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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 – Introductory Series April in Bethesda

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Suzanne TRIK at SPI

Date: April 8-29
When: 12:15-1:15pm
With: Suzanne Y. Sigüenza
Cost: $68/course or $20 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays in April, 12:15-1:15pm. An introduction to the fundamentals of yoga as taught at Unity Woods. All are welcome. No experience required.

Short Course – Strengthening Your Back

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CAROL-PURVOTTANASANA

Date: April 8-29
When: 5:15-6:30pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $76 Course or $20 drop in
Location: Arlington

Tuesdays, 5:15-6:30pm. Improve the health of your back by working on a series of poses to strengthen muscles affecting the upper, middle and lower back.

Short Course – Merging Yoga and Meditation

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Sue Lyn Schramm, photographer11/13/10: Unity Woods Ballston Studio

Date: April 10-May 8 and May 22-June 19
When: 6:00-7:30pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $95 each course or $22 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm. This series of classes will 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. For Level I/II and up.

Short Course – Saturday Morning Introductory Series in Bethesda

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ANNE CHATUSH

Date: April 12-May3, May 10-31, June 7-28
When: 8:15-9:15am
With: Anne Wutchiett
Cost: $68 each series or $20 drop in per class
Location: Bethesda

Saturdays, 8:15-9:15am. This is a four week introduction to the fundamentals of yoga as taught at Unity Woods. Assumes no previous experience. Offered three times during the Spring session.

Short Course – Introduction to Inversions

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Lori Teaches Shoulderstand

Date: April 16-May 7
When: 5:30-6:30pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 Course or $18 drop in
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Explore the components necessary for a good foundation for inverted poses.

Workshop – Pranayama IV Drop In

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ANNE-DOVES-ANGELS

Date: April 20, May 25, June 29
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Anne Wutchiett
Cost: $20
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 12:30-1:30pm. Pranayama 4 breaths will be re-introduced and further explored. We will continue to refine the art of sitting. For students who have completed Pranayama 3.

Short Course – Yoga for Scoliosis

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SCOLIOSIS - spine

Date: April 25-May 9
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 – Women’s Cycle, Women’s Health

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ROCKY-SBK

Date: April 26
When: 4:00-6:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $30
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 4:00-6:00pm. Learn how to create a practice that supports your well being during your cycle.

Short Course – Path of Breath: Maintaining Practice

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ANNE-DOVES-ANGELS

Date: April 27 - May 18
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 – Family Yoga

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FAMILY YOGA - UD chain

Date: April 27, May 11, June 15
When: 3:00-400pm
With: Mary Pappas-Sandonas
Cost: $15 per person / $50 family of 4 or more
Location: Bethesda

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

Workshop – Jumpstart Your Home Practice

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ROCKY-VIRA2

Date: May 3
When: 1:00-2:30pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $25
Location: Bethesda

Saturday. Time and uncertainty about what to practice keep many of us from deepening our practice outside of class. In this workshop we will cover a variety of sequences to help you structure your home practice. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I.

Literary Festival – A Unity Woods Community Event

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BOOKS

Date: May 4
When: 4:00-6:00pm
With: UW Students, Teachers, Staff
Cost: All are welcome! FREE
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 4:00-6:00pm. Join us for our Community Event: A Literary Evening at Unity Woods. We are excited to showcase the creative talents of our community members! Authors, Poets, will read and sell their books. Open to all. FREE!

2014 DC Yoga Week – Yoga on the Mall

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Date: April 28-May 4, Yoga on the Mall: May 3
Cost: Select classes at reduced Drop In or FREE
Location: The National Mall

Yoga on the Mall will take place on Saturday, May 3, at the Sylvan Stage, near the Washington Monument. This free, collective outdoor yoga practice will be led by instructors from participating DC Yoga Week studios. It is open to all levels of yoga students from beginners to advanced, as well as families and children.

Drop In Classes: Inspire Your Own Practice

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Lori Ritland

Date: May 6, May 27, June 10
When: 6:00-7:15pm
With: Lori L. Ritland
Cost: $20 each class
Location: Arlington

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15pm. Learn to create an hour practice or just come to a practice class, with time included for questions. Must have completed Level I.

Benefit – Chest and Groin Opening

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WINNIE-CHAIR VIRA I

Date: May 10
When: 2:00-5:00pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $45
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2:00-5:00pm. Experiment with various props and poses to open the groin and the upper chest in various ways. Find the way that works for you.

Level III – Monthly Asana Drop Ins in Arlington

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LORI - urdhva danurasana -SQUARE

Date: May 14
When: 6:00-7:30pm
With: Lori L. Ritland
Cost: $22 each drop in
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm. For students with previous Iyengar training who are strong in Sirsasana, Sarvangasana and Halasana, and able to push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana with confidence.

Pranayama III Drop Ins in Arlington

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LORI-Siddhasana

Date: May 17, June 21
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Lori L. Ritland
Cost: $20 each drop in
Location: Arlington

Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm. These drop ins are for students who have completed Pranayama I and II. Class will meet monthly and build on reclining and seated pranayama.

Short Course – Introductory Series – Wednesdays in Bethesda

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Date: May 21-June 11
When: 8:15-9:15pm
With: Linda McReynolds
Cost: $68 Course or $20 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Wednesdays, 8:15-9:15pm. This is a short, four-week introduction to the fundamentals of yoga as taught in the Iyengar Method. It assumes no previous experience.

Workshop – Weekend for Teachers and Serious Students: Untangling Hips, Twists, & Forward Bends

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JOHN-PASCHI

Date: May 16-18
When: Fri 9:00 am - Sun 2:00 pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday-Sunday, May 16-18. We'll practice Forward Bends and Twists with an eye toward what's going on in the hips. Explore ways in which the action of the legs affects the hip joints and how that relates to freedom and balance in the spine.

Workshop – Advanced Asana in May: Backbends

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Date: May 31
When: 3:30-6:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $50
Location: Woodley Park

Saturday, 3:30-6pm. This class is for dedicated practitioners who can do Urdhva Dhanurasana with straight arms, Dwipada Viparita Dandasana easily, can hold a ten minute free-standing Sirsasana away from the wall, and can hold Sarvangasana for ten minutes. No therapeutics.

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama in June

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Date: June 1
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.

Short Course – Path of Breath: Introduction to Breath Work

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ANNE-DOVES-ANGELS

Date: June 1-22
With: Anne Wutchiett
Cost: $80 course or $22 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Sundays, 12:30-1:30pm. An introduction to breath work and the practice of pranayama in the Iyengar tradition. Breath work will be both introduced and explored.

Short Course – Introductory Series – June in Arlington

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JULIANA TRIKONASANA

Date: June 4-25
When: 5:30-6:30pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 course or $20 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. This is a short, four-week introduction to the fundamentals of yoga as taught at Unity Woods. It assumes no previous experience.

Benefit – Happy Twists and Healthy Hips

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WINNIE-OPEN TWIST-ABPP

Date: June 14
When: 2:00-4:30pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $40 cash or check made to Winnie Au
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2:00-4:30pm. Learn to use chairs, ropes, belts and much more to open your hips and spine in this fun workshop!

Drop In Class: Spring Into Summer

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Anne UMS

Date: July 6
When: 9:00-10:30am
With: Anne Wutchiett
Cost: $20
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 9:00-10:30am. Spring into Summer session with this drop in class for 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: Bethesda (February 28 and March 28 also at Woodley Park)

No Registration Required. Join us every Friday of the session in Bethesda, 6:00-7:00pm, Mixed level, open to all. Come and bring a friend or two!