Blue Heron Wellness Yoga Workshops

WORKSHOPS

   

<< Jul 23 2016 - Oct 15 2016 >>

QiGong, Deep Relaxation and Meditation with Jessica Koch Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
We will engage in Qigong instruction and practice, deep relaxation, and mindfulness meditation with singing bowls and meditative chanting. The Qigong practice flows naturally into deep relaxation and this establishes the conditions for meditation to be most effective by slowing down and opening the body, mind and spirit for nurturing and healing.

Qigong instruction draws from ancient traditional Chinese health practices, its relationship to acupuncture, and to Indian yogic practices. We will explore how our energy/prana/chi flows through our bodies, how it becomes blocked, how we can remove blocks and move toward optimum health. Qigong practice is done using slow movements coordinated with the breath.

Following Qigong practice, you will be guided into deep relaxation. From this relaxed physical and mental state we will move into a period of guided meditation maintaining mindfulness of our energy as it flows through our entire being enhancing mental, emotional, and spiritual clarity and well being. We will close with a healing meditation.

All Levels Welcome. Cost: $20

 

The Gift of Slowing Down: Yin Yoga for Total Rejuvenation Workshop - $20 with Claudia Neuman Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Yin Yoga practice offers you the opportunity to explore effortlessness while rejuvenating the connective tissue of the major joints of the body. The Yin approach encourages true physical health and sound emotional well being through longer held poses with relaxed musculature. As we move into this slow and deep practice our focus will be on connecting to the ‘Inner Teacher’ who resides in that place of nurturing stillness within all of us, setting the stage for meditation and contemplative practices.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of yogis. Pre-registration recommended. $20 per session.
Psoas Psession with Liz Butler Sat, Aug 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The psoas is a hip flexor muscle connecting the upper body and legs. It is a key player in our yoga practice with the ability to enhance or restrict energy and expression of our asana. According to Yoga Journal it affects every facet of life from physical well-being to how you relate to the world! In this workshop, participants will learn to engage and stretch this muscle for maximum benefit to their practice. Join us as we explore the psoas - bringing more psafety, pstability and psecurity to our practice and lives. Not for beginners.
 
Cost: $30
Handstand Prep School with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller Sun, Aug 7, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
When did you last do a handstand? For most adults, our last handstand was also around the same time we last had outdoor recess. If your last handstand was in Elementary School, but you’re yearning to get back upside down, this is a great place to begin your handstand adventures again!
 
As yogis, we know that there are many physical benefits of being upside-down, including refreshing the flow of blood in the body and toning the core. The emotional benefits are even more powerful, which shifting your perspective, building confidence and empowering your bravery!
 
A successful inversion is as much about believing in yourself as it is about building the amount of strength you’ll need to hold yourself up. In this workshop, we’ll focus on some confidence-building poses, as well as some basic strength drills to help get you ready for your handstands. You’ll also be given some “handstand homework” so you can continue to practice on your own.
 
Practicing inversions should be an empowering endeavor rather than a soul crushing exercise, so our mission is to reclaim our courage on our mats to inspire radical shifts in every other area of our lives.
 
Come prepared to blow yourself away and conquer your fears all while turning your world upside-down!
 
Cost: $20
 
*if you want to attend both this workshop and the "Handstand for Daredevils" workshop that immediately follows, attend both for $35
Handstands for Daredevils with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller Sun, Aug 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
It’s time to play!
If you love handstands and want to learn fun new ways to explore your handstand practice, this workshop is meant for you!
We’ll play with different entries into and out of handstand, as well as learning the basics of working towards a “wall-free” handstand. Fun leg positions and transitions will also be on the menu.
Come with a willingness to play your edge, challenge yourself and have a lot of fun while you’re doing it!
Adventurous yogis welcome!
 
Cost: $25
 
*If you want to attend both this workshop and the "Handstand Prep School" which occurs immediately before this workshop, attend both for just $35!
Yoga & Hiking Adventure on the Northwest Branch Trail with Krista Mason Sun, Aug 14, 2016 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am
In this 90 minute workshop we will explore the beauty of the nature surrounding us alongside a strong, opening, and relaxing vinaysa yoga practice. We will practice to the soothing sounds of water, birds, and natures gifts. We will come away settled, grounded, and relaxed, with a deeper appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us even in the midst of a city setting. Beauty can be found anywhere, come find it with us!

Please bring a water bottle and wear athletic shoes.

All Levels welcome!
 
note: This workshop will be held offsite. Students will meet at Blue Heron to sign in, then will walk a short distance from the studio to the beginning of the trail. Feel free to bring a snack to eat on the trail. 
 
Cost: $25 
Yoga Teacher Training Information Session - Free with Machelle Lee Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Interested in sharing your love of yoga with others? Ready to make the change to a more satisfying career? Eager to deepen your understanding of yoga philosophy and practice?

Come to our free information session to learn more about the Blue Heron Wellness Yoga Teacher Training. We hold a comprehensive training that will lead you towards Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) eligibility.

During this informational session you will get an overview of the program and get the opportunity to meet Machelle Lee the program director.

Bring your questions and shared enthusiasm for yoga and find out if our Yoga Teacher Training Program is right for you!

Cost: FREE

Find out more before you come by visiting blueheronwellness.com/teacher-training

Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga Workshop with Machelle Lee Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Yoga students commonly ask us if Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga are the same thing. While both have qualities of restoration for the body/psyche, they are actually vastly different practices. In this workshop, Restorative Yoga instructor, Tara Lemerise, and Yin Yoga teacher, Machelle Lee, invite you to come and experience the unique and profoundly valuable elements these two practices offer. 
 
Yin Yoga utilizes poses on the floor, either sitting or lying down, held for 3-5 minutes each in order to modestly, within limits, stimulate ligaments through traction and compression of joint tissue. In the first segment of this workshop, you will move through a full body Yin Yoga practice designed for the support of the joints, tendons, and ligaments of the low back, spine, hips, sacrum, knees and ankles. This mediative practice will prepare you to sink deeper into rest. 
 
Restorative Yoga is more “yin," meaning even for subtle, than Yin Yoga. In this portion of the workshop you will find a unique circuit of poses, with all of the necessary blankets, bolsters, and blocks skillfully arranged. Instead of asking your body and mind to do more, this practice
will soothe your nervous system, quiet your mind, and help you release deeply held tension in a completely passive way. 
 
The combination Yin and Restorative Yoga will move you progressively into a deeply relaxing afternoon and provide the perfect opportunity for you to get the nourishing rest you need in order to move back into your evening feeling revitalized and refreshed.
 
Cost: $50
Yoga Teacher Training Information Session - Free with Machelle Lee Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Interested in sharing your love of yoga with others? Ready to make the change to a more satisfying career? Eager to deepen your understanding of yoga philosophy and practice?

Come to our free information session to learn more about the Blue Heron Wellness Yoga Teacher Training. We hold a comprehensive training that will lead you towards Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) eligibility.

During this informational session you will get an overview of the program and get the opportunity to meet Machelle Lee the program director.

Bring your questions and shared enthusiasm for yoga and find out if our Yoga Teacher Training Program is right for you!

Cost: FREE

Find out more before you come by visiting blueheronwellness.com/teacher-training

Keeping your SI Joint Happy: A Yoga Practice and Workshop with Hannah Leatherbury Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This workshop is designed for yoga students and teachers who suffer from SI Joint (sacroiliac joint) pain. This pain typically feels like a pain in your lower back level with your hip bones that lies to one side of your spine. It usually feels very sharp in a specific area of your lower back about the size of a quarter and the pain can also radiate into your outer hip/thigh and into your abdomen. In this workshop you will learn how to make your SI Joint happy again through yoga, ayurveda, and mindful awareness of what could be aggravating your lower back. Topics to be covered include:

• What causes SI Joint pain and the types of SI Joint pain

• How to alleviate your specific SI Joint pain

• How to know what yoga postures can aggravate your SI Joint pain, and how to practice postures safely

• How your lifestyle and hormonal cycles can effect SI Joint pain + how to make the best choices

• Exercises designed to prevent continued SI Joint pain
 
Yin Yoga Training: Joints, Fascia & Meridians Learn the foundations of Yin Yoga in this 4 day training. It will cover the essential aspects of Yin Yoga theory and prepare participants to integrate and safely teach this unique modality. The training is appropriate for both yoga teachers who are interested in teaching Yin Yoga and for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the practice. Yin Yoga utilizes muscularly relaxed poses on the floor that are held for several minutes in order to stimulate fascia, ligaments, and joint capsules. Through modest traction and compression, one trains the joint tissues and works against contracture that causes degeneration, pain, and decreased range of motion. In-depth topics will include: * Anatomy of joints and how skeletal variations affects range of motion and principles of individual alignment.* Cutting edge research on the function of fascia/connective tissues and the stimulating the chemical response for general support and for rehabilitation.* Core concepts of Taoist Meridian Theory and 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.* Repertoire of Yin Yoga asanas and relevant ways modify and adjust postures in order to safely create practices for each individual that will tend to the desired joint tissue or energy lines. Yoga Alliance certified teachers can receive a certificate on completion for twenty five (25) Continuing Education (CEU) hours.Training cost: $530
Yin Training with Machelle Lee Sat, Oct 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Yin Sundays with Machelle Lee Sun, Oct 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Gift of Slowing Down: Yin Yoga for Total Rejuvenation Workshop - $20 with Claudia Neuman Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Yin Yoga practice offers you the opportunity to explore effortlessness while rejuvenating the connective tissue of the major joints of the body. The Yin approach encourages true physical health and sound emotional well being through longer held poses with relaxed musculature. As we move into this slow and deep practice our focus will be on connecting to the ‘Inner Teacher’ who resides in that place of nurturing stillness within all of us, setting the stage for meditation and contemplative practices.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of yogis. Pre-registration recommended. $20 per session.
The Origins of Yoga and How This Relates to Your Modern Life with Claudia Neuman Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ever wonder why or how Yoga came about? Why was it important in the ancient world and why is it so important in our world today? This background will help yogis of today to answer our own questions: How does your yoga practice affect your life? How do you know if you are making progress in yoga? Why does doing a yoga pose change your life?

In this workshop you will find a deeper understanding of the ancient texts, such as the Vedas, Upanishads, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika and The Bhagavad Gita. You will also learn the historic evolution of Tantra and how this affected yogic philosophy today.

Claudia will include lecture, a yoga asana practice, pranayama, and meditation. This workshop is suitable for anyone who is interested in going deeper into the practice of yoga.

200-hour yoga teachers can receive Continuing Education hours for this workshop.

Claudia has a deep and broad experience with yoga. She began studying in 1985 and has trained with many leaders of the yoga movement in the US including Eric Shiffman, Pattabhi Jois, John Friend, Moses Brown, Desiree Rumbaugh and more. She is E-RYT -500 certified.

Cost: $55 

 

Yoga Teacher Training 2016/17 (200 Hour) with Machelle Lee Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Whether you are looking to deepen your practice or begin teaching yoga, Blue Heron’s program will transform and empower you. Instruction is provided in a supportive, community-oriented environment by dedicated and experienced teachers.

Our program offers:
• a Yoga Alliance Registered School
• reputable program has been in the DC Metro area since 2009
• life-friendly schedule of 10 full weekends (Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12:30-7:00pm) spread out over 9 months.
 
Our program has “life-friendly” scheduling with weekend sessions once per month plus a weekend offsite retreat.

Weekend sessions meet Friday 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Saturday 12:30 - 7:00 PM, and Sunday 12:30 - 7:00 PM
October 14 - 16                     March 10 - 12
November 4 - 6                      March 31 - April 2
December 9 - 11                    May 5 - 7
January 13 - 15                      June 23 - 25
February 3 - 5

Plus Weekend Long Yoga Retreat Included
Friday, April 21 - Sunday, April 23

Please refer to the website for more information on the program: blueheronwellness.com/teacher-training

To register please complete an application (available online or at the center) and pay the deposit of $300 (click sign up below and you will be prompted to pay your deposit).