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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.

Workshop – Inversions: Preparation and Progression Continued

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JULIANA - PINCHA MAYURASANA-crop

Date: Course 2: July 6-August 3 Course 3: August 17-September 7
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: Course 2: $85 or $20 Drop In Course 3: $68 or $20 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Course 2 and 3 will include foundational work, and progress further into full inverted asanas with modifications.

Workshop – Pranayama III: Rhythm of Breath

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LORI1

Date: July 16 - August 6
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Lori L. Ritland
Cost: $80 Course or $22 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm. Refine and build upon your Pranayama II practice. Refresh your practice if you have been practicing on your own.

Workshop – Teacher Training: Successful Sequencing for Beginners’ Classes

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1 TADASANA

Date: July 29-31
When: Fri 9:00am - Sun 2:00 pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1.How you organize the classes is a key element in gaining the confidence and interest of the student and helping them to progress. The content and sequencing must introduce the material to the students in a way that is accessible physically and mentally. Each step you take affects the next step the student takes and determines how successful they will be.

Workshop – Hip Hip Hooray!

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Date: July 30
When: 1:00- 3:00pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $38
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm. Experience more freedom of movement as we learn how to open the hips effectively for an improved sense of lightness and wellness.

Workshop – Path of Breath: Further Exploration

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POB SUMMER 2

Date: August 17, 24, 31
When: 9:00-10:00am
With: Anne Wutchiett
Cost: $60 Course or $22 drop in
Location: Bethesda

Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00am.Regular pranayama practice brings health and steadiness. It cultivates awareness. Build upon your established practice or have some support getting back to it. Come experience and explore.

Workshop – Mixed Levels Asana Series

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MEGAN - AC

Date: August 18 - September 8
When: 6:30-8:00pm
With: Dorthe Braun and Megan Bowles
Cost: $76 Course or $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm. With everyone's variable schedules for summer, this series offers an option for all levels of students. Open to all.

Workshop – Pranayama Brush Up for Experienced Students

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PRANAYAMA STUDENTS RECLINING

Date: September 7
When: 9:00-10:00am
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $22
Location: Bethesda

Wednesday, 9:00-10:00amBrush up on your pranayama from reclining to seated.

Workshop – Balance and Stability

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TRIK

Date: September 10
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $38
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. Learn to improve your balance by strengthening and opening strategic areas. Open to all.

Workshop – Two Special Classes with Graham M. Schweig, Ph.D.

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Bhagavad Gita cropped 2

Date: September 13 and 14
When: Tuesday: 10:00am-12:00pm Wednesday: 6:00-8:00pm
With: Graham Schweig
Cost: $45 each class
Location: Bethesda

Tuesday, 10:00am-12:00pm and Wednesday, 6:00-8:00pm. Graham Schweig returns to offer two different classes on the Bhagavad Gita's Essential and Secret teachings. Please see page for full descriptions. Open to all.

Workshop – What’s for Lunch? YOGA!

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Doerthe-PTRIKO

Date: September 13
When: 12:30-1:45pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $20
Location: Bethesda

Tuesday, 12:30-1:45pm. Join us for this energizing midday class that will focus on chest and hip openers. Level I/II and up.

Workshop – Children’s Yoga

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kids' yoga 2

Date: September 16, 23 and October 7, 14
When: 3:45-4:45pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $64 Course or $18 Drop In $60 Course for each additional sibling
Location: Bethesda

Fridays, 3:45-4:45pm. A fun filled, fast paced yoga sequence, restorative poses, and relaxation to help children focus, build strength, and reduce tension. Ages 9-14.

Workshop – Path of Breath: Further Exploration (September)

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POB September 2016

Date: September 21 - October 12
When: 9:00-10:00am
With: Anne Wutchiett
Cost: $80 Course or $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00am. Build upon your established practice or have some support getting back to it. For those who have completed Pranayama II.

Workshop – The Wisdom and Teaching of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

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sutras

Date: September 22 - December 8
When: 12:15-1:30pm
With: Doerthe Braun with guest Nazli Weiss
Cost: $15 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit Mr. Iyengar's Bellur Trust.
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 12:15-1:30pm. In this brown bag lunch and learn series we will chant, read and discuss sutras from the first and second Pada of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

2016 Yoga on the Mall new date: September 25

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mall-yoga

Date: Yoga on the Mall: September 25
Cost: FREE
Location: The National Mall

Yoga on the Mall will take place on Sunday, September 25 at the Sylvan Theatre on the National Mall. This free, collective outdoor yoga practice will be led by instructors from participating DC Yoga Week studios. It is open to all levels of yoga students from beginners to advanced, as well as families and children.

Workshop – Balance and Stability (October)

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AMY PVK

Date: October 4-25
When: 12:30-2:00pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $72 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00pm. Strengthen and open strategic areas to improve your balance. Open to all.

Workshop – Extending Backwards

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Date: October 5, 12, 19, 26
When: 5:00-6:00pm
Cost: $68 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Practice five preparatory poses for backwards extensions. Gain clarity on what each of them offers and the importance of their inclusion in a regular practice. For students who have completed Level II.

Workshop – Hip Hip Hooray! (October)

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AMY Vasisthasana Thumbnail

Date: October 8
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $38
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. Open to all who would like to learn how to open your hips effectively for an improved sense of lightness and wellness.

Workshop – Full Moon Restoratives

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full-moon

Date: October 16
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Fritz Partlow
Cost: $30

Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. Beat the fall season blues with two hours of relaxation and restoration. For those who have had six months of asana.

Workshop – Cool Yoga Tricks for Increasing Pretzebility – Benefit for Rebuilding Nepal

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PRAYER FLAGS

Date: October 16
When: 2:00-4:00pm
With: Maggie Rhoades
Cost: $50 minimum donation CHECKS ONLY: Go Philanthropic Charitable Fund
Location: Bethesda

“Seedlings/Rebirth – Prayer for Nepal” Sunday. Bring a friend, join in the fun and pay it forward to help rebuild homes for people who lost everything in the  Nepal earthquake of April 2015. Do dog tricks, hip tricks, balancing tricks and build community with a little help from your friends! Light refreshments to follow. CHECKS ONLY: Please make checks out to Go Philanthropic Charitable Fund.

Workshop – Teacher Training: Coping with Common Problems

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Date: October 21-23
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 (accommodations excluded)
Location: Serendipity Retreat

Friday-Sunday. Look at some of the most common problems you are likely to encounter teaching a general yoga class. Learn a variety of methods for dealing with them.

Workshop – Path of Breath: Introduction to Pranayama (October)

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FALL 2016 POB

Date: October 23
When: 12:30-2:00pm
Cost: $25 if pre-registered by Saturday, October 23 $30 Sunday
Location: Bethesda

Sunday. Regular pranayama practice brings health, steadiness and cultivates awareness. You will learn about this powerful and transforming practice and explore some beginning breath work. Open to all.

Workshop – Reduce Your Spinal Curve: Focus on Vashistasana

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ROCKY-Vashistasana chair

Date: October 23
When: 3:00-4:30pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $35
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 3:00-4:30pm. Recent studies showed that regular practice of Vashistasana helps to reduce spinal curves. We will explore a variety of ways to approach this powerful pose named for the sage Vasistha. You do not need to have scoliosis to attend this workshop.

Workshop – Dropping Over

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DOERTHE-Drop back with Laurel 2

Date: May 20
When: 6:00-9:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $50
Location: Bethesda

Friday, 6:00-8:30pm. The focus of this advanced asana workshop will be dropping over from various inversion into back bends. Please see prerequisites.

WORKSHOP – PPP: PurePadmansana Preparation

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Juliana - padmasana

Date: November 2-23
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Come and explore how strengthening all the hip and leg muscles plays a major role, along with flexibility, in facilitating the lotus position. For students who have completed Level II.

Workshop – The Back Body: Moving Beyond the Known with Standing Dropbacks

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LORI - drop back photo shoot DC crop H

Date: November 13
When: 1:00-3:30pm
With: Lori L. Ritland
Cost: $50
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-3:30pm. Working from the back body is a meditative practice in motion. Expand your mind and challenge yourself as we practice Tadasana to Urdhva Dhanurasana and back to Tadasana. See prerequistes.

Workshop – Unburden Your Shoulders

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Date: November 19
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $38
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. Feel how moving with correct bio-mechanical movement can transform your shoulder area and your practice. Open to all.

Workshop – Happy Thankstwisting

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Doerthe-PTRIKO

Date: November 26
When: 10:00am-12:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $25
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm. Bring lightness to your body and clarity to your mind in this post feast twisting workshop. Level I/II and up.

Workshop – All Levels Yoga for Two

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YOGA FOR 2 -SPRING 2014

Date: December 4
When: 3:00-5:30pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine with Carolyn Bluemle
Cost: $60 / pair
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 3:00-5:30pm. 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 – The Beauty of Bending Backwards

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UMS

Date: December 11
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $45
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm. Learn what you need to know to bend backwards safely and elegantly in this workshop with John. At least one year of regular asana practice. No back problems.

Receiving the Dark: Restorative Poses Benefit for Hope Spring Institute

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ROCKY-SBK

Date: December 31
When: 10:00am-11:30am
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $35, Checks ONLY to Hope Springs Institute
Location: Bethesda

Thursday, 10:00am-11:30am. Slow down, relax deeply and turn inward in preparation for the new year. Your contribution will benefit Hope Springs Institute.

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!