“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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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: Please click here to see schedule.
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: Free or please donate to Capital Area Foodbank
Location: Bethesda

Join Megan for soothing chanting sessions. No experience required. Free. (Or donate to Contributions to Capital Area Food Bank.)

Workshop – Moving Anatomy

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Date: March 24, 31
When: 5:30-7:30pm
With: Esther Geiger and Laura Cox
Cost: $30 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Fridays, 5:30-7:30pm. Get to know your bones! Learn how they connect in kinetic chains that support movement and balance. Each class offers an anatomy lesson and related yoga practice. All are welcome!

Workshop – Stand on Your Own Two Feet: Part 2

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

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Balance is a complex concept. Using judgement, reasoning, breath, and our minds, see how these directly affect our anatomical bodies and our balance... in more ways than one!

Workshop – Strong and Flexible Shoulders

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

Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. Explore the key principles to develop a strong and flexible shoulder girdle through yoga asanas. Open to all.

Benefit – The Gems of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

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Date: April 6, May 18, June 18 (No March meeting)
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. Explore the depths and beauty of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras by chanting, reading, and discussion. Emphasis on Pada 1 and 2. Brown Bag lunch.

Workshop – Lois Steinberg

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Date: April 7-9
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 – Bending Forwad: Paschima Pratana Sthiti

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Date: April 12, 19, 26, May 3
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $100
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Many struggle with the forward bending asanas for different reasons. Learn about the even extension of the spinal muscles - key in forward bends. Completion of Level I.

Workshop – Introductory Series (1: April, 2:May)

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Date: Course 1: April 14, 21, 28, May 5 Course 2: May 12, 19, 26, June 2
When: 12:00-1:15pm
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $76 Course or $22 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Fridays, 12:00-1:15pm. A four-week introduction to the fundamentals of Yoga as taught at Unity Woods Yoga Center. Assumes no previous experience. Offered twice.

Workshop – The Eye of the Tiger

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Date: April 22
When: 3:00-6:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $45
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 3:00-6:00pm. A challenging sequence of intermediate to advanced asanas to purify our body by creating tapas (inner heat) in our body and make our mind sharp like the eye of the tiger. Prerequisite: Level II/III and regular practice.

Workshop – Osteoporosis Yoga in Arlington

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Date: April 23
When: 2:00-5:00pm
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $60
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 2:00-5:00pm. A fun and informative workshop (asana and discussion) about yoga with osteoporosis. Learn essential poses, modifications, and what to avoid. Open to all.

Workshop – Maintain and Deepen your Pranayama Practice

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Date: April 28, May 19, June 9
When: 8:30-9:30am
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Friday, 8:30-9:30am. Stay on the path of your Pranayama practice, deepen and refine it. Completion of Pranayama Level IV and a regular Pranayama practice required.

Workshop – Teacher Training: The How and Why of Teaching in Stages ~ One in a Series of Teacher Trainings at Serendipity

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Date: April 28-30
When: Fri 9:00am - Sun 2:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday-Sunday. One of the hallmarks of Iyengar Yoga is the systematic, methodical way it is taught. We’ll explore ways that asanas and pranayamas can be practiced and taught in stages, so that students can learn and deepen their practice in a way that builds them up.

Workshop – Core Strength! Where do they show up in asanas?

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Date: May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $100 Course or $25 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. What's the buzz? "Core Strength!" Patanjali had that jump on this concept as core strength is required to execute most if not all yoga asanas. For those who have completed Level I twice.

Workshop – Osteoporosis Yoga

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Date: May 14, 21, 28, June 4
When: 2:00-4:00pm
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $140 Course or $38 Drop In

Sundays, 2:00-4:00pm. 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 in May

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Date: May 21
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: Practice

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Date: May 21
When: 6:45 - 8:30pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 6:45-8:30pm. In this discussion, we'll dig deep into the subject of practice. Come if you practice, come if you don't. Share your thoughts about why and why not. All are welcome.

Workshop – Master Class with Juliana Fair

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Date: June 28
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $25
Location: Arlington

Wednesday, 5:00-6:00pm. Join Juliana for an hour of moving from asana to asana. Level II and up.

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

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

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!