In-Person Events

Join me for sunset yoga surrounded by the beautiful fall colors in the lovely Waters Orchard in Germantown, MD!

We’ll meet at 5PM right as the Orchard is closing to the public and head into the orchard at 5:15 PM for a calming, grounding yoga practice on a quiet hill overlooking a preserved section of Montgomery County.

After practice and a sweet savasana, we’ll wander the orchard and have the opportunity to each select and pick a ½ peck of apples to take home and enjoy.

This sweet little family-owned and operated orchard is the home of several different varieties of holistically grown apples. Waters Orchard offers a unique pick-your-own experience right here in our own backyard.

Date & Time: Friday, October 5, 2018 5PM-7PM

Price: $39 per person (must be pre-registered in order to attend) REGISTER HERE.

Location: Waters Orchard, 22529 Wildcat Road., Germantown, MD 20876 (just follow the signs to the parking area)

Rain Date: October 12, 2018 at 5PM

Bring a yoga mat and dress for the weather since we will be practicing outdoors. All sales are final. Payments are non-refundable, unless the event is canceled due to inclement weather. Email coachalison@mtgathletics.com with questions.


Roll & Release Your Hips: A Myofascial Release Workshop

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 1:30PM at Yoga Bliss Studios, Gaithersburg, MD

Do you experience tightness, discomfort, or stuckness in your hips that doesn’t seem to go away despite all your best efforts to stretch your muscles and open your hips?

Fascia is a continuous web of connective tissue that wraps around, runs through, and supports every muscle and organ in the body. The cumulative effects of your posture and the repetitive motions of life and physical activity can result in tension, achiness, and restriction that may not be improved by simply stretching your muscles.

In this workshop, you’ll get a brief introduction to the fascia and its functions within the body as well as how it affects your range of motion and feelings of overall well-being. Then, you’ll learn simple self-massage techniques that target the trigger points of pain and common areas of tightness in and around your pelvis to promote a greater sense of ease in the hips and lower back.

We’ll use myofascial release balls to facilitate deep tissue release, improve range of motion, restore tissue pliability and resilience, improve circulation and tissue hydration, prevent injury, and help stimulate your body’s own natural healing and repair processes to aid in muscle recovery and efficient muscle function.

You can expect to leave this workshop with improved awareness and insight about your body and its very specific needs. You’ll learn simple and effective techniques that you can do in just minutes per day to help ease tightness in your hips and maintain your body’s optimal range of motion and function.

This practice when done consistently can benefit everyone and is especially beneficial for people who engage in repetitive motion sports (such as running or cycling), people who spend a lot of time sitting, and anyone who feels chronically tight in the hips.

Myofascial release balls will be available for your use during the workshop. No prior experience with yoga or myofascial release is required.

REGISTER HERE.

About Alison Heilig, RYT200
Alison is a yoga teacher, corrective exercise and human movement specialist as well as both a running and CrossFit coach. She has completed advanced-level anatomy and myofascial release training with Tiffany Cruikshank through Yoga Medicine’s 500-hour yoga teacher training program. She has also received specialized training in yoga for athletes with Sage Rountree, injury prevention with Jason Crandell, and biomechanics with Jules Mitchell.


 

Sugarloaf Mountain Hike & Yoga

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 1:15PM in Dickerson, MD

Join me for a hike to the White Rocks overlook and back followed by a sweet outdoor recovery yoga practice.

1:15PM Meet at the base of the Mountain
1:30 – 2:45PM Hike to White Rocks Overlook
2:45 – 3:15PM Meditation & enjoy the view
3:15 – 4:30PM Hike back to the base
4:30 – 5:30PM Yoga practice

$19 per person thru 10/13 ($24 after 10/13)

Space is limited. Register by emailing me at coachalison@mtgathletics.com.

Dress for the weather both for hiking and for yoga after. Bring snacks, yoga mat, and a blanket (if you’d like one for yoga). Park only in designated areas. In the event of inclement weather, refunds will be issued.


Purposeful Engagement: Practical Core Work to Alleviate Lower Back Pain

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1:30PM at Yoga Bliss Studios, Gaithersburg, MD

Many people are coming to yoga now citing lower back pain. For some, yoga has been a life saver in dealing with the pain. For others, the physical asana (poses) can create more discomfort — but it doesn’t have to be this way. With just a few simple adjustments, your practice can become more enjoyable, engaged, and purposeful.

In this workshop, we’ll start with some discussion of some basic anatomy and physiology of the lower back to provide a clear understanding of both the function and potential for dysfunction in this area to help empower your practice. You’ll learn about the specific role of the core muscles in supporting the spine and surrounding tissues.

Then, we’ll investigate some common poses and discover new ways to adapt them to alleviate pain and discomfort. You’ll discover new and practical approaches to core work to create better functional strength to better support you.

This workshop will include some lecture, experiential work, and an asana practice. Please bring a notebook and pen if you’d like to take notes and come prepared to practice yoga. Of course, if you have serious medical concerns, please consult your medical professional prior to signing up. REGISTER HERE!


Sunday, December 7, 2018 at 2PM at Thrive Yoga, Rockville, MD

Alright, so you’ve kicked up into handstand at the wall … now what? How exactly do you move your handstand away from the wall? Excellent questions.

As with everything in life, the way to build the strength and confidence necessary to handstand in the middle of the room is through repetition. But the Catch-22 is that in order to build familiarity through repetition, you actually have to be able to do the thing that’s repeated. This is often the barrier for people looking to move away from the wall.

In this workshop, we’ll break down the components of a solid handstand away from the wall into specific components and precise techniques that you can actually repeat and practice. We’ll use simple drills to help you support yourself rather than relying on the wall to do it for you.

You’ll learn how to tap into and level-up your inner strength, set more productive boundaries, channel your energy more efficiently, and stabilize and center yourself.

Come experience the life-changing magic of the journey toward a wall-less handstand!

This workshop is appropriate for yogis of any level provided that you’re able to get into and are relatively comfortable in a wall-supported handstand or forearm balance.

PRICING: $29 for early registration (signup prior to November 18th) and $35 thereafter. Sign up HERE.


Roll & Release: Myofascial Release for Your Neck & Shoulders

December 15, 2018 at 2PM at Thrive Yoga, Rockvillle, MD

Feeling tense in your neck and shoulders? Does it seem like you’ve tried everything to loosen them up? Have you spent a ton of time stretching but still not getting any relief? Are you ready for a new approach?

Fascia is a continuous web of connective tissue that wraps around, runs through, and supports every muscle and organ in the body. The cumulative effects of your posture and the repetitive motions of life and physical activity can result in tension, achiness, and restriction that may not be improved by simply stretching your muscles.

In this workshop, you’ll get a brief introduction to the fascia and its functions within the body as well as how it affects your range of motion and feelings of overall well-being. Then, you’ll learn simple self-massage techniques that target the trigger points of pain and common areas of tightness in and around your your neck and shoulders to promote a greater sense of ease.

We’ll use myofascial release balls to facilitate deep tissue release, improve range of motion, restore tissue pliability and resilience, improve circulation and tissue hydration, prevent injury, and help stimulate your body’s own natural healing and repair processes to aid in muscle recovery and efficient muscle function.

You can expect to leave this workshop with improved awareness and insight about your body and its very specific needs. You’ll learn effective techniques and develop a simple routine that you can do at home in just a few minutes per day to help ease tightness, discomfort, and tissue restriction in your neck and shoulders.

Myofascial release balls will be available for your use during the workshop. No prior experience with yoga or myofascial release is required. If you have any serious medical conditions, please consult your physician before signing up. REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!