Fascia Release for the Neck and Shoulders with Tricia Kull
May
27
2:30 PM14:30

Fascia Release for the Neck and Shoulders with Tricia Kull

Do you carry tension in your shoulders? Do you have neck pain? If so, you are not alone. Tight shoulders and neck pain are common symptoms of modern living. The culprits for your pain could be every day activities, such as sitting hunched in front of your computer screen, constant focus on your mobile device, or driving. In addition, maybe you have a rotator cuff injury, shoulder arthritis, disc disease, or have suffered whiplash. Regardless of the cause, help is on the way!

In this workshop, we will review the anatomy of the neck, upper back, and shoulders. A variety of balls, massage peanuts, and other props will be used to release tension and create space in the body. You will learn how to support your neck and shoulders by using your feet and legs. In addition, specific techniques and movement exercises will be shared that release tightness and tension in the shoulders and neck. Once this tightness and tension is released, your upper body will start to remember how it was designed to align and move.

Cost: $35

 All levels are welcome. No previous yoga experience required.

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Tricia is a graduate of Willow Street and Body Balance Yoga teacher training programs (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) and is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). Tricia's classes focus on dissolving tension in the body, creating optimal alignment, and connecting with the breath. She clearly articulates alignment instructions based on her knowledge of anatomy and exploration in her own practice. Tricia is so grateful to be able to share the many benefits of yoga with her students.


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New Dates - Little Om Yoga - Parent and Young Child (ages 1-5) with Alison Kennedy
Jun
1
to Jul 6

New Dates - Little Om Yoga - Parent and Young Child (ages 1-5) with Alison Kennedy

Little Om Early Late Spring Session - Six classes for the price of four!

Fridays, 10:45-11:30am, June 1st - July 6th (new dates)

We know that this time of the year can be busy with activities and travel so we are adding flexibility into this Little Om Yoga session by running a 6 week session for the price of 4 classes. Come to all six or miss up to two classes in the series with no worry. 

Come play with us and learn yoga through song, movement, poses and imagination. in this special parent and child practice geared for strong walkers to 5 years old, explore ways that breath and movement can be used to cultivate confidence and a state of inner ease.

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The benefits to children who practice yoga are numerous and long lasting! Yoga is not only great exercise but also lays down an early foundation of how to regulate emotions, manage stress and self-soothe. Little Om Yoga encourages confidence, boosts self-esteem, all while engaging the imagination. Most importantly, yoga encourages children to view themselves and others with kindness and compassion.
 

Pre-Registration for the session is required and we must have a minimum of 7 children enrolled by May 30th to run the series.

Cost: 6 week session for the price of 4 weeks - $50 for one child or $70 for siblings


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Yoga for Kids (ages 5-10) with Alison Kennedy
Jun
1
to Jun 22

Yoga for Kids (ages 5-10) with Alison Kennedy

Yoga for kids is a fantastic way for kids to learn at an early age how to connect with thoughts and feelings while building strong, confident bodies. This workshop provides an opportunity for children to explore the basics of breath (pranayama) and postures (asana) through song, games and movement while forging bonds in their community. Yoga is not about how flexible one is but rather how present and plugged into life one is. Yoga for kids cultivates a sense of self-care, respect and trust and offers children skills that ripple out into their every day life.

Cost: $50 for 4 week session


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Yoga for Middle Schoolers (ages 11-13) with Alison Kennedy
Jun
1
to Jun 22

Yoga for Middle Schoolers (ages 11-13) with Alison Kennedy

Yoga comes to life through creative yoga sequences, journaling, cooperative games, breath work and mediative awareness. Yoga can be a valuable tool in bridging the gap between childhood and becoming a teenager through positive body imaging, communication and self-expression. Led by Alison Kennedy, yoga instructor and teacher with 17 years of experience specializing in childhood development, tweens will explore poses that build strength, balance, flexibility, and focus while culitiviating useful day-to day techniques for quieting their minds, moving held stress out of their body and cultivating confidence in a non-competitive and emotionally supportive environment.

Cost: $60 for 4 week session


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Restorative Yoga with Tara Lemerise
Jun
10
2:30 PM14:30

Restorative Yoga with Tara Lemerise

Spend an afternoon resting and reseting your nervous system with Restorative Yoga. 

Restorative Yoga is a series of fully supported passive yoga postures designed to create a safe space for your body to release tension. As a relaxation response is initiated, you create the opportunity to observe and learn your body/mind’s process of tension release and what rest and relaxation feels like.

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Cost: $33

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. Learn more about Tara Lemerise and her classes/workshops at TaraLemeriseYoga.com


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Contemplative Yin Yoga - Meditation and the Quiet Practice with Machelle Lee
Jun
24
1:00 PM13:00

Contemplative Yin Yoga - Meditation and the Quiet Practice with Machelle Lee

Yin Yoga utilizes floor poses held for 3-5 minutes each in order to modestly and methodically, stimulate subtle joint tissue and fascia. This extended practice will explore Yin Yoga's simple repertoire of poses that support of the joints and fascia of the low back, spine, hips, sacrum, knees and ankles. Guided meditations, gentle breath awareness techniques and long quiet pauses will nourish the nervous system and naturally draw the mind inward into a calm, relaxed, and restorative state.  

No previous yoga expereince needed.

Cost: $30


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Listening to Plants: The Healing Power of Plant Spirits with Karen Milgate
Jul
14
3:00 PM15:00

Listening to Plants: The Healing Power of Plant Spirits with Karen Milgate

Explore and deepen your relationship to nature and the plant world. Throughout human existence people have turned to plants for support and healing.  In this workshop, Karen Milgate, a Plant Spirit Medicine practioner, will share techniques for turning to nature in order to self-support emotionally, physically, and spiritually as one moves through the many transitions that life can bring. 

We will meet at Roots and River Yoga at 17 West Potomac St. Brunswick, MD and  have a short introductory discussion and then proceed to an outdoor location near the Potomac River where we will sit in meditation with the plants.  

Bring: Colored pencils, a notebook to draw and write in, something to sit on outside (blanket or sit-upon), hat, jacket or umbrella in case of rain.  

Cost: $40

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Karen Milgate is a Plant Spirit Medicine practitioner who maintains a practice in two places--Silver Spring, MD and also in Keedysville, MD.  She was trained at the Blue Deer Center in the Catskills in New York in an intensive two-year program.  She has been listening to the wisdom of plants for many years and is now reaching out to find ways to help others develop a deeper relationship with plants.  Prior to this work, she had a 25 year career in health policy in Washington, DC. Learn more about Karen at www.karenmilgatepsm.com or reach out for a private session or workshop inquires to karen.milgate@verizon.net


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Fascia Release for Lower Back and Hips with Tricia Kull
Aug
5
2:30 PM14:30

Fascia Release for Lower Back and Hips with Tricia Kull

Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds your muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. When it’s healthy, fascia allows your muscles to slide and glide as you move. However, when fascia gets tight and stuck, it can restrict your movement. Restricted movement can also be the result of holding tension in your body. We all hold tension and gripping in our bodies due to the habitual ways that we sit, stand, and move around in the world with limited awareness. Often we overwork some muscle groups and underwork others creating imbalance.

In this workshop, you will learn how to release the layers of fascia in your lower back and hips using special tools, stretches, and yoga poses. You will also practice ways to move that are healthy, safe and supportive.  The goal of this workshop is to release fascial “stuckness,” decrease tension, and increase mindful movement.

 All levels are welcome.  No previous yoga experience required.

Cost: $35

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Tricia is a graduate of Willow Street and Body Balance Yoga teacher training programs (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) and is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). Tricia's classes focus on dissolving tension in the body, creating optimal alignment, and connecting with the breath. She clearly articulates alignment instructions based on her knowledge of anatomy and exploration in her own practice. Tricia is so grateful to be able to share the many benefits of yoga with her students.


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Fascia Release for Feet and lower legs with Tricia Kull
Sep
9
2:30 PM14:30

Fascia Release for Feet and lower legs with Tricia Kull

Your feet are your foundation. They are the steering wheels of your knees and hips. What happens in your feet affects your entire body. And yet, if you are like most people, your feet are one of the most neglected parts of your body.

In this workshop, we will review basic anatomy of the foot, lower leg and knee. You will use a variety of balls, massage peanuts, and other yoga props to release the myofascia in the feet and legs. In addition, you will practice movement exercises that will reeducate your body to help prevent injury and explore yoga poses that help align and stabilize the feet and knees.

If you have plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toes, ankle pain, shin splints or knee pain, this workshop will provide some tools to begin the healing for happier, healthier feet and knees.

All levels welcome.  No previous yoga experience required.

Cost: $35

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Tricia is a graduate of Willow Street and Body Balance Yoga teacher training programs (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) and is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). Tricia's classes focus on dissolving tension in the body, creating optimal alignment, and connecting with the breath. She clearly articulates alignment instructions based on her knowledge of anatomy and exploration in her own practice. Tricia is so grateful to be able to share the many benefits of yoga with her students.


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Level II Tarot: Suit of Cups with Julie Skaarup and Catie Peiper
May
20
1:00 PM13:00

Level II Tarot: Suit of Cups with Julie Skaarup and Catie Peiper

Indulge in a little self-care and reflection with Catie and Julie as they bring you the next installment of the Tarot workshop series, this time with a focus on the suit of Cups. 

What are your spiritual gifts? How is your heart being received by those around you? How can you find fulfillment in your emotional life? The Cups help us navigate the gentle waters of the heart space. There is a spiritual wellspring within each of us that much be tended, protected, and savored. Each card within the suit of Cups paints a different picture of what our relationship to that wellspring might be. Dive into these soft, deep waters as we explore each card of this suit in detail. 

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You will also learn a basic relationship spread with us in this workshop! An excellent way to get some perspective on any kind of inter-personal dynamic, relationship spreads help us pinpoint what needs to be healed or understood when two hearts interact. We will take some time to explain the placement of each card within the spread, and then practice reading for one another.

We love sharing this knowledge with you, and we hope to see you there! 

*This workshop requires the Intro to Tarot workshop as a pre-requisite. If you already have a working knowledge of the tarot and would like to be exempt from the pre-requisite, please feel free to reach out to Catie or Julie personally. (catie@moonhavenmagic.comjulie@moonhavenmagic.com)

Cost: $45


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Feldenkrais Method: Rediscover Your Flexible Self with Catherine Wycoff
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Feldenkrais Method: Rediscover Your Flexible Self with Catherine Wycoff

The Feldenkrais Method uses comfortable, easy movements as a means to re-engage the nervous system in the kind of learning we all do as infants, but later usually abandon. The workshop is open to all participant's level of ability and focuses improving our quality and ease of movement through awareness. 

Participants usually leave the workshop feeling energized, more flexible, more aware with a brain reawakened to possibilities.

The goal of each lesson is to “make the impossible, possible; the possible, easy; and the easy, elegant”

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Catherine Wycoff, PT, DPT, GCFP, PHCS, CERP has been a physical therapist for 28 years with an undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from Belgium and a doctorate degree from Des Moines University. She was introduced to the Feldenkrais Method in the early nineties and was amazed by how such gentle Awareness Through Movement® sessions can rewire our brain to improve the way we move and live our lives. She decided to take the 4 year Feldenkrais professional training in 1997 and loves to watch her students learn to improve their flexibility, balance, posture, and rediscover how to move with ease and joy at any age. Catherine is also trained in Myofascial Release (MFR) and incorporates both her Feldenkrais and MFR training in her practice. She has volunteered and setup private practices in Belgium, Laos, Taiwan, China, Burma, Australia and Austria in addition to the US. She recently moved her family and her practice to Lovettsville, Virginia.

Cost: $30


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Relieving Pain Naturally with Energy Medicine with Tara Roberts
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

Relieving Pain Naturally with Energy Medicine with Tara Roberts

Participants will learn to balance their own energies to reduce chronic and acute pain. Pain is often a sign of stuck subtle energy in your body. Working with the body’s energy fields we can release blocks allowing the body to return to its natural state of wellbeing.

In this workshop you will learn to identify where energy is stuck or out of balance and how to correct it. We will address headaches, joints, and various kinds of chronic or acute pain. If you are working with pain, bring it to class and we’ll see what magic we can make happen.   

These techniques are simple enough to do for yourself at home and profound enough to impact the rest of your life. Come join this workshop for an informative and interactive presentation of working with your body’s own energy field for a happier healthier you.

This workshop is open to all! 

Cost: $30

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Tara is a certified Eden Energy Medicine practitioner and educator. Eden Energy Medicine is founded by Donna Eden, author of the book Energy Medicine and recognizes 9 different energy systems including meridians, chakras, the aura, the 5 Chinese elements, radiant circuits, and more.


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Yin Yoga and Acupuncture Workshop: The Gifts of Spring and The Wood Element
Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

Yin Yoga and Acupuncture Workshop: The Gifts of Spring and The Wood Element

Roots & River owner/instructor, Machelle Lee, who specializes in Yin Yoga, and acupuncturist Samantha Francis of Five Dances Wellness blend their expertise to offer an afternoon of tending the body and psyche as we transition into the spring season. Informed by the Five-Element perspective, Machelle will lead participants through a full Yin Yoga session stimulating energetic lines within connective tissues that support the Liver and Gall Bladder organs and meridians. Following the Yin Yoga practice, Samantha will provide a meditative acupuncture session in key ear points, balancing the subtle currents within while participants settle into a deep rest.

Throughout this workshop, Samantha and Machelle will present the physical functions of the Liver and Gall Bladder as well as explore the psychological gifts and inner archetypes associated with the element of wood and the role they play through the awakening and growth of the season of spring. 

No prior experience with yoga is necessary to benefit from this workshop.

Cost: $40


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Self Discovery Through Story - An Introduction to Reading the Tarot with Julie Skaarup and Catie Peiper
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Self Discovery Through Story - An Introduction to Reading the Tarot with Julie Skaarup and Catie Peiper

Archetypes are all around us: sun and moon, inner child, young lovers, tricksters, sages/mentors, wise old women and men and many more. These recognizable characters are most often seen in myths and stories that explain simple but profound truths about what it is to be human. The tarot is like an unbound book-- cards decorated with archetypes that are free to move around and rearrange themselves to tell a different story every time. Since the subconscious speaks in myths, dreams, and symbols, tarot is one of the most elegant ways in which that deep part of our selves can speak to us and make itself known.

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Join us for a fun and playful afternoon to learn a little bit of the language of tarot-- you'll leave with the skills to do brief readings for yourself when you are in need of clarity or simply want to journey within. Bring a journal and your imagination! You will not need yoga clothes or mats for this workshop.

Cost $45


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Free Class - Gentle/Beginner Yoga with Kim Klemencic
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Free Class - Gentle/Beginner Yoga with Kim Klemencic

Student-friends have asked for more gentle/beginner classes after 7pm and we have listened.  This class focuses on building a solid foundation in basic yoga poses and is appropriate for those who are brand new to yoga as well for students who prefer to practice on refining the subtle aspects of the poses.  Emphasis is given to the quality of breath and how linking breath to conscious movement provides a depth of physical and emotional steadiness and calmness. Although the March 14th date is a free class we require registration as space is limited to 15 people. This class will be a part of our weekly class schedule of offerings every Wednesday from 7:30-8:45pm.


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FREE CLASS - Yoga Sculpt with Aimee Rider
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

FREE CLASS - Yoga Sculpt with Aimee Rider

We are excited to add a new class to our weekly schedule of class offerings at Roots & River and we invite you to come take the first class for free.  Aimee Rider will lead participants through an invigorating yet accessible Yoga Sculpt practice where the basics of Vinyasa yoga are infused with light hand weights.  

Yoga Sculpt is a total body workout that uses a simple yoga flow as its base and supplements the practice with strength training through the use of 3 and 5 pound weights.  Boost your metabolism, build lean muscle mass and strengthen bone density by adding weight resistance. Students can expect squats, planks, and cardio along with light weight lifting strength work.  Yoga Sculpt is a great mix of mind and body that people of most fitness levels can benefit from. 

Please bring your own 3 pound hand weights. If you don't have weights, now worries, you can bring to equal sized canned foods (to donate to the food bank and use as weights) or simply bring yourself as you can create your own weight resistance with intention without actual dumbbells.

Though this is a free class, we have limited space for 15 participants so please reserve your spot. 

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Contemplative Photography: Yin Yoga, Meditation, and the Art of Capturing a Moment
Mar
11
1:00 PM13:00

Contemplative Photography: Yin Yoga, Meditation, and the Art of Capturing a Moment

The practices of photography, yoga and meditation are all rooted in witnessing and experiencing the present moment. Each is influenced by our perceptions and calls us to hone a focused vision - whether in witnessing our body/mind in yoga and meditation, or in perceiving the object of our attention in photography.

In this workshop, John Canan and Machelle Lee will synthesize these practices into one fluid, artful experience, weaving in themes of the season of spring, personal perspective, self-expression and feeling connected in our body, mind and with natural world.

The day will begin with meditative experiences around attention and points of view that will lead into a gentle, accessible and deeply mediative practice of Yin Yoga led by Machelle Lee. Yin Yoga is practiced entirely on the floor and uniquely serves joints and fascia. Yin Yoga's simple repertoire offers relief to tissues in the low back, spine, hips and sacrum. Themes of  vision, imagination, nourishment, and connection will be visited throughout the practice to soothe the nervous system and naturally draw the mind inward into a calm, relaxed, and meditative state.

John Canan will then lead you through mindful meditation and breath awareness while mentoring you in photographic techniques. The day will move from the yoga mat and meditation cushion into the Brunswick Downtown, C&O Canal Tow Path and Potomac River banks where your photographs will bring clarity to the story you want to tell through images. There will be intentional pauses built into the day for self introspection and quiet time with nature as we each learn to recognize the simple moments with a fresh clear lens of appreciation. 

This workshop is completely accessible to those who may be new to yoga, meditation, or photography as well as to those who are quite experienced with any or all of these modalities.

Please bring: 

  • Notebook/journal
  • Pen/pencil
  • Camera/phone camera
  • Water bottle and snacks, if needed
  • Dress for the weather outside that day.
  • This workshop will meet in rain or shine!
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John Canan is a naturalist, photographer, education or writer who helps families, businesses and communities tell inspiring stories through photographs and digital images. In each workshop John leads, he draws upon 40+ years of mindfulness practice and experience making the content accessible and relevant in a way that fosters a sense of connection for participants that they may utilize in everyday life beyond the scope of the class . John’s work and consulting is frequent utilized to support the efforts of professional services, non-profit organizations and stewards of our natural resources to promote, educate and foster a sense of connection between people and the natural world. See some of John’s work at www.cananphoto.com.

Cost - $60


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Journey Within: Blindfold Yoga with Sierra Carlson
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Journey Within: Blindfold Yoga with Sierra Carlson

In this practice, we will explore the 5th limb of yoga: pratyahara, "withdrawal of the senses," based on the 2nd century teaching of The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali.  

Most of us spend our days in a continuous stream of visual information that at times can be overwhelming. In this practice we will fortify our inner resources by mindfully filtering what comes in through the sense of sight with the intention to create inner calm and self trust.  

The practice will begin with eyes open and then we will direct our attention inward through a meaningfully slow, gentle sequence wearing blindfolds. Discover how you can choose to modify your experience with the external environment in ways that draw you towards feeling more at ease.

Come ready to cultivate balance, self-awareness, and sensory transcendence.

Some basic yoga experience recommended, but all levels welcome.

Cost: $20


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A Journey Through the Chakras: Navigating the Body's Energy Centers with Danica Binkley
Feb
18
2:00 PM14:00

A Journey Through the Chakras: Navigating the Body's Energy Centers with Danica Binkley

The body is a vehicle of consciousness. Chakras are the wheels that transport this vehicle on the journey of life. At the inner core of each one of us are seven wheel-like energy centers known as chakras. Chakras are organizing centers within the body for the receiving, processing, and distributing of life energies.

When energy becomes blocked or excessive in a given chakra, we can get stuck in negative cycles in our relationships, our jobs, habits, and ways of thinking that can put stress and strain on our lives and can sometimes even manifest as illness in the body. This workshop will focus on clearing and balancing the chakras so that our life energy can continue to flow towards higher consciousness, radiant health and wellness, and connection to our greatest good.

This journey through the chakras will provide practical tools and methods through the practice of yoga for maintaining an open flow of energy in the body, mind, and spirit to facilitate the experience of perpetual and enduring bliss.

Everyone is welcome from beginners to advanced yoga practitioners. This workshop will include yoga postures (asana), breath work (pranayama), mudras, chanting, meditation, and bioenergetic techniques for each chakra.

Cost: $35


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Intro to Flow: Basics of Vinyasa with Sierra Carlson
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Intro to Flow: Basics of Vinyasa with Sierra Carlson

Have you always wanted to try a vinyasa class or maybe you have taken a vinyasa class, but felt a bit “in over your head”? Are you looking for a practice that can build strength, flexibility, and mental clarity? If any of these apply, this workshop is perfect for you.

In this special workshop you will learn what to expect from a vinyasa flow class, such as how to match your breath with movement, build strength while cultivating ease in action. We will work together to break down misconceptions and empower you with understanding and make vinyasa practice accessible to you!

Some basic yoga experience recommended, but all levels welcome. Come prepared to sweat, stretch and smile!

Cost: $20


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Valentines Day Yin Yoga, Wine, Chocolate and Cheese with Machelle Lee
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Valentines Day Yin Yoga, Wine, Chocolate and Cheese with Machelle Lee

REGISTRATION IS FULL for this event.  I promise to get more wine and Yin events on the schedule! 

What more needs to be said?  Lets come together on Valentines day to lift a glass to self-love and enjoy a delicious evening together.  Choose from several wines and then take your glass, cheeses and truffles to the mat for an indulgent but therapeutic Yin Yoga practice themed around deep love for the simple presentations of life. 

Cost: $25 


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Tending the Joints: An Introduction to Yin Yoga with Machelle Lee
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Tending the Joints: An Introduction to Yin Yoga with Machelle Lee

Yin Yoga utilizes floor poses held for 3-5 minutes each in order to modestly, within limits, stimulate ligaments through traction and compression on joint tissue. This basic introduction to Yin Yoga theory and its simple repertoire of poses is self-empowering for the support and physical therapy for the joints, tendons, and ligaments of the low back, spine, hips, sacrum, knees and ankles. In this workshop, the foundational principles of Yin Yoga will be discussed as well as the chemical responses that occur in the joints based on modern tissue regeneration research of why Yin Yoga is so uniquely therapeutic and rehabilitative to the joints. 

This workshop is great for those who are curious about how this approach can aid their joints want to learn more and for those who are hankering for a decadently long Yin Yoga practice.

All are welcome. No previous yoga experience needed. 

Cost: $30


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Postponed: Essential Oil and Restorative Yoga for Your Immune System with Carrie Dennison
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Postponed: Essential Oil and Restorative Yoga for Your Immune System with Carrie Dennison

This workshop is postponed due to ice and low registration. We will announce a new date soon. 

Rejuvenate with restorative yoga and essential oils! During this class, participants will be fully supported and grounded in relaxing restorative poses, using blankets, blocks, bolsters, and other props to support you. Specific poses have been chosen for this class that help support the function of the immune system. This kind of resting can also reduce tension, fatigue, and ease experiences of anxiety - moving one into a peaceful state of deep relaxation. During the practice, everyone will get to experience different essential oils to enhance the experience. After the restorative yoga class, there will be an educational portion about the essential oils used in class and how they can be used to support the immune system to protect against seasonal threats. Attendees will leave with some reference material.

No prior yoga experience is necessary for this workshop.

Cost: $25

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Carrie’s love of yoga is fostered from a need for balance in her life after struggling with anxiety from a high-pressure corporate job. With a strong desire to help others find peace in this crazy world, she completed her 200-hour RYT training with Dominica Knapp at Ananda Shala in Frederick, MD. After discovering the importance of rest to complement a busy life and active yoga practice, she was called to incorporate restorative yoga in her practice and teaching. She studied restorative yoga under Tara Lemerise's Rest for All Teacher Training. Carrie also has been studying, using, and selling doTERRA essential oils since 2016. She is certified as a Level 2 Reiki Healer – she studied under Reiki Master Irene Glasse.


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Fascia and Tension Relief for Hips, Quads and Hamstrings with Tricia Kull
Jan
20
2:30 PM14:30

Fascia and Tension Relief for Hips, Quads and Hamstrings with Tricia Kull

Fascia is connective tissue that supports the structure of your body.  When it’s healthy, fascia allows your muscles and tissues to slide and glide as you move.  However, when your fascia gets tight or stuck, it can restrict your movement. Restricted movement can also be the result of holding tension in your body due to the habitual ways that we sit, stand, and move around in the world.  Restricted movement and tension in the quadriceps, hips, and hamstrings have an impact on your low back, your knees, and your ability to stand or move with ease.

In this workshop, you will learn how to release the layers of fascia, decrease tension, and create space in your quads, hips, and hamstrings using a variety of balls, massage peanuts, yoga props, and yoga poses.  

The goal of this workshop is to release fascial “stuckness”, decrease tension, and increase mindful movement in the legs and hips for a happier, healthier body.

No previous yoga experience needed. Everyone welcome!

Cost: $35


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Fascia Release for Deeper Breath with Tricia Kull
Jan
20
11:30 AM11:30

Fascia Release for Deeper Breath with Tricia Kull

Fascia is connective tissue that supports the structure of your body. When it's healthy, fascia allows your muscles and tissues to slide and glide as you move. However, when your fascia gets tight or stuck, it can restrict your movement and have an impact on the depth of your breath. 

In this workshop, we'll focus on the diaphragm, the dome-shaped muscle that is the prime mover of the breath and the foundation of healthy breathing. You will learn how the diaphragm relies on the mobility of the spine, pelvis, and their associated muscles. You'll experience how poor spinal mobility, a tense pelvic floor, unstable foundation and misalignment in the body all affect the depth of the breath.

By using a variety of balls, massage peanuts, and yoga props and poses, you will release tension, create space, and improve your body alignment.  You will learn how to use your feet and legs to create a strong foundation for the breath.  All of this will support a deeper breath and help you to feel better in your body.  

No previous yoga experience needed. Everyone welcome!

Cost: $28


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Thankful for Restorative Yoga with Tara Lemerise
Nov
25
2:30 PM14:30

Thankful for Restorative Yoga with Tara Lemerise

What a wonderful way to recharge and rediscover yourself after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Treat yourself (or bring some members of your family who might need some rebalancing too)!

Sometimes your deepest experience of yoga happens when you stop working to control your body/mind and instead rest with support, awareness and intention. In this practice, you will be fully supported in a deeply relaxing circuit of restorative poses, using blankets, blocks, bolsters, and other props to support you. This purposeful kind of resting can eliminate fatigue, facilitate recovery from injuries, ease experiences of anxiety, and help you develop resistance to the impacts of stress on your physical and mental wellbeing.  All props are skillfully arranged before you arrive so you feel welcomed and cared for during the practice, allowing you to leave feeling revitalized and refreshed. No prior yoga experience is necessary for this workshop.

Cost: $30

Learn more about Tara Lemerise at her website.


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Gratitude Practice with Peat Purol
Nov
24
10:30 AM10:30

Gratitude Practice with Peat Purol

As we enter the holiday season, one of the greatest gifts you can offer yourself is consistently slowing down to reground your thoughts, emotions, body and psyche. Such practices allow us to remember and re-commit to our true selves and thus open ourselves up to the beauty of present moment - in is joys and complexities.  This post-Thanksgiving practice will liberate tension in the body/mind through a mindful series of poses connected to deep breathing while emphasizing contentment and gratitude.  

$15 Drop-in or Regular Class Pass 


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Class Canceled: Yoga for Middle Schoolers (Grades 5th-8th) with Alison Kennedy
Nov
7
to Nov 10

Class Canceled: Yoga for Middle Schoolers (Grades 5th-8th) with Alison Kennedy

Due to low registration - we have canceled this series.  We will offer some classes and workshops for middle schoolers again soon.

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm (6 week session) $70

Pre-egistration required and minimum of 5 participants needed to run the series

Yoga comes to life through creative yoga sequences, cooperative games, breath work and mediative awareness. This unique curriculum utilizes yoga as a tool in bridging the gap between childhood and becoming a teenager through positive body imaging, communication and self-expression. Led by Alison Kennedy, yoga instructor and teacher with 17 years of expereince specializing in childhood development, tweens will explore poses that build strength, balance, flexibility, and focus while culitiviating useful day-to day techniques for quieting their minds, moving held stress out of their body and cultivating confidence in a non-competitive and emotionally supportive environment.


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Class Canceled: Yoga for High Schoolers (9th-12th Grade) with Sierra Carlson
Nov
5
to Nov 10

Class Canceled: Yoga for High Schoolers (9th-12th Grade) with Sierra Carlson

Due to low registration - we have canceled this series.  We will offer future workshops for teens soon. 

Sundays 6:00-7:00pm (6 week series) $70

Yoga for High Schoolers provides students the opportunity to quiet their minds, move held stress out of their body and breathe in a safe, non-competitive and emotionally supportive enviornment. Led by Sierra Carlson, yoga teacher and mental health therapist specializing in adolescence, this class offers teenagers an opportunity to reduce stress and connect to their bodies in a positive and loving way. Yoga is an excellent compliment for those participating in sports to reduce injury and improve performance.  This practice is also a meaningful way to exercise the body for those who are not drawn to more typical athletics. Poses cultivate strength, flexibility and balance in bodies that are rapidly changing. Breathing and relaxation practices cultivate a sense of well-being and ease that inevitably ripple out as skills to use in their day-to-day lives.

Feel free to reach out to Sierra at An.om.a.day@gmail.comwith personal or class specific  inquires about this class series.


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FREE/Donation JourneyDance of Play and Affirmation with Jessica Lusty
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

FREE/Donation JourneyDance of Play and Affirmation with Jessica Lusty

Just drop in tonight!

When is the last time you really let yourself drop in, let your body lead and move to your hearts desire? Join us in a JourneyDance™ of release and renewal as we self-connect, feel the strength of our bodies and dance our hearts deeper expression. Practiced to inspiring music, this dance is an empowering journey of self-acceptance and transformation. Supported by thematic self-inquiry, imagination and movement suggestions, we emerge from the dance floor clear, focused, inspired, connected and energized.

No yoga experience needed for this symbolic and playful dance. 

Learn more about Jessica Lusty at her website.


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Workshop Postponed until the New Year....Sourcing Affirmation with Jessica Lusty and Machelle Lee
Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

Workshop Postponed until the New Year....Sourcing Affirmation with Jessica Lusty and Machelle Lee

Our inner voice can be our worst critic or our greatest ally. We have all found ourselves in times when we are struggling around a pattern of thoughts that exhaust or berate us. Often these are sourced from internalized ideas that we learned from family, society or cultural messaging. Initially, these messages may have acted to protect us from a true or perceived harm. However, many beliefs and "truths" about reality are temporary constructs that evolve over time as we gain greater life knowlege and experience. If constricting thoughts are not questioned or explored, however, what once protected us can become a hinderance to living a meaningful life that is aligned to our true, authentic selves.  

In this workshop, Jessica and Machelle meaningfully blend storytellings, guided self-inquiry, mindfulness, meditation and themed yogic movement in order to unearth the voices you tend to habitually privilege, explore them and thus give rise to dialogue with the aspirations of your soul.  We will engage several layers of techniques from yoga asana, group discussion, meditation, journaling and essential oil making in order to weave meaningful resources you can call on at any time in order to hear and tend the voice of your inner ally.

Previous yoga experience is recommended for the movement portion though not required and multiple variations to poses will be given to create the most supportive practice for each person. 

Learn more about Jessica Lusty at her website


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Body Rolling: Feel Better in Your Body with Sue Hynes
Oct
14
2:30 PM14:30

Body Rolling: Feel Better in Your Body with Sue Hynes

Yamuna® Body Rolling (YBR) is all about body sustainability, keeping you doing the things you love to do. YBR is a self-care system that utilizes small inflatable balls in easy to learn techniques that target skin, muscle fibers, fascia, bone and the nervous system. In this workshop, you will learn techniques to roll through tension, melt stress and feel better in your body. The YBR method is simple to learn and implement in order to prevent injury and work through existing challenges in your body.  

Benefits of Body Rolling:

  • Increases mobility and range of motion 
  • Tones the core
  • Elongates and tones muscles
  • Frees tight restricted areas
  • Re-aligns body from head to toes
  • Establishes greater body awareness 

Balls will be provided for use at the workshop and new balls will be available for purchase at a discounted price for those attendees who wish to take these tools home for continued self care. 

No experience is needed to enjoy this all-levels class.

Cost: $40

Read more about Yamuna Body Rolling in this Journal Of Physical Therapy article.

Learn more about Sue Hynes at her website or her YouTube channel.


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Contemplative Photography with John Canan
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Contemplative Photography with John Canan

Pause and deepen attention in mindfulness while capturing a conscious moment that tells a story and makes a memory. In this workshop, John Canan will lead you through mindful meditation and breath practices while mentoring you in photographic techniques. The day will move from the meditation cushion into the Brunswick Downtown, C&O Canal and Potomac River banks where your photographs will bring clarity to what is called the “decisive moments” and the story you want to tell through images. There will be intentional pauses built into the day so that notes can be taken and quite time spent in the nature that surrounds us. 

The practices learned in this contemplative photography workshop fosters self-awareness and situational awareness that can be applied to all areas of life as we improve our listening and seeing skills. The sense of trust in oneself is strengthened while our appreciation for nature is deepened. As we practice this process of seeing together, we also build a supportive group of talented and compassionate peers in our community.

LOCATION NOTE: This workshop is meeting in the Brunswick Heritage Museum's community room thanks to a collaborative mission between Roots & River Yoga and the museum.  The Brunswick Heritage Museum is located at 40 W. Potomac St and the community room entrance is located on the west side of the building on S. Maryland Ave across from the New Hope Church.  A percentage of the workshop proceeds will go to support the museum. 

Please bring: 

  • Notebook/journal
  • Pen/pencil
  • Camera/phone camera
  • Water and snacks (if needed) Some snacks will be provided
  • Dress for the weather outside that day.
  • This workshop will meet in rain or shine!

Cost: $63 

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John Canan is a naturalist, photographer, education or writer who helps families, businesses and communities tell inspiring stories through photographs and digital images. As a mindfulness practitioner, John has 40 years of experience and practice.  John’s work and consulting is frequent utilized to support the efforts of professional services, non-profit organizations and stewards of our natural resources to promote, educate and foster a sense of connection between people and the natural world. 

See some of John’s work at www.johncanan.com


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Live Music Vinyasa and Kirtan: Moving into Stillness with Machelle Lee and Brian King
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Live Music Vinyasa and Kirtan: Moving into Stillness with Machelle Lee and Brian King

The practice of yoga asana, the rhythm of kirtan chants, and the stillness of meditation are all gateways into mindfulness. This unique practice will be a joyful union of song, movement, and inner reflection. Like a moving meditation, Brian will create the heart beat and flow with live music as Machelle guides a creative vinyasa flow in service of discharging tensions held in the body and creating opening in the mind and heart. Following the asana practice, Brian will lead a chanting practice in the Bhakti Yoga tradition of kirtan to further still the mind and cultivate a connection to our inner voice. As song winds down, all will settle into stillness as Machelle weaves poetry through a guided meditation and then into a deep savasana rest.

This offering is donation based. Proceeds will be shared equally to benefit a local charity (to be announced here soon). The suggested donation is $15-25 at the door. Online registration is available to reserve your space for $20, or register online and donate in person, or simply drop in the night of the event. 


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Master Class - Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy: Backbends and Headstands with Marietta Vis
Oct
1
3:00 PM15:00

Master Class - Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy: Backbends and Headstands with Marietta Vis

Class Postponed - Rescheduled Date to be Announced Soon.

The primary focus of Critical Alignment Yoga is to mobilize and align the spinal column, restoring mobility, balance and spaciousness in the body. One important concept that guides this work is that of "movement chains." You can see movement as a ripple or chain of small actions linked together from one body part to the next. When there is stiffness or inflexibility (like in the shoulders, neck, lower back) the chain has a weakness that limits the free transfer of movement and can cause pain and discomfort. To restore mobility in those weak links, we can work with various specialized props that can bring awareness to parts of the body that have escaped our attention. In this workshop you will learn corrective exercices and an asana practice related to the work on specialized props in backbends

Independent of the yoga style or lineage you practice, this workshop can benefit you as you continue to develop a respectful and safe practice for yourself and potentially your students. 

Cost: $40

See more Critical Alignment videos at 

https://vimeo.com/85994118 back bender video 2

https://vimeo.com/86045142 head stander video 1

https://vimeo.com/86045143 head stander video 2

This Master Class is designed for teachers and  yoga students looking to deepen their understanding of practicing and/or teaching concepts of backhanding and handstands from the Critical Alignment perspective. Attendance of the workshop qualifies certified yoga teachers to three (3) continuing education credits for Yoga Alliance.


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Master Class - Offering a Satisfying Savansana: The Art and Science of Restorative Yoga Postures with Tara Lemerise
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Master Class - Offering a Satisfying Savansana: The Art and Science of Restorative Yoga Postures with Tara Lemerise

A teacher once told me "Improve your savasana and you will improve your life." Learn how to give yourself and your students the opportunity to stop working to control their body and mind and instead 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. In this master class you will learn:

  • detailed alignment and propping instruction of at least four restorative postures, including new ways to practice savasana;
  • the benefits, applications, and energetics of restorative yoga asanas;
  • when and how to use props to initiate a relaxation response;
  • ways to identify physical and energetic misalignment in restorative poses;
  • skills for making adjustments during restorative practice

Cost: $80

Learn more about Tara Lemerise at her website.

This Master Class is designed for teachers and  yoga students looking to deepen their understanding of practicing and/or teaching Restorative Yoga. Attendance of the workshop qualifies certified yoga teachers to four (4) continuing education credits for Yoga Alliance. 


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Yoga for a Healthy Gut with Sierra Carlson
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Yoga for a Healthy Gut with Sierra Carlson

A happy tummy leads to a happy mind. It's time to give back to your tummy. Sierra will guide you through a yoga sequence designed to help with digestion and core strength. You will then enjoy a few healthy (and yummy) probiotic beverages and foods that will restore healthy bacteria in your gut. You and your tummy will leave feeling happy!

All levels welcome. 

Cost: $25

Learn more about Sierra at our teacher bio page


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Intention Yoga: Connecting Your Practice with Your Life with Sierra Carlson
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Intention Yoga: Connecting Your Practice with Your Life with Sierra Carlson

Self expression and setting intentions are vital to keeping our minds and bodies on track. In this workshop, you will create an intention to guide your practice. Using mediation, art, pranayama (breath practices), yoga postures, and journaling, this workshop will offer you insight into your own personal journey.

All levels welcome and no previous yoga experience needed.

Cost: $25

Learn more about Sierra at our teacher bio page


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Yin Yoga, Acupuncture and the Season of Summer with Samantha Francis and Machelle Lee
Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Yin Yoga, Acupuncture and the Season of Summer with Samantha Francis and Machelle Lee

Yin Yoga instructor Machelle Lee and Acupuncturist Samantha Francis (Five Dances Wellness) blend their experience to offer a summer workshop exploring the element of fire from the Five-Element tradition of Chinese Medicine. Machelle will lead participants through a full Yin Yoga session stimulating the acupressure lines within connective tissues that support the heart and small intestine organs and meridians. Following the practice, Samantha will provide a meditative acupuncture session in the ear points to assist in balancing the subtle current within. Throughout the experience, Machelle and Samantha will discuss the physical functions of these organs as well as present the holistic gifts that are associated with the psycho-spiritual energy of the fire element. No prior experience with yoga is necessary to benefit from this workshop. $45


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