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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: September 18 - November 20
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 – 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.

Workshop – Monthly Family Yoga

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FAMILY YOGA - UD chain

Date: Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5
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!

Workshop at Yoga for Health – The Latest from India with John Schumacher

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RIMYI-studio

Date: December 13
When: 10am-12pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $40
Location: Yoga for Health, 14645 Travilah Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Saturday, 10am-12pm at Yoga for Health.Catch the latest information from India! John will have just returned from a workshop with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, Level II and up.

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. Join us for our 35th anniversary Gala! There will be raffles, a remembrance of Guruji, and celebration of 35 years of community as Unity Woods! Free and open to all.

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.

Short Course – Jump Start Your Home Practice

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JULIANA TRIKONASANA

Date: January 7-28
When: 5:30-6:30pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 Course or $20 drop in
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Learn four 45 minute balanced basic practices to do at home. The simple sequences will include modification for all levels.

Short Course – Yoga and Meditation

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Date: January 15 - February 12
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 – Merging Yoga and Chanting

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NAZLI WEISS - head only

Date: January 24
When: 2:00-5:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun and Nazli Weiss
Cost: $45
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2:00-5:00pm. Nazli and Doerthe co-teach another uniquely interactive workshop blending the practice of asana with the chanting of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras in its original language of Sanskrit.

Short Course – Understanding a Restorative Practice

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ANN-SAVASANA VARIATION

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

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Explore the "how and why" restorative poses have such a profound effect on the physiological, psychological, as well as physical bodies. Open to all.

Workshop – Yoga for a Strong and Flexible Back

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AMY-WHITE

Date: February 7
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $38
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 1-3pm. The back is a central part of the body. Being strong and flexible is essential for back health. Learn how yoga poses can help.

Jamaica 2015 – 32nd Yoga Vacation

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JAMAICA

Date: February 8-15 and 15-22
With: John Schumacher and Barbara Benagh
Location: Negril, Jamaica

Join John and Barbara for the 32nd Annual Jamaica Yoga Vacation. Two courses to choose from. This is a popular vacation, with many returning students, lots of fun and camaraderie. Please book early!

Workshop – Working with the Ropes

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Date: Sunday, February 22
When: 3:00-500 pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $40
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 3-5pm. Explore a range of poses and learn how the ropes can provide traction and create freedom in the joints.

Short Course – Move and Improve

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Marichyasana 3

Date: March 3 -24
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.

Short Course – Yoga and Meditation (March)

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Date: March 5 - April 2
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $95 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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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 – 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 – 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.

Community Classes: $8 Cash Drop In

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Date: Fridays - during the session
When: 6:00-7:00pm
With: Various Instructors
Cost: $8 (Cash only, exact change)
Location: Bethesda, Woodley Park through December 19, Arlington beginning January 9

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!