“What I came away with was a deeper understanding of yoga, my body, and the way that even the more esoteric philosophical teachings are … represented in the asana practice.” [Kristin M.]

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 – Merging Yoga and Meditation in Arlington

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

Date: January 12 - February 16 (note this extended end date to make up class canceled 1/26)
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 – Yes… Standing Poses… ALL of them!

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JULIANA -  PVTT PREP WITH P NAMS

Date: January 13 - February 10 and March 2 -30
When: 5:00-6:00pm
With: Juliana Fair
Cost: $85 each Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm. Continuous study of the standing poses (in particular) and other basic poses is fundamental to a greater understanding of all poses. Each course may be taken individually. Solid Level I/II and up.

Workshop – Yoga with Osteoporosis

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ESTHER-PPI-Blocks

Date: January 29-March 18
When: 10:00-11:30am
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $152 or $22 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Fridays, 10:00-11:30am. Do yoga for Bone Health! Improve balance, strength, posture, and general well-being.

Workshop – Shake Off The Winter Blues in Arlington

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ANN UMS

Date: February 1 - March 7
When: 12:00-1:00pm
With: Various Instructors
Cost: $20 Drop In
Location: Arlington

Mondays, 12:00-1:00pm. Experience various Unity Woods teachers, offering a special topic each week to help you shake off the winter blues! Open to ALL.

Jamaica 2016 – 33rd Yoga Vacation

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JAMAICA

Date: February 7-14 and 14-21
With: John Schumacher and Barbara Benagh
Location: Negril, Jamaica

Join John and Barbara for the 3rd Annual Jamaica Yoga Vacation. Two courses to choose from. This is a popular vacation, with many returning students, lots of fun and camaraderie. Please book early!

Workshop – Path of Breath: Further Exploration

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ANNE PATH OF BREATH WINTER 2016 second course

Date: February 17-March 9
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 receive support re-establishing one, and explore Pranayama sequencing. Prerequisite: Completion of Pranayama II. This course will be offered again beginning February 17.

Workshop – Coming to Ungrips with Your Hamstrings

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MEGAN - SPI

Date: February 27
When: 2:00-4:00pm
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $30
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2:00-4:00pm. Give your hamstrings the attention and respect they deserve in this class and learn to lengthen them effectively instead of fighting with them or giving up in frustration. Open to all.

Workshop – Introductory Series – Bethesda

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Suzanne Y. Siguenza TRIKONASANA

Date: March 3 - 24
When: 10:45-11:45am
With: Suzanne Y. Sigüenza
Cost: $68 Course or $20 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

Thursdays, 10:45-11:45am. Four-week introduction to the fundamentals of yoga as taught in the Iyengar Method. ALL ARE WELCOME, from beginners to newcomers to Iyengar yoga. Drop ins also welcome.

Workshop – Shoulderstand 101

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MEGAN - SARVANGASANA - crop

Date: March 5
When: 2:00-4:00pm
With: Megan Bowles
Cost: $30
Location: Bethesda

Saturday, 2:00-4:00pm. Shoulderstand can be a challenging pose to set up and get into. Come to this workshop and have fun learning the set up and how to lift up into shoulderstand.

Workshop – Advanced Asana: Frontbends, Hips & Twists

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JOHN-PASCHI

Date: March 12
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 lie on their legs in Paschimottanasana, can hold a ten minute free-standing Sirsasana away from the wall, and can hold Sarvangasana for ten minutes. No therapeutics, no knee problems.

Workshop – Advanced Pranayama in March

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JOHN-PRANAVI

Date: March 13
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.

Discussion Group: Practice

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DISC2010

Date: March 13
When: 6:45-8:30 pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: Free
Location: Bethesda

Sunday, 6:45-8:30pm. Patanjali, BKS Iyengar, Joe Adlesic: all the great teachers emphasize practice. If you practice, share your experience; if you don't, share your thoughts about why or why not. All are welcome. FREE.

Workshop – Compassionate Hip Openers for the Desk-Bound

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ANN-Bhar I on chair

Date: March 13
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: Fritz Partlow
Cost: $30
Location: Arlington

Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm. Open up the hips slowly and leave with tools to help combat the effects of too much sitting. Open to all.

Workshop – Open and Energize

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winnie-VIRABHADRASANA1

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

Saturday. Asanas open the body and create flexibility. They can also help energize you. be ready to move and enjoy some challenging fun. No prerequisite: Open to all.

Workshop – The Fine Art of Bending Forward

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WINNIE-OPEN TWIST-ABPP

Date: March 20
When: 1:00-3:00pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $30
Location: Arlington

Sunday. 1:00-3:00pm. Explore the fine art of bending forward with John in this workshop for Level II and up.

Workshop – Lois Steinberg

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TRIK - Lois full

Date: April 8-10
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 – Teacher Training: Corrections and Adjustments

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TT-SERENDIPITY

Date: April 29-May 1
When: Fri 9:00am - Sun 2:00 pm
With: John Schumacher
Cost: $385 + Accommodations
Location: Serendipity Retreat Center

Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1. This weekend you will learn some basic principles that form the foundation for giving good adjustments and work on observing students to see what is needed.

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!