East Meets West Yoga Center

Events

Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30

Shamanic Healing Sessions Available with Rachel Mann, PhD

Do you want to heal an old wound which continues to create problems for you–in symptoms of PTSD, blocks around self-esteem and confidence?

Do you want to know know your true purpose and break down blocks to manifesting it? Do you have a dream to do good service in the world–to be a healer, thought leader, social entrepreneur, artist, or some other creative venture which inspires, beautifies and transforms and are not sure how to get there?

Book a shamanic energy healing session with Rachel Mann, PhD to heal your wounds, break through blocks, find your soul\’s purpose and manifest your highest dreams for life! Book your session here: https://calendly.com/rachelmannphd/emwhealing-session.

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Saturday Evening, June 29

FREE Drumming Circle with Rachel Mann, PhD

Experience the joy, play, and power of sacred drumming, Native American song and scent, with a 2 hour FREE community drumming event with Rachel Mann, PhD, our in-house Shamanic Healer.

Bring your own rattles, drums, bells, or other musical instruments. If you don\’t have any, it\’s okay because there will be plenty to share! You can come to just move to the beat.

No experience necessary, and all ages and sizes are welcome.

Saturday, June 29
7:00 – 9:00 pm

FREE EVENT, but registration is required.

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Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28

Ignite your Soul's True Purpose: Shamanic Wisdom and Ceremony for Reaching your Highest Dreams

Do you want to…..

….Know what your true purpose is in this life?

….Reignite your passion?

….Find the sacred ground of your soul\’s highest destiny?

…..Be free of stories of wounding and instead live in full self-empowerment?

…..Live more creatively?

…..Link your spiritual journey with your work as a healer, therapist, spiritual teacher, thought leader, or activist?

These are the keynotes of this powerful and transformational 2-day class, Ignite your Soul\’s True Purpose: Shamanic Wisdom and Ceremony for Reaching your Highest Dreams taking place soon at beautiful East Meets West Yoga Center in Vienna, VA, Saturday-Sunday, July 27-28. Come in person or participate online.
Rachel will guide you on a beautiful, spirit-infused journey with wise teachings and dharma talks, sacred drumming, song and ceremony. In safe, strong, love-centered community, you will:

Be immersed in a powerful, multi-sensory experience as you connect with your animal allies and sacred earth elements
Celebrate the joy of movement and sound through sacred song and dance
Cultivate connection with others with talking stick group sharing
Feel seen and supported in your healing and spiritual journey
Create a shamanic prayer bundle to bring your dreams to life
Learn practical, pragmatic ways to bring your spirituality in everyday life

Sign up at this link by July 15 and get the early bird rate of $225. After July 15, tuition is $250: https://rachelmannphd.com/souls-purpose-shamanism/

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August 2 - 4

Celebrating Abundance and Sisterhood: Women's Retreat at Casa OM Potomac with Mina Habibi & Lisa Adams

Are you ready to celebrate the abundance of life in the company of sisters? To connect with Mother Earth and the bounty she has to offer, acknowledging that unmistakable link between earth, body and spirit?

Join Lisa Adams and Mina Habibi, co-Creators of Invoking Shakti, to harvest the joy in our hearts and celebrate the first harvest of the season through the lens of the Divine Feminine in this Goddess Embodiment Women’s Retreat.

This Goddess retreat includes:

Yoga to open our body vessels to align to Mother Earth and the elements and receive and honor all of the abundance life has to offer
Ceremony and ritual to embody the Harvest Goddess and Medicine Woman, receive the gifts and blessings of the first harvest and to step into your power
Discussion of Divine Feminine energy and the Goddesses related to the season
Creativity and journaling activities to align to the natural forces around us
A journey with oracle/tarot cards to glean greater clarity of our blessings and what we wish to harvest from the season
Everyday Goddess photo shoot and an image to always remind you of the power you hold within yourself.
Dancing and merriment with sisters
Downtime to enjoy hiking, nature and more

It’s a time to honor and embody the feminine spirit and to use the season’s energy to gather joy, separating the metaphorical wheat from the chaff of life making the most of the cornucopia a full life offers us.

Dates:

Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4
Check in on Friday, August 2 by 4:00 pm
Check out on Sunday, August 4 by 1:00 pm

Location:

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

ACCOMMODATIONS:

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.

Single Room – $599 per person early bird or $625 after July 20
Double Room (twin beds) – $499 per person early bird or $550 after July 20
Double Rooms (double/queen bed) – $499 per person early bird or $550 after July 20

$250 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration. Remaining payment due on July 27.

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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August 9 - 11, 2019

SPA Yoga® Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training with Betty Riaz

This weekend SPA Yoga® Level 1 training has been developed for 200-hour certified yoga teachers who would like to learn to teach a restorative flow.

We break down the weekend of SPA with the following points:

CREATE THE SPACE – Learning how to create a restorative environment and good energy space in which you are teaching.

CREATE THE PRACTICE – Learning the tools of applying a physical restorative flow practice as well as a meditative experience for the practitioner.

CREATE THE AMBIANCE – Discovering all the five senses of your body and mind to make a SPA-like ambiance.

How do we learn to teach a class that touches upon the elements of touch, taste, sight, sounds, and smells? Over the course of the weekend, we will uncover:
The basics of teaching a restorative SPA sequence class
How to capture all five senses while teaching a SPA class
Understanding the art of touch and massage trigger points
Basic hands on assists for a restorative class
Building your own sequence for a SPA class
Much more about teaching a restorative flow class
By becoming an observer of your inner world you will be able to teach this unique style of yoga to your students. It will make them feel like they just walked out of a SPA!

This weekend is designed for ALL 200-hr RYT teachers or anyone currently enrolled in a yoga teacher training program. You will receive 20 CEU\’s for this course

About Betty Riaz

Betty holds an E-RYT 200 certification and a 500-RYT in Fluid Yoga. She holds workshops and retreats around the US and Mexico and is grateful to all the bodhisattvas who have entered her life with the mission to transform.

Dates for Training:

Friday, August 9
3 pm start time; ending 8:00 pm (will include an open SPA class)

Saturday, August 10
10 am to 5 pm

Sunday, August 11
9 am to 4:00 pm

Investment:
$425.00 preregistered by July 9; $475.00 after

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September 6 - 8

Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat with Susan Weis-Bohlen & Dawn Curtis at Casa OM Potomac

The Ancient Art of Ayurveda is India’s traditional system of medicine dating back over 5000 years. The teachings of Ayurveda embrace the idea of balancing the body and mind through holistic practices, such as organic food choices, herbal remedies, oil therapies, and yoga. This approach to living is based on understanding how the five elements of Ayurveda are defined within us and in our environment.

This Weekend Retreat takes an investigative approach to identifying the characteristics of each element and outlines practical ways to enhance or minimize the effect of those qualities in our daily practice on and off the mat.

Combining the “sister sciences” of Ayurveda and Yoga, this Retreat will give participants tools – through diet, yoga, pranayama and meditation – to take their health and healing into their own hands. We will begin with a brief overview of Ayurvedic philosophy followed by instruction on how to discover your elemental body type including how to cook and eat for optimal health and balance. We will weave in stress-busting yoga and pranayama practices designed to gently warm the body, detoxify the system, and will incorporate meditation, sound bath, or yoga nidra to soothe the soul.

Susan will teach you the fundamentals of Ayurvedic cooking! We will learn about the 6 tastes of sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent and how we incorporate all 6 tastes in the Ayurvedic meals we create. Each of the 6 tastes have different healing actions on the body and when they are combined together into a complete and balanced meal, they will bring harmony to the body and digestive system. The Ayurvedic meal consists of a variety of dishes so that each of the 6 tastes can be represented.

This is a cooking demonstration weekend where we will cook and eat together. Meals be a vegetable, lentil and rice dish along with an Ayurvedic dessert, and we will incorporate our homemade ghee and ayurvedic spice blends when we are cooking.

Sunday will be a day of Ayurvedic Beauty Potions! We will be making our own products with organic ingredients and essential oils. Susan will be sharing ayurvedic secrets for lasting inner and outer beauty!

All levels of students are welcome.

This Weekend Retreat is designed for those looking to bring a better state of balance to their yoga/meditation practice and their daily living.

Retreat Dates: Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8

Friday September 6: 4:00 pm check in and get settled, with a welcome ceremony and yoga nidra
Sunday, September 8: Ending and checkout by 3:00 pm

Investment: $799 for single
$725 for shared room
Early bird pricing or pay in full by July 20: $699 single
$625 shared room

$250 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration. Remaining payment due on August 31, 2019.

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. (Check or cash preferred. 3% fee for credit cards)

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

LOCATION: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

ACCOMMODATIONS: 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. Transportation not included. Casa Om Potomac is a 90 minute drive from Vienna/Tysons Corner area.

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October 11- 12, December 14 - 15, January 11 - 12, 2020

Yin Yoga 50 Hour 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.

This training is divided into three components:

I. Yin & the Physical Body:

Learn the difference between Yin and Yang styles of Yoga and the Yin approach and how to balance the need for both (including when to take a yin approach in yang poses and a yang approach in yin poses)
See anatomy from the perspective of joints and fascia, including plasticity vs. elasticity of tissues; the importance of skeletal variation and natural range of motion; proportion and orientation; and the difference between compression and tension. Learn Sarah Powers’ Four Principles of Yin Yoga (with an appearance by Goldilocks). Be able to practice/teach the most common yin yoga poses – including how to modify (what teacher Bernie Clark calls “Your Body Your Yoga!”) and work with injuries

II. Yin & The Energetic Body – with special guest Dr. Deirdre Orceyre, ND

Reflect on what energy is and how it moves, gets obstructed, and how both yin and yang yoga relate to energetic flows. (Hint: it’s the gunas!) Learn Energetic Anatomy from Taoist and Ayurvedic points of view. We’ll review the main yin meridians and Modern Meridian Theory and deepen your understanding of how yogis view energy: including the koshas, chakras, and elements.
Practice the anatomy of breathing from a yogic perspective (length, depth and direction)

III. Yin and the Psycho-Spiritual Body

Explore different ways to integrate mindfulness into Yin asanas
Learn how to create a Yin environment for yourself and students and how to effectively teach to a variety of students
Discover Yin teaching methodology including the art of assisting in a Yin class (where you may be dealing with beginning and seasoned students with a range of health concerns such as physical and psychological stress and trauma);
Explore many ways to sequence a Yin practice.
Understand the role of a yin teacher (teaching philosophy, facilitation skills, use of touch, voice, personal practice, ethics)
Learn the basics neurophysiology of stress, pain and trauma, and how to work with students going through difficult times.

Three weekends: October 12 – 13, 2019

December 14 – 15, 2019

January 11 – 12, 2020

Hours: 9:00 – 6:00 pm (both Saturday/Sunday)

Investment: $900.00 payable by September 1, 2019; $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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