East Meets West Yoga Center


Monday, May 6, 13, and 20

Walking & Yoga Community Event at Meadowlark Gardens

What two things go well together? Yoga & Walking! Where is the best place to walk in our area? Meadowlark Gardens located at 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA 22182, just off of Beulah Road. Join us and the yoga community for a gathering on Monday mornings, May 6, 13, and 20, starting at 10:00 am sharp. We will have some yoga warms up before we walk, stroll together in the lovely gardens, and end with some long, deep stretching.

We will meet at the main entrance building the Meadowlark at 10:00 am. Some free entrance passes will be available, and it is first come, first serve for these passes. Otherwise, the fee is $3.00 for seniors, and $5.00 for other folks.

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Friday, May 10

Yin Yoga & Sound Bath Meditation

Come experience an evening of tranquil relaxation and sound frequency immersion. East Meets West yoga instructor, Bethany Huber, will guide students through a 1-hour Yin Yoga practice, followed by a sound bath meditation sponsored by Human Activation.

Featured in recent Washington Post and WTOP articles in the Wellness section as the leaders in modern mindful meditation, Human Activation\’s team of certified, trained professionals have been serving the tri-state area for the past decade. They share ancient singing bowls in workplaces, yoga studios, and schools to provide rapid relaxation and recalibration for a refreshing reboot in our modern stressful world.

A Human Activation sound frequency specialist will be playing several of these rare Singing Bowls, some of which are over 200 years old. A magical alchemy of 7-12 different metals rings in the past, present, and future for our relaxing enchantment.

Experience these gifts from the past in this NON-religious practice of our present. Come be rejuvenated or just captivated by this unique musical performance.

Friday, May 10th Yin Class
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Sound Bath Meditation 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Pre-Register: $25 At the Door: $30
Proceeds support the Crystal Ashram non-profit 501(c)(3) that sponsor sound bath meditations across the DC tri-state area.

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May 16 - May 19

Foundations of Kundalini Yoga Therapy

Kundalini Yoga Therapy training with Dr. Shanti Shanti here in May, and there\’s only 8 slots left for this training! Sign up today to hold your place. We will bring the PTSD//Trauma Therapy course to Northern Virginia next March 2020. You must take this this foundational training before you can take that one, so it is important that you sign up for this course today!

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June 13 - June 15

Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader Training

Please use this link to register for the training that will be here at East Meets West Yoga Center.

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June 21-23, 2019

Summer Solstice Goddess Embodiment Retreat at Casa Om Potomac

Summer Solstice invites us to celebrate our tangible connection to the vital power of the immense burning star that sustains us and our planet. The brilliance, warmth and vitality of the Sun reminds us of our inherent power to nurture and sustain, and that we have a responsibility to SHINE as brightly as we can. During this celebration, we will honor and embody the Feminine Spirit and harness Solstice energy to become fertile ground for creative living.

Join Lisa Adams and Mina Habibi, co-Creators of Invoking Shakti, to stoke the Solstice fire through the Divine Feminine during this Goddess Embodiment Women’s Retreat.

This Goddess retreat includes:

• Yoga that opens your body temple to recharge and receive powerful Solar Goddess energy and align to Mother Earth and the elements.

• Ceremonial and ritual embodiment of the Goddess as Source; as She shines down upon you, embrace your power and receive gifts, blessings and dreams steeped in Solstice energy.

• Rich discussions of Divine Feminine archetypes and mythology as related to the Summer Season and how that appears within you.

• Creative activities and insightful journaling experiences aligning to the forces of nature and the cosmos

• Journey with oracle/tarot cards for greater clarity of your blessings and what you intend to harvest from the season.

• Everyday Goddess photo shoot and an ephemeral image to remind you of the power you hold within yourself.

• Dancing, merriment, and celebration with sisters

• Downtime, hiking, nature and more

Friday, June 21 arrive by 4:00 pm – program begins
Through Sunday, June 23 – depart by 1:00 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.

Single Room – $599 per person early bird or $625 after June 1
Double Room (twin beds) – $499 per person early bird or $550 after June 1
Double Rooms (double/queen bed) – $499 per person early bird or $550 after June 1

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

Transportation not included. Casa Om Potomac is a 90 minute drive from Vienna/Tysons Corner area. You will receive directions, packing list, retreat schedule and photo shoot prep guide by June 10.

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

$425.00 preregistered by July 9; $475.00 after

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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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