East Meets West Yoga Center


Saturday, January 18

Essential Oils 101: Introduction to Essential Oils

If you’ve been asking yourself “What are essential oils and how can I bring them into my daily routine?” then come to this workshop and you will receive a wealth of information and introduction of essential oils.

Do essential oils have therapeutic benefits? YES!

Do they enhance your yoga practice? YES!

Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Using essential oils an be a safe, natural option to protect and maintain your and your family\’s health.

In this workshop, you will learn:

What essential oils are
How to use them, and the many uses of oils
Why do we use essential oils
The benefits of using the the basic and most common essential oils
And so much more!!

Saturday, January 18
1:00 – 2:30 pm
This is a FREE event. Please register early! Limited number of places available.

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Saturday, January 25

The Art of Letting Go with Ani Binkley

It is common when experiencing difficult times to receive the well-intentioned advice to just “hang in there,” suggesting we white-knuckle our way through challenges, grasping and clinging to whatever we can. We may find ourselves clinging to the past, the hope of future happier times, or the anxiety of potential additional future pain which may lead to dependence on numbing activities and substances to help us cope. The result is an overload of physical and mental stress in the body and mind which can wreak havoc on our relationships, our capacity to function in our lives, the health of our bodies, and our ability to enjoy life. Learning to “let go” is the first step to releasing ourselves from the bondage of worry, grief, unmet expectations, stress, resentment, fear, and unhealthy coping mechanisms. However, the practice of letting go can sometimes be evasive, often adding to our stress when we are not successful in our attempts to just “let it go.”

This workshop will provide practical tools and instruction in the art of letting go, using the body as our classroom to practice effective techniques and identify blocks that may be keeping us from being able to effectively surrender or let go. When we learn to let go in the body, we learn to let go in the mind. Through a mix of hatha, yin, and restorative yoga poses and practices, woven together with yogic philosophy, guided meditations and breath work, we will begin to remove what obstructs our experience of peace, wholeness, and joy. Participants will leave with a practical understanding of how to release the build-up of physical tension and stress in the body, as well as how to experience relief from the built-up stress and tension in the mind. Come prepared to unburden yourself from the stress of the past and of the unknown future, and experience the simple joy of the unencumbered present moment.

All levels are welcome to this extremely gentle practice, from the experienced to the beginner yogi.

Saturday, January 25
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Investment: $30.00 preregistered; $40.00 at the door

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Saturday, January 25

Introduction to The Feldenkrais Method®

An Introduction to The Feldenkrais Method®: Workshop open to all.

Here is an opportunity to experience Awareness Through Movement®. These classes aim to help you work smarter, not harder! Ingenious movement sequences stimulate your brain as well as improve your physical abilities. Learning to listen more deeply to your body puts you in touch with the organizing ability of the nervous system. This leads to improvements in posture, breathing, power and general well-being.

Functional Integration, the individual ‘hands on’ aspect of The Feldenkrais Method® will also be touched upon.

Discover how you were meant to move! Appropriate for the very fit as well as those with pain and limitations.

Saturday, January 25
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Cost: $40.00 preregistered; $50 at door

About the Facilitator:

Madeline Helbraun has been certified in and practicing The Feldenkrais Method® since 1987. Movement has always been important to her. She is also a physical therapist, enjoys gardening, and west coast swing dancing. She recently began studying Chen style Tai Chi. Madeline believes that harmonious, fluid, utterly enjoyable movement is accessible to all.

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Sunday, January 26

Book Club Gathering: Wild Mercy

East Meets West is excited to announce the formation of a new book club which will meet once every other month (bi-monthly) to gather together to enjoy some casual conversation about books that inspire and challenge us to live our best lives. All are welcome to this community-focused group (yogis and non-yogis alike!) to enjoy this inclusive, relaxed gathering of beings who are interested in spiritual and personal growth.

This is FREE offering to everyone. Donations accepted for refreshments.

This book selection will be available for purchase at the studio.

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Time: 2-3:30
Book to be discussed: \’Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics\’ by Mirabai Starr

Future gatherings are scheduled for:

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 2-3:30, book to be discussed: \’The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You\’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are\’ by Brené Brown.

Sunday, June 7, 2020, 2-3:30, book to be discussed, \’Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life\’ by Judith Hanson Lasater

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Sunday, February 2, 9, 16, and 23

21 Day Cleanse with Rita

Join Rita Maximilian-Atassi for 21 days of cleanse, yoga, meditation, meeting like minded people and having fun. Yes, having fun. Together we will eliminate (all or some of) five triggers for inflammation: caffeine, alcohol, gluten, sugar and animal products for 21 days (or longer), practice yoga, meditation with other mindful practices and support one another as a community.

We will meet in person four times and between the meetings you will receive regular emails with recipes, useful information and tools for self care practices and self inquiry tools. We will come together as a community to support one another and to share our experiences via a Facebook group.

The 21 day cleanse is about choosing foods that don’t tax the body and make it work so hard, its about taking a break and not about starving. It takes about 21 days for your tastes and cravings to begin responding to healthier and simpler foods. And this change is not only good for the body it is also good for your soul. The more people change, the better they feel and the more they improve. A comprehensive approach like this can be more sustainable than an incremental one.

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Sunday, February 9

Baby & Me Yoga with Diana Williams

Designed for the pre-crawling baby (and appropriate for newborns!) this baby-centric yoga workshop focuses on promoting healthy sleep, digestion, and physical and cognitive development.

During this workshop, Diana will guide you to move your baby through a yoga sequence. You will leave with a hard copy of the sequence to enjoy with your baby at home, as well as the knowledge and confidence to alter the sequence as your baby continues to develop. Diana will emphasize strengthening your relationship with your baby, and enabling you to perceive and respond to the subtle cues your baby exhibits while doing yoga.

In addition to your baby, please bring a receiving blanket and optional yoga mat.

Expectant parents in 2nd and 3rd trimester are welcome to attend. Expectant parents, please bring a teddy bear or doll with moveable limbs and optional yoga mat.

The cost is $25 for up to two adults with baby or up to two expectant parents/caregiver.

Sunday, February 9

Time: 2:00 – 3:15 pm

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Starting February 22 & 23, 2020

Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Yael Flusberg

Yael Flusberg’s 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program offered at East Meets West Yoga Center will teach you how to enhance your personal yoga or teaching practice by touching upon (t)issues rarely worked in a more dynamic “yang” yoga styles. Recommended for those with at least two years of yoga practice; the credits of the course are eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance for Registered Yoga Teachers.

All forms of yoga can be said to explore polarities (feminine and masculine, muscular and organic, Shiva and Shakti, ida and pingala) in order to arrive at an integrated sense of self. Yin Yoga is a quiet practice in which we hold poses that focus on the part of our bodies thickest with connective tissue — generally from our knees to our solar plexus. This passive holding in seated and supine positions helps create a safe and positive bio-mechanical stress on the deep layers of fascia, which gently increase the pliancy of our joints within our natural range of motion.

The connective tissue is also the home base for the meridians, which are theorized to be liquid crystal pathways made up of hyaluronic acid molecules. Yin Yoga increases the strength and magnetic pull of these meridians, which can help increase the amount of chi in the system, or better distribute it, or allow it to be more fully absorbed by the body. Yin Yoga also naturally draws the mind inward into a relaxed and reflective state, where awareness can be brought to postural, breath and thought patterns.

Best of all, Yin Yoga is accessible and beneficial for a wide variety of people at all stages of life – from yoga neophytes to seasoned athletes, from sedentary office workers to those recovering from injuries.

Three weekends: February 22 and 23, 2020

March 14 and 15, 2020

April 4 and 5, 2020

Hours: 10:00 – 6:00 pm (both Saturday/Sunday)

Investment: $900.00 payable by January 22, 2020; $950.00 after

Cancellation and refund policy: 30 days prior to start of program, $250.00 is non-refundable. 15 days prior to the start of the program, $500.00 is non-refundable. NO refunds issued after the start of the course.

Cost includes 48 hours of in-person training with Yael, a half hour of one-on-one coaching after course completion, a workbook, and a certificate of completion.

Those wishing to receive a 50 hour Yoga Alliance accredited certificate will need to participate in extra activities, such as journal writing, practice teaching both in a supervised setting and homework assignments – but don’t worry! These will be fun and engage your curiosity!

Meet the Facilitator:

Yael Flusberg, E-RYT 500, has taught yin yoga since 2007. She spent more than 200 hours studying with Paul Grilley (credited with creating yin yoga and is an expert in functional anatomy) and Sarah Powers (who has popularized yin yoga by integrating it with both mindfulness and Taoist meridians), and went on to study Integrative Yoga Therapy (800 hours). The class will draw from materials and concepts drawn from all these teachings, as well as Yael’s studies in biofeedback, energy medicine, and poetry.

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June 13 & 14, 2020

Lauren Walker Returns With Energy Medicine Yoga: Two Workshops

We welcome Lauren Walker back to East Meets West Yoga Center! One or Two Day Option for workshops with Lauren

Be Radiant with Energy Medicine Yoga: Activate your joy on and off the mat

Whether you’re new to EMYoga or a seasoned practitioner, this day long workshop will help you access the underlying energies of joy, healing, and creativity in your life. Bring your yoga practice to the next level, and begin a deeper understanding of how your energy systems affect every aspect of your life.

Saturday, June 13

Time: Morning session runs from 9 – 12; break for lunch; Afternoon session runs from 2 – 5

Investment: $150.00 for one day workshop with Lauren Walker; $250.00 for both Saturday & Sunday workshops (see additional workshop description for June 14)

Connect to Your Truth with Energy Medicine Yoga: Learn the hidden power of the chakras

Be prepared to upend your previous ideas about chakras. In this one day workshop you’ll get a taste of how the energy of the chakras really works. We’ll focus on the throat chakra, the gateway to all the other chakras, and the essence of your personal truth and power.

Sunday, June 14

Time: Morning session runs from 9 – 12; break for lunch; Afternoon session runs from 2 – 5

Investment: $150.00 for one day workshop with Lauren Walker; $250.00 for both Saturday & Sunday workshops

If you only want one day of this series, please select that specific day when enrolling. Thank You!

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July 24 - 26, 2020

July Retreat: The Power of Purpose

Join Dawn Curtis and Karen Andujar for a transformative weekend at Casa OM Potomac to renew and reconnect with your life’s purpose. In this retreat, we will explore the concept, importance, and benefits of purpose by bridging our outer and inner worlds through nature, movement, breath and reflection.

During this weekend you will have the opportunity to reflect, take stock of where you are in life, and where you want to go. You will leave feeling grounded, relaxed, re-energized, and re-aligned to what matters most. Return home refreshed and revitalized with a clear sense of direction and a plan to help get, and stay, there.

What to expect? We will leverage multiple modalities—Hatha & Yin yoga, meditation, mindfulness, walking/hiking, journaling, lecture and interactive exercises—to take us deeper and deeper into purpose. Open to all levels of yoga and meditation.


Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26, 2020
Check in on Friday, July 24 by 4:00 pm
Check out on Sunday, July 26 by 2:00 pm


This exceptional retreat will be held at the beautiful Casa Om Potomac, Martinsburg, West Virginia. See more about this amazing retreat at www.casaompotomac.com


Beautifully furnished with unique antiques from India, Casa Om sits on 60 picturesque acres looking out at the Potomac in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Get ready to renew, refresh and relax, enjoy delicious organic vegetarian meals, and experience a wonderful blend of West Virginia river country hospitality and a classical Indian yoga experience.

Any reservation made before May 1, 2020, will be discounted by $50.00. Register EARLY and save!

Private King Room with private bath (sleeps 2) – $799.00 per person
Private Queen Room with private bath (sleeps 2) – $699.00 per person
Double Rooms with private bath (sleeps 2) $599.00 per person
Any Single Room request must be made directly with EMW Yoga. There is an additional $200.00 per room charge for PRIVATE/SINGLE room.

$250 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration. Remaining payment due on June 1, 2020.

Transportation not included. Casa Om Potomac is a 90 minute drive from Vienna/Tysons Corner area. Once registered, you will receive directions, packing list, retreat schedule and photo shoot prep guide.

Yoga retreat pricing above includes: accommodations, organic vegetarian meals, and everything listed in above description.

No refunds will be issued for your deposit. No refunds for your balance will be issued unless your space can be filled with someone from the waiting list. NO credits or refunds will be issued if cancellation is received within one month of the event. If we must cancel due to insufficient enrollment, your deposit and paid balance will be refunded fully.

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