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.

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.

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, or check out the recorded information call (605-781-0009 access code 466039, reference number 21).

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

* FULL * 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.

The Yoga of Resilience: A Warriors at Ease Fundraiser

The mission of Warriors at Ease is to bring the healing powers of yoga and meditation to military communities around the world, especially those affected by trauma. Join us for short films, a discussion of the efficacy of yoga and meditation in healing the wounds of war, and an iRest meditation led by Robin Carnes, Executive Director of WAE. Show your support. Learn how you can help.

For more information, visit warriorsatease.org or email info@warriorsatease.org.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Apr 25 2015, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $35.00
REGISTER I can give a little more — $45.00

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.

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!!

Memorial Day Body Positive with Natalie Miller

In Body Positive, we warm up with vinyasa, build strength with creative, meticulously aligned exercises to isolate, tone, and strengthen muscles, then stretch and settle with more yoga and breathwork. An eclectic playlist inspires us along! For sweat-loving, adventurous yogis with no injuries. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Mon May 25 2015, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $20.00

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.

JourneyDance (TM) with Toni Bergins

JourneyDance (TM): Embody, Empower, Express, Elevate
Activate your imagination and join JourneyDance (TM) creator Toni Bergins, as she utilizes diverse forms of freestyle improvisational dance, ritual, theater, and shamanism to a soundtrack of inspiring world music, creating a barefoot ecstatic celebration of the human spirit. JourneyDance (TM)is a dynamic conscious dance form that combines freestyle and guided movement to inspire you to get out of your mind and into your body. In this workshop, you'll embark on a ritual journey of physical and emotional transformation - a deep, personal exploration into a more loving and intimate relationship with body, mind, and energy. Through breath, sweat, and expression, you gain a palpable experience of yourself as pure powerful energy. Reveal, re-discover, and revel in your natural intuitive movement. Everybody welcome.

How Conscious Movement Sparks Deep Healing
Toni follows up your JourneyDance™ experience with an hour-long discussion about What Just Happened: the power of dance and movement to help us heal, transform, and find freedom.

$40 by May 24 / $50 after (reg includes both the dance and the talk). In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

JourneyDance™: Embody, Empower, Express, Elevate: Sun May 31 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM -- SS
How Conscious Movement Sparks Deep Healing: Sun May 31 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Early Bird (save $10 by May 24) — $40.00
REGISTER Registration — $50.00

Instructor(s)

Toni Bergins, MEd, has been developing JourneyDance™ since 1997. She has now touched the lives of more than 75,000 people through her classes and workshops. She believes that movement has a power to transform by bringing people back in touch with their innate energy and creative compassionate wisdom. Toni has a light sense of humor, a deep wild passion and authenticity that makes JourneyDance™ accessible to all. She has produced a popular instructional JourneyDance™ CD, clothing line, and set of Love Your Body! Love Your Life! cards. She has been featured in Yoga Magazine and FitnessRx. Toni leads a growing team of over 200 JourneyDance™ Teachers internationally and continues to offer classes and workshops worldwide.

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.

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. This program will fill; please register early to secure your spot.

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: 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.

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

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

Date, Time and Location

Sat Jun 13 2015, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM -- SS

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 & Pranayama for Asthma with Sheree Mullen

Learn and practice yoga postures and breathing that can help asthma symptoms, and what can aggravate them. No yoga experience necessary. Experienced yogis and teachers also welcome. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Sun Jun 14 2015, 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $30.00

Instructor(s)

Sheree believes strongly in the power of yoga to transform the mind, the body and the spirit. Her fun, enthusiastic and playful teaching style is balanced by her knowledge of alignment, meditation, breathwork and the therapeutic benefits of the practice; all offered with clarity and inspiration. She has been teaching yoga for 13 years, has trained in ParaYoga, Anusara yoga, is a RYT, and continues her studies with Rod Stryker and many others. She has a Masters in health education, is the mother of three daughters, a dog and has trouble matching her socks. www.shereeyogini.com.

Sankalpa: Creating Your Intention and Making It Real with Tom Forhan

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

Date, Time and Location

Sun Jun 14 2015, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $50.00

Instructor(s)

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

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

REGISTER 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.

Solstice Yoga and Acupuncture with Francesca Cervero and acupuncturists from The Still Point

Join yoga teacher Francesca Cervero and acupuncturists from The Still Point for an All Levels Flow and extended savasana meditation led by Francesca. Acupuncture* during savasana is designed to open circulation, reduce stagnation, and help you connect with your source. Everyone welcome.

*About the Acupuncture Treatment:
Four Gates, a combination of two bilateral acupuncture points on the feet and hands, opens up circulation throughout the entire body, addressing symptoms of stagnation such as menstrual irregularities, constipation, or feelings of frustration and being stuck in life. Also offered is the Governor Vessel 20 point on the top of the head, to stimulate and sharpen mental faculties, increasing alertness and presence. Open, present, focused and alert—a perfect complement to post yoga bliss!

Date, Time and Location

Sat Jun 20 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $40.00

Instructor(s)

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. www.francescacervero.com.

Strengthening Intuition, Sparking Creativity with Joy Kirstin

We step outside time and into the landscape of the soul—using guided meditation, Yoga Nidra, and specific writing explorations (drawing if you prefer) to quell the busy mind and open to deepest wisdom. Come with a question/issue that's been weighing on you, or see what arises on the day. You'll emerge with a next step to take and internal guidance on how to best support yourself going forward. Everyone welcome—bring writing or drawing supplies. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Jun 20 2015, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $40.00

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

Cooling Off & Tuning In with Sheree Mullen

Take a break from the summer heat, the job, kids, dog, yard work... take a mini vacation to restore & refuel AFTER the vacation! We will focus on poses and practices that foster introspection, quiet the body and mind, lengthen spine and hamstrings, open the hips, and support your body in deep relaxation. For students with at least one session of Yoga I. In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sun Jun 21 2015, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $30.00

Instructor(s)

Sheree believes strongly in the power of yoga to transform the mind, the body and the spirit. Her fun, enthusiastic and playful teaching style is balanced by her knowledge of alignment, meditation, breathwork and the therapeutic benefits of the practice; all offered with clarity and inspiration. She has been teaching yoga for 13 years, has trained in ParaYoga, Anusara yoga, is a RYT, and continues her studies with Rod Stryker and many others. She has a Masters in health education, is the mother of three daughters, a dog and has trouble matching her socks. www.shereeyogini.com.

Mind-Body Skills for Anxiety and Stress with Robin Carnes

The human nervous system wasn't designed for the kind of 24/7 stimulation of today's world. Many people experience symptoms of overstimulation such as anxiety, insomnia, worry, overwhelm, and headaches. Pharmaceuticals provide some relief, however in many cases they don't address the underlying cause of the suffering -- a hyper-aroused nervous system. Fortunately, you can learn evidence-based methods to alleviate these symptoms, and improve your nervous system's functioning. In this workshop we will practice simple, easy to learn exercises that down-regulate the nervous system and help you feel more peaceful and in control. You will receive handouts and tips on how to incorporate the practices into your daily routine. The workshop is appropriate for anyone, regardless of previous yoga and meditation experience. In Silver Spring.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Jun 27 2015, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM -- SS

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $50.00

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.

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.

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

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 with Robin Carnes and Molly Asebey-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. 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 Teaching Yoga & Meditation for Anxiety and Trauma — $795.00

Instructor(s)

Molly Asebey-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.