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Upcoming Workshops & Events

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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.

Chanting ~ Free Sessions

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Date: First Friday of the Month
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: Free - Donations to Capital Area Food Bank accepted
Location: Bethesda

First Friday of Month, 7:10-7:40pm. Join Megan for soothing chanting sessions. No experience required. Free.

Workshop – A Winter Practice ~ Held at Tenleytown

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Date: February 16, 23, March 2
When: 12:00-1:15pm
With: Sonia Dovedy
Cost: $26.44 Drop In (DC tax included)
Location: Tenleytown (DC)

Fridays, 12:00-1:15pm. Practice sequences that generate warmth, cultivate joy, and provide an uplifting, buoyant quality to our bodies and minds during the chillier days of winter.

Workshop – The Sacroiliac Joint: Basic Anatomy and Function

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Date: February 21, 28, March 7, 14
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $25 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. The SI joint is involved in just about every yoga pose we practice. We will look at the basic anatomy of the SI Joint, what leads to instability, how to correct it and how to work in the asanas safely.

Workshop – Osteoporosis Yoga Short Course

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Date: February 25, March 4, 11, 18
When: 3:00-5:00pm
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $130 Course or $36 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Sundays, 3:00-5:00pm. Learn key poses and actions of yoga with osteoporosis, learn now to practice and how to avoid movements that may cause injury.

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama with Doerthe

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Date: March 2
When: 8:30-9:30am
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $22
Location: Bethesda

Friday, 8:30-9:30am. Refine, deepen, and maintain your pranayama practice. For those who have completed Pranayama Level IV.

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama with John Schumacher

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Date: March 11
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.

Discussion Group: Finding the Balance Between Effort and Surrender

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Date: March 11
When: 6:45 - 8:30pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 6:45-8:30pm. Push through or back off? How are we to know where the appropriate edge is? Exploring these questions can awaken us to the depth and scope of the practice of yoga...

Benefit – The Gems of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

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Date: March 15, April 12, May 17, June 14
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. Investigate the first two chapters of the Yoga Sutras. All are welcome!

Workshop – Spread Your Wings

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Date: March 18
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $40
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm. Increased mobility in your shoulders leads to better posture and transforms your mind into more alertness and joyfulness.

Just Announced! Workshop – Graham Schweig

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Date: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24
When: Friday: 7:15-9:15pm Saturday: 3:00-5:30pm
With: Graham Schweig
Cost: $40 each, or $75 when you sign up for both at same time
Location: Bethesda

Friday and Saturday. Graham will discuss his newest thoughts and commentary on the Yoga Sutras for Yale University Press. His extensive knowledge and passionate enthusiasm always result in interesting discussion.

Workshop – Shoulderstand and Headstand Preps: Introduction, Modifications, Alternatives

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Date: April 8
When: 3:00-5:00pm
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $30
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm. Come learn how to prepare for and get into the king and queen of poses and look at modifications and alternatives. Suitable for newbies to headstand, shoulderstand or both who have completed Level I.

Workshop – Lois Steinberg

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Date: April 13-15
With: Lois Steinberg
Cost: $250 entire 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 – Teacher Training: Teaching Students at Different Levels ~ One in a Series of Teacher Trainings at Serendipity

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Date: April 27-29
When: Fri 9:00am - Sun 2:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday-Sunday. Examine criteria to establish different class levels, how to present the material being taught to different levels, ways to teach a mixed level class, and more.

Community Classes: Just Drop In!

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Marichyasana 3

Date: Fridays - during the session
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!