Comfort & Joy: A Deeply Restorative Holiday Practice with Danica Binkley
Dec
22
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort & Joy: A Deeply Restorative Holiday Practice with Danica Binkley

While the holidays can be a time of joy and togetherness, it is easy to become overextended, overcommitted, and overwhelmed by the pressures, demands on our patience, energy, time and resources. As a result, we often sacrifice our own well-being,  finding ourselves depleted, frazzled, and out of balance.  This year, give yourself the gift of nourishing self-care by engaging in a deeply restorative yoga practice focused around reconnecting with your inner calm and balance, replenishing depleted energy, and cultivating real lasting peace and joy.  

This special workshop will begin with gentle movement and stretching before moving into long-help supported postures that allow the body to naturally release and let go of deeply held tension and stress, which helps to replenish the nervous system, regulate the body's natural functions and renew a sense of peace and groundedness to your entire being.  Both experienced and inexperienced yogis of all ages will benefit from the inner quietude and deep release of this grounding and calming practice. Please plan to dress in layers, including bringing warm socks, as the body temperature drops as it relaxes.  

Cost: $30

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Danica is a trauma-informed yoga teacher who approaches her instruction with compassion and lovingkindness, fostering a nurturing, non-judgmental environment of openness and acceptance in all of her classes.  Experienced in the teaching of meditation, vinyasa (flow) yoga, gentle yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, and open-to-all yoga, she most enjoys teaching gentle, calming styles yoga for healing and stress-relief, with special emphasis on the breath, mudra, and diverse meditative practices. 


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Evolving Mindfully: Transformative Empowerment Workshop with Jessica Lusty
Dec
29
1:00 PM13:00

Evolving Mindfully: Transformative Empowerment Workshop with Jessica Lusty

Are you responding mindfully to the circumstances of your life in a way that honors your innermost intentions?

Do you sense deep down that it is time to holistically attend to your body, mind, emotions and energy, but are not sure how how to work that into your life in a integrated and sustained way?

Do push your feelings and sense that something needs to change aside in order to get through the daily demands of your life?

If so, take this opportunity for sacred pause to turn within.

Why? Because your life is an amazing miracle; the time you have here is your opportunity to be present to life in a way that honors the authenticity of your unique spirit.

This Workshop offers is an introduction to the Evolving Mindfully approach to transformation that is based in embodying our inherent empowerment through self-awareness, self-love and self-mastery.

When we are empowered we neither judge nor blame, rather we take responsibility to heal, learn and reclaim our potency to manifest the beauty, pleasure, joy, love and intimacy that we sense is possible. 

In this interactive Evolving Mindfully Workshop we will breathe, move, meditate, reflect to...

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  • Clarify the quality of presence we desire to bring to our lives and relationships. 

  • Consider approaches to personal evolution that support the quality of presence we desire to bring to our day-to-day lives.

  • Explore strategies to respond mindfully to our inner and external landscapes in skillful ways that support our intentions.

Cost: $35

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Jessica Lusty specializes in holistic mindful approaches to personal evolution. As the founder of Evolving Mindfully based in Washington DC, she teaches classes and workshops, offers personal processes and creates journeys to for awakening, empowerment and transformation. Jessica is an integrative guide devoted to supporting individuals living complicated busy lives to cultivate conscious lifestyles to align with their souls' intentions. As an instructor of the Eightfold Path of Yoga with advanced training in Yoga Psychology, JourneyDance guide, Certified Astrologer and Priestess, Jessica merges wisdom traditions with modern strategies to support Transformative Empowerment.


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Private Astrological Natal Chart Readings with Jessica Lusty
Dec
29
4:15 PM16:15

Private Astrological Natal Chart Readings with Jessica Lusty

Astrology is a lens through which we can powerfully explore the nature and character of our psyche as well as the dynamics of our lives. It is a system practiced throughout ancient civilizations. A personal Astrological Natal Chart Interpretation provides comprehensive insight into the circumstances, dynamics and patterns in your life from the perspective of the fundamental aspects of your character, life lessons and dominant themes. It covers current transits that can help provide insight into the energies, questions and patterns you are grappling with at the present time.
Sessions with Jessica are a deep experience of self-care as they support compassionate self-awareness. Jessica begins with a clearing meditation through the chakras informed by your chart and proceed with the interpretation as outlined on her Astral Insight Page.

Cost: $150 and includes centering/clearing ritual, astrological chart, 60-90 minute interpretation and recording of reading. 

To register, select the button with the date and time of desired appointment. The software system will only allow one person to sign up for each appointment and I will remove the registration links once each spot is reserved. 

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Jessica Lusty incorporates knowledge and experiences from myriad sources including:

  • Sivananda ashram based 200 hour yoga teacher training

  • JourneyDance™ facilitator certification

  • 300 hour Yoga Psyche Soul: Yoga Psychology Advanced Teacher Training

  • Debra Silverman's Astrology Certification Program

  • Urban Priestess Mystery School: 13 Moon Priestess Training and Initiation

  • Non-Violent Communication (NVC) techniques

 


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Little Om Yoga - Parent and Young Child (Strong Walkers-5 years with Their Grownup) with Alison Kennedy
Jan
4
to Feb 22

Little Om Yoga - Parent and Young Child (Strong Walkers-5 years with Their Grownup) with Alison Kennedy

Special rate of seven (7) classes for the price of six (6).

Fridays: 10:45-11:30am

January 4, 2019 - February 22, 2019 (no class February 1st)

Pre-registration is required. To ensure the best experience for the kids, the minimum enrollment to run series is 6 children and maximum number is 10. Drop-ins may be allowed if space permits.

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.

Cost: $75 for one child and $112.50 for two siblings (second child is half-off the session).

Seven (7) Classes for the Price of Six (6) - We know that life is busy and sometimes kids are sick or sleepy so we built in a missed day in the series. Come for all 7 weeks if you can or know that you can miss a week if needed, carefree.


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Yoga for Kids (ages 6-10) with Alison Kennedy
Jan
4
to Feb 15

Yoga for Kids (ages 6-10) with Alison Kennedy

Fridays 4:00-5:00pm

January 4, 2019 - February, 15, 2019 (6 week session) No class February 1st

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 series 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.

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Cost: $75 for 6 week session

To ensure the best possible experience and engaged participation, we must have a minimum of 7 kids enrolled to run the session and we cap the class at a maximum of 11 children.


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Fascia Release for the Neck and Shoulders with Tricia Kull
Jan
6
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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Introduction to Prime Yoga (60+) with Dee Gold
Jan
7
3:00 PM15:00

Introduction to Prime Yoga (60+) with Dee Gold

Prime Yoga is a safe and sane approach to yoga for people 60 and over. Yoga is an effective form of exercise that provides physical and mental benefits such as increased strength, balance, range of motion in muscles and joints along with improved sleep, mood states and stress reduction. The gentle practice aids with arthritis, improves circulation and balances blood pressure.

In this introductory class, Dee will guide participants in a practice that will leave the body and mind feeling refreshed. Whether you are looking to try yoga for the first time or would simply enjoy a joyful practice with a community of age-mates, its bound to be a meaningful afternoon. For those who wish to continue, Dee will be offering a Prime Yoga 8 week series starting the following Monday, January 14th from 3:00-4:30pm

Cost: $18

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FREE Intro to Qi Gong with Samantha Francis
Jan
8
12:00 PM12:00

FREE Intro to Qi Gong with Samantha Francis

What is Qi Gong? Some liken it to yoga, but it also contains aspects of martial arts, moving meditation, visualization and relaxation. Join your friendly neighborhood acupuncturist, Sam Francis, as she walk you through a few of the basic stances and concepts of this mysterious yet useful form of movement.

This gentle practice can be done either seated or standing and unlike yoga, there will be no getting up and down from the floor


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Yin Yoga and Acupuncture Workshop: The Gifts of Winter and the Element of Water with Machelle Lee and Samantha Francis
Jan
13
1:00 PM13:00

Yin Yoga and Acupuncture Workshop: The Gifts of Winter and the Element of Water with Machelle Lee and Samantha Francis

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 Kidneys and Urinary 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.

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Throughout this workshop, Samantha and Machelle will present the physical functions of the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder as well as explore the psychological gifts and inner archetypes associated with the element of water and the role they play in the rest and replenishing during the season of winter. 

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

Cost: $40

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Prime Yoga (60+) 8 Week Series with Dee Gold
Jan
14
to Mar 4

Prime Yoga (60+) 8 Week Series with Dee Gold

Prime Yoga for the Prime of Life!

January, 14 - March 4th - 8 Week Series

Mondays - 3:00-4:30pm

Yoga can be intimidating for anyone, but especially for boomers and seniors trying yoga for the first time or for those coming back after a long hiatus. Prime Yoga is a safe and sane approach to yoga, designed specifically for the needs of people over 60, and focuses on building and maintaining physical strength, flexibility, joint range of motion and stress reduction.

Gentle yoga practices have become the most popular forms of exercise for adults over 50 years as it provides mental and physical benefits including:

  • Improved balance

  • Increased core strength

  • Better joint range of motion

  • Reduced stress

  • Improved sleep

  • Flexiblity of body and mind

  • Intelligent expansion of spiritual connection

  • Increased energy and vitality

  • Joyful community

Cost: $120 (8 week series)

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Dee Gold, MA, E-RYT 500 is an advanced yoga teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience. She is a certified Yoga Therapist and an award winning author/member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. Dee’s teaching encourages great respect for the human body, mind and spirit at every age. Her philosophy on aging is to joyfully embrace it. It is her true passion to assist her students see their “golden years” as their prime time.


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Qi Gong: An Exploration (8 Week Series) with Dr. Sam Francis
Jan
15
to Mar 5

Qi Gong: An Exploration (8 Week Series) with Dr. Sam Francis

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00pm

What is Qi Gong? Some liken it to yoga, but it also contains aspects of martial arts, moving meditation, visualization and relaxation. Join your friendly neighborhood acupuncturist, Sam Francis, as she walk you through a few of the basic stances and concepts of this mysterious yet useful form of movement.

This gentle practice can be done either seated or standing and unlike yoga, there will be no getting up and down from the floor

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In this 8 week class we'll be exploring the different aspects of Qi Gong, focusing on practices that can be done anywhere, either sitting, standing or even lying down. We'll explore concepts of Yin and Yang, deep breathing, the Five Elements, Meridian theory and guided visualization and meditation. If you've ever been curious about Qi Gong, this is your chance to learn in a supportive, laid back environment from a Chinese medicine practitioner that uses it in her practice every day. 

Cost: $104 for 8 Week Series


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Feldenkrais Method: Rediscover Your Flexible Self with Catherine Wycoff
Jan
20
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 re-awakened 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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Yin Yoga: Foundations of Joint Tending - Teacher Training/Personal Enrichment with Machelle Lee
Jan
26
to Mar 24

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

30 HOUR YIN YOGA FOR PERSONAL ENRICHMENT OR YOGA TEACHER CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

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.

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  • 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. 

Topics of exploration include: 

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  • 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:

 Registered Yoga Teachers can earn 30 hours of CEUs for Yoga Alliance

Registered Yoga Teachers can earn 30 hours of CEUs for Yoga Alliance

  • 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

Cost: $600 and includes manual


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The Complete Course of Reading Tarot with Julie Skaarup and Catie Peiper
Feb
3
to Mar 10

The Complete Course of Reading Tarot with Julie Skaarup and Catie Peiper

Have you been hoping to attend one of our Intro to Tarot workshops? Or perhaps you have joined before us and are eager to learn more? MoonHaven School of Magic is so pleased to return to Roots & River in order to offer a deep dive into the complete tarot deck, card for card.

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Archetypes are all around us: sun and moon, inner child, young lovers, tricksters, sages/mentors, wise old women & 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 and events that are free to 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 ourselves can speak to us and make itself known. 

Over the course of six consecutive Sunday afternoons together, we will explore all four suits and the master suit knows as the Major Arcana, the 16 court cards that represent different characters and personalities, and offer a new layout of cards, known as a spread, every time we get together. There will be time for lecture, discussion, practice with other students, and deep personal introspection. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to get to know the tarot and, more importantly, yourself. 

Bring a journal and your imagination-- we look forward to seeing you there! 

Six (6) Sundays - February 3rd - March 10th, 1:00-5:00pm

Cost: $250 for all 6 weeks or $225 for 5 weeks if you have already taken the Intro to Tarot workshop and prefer to not repeat it (though repetition of the intro course can be super helpful in deepening understanding). If you prefer to take the 5 week course only - please email machelle@rootsandriveryoga.com or call 240.938.8622 to register.


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Core: Strength, Length and Love with Diana Tokaji
Feb
9
1:30 AM01:30

Core: Strength, Length and Love with Diana Tokaji

Rich in personal history, our central core can be a goldmine for both power and intuition. In this workshop for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and dedicated students, our focus is stability with fluidity – we go deep into intrinsic core muscles while maintaining true sacral alignment. This is key to all health: digestive, respiratory, musculoskeletal, emotional.  Learn ancient and new pelvic floor and abdominal strengtheners balanced with healing restorative poses.  Learn unusual therapeutics for psoas and diaphragm release, and mudra to seal our knowledge.  Solo and in partners, we immerse in wise exploration, with renewed health, creative-being, and a balanced core as the goal. 

Advanced beginner to experienced yogis will enjoy this thoughtful, effective, but not arduous, workshop. One email follow-up offered with instructor for integrating material.  Please bring journal or writing pad.

Cost: $35

DIANA TOKAJI, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, PRYT, M.Sc. is a writer and performer since 1974 (San Francisco, London, D.C.)  and the author of two forthcoming books. Diana’s most profound training came from decades of solo exploration toward the successful healing of her own disabilities.  Her foray was aided by master teachers from the traditions of Siddha Yoga, Integral Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Anusara, and multiple movement styles.  A twice-certified yoga therapist, Diana is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist in practice since 1997, and a graduate of the nation's first Master of Science in Yoga Therapy  program at Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2015.  She has taught yoga for 35 years (E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance), is a certified teacher of Pilates Mat, a certified trainer of Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and has ten years of peer counseling experience. 


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Integrative Quantum Medicine (TQM) with Debra Babarsky, M.A.,L.P.C
Mar
15
to Mar 16

Integrative Quantum Medicine (TQM) 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. 

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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  

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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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Sound Medicine Journey with Angela Blueskies
Mar
30
2:00 PM14:00

Sound Medicine Journey with Angela Blueskies

Sound Medicine works with the energy of vibration to create shift in the body and mind. Sound healing embraces the idea that when vibration shifts, healing and integration can occur, and states of deep peace and rejuvenation result. In this gently guided session, Angela will lead participants into a comfortable and receptive state to support deep relaxation. Using a lush array of sounds, including voice, toning, and mantra, as well as frame drum, guitar, harmonium, rattles, guitar, flutes from around the world, singing bowls, sounds of nature, and the gong, participants will be bathed in healing sounds and music designed to bring balance to the chakras and to their lives.

Cost: $30

https://angelablueskies.com/about-angela/

Born in the gentle mountains of Appalachia, Angela Blueskies is a visionary musician, medicine woman, and facilitator who carries deep understanding of the healing powers of music and the Earth.  For over 25 years she has followed the call of the heart in the path of conscious awakening, a path that has taken her around the world and shaped every facet of her life and work.  In the past decade, Angela has devoted her path to supporting others in the journey of healing and transformation, creating spaces and experiences that allow for deep connection to self and Spirit.


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Trauma Informed Yoga: 12 Hour Immersion/Teacher Training with Kath Meadows and Whitney Ingram
Apr
6
to Apr 7

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

12 hour trauma informed yoga immersion/teacher training

  • 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. 

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This 12 Hour workshop is Yoga Alliance approved for CEU’s and all students will receive a certificate of completion.

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

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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. 

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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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Contemplative Yin Yoga - Meditation and the Quiet Practice with Machelle Lee
Dec
16
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 or meditation expereince needed.

Cost: $25


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FREE EVENT - Strategies for Peaceful Holidays with Samantha Francis
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

FREE EVENT - Strategies for Peaceful Holidays with Samantha Francis

Sam Francis, owner and chief practitioner of Five Dances Wellness Center, leads this combination treatment and learning session, based on her clinical experience working with patients over the last 8 years..

This is for anyone who wants to learn natural, inexpensive self-care strategies to transform their mixed feelings about the holidays into calm and peace. 

You will learn or experience:

  • How to soothe the limbic system, the part of our brains that works with our emotions, using natural substances. 

  • Magic Points that you can stimulate for calm anytime, anywhere

  • Experience these Magic Points with acupuncture or acupressure for yourself in a 30 minute mini-session!

BONUS: How to use just 5 minutes before sleep to set up your body for a calm, peaceful rest!

Sam uses these strategies with her patients this time of year to bring them to a more calm and peaceful state- despite the hectic schedule and increased demands of the holiday season. 

Plus attendees receive BONUSES:

  • A FREE aromatherapy ornament you can customize in class (a $20 value)

  • A FREE meditation to use before sleep to keep you calm and help you drift off. (Good for far beyond the holiday season.)

This is a Five Dances Wellness Event lead by acupuncturist, Samantha Francis that is being hosted at Roots & River Yoga’s space. Though the event is free, pre-registration is required as these events are generally full.


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Body Soul Shift: Emotional Release through Essentrics with Cordelia Gaffar
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Body Soul Shift: Emotional Release through Essentrics with Cordelia Gaffar

Essentrics is a fluid, dynamic technique that is physically stimulating and emotionally healing at the same time. Be moved by the beat of world music in this meaningful, interactive workshop where women connect their bodies to their feelings. Discovering more about the source of aches and pains and resulting behaviors, we release by journaling in between dancing and talking.  

Essentrics is based on eccentric strengthening which stretches the muscles then strengthens them in the elongated position creating a lean toned body that is more flexible and agile while also placing attention to psychological support and fostering self-love. 

Cost: $25

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Cordelia Gaffar is a published author, speaker, certified in sports nutritionist, a former corporate accountant and mom of six children. She helps women to heal themselves by incorporating a system of self-nurturing and self-nourishing with wholesome food, energizing movements and reframing perspectives with sweet internal talk in order to transform health conditions and detox body, mind and psyche. 

Cordelia is the host of the Replenish Me show on the Progressive Radio Network and featured on the Sunday morning show on Radio 786 in Cape Town, South Africa about "Tips to Get Fit at your Own Pace." Cordelia has was an celebrated guest at the WomanSpeak International Festival in Sedona, AZ in 2018. After the birth of her second child, she sought medical attention for postpartum depression and extreme weight gain which led to her studies in nutrition, exercise, and mindset. In less than a year, she lost over 60 pounds and regained clarity and joy. With that transformation, it became her mission to hone that superpower and help women to do the same.


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Teaching Chair Yoga for Injury, Chronic Conditions, or Aging with Linda Pruce
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

Teaching Chair Yoga for Injury, Chronic Conditions, or Aging with Linda Pruce

Often students who could benefit from yoga the most avoid classes because of the risk of falling, having trouble getting up off the floor, or not being “fit enough” to take a public class. Likewise, teachers are often unprepared to spontaneously modify poses or offer substitutions when students with unique mobility needs come into class.

This workshop is designed for yoga teachers and those wanting to enhance their knowledge of creating meaningful and truly accessible yoga practices. Join us to discuss ways to safely instruct students who are affected by injuries, chronic conditions or aging as we explore props, sequencing, verbal cues, and ways to provide pre- and post-class support. As more teachers master these skills, the more teachers and studios alike will be able to safely welcome students of ALL levels to all of their classes.

Cost: $35

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Linda Pruce, a 200-RYT certified yoga teacher was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis during her YTT training. Having modified her own practice and teaching style and after hearing from yogis with chronic conditions she wants to help studios adjust how they instruct students of all abilities. 

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Kids Yoga Holiday Workshop (ages 5-10) - The Season of Giving
Dec
7
4:00 PM16:00

Kids Yoga Holiday Workshop (ages 5-10) - The Season of Giving

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.

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In honor of the upcoming holidays, the group will playfully explore different cultural celebrations this time of year, how the theme of compassion and giving is weaved through them all, and how this applies to their life and family traditions.

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: $18


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Canceled Due to Low Registration: Introduction to Reading Norse Runes with Julie Skaarup
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Canceled Due to Low Registration: Introduction to Reading Norse Runes with Julie Skaarup

Delve in to the philosophy of the ancient Norse alphabet in a light-hearted afternoon of learning together with Julie Skaarup! The letters of the Norse alphabet are known as runes. These simple, rustic symbols can be used as energetic tools, charms for manifesting your intentions, or even as part of a divination system like the tarot. We'll take the time to fully explore the philosophy and symbolism of each of the 24 runes, and discuss the many ways that you might use them as part of your spiritual practice. Don't miss out on the opportunity to add this elegant and versatile system to your stores of spiritual knowledge! Bring a journal and a sense of adventure. We look forward to sharing this wisdom with you.

Cost: $45


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Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training/Personal Enrichment with Tara Lemerise
Nov
3
to Nov 10

Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training/Personal Enrichment with Tara Lemerise

12 Hour Restorative Yoga for Personal Enrichment or Yoga Teacher Continuing Education Credits

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  • 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 personal practice or understanding and experience of restorative yoga

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This training is perfect for those wanting to deepen their personal practice or yoga teachers looking for CEUs. This training is eligible for 12 hours of continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. There are also opportunities to join Tara's apprenticing program. 

Learn more about Tara Lemerise or read testimonials about this training program at our Roots & River Personal Enrichment and CEU page

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. 

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Designing Ritual for Self or Community with Julie Skaarup
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Designing Ritual for Self or Community with Julie Skaarup

Creating sacred space is an integral part of any spiritual practice. When we take the time to set the stage for our sacred introspection, the psyche is often more able to comfortably drop into a deeply connected state of being. A regular ritual practice also helps to build neural pathways that tell our nervous system it is time to shift gears from the outer world to the inner world. Regardless of what wisdom tradition you favor, there are some basic building blocks to creating a meaningful ritual that awakens the senses and creates the container for a spiritual experience of any sort, from personal meditation to large community gatherings.

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Join Ayurvedic Yoga Instructor (E-RYT 500) and Co-founder of MoonHaven School of Magic, Julie Skaarup, to learn the technique of crafting beautiful rituals for yourself or your friends, in a yoga studio or beyond. Bring a journal and dress comfortably for an afternoon of connection and creation! 

Cost: $35


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Yoga for Equestrians with Laura Crump Anderson
Oct
14
to Oct 28

Yoga for Equestrians with Laura Crump Anderson

3 Classes, October 14th, 21st and 28th

Sundays 6:30-7:30pm

Riding requires a lot of strength and athletic ability. Regular sessions outside of the tack, tending to the human athletes, translates to better overall connection and communication with the horse. This class is focused on strengthening the core, stretching the inner thighs, building strength to the the hip abductors and working through tightness/weakness in the upper back, chest and shoulders - all which can lead to instability or even pain. Whether you are a equestrian or are interested in working these specific areas of the body,  all are welcome.

Cost: $30 for 3 week session or $12 per class drop-in

Laura Crump Anderson is a life long rider whose passion for horses has lead her to career outside of the saddle. From an early age Laura noticed importance of rider fitness and realized that treating oneself like an athlete and an essential piece of success in the tack.


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Workshop Canceled due to low registration: Chair Yoga for Injuries, Chronic Conditions, and Aging with Linda Pruce
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop Canceled due to low registration: Chair Yoga for Injuries, Chronic Conditions, and Aging with Linda Pruce

Workshop canceled due to low registration

While yoga is known for its stress reduction techniques and practices that improve strength, flexibility and balance, a typical yoga class that includes getting up and down from the floor can be inaccessible for many people. Learning to integrate a chair into one's practice provides empowerment for those recovering from injury, managing chronic conditions like arthritis, herniated/degenerative discs, joint pain/replacements, compromised auto-immune systems or those refortifying a body that is aging.

Join Linda Pruce who learned first hand to navigate yoga classes and enriched her practice with the use of the chair and other props after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). In this workshop,  you will learn how to safely modify yoga poses and use a variety of props when taking public classes. Experience the benefits of yoga in your life and be inspired to add yoga to your wellness and therapeutic regimen. 

Cost: $30

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Linda Pruce earned her registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) certification in 2009 and pursued her Trauma Informed Yoga certification in 2017. Diagnosed with MS in 2009, she very much enjoys teaching yogis whom are mobility impaired due to aging, chronic conditions or injuries. Because of her work as a Speech Language Pathologist, Linda loves to combine yoga and communication in workshops such as Yoga for Public Speaking & Yoga for Social Confidence as well as facilitate women empowerment events. Her passion is to help yogis use props to deepen their practice and trauma-informed yoga techniques to care for their nervous systems and improve their capacity for health and wellness. She has two adult daughters and lives in Frederick, MD with her husband Gary. When not teaching yoga she likes to post her thoughts about health, yoga and life online at: www.LindaBP.com


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Continuing the Yoga Journey with Nutrition: Nourishing Your Body Through Awareness with Jean Toleman
Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

Continuing the Yoga Journey with Nutrition: Nourishing Your Body Through Awareness with Jean Toleman

Why do we choose candy over fruit, chips over vegetables? Do we eat because we are hungry or due to some emotional or external cues? Are you aware of what takes you to the kitchen, or do you just find yourself there? Americans are eating 500-800 more calories on average a day than we did in the 1970’s. Why are we doing this and how is it effecting our health and well being?

Join nutritionist, Jean Toleman, as we explore these questions and start your journey of awareness into what is motivating us to eat in a way that is increasing our risk of chronic disease, fatigue, inflammation and more. 

Through gentle yoga, journaling, meditation and discussion, we will start to explore eating choices and how they influence the way we feel and and impact our health.

Please bring a journal/notebook for thoughts and in class activities.

Cost: $30

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Jean Toleman has been a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist for over 30 years and has over 100 hours of Ayurvedic training. Her undergraduate degree was in Anthropology, so she came to nutrition through her interest in other cultures and their eating habits. She has worked in Geriatric Nutrition for many years and has seen how our life styles are causing people to develop chronic illnesses earlier and how life long poor eating choices have impacted this. She was introduced to yoga in the 1970’s and returned to it in 2001. In 2010 she completed her 200 hr. yoga training and started the journey toward a 500 hr degree in 2017. 


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CANCELED...Christ Focused Yoga: Strength and the Spiritual Warrior with Jodi Steagall House
Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

CANCELED...Christ Focused Yoga: Strength and the Spiritual Warrior with Jodi Steagall House

Christ Focused Yoga is an experiential worship created to lead students through a sacred and safe God-focused practice and intended to deepen and enhance our connection to Christ  through movement, breath and prayer. 

Strength and the Spiritual Warrior is a beginners slow flow yoga class focusing on building physical strength and personal confidence through a progressions and simple sequences. Biblical scripture is weaved throughout the class focusing on our strength in Christ. Build sound skills, soothing breath-work and finish with restorative and meditative postures. The result is a Christ inspired, focused, calm mind and body.

This class is appropriate for all healthy and healing beginners. 

Cost: $18

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Living whole-heartedly as the beloved daughter of God, Jodi is a teacher who embodies biblical aspects of teaching.  Jodi infuses her bodies of work with a fullness, and a passion for life through Christ on and off the mat. Her instruments of instruction are detailed and clear, woven through a progression of imagery, and biblical truth.  She encourages the practitioner to open their human heart to God and release stuck patterns that no longer serve.  A cancer survivor through an allogenic stem cell transplant Jodi views each and every day as a gift from God. She is described as ‘confidently vulnerable work in progress' As a result, she inspires positive change in the lives of others. Off the mat, she loves to Peer volunteer with Be the Match, DIY projects turning old things to a new life, hiking, and being outdoors in the sunshine. Jodi lives in Middletown Md. on a family farm surrounded by natures sights, sounds, and smells!

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Your Yoga, Your Body - A Comparative Anatomy Workshop with Machelle Lee
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Your Yoga, Your Body - A Comparative Anatomy Workshop with Machelle Lee

Workshop is Full!  Visit in again for new additional dates for this workshop later this winter. 

Harshly judging body range of motion is one of the greatest sources of unnecessary suffering in most people’s yoga practice. Although some challenges in postures are related to tight muscles and more is related to contracted joint tissues - many significant limitations are actually due to variations in bone shapes and joint orientations that can differ dramatically from one person to the next. Understanding YOUR yoga anatomy is best learned through direct hands on experience - testing your bones/joints and witnessing them curiously and compassionately to the bones of others. 

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This comparative anatomy workshop explores major joints of the body that account for most of our yoga postures. For each joint intersection, we will perform bone range of motion tests on ourselves and on each other and then demonstrate how each varying joint will express itself in specific yoga postures. 

Anatomy is a vast subject, but this playful, interactive workshop reveals the basics in a way that clarifies and simplifies the yoga practice - putting the attention back where it belongs - how the key action of each pose makes you FEEL and moves the life force. In this workshop, participants often experience an “ah-ha” moment about their body and their practice, which can be powerfully liberating and self-accepting. 

This workshop is great for beginners and experienced practitioners alike!

 6 hours of CEUs available

6 hours of CEUs available

Cost: Join us for the full day from 1-8pm for both upper and lower body analysis - $60

Come for upper body only, 1-4pm $35 or lower body only 5-8pm, $35

I am pricing this workshop at this special $60 rate so more people can attend. These explorations are even more meaningful when we have a greater number/variety of people to compare bones with.


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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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Reiki & Your Energy Body with  Meredith Jensen
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Reiki & Your Energy Body with Meredith Jensen

Your energy body is a reflection of your physical and emotional self. It may not be readily visible but it is as powerful and relevant as the physical body! Just like we take care of our physical body we can tune into and care of our energy body by including it in our daily regimen of self-care and hygiene. Join us and learn about Reiki, the energy body and healing tool. Did you know we can use Reiki to manage blood sugar levels, lower anxiety and work through emotional and physical pain? No wonder doctors and hospitals have incorporated Reiki into their patient care! Even if you are not a Reiki practitioner, you can still use it in your life! Reiki is a dynamic and empowering tool for self use and to share the loving energy of with your child and loved ones.

In this workshop you will learn about the ubiquitous vitality-giving, energy of life that is Reiki and get a chance to experience how energy works. Learn how Reiki activates healing on all 4 planes of existence – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Let Reiki take you on a journey of personal empowerment. Join us and discover how Reiki, especially when paired with visualization, can transform your life and enhance opportunities for better health, harmony and abundance in your life. 

Cost: $30

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With a Master of Science in Psychology, Meredith’s previous research work in the Bio-Psychological Sciences centered on how addiction behavior was characterized by genes and environment and how those features manifested through stress and anxiety-related behavior. As an advanced Reiki practitioner, Meredith explores the science of how energetic substances like crystals, aromatics, one’s thoughts, reiki and other modalities interact with the energy body of living things in a cumulative, energy-bearing manifestation of good physical and mental well-being or dis-ease and illness. While these topics seem mystical Meredith believes there is an undeveloped science worthy of study. Meredith is a wife and mother devoting much of her time to the study and practice of several different energy healing modalities. The purpose of her work is to raise awareness of these healing energies and provide healing services to the open-hearted ones that seek them out.


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FREE Yoga Sculpt Class with Aimee Rider (bring 3 and/or 5 lb weights)
Aug
18
12:00 PM12:00

FREE Yoga Sculpt Class with Aimee Rider (bring 3 and/or 5 lb weights)

Yoga Sculpt is a dynamic total body workout that uses Sun Salutation A and B 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.

Yoga Sculpt is a great mix of mind and body that people who are active beginners to yoga and those with more experienced fitness levels can benefit from. The studio will have 3 and 5 pound weights at the studio for up to 10 people but registration is open for 15 so please consider bringing your own set if you have them.

This is a special free trial of the Yoga Sculpt class and space is limited to 15 so pre-registration is required.  Please follow the link to the online calendar and select this class on August 18th at noon. 

Yoga Sculpt meets weekly at Roots & River as a regular class every Tuesday from 6-7pm. 


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Yin Yoga and Acupuncture: Late Summer and the Earth Element with Machelle Lee and Samantha Francis
Aug
12
1:00 PM13:00

Yin Yoga and Acupuncture: Late Summer and the Earth Element with Machelle Lee and Samantha Francis

Yin Yoga instructor Machelle Lee and Acupuncturist Samantha Francis (Five Dances Wellness) blend their experience to offer a mid-summer workshop exploring the elements of earth from the Five-Element tradition of Chinese Medicine as a way of preparing oneself for the shift from summer towards autumn. 

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Machelle will lead participants through a full Yin Yoga session stimulating the acupressure lines within connective tissues that support the  stomach/spleen organs and meridian channels. Following the practice, Samantha will provide a meditative acupuncture session in the ear points to assist in balancing the subtle current within. Weaved 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 earth element.

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

Cost: $43


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Christ Focused Yoga: Root Down to Rise Up with Jodi Steagall House
Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Christ Focused Yoga: Root Down to Rise Up with Jodi Steagall House

Christ focused Yoga is an experiential worship created to lead students through a sacred and safe God-focused practice to deepen and enhance our connection to Christ through movement, breath and prayer. 

Root Down to Rise Up is a beginners class to set the foundation for building confidence in a healthy and healing yoga practice.  Students are encouraged to develop their awareness by connecting breath, with gentle exercises, while noticing thoughts and feelings as they arise in the physical practice. Weaved throughout the class will be Christ centered themes and scripture that can aid participants in connecting with their bodies and mind in a prayerful manner. It is in this inner stillness that one can sweetly experience the presence of God and the movement of the Holy Spirit within the heart and mind. The restorative aspect of the practice introduces gently held floor poses that can induce a meditative and prayerful calm renewing the physical body in His presence. 

Gain skills. Gain confidence. This class is appropriate for all healthy and healing beginners.

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Living whole-heartedly as the beloved daughter of God, Jodi is a teacher who embodies biblical aspects of teaching.  Jodi infuses her bodies of work with a fullness, and a passion for life through Christ on and off the mat. Her instruments of instruction are detailed and clear, woven through a progression of imagery, and biblical truth.  She encourages the practitioner to open their human heart to God and release stuck patterns that no longer serve.  A cancer survivor through an allogenic stem cell transplant Jodi views each and every day as a gift from God. She is described as ‘confidently vulnerable work in progress' As a result, she inspires positive change in the lives of others. Off the mat, she loves to Peer volunteer with Be the Match, DIY projects turning old things to a new life, hiking, and being outdoors in the sunshine. Jodi lives in Middletown Md. on a family farm surrounded by natures sights, sounds, and smells!

Cost: $18


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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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Self Discovery Through Story - An Introduction to Reading the Tarot with Julie Skaarup and Catie Peiper
Aug
4
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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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

We have changed the location of this workshop to Karen's personal garden in Keedysville, MD. If you are wanting to attend this workshop - please register below and reach out to Machelle@RootsAndRIverYoga.com or 240-938-8622 for the address. 

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. 

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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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. 

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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.

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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The Arts of Insight: An Afternoon of Tarot, Runes, Palmistry and More with Julie Skaarup and Catie Peiper
Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

The Arts of Insight: An Afternoon of Tarot, Runes, Palmistry and More with Julie Skaarup and Catie Peiper

"Divination" is derived from the Latin word divinare which means to foresee or be inspired by divine mystery.  Divination can be seen as a systematic method with which one can use symbols or stories to organize what appears to be disjointed or random facets of existence and provide insight.

In the spirit of Halloween when the veil of the life of summer and the death/rest of winter is thin,  we are offering this afternoon of exploration into the basic tenants of the ancient and intuitive practices of tarot, runes, palmistry etc... Not being misled by religious or tv versions of fortune telling, know that these arts are rooted in historic feminine mysteries to provide insight, cultivate intuition and offer helpful perspectives that might make the next step on your path more meaningful and clear.  


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Postponed until Fall - Yoga for Middle Schoolers (ages 11-13) with Alison Kennedy
Jun
1
to Jun 5

Postponed until Fall - 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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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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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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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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