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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 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.

Sutra Study Group ~ FREE

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Date: Thursdays during the Session
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 – Deconstructing Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)

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Date: April 15 - May 6
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 course or $20 drop in
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. We will look at the components of Salamba Sarvangasana that are necessary for a strong stable pose, and to reap it's many benefits. Modifications made for those who can't do Sarvangasana.

Workshop – All About Everything for Level II/III

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Date: April 17, 24, May 8, 22 (does not meet May 15)
When: 11:30am-1:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $80 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Fridays, 11:30am-1:00pm. Deepen your exploration of the upper-level syllabi with a different focus each week.

Workshop – Asana in Arlington with John Schumacher

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Date: April 19
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $30
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm. Join Unity Woods' Founder and Director, John Schumacher, for an afternoon asana class for Level II and up.

Workshop – Monthly Family Yoga

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FAMILY YOGA - UD chain

Date: Apr 19, May 3
When: 3:00-4:00pm
With: Laurel Goeke
Cost: $15 per person / $50 family of 4 or more
Location: Bethesda

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

Getting Ready for Backbends with John Schumacher

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Date: April 25
When: 10am-12pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $40 (Register at Yoga for Health, see details)
Location: Yoga for Health in POTOMAC

Saturday, 10am-12pm at YOGA for HEALTH. Don't miss this opportunity to prepare your body for backbends with John Schumacher. This class welcomes students at a Level I/II and up. Held in Potomac at Yoga for Health.

Workshop – Twist, Strengthen, Stretch, and Balance

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WINNIE-OPEN TWIST-ABPP

Date: April 25
When: 2-5pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $40
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2-5pm. Practice a variety of poses that incorporate these essential elements of yoga. Benefit for B.K.S. Iyengar's Bellur Project. Level I/II and up.

Workshop – Yoga and SoulCollage®

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Date: April 26
When: 2:00-5:00pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine and Suzanne Oliwa
Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at door
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 2:00-5:00pm. In this workshop we will turn the attention of the senses inward with some basic yoga poses followed by an introduction to the SoulCollage® process through which we will begin creating our own unique collaged card. Open to all.

Workshop – Yoga and Meditation in Arlington

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Date: April 28-May 26
When: 4:15-5:45pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $95 each 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 – Merging Yoga and Meditation (Bethesda)

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Meditating students at Unity Woods Ballston Studio

Date: April 30 - May 28
When: 6:00-7:30pm
With: Carol Cavanaugh
Cost: $95 Course or $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm. This short course will include asana practice a seated mindfulness practice. Level I/II and up.

Workshop – Yoga for a Strong and Flexible Back

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AMY-WHITE

Date: May 2
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $38
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. Being strong and flexible is essential for back health. Explore key principles to develop a strong and flexible back through asana.

Workshop – Ease Your Knees into Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

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PADMASANA 7 BG legs

Date: May 3
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $30
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm. Learn how to prepare your hips, groins and legs for Padmasana, and keep your knees safe.

2015 Metro DC Yoga Week – Yoga on the Mall

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Date: May 4-10, Yoga on the Mall: May 9
Cost: Select classes at reduced Drop In or FREE
Location: The National Mall

Yoga on the Mall will take place on Saturday, May 9 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 – Move and Improve (May)

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Marichyasana 3

Date: May 5-26
When: 12:30-1:30pm
With: Amy Van Mui
Cost: $72 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm. Take a one-hour break in your busy schedule to open your hips, relax your shoulders, strengthen and stretch your body for an overall sense of improved well-being.

Workshop – How Is That Practice Going?

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JULIANA TRIKONASANA

Date: May 13 and June 17
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $20 each
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. A refresher class to clear up queries that you may have. Anyone with any type of home practice is welcome.

Workshop – Ali Dashti

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Date: May 15, 16 and 17
When: Friday, 6:00-8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm.
With: Ali Dashti
Cost: $50 each class
Location: Bethesda

Friday, 6:00-8:00pm, Saturday/Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm.

Workshop – Weekend for Teachers and Serious Students – Pranayama: Preparations and Beginnings

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JOHN-PRANACD

Date: May 15-17
When: Fri 9:00 am - Sun 2:00 pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday-Sunday, May 15-17. You will be introduced to the basic techniques for establishing a successful pranayama practice and for introducing pranayama in your teaching.

Workshop – Strengthen Your Core with Standing Poses

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Date: May 23
When: 2:00-5:00pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $40
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2:00-5:00pm. Benefit for B.K.S. Iyengar's Bellur Project. Strengthen your core with standing poses. Level I/II and up.

Workshop – Deconstructing Virabhadrasana III and Parsvottanasana

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Suzanne Y. Siguenza Vira III

Date: May 20 -June 10
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $68 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Identify individual weaknesses, learn ways to address them, and illuminate a path to strong, steady poses.

Workshop – Yoga for Scoliosis

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SCOLIOSIS - spine

Date: May 24
When: 2:00-5:00pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $45 in advance or $50 at door
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 2:00-5:00pm. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that is often accompanied by a rotational component and back pain. In this workshop we will stretch muscles that are tight, strengthen muscles that are weak and provide maximum traction to the spine. Physician recommendation strongly encouraged.

Workshop – Introduction to Moving Anatomy

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ESTHER-PPI-Blocks

Date: May 31
When: 1:00-5:00pm
With: Esther Geiger and Laura Cox
Cost: $45 in advance or $50 at door
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm. Ever wonder what’s going on inside your skin when you move? Experience the structure and function of your anatomy, and apply that learning to a basic yoga practice.

Workshop – Be Playful in Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

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PADMASANA 4

Date: June 7
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $30
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm. You are practicing Ardha Padmasana with ease. Now let your lotus blossom into a garden of variations!

Workshop – Advanced Asana in June: Backbends

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Date: June 13
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 June

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JOHN-PRANAVI

Date: June 14
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.

2015 VA Yoga Week: June 14-21

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VirginiaYogaWeek 2013

Date: June 14-21
When: See details
Location: Arlington

Join us at Unity Woods' Arlington studio as we again participate in Virginia Yoga Week. See full page for listing of events.

Workshop – Ropes and Rope Wall

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ROPES 2

Date: June 27
When: 2-5pm
With: Winnie Au
Cost: $40
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2-5pm. Come to learn and experience how ropes can stretch and strengthen the neck, shoulders and back, and moe. Please note that this is not a therapeutics class. Benefit for B.K.S. Iyengar's Bellur Project. Level I/II and up.

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!