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.

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Living Yoga Summer Project: Yoga for Spacious, Wholehearted Living with Natalie Miller

Sometimes, 21st-century life is so busy, we find ourselves unable to enjoy the life we're working so hard to have. As we hurry and hustle, somewhere deep in our hearts there's a whisper:

Slow down. Breathe. Life is a blessing, and you're missing it.

This Summer Project is part weekly yoga class, part book club, and part deep self-reflection, all designed to help you tackle a big project: figuring out what's keeping you from living wholeheartedly, and what you can do about it.

In 12 weekly meetings plus the spaces between, we will:
-enjoy steadying, balanced yoga and meditation practice to get into our bodies, grounded and clear.
-read Sarah Susanka's book, The Not-So-Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters: one chapter per week.
-use journaling and other self-reflection mediums to dig up the deeply-held beliefs that keep us from honoring our own needs and wants.
-support one another through class discussion and a private (optional) Facebook group.
-commit to integrating, week-by-week, self-honoring practices and habits into everyday life.

This Summer Project includes opportunities to individualize your experience, through participation in August's From Self-Sabatoge to Self-Discovery workshop, and/or a 45-minute private session with Natalie.

Students are invited to make up missed classes in any other WSY class that is level-appropriate; weekly re-cap emails will keep everyone connected with covered material. All additional class registrations are eligible for the special multi-class rate.

This project is a perfect way to take advantage of the slower pace and abundant energy of summer, and to take the insight and inspiration you find in your yoga practice more deeply into your everyday.

June 1-August 17 * Mondays, 7:30-9:15p * Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Mon Jun 1 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Private session with Natalie Miller (date/time TBD): Mon Jun 1 2015, 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM -- Off Site
Mon Jun 8 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Mon Jun 15 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Mon Jun 22 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Mon Jun 29 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Mon Jul 6 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Mon Jul 13 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Mon Jul 20 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Mon Jul 27 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
From Self-Sabotage to Self-Discovery: Yoga and Work with Shadow Selves with Natalie Miller and Beth Charbonneau, LCSW-C: Sat Aug 1 2015, 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM -- TP
Mon Aug 3 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Mon Aug 10 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Mon Aug 17 2015, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Project plus workshop OR Project plus private session — $375.00
REGISTER Project plus workshop AND private session with Natalie — $450.00

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.

Healing Digestive Issues with Yoga and Ayurveda with Maria Hamburger and Belinda Baer

Do you struggle with digestive upset? Constipation? Gas and bloating? Loose stools? Ayurveda considers proper digestion to be the key for living a healthy, long life.

Many digestive issues that seem insurmountable can be addressed with simple diet and lifestyle adjustments. In these workshops, you will discover Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation that help to enkindle the digestive fire, and you will learn Ayurvedic principles to help balance your digestive system.

Classes include recipes, food, and after-class discussions via a Facebook group. We highly encourage students to participate in all 4 sessions if possible! No yoga experience necessary; everyone welcome.

Date, Time and Location

June 17: Agni: Digestive Fire and Transformation: Wed Jun 17 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM -- SS
July 1: The Power of Conscious Eating: Wed Jul 1 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM -- SS
July 15: Eating by the Season and Your Constitution: Wed Jul 15 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM -- SS
July 29: Stoking Mental Digestive Fire: Wed Jul 29 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

* FULL * Whole series — $175.00
REGISTER Single session — $50.00

Instructor(s)

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. Check out her Facebook page: GreatWind Yoga.

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

Sunday, June 28: Sun Jun 28 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- TP
Sunday, July 26: Sun Jul 26 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- TP
Sunday, August 23: Sun Aug 23 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- TP

Registration Options

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

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.

Whole Mama Postpartum Workshops with Michelle Cohen and Jodi Balis, RD

In many cultures, the period of time after birth, called the Fourth Trimester, is one that honors rest, recovery, and support for both mama and baby. There is great potential for healing during this transitional time, yet it also is easy to become isolated and disconnected as you shift from the immense experience of pregnancy and birth to that of everyday motherhood. Join Michelle and Jodi to connect with other mamas and hold space to honor the postpartum period together. Through yoga, energy work, ritual, and self care, participants will acquire tools to help you discover and balance your Whole Mama self.  No yoga experience necessary.  Mamas of all stages welcome. 
Workshops are designed to complement one another and can be taken individually.  In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Whole Mama: Processing Your Birth Experience: Sat Jul 11 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS
Whole Mama: Nurturing Your New Self: Sat Aug 8 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Both sessions — $65.00
REGISTER One session — $40.00

Instructor(s)

Jodi Balis RD has worked with women, children, and families for 12 years as a cooking instructor and community health dietitian. Jodi has a passion for community, connection, and the art of listening, and believes these are powerful tools for healing. After two very different birth experiences, she seeks to honor and nurture the body wisdom that comes from pregnancy and birth. Jodi is trained in Reiki II, Healing Touch, and received the Munay Ki energies, integrating these throughout both of her birth experiences and in the postpartum period, as tools for self support. Jodi is also owner of Red Lentil Consulting, providing coaching to help individuals build foundational cooking and meal planning skills.
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.

iRest: A Comprehensive Method of Meditation for Human Beings with Robin Carnes

iRest, or Integrative Restoration, is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that elicits the relaxation response and restores the healthy functioning of the nervous system, releases negative emotions and thought patterns, and develops a deep capacity to meet any and all life circumstances with clarity and acceptance -- even gratitude. 

Based on ancient yoga nidra, iRest was adapted by Dr. Richard Miller, a clinical psychologist. It is being researched and used extensively by Defense Department and VA, as well as other healthcare settings for problems like insomnia, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, and depression. Because it is a guided practice, it is very accessible to beginners, yet very effective for experienced meditators. 

Date, Time and Location

Sat Jul 11 2015, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $30.00

Instructor(s)

Robin Carnes is an Integrative Restoration (iRest®) instructor who worked for six years as part of a multi-disciplinary Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment program at Walter Reed Medical Center and served as the lead instructor in the Department of Defense's study of iRest Yoga Nidra for service members with PTSD. Her pioneering work using yoga and meditation to combat stress and trauma was honored by the Smithsonian Institution and has been featured in magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post and Yoga Journal, as well as in the award-winning documentary Escape Fire: the Fight to Rescue America's Healthcare.

Refresh: A Whole Foods Seasonal Cleanse with Janice Levitt

Summer is a wonderful time to cleanse, thanks to nature's abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables that keep our bodies cool and hydrated in the hot weather. Join Certified Holistic Health Coach Janice Levitt to get a FRESH START with healthy eating this summer. Here is your chance to be part of a supportive community while you embrace clean eating, deeply nourishing yourself from the inside out. You'll gently re-set your body with seasonal foods and self-care practices, increase your energy, get rid of cravings, try delicious new foods, and uncover hidden food sensitivities.

Supportive aspects of the cleanse include:

-Three meetings at Willow Street Yoga at the beginning, middle, and end of the cleanse to fully support you to succeed. (Meetings are Tuesday evenings, July 14, 21 and 28, 8:00-9:15p, in Takoma Park)
-Guidance, inspiration, 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.

Free Info Session and Healthy Community Potluck - July 7
If you'd like more information about the cleanse, Janice is offering a free info session and picnic on July 7. You'll learn about the benefits of seasonal cleansing with whole foods, learn the four steps of the summer cleanse, meet others who've done the cleanse, and get INSPIRED around healthy eating! Friends, family, and kids welcome.

When: Tuesday, July 7, 7:00-8:30p
Where: Forest Park, Takoma Park
Cost: Free
Bring: a healthy dish to share and a water bottle
Please RSVP to: Janice(at)savorwellness(dot)com

For more information, click here: http://www.savorwellness.com/refresh-cleanse-WSY.

Date, Time and Location

Meeting 1: Tue Jul 14 2015, 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Meeting 2: Tue Jul 21 2015, 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP
Meeting 3: Tue Jul 28 2015, 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Registration — $169.00
REGISTER Discounted registration for participants of Spring 2015 cleanse — $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.

Awakening to Face Climate Change: A Call for Yoga, Spirituality, and Communal Action with Betsey Downing

In this teach-in on climate disruption, Betsey Downing leads us in an exploration of how yoga can inspire in us courageous action. Friday night is a pay-what-you-can yoga and information session benefitting the Chesapeake Climate Action Network; Saturday's daylong workshop delves deeper into the material, and is for personal growth, spiritual activism, and planetary evolution. Sessions may be taken separately, but will be most powerful experienced all together.

Shining Light in Dark Times: The Roles of Yoga, Spirituality, and Community in Facing Climate Disruption
pay what you can (proceeds to the Chesapeake Climate Action Network)

This presentation offers a new look at the biggest threat of darkness that currently faces humanity - unprecedented climate disruption - and the monumental impact yoga could have. The important questions to ask are, "As spiritually mature and emotionally mature practitioners, how can we collectively rise to the historical significance of this moment? How can we turn this crisis into a great opportunity?" Kindred spirits, please join Betsey for an opportunity to address courageously the climate disruption that threatens our planet. Our evening will include light yoga and breathing exercises accessible to all; video clips of the most current climate science; myriad uplifting examples of meaningful actions communities are taking around the world; and discussion of what’s possible. By donation; proceeds will be donated to the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Invoking Your Inner Warrior
We begin with a one-hour discussion of the latest climate change science and what actions we can take to respond, then invoke our inner Spiritual Warriors in a full spectrum workshop including standing poses, back bends, and arm balances, taught in a safe and accessible way. Modifications will be given to suit yogis of all levels.

Envisioning a Bright Future
How do we rise to the historical significance of this moment? We roam in the spaciousness of our heart, to allow a vision of what's possible to flourish, and honor the whispers of our Inner Wisdom. Quiet poses include seated poses, hip openers, pranayama, and meditation; yogis of all levels welcome.

Date, Time and Location

Shining Light in Dark Times: The Roles of Yoga, Spirituality, and Community in Facing Climate Disruption: Fri Jul 24 2015, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM -- SS
Invoking Your Inner Warrior: Sat Jul 25 2015, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- SS
Envisioning a Bright Future: Sat Jul 25 2015, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Friday night — $20.00
REGISTER Both Saturday sessions — $75.00
REGISTER Single Saturday session — $50.00

Instructor(s)

Betsey Downing, Ph.D., E-RYT-500, has been a yoga practitioner since 1972 and a meditator since 1974. Her teaching is a synergy of her core practices of meditation, pranayama, and asana. It is informed by her study of yoga and philosophical texts, writing, reflection, and personal growth work.

Betsey believes that the privilege of teaching demands that the teacher also be a student. In service of that principle she continues her studies with leading scholars and teachers as she has for many decades. Betsey teaches from a deep well of wisdom and practical knowledge, developed over nearly 40 years of teaching and practice. She regards the efficacy of practice to be revealed by the way we live our lives. Betsey's sharing is vibrant with her passion for living a conscious life.

Betsey was one of the first certified teachers in Anusara Yoga, and until her recent resignation, was a leader in the community, serving as co-chairman of the Certification Committee and was one of 12 certified teachers on the Curriculum Committee.

Betsey was the founder of Garden of the Heart Yoga Center in Sarasota, FL, and the Health Advantage Yoga Center in Herndon, VA. Her calling now is to lead workshops and trainings both nationally and internationally, exploring yoga in the broadest context. Betsey holds a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from the University of Virginia. She lives in Lakewood Ranch, FL with her husband Dave and their dog Teddy.

Honoring the Divine Feminine Archetype: A Workshop for Spirited Women of All Ages with Suzie Hurley & Betsey Downing

We are witnessing one of the most amazing shifts of consciousness that the world has ever seen. As the Divine Feminine archetype makes its reappearance we are shifting from competition to cooperation and from separation to connection. In this daylong workshop for spirited women, we'll explore the power of love and why it makes a difference in today's world. We'll offer support and cooperation thorough a variety of partner exercises as we become more integrated in both masculine and feminine approaches to life.

Moving from the Love of Power to the Power of Love
Discover a natural expression of your heart through a spirited practice including standing poses, shoulder openers, and backbends. Level I/II and up.

Balancing our Feminine and Masculine Energies
Find deep balance through revolved poses, hip openers, and forward bends, topped with pranayama and mediation. Level I/II and up.

In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Moving from the Love of Power to the Power of Love: Sun Jul 26 2015, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM -- SS
Balancing our Feminine and Masculine Energies: Sun Jul 26 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Both sessions — $80.00
REGISTER One session — $50.00

Instructor(s)

Betsey Downing, Ph.D., E-RYT-500, has been a yoga practitioner since 1972 and a meditator since 1974. Her teaching is a synergy of her core practices of meditation, pranayama, and asana. It is informed by her study of yoga and philosophical texts, writing, reflection, and personal growth work.

Betsey believes that the privilege of teaching demands that the teacher also be a student. In service of that principle she continues her studies with leading scholars and teachers as she has for many decades. Betsey teaches from a deep well of wisdom and practical knowledge, developed over nearly 40 years of teaching and practice. She regards the efficacy of practice to be revealed by the way we live our lives. Betsey's sharing is vibrant with her passion for living a conscious life.

Betsey was one of the first certified teachers in Anusara Yoga, and until her recent resignation, was a leader in the community, serving as co-chairman of the Certification Committee and was one of 12 certified teachers on the Curriculum Committee.

Betsey was the founder of Garden of the Heart Yoga Center in Sarasota, FL, and the Health Advantage Yoga Center in Herndon, VA. Her calling now is to lead workshops and trainings both nationally and internationally, exploring yoga in the broadest context. Betsey holds a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from the University of Virginia. She lives in Lakewood Ranch, FL with her husband Dave and their dog Teddy.
Suzie Hurley has practiced yoga and meditation since 1977. She holds an Advanced 500 hour Kripalu certificate, studied and practiced the Iyengar system for 16 years and was a Senior Certified Anusara teacher for 14 years. Her 38 years of yoga practice also includes a E-500 RYT hour Certificate from Yoga Alliance. Suzie is the former Director/Owner of the Willow Street Yoga Center in Takoma Park, MD. which she opened in 1994, and sold to her son Joe and daughter in law, Natalie in 2012. Her clear and precise teaching style is balanced with fun and authenticity. Often told that her own essence is joy, Suzie's teaching is enthusiastic and inspirational. You may visit Suzie's website at www.suziehurley.com.

From Self-Sabotage to Self-Discovery: Yoga and Work with Shadow Selves with Natalie Miller and Beth Charbonneau, LCSW-C

We all have a cast of characters within - some we champion, some we tolerate, and some (our shadow selves) we try to deny or ignore. When we try to push our shadow selves away with blame, shame, or denial, we often find them working against our best interests, bringing doubt, negative self-talk, and even self-sabotage. In this workshop, we will invite our shadow selves to be seen and heard in a supportive, playful environment. Through yoga, journaling, meditation, and creative exercises, we will learn to identify and welcome our shadow selves, discovering the strength and insight they have to offer. Everybody welcome - no yoga experience necessary. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Aug 1 2015, 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $75.00

Instructor(s)

Beth Charbonneau, LCSW-C is a psychotherapist in private practice in College Park, Maryland. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned a B.A. cum laude in Theatre Arts after studying at Smith College and Royal Holloway New Bedford College (England) and a Master's in Social Work from Gallaudet University, working primarily with the deaf and hard of hearing population there. In 2006 she was certified in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Over the past 14 years, she has worked in residential treatment with adolescents and in private practice with adults and adolescents and offers experiential group workshops.
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.

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 Aug 1 2015, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per couple — $95.00

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.

Teaching Yoga & Meditation for Anxiety and Trauma: A Certification Training for Yoga Teachers and Continuing Education Training for Therapists and Healthcare Providers with Robin Carnes and Molly Birkholm

The negative effects of anxiety and trauma are a major public health concern and a source of enormous suffering in the world. Cutting-edge clinical research confirms what yogis have knows for thousands of years: yoga practice can help to regulate your nervous system, integrate past traumas held in the body, and allow you to regain a peaceful sense of wholeness.

In this training, yoga teachers will:

-Gain a basic understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma and anxiety-related physical and mental health issues.
-Understand the impact of trauma and anxiety on the nervous system.
-Understand how specific yoga and meditation practices ameloriate the adverse effects of trauma and stress.
-Discover what clinical research has revealed as "best practices" for addressing trauma and anxiety.
-Know how to create a "safe container" for their students.
-Be able to skillfully respond to student's emotional reactions.
-Learn to skillfully choose, introduce, and teach evidence-based asana, breath, and meditation practices for both trauma and anxiety-related symptoms in a variety of populations, including those suffering trauma from accidents; physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; natural disasters; and individuals with general anxiety.

Yoga instructors from all lineages are welcome. Students will receive full certification after completing Part 2, a one-on-one mentorship program that helps integrate the Part 1 training into personal experience. 40 hours of professional training; 40 hours Yoga Alliance CEUs. Therapists and healthcare providers are eligible for 37.5 CEUs granted by the MD Board of Social Work Examiners; therapists outside of MD should confirm that their state board recognizes MD Social Work CEUs. The $25 fee for CEUs is paid in-person, upon completion of CEU paperwork.

In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Monday, Aug 10: Mon Aug 10 2015, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM -- SS
Tuesday, Aug 11: Tue Aug 11 2015, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM -- SS
Wednesday, Aug 12: Wed Aug 12 2015, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM -- SS
Thursday, Aug 13: Thu Aug 13 2015, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM -- SS
Friday, Aug 14: Fri Aug 14 2015, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER $795 tuition — $795.00

Instructor(s)

Molly Birkholm (Madhavi) is an advanced Sivananda yoga teacher (RYT 500) and a certified Integrative Restoration (iRest®) Instructor. She is the co-founder and director of the Yoga Center of Key Biscayne, an affiliated Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Key Biscayne, Florida, and the creator of four Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation CDs. Molly is one of the co-founders of Warriors at Ease, a non-profit organization that trains and certifies yoga and meditation teachers to teach in military communities. She taught yoga and meditation for four years at the US Department of Veterans Affairs to over 1,000 war veterans.
Robin Carnes is an Integrative Restoration (iRest®) instructor who worked for six years as part of a multi-disciplinary Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment program at Walter Reed Medical Center and served as the lead instructor in the Department of Defense's study of iRest Yoga Nidra for service members with PTSD. Her pioneering work using yoga and meditation to combat stress and trauma was honored by the Smithsonian Institution and has been featured in magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post and Yoga Journal, as well as in the award-winning documentary Escape Fire: the Fight to Rescue America's Healthcare.

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 Samahita 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 Samahita 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.

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.

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/.