Yin Yoga: Foundations of Joint Tending - Teacher Training/Personal Enrichment with Machelle Lee
to Mar 24

Yin Yoga: Foundations of Joint Tending - Teacher Training/Personal Enrichment with Machelle Lee

This training course is FULL.

Please email machelle@rootsandriveryoga.com if you would like to be added to the wait-list or would like to be personally notified when the next training dates have been selected.


  • Saturday, January 26th 1:00-6:00pm

  • Sunday, January 27th 1:00-6:00pm

  • Saturday, February 23rd 1:00-6:00pm

  • Saturday, March 2nd 1:00-6:00pm

  • Saturday, March 23rd 1:00-6:00pm

  • Sunday, March 24th 1:00-6:00pm

Yin Yoga's quiet practice has been Machelle's passion for 14 years. In 2004, after having already taught for a decade prior on how the yoga asana practice can be used as a form of self-acupressure/acu-tension to stimulate meridian systems in the body, Machelle sought out to study extensively with Paul Grilley who developed and named this unique approach "Yin Yoga."  

Yin Yoga utilizes muscularly relaxed poses on the floor that are held for longer periods of time (3-5+ minutes typically) in order to safely and systematically stimulate chemical re-generative responses in tissues, particularly of fascia, ligaments and within joint capsules. Through modest traction and compression, one trains the structural tissues to reduce the process of contracture that shortens tissues and can cause degeneration, adhesions, pain, and decreased range of motion. Yin Yoga's methodical and subtle approach provides lubrication, mobility and a sense of lightness to the body's structure, energetics and and thus to the mind.  

This training/personal enrichment program is a valuable in-depth exploration for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the Yin Yoga practice for their own self-care and for teachers wishing to incorporate Yin Yoga wisely and safely into their class offerings. Registered yoga teachers with Yoga Alliance can earn 30 hours continuing credit hours. 

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Topics of exploration include: 

  • History of Yin Yoga and its influence from Chinese Taoism and traditional Chinese medicine, the Hatha Yoga Padipika, and the lineage of modern teachers who informed and mentored Paul Grilley and his development of the therapeutic approach he named "Yin Yoga."

  • Theory of Yin Yoga - the science and practice of cutting edge research on the function of fascia/connective tissues and how "exercising" structural tissue appropriately, through long held and modest tractions and compressions, fosters a chemical response for tissue health.

  • Anatomy of joints and how skeletal variations affect range of motion and principles of individual alignment.

  • Comprehensive Yin Yoga repertoire of asanas and discussion on how to create mindful sequences.

  • Approaches to modify, adjust and prop Yin Yoga postures in order to safely create practices for each individual to stimulate desired joint tissue or energy lines.

  • Introductory core concepts of meridian theory, the study of the body's energy system as intertwined with fascia and how the practice of Yin Yoga influences meridians, organ health, and psychological well being. *There will be an addition 10 hour program on Yin Yoga and the meridian system offered in Spring 2019 for those who want to go more in-depth into Yin Yoga and the physical/psychological energetics.

This training is ideal for:

  • New and experienced yoga teachers who want to expand their teaching knowledge and skills

  • Yoga students who are interested in deepening their personal practice and exploring the theory and application of Yin Yoga for self-care

  • Physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists or health care practitioners looking to suggest home practices for their clients


Upon completion, Registered Yoga Teachers will receive a certificate and are eligible for 30 hours of CEUs through Yoga Alliance


Cost: $600 and includes manual

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Machelle Lee, MA, E-RYT 500, CMT, YACEP, Roots & River Yoga Founder and Instructor Machelle has 26 years of experience as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and childbirth educator. She holds a Masters Degree in mythology and depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a 300 hours in yoga psychology. Machelle leads therapeutic movement through Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga in a way that weaves together yogic teachings with modern scientific research on tissue rehabilitation, traditional medicines, and psychology. This approach to the whole person aids one in feeling and understanding the bodymind connection both somatically and intellectually. Specializing in the health and rehabilitation of fascia, connective tissues, and joints, Machelle is committed to serving students in a way that best fits their unique abilities and anatomic structure.  Machelle combines storytelling, archetypes, poetry, anatomy, neuroscience, psychology, and Five Element Meridian Theory across a variety of yoga styles in a way that is always aimed at facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development for each participant. 

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Integrative Quantum Medicine (IQM) with Debra Babarsky, M.A.,L.P.C
to Mar 16

Integrative Quantum Medicine (IQM) with Debra Babarsky, M.A.,L.P.C

Two Day Immersion

Friday, March 15, 2019 and Saturday, March 16, 2019

12:30-6:30pm each day

Ease your mind - Heal your body - Make room for your life force!

Integrative Quantum Medicine (IQM) is a self-healing modality that combines techniques of energy mastery with anatomy, physiology and quantum theory. IQM requires no drugs, needles, herbs, tools, or physical contact while producing immediate results. 


Most illnesses and disorders begin with an energy imbalance on the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual levels.  In this 2-day IQM workshop, you will learn to recognize how your energies are focused or stuck, correct imbalances, and empower yourself to move through challenges with more ease. 

Integrative Quantum Medicine will give you tools for transformation and healing.

You will learn to:

  • Recognize and optimize the energy/health available to you in life

  • Strengthen your intuitive listening

  • Learn how to muscle test accurately

  • Become more clear and definitive in your choices and know your “higher truth”

  • Release old patterns, un-helpful emotions and limiting beliefs

  • Lessen the impact that others and the outside world have on you

  • Create greater freedom to enjoy your life and vitality

Cost: $250  


This offering of IQM in the greater Washington Area is being offered by Debra Babarsky, M.A.,L.P.C, a trained and certified IQM practitioner and teacher.  Debra’s integrative approach to health and healing are influenced by her work as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor, her specialization in body-oriented psychotherapy and holistic health and 40 + years of yoga practice and meditation.  For questions, feel free to call Debra at (540) 338-0620  or email her at dbabarsky@yahoo.com  For a more in depth look at IQM visit www.babarsky.com (IQM) and Louise Mita’s (creator of IQM) website at www.taoenergy.com

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Trauma Informed Yoga: 12 Hour Immersion/Teacher Training with Kath Meadow and Whitney Ingram
to Apr 7

Trauma Informed Yoga: 12 Hour Immersion/Teacher Training with Kath Meadow and Whitney Ingram


  • Saturday, April 6th 12:00-6:00pm

  • Sunday, April 7th 12:00-6:00pm

In this immersion/training, we  invite yoga teachers, therapists, those in the healing professions, and curious yogis, to explore how trauma lives in the body and how yoga can assist in healing. We will discuss the prevalence of trauma, practice trauma informed yoga, and gain an accessible understanding of the science of trauma and learn how yoga can be a powerful tool to support those who have experienced trauma to heal. 

This training is ideal for:

  • new and experienced yoga teachers who want to expand their teaching skills

  • anyone interested in deepening their understanding and experience of trauma informed yoga

  • therapists, body workers or those in the healing modalities in who wish to integrate trauma informed yoga in their offerings

For teachers and therapists we will explore trauma informed techniques for growing your sensitivity to make your teachings more inclusive. For people seeking yoga or already practicing, these techniques may give insight in approaching your personal practice in compassionate ways. Kath and Whitney will provide guidance in self-care to inspire your personal practice, support those working in the field of trauma, and discuss yoga activism. 



Book: We encourage you but not required, prior to the workshop to read Overcoming Trauma through Yoga by David Emerson and Stephanie Covington

Cost: $300


Kath Meadows, MA, 500E-RYT With a background in mental health wellness and yoga, Kath has been teaching trauma informed yoga and mindfulness in prisons since 2010. Recognizing the need
for materials that acknowledged the specific needs of the female prisoner, Kath wrote A Woman’s Practice: Healing from the Heart, an accessible yoga guide available for free to incarcerated people nationwide. In addition Kath is a contributing editor to BestPractices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System and her work has been recognized by Yoga Journal, who named her Good Karma Award winner in 2015 and 2016. 


Whitney Ingram E-RYT200 RYT500 has been a yoga practitioner since 2007 and a teacher since 2012. Whitney is a co-teacher for Jala Yoga’s YTT offerings as well as an ambassador for the Prison Yoga Project. As a seasoned yoga practitioner and survivor of trauma her yoga offerings are authentic
having come to understanding the concepts from a place of embodiment to theory. Her story has been featured in Mantra Magazine, Yoga Journal, and Prison Yoga Project. whitneyingramyoga.com

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Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training  with Tara Lemerise
to Nov 10

Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Tara Lemerise


12 Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 2-6pm
  • Sunday, November 4, 2018 2-6pm
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018 2-6pm

Some of our students’ deepest experiences of yoga happen when we can give them the opportunity to stop working to control their body and mind and instead help them rest with support, awareness, and intention. The deep, purposeful kind of resting possible with restorative yoga can eliminate fatigue, expedite recovery from injuries, ease experiences of anxiety, and develop resistance to the impact of stress on physical and mental health, among other things. This teacher training will provide the tools you need to teach restorative poses with confidence and ease, both in a group setting and to one-on-one clients.

You will learn:

  • detailed alignment and propping instruction of at least seven restorative postures
  • the benefits, applications, and energetics of restorative yoga asanas
  • when and how to use props to initiate a relaxation response
  • how to address injuries, limitations, and special conditions during restorative practice
  • ways to identify physical and energetic misalignment in restorative poses
  • skills for physical and verbal adjustments during restorative practice

This training is ideal for:

  • new and experienced yoga teachers who want to expand their teaching skills
  • anyone currently enrolled in an immersion or yoga teaching training program
  • anyone interested in deepening their understanding and experience of restorative yoga

This training is eligible for 12 hours of continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance and after completion, there are opportunities to join Tara’s apprenticing program.


Cost: $285 includes all three training days a spiral bound 30-page Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Manual.

Because space is limited to 15 participants - we are first opening registration just to those who can attend all three days. If we have space available in this program by October 15th, we will allow for people to sign up single training days for $100/day. Reach out to machelle@rootsandriveryoga.com if you would like to be notified if single day training is available. 

Tara Lemerise, E-RYT 200, is known for offering clear, light-hearted, and encouraging instruction to students of all levels. Tara has a deeply calming way of teaching restorative yoga and brings a strong understanding of anatomy to all of her classes, which helps her students understand and appreciate their bodies in new ways. From restorative postures to arm balances and everything in between, Tara encourages her students tune in to their body’s messages and she helps them seek out the delight in each moment, even the challenging ones. Students leave feeling more joyful and more at ease after each class.


After completing her first teacher training in 2005 at Willow Street Yoga Center, Tara went on to complete restorative yoga teacher training certificates with Judith Hason Lasater, Jillian Pransky, and Cyndi Lee. Since 2014, Tara has been "Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training" based on what she has learned from all of these wise restorative teachers, as well as her own 5,000+ hours of teaching experience.

Testimonials: "Tara Lemerise’s Rest For All Restorative Training is incredibly comprehensive. She covers everything an instructor needs to lead a well sequenced restorative class, from anatomy and why we need restorative yoga to setting up poses with props to how to sequence and even offered music selections. Not only does she make it informative and interesting but fun as well! It was time well spent!" -Rosemary Fatovic
"This teacher training was great! One of my favorite things I learned was how to guide people to sit with their own feelings that come up during a restorative practice instead of telling them how to feel and telling them to clear their mind. I like the idea of letting them sit with whatever comes up and just trying to make them feel as safe and comfortable with props during that process." -Carrie Dennison
"Tara has a vibrant, playful spirit that infuses her teaching and makes her an engaging trainer. Her extensive background in various styles of hatha yoga serves to inform and support the deep rest for both body and mind provided in a restorative pose. There was time for instruction, discussion and a manual was provided to facilitate note taking as needed. We were able to work as partners or groups of three both to experience and to practice providing each other assistance to find the most comfort in the poses. This is a training well worth taking." -Mary Lou Middleton
"Tara’s Restorative Teacher Training was thoughtful, engaging, and enlightening, with the perfect balance of discussion and practice. Her materials are informative and easy to use and the training structure started us off learning and propping restorative postures and ended with us planning and leading our own restorative class. I am so glad to have taken this training to deepen my own understanding and practice of restorative yoga and to be able to share it with my students!" –Tracy Buro
"This was such a magnificent training. I truly loved every moment of it and learned so much. Tara’s teaching style is tremendously effective. I would highly recommend it to any teacher looking to diversify and add to their yoga teacher toolkit." -Stephanie Crane

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