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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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.

Date, Time and Location

January 11: Awaken the Inner Energies of Healing: Sun Jan 11 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM -- TP
February 8: Love Yourself Inside and Out: Sun Feb 8 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM -- TP
March 15: Improve Digestion, Physical and Mental: Sun Mar 15 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM -- TP
April 12: Move from Stress to Happiness: Sun Apr 12 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER All four sessions — $135.00
REGISTER Awaken the Inner Energies of Healing — $40.00
REGISTER Love Yourself Inside and Out — $40.00
REGISTER Improve Digestion, Physical and Mental — $40.00
REGISTER Move from Stress to Happiness — $40.00

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.

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. In Takoma Park.

Please note: due to weather, the February session has been rescheduled for March 14th.

Date, Time and Location

January: Diaphragm, Ribs, and Quadratus Lumborum: Sat Jan 24 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP
February: IT Band, Quads, Knees, and Hamstrings (Rescheduled): Sat Mar 14 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP
March: Psoas: Sat Mar 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP
April: Piriformis and Glutes: Sat Apr 25 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER All four sessions — $120.00
REGISTER January: Diaphragm, Ribs, and Quadratus Lumborum — $40.00
REGISTER February: IT Band, Quads, Knees, and Hamstrings — $40.00
REGISTER March: Psoas — $40.00
REGISTER April: Piriformis and Glutes — $40.00

Instructor(s)

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

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

January: Sun Jan 25 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- TP
February: Sun Feb 22 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- TP
March: Sun Mar 29 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- TP
April: Sun Apr 26 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER All four sessions — $100.00
REGISTER 3 sessions: January, February, March — $80.00
REGISTER 3 sessions: January, February, April — $80.00
REGISTER 3 sessions: January, March, April — $80.00
REGISTER 3 sessions: February, March, April — $80.00
REGISTER 2 sessions: January, February — $60.00
REGISTER 2 sessions: January, March — $60.00
REGISTER 2 sessions: January, April — $60.00
REGISTER 2 sessions: February, March — $60.00
REGISTER 2 sessions: February, April — $60.00
REGISTER 2 sessions: March, April — $60.00
REGISTER January only — $35.00
REGISTER February only — $35.00
REGISTER March only — $35.00
REGISTER April only — $35.00

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.

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. Early online registration recommended. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

February: Sun Feb 15 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM -- TP
March: Sun Mar 22 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM -- TP
April: Sun Apr 19 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER All three sessions — $60.00
REGISTER 2 sessions: February, March — $45.00
REGISTER 2 sessions: February, April — $45.00
REGISTER 2 sessions: March, April — $45.00
REGISTER February only — $25.00
REGISTER March only — $25.00
REGISTER April only — $25.00

Instructor(s)

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

In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Part I: Fundamental Practices & Daily Routines for Rejuvenation: Sat Feb 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM -- TP
Part II: Practices to Promote Ease, Calm, Clarity, and Sleep: Sat Mar 28 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM -- TP
Part III: Foods & Practices to Improve Digestion & Balance Weight: Sat Apr 25 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER All three sessions — $95.00
REGISTER Part I: Fundamental Practices and Daily Routines for Rejuvenatio — $40.00
REGISTER Part II: Practices to Promote Ease, Calm, Clarity, and Sleep — $40.00
REGISTER Part III: Foods and Practices to Improve Digestion and Balance — $40.00

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.
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.

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

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.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Mar 28 2015, 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $295.00

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.

Revitalize: A 14-Day Whole Foods Cleanse to Nourish Mind, Body, and Spirit with Janice Levitt

How are you feeling these days?

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

Join Certified Holistic Health Coach Janice Levitt to hit the reset button on your diet and get a FRESH START with healthy eating this spring. Here is your chance to embrace clean eating and get rid of sugar and processed foods for two weeks, nourishing yourself from the inside out. You'll gently detox your body with fresh, seasonal foods and self-care practices, increase your energy, get rid of cravings, and uncover hidden food sensitivities. This seasonal cleanse helps you release toxins and feel great heading into the spring.

What's included?

In this 14-day guided cleanse, you'll get all the support and information you need to succeed, via:

-Three meetings at Willow Street Yoga at the beginning, middle, and end of the cleanse to fully support you to succeed. (Meetings are Saturday mornings, April 18, April 25, and May 2, 9:30-10:45 a.m, in Silver Spring)
-Guidance, inspiration, support, and accountability with Janice
-The Savor Wellness Cleanse Guide with all the information you need (60+ pages)
-A Recipe Book with delicious, healthy meals and tips on where to buy ingredients at reasonable prices (60+ pages)
-Time-saving sample meal plans and done-for-you shopping lists
-Supportive daily emails that inspire and empower you to take charge of your health
-Daily support from Janice and your cleansing community in a private Facebook group to answer questions, share experiences, and cheer each other on.

What benefits do cleansers often experience?

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

To learn more, join Janice for a FREE informational call on March 26 at 8p (please email Janice at janice(at)savorwellness(dot)com for call information). Registration by April 11 is strongly encouraged, so that cleansers have all their materials in advance, and a week to prepare.

For more information, please click here.

Date, Time and Location

First Meeting: Sat Apr 18 2015, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM -- SS
Second Meeting: Sat Apr 25 2015, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM -- SS
Third Meeting: Sat May 2 2015, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Revitalize: A 14-Day Whole Foods Cleanse — $169.00

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.

Happy Feet: Yoga for Addressing Plantar Fasciitis with Joe Miller

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.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Apr 18 2015, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $30.00

Instructor(s)

Joe Miller, E-RYT500, draws upon his 20 years of yogic exploration and study of anatomy to recognize and celebrate our endless potential to align with the intelligence of the body. With humor and lots of individualized attention, Joe uses his deep understanding of Hatha Yoga, Tantric Philosophy, and Ayurveda to give students practical tools to experience fully this gift of life. Joe co-leads Willow Street's Teacher Training program, and continues to deepen his own practice by studying with his principal teachers and his amazing family.

Labor with Love: Yoga, Positioning and 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 Apr 25 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.

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. In Silver Spring.

Early Birds: register by April 1 for discounted rates!

Date, Time and Location

Saturday Practice: Sat May 2 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM -- SS
Sunday Practice: Sun May 3 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Pair of workshops (early bird) — $80.00
REGISTER Pair of workshops — $95.00
REGISTER Saturday workshop (early bird) — $45.00
REGISTER Saturday workshop — $50.00
REGISTER Sunday workshop (early bird) — $45.00
REGISTER Sunday workshop — $50.00

Instructor(s)

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