut Your Stuff in Pincha Mayurasana with Maria Hamburger

Sat Mar 14 2015, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM TP $35.00 REGISTER
Join Maria to work towards this beautiful forearm balance with great shoulder openers, core strengtheners and coordination practice. Pincha Mayurasana is a wonderful pose for opening your upper back, strengthening your shoulder girdle, and showing off your colorful feathers! For students strong Level I/II+. In Takoma Park.
Maria is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and Certified Yoga Teacher.

Maria is a passionate believer in living and embodying a spirited life. She seeks to inspire her students to recognize the light inside themselves and manifest this in their lives, on and off the mat. Maria's progressive teaching style allows each student to experience their fullest capacity within a supportive atmosphere and a playful heart.

Along with Maria's regular teaching schedule she has assisted in the Willow Street Yoga Teacher Training program for the past 5 years and has co - taught in the Willow Street Yoga Immersion program.

Maria seeks to ignite the passion of the journey of yoga from where the richness of ourselves becomes the well from where we experience life.

Balance of Power: Find your Sustainable Center with Emma Magenta and Bernadette Birney

Many of us practice yoga seeking balance. Practically speaking, though - what does that really look like? Does balance entail standing on one foot, or on our hands? Does it mean allocating our time and energy equally across the board of life? (Nope!) Does the heroic approach to balance require becoming more willing to sway in the midst of uncertainty more of the time rather than less? (Probably!) Your body loves balance but may be approximating it in inefficient ways. To truly access the power of your own center, you might have to reach way out of your comfort zone into a realm of wobbles. Emma and Bernadette guide you beyond balance as a pathway to security, and toward balance as an expression of perpetual - but sustainable - evolution.

Full weekend early bird

Register by March 1st to save $15!
Sat Mar 21 2015, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM SS $125.00 REGISTER
Sat Mar 21 2015, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM SS
Sun Mar 22 2015, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM SS
Sun Mar 22 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS

Full weekend

Sat Mar 21 2015, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM SS $140.00 REGISTER
Sat Mar 21 2015, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM SS
Sun Mar 22 2015, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM SS
Sun Mar 22 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS

Take a Stand with Emma Magenta and Bernadette Birney

Yoga is more about the ability to stand strong on your own two feet than the ability to stand on your head. Get your legs back under your pelvis, your pelvis properly tipped - and get back to where you belong. With their signature combination of savvy instruction, creativity and humor, Em and Bern will guide you in an exploration of balance between the front and back of your body, and the inner and outer edges - whether you have two feet solidly on the floor, or only one. All levels.
Sat Mar 21 2015, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM SS $30.00 REGISTER

Courage to Wobble with Emma Magenta and Bernadette Birney

Sometimes balance is holding on. Sometimes it's letting go and riding the wave. How comfortable are you when things shift? In the afternoon, our focus broadens and softens as we re-imagine conventional poses in more fluid, unconventional ways. We'll close the day with yummy floorwork and restorative poses. Prepare for something magical. All levels.
Sat Mar 21 2015, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM SS $30.00 REGISTER

Sacred Asymmetry: Balancing Mobility at your SI Joint with Bern

Ever wonder why yogis are always talking about the sacrum? There should be 3-4 millimeters of movement in the joint where your sacrum meets your pelvis, and its absence or presence impacts your entire body - for better or for worse. We'll look at ways to keep this joint mobile and include techniques that we might not think of as traditional asana. Come with an open mind, prepared to challenge and maybe even dismantle some of your alignment preconceptions. Everybody welcome.
Sun Mar 22 2015, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER

Beyond Kegels: A New Approach to Pelvic Floor Health with Emma

Nobody wants to really talk about what goes on "down there" in the pelvic floor region. The most we learn is that we should be doing Kegels - a lot of them, all the time. However, recent studies have shown that Kegels are only part of the story. Pelvic health throughout our lives requires more than simply muscling through. Join Emma Magenta for a respectful, yet clear exploration of how your yoga practice can awaken and stabilize the root of your body. Everybody welcome.
Sun Mar 22 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER
Bernadette Birney is an idealist trying to look nonchalant in a smart alec suit. She has been teaching yoga for over a decade, and is also a writer, and a coach. Bernadette is known for her knowledge of tantric philosophy, the legends and lore of yoga, the anatomy of asana, surgically precise instruction, humor, and the occasional profanity. Her events are deliberately welcoming - a yoga'tude free zone. Bernadette is committed to the art of life on purpose, and to inspiring people to live their best lives. She has fostered a thriving local yoga community where she continues to mentor the teachers, and lead trainings and retreats. She has contributed to Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Origin Magazine, Elephant Journal, and is the author of a quirky, award-winning blog. Cyberstalk her at www.bernadettebirney.com
Emma writes: "I grew up on a sheep farm in the Flint Hills of Kansas. I attended Bryn Mawr College and later earned a diploma in acupuncture. I've studied hatha yoga and how to teach it for over 12 years with Amy Ippoliti, Christina Sell, Noah Maze, and many others. I study yoga philosophy and history with Douglas Brooks of the University of Rochester, and meditation with Paul Muller-Ortega, formerly of the University of Rochester.

When I took my first yoga class in New York City in 1995, I thought it was really strange and wonderful. It fit me perfectly! When we chanted Om, I thought, 'Yoga has singing - I love to sing!' When we reclined at the end of class, I thought, 'Yoga has resting - I love to rest!' Later, I was blown away to hear the teacher say that life is good, that we are all intrinsically good, and that yoga is a way to experience our goodness. 'Amazing - I believe that too!'

For over a decade, I taught a style of hatha yoga that combined this philosophy of intrinsic goodness with a system of biomechanical alignment. I became an excellent yoga teacher: devoted to my students, well-versed in anatomy and yoga history, and skilled in guiding a class through the rise and fall of a practice. While I loved how affiliation with a specific method validated me, recent challenging circumstances taught me to seek a deeper validation from my own mind and heart. Earlier this year I stepped away from teaching in a particular style, and toward a broader vision of yoga.

This has been an incredible opportunity to unfurl my unique teaching voice, expand my repertoire of practices, and re-dedicate myself to my mission as a yoga teacher. I love to cook, eat, sing, and walk; I love to laugh and fight and make up with loved ones, be outside, read and write, see movies, go swimming, and jump on trampolines. Through yoga, I seek to celebrate and enrich these everyday experiences in my life and the lives of my students."

Yoga for Cancer Support with Lucy Lomax

Sat Mar 21 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER
This workshop is for those with cancer, or those who support cancer survivors in any stage of treatment, healing, or recovery. We focus on gentle yoga poses and relaxing breath practices to bring a sense of grounding and ease into the body/mind. It concludes with iRest(R) Yoga Nidra meditation, an effective tool for managing the stress that living with cancer can entail. In Silver Spring.
Lucy Lomax, E-RYT 500, RPYT, began meditating and practicing yoga in the 70's and teaching yoga in 1999. From 15 years of study in alignment-based yoga, her teaching focuses on anatomy, biomechanics, and integrative body/mind principles. Ever the student, she continues to study practical applications integrating therapeutic alignment-based yoga with Western medical approaches to healing. Lucy is a Certified Warriors at Ease teacher, a Level 1 iRest(R) Yoga Nidra teacher, and a Cancer Exercise Specialist. She focuses on trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation, on adaptive yoga for students with post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, amputation, or other special conditions, and on patients and survivors of cancer.

Yoga and Essential Oils to Smooth Transitions with Natalie Miller and Laura Farr

Fri Apr 17 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER
The journey into Spring is both inspiring and overwhelming: longer, lighter days combined with lingering cold, Winter busyness sustained while Summer looms on the horizon. Yoga and essential oils alike can help you to flow through this tricky season with love, grace, and trust. Natalie leads a steadying yoga practice in which you will experience essential oils in various ways; Laura leads a post-practice discussion on how to choose and use oils to smooth transitions big and small. Yoga experience recommended but not required. In Silver Spring.
Laura is a lover of plants and designs outdoor spaces with the intent of elevating the soul. Essential oils are literally the essence of the plants. She has really enjoyed learning how plants and oils can support us and provide natural solution to our physical, spiritual, mental and emotional lives. Laura has practiced yoga for about 10 years and is excited to bring together the healing modalities of yoga and essential oils.

She has studied horticulture and landscape architecture and has worked in the green industry for 20 years. Currently she has been apprenticing with a shaman and exploring the relationship between the earth and well-being.
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.

Happy Feet: Yoga for Addressing Plantar Fasciitis with Joe Miller

Sat Apr 18 2015, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM SS $30.00 REGISTER
Plantar fasciitis is a remarkably common and challenging-even debilitating-condition. Join Joe to learn more about some of the underlying patterns that may be leading to your pain, and also explore practical tools to help you find relief. Everybody welcome-no yoga experience necessary. In Silver Spring.
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.

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

Sat Apr 25 2015, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM TP $95.00 REGISTER
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.
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.

Yoga. Learn. Practice. Share. Inspiring New Pathways of Freedom, Joy, and Happiness with Moses Brown

The lore of yoga is that it is a body of traditions and knowledge typically passed from person to person by word of mouth. In a Yoga Workshop we are taught through the practice and study of these traditions how to acquire knowledge and skills through experience. We practice becoming aware of something new and different by observation and we learn from our own experience. Yoga is a path and a practice that inspires learning. Nothing to "unlearn", only the creation of new paths of learning.

Yoga learning is about creating new impressions that inspire freedom, joy and happiness in our awareness and in our bodies that compete with old impressions of limitation and constriction in our awareness of ourselves. The more we learn to charge the new pathways, the more we discharge the old. The more we charge the new paths, the easier it is to locate them and to activate them. The less we follow the old paths, the more distantly they recede in our awareness and soon they cease to exist at all.

In these workshops we will empower the quality of giving delight to our own inspired state of learning. We will do this through learning about Yoga Philosophy, practicing those ideas in our asana practice, meditating on them so they can be cultivated more deeply and of course empowering them together as a community by playful interaction and having a lot of fun together. In other words, yoga is meant to be about learning, practicing and sharing together!

Each class will be unique and these two classes are suitable for all levels of yoga practice and can be taken together or as a single class.

Pair of workshops (early bird)

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Sat May 2 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS $80.00 REGISTER
Sun May 3 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS

Pair of workshops

Sat May 2 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS $95.00 REGISTER
Sun May 3 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS

Saturday workshop (early bird)

register by April 1 and save $5!
Sat May 2 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER

Saturday workshop

Sat May 2 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS $50.00 REGISTER

Sunday workshop (early bird)

register by April 1 and save $5!
Sun May 3 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER

Sunday workshop

Sun May 3 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM SS $50.00 REGISTER
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!!