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Upcoming Workshops & Events

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Scroll down to see our upcoming workshops, short courses and special events. You can also search for workshops using our online registration system.

Things you should know:

Confirmation: We will not call to confirm your registration. We will call only if a workshop is filled and we need to put you on a waitlist.

Registration and payment: Advance registration is required for all workshops. You can register online with a credit card, bring payment by cash or check to a studio location, or mail a check or credit card information with your completed registration form (see below). Your payment will be processed upon receipt. Drop-ins are permitted if the workshop is not full (call for availability)

Refunds: Full refunds will be issued up to 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. After that we regret that we cannot offer any refunds, changes or credits.

Preparation: Please come with an empty stomach. There are changing rooms at each studio; please wear clothing you can move in, but not baggy clothes that will obscure alignment. Bare feet are essential. Please be on time. It is disruptive to come in late, and may even be unsafe if you miss preparatory practices. If you have never participated in a Unity Woods workshop, please read our “How to be prepared” page.

Special Needs: When you arrive, please let your teacher know if you have any injuries, physical problems or medical conditions so he or she can help you modify poses if necessary.

If you have more questions, please contact our registrar, Annick Milde, at annick@unitywoods.com or by calling our offices at 301-656-8992.

This page also lists short courses and class series that begin after the start of the session.

Short Course – Saturday Morning Introductory Series – August in Bethesda

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LAUREL - AMS

Date: August 16-September 13 (no class on 8/30)
When: 8:00-9:00am
With: Laurel Goeke
Cost: $68 series or $20 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Saturdays, 8:00-9:00am. This is a four week introduction to the fundamentals of yoga as taught at Unity Woods. Assumes no previous experience.

Short Course – Introductory Series August in Arlington

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JULIANA TRIKONASANA

Date: August 20 - September 10
When: 5:30-6:30pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 Course or $20 drop in
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. A four-week introduction to the fundamentals of Yoga as taught at Unity Woods Yoga Center. Assumes no previous experience.

Short Course – Relax and Refresh with Restorative Poses

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ANN-SAVASANA VARIATION

Date: August 21 - September 11
When: 4:45-6:15pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $76 course or $22 drop in
Location: Woodley Park

Thursdays, 4:45-6:15pm. Relax and refresh your mind, body, and spirit this August in this series of classes taught by Winnie for students of all levels.

Short Course – Chairs and Rope Wall

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WINNIE-CHAIR VIRA I

Date: August 21 - September 11
When: 6:45-8:15pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $76 course, $22 drop in
Location: Woodley Park

Thursdays, 6:45-8:15pm. Learn ways to use the chair and the rope wall to increase range of motion and flexibility in your poses. Completion of Level II required.

Short Course – Shoulders: Mixing Strength with Flexibility

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CAROL - Upper Body

Date: August 26 - September 9
When: 5:45-7:00pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $57/ course or $22 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Tuesdays, 5:45-7:00pm. To work the shoulders safely in yoga poses, we have to build strength and stability, in addition to flexibility. Come learn ways to do this!

Teen Yoga FREE Introductory Class!

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TEEN_UD

Date: September 8
When: 4:30-5:30pm
With: Laurel Goeke
Cost: Free!
Location: Bethesda

Monday, 4:30-5:30pm. Teen Yoga provides a fun, comfortable space to explore the benefits of yoga and relaxation. Try this FREE class before the fall session beings!

Workshop – Merging Yoga and Chanting

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NAZLI WEISS - head only

Date: September 13
When: 2:00-5:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun and Nazli Weiss
Cost: $45
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2:00-5:00pm. Asanas enhance strength. Chanting creates vibrancy in our bodies and brings equanimity to the mind. Join Doerthe and Nazli for this workshop that includes basic poses as well as chants from the Yoga Sutras.

Workshop – Dean Lerner

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DEAN LERNER - trikonasan

Date: September 15-16
With: Dean Lerner
Cost: See Workshop for details
Location: Bethesda

Monday and Tuesday, September 15-16. Join Dean for this workshop that is open to all levels. Learn from Dean's in a clear and concise teaching manner, which combines humor with a comfortable and relaxed style.

Workshop – Rajiv Chanchani

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Date: September 20-21
When: See details.
With: Rajiv Chanchani
Cost: See details.
Location: Woodley Park and Bethesda

Saturday and Sunday. Rajiv Chanchani returns to teach at Unity Woods. Contents for Saturday and Sunday classes will be different. Enroll early, as Rajiv's events tend to sell out.

Short Course – What is Holding You Up? (In Shoulderstand)

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Date: September 24 – October 15
When: 5:30-6:30pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 course or $20 drop in
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. We will look at the components of salamba sarvangasana that are necessary for a strong stable pose, and to reap it's many benefits.

Short Course – Lunchtime Introductory Series – Thursdays in Bethesda

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Date: September 25 - October 16
When: 12:15-1:15pm
With: Linda McReynolds
Cost: $68 Course or $20 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 12:15-1:15pm. This is a short, four-week introduction to the fundamentals of yoga as taught at Unity Woods. It assumes no previous experience.

Short Course – Merging Yoga and Meditation

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Date: September 25 - October 23
When: 6:00-7:30pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $95 each course or $22 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm. These classes seamlessly combine two practices that enhance our capacity to appreciate life and weather its storms. Each class will combine physical practice of asanas with a period of seated mindfulness practice.

Workshop – Pranayama IV

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ANNE-DOVES-ANGELS

Date: September 28, November 9
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Anne Wutchiett
Cost: $20
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 12:30-1:30pm. Pranayama IV breaths will be introduced and further explored. We will continue to refine the art of sitting. For students who have completed Pranayama III.

Workshop – Monthly Family Yoga

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FAMILY YOGA - UD chain

Date: October 5, November 2, December 7
When: 3:00-400pm
With: Laurel Goeke
Cost: $15 per person / $50 family of 4 or more
Location: Bethesda

Sundays, 3:00-400 pm.Bring your children, ages 7 and up and have a wonderful time doing yoga together as a family!

Short Course – Back and Hips: Unwind and Open

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Date: October 7 - 28
When: 12:15-1:30pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $80 Course or $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays, 12:15-1:30pm. We will focus on poses that will help you unwind and open up your back and hips! Open to all.

Short Course – Path of Breath: Maintaining Practice

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ANNE-DOVES-ANGELS

Date: October 12, 19, 26, November 2
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Anne Wutchiett
Cost: $80 Course or $22 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Sundays, 12:30-1:30pm. A continuation of the winter's short courses with introduction to reclining pranayama II breaths and an introduction to the art of sitting.

Workshop – Yoga for Scoliosis

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SCOLIOSIS - spine

Date: October 17, 24, 31
When: 10:00-11:30am
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $70 course / $25 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Fridays, 10:00-11:30am. In the class we will create traction in the spine, make space in the compressed side of the ribs, strengthen muscles that are weak, lengthen muscles that are tight, and work with the breath to quiet the mind. Physician recommendation strongly encouraged.

Workshop – Refinement and Integration: Taking Your Practice and Teaching to Another Level

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LINDA Matsyasana

Date: October 17-19
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 (Accommodations not included in fee.)
Location: Serendipity Retreat

Friday-Sunday. One of the most beautiful and inspiring aspects of yoga is that there is no end to the process of refining and integrating what we learn as students and offer as teachers. We will explore causes and effects in the asanas, aspects of actions and stability, and explore how it all fits together.

Short Course – The Fear of Inverting: Sirsasana and Adho Mukha Vrksasana

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AMVRKS2 - LEVEL 4

Date: October 29– November 19
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 course or $20 drop in
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Explore the various strength components necessary for headstand and full arm balance and the psychological blocks that prevent many from achieving them.

Short Course – Strengthening Your Back

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CAROL - Upper Body

Date: October 30 - November 20
When: 6:00-7:30pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $76/ course or $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm. Improve the health of your back by working on poses to strengthen muscles which help to align your upper, middle and lower back. For students of all levels.

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama in November

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Date: November 16
When: See times in description.
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $30 each level
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 2:30-4:00pm (LEVEL V) and 4:15-5:45pm (LEVEL VI). For students with an experienced pranayama practice, these special classes are your opportunity to ask questions and try more advanced techniques with the guidance of a yoga master. Please note prerequisites before registering.

Discussion Group: Yoga Past and Future

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John-YO

Date: November 16
When: 6:45-8:30pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 6:45-8:30pm. After a glimpse at the past, we will discuss where yoga is now, where we think it is going, and where we would like it to go. All are welcome.

Workshop – Happy Thanks Twisting

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Doerthe-PTRIKO

Date: November 29
When: 10:00am-12:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $25
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm. Give thanks to your body by detoxifying and energizing yourself with a deep twisting practice.

Short Course – Range of Motion: Hips

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Lori ABPP - for drop in flyer

Date: December 3-17
When: 5:30-6:45pm
With: Lori L. Ritland
Cost: $57 course or $22 drop in
Location: Arlington

5:30-6:45pm. Does running, walking or sitting, make your hips sore or tight? Work on hips, including groins, lower back and legs to create opening and flexibility.

Unity Woods’ Holiday Party and 35th Anniversary Gala

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Date: December 14 - Sunday
When: 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: Free! All are welcome!
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 6:30-9:00pm. Our Social Event of the Year!!! Join us at our annual Unity Woods Holiday Party. Celebrate Guruji's 95th birthday and wish Liz Marx a hearty farewell as she retires from teaching! ALL ARE WELCOME.

Benefit – Receiving the Dark: Restorative Poses to Welcome In the New Year

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ROCKY-SBK

Date: December 31
When: 10:00am-11:30am
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $35, Checks ONLY to The Unseen Hand
Location: Bethesda

Wednesday, 10:00am-11:30apm. Slow down, relax deeply and turn inward in preparation for the new year.

Community Classes: $8 Cash Drop In

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Marichyasana 3

Date: Fridays - during the session
When: 6:00-7:00pm
With: Various Instructors
Cost: $8 (Cash only, exact change)
Location: Bethesda (Woodley Park classes begin September 26)

No Registration Required. Join us every Friday of the session in Bethesda. (Woodley Park Community Classes begin September 26.) 6:00-7:00pm, Mixed level, open to all. Come and bring a friend or two!