Weekend Workshop at Yoga Space in Vancouver, British Columbia
May
26
May 28

Weekend Workshop at Yoga Space in Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Breath of Yoga in Vancouver, British Columbia

Please join John for a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Workshop sponsored by the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. 

  • Friday, May 26th from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 27th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Sun, May 28th from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

For more information please contact BKS Iyengar Yoga Association Vancouverbksworkshopcommitteevancouver@gmail.com or call 604-623-3400.

 

Teacher Training: Seeing and Adjusting Your Students (One in a Series of Teacher Trainings) in Serendipity - Berkeley Springs, WV
Jul
28
Jul 30

Teacher Training: Seeing and Adjusting Your Students (One in a Series of Teacher Trainings) in Serendipity - Berkeley Springs, WV

  • Berkeley Springs, VW

As yoga teachers we strive to improve our students’ performance by guiding them to safer and more effective ways to work. One of the ways we accomplish this is by adjusting their poses. We can do it verbally, by visually demonstrating the proper method, or by hands-on corrections. 

First, however, we need to see what must be done. In my years of mentoring and training teachers, I have found that the ability to see the students in the class is much more difficult than it sounds. Observing what is happening, who needs attention most, where to go first: all are key elements in seeing the class and the students in it. 

Then comes the art of adjusting. Skill in manually adjusting your students is learned over time and is based on the depth and intelligence of your own practice, but there are some basic principles that form the foundation for giving good adjustments. 

In the morning sessions we will focus on seeing a class and the students in it and work on what to look for, what to avoid, and the mechanics of observation. We will also study and practice some of the techniques you can use to make effective adjustments. As always, we will practice teach in the afternoon sessions to help you refine your skills as a teacher. Optional early morning practices are open to all. 

Class Schedule
Friday July 29
- 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
- 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday July 30
- 9:00 pm - 12:00 pm
- 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday July 31
- 9:00 pm - 12:00 pm
- 12:00 pm - 2pm: Brunch

For questions or to register for the workshop please visit Unity Woods Yoga Center or call 301-656-8992.

Intermediate Intensive at Yoga Northwest in Bellingham, WA
Aug
9
Aug 13

Intermediate Intensive at Yoga Northwest in Bellingham, WA

  • Yoga Northwest - Bellingham, WA

John Schumacher is going back for his fifth visit to Yoga Northwest! He is one of the most prominent and respected teachers in the US. He holds an advanced Iyengar Yoga certificate, one of only 14 in the country. John is the director of Unity Woods Yoga Center; the largest Iyengar yoga center in the country. He has been a contributing editor for Yoga Journal Magazine and teaches Yoga workshops and Teacher Trainings all around the world. John’s workshops are always very popular. Students appreciate his depth of experience and caring spirit, blended with refreshing clarity and lighthearted humor. Don’t miss this opportunity to study with a world class teacher! 

Prerequisites – This workshop is for Intermediate students:

    •    Have practiced Iyengar Yoga for a minimum of 5 years

    •    Be able to go up into Adho Mukha Vrksasana at the wall without assistance

    •    Be able to hold Sirsasana for a minimum of 5 minutes

    •    Be able to hold Sarvangasana for a minimum of 5 minutes

    •    Be able to push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana from floor with straight arms

    •    Have a regular pranayama practice

If you don’t have all the prerequisites, start practicing & preparing today!

If you don’t have a regular pranayama practice, you can use John’s Pranayama CD, available at our studio or at Unity Woods.

 

Weekend Workshop at Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles
Aug
25
Aug 27

Weekend Workshop at Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles

  • Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles

John heads out to the West Coast to teach a weekend workshop.  Come experience class with John and see for yourself why he became known for his clear, precise style and his engaging sense of humor, and as invitations to teach came from across the country and then from around the world,  Yoga Journal described John as “one of 25 originals shaping yoga in America.” John was named as 1 of 12 Lifetime Contributors to help authenticate yoga in America by Yoga Journal in 2015.  

In over 40 years as a teacher, John has taught thousands of students, including many prominent yoga teachers. He continues to travel across the U.S. and throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, where he conducts workshops for students and teachers of all levels.  John is a certified Advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher, one of only 13 teachers in the U.S. to hold that level of certification. He spent 36 years studying with B.K.S. Iyengar and also many years studying with internationally acclaimed teacher Dona Holleman.

  • Friday, 8/25 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, 8/26 - 12:30 - 3:30
  • Sunday, 8/27 - 12:30 - 3:30

To sign up or for more information please contact the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles.

 

Teacher Training in Berkeley Springs, WV
Oct
20
Oct 22

Teacher Training in Berkeley Springs, WV

  • Berkeley Springs, WV

These popular and often sold out teacher trainings offer an invaluable opportunity to delve into aspects of teaching and practice that can be transformative in the way you approach your yoga.  Topic to be announced. 

Friday, October 21

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

Saturday, October 22

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 23

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 2pm 

For questions or to register for the workshop please visit Unity Woods Yoga Center or call 301-656-8992.


Discussion Group: Practice in Bethesda, MD
May
21
6:45 pm18:45

Discussion Group: Practice in Bethesda, MD

  • Unity Woods Yoga Center - Bethesda

Patanjali, BKS Iyengar, Rocky Delaplaine: all the great teachers emphasize the importance of practice. As we usually do in the spring discussion group, we’ll dig deep into the subject of practice and talk about how, what, when, why, problems, solutions, benefits, and more. If you practice, come share your experience; if you don’t, come share your thoughts about why or why not. 

All are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.  Free.  If you are unable to attend please sign up on our contact page for the free audio download of this discussion when it becomes available. 

For questions please visit Unity Woods Yoga Center or call 301-656-8992.

Advanced Pranayama V in Bethesda, MD
May
21
2:30 pm14:30
PV

Advanced Pranayama V in Bethesda, MD

  • Unity Woods Yoga Center - Bethesda, MD

For students with an established and experienced pranayama practice, these special classes are your opportunity to ask questions and try more advanced techniques with the guidance of a yoga master.

Prerequisites: For Level V, must have completed Level IV or have extensive training in the Iyengar approach to pranayama.  $40 for advanced class. 

Please visit UnityWoods.com or call 301-656-8992 to register and to find more information.

 

Teacher Training for The Art of Staging Asanas: How to Teach the Basic Poses Step by Step in Berkeley Springs, WV
Apr
28
Apr 30

Teacher Training for The Art of Staging Asanas: How to Teach the Basic Poses Step by Step in Berkeley Springs, WV

  • Serendipity in Berkeley Spring, WV

One of the hallmarks of Iyengar Yoga is the systematic, methodical way it is taught. This is in keeping with the progressive teachings of classical yoga. Patanjali speaks about the stages of Samyama, the three stages of transforming the mind (parinamas), the four stages of life (ashramas), and more. Of this, Guruji says, “But one who has not mastered the lower stages cannot attain the higher, nor can he skip the intermediate stages. If each stage is followed in turn, one becomes acquainted with them by degrees and full insight develops.”

This is true for all the eight limbs of ashtanga yoga as well, including asana and pranayama. Even a casual examination of the syllabi in the IYNAUS Certification Manual or the practice sequences at the back of Light On Yoga reveals that B.K.S. Iyengar developed a sequential, step-by-step approach to practice and teaching.

During the weekend, we’ll explore ways that asanas and pranayamas can be practiced and taught in stages, so that students can learn and deepen their practice in a way that builds them up.

Friday, April 28

  • 9:00am – 12 noon             Introduction.  Standing Poses.
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm             Practice Teaching

SaturdayApril 29

  • 9:00am – 12 noon             Forward Bends and Inversions
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm            Practice Teaching

Sunday    April 30

  • 9:00am – 12 noon             Twists and Back Bends  
  • 12 noon – 1:00pm             Brunch  

For more details and information on Berkeley Springs, housing or to register for the workshop please visit Unity Woods Yoga Center or call 301-656-8992.

Discussion Group on Satya: Truth in the Post-Truth Alternative-Facts Era in Bethesda, MD
Mar
12
6:45 pm18:45

Discussion Group on Satya: Truth in the Post-Truth Alternative-Facts Era in Bethesda, MD

  • Unity Woods Yoga Center - Bethesda, MD

Although most people think of asanas (postures) as the foundation of yoga practice, the cornerstones of classical yoga are ahimsa (non-harming) and satya (truth). Without truthfulness, we are adrift in a sea of doubt and confusion. Much is being made of “the end of facts” and “alternative facts” comments recently in the news. In this discussion, we take a look at how this relates to yoga and how it might affect our practice and the rest of our lives. 

All are welcome. Free. Refreshments will be served.  If you are unable to attend please sign up on our contact page for the free audio download of this discussion when it becomes available. 

For more information please contact (301) 656-8992 or visit UnityWoods.com.

Advance Pranayama VI in Bethesda, MD
Mar
12
4:15 pm16:15
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Advance Pranayama VI in Bethesda, MD

  • Unity Woods Yoga Center - Bethesda, MD

For students with an established and experienced pranayama practice, these special classes are your opportunity to ask questions and try more advanced techniques with the guidance of a yoga master.

Prerequisites:  Must have practiced digital pranayama for two years or more.  $40 for advanced class. 

Please visit UnityWoods.com to register and for more information.

Advanced Pranayama Level V in Bethesda, MD
Mar
12
2:30 pm14:30
PV

Advanced Pranayama Level V in Bethesda, MD

For students with an established and experienced pranayama practice, these special classes are your opportunity to ask questions and try more advanced techniques with the guidance of a yoga master.

Prerequisites:  Level VI is for those who have been practicing digital pranayama for two years or more.  $40 for advanced class. 

Please visit UnityWoods.com to register and for more information.

Advanced Asana: Arm Balances in Bethesda, MD
Mar
11
3:30 pm15:30

Advanced Asana: Arm Balances in Bethesda, MD

  • Unity Woods Yoga Center - Bethesda, MD

This class is for dedicated practitioners who can perform Bhujapidasanaand Bakasana; push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana; and can do Salamba Sirsasana II in the middle of the room for three minutes. No therapeutics, please.

For more information please contact (301) 656-8992 or visit UnityWoods.com.