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Art of Balance Yoga is offering 3 summer sessions for children ages 6-12 who are interested in the practice of yoga. Kids Do Yoga! classes will meet on Wednesdays and Fridays in one studio while their parent or guardian is taking a yoga class in the next room. This program will introduce our young students to yoga poses, playful group poses, breathing techniques, and offer a craft project to build on the ancient stories behind the poses. Our approach will be both serious and fun and help build self-esteem and confidence, concentration and focus, physical strength and balance, as well as create a community. Call 540-907-2909 for more information.

Each session: $48.00 for children. Wednesday and Friday 9:15-10:30

Session 1: June 20 • 22 • 27 • 29 / sign up
Session 2: July 11 • 13 • 18 • 20 / sign up
Session 3: July 25 • 27 • Aug 1 • 3 / sign up here

Wire Wrapped Pendant Workshop

June 23rd: 10:00-12:30

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Learn a wire wrapping technique that will secure just about any cabochon, stone, bead, etc. into a beautiful, unique pendant. The class includes copper wire and a glass glob for practice, and sterling silver wire, sterling silver bail, and a stone cabochon. Feel free to bring your own stone or choose one from my stash. Jewelry tools needed, if you have them: Round nose pliers, Needle nose pliers, Wire cutters. Space is limited to 10 people. $45 includes materials / Sign up here

Trish Schornagel is a local jewelry and glass artisan / teacher. She works primarily with wire wrapping and stained glass, but also enjoys metal smithing, lampworking, and fused glass. She offers monthly and private classes at the Arts Center in Orange. Trish is also a soap maker and a yoga teacher. Her items can currently be found in Fredericksburg at Ponshop, Liberty Town Arts Center, Art of Balance Yoga Studio and at The Arts Center In Orange. Her website is still a work in progress:  

Techniques Lab

October 28th from 2:00-5:00 with Mary Richards

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Have you ever watched a student struggling on the mat and wanted more information about how to instruct them to greater ease and stability? Has a student shared with you that they have an injury or pain? Now, you'd enjoy learning options and techniques to address situations like "Chaturanga shoulder," sciatica or plantar fasciitis.

If you answered yes to any of the above, please join Mary Richards for an exploratory lab intensive in the studio. Together, we will seek clarity and understanding via discussion and applied practice. We will examine asana technicalities and experiment with teaching techniques, including props, assists and therapeutic modifications. Bring your mat, questions, concerns and willingness to role play. Sign up here.

Duration: 3 hours / 3 CEC's for Yoga Teachers

About Mary Richards, M.S., C-IAYT, e-RYT500


Mary began practicing yoga in 1992, and teaching in 2002. For over 10 years, Mary studied primarily in the Iyengar tradition with additional study in other lineages. In 2002, she attended her first workshop with Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT. Mary felt an immediate resonance with Judith's work; she has studied regularly with her ever since. Mary assists Judith at various workshops around the United States and serves as her lead therapeutics and anatomy teaching assistant. Mary and Lizzie Lasater, M.Arch, yoga instructor and Judith’s daughter, also share a series on Lizzie’s YouTube channel entitled “Today’s Anatomy Question,” which features dialogue and demonstration of anatomical concepts and principles pertaining to asana. Mary, Judith and Lizzie are currently co-developing a digital movement literacy course, which will launch in December 2017.

Mary's teaching and practice are informed by her deep, abiding interest in and study of anatomy and kinesiology. Mary has completed credited coursework with labs in anatomy, physiology, cadaver dissection, kinesiology and biology. Additionally, she graduates on July 23, 2017, with a master's of science in yoga therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has also completed volunteer observation hours at physical therapy facilities specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. Mary is passionate about sharing her experience in yoga therapeutics and other healing modalities to help others cope with -- and ideally, prevent -- injury to the joint segments of the body, especially the weight-bearing joints of the lower extremity.

Mary has been married for over 20 years. She and her husband have a son and daughter. They live in Alexandria, Va., where Mary teaches syllabus-based classes, sees clients privately, and trains body workers and yoga instructors.