“I have so much energy and joy after each class that I want to jump up and down on my bed…My mind is so fresh the next day, even tho I have to wake up at 5am for work. I’m hooked!” [Thy T.]

Fostering health, serenity, and awareness since 1979

Upcoming Workshops & Events

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Birjoo Mehta Workshop

Unity Woods is excited to host a very special workshop with Birjoo Mehta this September! Birjoo is from Mumbai, India and is one of the world’s most senior Iyengar Yoga teachers. His knowledge of yoga and his understanding of Guruji’s method is unique in its depth. His ease and familiarity with Western concepts and practices and his eloquent ability to articulate the intersection between Mr. Iyengar’s teachings and contemporary society provide an extraordinary opportunity to penetrate deeply into Iyengar Yoga.

We expect this workshop will fill quickly, as this is a rare opportunity to work with Birjoo in the United States. You must register for entire weekend (no partial registration). Register for Birjoo Mehta Now.

See Complete details below or click on this link: Birjoo Mehta Workshop

Upcoming Workshops and Events

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 credit card, 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.

Special Workshop – Birjoo Mehta on the Vayus

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Date: September 8-10
When: Fri-Sun See details
With: Birjoo Mehta
Cost: $300
Location: Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive Arlington, VA 22209

Friday-Sunday. Don't miss this opportunity to work with Birjoo during this very special workshop.

Workshop – Advanced Asanas with Doerthe

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Date: July 22
When: 2:30-5:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $45
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2:30-5:00pm. This workshop will focus on advanced hip openers in forward bends, arm balances, and inversions. See prerequisites.

Workshop – Pranayama

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Date: July 26
When: 9:00-10:00am
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Wednesday, 9:00-10:00am. This course will help those who have completed Pranayama Level II to maintain and deepen their pranayama practice.

Workshop – Uncovering the Koshas, Part 1

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Date: July 26
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $25 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Explore how Iyengar yoga brings your awareness to the entire field of your body - from the external to the more subtle layers of the self. Completion of Level 1 twice.

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama

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Date: July 28
When: 8:30-9:30am
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $22
Location: Bethesda

Friday, 8:30-9:30am. Maintain, refine, and deepen your pranayama practice. Prerequisite: Completion of Pranayama Level 4

Workshop – Teacher Training: Seeing and Adjusting Your Students ~ One in a Series of Teacher Trainings at Serendipity

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Date: July 28-30
When: See schedule.
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385
Location: Serendipity, Berkeley Springs, WV.

Friday-Sunday. As yoga teachers we strive to improve our students’ performance by guiding them to safer and more effective ways to work. One of the ways we accomplish this is by adjusting their poses. First, however, we need to see what must be done. Then comes the art of adjusting.

Workshop – Uncovering the Koshas, Part 2

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Date: August 2, 9, 16
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $75 Course of $25 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. With a keen awareness of the first kosha, Part 2 will move on to how we can work with one layer to affect and or access another layer. Completion of Level I twice.

Workshop – Level II Short Course

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Date: August 22, 29, September 5, 12
When: 6:00-7:30pm
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $80 Course or $25 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30pm. Focus on posed that are introduced in Level II. For those with one year of Iyengar yoga.

Workshop – Yoga with Osteoporosis Short Course

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Date: August 25, September 1, 8
When: 10:00-11:30am
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $60 Course or $25 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Fridays, 10:00-11:30am. Learn key poses and actions of yoga with osteoporosis, learn now to practice and how to avoid movements that may cause injury.

Workshop – Cooling Down

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Date: September 6
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $25
Location: Arlington

Wednesday, 5:00-6:00pm. Summer is the yang season and many of us are in dire need of balancing the heat with cool. This class will focus on cooling asanas.

Benefit – The Gems of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

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Date: September 7
When: 12:15-1:30pm
With: Doerthe Braun and Nazli Weiss
Cost: Donations by check to IYNAUS - "Bellur Trust"
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 12:15-1:30pm. Delve into the famous Samashi Pada (Chapter on Yoga and its aims) during this brown bag lunch series.

Workshop – Teacher Training: The Art of Teaching Philosophy ~ One in a Series of Teacher Trainings at Serendipity

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Date: October 20-22
When: Fri 9:00am - Sun 2:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday-Sunday. A profound and all-encompassing philosophy underlies the methods we practice and teach. To convey the heart and soul of yoga in our classes, we must at some point introduce the student to yoga philosophy. How and when to bring yoga philosophy into your teaching is the focus of this teacher training.

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama in November

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Date: November 12
When: see description
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $40 each
Location: Bethesda

Sunday. Level V (2:30-4pm) is for those who have completed Level IV or have extensive training in the Iyengar approach to pranayama. Level VI (4:15-5:45pm) is for those who have been practicing digital pranayama for two or more years.

35th Annual Yoga Vacation in Negril, Jamaica

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Date: February 4-11 and Feburary 11-8, 2018 Come for one or two weeks!
With: John Schumacher and Barbara Benagh
Location: Negril, Jamaica

John and Barbara Benagh continue the decades old tradition of welcoming students to their annual yoga vacation in Jamaica. (617) 566-1489 or www.yogastudio.org

Community Classes: Just Drop In!

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Marichyasana 3

Date: Fridays - during the session (no class on September 8)
When: 6:00-7:00pm
With: Various Instructors
Cost: $10 Cash ONLY, exact change, please
Location: Bethesda

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