Marsha D. Banks-Harold is the mother of four sons, wife, electrical engineer, and owner of two yoga studios. She understands the challenges of finding balance! Her daily personal yoga practice empowers her to navigate her many roles and clarified her call to become a certified comprehensive yoga therapist. Marsha thrives in sharing the effect yoga has on her life through her intuitive compassionate gifts of providing support for parents, teachers, caregivers, educators, social workers as well as children and adults with special needs. Marsha is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and holds C-IAYT, YACEP, E-RYT-500, RCYT, and RPYT certifications and a BSEE.
We invite you to explore physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual techniques designed for self-care. Develop coping skills and strategies based on ancient yoga philosophy and principles to be peaceful, present and prepared to support yourself no matter what life throws at you. Certified yoga therapist, Marsha D. Banks-Harold will create a safe, compassionate environment to connect and share challenges and wisdom with others.
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Anthony Gonzales completed 200 hour and Aerial Yoga training at Yogi Hari’s Ashram in Miramar, Florida. He believes that everyone should have an opportunity to feel good about themselves and encourages students to begin their practice by meeting yourself where you are and allowing the rest to come as it's intended. He himself discovered yoga at a time when everything seemed to be going wrong and shares this story “One day I spotted a sign that read ‘30 days for 30 dollars: New students only’ and I entered that studio for my first Yin yoga class where this all started for me.” Anthony is currently enrolled in RYT 500 Yoga and Ayurveda training at www.sol.yoga.
Considered one of the pioneers in the field of mind-body therapy in the Washington DC area, Dr. Suzanne has a rich background in energy medicine, meditation, bodywork, healing, holistic health and psychology. She began meditating at age 19, and later on in her career, pursued mindfulness meditation studies with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Satori, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. In private practice as a licensed professional counselor, wellness coach, meditation teacher, energy medicine practitioner and retreat leader, she specializes in an integrative approach to helping people restore healthy functioning in their personal and relational life. She is founder of the Northern Virginia Integrative Counseling Center and Inspirational Journeys, LLC.
Modern times are increasingly busy, stressful and at times burdensome. We can become overwhelmed with information, endless to do lists, and deepening concerns about our country and world affairs. It is easy to be knocked off our center and lose connection with our Self. Mindfulness Centering Meditation provides a way of finding refuge, connection and alignment within. Dr. Suzanne will guide you on this 45-minute meditation and dharma talk to help you reclaim your balance.
Vinaya Saunders, (E-RYT 500 CPYT YACEP AP) is a holistic wellness coach, Ayurvedic practitioner, master healer, and founder of yoga style Vinayam (a humble approach to yoga). A mother of four and creator of from infertility to delivery (your little one is waiting...) she works with women to achieve their dream of motherhood. Vinaya wakes each morning inspired to make a difference in other’s lives through her work with seniors, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy clients. She travels to client sites and offers workshops, meditation teacher training and has introduced online yoga and meditation lessons.
Our brain responds to pictures we make in our head and words we say to ourselves, and our mind loves what is familiar and does what comes naturally. We age because we allow our mind to get on an auto pilot mode and repeat patterns. Stress, chaos and unending thoughts are a pattern and habits can be changed. Let Vinaya guide you to learn words and activities that can reprogram your mind and find the already existing Calmness within.
Kristi Schwickerath is RYT-200 certified and endured a decade of chronic pain following a car accident before she took her first yoga class. She credits the gentle movement, greater mindfulness, and acceptance of her body and circumstances to her yoga practice. Kristi equates her yoga experience “on the mat” with her improved living “off the mat”. The dramatic shift in her life inspires her to share her experiences and knowledge with others fighting their own unique battles. Kristi has attended specialized workshops in self-myofascial release, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga and 'Props for Props' with Mary Richards, and Yoga Therapeutic Wisdom Workshop with Doug Keller.
Thanks to her regular yoga practice the past 7 years, Kristi Schwickerath (RYT-200) has thrived despite living with chronic pain. In Optimal Wellness for Chronic Pain, Kristi will guide an exploration of mindfulness and pranayama (breath) to find more comfort in your discomfort on and off the yoga mat. Come connect with others living with chronic or lingering pain to share your experiences and learn how yoga philosophies can be used to shift your relationship with the pain.
Kelly Armstrong E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT, is a Certified Yoga Therapist specializing in athletic performance and rehabilitation. She teaches classes and has been leading Yoga Teacher Trainings in Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Kelly has a deep passion for Yin Yoga and encourages mindful exploration into all aspects of the practice with compassion and gratitude. A dedicated student, she's had the honor of studying with many great teachers including Paul Grilley, Bryan Kest, Suzie Curtis, and Desiree Rumbaugh to name a few. Kelly and Patti Ragone are the owners of The YogaShak in Ashburn, VA
At first glance, the concept of letting "your love flow" seems like an easy task...however, below the surface we can intentionally AND unintentionally harbor resistance to openly offering loving-kindness. Not just to the people we like and love, but to those who have "wronged" us or who we view as "wicked". The Dalai Lama reminds us that "The true Hero is One that conquers their own anger and hatred"...so join me for a discussion on the "Conditioned Mind" and two guided meditations exploring and cultivating limitless Loving-Kindness!
A Certified Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Martha Calihan has practiced Family Medicine for more than 30 years. She maintains her Board Certification in Family Medicine, while also being Board Certified in Holistic and Integrative Medicine. She is the founder and CEO of the Five Stones Healing Arts and Wellness Center and is trained in acupuncture and mind-body medicine.
Her philosophy is simple. She believes that true health comes from being in balance in body, mind and spirit and that the body has an innate ability to heal itself when properly supported. Even in the face of illness, a person can experience being well when they are able to be in balance.
Mindfulness offers a way in and a way out; a way into greater peace and calm, and a way out of the stress and overstimulation of our culture.
Join Dr Calihan in this session to understand what Mindfulness is, what it can do for you and how you can begin to incorporate this tool
into your life.
Bruce Winkle is an Energy Healer, Teacher and Author, approved Provider for continuing education by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, Board Certified in Integrative Health by American Association of Integrative Medicine and a Professional member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. He began his energy healing in 1997 and continues to study all forms of the practice. His sessions and teaching include a broad range of wisdom and techniques to help people along their journey to wellness.
Reconnect with Your Heart’s True Essence
Our hearts begin pumping within 21 days after conception. They record joyous, as well as disharmonious events that occur to our body, mind and emotions throughout our journey. The held disharmonies have great influences on our daily lives and this interactive heart workshop supports the clearing of old layers of discords to help you restore more joy, harmony and balance in your life. Please bring your yoga mat.
Amalia Natalio Colyer is a mom of four who's seen firsthand how stressed and distracted teens are with pressures from school, home, sports, social lives and social media. She's completed coursework on meditation and yoga specifically geared towards teens through YoKid and training to recognize and assist middle and high school
kids in distress through the At-Risk Suicide Prevention Training program sponsored by Fairfax.gov -
https://fairfax.kognito.com. Having taken numerous additional courses and attended workshops and seminars based on various modalities related to stress reduction, finding your purpose, yoga, healing stone energy, meditation, whole body energy work, and chakra balancing to name a few, Amalia distilled her knowledge and experience down to an 8 week program for teens which can be attended both in person and online.
Teens, you’re not alone, I hear you and know you feel stress, often on a daily basis. What is stress – it’s defined as a state of mental tension and worry caused by the perceived problems in your life, it’s anything that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety. These days you have a tremendous amount of pressure placed on you from outside sources such as social media, friends, parents, school… We’ll touch on some of the issues you face and cover some simple strategies that will allow you to cope better. If you want your parents to come along, bring them! If you prefer to come alone, we’ll see you there and work on how to feel happy in your day to day lives through positive energy work and more!
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Kṣaṇāti (Shane Newman) is a Graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia and the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM . He continues to be a student of Dr. Vasant Lad, founder of The Ayurvedic Institute and of Mahadev Levine, and studied with Simon Chokoisky. Kṣaṇāti teaches monthly webinars with the organization Saptarishis Astrology centered out of Mumbai, India and is a Lead Jyotish Writer for The Vedic Organization Healthy Ayurveda.
Kṣaṇāti was born in Philadelphia and spends parts of the year living in Albuquerque, New Mexico and at the New Jersey shore.
This Workshop will discuss Karmic Theory from a traditional Vedic Perspective. Three Types of Karma will be discussed Fixed, Not-Fixed, and Movable Karmas. We Will Discuss Karma in Terms of Actions, Reactions, and Consequences, as well as Possibilities and Potentials. Than we will go into thorough detail to understand how Astrology, and the birth chart has a profound influence on Karma as it relates to family, work, and major life events and periods. We will discuss many possibilities of how this Karma manifests, both in terms of good Karma, and more challenging Karma. Attendees will be left with a deep and comprehensive understanding of Karma from a Vedic Perspective, as well as how Karma from an astrological perspective influences and has great power over many aspects of our lives, and souls evolution.
Kimberley L. Berlin (Prya Dhyan Kaur) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, addiction specialist, and 200-hour Radiant Body Yoga ™ teacher. Kimberley has been involved in the spiritual practice of yoga for over 30 years. As an integrated therapist, she brings breath, meditation and asana to clients who wish to overcome addiction. She holds regular workshops in downtown Leesburg, and is also available for private lessons. Her personal journey with yoga and meditation helped her in her own recovery from drugs and alcohol 36 years ago. She holds advanced degrees in social work, is state and nationally certified as an addiction professional, and has over 100 hours of training in meditation, mantra and chakra work.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION -
This Workshop will address how we can hold our center during challenging times. Whether you are going through
a divorce, have overcome an illness, caring for an elderly parent, or experiencing the effects of day to day stress
– our bodies, minds and souls can feel enormous effects that trigger us on a moment to moment basis.
Learn specific breathing techniques, Kundalini kriya’s for the physical aspects of challenges you might face, and practical tools to support life transitions. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring a notebook to jot down ideas.
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During a very stressful time in her life, Brigitta S. Toruño was introduced to the practice of meditation by a meditation coach 24 years ago and has been practicing ever since, She found it changed her perspective on so many things, and one example is her realization about 5 years ago that she no longer becomes agitated in traffic. She clearly remembers one day sitting in Metro DC traffic looking around and seeing really angry and frustrated people and thinking "Wait - this traffic isn't bothering me in the least!" Whoa. Big change. She started practicing the loving kindness (metta) meditation about 3 years ago, and has welcomed this part of her practice as well. Brigitta meditates 30 minutes every morning and evening and is forever grateful for what this practice has done in her life.
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