Yoga Workshops

Irene teaches (or assists with) a few different yoga workshops: asana or yoga lifestyle-focused classes that are not part of a series or regularly recurring.

Reiki & Restorative Yoga
Ananda Shala Yoga and Pilates Studio

Sink into a nourishing, nurturing practice with Reiki & Restore Yoga. You will be supported by blankets, pillows and bolsters in relaxing poses as Irene guides you into deep states of meditation. Reiki & Restore Yoga is a wonderful way to incorporate Self Care into your routine.  During your class, Irene will also offer the gentle healing energy of Reiki through light physical contact. All levels are encouraged and welcomed to attend.  Reiki & Restorative Yoga takes place the last Friday of the month at 7 pm.  Sign up here.

Darkest Yoga
Ananda Shala and Capitol Crossfit in DC

Inspired by Black Yo)))ga in Pittsburgh and Tough Love Yoga in Atlanta while paying homage to our area’s own Darkest Hour, Darkest Yoga combines flow yoga and atmospheric heavy metal to serve the greater Washington, D.C. community.  Darkest Yoga is a fun, relaxing 75-minute moving meditation with some killer tunes over the PA. Enjoy a stripped-down, alignment-focused, no-fluffy-stuff yoga class with the Shala’s own Heavy Metal Yogini.


Sacred Adornment ~ Henna Tattoo Workshop
Ananda Shala Yoga and Pilates Studio

Decorate your Sacred Temple!  Henna application has been used for centuries to add to beauty and meaning to one’s appearance and to manifest certain energies.  Learn the history of Henna, the symbolism behind popular design themes and patterns, and the fun stuff–how to apply it!  Under the guidance of experienced henna artist Irene Glasse, learn tips and techniques for making henna adornment part of your beauty regimen.
Students will receive:
  • A handout with history, instructions and sample patterns
  • One cone of henna paste (good for quite a lot of tattoos) and information on where to get more
  • An applicator bottle with fine point tip for finely detailed designs
Henna application is traditionally a social event–a time of sharing and togetherness between friends.  Please feel free to bring food or drinks to share, and to invite people you think would be interested!  The more, the merrier.  Let’s ring in the spring with laughter, love and learning!


Make Your Own Gemstone Mala/Beading Circle
Ananda Shala Yoga and Pilates Studio

A space for those who wish to learn to create a mala as well as a mala circle for those who simply wish to sit and bead together! The Workshop is $20 (includes instruction and handout), sitting in on the circle is free!

Shala Instructor Irene Glasse will share her method for creating a Mala, a strand of 108 beads used for meditation.  Create one for yourself or as a beautiful gift for a special person in your life.  A mala is a necklace of 108 beads commonly worn and used by yogis for for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra. This practice is known in Sanskrit as “japa.” Malas are as personal as the yogis who wear them–let your creativity shine in this fun, interactive workshop. Irene will provide good beading thread to string your mala, instruction, a handout detailing the technique we will use, examples of mantras, and other tips and tricks for getting the most out of your mala.
You will need:
108 beads (6 to 8 mm recommended). Most craft stores have a beading section. We’re also fortunate to be close to The Potomac Bead Company, a wonderful bead store in Hagerstown. Fire Mountain Gems is also a great resource if you’d like to order your beads online.
1 ‘head bead.’ This is the bead that goes at the very end of your mala by the tassle. It can be larger or more elaborate than the other beads, but does not have to be.
1 skein of sewing floss for the tassel at the end of your mala
1 pair of beading/jewelry tweezers (available at most craft stores) Example here

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