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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.

Sutra Study Group ~ FREE

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Date: Thursdays during the Session
When: 7:45-9:00pm
With: Kristine Bell
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 7:45-9:00pm. Sutra Study Group offers an exploration of yoga principles as expressed in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The group will chant and discuss one aphorism each week. Participants are invited to bring any translations of the Yoga Sutras they may have.

Workshop – Yoga and Meditation

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Meditating students at Unity Woods Ballston Studio

Date: March 5 - April 2 and April 30 - May 28
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $95 each course or $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 6-7:30pm. 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 – Advanced Asana in March: Arm Balances

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JOHN-YJ-AGING GRACEFULLY-NOV2012

Date: March 7
When: 12:45-3:15pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $50
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 12:45-3:15pm. For dedicated practitioners who can perform Bhujapidasana and Bakasana, push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana, and can hold Sirsasana II for 3 minutes in the middle of the room. No therapeutics, please.

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama in March

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Date: March 8
When: See description
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $30 each level
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 2:30-4pm (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: The Why’s and How’s of Practice

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Discussion Group

Date: March 8
When: 6:45 - 8:30p.m.
With: John Schumacher
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 6:45-8:30pm. Is your practice giving you what you are looking for? What are the possible benefits of a yoga practice - physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually - and how does yoga provide those benefits? Come and find out!

Workshop – Move and Improve

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ROCKY-VIRA2

Date: March 10 -31
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $80 Course or $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm. Take a 1 hour break in your busy schedule to open your hips, relax your shoulders, strengthen and stretch your body for an overall sense of improved well-being.

Workshop – Introductory Series March in Arlington

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JULIANA TRIKONASANA

Date: March 11 - April 1
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.

Workshop – Monthly Family Yoga

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FAMILY YOGA - UD chain

Date: March 15, Apr 5
When: 3:00-4:00pm
With: Laurel Goeke
Cost: $15 per person / $50 family of 4 or more
Location: Bethesda

Sundays, 3:00-4:00 pm.Bring your children, ages 7 and up and have a wonderful time doing yoga together as a family!

Workshop – Improve your Balance with Core Strength

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Date: March 21
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $38
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. Learn how your core can inform your balance in yoga practice and in life. Open to all.

Workshop – Yogapalooza!

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LAUREL - AMS

Date: March 22
When: 3:00-5:00pm
Cost: $25
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm. Celebrate Spring with 108 Sun Salutation, or as many as you can do. Music, refreshments, and raffle prizes! Part of the proceeds benefits BeYummy (Bethesda Youth United through Mindfulness Meditation & Yoga)

Workshop – Challenge Your Yoga Practice with a Chair

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WINNIE-CHAIR VIRA I

Date: April 4
When: 2:00-5:00pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $40

Saturday, 2:00-5:00pm. Experience, learn and have fun. Discover new ways to challenge yourself with a chair while working on your spine and hips. Level I/II and up.

Workshop – Lois Steinberg

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Date: April 10-12
With: Lois Steinberg
Cost: $290 full workshop. See description for individual classes.
Location: Bethesda

SPECIAL SPRING EVENT: Friday-Sunday. We are delighted to welcome Lois back to Unity Woods to share with us once again her extensive knowledge and upbeat energy.

Workshop – All About Everything for Level II/III

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Date: April 17, 24, May 8, 22 (does not meet May 15)
When: 11:30am-1:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $80 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Fridays, 11:30am-1:00pm. Deepen your exploration of the upper-level syllabi with a different focus each week.

Workshop – Asana in Arlington with John Schumacher

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Dhanurasana at Yoga for Health crop horizontal

When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $30
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm. Join Unity Woods' Founder and Director, John Schumacher, for an afternoon asana class for Level II and up.

Workshop – Twist, Strengthen, Stretch, and Balance

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WINNIE-OPEN TWIST-ABPP

Date: April 25
When: 2-5pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $40
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2-5pm. Practice a variety of poses that incorporate these essential elements of yoga. Benefit for B.K.S. Iyengar's Bellur Project. Level I/II and up.

Workshop – Yoga and SoulCollage®

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Date: April 26
When: 2:00-5:00pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine and Suzanne Oliwa
Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at door
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 2:00-5:00pm. In this workshop we will turn the attention of the senses inward with some basic yoga poses followed by an introduction to the SoulCollage® process through which we will begin creating our own unique collaged card. Open to all.

Workshop – Merging Yoga and Meditation (Arlington)

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Meditating students at Unity Woods Ballston Studio

Date: April 28 - May 26
When: 4:15-5:45pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $95 Course or $22 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45pm. This short course will include asana practice a seated mindfulness practice. Completion of Level I.

Workshop – Yoga for a Strong and Flexible Back

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AMY-WHITE

Date: May 2
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $38
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. Being strong and flexible is essential for back health. Explore key principles to develop a strong and flexible back through asana.

Workshop – Ease Your Knees into Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

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PADMASANA 7 BG legs

Date: May 3
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $30
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm. Learn how to prepare your hips, groins and legs for Padmasana, and keep your knees safe.

Workshop – Move and Improve (May)

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Marichyasana 3

Date: May 5-26
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $72 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm. Take a one-hour break in your busy schedule to open your hips, relax your shoulders, strengthen and stretch your body for an overall sense of improved well-being.

Workshop – Weekend for Teachers and Serious Students – Pranayama: Preparations and Beginnings

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JOHN-PRANACD

Date: May 15-17
When: Fri 9:00 am - Sun 2:00 pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday-Sunday, May 15-17. You will be introduced to the basic techniques for establishing a successful pranayama practice and for introducing pranayama in your teaching.

Workshop – Strengthen Your Core with Standing Poses

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Date: May 23
When: 2:00-5:00pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $40
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2:00-5:00pm. Strengthen your core with standing poses. Level I/II and up.

Workshop – How Is That Practice Going?

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JULIANA TRIKONASANA

Date: May 13 and June 17
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $20 each
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. A refresher class to clear up queries that you may have. Anyone with any type of home practice is welcome.

Workshop – Deconstructing Virabhadrasana III and Parsvottanasana

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Suzanne Y. Siguenza Vira III

Date: May 20 -June 10
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Identify individual weaknesses, learn ways to address them, and illuminate a path to strong, steady poses.

Workshop – Yoga for Scoliosis

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SCOLIOSIS - spine

Date: May 24
When: 3:00-5:00pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $45 in advance or $50 at door
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 2:00-5:00pm. We will stretch muscles that are tight, strengthen muscles that are weak, provide maximum traction to the spine and . Physician recommendation strongly encouraged.

Workshop – Yoga and Meditation in Arlington

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Date: April 28-May 26
When: 4:15-5:45pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $95 each course or $22 drop in
Location: Arlington

Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45pm. This short course (drop ins welcome) will include asana and seated mindfulness practice.

Workshop – Introduction to Moving Anatomy

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ESTHER-PPI-Blocks

Date: May 31
When: 1:00-5:00pm
With: Esther Geiger and Laura Cox
Cost: $45 in advance or $50 at door
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm. Ever wonder what’s going on inside your skin when you move? Experience the structure and function of your anatomy, and apply that learning to a basic yoga practice.

Workshop – Be Playful in Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

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PADMASANA 4

When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $30
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm. You are practicing Ardha Padmasana with ease. Now let your lotus blossom into a garden of variations!

Workshop – Deconstructing Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)

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Date: April 15 - May 6
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 course or $20 drop in
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. We will look at the components of Salamba Sarvangasana that are necessary for a strong stable pose, and to reap it's many benefits. Modifications made for those who can't do Sarvangasana.

Workshop – Ropes and Rope Wall

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ROPES 2

Date: June 27
When: 2-4pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $40
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2-4pm. Come to learn and experience how ropes can stretch and strengthen the neck, shoulders and back, and moe. Please note that this is not a therapeutics class. Benefit for B.K.S. Iyengar's Bellur Project. Level I/II and up.

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: Fridays during the session in Bethesda and Arlington.

No Registration Required. Join us every Friday of the session in Bethesda and Arlington for a Mixed level, open to all, class. Come and bring a friend or two!