Willow Street Workshops

Willow Street is pleased to offer a variety of workshops each session, both by our own talented faculty and by world-renowned instructors.

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Restorative Yoga Sundays with Tara Lemerise

Undo, unwind, let go, and experience true rest. 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. For each monthly workshop you'll find a unique circuit of restorative poses where all the necessary blankets, blocks, and bolsters are skillfully arrange before you arrive. You simply come for the deep nourishing rest you need and deserve. Leave feeling completely revitalized and refreshed, ready for the week and month ahead. Everybody welcome. No yoga experience necessary. Sorry, no drop-ins; advance registration only.

All Four Sessions

Sun Jan 26 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $95.00 * FULL *
Sun Feb 23 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Mar 30 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Apr 27 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

Feb/March/April

Sun Feb 23 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $75.00 * FULL *
Sun Mar 30 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Apr 27 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

January

Sun Jan 26 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER

February

Sun Feb 23 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER

March

Sun Mar 30 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER

April

Sun Apr 27 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $30.00 * FULL *
Tara Lemerise, E-RYT-200, took her first yoga class in college and loved it so much that she rushed home to find out how to become a yoga teacher. In 2005, several years and many classes later, Tara completed teacher training at Willow Street Yoga Center. She is known for offering clear, light-hearted, and encouraging instruction to students of all levels. From restorative postures to arm balances and everything in between, Tara helps her students delight in each moment, leaving everyone feeling more joyful and more at ease after each class. To learn more about Tara, visit her website: www.yogataraonline.com.

The Ethics of the Physical Body: Approach Anatomy Differently with Maria Cristina Jimenez

Often as yogis we turn towards sacred texts, observances, mantras, and/or mythological stories as guidelines for our behavior. We look outside and then we look within. In the last 12 years of teaching yoga I have learned from the best teachers sublime teachings that carry me through my hardest days.

And yet. Sometimes I forget which was that sutra or what was that yama. Sometimes I forget how did that mantra go or if I am saying it correctly. Sometimes I forget entire myths or the names of the Goddesses.

And yet, I always have this body with me, carrying me, teaching me with its structure how to live, how to be, how to take care of myself. If I can listen, if I can pay attention to the whispers and teachings that are present literally in my structure, I realize that I am always walking with a library of wisdom that will never leave me. I might forget the name of muscle but I can feel it. I might forget what a bone is called but I can move it. I will never forget the mantra of my breath since I hear it over 20,000 times a day.

In this workshop we will be inspired to learn about the structure of the skeleton and how it relates to being and becoming. We will look at the layers of the body and see how they relate to society and desire. We will look at the structure of the cell and let it inspire us towards self-love and universal love. We will look to fascia and its nature of connection and differentiation as an invitation to live life in this world while also taking care of ourselves and our individuality. We will look at the way we developed in the womb as a guide to living our lives fully.

This workshop is designed to help you fall in love even more with the body, reminding you that you carry rich mythology, philosophy, and ethics within. Everybody is welcome.

Integral Anatomy: Layers of the Body

Knowing the layers of our body can influence the way we move. This evening, we’ll have a detailed look at the layers of the body: skin, superficial fascia, deep fascia, muscle, organ, bone. Through fun exercises - palpation, some partner work, even arts and crafts - we'll begin to understand the myofascial body, as well as see its pattern of holding.

We will end the evening in a restorative pose, resting and soaking in the learning.
Fri May 2 2014, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM SS $40.00 REGISTER

Self-Expression Through the Appendicular Skeleton: Upper Body

Our hands, arms, and shoulders express who we are. Through lecture, practice, discussion, and movement, we will explore upper-body anatomy with ourselves and each other. We will become aware of how we move our shoulders and where we initiate the movement, and we’ll see how each finger relates differently to the shoulder girdle, radius, and ulna.
Sat May 3 2014, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM SS $40.00 REGISTER

Self-Expression Through the Appendicular Skeleton: Lower Body

Our pelvis, legs, and feet offer us deep support as we move through the world. Through lecture, practice, discussion, and movement, we will explore lower-body anatomy with ourselves and each other. We will attend to the ankle joint and explore the heel foot and the ankle foot, the bones in the lower leg and the Inter Osseus Membrane. Learning about how the fascial body holds us up, we'll experience stability in unknown places and spaces.
Sat May 3 2014, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM SS $40.00 REGISTER

Finding Our Essence in the Axial Skeleton

Movement is our essence, and as yogis we are not trying to completely still the mind or body but rather to surf through their waves. We will explore practicing with "wavering" actions as a way of turning on the intrinsic muscles, and will find power through movement by learning about tonic and phasic muscles. We’ll enjoy practice and partner exercises, and finish with restoratives and meditation.
Sun May 4 2014, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM SS $40.00 REGISTER

Full Weekend

Save $25!
Fri May 2 2014, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM SS $135.00 REGISTER
Sat May 3 2014, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM SS
Sat May 3 2014, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM SS
Sun May 4 2014, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM SS
Maria Cristina Jimenez (ERYT 500; RYT 500) has been teaching yoga since 2001. Now teaching alignment-based, "anatomy-conscious" Hatha yoga, she was a Certified Anusara teacher, a style she taught for 10 years.

Maria Cristina was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her fascination with the body started when she fractured her pelvis, spine, arm, ribs, and other parts of her anatomy as a teenager. It led her to yoga and to its innate healing power. She's worked extensively with, and is deeply influenced by, Integral Anatomy's Gil Hedley, Ph.D., studying the human form (even doing several cadaver dissections); studied Body-Mind Centering (TM); and has taken numerous Pre-Med courses at UCLA. She is currently enrolled at the Rolfing Institute of Structural Integration. She also treats clients in myofascial release and bodywork.

In addition to her public classes at yoga studios in the Valley and LA, Maria has co-taught over 10 different Teacher Trainings and Immersions. She works with students and private clients at every level of experience. Maria studies with many teachers, but no gurus. Her teachers include her students, her yoga practice, cadavers, nature, myriad books, and this moment: right here, right now. More at MariaCristinaYogi.com.

In a Mellow Tone: Yoga and Jazz with Natalie Miller and the Nicole Saphos Trio

Thu May 22 2014, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM SS $35.00 REGISTER
Join Natalie and the Nicole Saphos trio for an evening of sweet yoga practice and lovely live jazz. Loosen up with a 90-minute practice of some basic flow, mellow out with hip openers and restoratives poses, and then stay until 9pm to enjoy your afterglow (and a little more music!) with a bubbly beverage. Students of all levels welcome.
For Natalie Miller, yoga is powerful because it reminds us of the beauty within and all around us. Natalie's teaching blends creative, fluid sequencing with precise alignment instruction. She weaves attention to the breath throughout practice, helping students to cultivate connection with their bodies' inherent wisdom. With humor and eloquence, Natalie's classes inspire her students to bring the power of their yoga into the way they roll in the world: to love who they are and be in awe of who they're becoming. Her own practice is grounded in the extraordinary everyday of mothering three little girls, living in vibrant Takoma Park, and co-directing Willow Street Yoga with her husband, Joe.
Jazz bassist and vocalist, Nicole Saphos, is a multi-talented artist who is known for her hard driving bass lines and infectious voice. She studied Jazz Bass and Vocal Performance at Temple University. Since emerging onto the DC jazz scene not long ago in 2012, Saphos has established herself as a compelling entertainer performing in renowned venues such as Bohemian Caverns, and The Kennedy Center.

Memorial Day Yoga to Benefit Warriors at Ease with Joe and Natalie Miller

This Memorial Day, join Joe and Natalie for a balanced practice that honors the women and men who serve our country and benefits Warriors at Ease, an organization dedicated to bringing yoga and other mind-body practices to military communities. For students Level I/II+.

Basic registration

Mon May 26 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TP $25.00 REGISTER

I can give a little more

Mon May 26 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TP $50.00 REGISTER
Joe Miller, E-RYT500, draws upon his 20 years of yogic exploration and study of anatomy to recognize and celebrate our endless potential to align with the intelligence of the body. With humor and lots of individualized attention, Joe uses his deep understanding of Hatha Yoga, Tantric Philosophy, and Ayurveda to give students practical tools to experience fully this gift of life. Joe co-leads Willow Street's Teacher Training program, and continues to deepen his own practice by studying with his principal teachers and his amazing family.
For Natalie Miller, yoga is powerful because it reminds us of the beauty within and all around us. Natalie's teaching blends creative, fluid sequencing with precise alignment instruction. She weaves attention to the breath throughout practice, helping students to cultivate connection with their bodies' inherent wisdom. With humor and eloquence, Natalie's classes inspire her students to bring the power of their yoga into the way they roll in the world: to love who they are and be in awe of who they're becoming. Her own practice is grounded in the extraordinary everyday of mothering three little girls, living in vibrant Takoma Park, and co-directing Willow Street Yoga with her husband, Joe.

Living Yoga Summer Project: Create a Life of Purpose and Passion with Joe Miller and Pat Blum

Thu May 29 2014, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM SS $295.00 REGISTER
Life is a gift: an opportunity to express our uniqueness and experience great joy.

Does it feel that way to you?

From a yogic perspective, life fulfillment and the ability to manifest our potential requires a conscious relationship with our four core desires, or purusharthas. These "four aims of the soul" are artha (health and wealth), kama (all forms of pleasure), dharma (our life's purpose), and moksha (inherent freedom). Rod Stryker writes that "learning to honor the four desires allows you to thrive at every level, and leads you to a complete and balanced life."

In this 12-week course of study, Joe and Pat will facilitate working through Stryker's book on the purusharthas, The Four Desires. Each week's class will involve a balanced, clarifying yoga session; lecture and discussion (both in pairs and whole-group); time for doing the often-challenging exercises from the book; and practice with meditation techniques that support this profound work.

Joe and Pat will use their years of exploration using these tools to help empower each student on their individual journey of self-discovery. No yoga experience necessary, only a willingness to look frankly at ourselves and step into the challenge of this fulfilling project.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm in Silver Spring
12 weeks: May 29 - August 14
Joe Miller, E-RYT500, draws upon his 20 years of yogic exploration and study of anatomy to recognize and celebrate our endless potential to align with the intelligence of the body. With humor and lots of individualized attention, Joe uses his deep understanding of Hatha Yoga, Tantric Philosophy, and Ayurveda to give students practical tools to experience fully this gift of life. Joe co-leads Willow Street's Teacher Training program, and continues to deepen his own practice by studying with his principal teachers and his amazing family.
Pat Blum, RYT 500, is a graduate of the WSYC YTT, AYTT, and a certified Para yoga teacher. She continues her yoga studies with Rod Stryker. She is a life long teacher and a lover of adventure and travel. Pat brings enthusiasm and compassion to her early morning class. With sri vidya and the teacher in her heart, she leads her life as she has been led in love and balance.

Living Yoga Summer Project: Yoga for Learning to Let Ourselves Be, with Natalie Miller and Joy Kirstin

Mon Jun 2 2014, 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM SS $295.00 REGISTER
Bigger, Better, Faster, More. This is the refrain that reverberates through 21st-century life, especially here in our neck of the woods. We work long, longer hours with high, higher expectations.

We're expected to climb career ladders; to make "spare" time into Quality Time with kids, parents, partners, and friends; to exercise vigorously and eat organically and live in HGTV homes with Pinterest-pretty bedrooms.

We are hyperconnected, carrying the internet around in our pockets, and are often as caught up in its web as empowered by it. We work so hard for tomorrow, we find it hard to be fully present today.

And yet.

Here and there - on a Friday afternoon, or a couple days into vacation, or even near the end of yoga class - we attune to a slower tempo, grounded in the present moment. Instead the mantras of Hurry Up / Never Enough, we hear "Here I am, and this is plenty." We become mindful of our blessings, awake to our surroundings, and delighted by our evolving selves.

Here we find an opportunity to quell self-criticism and embrace self-compassion - to redefine Success in a way that includes, rather than precludes, loving ourselves and enjoying our everyday experience.

In this 12-week Summer Project, we will:
-meet weekly for an evening of yoga, meditation, journaling exercises, and discussion (asana is geared to students with some yoga experience)
-learn calming, clarifying breath, meditation, and restorative yoga techniques
-learn to use Yoga Nidra meditation to anchor innate wholeness and (over time) re-pattern neural pathways so all life situations can be met with greater ease and compassion. (3 sessions led by Joy Kirstin)
-use two books - Claudia Welch's Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life and Paul Gilbert's The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life's Challenges - to discover new ways to settle body and soften self-conception.
-create a network of community support via small- and large-group discussions and our optional Facebook group

Students will receive weekly emails and use our Facebook group to stay connected even through vacations, and may make-up missed sessions in regular WSY classes. Any additional class registrations qualify for our multi-class reduced rate. Register soon; this class will fill.

Mondays, 7:15-9:15pm in Silver Spring
12 weeks: June 2 - August 18
Joy was introduced to Yoga Nidra in 2003 and immediately began incorporating it into her work with individuals and groups. Her Yoga Nidra offerings are influenced by Rod Stryker, Richard Miller, and a 25-year background in earth-based spiritual practices. She is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher, and creator of the popular Yoga Nidra CD, Deep Relaxation and Personal Transformation. www.joykirstin.com
For Natalie Miller, yoga is powerful because it reminds us of the beauty within and all around us. Natalie's teaching blends creative, fluid sequencing with precise alignment instruction. She weaves attention to the breath throughout practice, helping students to cultivate connection with their bodies' inherent wisdom. With humor and eloquence, Natalie's classes inspire her students to bring the power of their yoga into the way they roll in the world: to love who they are and be in awe of who they're becoming. Her own practice is grounded in the extraordinary everyday of mothering three little girls, living in vibrant Takoma Park, and co-directing Willow Street Yoga with her husband, Joe.

Labor with Love: Using Yoga, Positioning, and Partner Support to Enhance Your Birth with Michelle Cohen

Sat Jun 7 2014, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM TP $95.00 REGISTER
This labor preparation intensive gives you the tools you need to enter your birth feeling equipped and empowered. Topics include a discussion of the stages of labor, optimal positioning, breath work, and key positions to use during labor. Michelle Cohen, mother of 2, prenatal yoga instructor, and doula weaves together her knowledge of various comfort measures, yoga philosophy and postures, breath work, visualization and birth planning to help you actively and enthusiastically participate in your birth. For those seeking an active, participatory birth, this is a perfect complement to other childbirth education for first-time couples, and as a stand-alone refresher for second-time (or more!) moms. Register just once per couple.
Michelle, RYT-200 is certified in vinyasa yoga, and has also completed Conscious Birthing Prenatal Teacher Training with Janice Clarfield and Itsy Bitsy Yoga Training for Tots and Tykes with Helen Garabedian. As the mother of two active boys, her greatest yoga moments occur off the mat and on-the-go. Completely transformed by pregnancy, labor and birth, Michelle has found her greatest passion in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. Her own children have taught her the most about connecting to the breath, the bittersweetness of impermanence, and the ability for the heart to hold more joy than ever thought possible. As a yoga teacher, she encourages her students to uncover and embrace their inner wisdom to empower them to lead a more truthful, conscious and passionate life. Trained as a doula, Michelle is thrilled to weave together her yoga, mindfulness, labor support, and parenting skills to serve as a resource for pregnant women during this magical and momentous stage of their lives.

Fish Body: Improve Spinal Mobility with Laterality, Spirals, and Rotation with Anna Karkovska McGlew

Sun Jun 8 2014, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM TP $40.00 REGISTER
Fish swish side-to-side to move along in the water. This side-bending motion appears in all later creatures as lateral flexion of the spine. Fish body motion is the basic locomotive force in human walking. Our spine, by virtue of its low back curve, converts this fish swish into the humans' characteristically unique way of walking, the contralateral gait. In this workshop, we explore lateral flexion, the fish spiral and spinal rotation as an opportunity to improve spinal movement, length and stability as well as overall coordination, stability and function. Includes a presentation of the main concepts followed by asana and other movement. For students Level I/II and above.
Anna's passion for yoga and experience with its capacity to spur integration led her to become a yoga teacher in 2008.

Anna's teaching is guided by a broad study of the yogic tradition, including her ongoing study of traditional and modern anatomy theories and biomechanics of movement, her own practice and (re)discovery of her body's potential, and the desire to decrease pain, increase function, and simply enjoy movement. Her classes are based upon applied anatomy and kinesiology and draw upon many different schools of yoga, structural integration, myofascial release and movement therapies.

Students will discover how to engage optimally, work more effectively, and find greater physical ease in their practice - all with the aim of aligning with their unique muscular, skeletal and energetic blueprint. Anna's teaching style is precise and detailed with a few doses of dry humor thrown in for good measure. Anna's classes ask students to pay close attention to their alignment, position in space, and relation to gravity and to use the poses to serve them rather than serve the poses.

In addition to teaching yoga, Anna is the Communications Manager at the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, where she serves as a writer and the editor of the organization's magazine. In her free time, Anna takes long walks around Washington, DC, with her husband and best friend, John. On their trips, she asks him numerous times to take handstand pictures of her with the sights, so that she can add to her collection. You can also find her reflections on yoga, alignment, and more at fleshcontext.blogspot.com.

Workshops with Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee offers two workshops on Saturday, June 14th. Everyone is welcome for Embodying Generosity; Cyndi's afternoon practice is for teachers and dedicated yogis.

Embodying Generosity

Do you ever feel like you want to be a more giving person? The good news is that the teachings of Mahayana Buddhism remind us to start by being generous with ourselves! Through a fun and creative asana class we practice embodying true generosity, which gives only that which is needed, gives the gift of fearlessness, and gives the gift of stability and equilibrium. Reconnecting to your own innate richness through vinyasa, pranayama, meditation - and a couple of jokes - will help you naturally feel more generous to others.
Sat Jun 14 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM SS $40.00 REGISTER

Confidence, Clarity, and Compassion: Sequencing for Teachers

Confidence, clarity and compassion are the three most important qualities of a good yoga teacher and can only be developed through Deliberate Practice. In this workshop for teachers, we use the traditional Six Practices of a Bodhisattva - generosity, discipline, patience, morality, meditation and wisdom - as a clear framework for creating sequences. Learn to how to manifest and articulate these multi-layered concepts as precise movement principles. You will gain a framework for creating original sequences and developing clear instructions that are both useful and meaningful. Be prepared to dig deep and share what you find. For yoga teachers, teachers-in-training, and intermediate to advanced students interested in deepening their practice.
Sat Jun 14 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM SS $75.00 REGISTER

Both workshops

save $15!
Sat Jun 14 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM SS $100.00 REGISTER
Sat Jun 14 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM SS
Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. In 1998, she founded the OM yoga Center in NYC, which became a mecca for yogis worldwide. One of the most influential teachers in the U.S., Cyndi is known for her dynamic and contemplative classes; creative, safe and sane sequencing; smart and soulful teachings -- all offered in a non-competitive environment of goodness. Be prepared to move, to apply clarity to your alignment, to watch your mind, to sweat, to stay steady, to get bored and let go, to engage and be inspired. When she's not on the mat and cushion, Cyndi writes. Her newest book is the The New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind. Other books include Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice. She writes regularly for Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, Yoga International and Tricycle Magazine. Cyndi holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and is a long time student of Gelek Rimpoche.

Restorative Yoga Sundays with Tara Lemerise

Undo, unwind, let go, and experience true rest. Instead of asking your body and mind to do more, this practice soothes your nervous system, quiets your mind, and helps you release deeply held tension. For each monthly workshop you'll find a unique circuit of restorative poses where all the necessary blankets, blocks, and bolsters are skillfully arranged before you arrive. You simply come for the deep nourishing rest you need and deserve. Leave feeling completely revitalized and refreshed, ready for the week and month ahead. Everybody welcome. No yoga experience necessary. Sorry, no drop-ins; advance registration only.

All Three Sessions

Sun Jun 15 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $70.00 REGISTER
Sun Jul 20 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP
Sun Aug 17 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

June and July

Sun Jun 15 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $50.00 REGISTER
Sun Jul 20 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

June and August

Sun Jun 15 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $50.00 REGISTER
Sun Aug 17 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

July and August

Sun Jul 20 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $50.00 REGISTER
Sun Aug 17 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP

June only

Sun Jun 15 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER

July only

Sun Jul 20 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER

August only

Sun Aug 17 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER
Tara Lemerise, E-RYT-200, took her first yoga class in college and loved it so much that she rushed home to find out how to become a yoga teacher. In 2005, several years and many classes later, Tara completed teacher training at Willow Street Yoga Center. She is known for offering clear, light-hearted, and encouraging instruction to students of all levels. From restorative postures to arm balances and everything in between, Tara helps her students delight in each moment, leaving everyone feeling more joyful and more at ease after each class. To learn more about Tara, visit her website: www.yogataraonline.com.

Yoga to Improve Your Music Practice with Maria Hamburger

Sat Jun 21 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER
Did you know your body is an instrument, too? Come see how basic yoga practices can help release, support and realign your body for making music. Yoga helps unwind the repetitive patterns of practicing so you can play with greater ease and effectiveness. We will focus on the upper back, shoulders and wrists. Everybody welcome - no yoga experience required.
Maria is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and Certified Yoga Teacher.

Maria is a passionate believer in living and embodying a spirited life. She seeks to inspire her students to recognize the light inside themselves and manifest this in their lives, on and off the mat. Maria's progressive teaching style allows each student to experience their fullest capacity within a supportive atmosphere and a playful heart.

Along with Maria's regular teaching schedule she has assisted in the Willow Street Yoga Teacher Training program for the past 5 years and has co - taught in the Willow Street Yoga Immersion program.

Maria seeks to ignite the passion of the journey of yoga from where the richness of ourselves becomes the well from where we experience life.

Birth: Your Story with Michelle Cohen

Sat Jun 21 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM TP $35.00 REGISTER
The birth of every child is wholly unique, like a fingerprint. Regardless of your baby's journey of arrival, his or her birth story is sacred and special. This workshop helps you carve out the time and space to commit your baby's birth story to paper, keepsake journal, or laptop computer. Beginning with gentle yoga and guided meditation, we dedicate space to write, and then celebrate our stories through a sharing circle (completely optional!). As a community of mothers, we listen and honor our birth experiences and uplift and support one another on our continued journey of parenting. No writing or yoga experience necessary.
Michelle, RYT-200 is certified in vinyasa yoga, and has also completed Conscious Birthing Prenatal Teacher Training with Janice Clarfield and Itsy Bitsy Yoga Training for Tots and Tykes with Helen Garabedian. As the mother of two active boys, her greatest yoga moments occur off the mat and on-the-go. Completely transformed by pregnancy, labor and birth, Michelle has found her greatest passion in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. Her own children have taught her the most about connecting to the breath, the bittersweetness of impermanence, and the ability for the heart to hold more joy than ever thought possible. As a yoga teacher, she encourages her students to uncover and embrace their inner wisdom to empower them to lead a more truthful, conscious and passionate life. Trained as a doula, Michelle is thrilled to weave together her yoga, mindfulness, labor support, and parenting skills to serve as a resource for pregnant women during this magical and momentous stage of their lives.

Yoga Nidra: Better than a Nap, with Joy Kirstin

Sat Jun 21 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER
Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) helps us release long-held subconscious feelings and beliefs that give rise to self-destructive patterns, and assists the nervous system in relaxing deeply. Rooted in yogic teachings and non-dualism, this guided meditation is practiced while lying down, and has been clinically proven to assist with insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and PTSD. It facilitates an effortless entry into a deep meditative state where your wholeness awaits. Includes instruction on how to continue a home practice using recordings you can purchase in the boutique. Everyone welcome; no experience necessary.
Joy was introduced to Yoga Nidra in 2003 and immediately began incorporating it into her work with individuals and groups. Her Yoga Nidra offerings are influenced by Rod Stryker, Richard Miller, and a 25-year background in earth-based spiritual practices. She is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher, and creator of the popular Yoga Nidra CD, Deep Relaxation and Personal Transformation. www.joykirstin.com

Powered-Up Pilates with Magic Circles and Triad Balls with Roberta Stiehm

Experienced Pilates students: join Roberta for fun with Pilates Props! Use the Magic Circle and Triad Ball to add some extra challenge, awareness, and fun to your Pilates routine! Geared to Pilates I/II and up, but open to students with at least one full session of Pilates I.

Session 1

Sun Jun 22 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER

Session 2

Sun Jul 13 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SS $25.00 REGISTER

Both sessions

Sun Jun 22 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER
Sun Jul 13 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM SS
Roberta Stiehm is a dancer, singer, teacher, and student of Yoga living in Takoma Park. She has danced and taught modern, ballet, and movement for Actors professionally, for over 25 yrs. She has had an extensive performance career in the US and abroad including Broadway. She is certified in True Pilates since 2000, with Romana Kryzanowska, and as well as teaching group mat classes, teaches privately in her own studio, fully equipped with all Pilates apparatus.

Yoga for Life's Transitions and New Beginnings with Elizabeth Kanter

Sat Jun 28 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER
Create an intention to allow your body, breath and your heart to support you through times of transition. The new moon is a potent time to contemplate new beginnings and offer the energy of your practice as nourishment and sustenance during shifts and regenerations. Our asana and breathing help to cleanse us and release what we no longer need so we can create more space for what we actively choose to cultivate and grow in our lives and in ourselves. For students Level I/II and above.
For Elizabeth, yoga has continually revealed amazing wisdom in the body, alchemical power in the heart, refined grace in the breath, and boundless depths in the soul. Her gratitude extends to all of her teachers (many here at Willow Street!) and the gifts that they continue to offer her on her journey. She has been practicing alignment-based yoga for 14 years, throughout a career in documentary science television and film production, web design, and urban arts education. Yoga has transformed her physically and energetically, and has helped her heal from and move through several injuries and personal challenges. Elizabeth's teaching promotes awareness, renewal, healing, fierce love, and innermost joy. She is a graduate of the amazing WSYC teacher training and is also trained by Jnani Chapman in Yoga Therapy for Cancer and Chronic Illness. Elizabeth leads classes for outpatients in hospitals and also works with trauma survivors. She loves sharing the incredible beauty and benefits of the practice with all of her students - and seeing them light up from the inside out!

Yoga for Computer Recovery with Maria Hamburger

Sat Jun 28 2014, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER
Counteract the impact of sitting over a computer for long periods of time with rejuvenating poses and isolated stretches that enable you to rest in your breath and reclaim your body. Focus is on wrists, shoulders, necks and lower backs. Open to students of all levels and capacities.
Maria is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and Certified Yoga Teacher.

Maria is a passionate believer in living and embodying a spirited life. She seeks to inspire her students to recognize the light inside themselves and manifest this in their lives, on and off the mat. Maria's progressive teaching style allows each student to experience their fullest capacity within a supportive atmosphere and a playful heart.

Along with Maria's regular teaching schedule she has assisted in the Willow Street Yoga Teacher Training program for the past 5 years and has co - taught in the Willow Street Yoga Immersion program.

Maria seeks to ignite the passion of the journey of yoga from where the richness of ourselves becomes the well from where we experience life.

Learn to Love Savasana with Natalie Miller

The room is quiet and still, and you find yourself with wide eyes and a busy mind. Not to worry: many yogis endure spells of restlessness in savasana. In this workshop series, Natalie shares relaxation strategies and meditation techniques that lend themselves perfectly to savasana, and can help you to settle your body and mind for sleep, too. Everybody welcome; register for all three or drop-in for any one or two sessions.

Session 1

Tue Jul 15 2014, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM TP $20.00 REGISTER

Session 2

Tue Jul 22 2014, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM TP $20.00 REGISTER

Session 3

Tue Jul 29 2014, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM TP $20.00 REGISTER

All Three Sessions

Tue Jul 15 2014, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM TP $45.00 REGISTER
Tue Jul 22 2014, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM TP
Tue Jul 29 2014, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM TP
For Natalie Miller, yoga is powerful because it reminds us of the beauty within and all around us. Natalie's teaching blends creative, fluid sequencing with precise alignment instruction. She weaves attention to the breath throughout practice, helping students to cultivate connection with their bodies' inherent wisdom. With humor and eloquence, Natalie's classes inspire her students to bring the power of their yoga into the way they roll in the world: to love who they are and be in awe of who they're becoming. Her own practice is grounded in the extraordinary everyday of mothering three little girls, living in vibrant Takoma Park, and co-directing Willow Street Yoga with her husband, Joe.

Yoga Nidra: Cultivating Effortlessness with Joy Kirstin

Sat Jul 26 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TP $30.00 REGISTER
We can't wish, or think, or muscle our way to greater effectiveness or fulfillment. But that doesn't stop us from trying: on the yoga mat, the meditation cushion, in our lives. Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is a simple practice that helps to gently dissolve false limitations and allow us access to the profound wisdom and vitality that lies within. Our lives - and our spiritual practices - bear more fruit when we include regular deep rest in the vastness of our own radiant being. Includes instruction on how to continue a home practice using recordings you can purchase in the boutique. Everyone welcome; no experience or movement necessary.
Joy was introduced to Yoga Nidra in 2003 and immediately began incorporating it into her work with individuals and groups. Her Yoga Nidra offerings are influenced by Rod Stryker, Richard Miller, and a 25-year background in earth-based spiritual practices. She is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher, and creator of the popular Yoga Nidra CD, Deep Relaxation and Personal Transformation. www.joykirstin.com

The Power of Rest: A Mind-Body Skills Training for Healthy Sleep with Robin Carnes

Sat Aug 2 2014, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sleep problems. Whether you can't fall asleep easily, wake up and can't get back to sleep, and/or wake up feeling tired, your mental, emotional and physical health is impaired. This workshop reviews some of the basics of sleep hygiene, and offers evidence-based tools drawn from yoga and Chinese medicine. The heart of the workshop is a variety of practices to support and enhance your sleep, including a guided meditation designed specifically for sleep. Participants practice key sleep-inducing exercises and walk away with materials and ideas on how to improve this essential function of human life. Appropriate for both experienced yogis and those brand new to yoga.
For six years Robin Carnes served as the yoga and iRest meditation instructor for a Defense Department PTSD treatment program at Walter Reed Medical Center. She is a certified iRest yoga nidra instructor, a certified yoga instructor, and a qi gong instructor. Her work with yoga in the military was honored by the Smithsonian Institute in 2013. Robin has a private practice as a mind-body skills instructor in Silver Spring, MD.

StressBusters! with Sheree Mullen

Sat Aug 9 2014, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM SS $45.00 REGISTER
This workshop explains what stress is, and how the body attempts (and ultimately fails) to cope with chronic stress. We use several scales/tests to learn about our individual stress levels, how stress manifests in our own body, and how vulnerable we currently are to stress.

We also learn about (and practice a selection of) various techniques for combating the negative effects of stress: cognitive reappraisal, social engineering, humor, exercise, social support, yoga, meditation, relaxation and breathing practices. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring paper and pen. Yoga experience not necessary.
Sheree believes strongly in the power of yoga to transform the mind, the body and the spirit. Her fun, enthusiastic and playful teaching style is balanced by her knowledge of alignment, meditation, breathwork and the therapeutic benefits of the practice; all offered with clarity and inspiration. She has been teaching yoga for 13 years, has trained in ParaYoga, Anusara yoga, is a RYT, and continues her studies with Rod Stryker and many others. She has a Masters in health education, is the mother of three daughters, a dog and has trouble matching her socks.

Labor with Love: Using Yoga, Positioning, and Partner Support to Enhance Your Birth with Michelle Cohen

Sat Aug 9 2014, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SS $95.00 REGISTER
This labor preparation intensive gives you the tools you need to enter your birth feeling equipped and empowered. Topics include a discussion of the stages of labor, optimal positioning, breath work, and key positions to use during labor. Michelle Cohen, mother of 2, prenatal yoga instructor, and doula weaves together her knowledge of various comfort measures, yoga philosophy and postures, breath work, visualization and birth planning to help you actively and enthusiastically participate in your birth. For those seeking an active, participatory birth, this is a perfect complement to other childbirth education for first-time couples, and as a stand-alone refresher for second-time (or more!) moms. Register just once per couple.
Michelle, RYT-200 is certified in vinyasa yoga, and has also completed Conscious Birthing Prenatal Teacher Training with Janice Clarfield and Itsy Bitsy Yoga Training for Tots and Tykes with Helen Garabedian. As the mother of two active boys, her greatest yoga moments occur off the mat and on-the-go. Completely transformed by pregnancy, labor and birth, Michelle has found her greatest passion in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. Her own children have taught her the most about connecting to the breath, the bittersweetness of impermanence, and the ability for the heart to hold more joy than ever thought possible. As a yoga teacher, she encourages her students to uncover and embrace their inner wisdom to empower them to lead a more truthful, conscious and passionate life. Trained as a doula, Michelle is thrilled to weave together her yoga, mindfulness, labor support, and parenting skills to serve as a resource for pregnant women during this magical and momentous stage of their lives.