Quarterly Retreats

Union Yoga Seasonal Retreats:

At the turn of each season, Union Yoga offers an afternoon of focused exploration, in-depth practice and a discussion of tools for self-care. Each retreat will vary slightly in theme, with a core of Yoga and added elements ranging from nutrition and clinical herbalism, to thai massage and creative writing. Take a day to care for yourself and prepare for the shift in your internal and external environment with this ritual gathering.

Yoga to Lift the Spirits

Sunday, February 25th, 2018
Lifestyle recommendations and Restorative Yoga practice to support you during the cold of Winter.

The Practice of Poetry: A Creative Yoga Workshop

Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Explore the connection between the power of language and the spiritual tradition of Yoga.

Yoga to Cool the Spirits

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Lecture, Discussion and Restorative Yoga to support you in the heat of summer.

Principles of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Saturday, October 27th, 2018
A lecture, group discussion and an hour-long practice lead in a Trauma-Sensitive style.

Sara Agelasto in Ustrasana

Upcoming Retreat: Yoga to Lift the Spirits

Date: Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Instructor: Sara Agelasto

Cost: $60

Maximum Size: 20 people.

Location: Our gorgeous, centrally located private studio, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 5 minutes West of the Boars Head Inn.

Details:

  • Lead by Clinical Herbalist and Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Sara Agelasto
  • Combine the Practice of Yoga and Traditional Herbalism
  • Respond to Seasonal Changes and Best Care for Yourself through Winter and Early Spring
  • Mats and Props Provided. Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing and Bring a Journal.

Winter introduces us to the Water Element. The Water element can lead to stagnation in body and mind, excess mucous, an increase in body weight, feeling slow, foggy, dull, lethargic and heavy, and a tendency to be easily attached or possessive. In this workshop, you will gain dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations to support you during this time of year, as well as how to become more attuned to seasonal shifts at large.

The day will include a small lecture, time for questions and discussion, a guided meditation and an hour and fifteen minute restorative yoga practice. Beginners welcome as well as more experienced practitioners.




Lilly Reading a Poem

The Practice of Poetry: A Creative Yoga Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Instructor: Lilly Bechtel

Cost: $60

Maximum Size: 20 people

Location: Our gorgeous, centrally located private studio, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 5 minutes West of the Boars Head Inn.

Details:

  • Lead by Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Songwriter and Poet, Lilly Bechtel.
  • Explore the Connections Between the Practice of Yoga with the Practice of Poetry.
  • Leave with Poems, Quotes and Tips for the Role of Writing in your Spiritual Practice.
  • Mats and Props Provided. Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing and Bring a Journal.

This workshop will explore the connection between the power of language, specifically poetry, and the spiritual tradition of Yoga. How does ancient prayer, chanting and the use of Mantra relate to poetry? How can words and phrases help set our course, distill our joy, bring us to greater clarity? We will be both reading several poems, taking time for some writing of our own, and discussing how poetry can be a resource on your spiritual journey.

This workshop will include 90 minutes of gentle yoga, breath work and meditation as well as reading, writing and discussion. Beginning as well as more experienced writers and yoga practitioners welcome.




 

Sara in Vrksasana

Upcoming Retreat: Yoga to Cool the Spirits

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Instructor: Sara Agelasto

Cost: $60

Maximum Size: 20 people.

Location: Our gorgeous, centrally located private studio, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 5 minutes West of the Boars Head Inn.

Details:

  • Lead by Clinical Herbalist and Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Sara Agelasto
  • Combine the Practice of Yoga and Traditional Herbalism
  • Respond to Seasonal Changes and Best Care for Yourself through the Heat of Summer
  • Mats and Props Provided. Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing and Bring a Journal.

Summer introduces us to the Fire Element. The Fire element can lead to inflammation in the body and joints, acid reflux and heartburn, an increase in heat in the body, and feelings of frustration, anger and irritability. In this workshop, you will gain dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations to support you during this time of year, as well as how to become more attuned to seasonal shifts at large.

The day will include a small lecture, time for questions and discussion, a guided meditation and an hour and fifteen minute restorative yoga practice. Beginners welcome as well as more experienced practitioners.




Lilly in Resting Neck Stretch

Principles of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: An Introductory Workshop for Yoga Instructors, Therapists and Educators

Date: Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Instructor: Lilly Bechtel

Cost: $60

Maximum Size: 20 people

Location: Our gorgeous, centrally located private studio, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 5 minutes West of the Boars Head Inn.

Details:

  • Lead by Certified and Experienced Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor Lilly Bechtel
  • Learn the basic neuroscience and physiology of Traumatic Stress and its effect on the body
  • Understand the Principles of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga as developed by Bessel Van der Kolk (Author of The Body Keeps the Score and David Emerson, (Author of Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga)
  • Discuss ways these principles can serve you in a traditional therapeutic or educational setting.
  • Leave with Comprehensive Notes and Resources for Further Study.
  • Mats and Props Provided. Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing and Bring a Journal.

This workshop will include a lecture, group discussion and an hour-long practice lead in a Trauma-Sensitive style. Although this workshop is welcoming of teachers and care-providers, all are welcome to attend. No prior yoga experience necessary.




Previous Retreats: Yoga to Calm the Spirits

Saturday November 11th, 2017 from 1-4 pm in Ivy, Virginia

Lead by Clinical Herbalist and Iyengar Yoga Instructor Sara Agelasto, this day retreat will combine the practice of Yoga and Traditional Herbalism to help you respond to seasonal changes and best care for yourself through Autumn and early winter.

Ayurveda, often referred to as the sister science of Yoga, conceives of the body’s well-being and balance in relation to the elements of the natural world. This science of health opens the door, in part, to an appreciation of the changes in season and the ways we can make shifts in our lifestyle move towards a greater wellbeing.

Fall introduces us to the Air Element. The Air element can lead to: Dry skin, dehydration, bloating, interrupted sleep, scattered thinking and excess worry. In this workshop, you will gain dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations to support you during this time of year, as well as how to become more attuned to seasonal shifts at large.

The day will include a small lecture, time for questions and discussion, a guided meditation and an hour and fifteen minute restorative yoga practice. Beginners welcome as well as more experienced practitioners.

Mats and props provided. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a journal.

Cost: $60

Location: Our gorgeous, centrally located private studio, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 5 minutes West of the Boars Head Inn.

Maximum Size: 20 people. Please contact us to express your interest. Once submitted, you will be contacted with more information and your spot will be reserved.

Iyengar Yoga is a method of teaching with attention to alignment and detail in the poses, breath work and philosophy. The teacher incorporates the use of props to make a variety of poses more accessible to across many populations. Creative sequencing is used to prepare the body and the mind, creating a unique and well-balanced class.