Yoga for High Schoolers (9th-12th Grade) with Sierra Carlson
Nov
5
to Dec 17

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

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

November 5th, 12th, 19th, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th (no class on Nov. 26th for Thanksgiving weekend).  Pre-registration is required to ensure an engaging and fun class size of 5 or more. Registration is open for the session here. 

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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Yoga for Middle Schoolers (Grades 5-8th) with Alison Kennedy
Nov
7
to Dec 12

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

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

Yoga for Middle 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 Alison, yoga teacher, school teacher and earned a masters in early childhood education), this class offers tweens 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. 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.


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Little Om Yoga - Parent and Young Child Class with Alison Kennedy
Nov
10
10:45am10:45am

Little Om Yoga - Parent and Young Child Class with Alison Kennedy

Fridays 10:45am-11:30am - 6 week session. More information on the next series dates coming soon

If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email machelle@rootsandriveryoga.com as we are considering adding a second morning. Information about the next fall session will be on the website soon. 

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.

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: $70/6 week session ($30/session for additional sibling)

Space is limited to 8 kids and their parent/caregiver to ensure the greatest amount of participation and fun. 

This Little Om Yoga session is full so registration is closed. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email machelle@rootsandriveryoga.com. Information about the next fall session will be on the website soon. 


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

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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Fascia Release for the Neck and Shoulders with Tricia Kull
Dec
10
2:30pm 2:30pm

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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A Journey Through the Chakras: Navigating the Body's Energy Centers
Jan
14
2:00pm 2:00pm

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

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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Fascia Release for Lower Back and Hips with Tricia Kull
Oct
22
2:30pm 2:30pm

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.

Cost: $35

 All levels are welcome.  No previous yoga experience required.


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

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
1:00pm 1:00pm

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
2:30pm 2:30pm

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
9:00am 9:00am

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
3:00pm 3:00pm

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
2:00pm 2:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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Yoga for Happy, Healthy Feet and Knees with Tricia Kull
Aug
6
2:30pm 2:30pm

Yoga for Happy, Healthy Feet and Knees 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.

Healthy feet and knees work together to support fluid movement. Because knees are complex joints they often sustain injury. In fact, there are many different causes of knee pain, including unhealthy feet!

In this workshop, we will review basic anatomy of the foot 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

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

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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Restorative Yoga with Tara Lemerise
Jul
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Restorative Yoga with Tara Lemerise

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. $25

Learn more about Tara Lemerise at her website.


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Fascial Release and Movement Therapy with Tricia Kull
Jul
16
2:30pm 2:30pm

Fascial Release and Movement Therapy 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. But when your 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 body using special tools, stretches, and yoga poses. You will also practice ways to move that are healthy and safe for your hips, knees, and low back. 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. $35

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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Summer Solstice Sadhana - Vinyasa Flow and Restoratives with Machelle Lee
Jun
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Summer Solstice Sadhana - Vinyasa Flow and Restoratives with Machelle Lee

In the northern hemisphere, June 21st officially rings in the beginning of summer. The word "Solistice" is derived from two Latin words, sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) and is the day with the most light. In this special 90 minute practice,  bring something symbolically meaningful to your evolving life - a note, picture, or object that can be placed in our candle lit mandala as we join together in a vinyasa flow in the intention of release and transformation and then settle into the restful holds of restorative poses to seal our practice and ground us into they next stage of the year. After the practice, you are welcome to stay an join the Yin Yoga practice that follows at no extra charge. At 7:30pm, feel free to accompany me in a walk to the river to dip in our feet.  $15


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Listening to Plants: The Healing Power of Plant Spirits with Karen Milgate
Jun
15
1:30pm 1:30pm

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

Are you experiencing anxiety and worry about a transition in your life? Does a walk in the woods calm you down and bring your life challenges back into perspective? Are there plants that intrigue you or draw you in?

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. 

What: At this workshop you will learn how to listen to plants in a new way by:

  • Observing and experiencing a plant.
  • Dreaming into the plant.
  • Listening to what it has for you.

Who: This workshop is for:

  • Those going through or anticipating an important transition in life—becoming a parent, losing/gaining a job or a relationship, or perhaps retirement.
  • Nature lovers, naturopaths, health care providers and spiritual seekers who want a deeper relationship with plants.

When: Saturday, June 17 from 1:30 to 5:30. 

Where: Meet at Roots and River Yoga at 17 West Potomac St. Brunswick, Md. 21716.  We will have a short introductory discussion and then proceed to an outdoor location where we will sit 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: $65, which includes a book on Plant Spirit Medicine, by Eliot Cowan

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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Self Discovery Through Story: Level II Tarot - Suit of Cups
Jun
11
1:00pm 1:00pm

Self Discovery Through Story: Level II Tarot - Suit of Cups

We are sorry - this workshop has been canceled - we were unable to meet our minimum number of registrants.  This event will be offered again at a later date.

Are you ready to dive in to the next chapter of the Tarot? Catie and Julie return once more to explore the suit of Cups. 

What is the nature of your emotional self? How do you relate to others? What pulls on your heartstrings in this life? The beautiful, soft, mysterious interior of the heart is the realm of Cups. This suit reminds us that we need to turn inward and be tender with ourselves as we plumb the depths of these sacred waters. In this workshop, we will spend quality time with each of the cards in the suit of Cups, savoring the highs and lows as the Fool's Journey wanders within. 

Also during this workshop, we will introduce a spread to explore relationships! Cups give us wisdom into all sorts of relationships-- business partnerships, family ties, friendships, and romance alike. This spread will give you a bird's eye view of each partner's side of the story, and help you to see the way forward from there. You'll have a chance to practice reading this spread for each other during our time together. 

We're so eager to navigate these waters with you! We hope to see you there. 

**This workshop requires the Intro to Tarot workshop as a pre-requisite. However, you do NOT have to take the Wands workshop in order to attend the Cups workhop. :-) 
If you have not taken the Intro workshop yet, you're in luck! We will be offering an Intro to Tarot on Saturday, June 10th-- the day before this Cups workshop. So, make a weekend of it and bring your friends for some playful introspection and group fun!


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Self Discovery Through Story - An Introduction to Reading the Tarot
Jun
10
1:00pm 1:00pm

Self Discovery Through Story - An Introduction to Reading the Tarot

We are sorry - this workshop has been canceled - we were unable to meet our minimum number of registrants.  This event will be offered again at a later date.

We had such an amazing time in our last Introduction to Tarot and so many requests to offer it again. If you missed this this first time or want a refresher to the material, Julie and Catie are offering an encore workshop. In May and June they will also be leading level II trainings with in-depth exploration to the archetypes in the specific suits. 


Archetypes are all around us. Characters such as the innocent child, the rebel, the lover, the jester, and the wise sage - each with their own set of values, purposes and personalities - live within all of us. These recognizable and evocative motifs appear in myths, fairy tales and stories that present simple themes but profound truths about what it is to be human. The tarot is like an unbound book with cards decorated with these archetypes that are free to move and rearrange themselves to tell a different story every time. Since the subconscience speaks through imagery, colors and symbols, the tarot is one of the most elegant ways in which the deep part of ourselves is given an opportunity to make itself known.

Join us for a playful and social afternoon to learn a bit about the language of the tarot. You will leave with the skills to do brief readings for yourself when you are in need of clarity, creativity, or want to journey within. Bring a journal and your imagination! Though we encourage you to dress for comfort, you will not need yoga clothes or mat for this workshop. $42


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Belly Dancing - 6 Week Series with Jacquie Wuertz
May
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Belly Dancing - 6 Week Series with Jacquie Wuertz

Belly dance is an expressive dance that emphasizes the movements of the hips and torso. Instructor Jacquie will guide participants in the Tribal Improvisational style of belly dancing where movements are created in "phrases" like a song or poem in the count of 8.  Dancers will build a vocabulary of these sequences so that as more phrases are learned, they can be easily linked together with physical cues (i.e. a specific flick of the wrist) to signal a dance move change which creates a unique dance every time.  Each class will build in complexity and end with a full practice dance of what you have learned so far. This method will aid you in being able to practice on your own to build knowledge, confidence, and muscle memory.  

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the belly dance classes:

  • Both the you as the dancer and the instructor need to see the movements of the body. We recommend you wear yoga pants or leggings and a tank top/cami/fitted t-shirt. Practice will be done barefoot. The studio will have hip scarves for use but feel free to bring your own. 
  • Each class will begin a warm up that consist of dance and yoga to heat and stretch the body. The main part of the class will introduce new techniques and build from the movements learned from previous weeks as they blend into a choreography with greater complexity. Each practice will end with a cool down sequence. 
  • No previous dance or yoga experience is needed. 
  • We welcome participants ages 12 and up 

6 week session $75 


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Self Discovery Through Story - Level II - Suit of Wands
May
20
1:00pm 1:00pm

Self Discovery Through Story - Level II - Suit of Wands

Join us for another magical afternoon of self-study and play! Catie and Julie return to delve deeper into the world of Tarot. This time, we will focus on the suit of Wands. 

What excites you in life? What ignites your sense of passion and awe? What projects are you ready to begin? These are the questions that the Wands ask us to consider. Just like a seedling bursting forth out of the ground, we need this Wands energy to get us fired up and enthusiastic about our endeavors! In this workshop, we will explore each Wands card in depth, giving you the full picture of how the Fool's Journey wends its way through the world of Wands. 

Also during this workshop, we will introduce a 10-card tarot spread! Known as the Celtic Cross or the Ankh, this foundational spread is the bread and butter of any tarot reader, whether you are reading for yourself or others. You will have a chance to learn about the significance of the placement of each card, as well as an opportunity to practice reading for each other. 

We are so excited to share this knowledge with you. We hope to see you there!  $50

*This workshop requires the Intro to Tarot workshop as a pre-requisite (another Intro to Tarot workshop at Roots & River Yoga is scheduled for Saturday June 10th from 1-5pm - more info to come soon). 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 or to machelle@rootsandriveryoga.com.


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FREE Introduction to Little Om Yoga
Apr
21
11:00am11:00am

FREE Introduction to Little Om Yoga

As we prepare for the upcoming Little Om Yoga series (Apr. 28th-June 2nd), Alison Kennedy will be leading a FREE and totally fun introduction to the class on Friday, April 28th from 11:00-11:45am.  In this playful approach to yoga for kids, you and your child (age 1-5 years) will learn how to use imagery, song, and movements to name feelings, build cooperation skills and soothe the body/mind. Each class integrates a journey through breath and movement, integrating nature, imagination, music, and storytelling to cultivate a state of inner ease.  Come, join us and experience what Little Om Yoga is all about.  

Space is limited to 10 children, plus their parent/caregiver. Please register below just to let us know that you are coming. 


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Zero Balancing and Yin Yoga with Stan Fox and Machelle Lee
Apr
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

Zero Balancing and Yin Yoga with Stan Fox and Machelle Lee

You asked for an encore offering and we listened! This extra special event will take yoga bliss to a new level while providing a reboot to the nervous system. Visualize an afternoon that takes you down into the deep layers of fascia, joints and bones through the beloved practice of Yin Yoga combined with receiving 10 minutes of hands on Zero Balancing on the massage table. Certified Zero Balancing Therapist and Licensed 5 Element Acupuncturist Stan Fox and I will co-facilitate this unique experience. The workshop will consist of a brief introduction to Yin Yoga and Zero Balancing (ZB) and before moving into more than two and half hours of therapeutic Yin Yoga poses to stimulate and support the joints, connective tissue, and fascia of the spine, hips, sacrum, and knees.  After an initial set of postures to warm every body up,  each participant will be invited, one by one,  out of their Yin pose and onto the massage table for a unique hands on Zero Balancing session.  Zero balancing  is a gentle hands on modality to support and align the physical structure with the energetic health of each invididual . Through light finger pressure and gentle traction, ZB invites the release of deeply held tensions in the bones, joints and soft tissues.  Throughout this integrative practice, our goal will be to support each person while creating points of balance in the slowness where your body can relax and reorganize its self - resulting in feelings of joint/tissue ease, lightness and clearing energetic blocks. $40


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First Fridays Belly Dancing with Bahiya Faith
Apr
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

First Fridays Belly Dancing with Bahiya Faith

Belly dance is suited to a woman's natural movements and students will not only find muscles they didn't know they had, but also body confidence.  Your age or size does not matter for this ancient art.  In this class we will explore the foundations of belly dance for the beginning student including dance posture, basic dance isolations, traveling steps, simple combinations, and musical timing.  A straight forward but creative choreography will help you put it all together.  

No dance experience is necessary.  If  you are coming back to belly dance this class will be a good refresher. Please wear comfortable clothing such as yoga/exercise pants and a tank-top or t-shirt. Practice will be done bare foot.  Instructor has hip scarves available to use during class. Find out more about Bahiya at http://bahiyabellydancer.com

$15 drop-in or use multi-class pass 


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Mini 15 Minute Zero Balancing Sessions with Stan Fox
Mar
5
1:00pm 1:00pm

Mini 15 Minute Zero Balancing Sessions with Stan Fox

We have ONE space left - a 2:40pm session - for this event. Please email Machelle@RootsAndRiverYoga.com to reserve!

We are excited to welcome Certified Zero Balancer and Licensed Five Element Acupuncturist, Stan Fox, to Roots & River Yoga.  Stan will be offering 10-15 minute mini-Zero Balancing (ZB) sessions to introduce this therapeutic practice to our community.  Private sessions will be available for advanced sign up to ensure that you have the chance to experience the gifts of this hands on practice at a time that works for you. Walk-ins will be welcomed as scheduling permits.  

Stan started studying with Zero Balancing founder, Dr. Fritz Smith, in 2010 while attending acupuncture school and it has become his true gift and passion. ZB is a whole body therapy that is performed with the client fully clothed on a massage table. This modality utilizes skilled touch to address the physical structure at the layer of the bones and energy currents in the body.  In these mini-sessions, Stan will use gentle finger pressure and subtle traction  on bones and joints to invite a greater sense of balance between the energy and the structure of the body. The potential benefits are great including greater ease of movement, pain reduction/elimination, deeply quieted nervous system and increased sense of self-awareness so that perceptions in life are more clear with an easier flow with life experiences.  Ultimately, the goal is creating a foundational template of health and wellness both physically and emotionally within each person. 

Sessions are offered on a pay-what-you can donation (suggested $5-$20) and 50% of all proceeds will be gifted to Building Veterans.  Donations can be made by cash or check on the day of your appointment.

All ZB appointments are currently reserved. If you would like to be on our waiting list in case there are cancelations, please email me at Machelle@rootsandriveryoga.com.

1:00pm Appointment is Reserved

1:20pm Appointment Reserved

1:40pm Appointment Reserved

2:00pm Appointment Reserved

2:20pm Appointment Reserved

2:40pm Appointment Available

3:00pm Appointment Reserved

3:20pm Appointment Reserved

3:40pm Appointment Reserved


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Zero Balancing and Yin Yoga with Stan Fox and Machelle Lee
Feb
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Zero Balancing and Yin Yoga with Stan Fox and Machelle Lee

This extra special event will take yoga bliss to a new level while providing a nervous system reboot. Visualize an afternoon that takes you down into the deep layers of fascia, joints and bones through the beloved practice of Yin Yoga combined with receiving 10 minutes of hands on Zero Balancing on the massage table. Certified Zero Balancing Therapist and Licensed 5 Element Acupuncturist Stan Fox and I will co-facilitate this unique experience. The workshop will consist of a brief introduction to Yin Yoga and Zero Balancing (ZB) and before moving into more than two and half hours of therapeutic Yin Yoga poses to stimulate and support the joints, connective tissue, and fascia of the spine, hips, sacrum, and knees.  After an initial set of postures to warm every body up,  each participant will be invited, one by one,  out of their Yin pose and onto the massage table for a unique hands on Zero Balancing session.  Zero balancing  is a gentle hands on modality to support and align the physical structure with the energetic health of each invididual . Through light finger pressure and gentle traction, ZB invites the release of deeply held tensions in the bones, joints and soft tissues.  Throughout this integrative practice, our goal will be to support each person while creating points of balance in the slowness where your body can relax and reorganize its self - resulting in feelings of joint/tissue ease, lightness and clearing energetic blocks. $40

Registration for this workshop is currently full - please email machelle@rootsandriveryoga.com to be placed on our waiting list in case we have cancelations. Stan and I will announce another date to offer this workshops again soon. 


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Heart Beats - Introduction to Chanting and Kirtan with Brian King
Feb
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Heart Beats - Introduction to Chanting and Kirtan with Brian King

Kirtan and chanting is a call and response, like a sing-a-long, accompanied by live instruments.  One of the main intentions of kirtan is to enliven the heart through the vibration of song while also quieting the mind towards a more meditative state. Kirtan is an integral part of the devotional tradition known as Bhakti yoga that originated in India many centuries ago.  The mantras (words or sounds that are repeated with frequency to aid concentration) awaken our connection to soulfulness and a refreshing simplicity of truth within each of our hearts. When people sing together the experience is amplified far beyond what we can create when we chant by ourselves. Lifting our voices in shared song, it is easier to recognize each other's goodness beyond limitations; we connect in a way that can invite positive shifts first within our personal lives, then within our communities, within our nation, and ultimately the whole world.

No previous experience in kirtan or chanting is necessary and lyric sheets will be provided for you to keep. You aren't required to sing and you are welcome to come to listen and receive.  Roots & River studio has has ample blankets and bolsters to sit upon, though please feel free to bring your own sitting props to make yourself comfortable. If you prefer to use a chair, you can bring your own folding chair or let us know in advance to machelle@rootsandriveryoga.com and we will provide one. 

The suggested offering for this event is $10 - $20 at the door through "tickets" can be purchased online to reserve your space for $15 per person. 

100% of the proceeds will go to benefit The Brunswick Beacon Food Bank. http://www.brunswickbeacon.org/about/


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Bone Wisdom with Julie Skaarup and Machelle Lee
Dec
17
2:00pm 2:00pm

Bone Wisdom with Julie Skaarup and Machelle Lee

Bone is a living tissue that can be cultivated, strengthened and nourished through our yoga practice, lifestyle habits and choices. Healthy bone leads to healthy marrow, nerve tissue, genetic material, and immune function. It gives stability, as sense of being grounded and calm. Spiritually, our bones are connected to our ancestors. In Celtic tradition "bone wisdom" refers to a deep knowing about something that you have no logical reason to understand. With some things, it is not our rational self that deduces the answer-- instead, we “feel it in our bones.” Join us for this exploration of bone tissue that combines a mixture of Ayurvedic lecture with embodied learning through a few selected postures with Julie and then settle into some Yin Yoga poses as Machelle reads texts and poems themed around winter and deep knowing in your bones. This  workshops is an opportunity to explore the way in which bone represents our living wisdom in our bodies. $36

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FREE Introduction to Qi Gong with Joshua Dell
Dec
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

FREE Introduction to Qi Gong with Joshua Dell

Qi Gong mirrors the movements of nature, training the mind and body by creating a sense of ease.  In this basic introduction, experience meditation in motion and discover newfound energy that supports the body structure, organs, and emotional well being. Appropriate for all to enjoy, this gentle practice is performed standing and will create a balance between tranquility and internal strength.  This is a free offering. No registration is necessary, just drop in. Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) so that we can settle in for this enjoyable evening together. FREE

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Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga with Machelle Lee and Tara Lemerise
Dec
3
2:00pm 2:00pm

Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga with Machelle Lee and Tara Lemerise

Yoga students commonly ask us if Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga are the same thing. While both have qualities of restoration for the body/psyche, they are actually vastly different practices. In this workshop, Restorative Yoga instructor, Tara Lemerise, and Yin Yoga teacher, Machelle Lee, invite you to come and experience the unique and profoundly valuable elements these two practices offer.  Yin Yoga utilizes poses on the floor, either sitting or lying down, held for 3-5 minutes each in order to modestly, within limits, stimulate ligaments through traction and compression of joint tissue. In the first segment of this workshop, you will move through a full body Yin Yoga practice designed for the support of the joints, tendons, and ligaments of the low back, spine, hips, sacrum, knees and ankles. This mediative practice will prepare you to sink deeper into rest. Restorative Yoga is even more “yin," meaning even more subtle, than Yin Yoga. In this portion of the workshop you will find a unique circuit of poses, with all of the necessary blankets, bolsters, and blocks skillfully arranged. Instead of asking your body and mind to do more, this practice will  soothe your nervous system, quiet your mind, and help you release deeply held tension in a completely passive way. The combination of Yin and Restorative Yoga will move you progressively into a more deeply relaxed state and provide an ideal opportunity for you to be nourished,  revitalized, and refreshed. Cost: $40

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