Classes Fill Quickly! Register soon to avoid disappointment. Please do not attend class if you have a contagious condition. HAYC has a flexible make-up policy, and we will welcome you back when you have recovered. We regret that there is No Childcare available at the Yoga Center.
Yoga 1/Beginner is the introductory class for students who are new to yoga. This class focuses on poses to stretch and strengthen the legs, back, and shoulders. Emphasis is given to the basic alignment of the standing poses.
Yoga 1-2 is a continuation class for Yoga 1. The emphasis of this course is on refining and building endurance in Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 standing poses. The basic principles of alignment are presented. This class is suitable for students who have practiced other styles of yoga, but it is not suitable for those who have never studied yoga before.
Yoga 2/Advanced Beginner
Yoga 2/Advanced Beginner focuses on refining the standing poses and learning basic sitting postures, simple back bending poses, and the shoulder stand using the principles of alignment. It is recommended that students complete both Yoga 1 and Yoga 1-2 before taking Yoga 2.
Yoga 2-3 is a combination class. It begins with Yoga 2 poses and moves gradually into Yoga 3 poses, particularly strengthening poses for the upper body in preparation for the headstand and handstand. The headstand is the major pose learned in this course. Students should complete at least three sessions of Yoga 2 and be comfortable in Chaturanga and Upward Facing Dog before taking Yoga 2-3.
Yoga 3/Intermediate continues with refinements to poses studied in Yoga 1 and 2 and introduces the forearm balance and full arm balance (handstand). Additional back bend poses are also included. It is recommended that students complete at least three sessions of Yoga 2 and one session of Yoga 2-3 before taking Yoga 3.
Yoga 4/Advanced is for students who are capable of holding a free-standing headstand, can do a full arm balance (hand-stand) alone at the wall, and who can push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow Pose) with straight arms. Regular practice is expected. Permission of the instructor is required.
Baby Boomer Yoga
Baby Boomer Yoga is an all-levels class designed for the mature adult who still loves to move and stretch, but due to aged wear and tear on joints, sports injuries, and health, have limited mobility. The focus will be on mobility in joints and upper body strength. There will be lots of options for everyone. Appropriate for students in Yoga 1-2 and above.
Gentle Yoga 1
Gentle Yoga 1 is designed for those who prefer a class less vigorous than Yoga 1. It includes gentle stretches and breathing as well as simple movements designed to systematically increase the range of motion of every major joint and increase energy. This class is ideal for students with chronic symptoms such as muscle/joint pain, stiffness, weakness, or fatigue.
Gentle Yoga 2
Gentle Yoga 2 is a continuation of Gentle Yoga 1, emphasizing the refinement of Gentle Yoga 1 poses and introducing the basic principles of alignment. This class will focus on strengthening the body and adapting poses to protect injured or weak joints. New breathing and relaxation techniques will be introduced as well. This class is more strenuous than Gentle Yoga 1 and students must complete at least two sessions of Gentle Yoga 1 before taking Gentle Yoga 2.
Mad Skills for Graceful Aging
We are getting older! There is nothing we can do about that, so in this class we will blend in the mad skills needed to age more gracefully. We will explore how to tailor our yoga practice to enrich our yoga toolbox by focusing on balance, stability, flexibility, and agility through asana, pranayama, and relaxation. Open to students Yoga 1-2 and above.
Mixed-Level Yoga allows students to progress at their own pace. Basic principles of alignment will be taught to help refine and build endurance in a balanced practice. Students should be comfortable with the Sun Salutation and standing poses. Appropriate for students Yoga 1-2 and above.
Pilates Mat: Accessing Your Core
Access your core by focusing on the powerful and deep muscles in the abdominal region and along the spine. Strengthening these muscles promotes good posture, spinal stability, and may free you from common injuries on and off the mat. Through the use of Pilates exercises and props, this class will build strength, flexibility, and stamina in the core and will also work on strengthening and stabilizing the muscles in the arms, shoulder girdle, and pelvis. It will follow a level 1 Pilates mat class set within a yoga class structure: beginning with yoga centering and ending in final relaxation.
Sunrise Yoga is an early morning multi-level yoga class that will move through a variety of poses with a different focus each week. Students should be comfortable completing a Sun Salutation. Open to students Yoga 1-2 and above.
Taste of Tai Chi and Health Qigong
Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient arts that have evolved into a graceful sequence of low-impact exercises that can be helpful in reducing stress and improving a variety of health conditions. This course will introduce students to these traditional Chinese arts which, with regular practice of their gentle flowing movements, promote serenity of the body, breath, and mind.
Vinyasa Flow 1
Vinyasa Flow 1 is a continuous series of postures, movement flows with breath, and creative Sun Salutions, including Sun Salutations A, B, and C. This style of practice is heating and vigorous, and builds strength and stamina quickly in the body. Shoulderstand and inversion preparations are practiced. Recommended for HAYC students who have completed at least two sessions of Yoga 2 and who are steady in standing postures, and for those with vinyasa experience from other styles and schools. No serious physical injuries or limitations.
Vinyasa Flow 2
Vinyasa Flow 2 builds on the principles and techniques of Vinyasa Flow 1 and moves through more difficult transitions and towards more challenging postures such as full backbends, arm balances, and inversions. Students should be able to move easily through Chaturanga and Upward Facing Dog. Appropriate for students who have taken at least one session of Yoga 3, three sessions of Vinyasa Flow 1, or have the permission of the instructor. No major injuries, please.
Yin Yoga is partially based on the Chinese energy system and is designed to bring energetic balance and harmony into our yoga practice and lives. This quiet class focuses on our connective tissues and the protection and health of our joints. The course will include anatomical practices for the spine, hips, and upper and lower body meridians. Suitable for students who have completed at least one session of Yoga 2.
Yoga for Cancer (Y4c): Retaking Control of your Own Body
With its emphasis on the link between breath and movement, yoga is the ideal exercise for those touched by cancer currently or in the past. This course is designed to provide a practicum for cancer patients and survivors using the Yoga for Cancer (y4c) methodology. The classes will focus on addressing the main cancer treatment side effects through stretches, twists, gentle backbends, and restorative inversions with appropriate modifications. Please check with your doctor before enrolling. No previous yoga experience required. Please bring your own mat or a clean towel to cover the mats provided by the studio.
Yoga Techniques is a one-hour mixed-level course where we explore a different area of the body or class of pose each week. Open to students who have completed at least one session of Yoga 1-2.
We all have our own personal toolboxes. After many years of practice, it can be astonishing how many tools we accumulate. Constant practice and use of these tools can help to balance our body, mind, and spirit especially at times when life becomes more challenging. These classes will offer a multi-layered exploration of practices for focusing attention, balancing chakras and doshas, using pratyahara (control of the senses) to nourish and keep us healthy, finding equanimity, and reducing stress. Appropriate for students Yoga 1-2 and above.
A great way to try something new!
Beginning Yoga for Men with Patt Wattanasupt
When: Wednesdays: 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. January 2 – February 20 (8 weeks). Do you want to try yoga, but think you are not flexible? This course is designed for men whose goal is to improve their flexibility. We will focus on the yoga fundamentals for stretching safely in the areas where men usually are tight such as shoulders, hips, and hamstrings. This will help improve your everyday life and ease your way into a regular yoga class. No yoga experience required.
Prenatal Yoga with Erin Scherger
When: Thursdays: 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. January 3 – February 14 (7 weeks).February 28 – March 21 (4 weeks). Pregnancy is both a life-changing process and a natural opportunity for developing a more mindful approach to daily living. This course, for pregnant women, is designed to alleviate common discomforts and concerns of pregnancy, help you stay healthy, and prepare you for labor and delivery. It is fun and appropriate for both new and experienced yoga students. The two courses will be different. The second course does not build on the first, so you may register for either one or both. Please obtain your doctor's or midwife's permission in writing before enrolling.
Yoga for Grief with Kris Carpenter
When: Sundays: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. January 6 – February 10 (6 weeks). Grief is deeply personal and can be one of life's most difficult challenges. Yoga for Grief offers a safe, compassionate, supportive environment for you to explore, nurture, and live with your loss with greater ease. The common thread among class members is that each person has experienced a loss. The course will use this common thread and weave together classes to assist with self-care. The tools used will include several yoga methods (gentle, restorative, somatic, and Yoga Nidra), readings, writing prompts, and group conversation. No prior yoga experience is required. Due to the nature of the course, no new students after the first class.
Kids Yoga (ages 6-12) with Nora May
When: Sundays: 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. January 6 – February 3 (5 weeks). February 17 – March 17 (5 weeks). Thursdays: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. January 10 – February 7 (5 weeks). February 21 – March 21 (5 weeks). Yoga provides a great way to build strength, balance, flexibility, and confidence while learning skills to manage the stress of being a kid in today's world. Children will learn and practice yoga poses, plus breathing, concentration, and relaxation techniques through stories, games, imagination, and other activities.
Teens Yoga (ages 13-17) with Pat Pao
When: Sundays: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. January 6 – March 10 (10 weeks). Life can be very busy and stressful for teens these days. This class gives teens the opportunity to participate in a nurturing activity that provides exercise for the total body as well as relaxation techniques that can be used for school, sports, performing arts, sleep improvement, and life skills. Yoga allows teens to find strength and flexibility through practice and patience.
Yoga for Preschoolers (ages 3-5) and Parents with Nora May
When: Tuesdays: 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. January 8 – February 5 (5 weeks). February 19 – March 19 (5 weeks). Youngsters and their parents will explore yoga poses and breath through stories, songs, and games. Beneficial for building strength, coordination, focus, and balance, while learning about the world around us and having fun. Limit: one parent per registered child.
Drop-in Fee - for Preschooler and Parent
Yoga with Weights for Strength with Kelly Kessler
When: Thursdays: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. January 10 – March 21 (11 weeks). This yoga course is designed to build strength through the use of resistance work and weights, empowering you to meet your everyday activities with confidence. The use of weights adds a new dimension of fitness to your yoga practice, targeting key muscles to overcome common muscular imbalances that can make normal functions challenging and often are at the root of chronic pain. Strength training using weights offers benefits, even if your goal is not to get "bigger muscles". Modifications will be made to accommodate all levels and to maximize the benefits of your practice!
Introductory Yoga Short Course with Erin Scherger
When: Tuesdays: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. February 12 – March 26 (7 weeks). Combining elements of both our Gentle Yoga and Yoga 1 classes, this introductory short course is designed for students who are new to yoga. Each class will include basic stretching and strengthening poses, breathing, and relaxation. This is a perfect way to begin a yoga practice for those who missed our initial registration this session. Drop-ins permitted during the first three weeks of this course. Students in this class may make up in Gentle Yoga 1. Registration for this short course will begin January 25.
First Class Free to New Students
We offer a free first class to people who have never taken a class at HAYC. This free class can be at whatever level is appropriate. Due to the progressive nature of our courses, students who are new to yoga are not permitted to try out a Yoga 1 class after the third week of the session. Experienced students who are new to HAYC may take a free class at any point during the session. Please call ahead to make sure space is available.
Purchase drop-in classes at a discount! Packages are valid for a set time after the date of the first class taken. These classes will be treated as drop-in classes, and all drop-in class policies will apply. To use a class in your package, check in at the front desk each visit and get a receipt to take to the instructor of your class. Packages may be purchased online, by phone, or at our front desk.
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Fees & Policies
Class Fees - Winter 2018 Session
1st class is $16/class; 2nd class is $14/class.
Yoga Classes for Registered Students
Yoga Classes for Unregistered Students
One-Hour Class for Registered Students
One-Hour Class for Unregistered Students
HAYC does not confirm registrations. You will be contacted only if the class you select is full. By registering for a class, you agree to adhere to the policies stated on this page.
Register for classes and workshops online, in person, by mail, or by phone. Online registration is in real time, is the quickest way to register, and is the best way to ensure a space in your desired class. To register by mail, or in person, fill out a registration form and enclose full payment. Phone registrations are accepted with Visa or MasterCard.
Sign up online or fill out a registration form and enclose payment in full. There is a $5 cancellation fee per workshop. You must cancel at least 7 days prior to the workshop in order to receive a refund unless your spot can be filled from our waiting list.
Late registrations are accepted on a pro-rated basis, space permitting. Only students with yoga experience are accepted after the third week of the session in our Yoga 1 classes.
To cancel your class or workshop, submit a drop request online or contact our office. Refunds are calculated based on the date HAYC is notified, not the date of the last class attended.
Refunds are made according to the following schedule. Until the second class, 100% refund minus a $45 administrative fee, $35 for the one-hour class. After the second class: 70% refund of the class fee; after the third class: 60% of the class fee; after the fourth class, 30% of the class fee. No refunds are given after the fifth class. Refunds are processed in the sixth week of the term. Class fees cannot be transferred to another session. Short Courses and Kids Refunds are made according to the following schedule. Until the second class: 100% refund minus a $25 fee. After the second class, a 100% refund minus a $40 fee. No refunds after the third class of the course.
A Free First Class
A Free First Class is an opportunity for students new to our yoga center to take a trial class. Please call ahead to ensure space is available. Since our classes are taught progressively, students new to yoga are not permitted to try out a Yoga 1 class after the third week of the session. Experienced students who are new to HAYC may take a trial class at any point during the session.
Entering a Class Late
If the door to your room is closed, the class has already begun. Please wait to enter until the teacher motions to you after the class finishes centering.
We strongly encourage students in our regular classes and short courses to get the full experience of their course by making up any classes missed. Classes cancelled due to inclement weather may be made up during the session. Missed classes can only be made up during the current session at the same level or lower. There is no need to call ahead to take a make-up class, just come to any appropriate level class and tell the instructor your name and regular class. Children taking the Kids Yoga class may make up in the other Kids Yoga class. Adults taking the Yoga for Preschoolers and Parents class may make up in an adult class at the appropriate level. Teen students can make up in Yoga 1 classes if this is their first session of Teens Yoga or in Yoga 2 classes if they have taken more than one Teens Yoga class. Students taking short courses may make up in regular classes at the appropriate level, and students in regular classes may make up in appropriate short courses.
Drop-In and Class Packages
Drop-ins are allowed for students who are currently enrolled and wish to take an extra class, or for students who are not enrolled but have completed an equivalent level of alignment-based yoga. Class packages are treated as drop-in classes, but are purchased as a group and are only valid for a set time period after the date of the first class taken. The following policies apply to both drop-in and class packages. After the first three weeks, drop-ins are not allowed in Yoga 1 classes unless the student has previously taken the class and still meets the requirements. Drop-ins are permitted ONLY in classes that are not filled. Please call to confirm there is space. For information about the short courses.
Clothing, Props and Eating
Wear comfortable clothes: t-shirt or tank top, and long shorts, bicycle shorts, tights, or leggings. Please no baggy pants as they mask the alignment of the legs. Remove your shoes before entering the yoga rooms. No perfume or gum. Please do not eat 2-3 hours before class. All props are supplied.
So as not to disturb other students, please turn off your phone when entering the yoga center. If someone will need to reach you, please set your phone on vibrate and keep your phone near you while in class. No texting during class.
If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, there will be an announcement posted on our Facebook page and recorded on the studio's voicemail one hour before classes are scheduled to begin. If you hear our normal voicemail message, we are holding classes as usual.
There is a $5 cancellation fee per workshop. Refunds: You must cancel at least 7 days prior to the workshop in order to receive a refund unless your spot can be filled from our waiting list.
Winter Solstice Karma Yoga Event with Kathy DukePat Pao
When: Fri Dec 21, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. SOL-FA18H Winter Solstice Karma Yoga Event. With our deepest appreciation for your ongoing support of the studio, we invite you to join us as we celebrate the end of another great year. The winter solstice workshop will be our thank you gift to you. The winter solstice, the period when the sun is physically closest to the horizon, is also a celebration of the transformation of darkness into light. Shorter periods of daylight represent a time for quiet reflection, creating new resolves, and nurturing new beginnings. Join Pat and Kathy for a class celebrating a replenishment and renewal of spirit through the practice of yoga during the years longest night. The class will include traditional and yin yoga poses in a sequence designed to heal and transform. All proceeds benefit Stillbrave (www.stillbrave.org), a local charity committed to helping the families of children battling cancer. 1.5 CEUs.
Post-Holiday Rehab with Erin Scherger
When: Sat Dec 29, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. PHR-WI19H Post-Holiday Rehab. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holiday season with the flurry of celebrations, gatherings, and feasting. But when it is over, then what? Come breathe your way back into balance from seasonal indulgences with a moderately-paced hip-opening, twist-centered vinyasa flow. Appropriate for students who have taken at least one session of Yoga 2 and are comfortable with Chaturanga Dandasana. No major injuries, please. 2 CEUs.
Jump Start Your New Year With Yoga with Pat Pao
When: Tue Jan 1, 2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. JPS-WI19H Jump Start Your New Year With Yoga. Refresh, renew, and relax with Pat in her 17th annual New Years Day workshop. Start the New Year with something we all love to do. Celebrate the day as we wring out the old and breathe in the new! All levels welcome. 2 CEUs.
Journey To Plant-Based Nutrition with Gwyn Whittaker
When: Fri Jan 11, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. PBN-WI18H Journey to Plant-Based Nutrition. A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that a whole-food plant-based diet provides the optimal basis for human health, and that this diet can prevent and/ or reverse many of the chronic diseases faced in the U.S., such as heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and autoinflammatory illnesses. Join Gwyn, the owner of GreenFare, as she talks about her path to health through a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.
Let Your Yoga Dance with Kathy Wallman
When: Sat Feb 2, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM. DAN-WI19H Let Your Yoga Dance. Let Your Yoga Dance (LYYD) is where the deep and sacred meet joy and fun in a movement practice set to music in which the teacher guides the class through the arc of the chakras. This fully accessible practice embraces the principle that everyone is a dancer, and it can be adapted to accommodate any limitations. Students experience an uplifting of the spirit that many have described as transformative. Further information about LYYD is available at letyouryogadance.com. Open to all levels.
Yoga for Wellness: Chinese Meridians 101 with Pat Pao
When: Sat Feb 9 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, CHI-WI19H Yoga for Wellness: Chinese Meridians 101. This workshop will explore the 14 Chinese Meridians (Rivers of Energy) and how yoga can both stimulate and balance the meridian pathways and the bodys organs and internal systems. Handouts are included. Appropriate for students Yoga 1-2 and above. 2 CEUs.
Restorative Yoga with Angelika Stadel
When: Sun Feb 10 2019, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. RES-WI19H Restorative Yoga. Settle into the quiet pace of inner nurturing that nature has intended for winter. Replace the condition of stress and running with a state of deep relaxation. Let your body rest and direct your energy to the process of repair and rejuvenation. Reenter the world with renewed energy and strength. All levels welcome. 2 CEUs.
Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation with Karyn Sandelman
When: Sun Feb 24 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. MED-WI19H Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation. Are you curious about mindfulness and meditation but unsure how to begin exploring them? Are you wondering what all the hype is and if they would really make a difference in your life? This workshop offers an introduction that will show you how simple tools of mindfulness, including meditation, can help you manage stress, live with a greater sense of balance and ease, and enhance your overall well-being. Topics include what mindfulness is and is not, how and why it is beneficial, and tips for starting to practice and integrate mindfulness into your life. Plenty of experiential activities and opportunities for discussion are woven through the session. Why not join us and see how you might benefit?
Asana Plus Anatomy with Julie Gudmestad
Julie Gudmestad is well known around the world for her Anatomy Awareness in Asana workshops. For us, she will teach an asana workshop integrating just a sprinkling of anatomy to help illustrate important structural and alignment points. She specializes in beginning with simple movements for all levels of students and then gradually building to more challenging poses so that everyone is challenged in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Six months of yoga experience and knowledge of the basic poses is recommended. This will not be a therapeutics class, so it is not recommended for students with an acute injury or severely limited mobility. Since the sections are progressive in nature, registration for the entire workshop is recommended.
Asana Plus Anatomy - Sections
JG1-WI19H Julie Gudmestad, Saturday 9:00
When: Sat Mar 30, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
JG2-WI19H Julie Gudmestad, Saturday 2:00
When: Sat Mar 30, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
JG3-WI19H Julie Gudmestad, Sunday 9:00
When: Sun Mar 31, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
JG4-WI19H Julie Gudmestad, Sunday 2:00
When: Sun Mar 31, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
JG5-WI198H Julie Gudmestad, Entire Weekend
When: Sat Mar 30, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Sat Mar 30, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Sun Mar 31, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Sun Mar 31, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
Weekend Workshop: March 30 - 31, 2019.
Asana plus Anatomy With Julie Gudmestad, P.T.
This is an ideal opportunity for those new to workshops as well as for experienced students and teachers! Julie is well known around the world for her Anatomy Awareness in Asana workshops. For us, she will teach an asana workshop integrating just a sprinkling of anatomy to help illustrate important structural and alignment points. She specializes in beginning with simple movements for all levels of students and then gradually building to more challenging poses so that everyone is challenged in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Julie Gudmestad, P.T., has been active in Portland, Oregon as a yoga teacher and licensed physical therapist for over 40 years. She has integrated Western medical knowledge with yoga training into a unique teaching style, and has taught many workshops throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, a certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT, and is the former author of the Yoga Journal column "Anatomy of a Yogi." Six months of yoga experience and knowledge of the basic poses is recommended. This will not be a therapeutics class, so it is not recommended for students with an acute injury or severely limited mobility. Since the sections are progressive in nature, registration for the entire workshop is recommended.
There is a $5 cancellation fee per section.
No refunds are given after March 22 unless your space can be filled from the waiting list.
Saturday, Mar 30
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.$60.00
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.$40.00
Sunday, Mar 31
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.$60.00
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.$40.00
January 26 - February 2, February 9 - 16, and 16 - 23, 2019
To celebrate HAYC's 25th annual Mexico yoga vacation, we've added a new first week.
March 30 - 31, 2019
Mark your calendars! Julie Gudmestad, PT, will return for an anatomy and asana weekend workshop.
May 31 – June 2
Mark your calendars! Susan will lead a spring retreat at Carter Hall in Millwood, Virginia. Flyers with more information will be available in February.
January 2019 - December 2019 with Susan Van Nuys and Angelika Stadel. Hosted by East Meets West Yoga Center in Vienna, Virginia. The Health Advantage Yoga Center is a registered school with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.
The teacher training program is for experienced students who are interested in learning to teach yoga. This course prepares prospective instructors to teach over 50 basic yoga poses. Each participant receives extensive philosophy handouts and the HAYC Teacher Training Manual containing detailed instructions for each pose. The manual is an invaluable teaching resource which includes illustrations, preparations, variations, benefits and areas of misalignment for each pose, suggestions for teaching progressions and ample space for notes. The following text is required: The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long, MD FRCSC. Participants are trained in the following areas:
Alignment and action in the poses
Basic anatomy and therapeutic principles as they relate to the poses
Adjusting and assisting
Use of props
Instructing pregnant students
Working with students with injuries
Teaching relaxation and restorative poses
Introduction to yoga philosophy
Schedule & Logistics
Friday evening sessions meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday sessions are 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday sessions are 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We will meet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday all weekends except the first and last when we will only meet on Saturday and Sunday. The final class on December 8, 2019 will end at 1:00 p.m.
Teacher training classes are held at East Meets West Yoga Center in Vienna.
Attendance at a minimum of 30 of the 34 weekend sessions is required. Hours missed must be made up through homework assignments and workshops.
In addition to class meetings, students are required to observe and assist EMW and HAYC instructors in 20 classes over the course of the program.
These classes will be scheduled individually with each participant. In order to gain a broader experience of various approaches to yoga instruction, participants are required to attend beginning classes at other yoga centers three times during the year.
Students who successfully fulfill the requirements of the yoga teacher training program will receive a certificate of completion.
HAYC is a registered school with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level. Upon successful completion of the requirements, participants may contact the Yoga Alliance for registry.
The course meets on the following dates:
January 5-6; February 1-3; March 8-10; April 5-7; May 3-5; June 7-9; July 12-14; August 16-18; September 7-8; October 19-21; November 22-24; December 7-8.
Requirements for Participation
Continuous study in an alignment-based yoga style for two years
Regular yoga practice of one hour four times per week
Completion of at least two Yoga 2 courses
Enrollment in a Yoga 2 class or higher for the duration of the program
Desire to help students grow and develop through yoga
The cost of the teacher training program is $3,000. A $700 deposit is required to reserve your space in the course. Final tuition payment is due on or before December 15, 2018. No refunds are given after December 15, 2018. To keep costs low, checks are preferred. There will be an additional 3% charge for credit card payments. Make all checks payable to EMW.
To register for the teacher training program, complete an application and East Meets West Yoga Center Registration form, both of which are available online and at both studios' front desks. Send them to East Meets West Yoga Center, 8227 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 310, Vienna, VA, 22182 with the deposit. All deposits will be held until January. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance, and the deposit will be returned to anyone not accepted into the program.
Susan Van Nuys, E-RYT 500
Susan Van Nuys, E-RYT 500, is the director of The Health Advantage Yoga Center. She has been a yoga practitioner since 1989 and began teaching in 1997. Susan has studied with many world-class teachers, focusing on alignment-based styles. Susan received a BS degree in computer science and linguistics from the College of William and Mary and she particularly enjoys applying the logic she learned while programming computers to the progressive teaching of yoga poses. Susan's approach is warm and clear with an appreciation of individual differences.
Angelika Stadel, E-RYT 200
Angelika Stadel, E-RYT 200, started her yoga journey in 1996 at HAYC and completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 2001. Her main teachers are Susan Van Nuys and Doug Keller. She studied with various senior teachers and trained in India at the Iyengar Institute to deepen her practice and understanding of yoga. In 2010 she completed the training and practicum "Yoga for Scoliosis" with Elise Miller. Angelika holds a degree in French and German literature and a Masters in Teaching French and English. As a teacher of yoga she loves to guide students along the path of self-discovery.
Also Contributing to our teaching training program are:
Maureen Clyne, RYT 500: Philosophy
Ashleigh Neal, PT, DPT: Anatomy
Patricia Pao, E-RYT 200: Chakras
Erin Scherger, E-RYT 200: Prenatal Yoga
Mexico - Winter Yoga Vacation in Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Week 1: January 26 – February 2, 2019. Week 2: February 9 – 16, 2019 - Full. Week 3: February 16 – 23, 2019 - Full Looking for a sunny trip in the middle of winter? Susan will lead HAYC's 25th annual yoga vacation in Puerto. Morelos, Mexico. Experience two yoga classes a day, a reef-protected beach, and plenty of time to snorkel, travel to Mayan ruins, or just relax and enjoy the sun.
There will be two yoga classes held daily in the spacious screened yoga room surrounded by palm trees and flowers. Classes are alignment-based. Morning classes are more active and challenging. Afternoon classes will include forward bends, twists, restoratives, pranayama, and meditation. The yoga vacation is geared to students with at least six months of yoga experience. Props are provided.
Although there is plenty of time between yoga classes to rest and relax by the pool, in the hammock palapa, or on the white sand beach, many activities are also available. The reef at Puerto Morelos is spectacular and easily accessible. Snorkeling is fabulous, either from the shore or by boat. Guests in previous years have enjoyed touring the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Coba, and Ek' Balam, and visiting the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an. On one day mid-week, only one early morning yoga class will be held to accommodate those who wish to go on longer excursions.
Guests will stay in beautiful and serene Villas Shanti and in additional nearby properties located in the fishing village of Puerto Morelos, 22 miles south of Cancun. Each double room at Villas Shanti overlooks the pool plaza and has its own kitchen and bathroom. Bottled water and daily maid service are included.
The yoga vacation includes a catered authentic Mexican dinner held at 7:00 p.m. on the Saturday evening of arrival and another on the following Friday prior to departure. Brunch will be served poolside each day after the morning yoga class. Small markets in town offer tropical fruits, vegetables, and staples for those who like to cook. One delight of previous groups has been to stroll into town in the evenings to sample the excellent local cuisine and to enjoy Puerto Morelos's charm.
Make your own travel arrangements to fly into Cancun. Travel between the Cancun Airport and Villas Shanti is easily available but not included. Shuttle service by van is approximately $30 and cab fare usually runs about $40-$50. Make your departure plans for any time on Saturday, February 2, February 16, or February 23. The return cab fare is less expensive.
The Yoga Vacation includes
Two daily yoga classes, 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Welcoming and farewell dinners held at poolside
Double occupancy at beautiful Villas Shanti and additional nearby accommodations
Ample time to enjoy the culture and beauty of Mexico
The cost includes accommodations, all yoga classes, a daily brunch and two special catered dinners. A $300 deposit for each week is required to reserve your space. The deposit is refundable until October 14, 2018 minus a $50 cancellation fee. After October 14, the deposit is nonrefundable unless your space can be filled from a waiting list. Balances for the January 26 – February 2 week are due December 21. Balances for the February weeks are due January 2, 2019. To keep costs low, checks are preferred. There will be an additional 3% charge for credit card payments. All checks should be made payable to THE HEALTH ADVANTAGE YOGA CENTER. To register, send your deposit to The Health Advantage Yoga Center, 1041 Sterling Road, Suite 202, Herndon, VA 20170, or call (703) 435-1571 with any questions.
Susan Van Nuys
Susan Van Nuys is the director of The Health Advantage Yoga Center. She has been a yoga practitioner since 1989 and began teaching in 1997. Susan has studied with many world class teachers, focusing on alignment-based styles. She received a BS degree in computer science and linguistics from the College of William and Mary and she particularly enjoys applying the logic she learned while programming to the progressive teaching of yoga poses. Susan's approach is warm and clear with an appreciation of individual differences. Join Susan for a wonderful week as we connect to both our outer world through Nature and our inner world through Yoga.
Welcome to the Health Advantage Yoga Center.
The Health Advantage Yoga Center, founded in 1991, is one of the oldest yoga studios in Northern Virginia
The majority of our instructors have taught yoga for over a decade, bringing a wealth of experience to our yoga center. All of our teachers are trained to work with a variety of students from those who are fit and active to those with physical limitations.
Classes are alignment-based with individualized attention to each person's optimal position in the poses.
Instructors encourage students to listen to their bodies and move at their own pace. Courses are divided into levels so classes can be taught progressively to groups with similar knowledge and skills. Each class ends with deep relaxation.
The Health Advantage Yoga Center holds four sessions of classes per year plus workshops in related topics
Our studio offers a non-competitive and encouraging atmosphere, a flexible make-up policy for missed classes, and a beautiful light-filled facility. HAYC's intention is to assist students in the development of physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing: a truly priceless health advantage.
We are now accepting registrations online. In our online system you can also choose to receive occasional emails with workshop and registration information.
RYT and E-RYT are registrations with the Yoga Alliance. These registrations represent levels of educational training and teaching experience for yoga teachers.
Susan Van Nuys (E-ryt 500)
Susan is the director of The Health Advantage Yoga Center. She has been a yoga practitioner since 1989 and began teaching in 1997. Susan has studied with many world-class teachers, focusing on alignment-based styles. She received a BS degree in computer science and linguistics from the College of William and Mary and she particularly enjoys applying the logic she learned while programming to the progressive teaching of yoga poses. Susan's approach is warm and clear with an appreciation of individual differences.
Kelly Cleveland (Ryt 200)
Kelly has studied yoga since 1990. She received her teaching certificate in 1994 and has taught at HAYC since 1996. Kelly has studied many different alignment-based yoga styles with numerous experienced teachers over the years. They have helped to shape and deepen her yoga practice and they inspired her to love the yoga she teaches. Her love for life after breast cancer and other calamities has taught her to appreciate her yoga even more each day. Her goal is to open the hearts of all who are in pain.
Kathy Duke (Ryt 500, E-ryt 200)
Kathy completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 2000 with Betsey Downing and Doug Keller, and attended the advanced teacher training program at The Himalayan Institute in 2009. She holds a Personal Training certification from the American Council on Exercise and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kathy has worked and volunteered in the health and fitness industry for more than twenty years.
Amy Fuller (Ryt-200)
Amy is a graduate of the HAYC Teacher Training Program. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching since 2008. She is also a certified mindful eating instructor and she created a yoga program for Inova Hospital's medical weight loss program to help patients focus on cultivating body awareness. Besides guiding her students in the physical benefits of yoga, Amy teaches self-calming techniques to her students and strives to help foster self-kindness and mindfulness within their yoga practice.
Annette Hyde (E-ryt 500)
Annette began her practice in 1999 and has been teaching since 2001. She graduated from the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 2004 and Asheville Yoga Center's 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program in 2012. Annette earned Certificates of Completion in the Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training and the Yoga of Awareness for Cancer Teacher Training from Duke Integrative Medicine, part of the Duke University Health System. Doug Keller has been her primary teacher since 2002. Annette believes yoga is a continuous journey that opens the mind, strengthens the body, and frees the spirit to take on life's opportunities and obstacles.
Doug Keller (E-ryt 500)
Doug has a strong background in the alignment-based styles of Iyengar and Anusara Yoga, as well as in yoga philosophy and yoga therapy. He is a regular columnist in the internationally renowned magazine Yoga+ and is the author of several books covering all aspects of yoga practice. He holds a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, and travels nationally and internationally, teaching workshops in philosophy and pranayama as well as hatha yoga. And of course he teaches regularly at the HAYC!
Kelly Kessler (Ryt 200)
Kelly started as a student at HAYC in 1993 and completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 1999. She studies therapeutic yoga intensively, drawing upon her own experiences as well as her work as a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist to teach the healing power of yoga to her students.
Janet Kim (Ryt 500)
Janet began her study and practice of Hatha Yoga in 1972. She has taught yoga since 1987 and completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 1995. Janet has studied yoga with Betsey Downing, Tias Little, Desiree Rumbaugh, Rodney Yee, Sarah Powers, and Doug Keller.
Pat Pao (E-ryt 200, Rcyt)
Pat began her yoga studies with Betty Roi. She has studied extensively at HAYC since 1998 and has completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program, Radiant Child, Yoga 4 Teens, and Yin Yoga Teacher Training programs. She is also a Relax & Renew Trainer. Pat has completed intensive teacher training workshops with Kaustaub Desikachar, Paul Grilley, Anodea Judith, Judith Lasater, Elise Browning Miller, Sarah Powers, Erich Schiffman and Rodney Yee. She is a former professional dancer and ballet teacher. Pat worked for over eighteen years as a movie casting director.
Mary Rubard (Ryt 200)
Mary began her study of yoga at HAYC in 1998, and she completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 2006. She has also completed the Level I Anusara Teacher Training, the Radiant Child Yoga Program Levels I & II, and Mini Yogis Teacher Training. She continues to expand her knowledge of yoga by attending workshops, classes and teacher trainings. She is also a Massage Therapist and is certified in Thai Yoga Massage. Mary dedicates her teaching to making yoga a joyful experience and to bring calm and balance into her life and the lives of others.
Erin Scherger (E-ryt 200)
Erin began her yoga practice at HAYC in 2005. She completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 2010, qualified as an Elise Browning Miller Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer in 2012, and continues to broaden her own studies. Drawing on her past experiences as a competitive figure-skater and childbirth educator, Erin enjoys light-heartedly encouraging others to tune in, find their inner strength, and move mindfully.
Carol Ann Sonnenfeld (Ryt 200)
Carol Ann began her journey with yoga in 1997 and completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 2012. Her prior career of providing hospitalized patients with therapeutic interventions to reduce fear and anxiety has helped her understand how yoga can benefit each student in their unique journey to health and wellness. Carol Ann readily shares her positive energy in her yoga teaching, inspiring her students to see their full potential and face the rollercoaster ride of life.
Angelika Stadel (E-ryt 200)
Angelika started her yoga journey in 1996 at HAYC and completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 2001. Her main teachers are Susan Van Nuys and Doug Keller. She studied with various senior teachers and trained in India at the Iyengar Institute to deepen her practice and understanding of yoga. In 2010 she completed the training and practicum for "Yoga for Scoliosis" with Elise Miller. Angelika holds a degree in French and German literature and a Masters in Teaching French and English. With her strong teaching background she loves to guide students along the yoga path of self discovery.
Pat Taylor (Ryt 500, E-ryt 200)
Pat has completed the HAYC Teacher Training, Mindful Yoga and Meditation Training, Relax and Renew Training, and Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors at Duke Integrative Medicine. She is a certified Meditation Teacher after completing a two year meditation teacher training with Tara Brach in 2013. Pat attends meditation retreats nationally and continues the study of yoga with various teachers who focus on mindfulness and midlife health.
Cheryl Washington (Ryt 200)
Cheryl has studied yoga at HAYC since 1997. She completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 2004 and has taught recreation center and corporate yoga classes since 2005. Cheryl has studied with leading international yoga teachers such as Barbara Benagh, Beryl Bender Birch, Paul Grilley, Judith Lasater, Elise Miller, Sara Powers, Rodney Yee and others. She teaches with a focus on physical alignment so her students fully benefit from the poses, and promotes flexibility and stress reduction. Cheryl wants students to experience the oasis of peace yoga brings to busy lives.
Patt Wattanasupt (Ryt-200)
Pat began his yoga journey in 2004, out of curiosity and a desire to improve his flexibility. He completed the HAYC Teacher Training program in 2010. Patt believes in finding balance between strength and flexibility in yoga and wants his students to benefit from both. With his background in engineering, he finds that yoga helps him stay balanced with his work and personal life. When he is not teaching, he enjoys travel, photography, and staying active.
Heide Zufall (Ryt 200)
Heide has studied yoga at HAYC since 1995 and completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 2010. She is also a certified Pilates instructor, a former modern dancer, and majored in dance at SUNY Purchase. Her knowledge of Yoga, Pilates, and Dance enables her to give students a unique workout experience. Heide also choreographs for many community theater productions and is on staff with Dodgeball Theater.
HATHA YOGA is an ancient discipline that explores, develops, and integrates the body, You can support the good work you are doing for yourself in yoga with massage
Both yoga and massage therapy help you maintain a healthy, fluid, strong body. The images from TV and film are usually not an accurate depiction of what massage really is. At HAYC, massage is done in the blue yoga room. You lie on a padded massage table with as little or as much clothing on as you like, covered by a sheet. The therapist massages either your entire body or focuses on an area that you identify as needing particular attention. It is your choice. Though you are unclothed, the therapist only uncovers the area being worked on (for example, the back).
When the therapist moves to a different part of your body the part just finished is covered
When the therapist moves to a different part of your body the part just finished is covered. Here at HAYC, the goal is generally either (1) simple relaxation or (2) alleviation of pain/discomfort/stress in a particular area. The therapist uses light oil, her hands, and a variety of strokes to help achieve these goals. Why should you receive a massage? What will it do for you?
Through Massage You Can Experience
Lower heart rate and blood pressure
Increased blood circulation and lymph flow
Improved range of motion
Increased level of endorphins (the body's natural painkillers)
Less anxiety and stress
More relaxation and alertness
Kelly Kessler is a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist with over 10 years experience working privately and with spas in the area. She specializes in Neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue work and Reflexology using a combination of these techniques in her sessions. Her work focuses on the specific needs of her clients helping to restore balance from stress or chronic pain. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
Classes are held on all holidays between April 5 and June 27.
HATHA YOGA is an ancient discipline that explores, develops, and integrates the body,
mind, and spirit. Yoga systematically stretches and strengthens muscles throughout the body, increases circulation to internal organs and glands, quiets the nervous system, and improves concentration. This ancient system of self-care brings vitality, health, deep relaxation, and peace of mind.
Yoga classes at The Health Advantage Yoga Center are heart-oriented with a focus on each person's optimal alignment in the poses. Classes are taught progressively and instructors encourage students to listen to their bodies and move at their own pace. Deep relaxation is taught in each class after completion of the postures. The intention of the instructors at HAYC is to assist students in the development of physical, mental, and spiritual well being: a truly priceless health advantage.
The Health Advantage Yoga Center offers four sessions of classes per year plus workshops in related topics. The Yoga Center features well-trained, professional instructors, progressive teaching methods, a non-competitive and encouraging atmosphere, a flexible make-up policy for missed classes, and a beautiful light-filled facility.