WORKSHOPS & RETREATS
Candlelit Yin Yoga
with Krista Mason
Sundays 3/18 & 4/8 & Friday 4/27 6:30-8 p.m.
Nourish your body and mind in this quiet, relaxing practice. You will leave relaxed and rejuvenated with a deeper feeling of balance and a deeper sense of calm.
Yin Yoga helps bring balance to our overly busy lifestyles. It is a contemplative practice of long, passive holds (generally 3-5 minutes) in specific floor postures to nourish the joints and ligaments of our body while emphasizing and deepening into the breath throughout the practice. These asanas gently strengthen and rehabilitate the connective tissues that form our joints, allowing us to maintain and restore joint flexibility. This practice helps to bring balance to both our lives and our more active yoga practices. Yin Yoga also allows us to become more present, allowing us to draw “within” ourselves and quiet our mind and body. As we find that quiet acceptance in our postures, we can also find this acceptance spilling out into our life.
We will practice by the glow of candlelight, and finish practice by sharing some yummy chocolate! We will leave relaxed, rejuvenated, and filled with ease.
Cost is $20.
An Introduction to Ayurveda (translated as “the science of life”):
Live Each Beautiful Season to Your Fullest
with Amy Dixon
Sundays 1/28, 4/15, 6/24 & 10/14, 12:30-2:30 pm
In these four classes, we will learn about the basic history and purpose of Ayurveda, an Indian medical system that is said to be 2-5,000 years old (it may be our oldest consistently practiced medical system). We will better understand its teachings using yoga postures and meditation, sound, color, fragrance and taste. My intention for the class is to share with you a bit of what has supported me in my life as a mother of four, wife, yoga teacher and yoga practitioner. Together, we will better understand and embrace nature’s cycles so we may feel full and happy and healthy. You also might learn something new or make a friend, which should be enjoyed in the new year!
Winter: Fortify, Restore and Reflect
Spring: Renew and Transform
Summer: Soften and Welcome Joy
Autumn: Be Present and Find Ground
You will leave each class with yoga practices, recipes, and otherwise seasonal nourishment. Home study guidance between sessions is optional but will be available. I look forward to learning with you.
Amy Dixon is a grateful teacher at Grace YPS and regularly studies Ayurveda with Hannah Leatherbury.
You may register for individual seasonal sessions or for the four class series! Cost is $100 for 4 week series or $30 per session.
Yoga Fundamentals: An 8 Week Series for Beginners
with Kelly Hanns
Sundays, 2/4-3/25, 12:30-1:30 pm
New to yoga? Only been to a few classes? Want a refresher on alignment? Come try Fundamentals, an eight week series at Grace. You will learn many of the basic yoga postures and how to practice them safely. It can also be a nice refresher if you are trying to get back into your yoga practice.
Cost is $120 for 8-week series.
Tending You: A 3-Part Self-Care Workshop Series
with Jennifer Brennan
Saturdays, 2/24, 3/24 & 4/21, 2-4:00 pm
Do you wish you could feel more balanced, get more sleep, and set better boundaries in your relationships? Are you feeling like a self-care failure month after month? Do you endlessly berate yourself for slips in your personal well-being plan? If any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone! Self-care can be tricky, but it doesn't have to be nonexistent or difficult. If it's time to set foot on a solid path, join us for a 3-part self-care workshop series! The goal of this workshop series is to bring you into deep awareness with yourself by mindfully exploring and paying attention to your self-care assets and deficits in order to allow the healthiest version of you to blossom.
Each 2-hour workshop will include a combination of gentle physical movement, guided meditation, coaching tools, creative activities and supportive discussion. Some topics we will tackle include goal setting, prioritizing self-care needs in the moment, shifting defeatist inner dialogue to more positive, affirming self-talk, and identifying your best practices for balanced living.
Homework will be assigned at the end of each meeting. All supplies will be provided. Students should wear comfortable, layered clothing and bring a curious, open mind to each session.
While not required, it may be helpful to attend the January 27, 2018 Vision Board workshop as a means of opening your awareness to what you most want to attract into your life. For many students, better care of themselves and prioritizing their needs is a theme of their vision boards! Register for the 3-part "Tending You" workshop series and save! The three workshop series is $90; drop in rate for an individual session is $35. Each workshop will be capped at 20 participants so register soon.
About Your Guide: Jennifer Brennan has made bringing people into more intimate relationships with themselves her life's work. As a former mental health professional and now massage therapist, energy worker and yoga teacher, Jennifer helps clients and students pay attention to body, mind, emotion, and spirit. She brings a wealth of personal experience with self-care successes and flops, weaving raw authenticity and humor into her teaching.
Say yes to yourself and make 2018 your year for balanced, healthy living!
How to Cultivate a Healthy Gut Microbiome
with Danielle Reynolds-Flatt
Sunday, 3/18, 4:30-5:30 pm
Interested in improving your digestive health and learning how to make gut-healing foods? In this workshop led by nutritionist intern Danielle Reynolds-Flatt we will explore the following:
-Define "Gut Microbiome" & why it matters
-Touch on current research that supports gut-brain axis & its significance
-Share strategies for supporting gut health on a daily basis
-Demonstrate how to make 1 or 2 simple lacto-fermented food
-Taste foods + Q&A
Danielle Reynolds-Flatt is a Master of Science Candidate studying Nutrition and Integrative Health at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She’s passionate about community nutrition education and using whole foods to feel your best. Danielle is also Certified Holistic Health Coach credentialed through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @daniellesigmonposting about the foods she loves (and her two ragdoll cats).
Cost is $15 (FREE for Grace Annual Members).
Posterior Chain Awakening AKA Glutes of Glory
with Dr. Ariele Foster, DPT, E-RYT 500
Sunday, 4/8, 4-6 pm
For too long, yogis have “softened” their backsides. “Softening the glutes” overrides natural muscular engagement, has created an epidemic of weak gluteal muscles in yoga practitioners, and contributed to hip pain and impingement. Clinicians describe “posterior chain weakness” as overdominance of the quadriceps muscles and hip flexors, with poor strength in the gluteal muscles and hamstrings and sometimes the back. However, weakened glutes may even lead to back pain since the smaller muscle fibers alongside your spine must work so much harder to keep you upright. Unfortunately most modern yoga asana threatens to reinforce exactly these patterns with its excessive quad and hip flexor strengthening. Our task is to awaken all dormant glutes - medius, minimus and maximus. Once awakened, we will learn to engage them on the mat, and in our lives off the mat, using a series of drills, re-interpretation of asana and functional movement. In the process, we’ll aim to discern between: Natural movement that doesn’t fit into the clean, geometric cues sometimes inherent to the study of asana and - Poor movement habits (from too much sitting!) that benefit from precision cues (and DO need over-riding).
Your teacher, Ariele, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a long time yoga teacher, and an advocate for depth and quality in yoga practice and instruction. This workshop is open to all levels. Registered Yoga Teachers who complete this workshop are eligible for 2 hours of Yoga Alliance-approved CEU contact hours.
Early-bird rate is $35 (register before 4/5). Regular rate is $40.
Wine & Unwind
with Kelly Hanns
Saturday, April 14, 11 am-1 pm
Start your weekend right! Join Grace at Urban Winery to Wine and Unwind. Move through a fun mixed level flow with Kelly, followed by a wine tasting and snacks. Space is limited so sign up fast!
Class will be held at Urban Winery located just a few blocks from Grace at 949 Bonifant Street in Silver Spring. Please bring a mat.
Cost is $30 and includes wine tasting and snacks. Pre-registration is required. Must be age 21 or older.
Happy Hour Flow
with Michelle Radecki & Lenore Baker
Friday, April 20, 6:30-8 pm
Kick off the weekend with Grace owners Lenore and Michelle. We'll move through a well-sequenced vinyasa flow to release the work week, then relax with some happy hour wine and snacks.
This workshop is FREE for Grace Annual Members, but all are welcome. Cost is $25.
Let it Be & Let it Go Flow
with Jade Olubayo & DJ Tike
Friday, May 4, 6:30-8 pm
In the 60’s The Beatles helped inspire the Western world to explore the vast benefits of yoga. Ayinde and I are grateful for their contribution to this beautiful and amazing culture we are fortunate to grow from.
This all levels flow is a celebration of their offering and a reminder that free expression through practice, music and movement soothes the soul. All ages are welcome. It is a mix of vinyasa flow, meditation and the joyous sounds The Beatles shared with all. Come let it be and let go with us.
Cost is $25.