East Meets West Yoga Center


Saturday, July 26

Tao Porchon-Lynch Returns!

The Amazing Tao Returns:  

“There is Nothing You Cannot Do:” Aging Gracefully: Wisdom Through the Ages

Two amazing workshops with Tao:

Saturday session from 10:00 – 12:00; afternoon session from 2:00 – 500 pm


Tao Porchon-Lynch is truly living proof of the effectiveness of a life-long yoga practice. Her colorful life of glamour and grit, from marching with Gandhi,  to the French Resistance and heyday of Hollywood, brings a unique and unparalleled experience to her students.

 Join us as we host this inspiring 95-years young yoga grand master and explore the eternal energy of yoga. Tao will be integrating breath and movement, and sharing with us the experience of her “yoga tango.”  Using the four pillars of yoga-pranayama (breath work), mudras (gestures), bandhas (energetic locks) and chakras (energy centers), we will explore the rich potential of the body to renew, heal and revitalize.

Sunday, July 27

Felix Lopez Returns: Finding Fulfillment

Finding Fulfillment (by Donation) Searching for happiness?  Always seeing your cup half full?  This four-part workshop series will explore common obstacles that block us from finding happiness and fulfillment in life.  Join spiritual teacher and healer Felix Lopez for insightful conversations on fear, control, negative energy, and ways we can shift to embracing our whole selves.
Felix will be available for private sessions and healing sessions.. To schedule an appointment please contact Marci at 703-395-7548.
Session 2 – July 27:  Control Room – Learning to Let Go
11:00 – 1:00
In this second session we will explore our need to control.  The way we seek to control our lives, let others control our access to happiness, and how we can start to let go of that which is not in service of the fulfillment we seek.


September 26

IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy Program with Bob Butera

When Bob Butera began his PhD work in Yoga Therapy more than 20 years ago at the California Institute of Integral Studies, he had a vision that one day it\’s scope and practice would be as common here in the West as it was where he studied at the Yoga Institute of Mumbai in India.

During that same time frame, Bob was fortunate enough to meet and join forces with other like-minded yoga folks who had formed the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Over the last 25 years, what started as a well-intentioned group of 20 people, has grown into 3000+ strong member community that reaches around the world. Bob recently worked as the Vice President of the Board of Directors, which brought his connection with IAYT full circle as the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Program was developed and launched at theYogaLife Institute in Pennsylvania and then at the Welkin YogaLife Institute in Canada as well as the YogaLife Institute of New Hampshire. And, starting in September 2014, the CYT program will also be offered at the East Meets West Yoga Studio in Vienna, Virginia.

As the leading organization in the field, IAYT is committed to advancing yoga therapy education, training, and research. While training programs in yoga therapy have become more popular in the West, the IAYT accreditation committee has been hard at work developing standards for schools in order to establish a high level of quality for associated trainings. This effort will ensure that this burgeoning field of study and practice continues to have a voice as a respected healing modality in the larger modern forum.

The current standards are the result of more than three years of concentrated work and measured consideration, and this past weekend at the annual SYTAR conference, the 1000 Hour Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training at the YogaLife Institute was announced as one of the first 12 programs in the world to be officially certified by IAYT.

This is huge honor for us, as it puts our program into the spotlight with other elite international programs.

The certification is a result of many years of hard work and dedication that has it\’s roots all the way back to Bob\’s yoga training in India, continuing into his PhD dissertation. It synthesizes the realized healing and yoga lifestyle knowledge experienced, witnessed and shared by the YogaLife students and teachers in training over the last 15 years.

It is a true blessing for us to be able to do this kind of work in the world. To have our work recognized by a professional organization like IAYT is cause for us to celebrate the success of our living yoga therapy tradition. We get to honor our Classical yoga roots, and at the same time contemplate an exciting and evolving future for Classical yoga therapy.

Sunday, October 5

Mindful Leadership with Mark Thurston

Please register under “Workshops” for this event.

In this workshop you will explore the way in which mindfulness – as a way of being in the world – can profoundly impact your capacity to be an effective leader. (And, we are all leaders, whether or not we hold a particular title within an organization.) You will examine and personally assess some of the qualities of leadership that have been shown to expand with mindfulness practice – for example, emotional intelligence, resilience, hope, problem-solving, attentiveness, and creativity. And you will have the chance to consider some of the newer leadership models that are particularly compatible with mindfulness: Transformational Leadership, Servant Leadership, and Resonant Leadership. And finally, you will have the opportunity to consider an approach to leadership that is especially relevant to yogic practice and philosophy: Self-Leadership – that is, the application of leadership methods to your own “internal organization.”

Thursday, October 16

Study with a Modern Day Master: Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Please register under “Workshops” for this event.

The Yoga Sutra is the source wisdom of all yoga traditions. It holds the key to unlocking the mystery and power of yoga, and finding ultimate fulfillment and freedom. And Pandit Tigunait is a Master par excellence, for he embodies the profound insight and experiences of the Masters of a thousand-year-old lineage.

In this inspiring lecture and workshop, grounded in time-tested wisdom, you’ll discover the promise hidden in the Yoga Sutra, and gather the tools and means to experience the missing element of your practice. It will be like the Himalayas coming right to your doorstep.

The Yoga Sutra, the 2,200 year old scripture written by the Tradition’s Sage Patanjali as the prominent instruction in complete yoga practice, is a core scripture of the yoga Tradition. Using it as a guide, we can unlock the hidden power of yoga, and experience the promise of yoga in our life.