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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 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 – Yoga for Scoliosis

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Date: October 31
When: 10:00-11:30am
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $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.

Short Course – The Fear of Inverting: Sirsasana and Adho Mukha Vrksasana

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Date: October 29– November 19
With: Faculty
Cost: $68 course or $20 drop in
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Explore the various strength components necessary for headstand and full arm balance and the psychological blocks that prevent many from achieving them.

Short Course – Strengthening Your Back

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CAROL - Upper Body

Date: October 30 - November 20
When: 6:00-7:30pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $76/ course or $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm. Improve the health of your back by working on poses to strengthen muscles which help to align your upper, middle and lower back. For students of all levels.

Short Course – Path of Breath: Maintaining Practice

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Date: November 2
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Anne Wutchiett
Cost: $22 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Sundays, 12:30-1:30pm. The continuation of the Path of Breath-Maintaining Practice series. Introduction to the breaths of pranayama II done in a reclining position. The art of sitting will be introduced and refined.

Workshop – Monthly Family Yoga

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Date: November 2, December 7
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 – Pranayama IV

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Date: November 9
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Anne Wutchiett
Cost: $20
Location: Bethesda

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

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama in November

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Date: November 16
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.

Discussion Group: Yoga Past and Future (with a panel of guests)

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Date: November 16
When: 6:45-8:30pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 6:45-8:30pm. After a glimpse at the past, we will discuss where yoga is now, where we think it is going, and where we would like it to go. All are welcome.

Workshop – Happy Thanks Twisting

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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.

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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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.

Jamaica 2015 – 32nd Yoga Vacation

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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!

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 (Woodley Park classes begin September 26)

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!