“This is a studio that has been providing excellent yoga instruction long before the current trend, and it will continue to do so when other yoga studios have closed.” [Emily S.]

Fostering health, serenity, and awareness since 1979

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.

Workshop – Yoga on the Ropes

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ROPES 2

Date: September 1, 8
When: 4:15-5:45pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $88 or $25 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45pm. Explore how the ropes can help open your body for your asanas. Level I/II and up.

Workshop – Sunday Sampler Series in Arlington

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Date: September 6 (no class August 9 or 30)
When: 10:00am-12:00pm
With: Various instructors, including: Fritz Partlow, Doerthe Braun, Juliana Fair, Laurel Goeke, John Schumacher, and Lori L. Ritland
Cost: $25 each
Location: Arlington

Sundays, 10am-12pm. (8/30 - No Class.) 9/6 with LORI L. RITLAND: Six Pose Practice. Open to all.

Workshop – Summer Drop Ins at Arlington with Carol

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3-AMS

Date: September 8
When: 12:00-1:15pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $22 Drop In each class
Location: Arlington

Alternate Tuesdays, 12:00-1:15pm. Join Carol for noontime Level I and I/II Drop Ins every other Tuesday during the Summer Session.

Workshop – The Importance of Balance

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Suzanne Y. Siguenza Vira III

Date: September 12
When: 1:00- 3:00pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $38
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm. Yoga is a wonderful medium for creating functional strength and flexibility which are important components in keeping us upright. Open to all.

Workshop – Monthly Family Yoga

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FAMILY YOGA - UD chain

Date: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19
When: 3:00-4:15pm
With: Laurel Goeke
Cost: $15 per person / $50 family of 4 or more
Location: Bethesda

Saturdays, 3:00-4:15 pm.Bring your children, ages 7 and up and have a wonderful time doing yoga together as a family!

Workshop – Lunchtime Yoga in Arlington

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ANN UMS

Date: September 21 - December 14
When: 12:00-1:00pm
With: Various Instructors
Cost: $221/Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Mondays, 12:00-1:00pm. Experience various Unity Woods teachers, offering a special topic each week. Open to ALL.

Workshop – Teacher Training: The Art of Teaching Yoga

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class-standing

Date: October 2-4
When: Fri 9:00 am - Sun 2:00 pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 2-4. This weekend you will examine what it takes to be a good student, recognize your students' needs and methods for guiding them to a deeper understanding and experience of yoga.

Workshop: Counter the “Computer Posture” with Yoga

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ANN-Bhar I on chair

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

Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. In this workshop we will focus on poses that help counter the time we have spent in front of our screens. Open to all.

Workshop – Merging Yoga and Meditation in Arlington

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

Date: October 6-November 30
When: 4:15-5:45pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $114/course or $22 drop in
Location: Arlington

Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45pm. This short course (drop ins welcome) will include asana and seated mindfulness practice. Completion of Level I.

Workshop – Recharge!

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ANN-SAVASANA VARIATION

Date: October 7-28
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Did summer activities leave you feeling a bit depleted? Recharge your energy and boost your immune system in preparation for cooler seasons ahead. Open to all.

Workshop – Advanced Asana in October: Backbends

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JSKapotasana

Date: October 17
When: 12:45-3:15pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $50
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 12:45-3:15pm. 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 October

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JOHN-PRANAVI

Date: October 18
When: see description
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $30 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.

Standing Ground/Black Lives Matter – Benefit for Mount Zion AME Church

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ROCKY-FIRE CHURCH

Date: October 18
When: 3:00-5:00pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $40
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm. This benefit will raise funds to rebuild Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, SC, and provide a variety of strategies for creating a stable and solid foundation in our yoga poses. "When the foundation is firm, the building can withstand calamities." ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Discussion Group: Tuning In

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DISC2010

Date: October 18
When: 6:45-8:30 pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 6:45-8:30pm. Timothy Leary coined one of the iconic slogans of the Sixties: "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out". One could say that in yoga you "Drop In, Tune In, Turn On"; tuning in is at the heart of the practice. Come share the ways your practice refines your sensibilities and helps you to tune in to all the layers of your being. All are welcome. FREE.

Workshop – Back and Hips: Unwind and Open

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ANNE CHATUSH

Date: November 3-24
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $72/course or $20 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm. Explore poses and techniques to unwind and open this often bound up region. Completion of Level I and up.

Workshop – Dropping Backwards

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DOERTHE-Drop back with Laurel 2

Date: November 7
When: 2:15-5:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $40
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2:15-5:00pm. Drop backs from Tadasana are challenging on a physical and emotional level. Learn to empower yourself and overcome boundaries by extending backward into the unknown.

Workshop: Asana with John Schumacher in Arlington

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JOHNCLASS-TRIKONASANA

Date: November 8
When: 3:00-5:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $45
Location: Arlington

Saturday, 3:00-5:00pm. Join John for a general asana workshop for students at Level I/II and above.

Workshop – Yoga for Two All Levels

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YOGA FOR 2 -SPRING 2014

Date: November 22
When: 2:30-5:00pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine with Carolyn Bluemle
Cost: $60 / pair
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 2:30-5:00pm. Have fun exploring one of the most difficult of all yogas: the yoga of relationship. In this workshop, the focus is less on the pose and more on what the pose and your interactions are teaching you. All are welcome.

Workshop – Happy Thankstwisting

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Doerthe-PTRIKO

Date: November 28
When: 10:00am-12:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $25
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm. Give your Tofurkey a little twist. Join us for an energetic asana practice, that removes any sluggishness left after the feast. Level I/II and up.

Unity Woods’ Annual Holiday Party

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snowman in lotus

Date: December 13 - 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.

Receiving the Dark: Restorative Poses Benefit for Amboseli Trust for Elephants

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ATE-ELEPHANT

Date: December 31
When: 10:00am-11:30am
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $35, Checks ONLY to ATE (Amboseli Trust for Elephants)
Location: Bethesda

Thursday, 10:00am-11:30am. Slow down, relax deeply and turn inward in preparation for the new year. Your contribution will benefit ATE: Amboseli Trust for Elephants.

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: Fridays during the session in Bethesda and Arlington.

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