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.

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

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 three sessions

Sun Sep 14 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $75.00 REGISTER
Sun Oct 12 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Nov 9 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

September and October

Sun Sep 14 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $55.00 REGISTER
Sun Oct 12 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

September and November

Sun Sep 14 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $55.00 REGISTER
Sun Nov 9 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

October and November

Sun Oct 12 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $55.00 REGISTER
Sun Nov 9 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

September only

Sun Sep 14 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER

October only

Sun Oct 12 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER

November only

Sun Nov 9 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $30.00 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.

Deepen Your Meditation Practice through Yoga Nidra 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 Sep 21 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $60.00 REGISTER
Sun Oct 19 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP
Sun Nov 23 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP

September and October

Sun Sep 21 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $45.00 REGISTER
Sun Oct 19 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP

September and November

Sun Sep 21 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $45.00 REGISTER
Sun Nov 23 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP

October and November

Sun Oct 19 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $45.00 REGISTER
Sun Nov 23 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP

September only

Sun Sep 21 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $25.00 REGISTER

October only

Sun Oct 19 2014, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM TP $25.00 REGISTER

November only

Sun Nov 23 2014, 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

Pilates with Props! Magic Circle and Triad Ball Fun with Roberta Stiehm

This workshop uses two popular Pilates Props, the TRIAD BALL and the MAGIC CIRCLE Using these props for stability, coordination, and focus really takes you to a new level in your Pilates workout-and is lots of fun too!

For Pilates students level I/II and up. Balls and Circles will be provided, but please bring your own if you have them. In Silver Spring.

Please note: The October workshop has moved from Oct. 12 to Oct. 19.

Both workshops

Sun Oct 19 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER
Sun Nov 9 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SS

October only

Sun Oct 19 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER

November only

Sun Nov 9 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER
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.

Embodying the Wisdom of Yoga: A Weekend of Intensive Study with Noah Maze

Willow Street happily hosts Noah Maze for a weekend that empowers students and teachers to bring yoga's age-old wisdom into the embodied present.

In Silver Spring.

Full weekend (Teacher Intensive plus Gita Immersion)

Fri Oct 24 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SS $270.00 REGISTER
Fri Oct 24 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM SS
Fri Oct 24 2014, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM SS
Sat Oct 25 2014, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM SS
Sat Oct 25 2014, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM SS
Sun Oct 26 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SS

Full Teacher Intensive

The yoga tradition offers a wide and deep ocean of wisdom, filled with symbolism, mythic narrative, and iconography. The symbolism and mythology of yoga's spiritual tradition add layers of meaning to practice, and help students to deepen their understanding of yoga, and of themselves.

In this day-long training, we dive into this ocean of wisdom and become familiar with some of the tradition's fundamental stories and symbolism. We explore ways skillfully to weave yoga's big ideas into everyday asana instruction, and finally, we experience all this theory in practice through Noah's evening asana class.

Open to teachers, teachers-in-training, and dedicated students. Full day registration strongly recommended!
Fri Oct 24 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SS $160.00 REGISTER
Fri Oct 24 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM SS
Fri Oct 24 2014, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM SS

Full Bhagavadgita Immersion

Our ability to be with "what is" determines our capacity to engage and affect the circumstances we face. In the Bhagavadgita, the otherwise indomitable warrior Arjuna finds himself faced with a paralyzing choice, and at last learns he must converse with a wisdom greater than his own conscience in order to move forward. Arjuna's interlocutor and teacher, Krishna Vasudeva, is a prince and confidante serving in the role of humble charioteer. What remains to be seen is what more Krishna reveals himself to be, inspiring Arjuna to act, understand, and commit to being his fullest self.

Noah weaves key ideas from the Bhagavadgita into empowering, inspiring practices for students Level I/II+. Full weekend registration highly recommended; add Friday night's introductory practice for just $20!
Sat Oct 25 2014, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM SS $140.00 REGISTER
Sat Oct 25 2014, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM SS
Sun Oct 26 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SS

All practice sessions (Friday evening plus Gita Immersion)

Fri Oct 24 2014, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM SS $160.00 REGISTER
Sat Oct 25 2014, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM SS
Sat Oct 25 2014, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM SS
Sun Oct 26 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SS

Teacher Int Pt I: Stories of the Poses

We explore the stories and symbolism behind the postures you may teach or practice. We’ll examine tales that correspond with yoga poses, and explore the impact of story and myth in our experience of yoga. Our discussion will include a background in folklore and oral traditions of interpretation and commentary.
Fri Oct 24 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SS $60.00 REGISTER

Teacher Int P. II: Conscious Use of Myth & Metaphor in Teaching

As experiential educators, yoga teachers facilitate the theatre of mind, body and heart. We have the opportunity to teach to every learning style and to explore the analytic and creative sides of our brains. In this workshop we navigate and study practical educational theory and experiential education methodology, with focus on applying this to teaching yoga. We create a tapestry of step-by-step postural instruction with evocative power of metaphor and myth at the forefront. We'll also dive into the rigor of philosophical thought and find practical ways for you to bring some of these larger concepts to your broader teaching. Let's face it, if you have been teaching for a while, it is a lot of downward facing dog. Spark your deeper interest and creativity, and your students will learn WAY MORE.
Fri Oct 24 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM SS $80.00 REGISTER

Embodying Mythic Consciousness: A Full-Spectrum Practice

Join Noah for an evening of asana that weaves yoga's rich and age-old mythology into excellent modern postural instruction, so that together we bring the yoga tradition to life. For students Level I/II+.
Fri Oct 24 2014, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM SS $40.00 REGISTER

Gita: Skill in Action: Standing Poses and Backbends

Krishna tells us that we are always acting-even not-choosing is a choice-and yoga means learning to act well. Inspired by the teachings of Karma Yoga, this session builds strength and openness in a steady, creative sequence that includes standing poses and moves into backbends.
Sat Oct 25 2014, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM SS $55.00 REGISTER

Gita: On the Field of Dharma: Hip Openers, Forward Bends, Twists

Inspired by 1:1 of the Gita, we gather to experience the story embodied. Forward bends, hip openers, twists and inversions conspire to bring you deeply into your seat. Step onto the field of mind, body and heart, where dharma must be brought to bear on the circumstances of life.
Sat Oct 25 2014, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM SS $55.00 REGISTER

Gita: Evenness of Mind: New Access to Arm Balancing Poses

Inspired by teachings of Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga, this session challenges your evenness in standing and arm balancing poses. We seek progress in expansion and honor truth in limitation with progressive sequencing, stages, the use of props and the application of achievable modifications will be provided for all levels of yogi. In the whirlwind of life, the yogi must create a deeper residing steadiness, a presence of mind and engagement of heart.
Sun Oct 26 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SS $55.00 REGISTER
Every once in awhile you encounter a yoga instructor whose teachings are so magical, your practice is transformed forever. Noah Mazé is one such teacher. For years Noah has been recognized as among the most advanced of yoga practitioners and an accomplished teacher of yoga teachers. Today, with his ever-evolving and brilliant insights into yoga, Noah is now regarded as one of yoga’s greatest teachers no matter what style of yoga you embrace. His fierce and compassionate dedication to yoga inspires and holds space for students to journey deeper into body, heart, mind, and spirit than they ever could have imagined. Noah founded Noah Mazé Yoga in 2003 and YOGAMAZÉ in Los Angeles, California in 2012. Noah began practicing yoga at age 14, studying with Richard Freeman, Pattabhi Jois, and senior Iyengar yoga teacher Manouso Manos. Noah also studies with Tantric scholar Douglas R. Brooks in the Srividya lineage of Rajanaka Yoga. Noah teaches internationally and online and lives with his family in Los Angeles. Learn more about Noah www.yogamaze.net . Take Noah’s classes: www.yogaglo.com www.yogaglo.com

Yoga and Meditation to Support Life's Changes with Daisy Whittemore and Tom Forhan

Sat Nov 8 2014, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM SS $30.00 REGISTER
At some point, we all have to deal with change. We have to face the end of something, whether a relationship, a season, a job, or moving away from something that no longer serves us. These transitions can be hard, but yoga offers many tools to help us cope with life's changes, big and small. In this workshop, Daisy moves us through a smooth and flowing asana practice, and Tom teaches breath-work techniques and leads us through a guided meditation, all geared toward helping you move forward in your life with ease and grace. Geared to students at Level I/II and above, but open to those that have completed at least one full session of yoga. 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.

Empowered Therapeutics with Maria Cristina Jimenez

Willow Street happily hosts Maria Cristina, E-RYT500 and Certified Rolfer(TM), for a weekend of workshops to expand your self-knowing, hone your awareness, and transform your practice. Maria Cristina's presentation of anatomy is fresh, experiential, and awe-inspiring; her approach to therapeutics eschews dogma and encourages self-empowerment. In showing students there’s no one "right" way to approach yoga practice, Maria Cristina enables deep, fulfilling self-discovery. Full-weekend registration encouraged, but not required. In Silver Spring.

Full weekend

Early birds: register by November 1 for $160 (save $25)!
Fri Nov 14 2014, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM SS $160.00 REGISTER
Sat Nov 15 2014, 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM SS
Sat Nov 15 2014, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM SS
Sun Nov 16 2014, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM SS

Full weekend

Fri Nov 14 2014, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM SS $185.00 REGISTER
Sat Nov 15 2014, 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM SS
Sat Nov 15 2014, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM SS
Sun Nov 16 2014, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM SS

The Breath

It all begins, ends, and is sustained by our breath. However there are many misconceptions about breath and breathing. On our first evening together, we focus on learning basic and fascinating anatomy about our breath, our lungs, our diaphragm muscle (as well as the other diaphragms of the body), our ribs, and thoracic spine. Having awareness about our anatomy literally inspires us to deepen our connection to the breath, in a non-forceful way. There will be some lecture, partner work, individual work, and yoga. We'll end in a restorative pose.
Fri Nov 14 2014, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM SS $40.00 REGISTER

Upper Body

On Saturday we explore the upper body in the first afternoon session, and the lower body in the second afternoon session.

We learn basic anatomy about these incredibly important parts of the body that are often injured and/or tight, via lecture, partner & individual work. We'll spend time learning how to retrain and repattern habits which no longer serve us, as well as learning alignment based on a deep understanding of anatomy, coupled with reverence towards our own bodies. Maria's intention is that students leave the workshop feeling empowered with knowledge and awareness on how to best move and inhabit their own bodies, recognizing that there is not just one way to align.
Sat Nov 15 2014, 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM SS $55.00 REGISTER

Lower Body

Sat Nov 15 2014, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM SS $55.00 REGISTER

The Fluid Body

Our body, just like our planet, is mostly water. Yet often in practice we "hold" our poses rigidly, practicing exactly the same way. Then we sit in meditation with "stillness" forgetting that movement is indeed our essence. In this last workshop together, we learn about our intrinsic muscles, which are the deeper muscles literally designed to help our posture. We'll practice turning the intrinsic muscles "on", and how paradoxically that wavering & fluidity brings greater stability to the yoga asanas. We explore our sense of sight and play with our gaze as a way of tuning into the subcortical brain and feeling more of the back body. We'll see how we can take this knowledge off the mat, and apply it into out day-to-day life, where the real yoga happens.
Sun Nov 16 2014, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM SS $55.00 REGISTER
Maria Cristina Jimenez (ERYT 500; RYT 500) has been teaching yoga since 2001. Now teaching alignment-based, "anatomy-conscious" Hatha yoga, she was a Certified Anusara teacher, a style she taught for 10 years.

Maria Cristina was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her fascination with the body started when she fractured her pelvis, spine, arm, ribs, and other parts of her anatomy as a teenager. It led her to yoga and to its innate healing power. She's worked extensively with, and is deeply influenced by, Integral Anatomy's Gil Hedley, Ph.D., studying the human form (even doing several cadaver dissections); studied Body-Mind Centering (TM); and has taken numerous Pre-Med courses at UCLA. She is currently enrolled at the Rolfing Institute of Structural Integration. She also treats clients in myofascial release and bodywork.

In addition to her public classes at yoga studios in the Valley and LA, Maria has co-taught over 10 different Teacher Trainings and Immersions. She works with students and private clients at every level of experience. Maria studies with many teachers, but no gurus. Her teachers include her students, her yoga practice, cadavers, nature, myriad books, and this moment: right here, right now. More at MariaCristinaYogi.com.

Breathe into Backbends with Maria Hamburger

Sat Nov 22 2014, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM TP $35.00 REGISTER
Backbends energize your body, open your heart, and enhance the flow of oxygen in your upper trunk. This workshop offers you a strong foundation from which to practice backbends in a safe and playful manner. For students 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.

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

Sat Nov 22 2014, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SS $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, 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. 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.

Burn the Bird with Paul and Sommer Sobin

Fri Nov 28 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER
Sommer and Paul Sobin return from the wilds of North Carolina for this annual Willow Street Thanksgiving tradition our 11th annual Burn the Bird! Give thanks to yourself on the mat and celebrate the abundance of life with this invigorating asana class. This full-spectrum practice will be a smorgasbord of all the delicious flavors that yoga has to offer. Be prepared to sweat and laugh. This workshop is best suited for Levels I/II+, and fills quickly, so sign up now! In Takoma Park.
Sommer and Paul Sobin, Certified Anusara Yoga instructors, are devoted to sharing the elegant teachings of yoga through the sophisticated lens of Anusara Yoga's philosophy, alignment and life affirming vision. They live and teach local classes, Immersion programs, and Anusara Yoga Teacher Training programs in the beautiful community of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Sommer and Paul also teach on the road across the country and internationally.

Karma Yoga at Shepherd's Table

Sat Dec 6 2014, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER
In the spirit of compassion and community, join us to help prepare and serve brunch at Shepherd's table, a non-profit organization in downtown Silver Spring that provides meals, social services and medical support to those in need. We'll do a little yoga to get energized and centered in the beginning. A great opportunity to give back to our community and spend some off the mat time with each other. All levels welcome, Ages 14+.

All proceeds will be donated to Shepherd's Table.
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.

Early Morning Pajamarama Yoga with Maria Hamburger

Sun Dec 7 2014, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM TP $10.00 REGISTER
Join Maria Hamburger for a light hearted and energizing yoga class to jump start your morning of holiday shopping. Come in your PJ's and get an additional 10% off you Pajamarama shopping.

All- levels, Teens & Adults, jammies encouraged, and make-ups accepted!

To find our more about Main Street Takoma's annual Pajamarama event visit mainstreettakoma.org/.
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.

Embodying Sri: A ParaYoga(R) Intensive with Rod Stryker

Willow Street is honored and excited to host Rod Stryker for three days of empowering, generative practice. Friday's session is a first-ever follow-up to Stryker's acclaimed Yoga of Fulfillment and Four Desires work; Saturday and Sunday's Tantra Yoga sessions include theory, asana, meditation, and Yoga Nidra practice.

Please note the following pre-requisites:
- To attend Friday's session, students must have either taken the Yoga of Fulfillment training or completed the Four Desires book exercises.
- To attend Sunday's session, students must take the Saturday session.
- Limited Saturday-only registrations may be available, space-permitting; please contact [email protected] for more information.

Living the Four Desires: Rekindling Your Life of Purpose and Passion Friday, Dec 12
Anyone who has worked through Yogarupa Rod Stryker's The Four Desires-whether in a workshop or through his book-has experienced the life-changing power of the process. Its core work moves you into jnana yoga (the yoga of knowledge), inviting you to embody the essence of yoga; in other words, to live your yoga and discover all that it means to be most fully yourself.

Understanding your soul's purpose (Dharma Code), intensifying your resolve (sankalpa), and unearthing the deep seated patterns (vikalpas) that keep you from fully being yourself is not only immensely rewarding and energizing, it leads you to fulfill your life's purpose.

However, at different points in the process, almost everyone will be challenged to continue along this profound trajectory.

It is easy to lose momentum, get lost in your busyness, or get distracted as your circumstances shift. Enjoying the greatest success, and truly manifesting your gifts, requires staying connected to the process, applying new insights, continuing to re-prioritize your core values and/or simply resting and connecting to your heart's desire. In short, your continued fulfillment depends on your ability to reflect, reconnect, and adjust.

In this exclusive offering, students who have completed the Yoga of Fulfillment, or worked through The Four Desires book, are invited to this special all-day workshop with Yogarupa. In it, he will lead a day of practices and insights to guide you into Vedic wisdom, give you new revelations about the process, fortify your resolve and rekindle your commitment to living your fullest lives. He will also address individual questions as they relate to the process and the teachings on how you affect your karma, through the teaching of karma chakra (the cycle of mind and action).

This gathering at Willow Street will also be an invaluable opportunity to connect with a powerful group of like-minded seekers and yogis, to re-spark your connection to Yogarupa (and more importantly, to yourself), and to start the newest and most positive chapter in your life.

Tantra Yoga: The Path of Beauty and Bliss Saturday and Sunday, Dec 13-14

Tantra offers a complete and far-reaching approach to Yoga, seamlessly weaving Yoga's diverse practices into a practice and philosophy that encourages us to experience and, more importantly, to embody the Sacred. In this 2-day workshop, led by Yogarupa Rod Stryker, one of the West's leading and most respected yoga teachers, we dive deep into the well of Tantra through the teachings of Sri Vidya-Tantra's most sublime approach. Through practice and theory, Rod leads us through the key teachings and practices for unlocking Sri—resplendence, power and illumination. We work with Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), and use asana and breath to open the portals to the energetic body and engage the mind to enter into the profound practices that awaken Divine potential.

Both days include theory, dynamic asana sequences, accessible pranayama and tantric meditation practices, and Yoga Nidra. All levels welcome.

Early birds: register by November 15 for $250 (save $45)!

Sushumna Vinyasa: Awakening the Sacred Channel Saturday, Dec 13
According to Tantra, the spine-and more specifically, the energy channel inside it, called Sushumna—is the abode of our soul’s untapped potential and a direct link to spirit. In this session we move through two yoga practices. The first builds stillness, clarity and stability: an essential foundation for the journey of Tantra. The second awakens the central channel and unlocks the spiritual energy that resides within it. This session includes a Yoga Nidra practice. (Please note: this session is a prerequisite for Sunday).

Sri Vidya: The Science of the Sacred Sunday, Dec 14
According to Tantra, the ultimate aim of practice is to embody Sri: the all-pervasive wave of beauty and bliss that is the source of life. This session features two yoga practices as well as Yoga Nidra, leading to a oneness with the innate and all-encompassing beauty, joy, capacity, and freedom that is the soul of the universe.
(Please note: the Saturday session is a prerequisite for this session).

In Silver Spring.

Full weekend

Early birds: register by November 15 for only $385 (save $65)!
Fri Dec 12 2014, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM SS $385.00 REGISTER
Sat Dec 13 2014, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS
Sun Dec 14 2014, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM SS

Full weekend

Fri Dec 12 2014, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM SS $450.00 REGISTER
Sat Dec 13 2014, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS
Sun Dec 14 2014, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM SS

Friday only

Early birds: register by November 15 for only $160 (save $15)!
Fri Dec 12 2014, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM SS $160.00 REGISTER

Friday only

Fri Dec 12 2014, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM SS $175.00 REGISTER

Tantra Yoga: The Path of Beauty and Bliss

Early birds: register by November 15 for only $250 (save $45)!
Sat Dec 13 2014, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS $250.00 REGISTER
Sun Dec 14 2014, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM SS

Tantra Yoga: The Path of Beauty and Bliss

Sat Dec 13 2014, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM SS $295.00 REGISTER
Sun Dec 14 2014, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM SS
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.

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 http://wishesforelliott.org/.

Basic registration

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

I can give a little more

Sun Dec 21 2014, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM SS $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.

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.

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.

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.