Office hours are Mon. through Thu: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm -- Fri: 9:30 a.m. - noon. There will be no classes on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22 or on Friday, November 23. Classes will resume on Saturday, November 24.
Classes for the Fall 2018 Session
Yoga courses are 15 weeks: September 6 - December 21.
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; Instructor: Pat Pao.
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; Instructor: Carol Ann Sonnenfeld.
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; Instructor: Doug Keller, Kelly Kessler.
Taste of Tai Chi and Health Qigong*
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; Instructor: Deborah Yang.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yoga for Homeschoolers (ages 5 - 12) with Nora May
When: Fridays: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. September 7 – November 30 (12 weeks). Through exercises in breath and movement, students will reap the physical and mental benefits of a yoga practice: build strength, flexibility, and coordination; learn skills for relaxation and concentration; and find success in a noncompetitive activity. Students will develop valuable life and learning skills while having fun. A Parent/caregiver is welcome to register and take this class with their child/ren or have their child/ren take the class by themselves. For those adults with experience at the Yoga 2 level or above, we offer a Yin Yoga class during this time.
The Yoga Toolbox with Pat Pao
When: Saturdays: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 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. This course is offered in two short course sessions. The second course does not build on the first, so you may register for either one or both. Appropriate for students Yoga 1-2 and above. Session 1 will be a multilayered exploration of practices for more focused attention, chakra and dosha balancing, using pratyahara (control of the senses) to nourish us, equanimity, and stress reduction. Session 2 will explore practices for agility, flexibility, strength, balance, equanimity, and stress reduction through asana, meditation, and pranayama.
September 8 – October 20 (7 Weeks)$112.00
October 27 – December 15 (8 Weeks)$128.00
Kids Yoga (ages 6-12) with Nora May
When: Sundays: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. September 9 – November 25 (12 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. This course is only for children.
Teens Yoga (ages 13-17) with Pat Pao
When: Sundays: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. September 9 – November 25 (12 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 Grief with Kris Carpenter
When: Sundays: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. September 9 – October 14 (6 weeks). Grief is deeply personal and can be one of life's most difficult challenges. There are responses to loss that many people have, but there is not a typical response as there is not a typical loss. A loss can be a debilitating and lonely experience. Where do you go when you are in such a dark place? There is no one answer, but you can start by taking care of yourself. Yoga for Grief offers a safe, compassionate, supportive environment for you to explore, nurture, and live with the 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.
Nose to Toes Yoga for Preschoolers (ages 3-5) with Nora May
When: Tuesdays: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. September 11 – November 27 (12 weeks). Youngsters 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. This class is only for children. For those parents/caregivers with experience at the Yoga 1-2 level or above, we offer Yoga Techniques during this time. through practice and patience.
Yoga from the Feet up with Patt Wattanasupt
When: Wednesdays: 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. September 12 – October 31 (8 weeks). Do you ever wonder, or would you like to learn more about, how specific body parts should move in poses? This course will focus on a different area of the body each week: feet, knees and quads, hamstrings, hips, spine, shoulders, arms, head and neck. After exploring the movements and alignment within each area, and also stretching and strengthening as appropriate, we will do poses for you to practice what you learned that day. Open to students Yoga 2 and above.
Prenatal Yoga with Erin Scherger
When: Thursdays: 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. 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.
September 13 – October 18 (6 Weeks)$96.00
November 1 – December 20 (7 Weeks)$112.00
VINYASA 101 with Erin Scherger
When: Wednesdays: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. October 17, November 14, December 5 (3 weeks). A playful short course that introduces the basic principles and techniques of Vinyasa yoga with a different emphasis each week: hip openers, balancing poses, and twists. Enjoy this lighthearted practice and creative approach to alignment-based flow. Appropriate for students who have taken at least one session of Yoga 2 who are comfortable with Chaturanga Dandasana.
Taste of Tai Chi and Health Qigong with Deborah Yang
When: Mondays: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. November 5 – December 10 (6 weeks). 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.
Introductory Yoga Short Course with Erin Scherger
When: Tuesdays: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. November 6 – December 18 (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 October 4.
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 - Fall 2018 Session
Yoga - Twice Weekly
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 makeup class, just come to any appropriate level class and give the instructor your name and regular class. Children taking the Kids Yoga class may make up in the Yoga for Homeschoolers class, and children in the Yoga for Homeschoolers class may make up in the Kids Yoga class. Adults taking the Homeschoolers 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.
Let Your Yoga Dance with Kathy Wallman
When: Sat Oct 20, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM. DAN-FA18H 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.
Handling the Holidays: Yoga for Grief with Kris Carpenter
When: Sat Nov 3, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM. GRI-FA18H Handling the Holidays: Yoga for Grief. The holidays can be bittersweet after a loss. The once cherished festivities and celebrations can be a painful reminder that the season will not be the same. It is important to find ways to take care of yourself during this time. This workshop creates a safe, compassionate, supportive community in which you can share stories, express feelings, and plan how to handle holiday activities. You will receive support and guidance on how to manage through the holidays and make plans to remember and honor those who have died. We will use a combination of journaling, meditation, pranayama, asana, and group conversation so you can explore ways to best handle your holiday season. No yoga experience required.
Yoga for Runners with Shawn Nabors
When: Sat Nov 10, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. RUN-FA18H Yoga for Runners. Running is a unique and accessible activity. It is an opportunity to connect with nature, clear our minds, feel the flow of our bodies, and be active at the same time. Running may not always come easily to us, however, and injuries will often keep us off the trails. This workshop, for both passionate and aspiring runners, will focus on efficient ways to use yoga to warm-up dynamically before a run, as well as static poses to perform after a run. We will also cover the direct benefits that a regular yoga practice can have for runners and the ways in which it can improve overall strength and flexibility in our daily lives. All levels welcome.
The Art of Relaxation with Pat Pao
When: Sat Nov 17, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. AOR-FA18H The Art of Relaxation. The practice of active relaxation and stress reduction in yoga can be achieved through many different techniques. Since we all come from different life experiences, this workshop will be a chance to discover the techniques that work best for you. Learn relaxation through: Breathing (Pranayama), Restorative yoga, Guided physical relaxation, Relaxation through guided imagery, Meditation This workshop is a great way to de-stress from our very hectic world. No yoga experience necessary. 2 CEUs.
Black Friday Turkey Burn with Pat Pao
When: Fri Nov 23, 2018, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. TUR-FA18H Black Friday Turkey Burn. Join us for a two-hour post-Thanksgiving yoga practice. Breathe, stretch, twist, and flow in a practice designed to detox, and stimulate digestion and metabolism. Burn those extra holiday calories! All levels welcome. 2 CEUs.
Yoga Nidra with Janet Kim
When: Sat Dec 8, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. YN-FA18H Yoga Nidra. Imagine an hour of guided deep relaxation. Yoga Nidra is a technique designed to restore you physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically. It is set apart from other forms of meditation and relaxation by the repetition of an intention, which is thus set in the conscious and subconscious mind. The result: resolve is strengthened and positive outcomes are more assured. Recharge your batteries and set your intentions at the cellular level! Wear loose-fitting, warm clothing, and bring your favorite soft pillow. A mild yoga practice precedes the meditation. No yoga experience necessary. Bring a friend!
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.
February 9 - 16 and 16 - 23, 2019
Susan will lead HAYC's 25th annual Mexico yoga vacation.
March 30 - 31, 2019
Mark your calendars! Julie Gudmestad, PT, will return for an anatomy and asana weekend workshop.
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 - February 9 - 16 and 16 - 23, 2019
Week 1: February 9 – 16, 2019 - Full. Week 2: 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 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 16 or February 23.
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. All balances are due January 2, 2019. 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. To keep costs low, checks are preferred. There will be an additional 3% charge for credit card payments. 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.