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Upcoming Workshops & Events

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Upcoming Workshops and Events

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.

FREE CLASSES Level II/III and up

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Date: September 17 - October 29
When: 2:00-4:00pm
With: Mary Pappas-Sandonas
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Sundays, 2:00-4:00pm. Join Mary for these free classes and help her as she prepares to be assessed for her next level of Iyengar Yoga Certification. Free. Level II/III and up. Just show up.

Workshop – Shift Happens! Part 1

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Date: September 26 - October 3, 10, 17, 24
When: 6:00-7:15pm
With: Maggie Rhoades
Cost: $25 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15pm. When linked with self awareness, breath and intention, asana offers a path to re-establish balance and postural integrity. Focus on feet, legs, and hips.

Benefit – The Gems of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

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Date: September 28, October 12, November 2, 16, December 7
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. Delve into the famous Samashi Pada (Chapter on Yoga and its aims) during this brown bag lunch series.

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama with Doerthe

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Date: September 29, October 27, November 17
When: 8:30-9:30am
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $22 each class
Location: Bethesda

Fridays, 8:30-9:30am. Refine, deepen, and maintain your pranayama practice. For those who have completed Pranayama Level IV.

Workshop – An Overview of Birjoo Mehta’s “Working with the Vayus”

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Date: October 4, 11, 18,25
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $100 Course or $25 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays. For those who were unable to attend this workshop but are interested in understanding about the vayus (winds) from the yoga perspective. And for those who did attend and want to review and interact in a smaller group setting.           Prerequisite: Completion of Level I twice.

Workshop – Shoulder Workshop

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Date: October 8
When: 2:00-4:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $35
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 2:00-4:00pm. This workshop will create maximum mobility in your shoulder joints without losing stability.

Workshop – Learning the Ropes

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Date: October 14
When: 3:00-5:00pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine
Cost: $40 Preregistered or $50 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 3:00-5:00pm. Explore how the ropes can create traction in the spine, mobility in the joints, and tremendous stability. Level I/II and up.

Chanting ~ Free Sessions

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Date: October 20, November 10, December 15
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Select Fridays, 7:10-7:40pm. Join Megan for soothing chanting sessions. No experience required. Free.

Workshop – Teacher Training: The Art of Teaching Philosophy ~ One in a Series of Teacher Trainings at Serendipity

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Date: October 20-22
When: Fri 9:00am - Sun 2:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday-Sunday. A profound and all-encompassing philosophy underlies the methods we practice and teach. To convey the heart and soul of yoga in our classes, we must at some point introduce the student to yoga philosophy. How and when to bring yoga philosophy into your teaching is the focus of this teacher training.

Workshop – Osteoporosis Yoga in October

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Date: October 29, November 5, 12, 19
When: 2:00-4:00pm
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $140 Course or $38 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Sundays, 2:00-4:00pm. Learn the key poses and actions of yoga with osteoporosis, and how to avoid injuries.

Workshop – Shift Happens, Part 2

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Date: October 31 - December 5
When: 6:00-7:15pm
With: Maggie Rhoades
Cost: $120 Course or $25 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15pm. Explore the pelvis and the torso, and how asana, when linked with self awareness, breath and intention, can offer a path to balance and postural integrity.

Workshop – How to Practice with Shoulder and Neck Injuries

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Date: November 1, 8, 15, 29
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $100 Course or $25 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Use the Iyengar method of yoga to strengthen weak areas, to stretch and to prevent re-injury. Completion of Level I.

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama in November

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Date: November 12
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: How to Use Yoga to Save the World

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Date: November 12
When: 6:45 - 8:30pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 6:45-8:30pm. The country is profoundly polarized right now. As yogis, we have a responsibility to uplift ourselves and the world around us. But how? All are welcome. Free!

Workshop – Happy Thanks Twisting

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Date: November 25
When: 10:00am-12:00pm
With: Doerthe Braun
Cost: $30
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 – Advanced Asana: Backbends with Lori

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Date: December 3
When: 1:00-3:30pm
With: Lori L. Ritland
Cost: $30
Location: Bethesda

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 – Yoga for 2

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Date: December 3
When: 4:00-6:30pm
With: Rocky Delaplaine with Carolyn Bluemle
Cost: $60 / pair
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 4:00-6:30pm. 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.

Unity Woods’ Annual Holiday Party

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Date: December 17 - Sunday
When: 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: Free! All are welcome!
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 6:30-9:00pm. Celebrate the season with our Unity Woods Community. Wear real clothes, eat food in the studio and actually chat with your fellow yogis and teachers. No asanas required! FREE and open to all.

Workshop – The Gift of Yoga – Holiday Drop Ins

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Date: December 23 and 30
When: 9:00-10:30am
With: Steve Mitchell
Cost: $25 each class
Location: Bethesda

Sundays, 9:00-10:30am. Give yourself or your family/friends the gift of yoga. Level I/II and up.

35th Annual Yoga Vacation in Negril, Jamaica

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Date: February 4-11 and Feburary 11-8, 2018 Come for one or two weeks!
With: John Schumacher and Barbara Benagh
Location: Negril, Jamaica

John and Barbara Benagh continue the decades old tradition of welcoming students to their annual yoga vacation in Jamaica. (617) 566-1489 or www.yogastudio.org

Community Classes: Just Drop In!

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Marichyasana 3

Date: Fridays - during the session
When: 6:00-7:00pm
With: Various Instructors
Cost: $10 Cash ONLY, exact change, please
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!