Little Om Yoga - Kids 1-5 Years and Their Grownup with Alison Kennedy
May
24
to Jul 12

Little Om Yoga - Kids 1-5 Years and Their Grownup with Alison Kennedy

Fridays: 10:45-11:30am

May 24th - July 12th (no class July 5th)

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

Pre-registration is required. To ensure the best experience for the kids, the minimum enrollment to run the series is 7 children and the 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 toward strong walkers to 5 years old, explore ways that breath and movement can be used to cultivate confidence and a states of inner self-care in your child.

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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 in communication of thoughts and feelings, regulating emotions, managing stress, and self-soothing. Little Om Yoga encourages confidence and boosts self-esteem, all while engaging the imagination in a creative and playful way. 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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Kids Yoga (Ages 6-9) Summer Session  with Alison Kennedy
Jun
12
to Jul 3

Kids Yoga (Ages 6-9) Summer Session with Alison Kennedy

4 Week Summer Session:

Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00pm

June 12th - July 3rd

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. These classes opportunities for children to explore the basics of breath (pranayama) and postures (asana) through song, games, and movement while forging bonds in their community. Yoga is not about how flexible one is but rather how present and plugged into life one is. Yoga for kids cultivates a sense of self-care, respect, and trust and offers children skills that ripple out into their every day life.

Cost: $50 per child


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Kids Yoga (Ages 10-12) Summer Session
Jun
12
to Jul 3

Kids Yoga (Ages 10-12) Summer Session

4 Week Summer Session:

Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm

June 12th - July 3rd

Yoga comes to life through creative yoga sequences, journaling, cooperative games, breath work, and meditative 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, a yoga instructor and teacher with 18 years of experience specializing in childhood development, tweens will explore poses that build strength, balance, flexibility, and focus while cultivating useful day-to-day techniques for quieting their minds, moving held stress out of their body, and cultivating confidence in a non-competitive and emotionally supportive environment.


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Fascia Release for Feet and Lower Legs with Tricia Kull
Jun
23
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 re-educate 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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Introduction to Reiki: Connecting with the Energy that Surrounds You with Judy Buchanan
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Introduction to Reiki: Connecting with the Energy that Surrounds You with Judy Buchanan

The deep relaxation technique of Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is one of the fastest growing complementary/alternative medicine practices in the world. Many people have heard of Reiki but are curious about how it works and how this technique can help themselves and those they love. 

During this introduction workshop, you will gain an understanding of the skill set of Reiki, its many benefits and uses. In addition, we will explore how the energy impacts our daily life, what is involved in a Reiki session, and the different levels of Reiki Certification.  

We will conclude with a Reiki Circle during which Judy will offer a brief guided meditation to include short Reiki treatments while seated for those who would like to receive. If you have considered training to be a certified Reiki practitioner, are curious about what to expect during a Reiki session, or just want to know more about this healing technique consider join us. 

 Bring the benefits of Reiki into your life.

Reiki promotes as a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, reduced pain, positive attitude, faster recovery from surgery or injury, better sleep, improved memory, slower aging, increased creativity, peace of mind, sharper intuition, and balanced energy.

Cost: $30

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Judy is a Medical Reiki Master, Usui Holy Fire III Reiki Teacher and Resiliency Coach. Her passion is to empower her clients to reclaim serenity by safely releasing trauma, anxiety, grief and pain so they can feel better and thrive. Judy was introduced to Reiki as a method to relieve her own pain and anxiety she was experiencing while serving as an active duty Army Medical Service Officer. The first time she experienced Reiki Judy knew that she needed to learn this amazing technique and share it with others. As an avid seeker, she has been a student of holistic therapies for more than a decade and believes education is a fundamental means to empowering others. To enhance her knowledge Judy completed additional certifications in Karuna Reiki, Medical Reiki, Sacred Child Birth with Reiki, Okuden & Shoden Jikiden Reiki and Integrative Quantum Medicine. Judy provides Reiki treatments, Holy Fire III Reiki training, retreat support and building resilience lectures throughout her community. Making a difference in the lives of others it what fills Judy’s heart. Learn more or connect with Judy at www.judy-buchanan.com.


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A Meaningful Journey into Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga with Machelle Lee and Tara Lemerise
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

A Meaningful Journey into Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga with Machelle Lee and Tara Lemerise

Yoga students frequently think that 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 in your body the unique and valuable elements and differences these two practices have to offer.  

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Yin Yoga utilizes poses practiced on the floor and held gently for 3-5 minutes each in order to modestly, within limits, stimulate ligaments and fascia through traction and compression of joint tissue to encourage tissue regeneration. Restorative Yoga is more “yin," than Yin Yoga - meaning it is even more subtle and still. While Yin Yoga’s intention is to “exercise” structural tissue within the soft skeleton of fascia and at joint intersections, Restorative Yoga’s focus is to reduce and eliminate stress on the structural body, and actually support it in rest, in order to induce a deep relaxation response for the nervous system.

In the first segment of this workshop, Machelle will guide participants through a 90 minute Yin Yoga practice designed for the support of the joints, ligaments, and fascia of the low back, spine, hips, sacrum, knees, and ankles. This meditative practice will prepare one to sink deeper into the deep rest of Restorative Yoga. 

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After a break, students will return to a unique circuit of stations prepared by Tara with all of the necessary blankets, bolsters, and blocks skillfully arranged for relaxation. Instead of asking the body and mind to do more, this practice will soothe the nervous system, quiet the mind, and help release deeply held tension in a completely passive way. 

The combination Yin and Restorative Yoga will move progressively into a profoundly relaxing afternoon and provide the perfect opportunity for one to get the nourishing rest and reset to move out into the rest of the weekend feeling revitalized and refreshed.

Practice Schedule:

2:00-2:15  Personal Introductions and Overview of Practices

2:15-3:45 Yin Yoga Practice with Machelle Lee

3:45-4:30 Break (integrate, walk downtown Brunswick/Towpath, grab a snack)

4:30-6:00pm Restorative Practice with Tara Lemerise

Cost: $55

Follow these links to learn more about Tara Lemerise and Machelle Lee.


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Fascia Release for the Diaphragm and Deeper Breath with Tricia Kull
Aug
11
2:30 PM14:30

Fascia Release for the Diaphragm and Deeper Breath with Tricia Kull

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

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

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

No previous yoga experience needed. Everyone welcome!

Cost: $35

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Tricia is a graduate of Willow Street and Body Balance Yoga teacher training program (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 Level One Certification: Reawaken Your Natural Ability to Heal  with Judy Buchanan
Aug
24
to Aug 25

Reiki Level One Certification: Reawaken Your Natural Ability to Heal with Judy Buchanan

Training Days are Saturday, August 24th from 1-5pm and Sunday, August 25th from 1-5pm (8 hours total)

Learning Reiki Level One is a beneficial self-care skill to facilitate deep relaxation, balance and harmony in your life. This class teaches the fundamentals of the Reiki system, its history, effects and benefits. You will study the energy centers of the body and are taught basic hand positions to utilize self-treatment and provide Reiki support your family, friends, and pets. Judy teaches Usui Holy Fire III classes utilizing the International Center for Reiki Training (IRCT) standards and “Reiki, The Healing Touch, First and Second-Degree Manual” by William Rand.  The class is a combination of lecture, discussion and hands on practice. No prior Reiki experience necessary.

Cost: $222 (includes manual)

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Judy is a Medical Reiki Master, Usui Holy Fire III Reiki Teacher and Resiliency Coach. Her passion is to empower her clients to reclaim serenity by safely releasing trauma, anxiety, grief and pain so they can feel better and thrive. Judy was introduced to Reiki as a method to relieve her own pain and anxiety she was experiencing while serving as an active duty Army Medical Service Officer. The first time she experienced Reiki Judy knew that she needed to learn this amazing technique and share it with others. As an avid seeker, she has been a student of holistic therapies for more than a decade and believes education is a fundamental means to empowering others. To enhance her knowledge Judy completed additional certifications in Karuna Reiki, Medical Reiki, Sacred Child Birth with Reiki, Okuden & Shoden Jikiden Reiki and Integrative Quantum Medicine. Judy provides Reiki treatments, Holy Fire III Reiki training, retreat support and building resilience lectures throughout her community. Making a difference in the lives of others it what fills Judy’s heart. Learn more or connect with Judy at www.judy-buchanan.com.


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What Your Psoas is Trying to Tell You with Rebecca Morton (3 CEUs Available for Yoga Alliance)
Aug
24
1:00 PM13:00

What Your Psoas is Trying to Tell You with Rebecca Morton (3 CEUs Available for Yoga Alliance)

The psoas is one of the largest muscles in the body and the only one that connects the upper body to the lower body. The psoas affects every aspect of your life from your structural and back health to emotional well-being.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn the relationship between this deeply embedded muscle and your emotions, the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system.

  • Learn how the psoas affects the rest of your body from the way you stand, walk, and sit. 

  • Learn the causes and effects of a challenged psoas and how to release it.

  • Study how the psoas moves in yoga asana and how becoming more aware of this muscle we will learn to move more freely from deep within our body and throughout our life.  

Creating psoas awareness can open the door to a more sensitive attunement to your body's inner signals as well as lead to more fluid movement and a greater sense of inner wellness.

Cost: $45

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Rebecca Morton is the founder of The Compassionate Yogi, which specializes in yoga for chronic pain, back pain, and post-physical therapy as well as leads yoga for those recovering post-surgery, organ transplant, ataxia and other physical situations that hinder movement. 

Rebecca began her yoga journey over 20 years ago taking daily classes in New York City that eventually grew into a meaningful, dedicated practice in 2013. This lead her into yoga teacher training at the Dallas Yoga Center to earn her 200 RYT certification. Upon graduation, Rebecca started leading yoga classes at the Perot Museum of Science and Nature, at the Crow Collection of Asian Art gallery as well as at local yoga studios around Dallas, TX.  Rebecca has completed another 200 hours of yoga training at Sol Yoga in Frederick, MD and is on her way to achieving her 500 hour level teacher certification. Rebecca is also a Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor and teaches weekly classes at Yogamour in Frederick.

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This Workshop is Open To All Yogis

Yoga Teachers registered with Yoga Alliance can earn 3 CEUS


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Reiki Level Two Certification - Become Deeply Grounded in the Practical Application of Reiki with Judy Buchanan
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Reiki Level Two Certification - Become Deeply Grounded in the Practical Application of Reiki with Judy Buchanan

Training Days are Saturday, October 12th 1-6pm and Sunday, October 13th 1-6pm (10 hours total)

During this workshop you will learn three highly effective and powerful ancient symbols to integrate into your practice supporting the mind, body and spirit self-healing. This workshop will enhance your energy channel and your intuition will be strengthened creating a quantum leap in your effectiveness as a Reiki practitioner. Judy teaches Usui Holy Fire III classes utilizing the International Center for Reiki Training (IRCT) standards and “Reiki, The Healing Touch, First and Second-Degree Manual” by William Rand.  The class is a combination of lecture, discussion and hands on practice. Practice time includes giving and receiving a complete Reiki treatment using all the hand positions and the symbols.

*Prerequisite Reiki Level One Certification
Cost: $333 (includes manual)

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Judy is a Medical Reiki Master, Usui Holy Fire III Reiki Teacher and Resiliency Coach. Her passion is to empower her clients to reclaim serenity by safely releasing trauma, anxiety, grief and pain so they can feel better and thrive. Judy was introduced to Reiki as a method to relieve her own pain and anxiety she was experiencing while serving as an active duty Army Medical Service Officer. The first time she experienced Reiki Judy knew that she needed to learn this amazing technique and share it with others. As an avid seeker, she has been a student of holistic therapies for more than a decade and believes education is a fundamental means to empowering others. To enhance her knowledge Judy completed additional certifications in Karuna Reiki, Medical Reiki, Sacred Child Birth with Reiki, Okuden & Shoden Jikiden Reiki and Integrative Quantum Medicine. Judy provides Reiki treatments, Holy Fire III Reiki training, retreat support and building resilience lectures throughout her community. Making a difference in the lives of others it what fills Judy’s heart. To learn more about or connect with Judy - visit www.judy-buchanan.com 


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Yin Yoga: Foundations of Joint Tending - Teacher Training/Personal Enrichment with Machelle Lee
Oct
19
to Nov 17

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

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  • Saturday, Oct. 19th 1:00-6:00pm

  • Sunday, Oct. 20th 1:00-6:00pm

  • Saturday, Nov. 2nd 1:00-6:00pm

  • Sunday, Nov. 3rd 1:00-6:00pm

  • Saturday, Nov. 16th 1:00-6:00pm

  • Sunday, Nov. 17th 1:00-6:00pm

Yin Yoga's quiet practice has been Machelle's passion for 15 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 and energetics and thus to the mind.  

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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 of 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 Pradipika, 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.

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

Refund Policy - Cancelation 15 days or more before the training will receive full refund minus $50 administrative fees. Cancelations 7-17 days before the training will receive 1/2 tuition back. Cancelations less than 1 week before the training will not receive refund. No refunds or studio credits are given for missed days in the training though make up hours can be arranged.


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Yin Yoga and Acupuncture: Fall and the Gifts of Metal with Machelle Lee and Samantha Francis
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Yin Yoga and Acupuncture: Fall and the Gifts of Metal with Machelle Lee and Samantha Francis

Yin Yoga instructor Machelle Lee and Acupuncturist Samantha Francis (Five Dances Wellness) blend their experience to offer a Fall workshop exploring the element of Metal from the Five-Element tradition of Chinese Medicine as a way of preparing oneself for release and retreat of the Fall Season.

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Machelle will lead participants through a full Yin Yoga session stimulating the acupressure lines within connective tissues that support the Lungs and Large Intestine organs and meridian channels. Following the practice, Samantha will provide a meditative acupuncture session 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 Metal element.

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

Cost: $40


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Supported Rest: A Restorative Yoga Workshop with Tara Lemerise
Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

Supported Rest: A Restorative Yoga Workshop with Tara Lemerise

Spend an afternoon resting and resetting 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: $35

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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. Visit Tara’s website to earn more about her classes/workshops.


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Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training/Personal Enrichment with Tara Lemerise
Jan
4
to Jan 11

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, January 4, 2020, 2-6pm

  • Sunday, January 5, 2020, 2-6pm

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020, 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.

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

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

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Yin Yoga and Acupuncture: Winter and the Gifts of the Water Element with Machelle Lee and Samantha Francis
Jan
19
1:00 PM13:00

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

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Yin Yoga instructor Machelle Lee and Acupuncturist Samantha Francis (Five Dances Wellness) blend their experience to offer a Winter workshop exploring the element of Water from the Five-Element tradition of Chinese Medicine as a way of preparing oneself for coldest days of winter.

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Machelle will lead participants through a full Yin Yoga session stimulating the acupressure lines within connective tissues that support the Kidneys/Urinary Bladder 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 Water element.

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

Cost: $40


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Mother's Day Special Flow - A Donation Class to Benefit The Birthing Circle with Lisa Tumbarello
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Mother's Day Special Flow - A Donation Class to Benefit The Birthing Circle with Lisa Tumbarello

Relish in this nurturing and mindful Mother’s Day practice that will offer a heart-opening yoga flow to a jammin’ Mother’s Day-inspired playlist. Whether you are a mother, or you have a mother, or are looking to offer some sweetness to the caregiver inside yourself, we welcome you to take a break, breathe deeply, and honor all the great work that mothers everywhere are doing 24/7.

The nature of a flow class will have you getting up and down from the floor several times during the practice. This offering is open to all levels of yogis, from active/mobile beginners to those experienced with the asana flows. The practice, breath, music and our loving community will assist you in tuning into your mind and body in a ritual of self care!

This practice is offered as a donation, give-what-you-can (suggested $5-20) based class. Contributions will be collected in a bowl at our check-in desk on the day of the practice. Please bring cash or check. All proceeds will be given to support The Birthing Circle.

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Lisa was introduced to yoga while in high school via one of her ballet instructors. She’s been an on-and-off practitioner since college and in recent years started deepening her yoga practice. She decided to embark on her RTY200 yoga training, with Balanced Life Yoga in Ellicott City, to gain a deeper spiritual and physical understanding of how yoga manifests in the mind and body. After becoming a mother in 2017, Lisa turned to her yoga practice to help calm her anxiety and cope with the stress of new motherhood. When she’s not practicing yoga, Lisa enjoys learning about interior design, exploring the pages of her cookbook collection and is working on developing her green-thumb. She has an energetic toddler named Andy and lives with her husband Paul and two noisy dachshunds on a quiet county road in Sharpsburg, Maryland.


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Seven Moving Principles with Dee Gold (4 CEUS Available for Yoga Alliance)
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

Seven Moving Principles with Dee Gold (4 CEUS Available for Yoga Alliance)

Inspired by the work of Donna Farhi, international teacher and author of “Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit”, The Seven Moving Principles are innate patterns of movement that allow us to move with ease and power. The patterns are designed to create the most efficient pathways for movement and expression, and once you have discovered how to engage their support you will be able to figure out the alignment of any posture by yourself.

The Seven Moving Principles

  1. Breathe – Let the breath move you.

  2. Yield – Yield to the earth’s weight and levity.

  3. Radiate – Move from the inside out.

  4. Center – Maintain the integrity of the spine.

  5. Support – Establish foundations of support.

  6. Align – Create clear lines of force.

  7. Engage – Engage the whole body.

"The purpose of the inquires is to provide you with a situation in which you can explore and discover new skills for yourself." ~Donna Farhi 


In this workshop we will explore each of these principles. You will leave with a practice of inquiry that will allow you to go beyond the limited perception of getting a pose “right,” and into a relaxed atmosphere to learn without fear of failure.

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This Workshop is Open To All Yogis

Yoga Teachers registered with Yoga Alliance can earn 4 CEUS

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Cost: $68

Dee Gold, E-RYT-500, is a certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is an award winning author and a professional member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. Dee brings over 30 years of experience into her teaching, encouraging great respect for the human body, mind, and spirit at every age. 


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Feldenkrais Method: Retrain the Brain and Enhance Your Range of Motion with Catherine Wycoff
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Feldenkrais Method: Retrain the Brain and Enhance Your Range of Motion 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 participants’ level of ability and focuses on improving our quality and ease of movement through awareness. 

Participants usually leave the workshop feeling energized, more flexible, and 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”.

Cost: $30

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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 four-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 set up 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.


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Restorative Yoga & Reiki  with Carrie Dennison
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

Restorative Yoga & Reiki with Carrie Dennison

Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit with Restorative Yoga and Reiki. Supported by blankets, pillows and bolsters in deeply relaxing poses, Carrie will guide you into rest while offering the gentle healing energy of Reiki through light physical contact. Reiki energy promotes healing by activating the relaxation response (parasympathetic nervous system), assisting the body to re-harmonize itself and promoting a more natural balance. Benefits of these practices include decreased stress and anxiety as well as an increased sense of clarity and ease that can both lift the mood and set the foundation for more restful sleep.

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No yoga experience is required and all levels are welcome to attend. Because the practice draws the body mind into a restful state, you may cool down, so bring clothes that can keep you warm and cozy. Though blankets will be used for restorative propping and for covering, you may wish to bring your own blanket from home as well. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 9 participants.

Cost: $30

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Carrie’s love of yoga fostered from a need for balance in her life after struggling with anxiety from a high-pressure corporate job. With a strong desire to support others in finding peace in this crazy world, she earned her 200-hour RYT training at Ananda Shala in Frederick, MD. After discovering the importance of rest to complement a busy life and active yoga practice, she was called to incorporate restorative yoga in her practice and teaching. She studied Restorative Yoga under Tara Lemerise ('Rest for All' Teacher Training). Carrie also has been studying, using, and selling doTERRA essential oils since 2016. She is certified as a Level 2 Reiki Healer, and currently studying to be a Reiki Master. Carrie's goal is to assist others to learn about different tools to support healing and stress management and build integrated community.


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Fascia and Tension Relief for Hips and Low Back with Tricia Kull
Apr
14
2:30 PM14:30

Fascia and Tension Relief for Hips and Low Back with Tricia Kull

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

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

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

No previous yoga experience needed. Everyone welcome!

Cost: $35

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Tricia is a graduate of Willow Street and Body Balance Yoga teacher training program (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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Prime Yoga 50+ : Yoga for the Prime of Life with Dee Gold
Apr
13
2:00 PM14:00

Prime Yoga 50+ : Yoga for the Prime of Life with Dee Gold

Prime Yoga is a safe and sane approach to yoga, designed specifically for the needs of people over 50 who are starting yoga for the first time or returning to the practice. Prime Yoga 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:

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  • Improved balance

  • Increased core strength

  • Better joint range of motion

  • Reduced stress

  • Improved sleep

  • Flexibility of body and mind

  • Intelligent expansion of spiritual connection

  • Increased energy and vitality

  • Joyful community

Cost: $30

  • 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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Fascia Release for the Neck and Shoulders with Tricia Kull
Mar
31
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 is required.

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Tricia is a graduate of Willow Street and Body Balance Yoga teacher training program (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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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 shifts 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

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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 and creating spaces and experiences that allow for deep connection to self and Spirit.


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Yoga for Kids (1st-5th Graders) with Alison Kennedy
Mar
22
to Apr 9

Yoga for Kids (1st-5th Graders) with Alison Kennedy

Fridays 4:15-5:15pm

6 weeks - March 22nd- April 26th

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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.

Cost: $75 for one child and $125.00 for two siblings
(second child gets one third off full session price)


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

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

Two-Day Immersion

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

12:30-6:30pm each day

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

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

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Most illnesses and disorders begin with an energy imbalance on the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual levels.  In this two-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 test muscle 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  

*People who have taken the IQM with Debra and want to repeat the program will receive a 50% discount ($125) and those who are signing up with a family member can receive a family discount making it $200/pp. If you are repeating this course or wish to sign up with another family member, payment can be made by phone with Machelle Lee: 240-938-8622 and an email receipt will be sent to you.*

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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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Trauma Informed Yoga: 12-Hour Immersion/Teacher Training with Kath Meadows and Whitney Ingram
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

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 who wish to integrate trauma informed yoga into 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, but do not require, that prior to the workshop you 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 Best Practices 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 yoga 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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Valentine's Day Yin Yoga - Wine, Chocolate, and Cheese with Machelle Lee
Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Valentine's Day Yin Yoga - Wine, Chocolate, and Cheese with Machelle Lee

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

Cost: $30 


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The Complete Course of Reading Tarot with Julie Skaarup and Catie Peiper
Feb
10
to Feb 11

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 us before 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 known 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 PM13:30

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. 

  • Experience therapeutics for psoas and diaphragm release, and mudra to seal our knowledge. 

  • immerse in wise exploration, with renewed health, creative-being, and a balanced core as the goals. 

Advanced beginner to experienced yogis will enjoy this thoughtful, effective, but not arduous, workshop. One email follow-up with the instructor is offered for guidance on integrating material.  

Please bring a 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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FREE - Natural Secrets to Living Free of Joint Pain with Dr. Sam Francis
Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

FREE - Natural Secrets to Living Free of Joint Pain with Dr. Sam Francis

Dr. Sam Francis, owner and chief practitioner of Five Dances Wellness Center, teaches this empowering seminar that is for anyone who wants to learn natural, inexpensive self-care strategies to reduce or even eliminate pain in the neck, back, shoulder, and other major joints.

  • Learn a secret hydration strategy that gives your body what it needs to cool and clear inflammation without making you feel like a camel, or having to “go” all the time.

  • Discover a simple movement that can be done seated or even lying down that will promote circulation and three different ways to modify the movement for your unique body.

  • Learn how to determine what type of pain you have and which topical treatment will work best for you.

PLUS: Learn how to use just five minutes before sleep to maximize your body’s ability to clear inflammation on its own. 

Dr. Sam has helped hundreds of people reduce or even eliminate their joint pain using these same simple secrets that are easy to implement and won’t break the bank!  Dr. Sam will walk you through how to do stellar self-care ON YOUR OWN. 


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Ergonomics - Your Comfort at Work
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Ergonomics - Your Comfort at Work

Have you ever wondered why your back/neck/shoulders hurt after a day at work? Would you like to learn how to be more comfortable and how to arrange your work space to support you?

Join us for a 2-hour exploration that will include practical exercises and Q & A with Catherine Wycoff. Catherine works with people all over the world as an ergonomist for the World Bank, applying her physical therapist background as well as her Feldenkrais training.

You will learn what happens to your body when you work and what you can do to prevent aches and pains.

Cost: $30

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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. Catherine is also trained in Myofascial Release (MFR) and the Feldenkrais Method. She has volunteered and set up 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.


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New Class on Our Schedule - Qi Gong: An Exploration with Dr. Sam Francis
Jan
15
to Feb 11

New Class on Our Schedule - Qi Gong: An Exploration with Dr. Sam Francis

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00pm

Now open for drop-ins - $15/class or use your class pass

Focused on gentle breath and movement meditation, Qi Gong is accessible to everyone. Qi Gong contains aspects of martial arts, moving meditation, visualization, and relaxation. Join your friendly neighborhood acupuncturist, Dr. Sam Francis, as she walks you through the gentle and basic stances and concepts of this useful form of movement for physical and emotional health.

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 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. 


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CANCELED TONIGHT DUE TO ICE - FREE Seminar - Strategies for Transforming Anxiety into Calm with Dr. Sam Francis
Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELED TONIGHT DUE TO ICE - FREE Seminar - Strategies for Transforming Anxiety into Calm with Dr. Sam Francis

Train your mind and your body to become calm and stay calm so you can interact with people without fear and anxiety. These strategies can be done with or without being on medication, so you can feel confident in trying them on your own.

Dr. Sam Francis, owner and chief practitioner of Five Dances Wellness Center, teaches this empowering seminar based on her clinical experience working with patients with anxiety over the last seven years.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn natural, inexpensive self-care strategies to transform their anxiety into calm and peace. 

  • Learn a secret strategy that helps train your body to come out of fight-or-flight and into a calmer place. This strategy costs nothing but time and can be done virtually anywhere. 

  • Discover a method based in Chinese Medicine that helps you completely clear a stressful emotion without medication.

  • Learn techniques to soothe the limbic system, the part of our brain that works with our emotions, using natural substances. 

Dr. Sam has helped people reduce their anxiety using these same simple secrets that are easy to implement into the cracks in your day- no matter how full your schedule is! Dr. Sam will walk you through how to train your emotions to be less reactive and more resilient ON YOUR OWN.


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Workshop Canceled Due to the Snow Storm: 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

Workshop Canceled Due to the Snow Storm: Yin Yoga and Acupuncture Workshop: The Gifts of Winter and the Element of Water with Machelle Lee and Samantha Francis

This workshop is canceled due to the weather and predicted level of snow fall - Please check our April 28th Spring offering!

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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FREE Intro to Qi Gong with Dr. Sam Francis
Jan
8
12:00 PM12:00

FREE Intro to Qi Gong with Dr. Sam 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, Dr. Sam Francis, as she walks 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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Introduction to Prime Yoga (55+) with Dee Gold
Jan
7
3:00 PM15:00

Introduction to Prime Yoga (55+) with Dee Gold

Prime Yoga is a safe and sane approach to yoga for people 55 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, it is 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: $15

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

Postponed: Evolving Mindfully: Transformative Empowerment Workshop with Jessica Lusty

This event is canceled due to low registration - we will look to another date in 2019 to offer it again.

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 to work that into your life in an integrated and sustained way?

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

If so, take this opportunity for a 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 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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Workshop Canceled - Comfort & Joy: A Deeply Restorative Holiday Practice with Danica Binkley
Dec
22
1:00 PM13:00

Workshop Canceled - 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, over-committed, and overwhelmed by the pressures and 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-held 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’s 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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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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