Coming September 2021 – Yoga & Pilates Workshop

At first glance, the practices of Yoga and Pilates appear to be completely different. Yoga practitioners typically don’t take Pilates classes and vice versa.

In this workshop, Isabelle and Karen will demonstrate both the ancient practice of yoga and the early 20th-century form of exercises known as Pilates. As you will see, they have more in common than one might imagine.

Both practices develop a longer, stronger, and more graceful body improving good posture, alignment, and muscular symmetry. In light of these similarities, there are certainly distinctions. Even though Pilates is partly inspired by yoga, yoga is based on a series of static postures (Asanas) while Pilates is based on assuming unstable postures to challenge the stability of the core.

Join us for this friendly and fun workshop blending these two forms of movements in a creative way.

And yes, we will finish with a well-deserved final relaxation as practiced in yoga (but not Pilates!)

Stay tuned for date and time!

Previous Events

Ways of Being, Ways of Eating:

Why there isn’t only one way to eat healthy & an introduction to intermittent fasting

A live stream workshop March 20, 2021, 1-3pm et

Have you ever tried following a certain diet, one that someone has told you is THE way everyone should eat, only to feel lousy and not meet your goals? Vegetarian, vegan, paleo, keto, low-fat, low-carb…it gets confusing out there!

Join Karen to take a step back, put on your curiosity cap, as we look at why there is not just one perfect way of eating for everyone. We are individual beings and our bodies respond differently to food—there is no one size fits all. We’ll use mindfulness to explore how nutrition impacts our lives and discuss broad principles around fueling for health. Reflection questions, group discussion, and suggested tracking prompts are provided for exploration.

If you have been curious about intermittent fasting, we will spend the second part of our time together introducing the physiology, benefits, myths, and when this might be a good strategy to try.

Participants will leave with a new way to think about food, and empowered to explore and refine their own nutrition. Handouts and mindfulness practices are also included.

When: Saturday, March 20, 1-3pm live stream

Cost: $35

Register at

Karen A. is a certified nutrition coach, personal trainer and life coach, in addition to a RYT500, E-RYT200, meditation and mindfulness instructor. Passionate about wellbeing through her own chronic health struggles, Karen believes in our innate abilities to heal, leveraging a holistic approach through nutrition, movement, and the mind.

Stress Mastery: Find Your Flow

A Livestream Workshop, February 6, 2021, 1:00-4:00pm

What if we could flow with stress as opposed to fighting against it? What if we used science to understand the body’s hardwired tendencies and begin to recognize our own stress response? What if we started to shift our mindset to see choice in what we do next? What if we included practices that supported our nervous system and our minds?

Join Karen A. for a workshop to explore the science, the mindsets, and the practices that will support you flowing withstress. In this interactive introductory session we will:

Ground with a short Hatha yoga practice

Discuss the nervous system and stress—the good, the bad, does it matter?

Explore written exercises to identify your own stress response

Talk about the power of mindset

Practice breathing exercises and meditation to balance the nervous system and anchor the mind

After the event, participants will receive an email with written outlines for the practices we use in the workshop

When: Saturday, February 6, 2021, 1:00-4:00pm Investment: $45 Register at

A New Years Day Livestream Workshop, January 1, 2021, 1:00-3:00pm

Join me for my annual workshop on January 1st for an exploration of story and transformation through Hatha yoga, journaling, breath (pranayama) and meditation. We will use teaching points from The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope as a guide. If you missed our summer book club, this is a chance to revisit this important work.

To transform, we acknowledge our starting point, meeting ourselves where we are with kindness and self-compassion. The narrative we weave explains the world around us, our relationships, our choices. We own the stories we’ve told ourselves for years and we have the ability to rewrite those stories to support and empower. We manifest transformation by taking small steps forward, so we may grow our capacity for change and regain our balance with every stride.

What to expect: An interactive, flowing, all-levels Hatha practice that will include Sun Salutations, hip openers,  accessible balance postures, breath work, seated meditation, and carefully crafted journaling prompts to identify our stories. Please bring a journal, or notebook, and a pen or pencil.

Investment: $30 in advance, $40 day of event Register at East Meets West Yoga Center

May Mediation Challenge at East Meets West Yoga Center

Stay tuned, details coming soon!

July 24-26, 2020 Retreat: The Power of Purpose with East Meets West Yoga Center

Casa OM Potomac Retreat Center

Join Dawn Curtis and Karen Andujar for a transformative weekend at Casa OM Potomac to renew and reconnect with your life’s purpose. In this retreat, we will explore the concept, importance, and benefits of purpose by bridging our outer and inner worlds through nature, movement, breath and reflection.

During this weekend you will have the opportunity to reflect, take stock of where you are in life, and where you want to go. You will leave feeling grounded, relaxed, re-energized, and re-aligned to what matters most. Return home refreshed and revitalized with a clear sense of direction and a plan to help get, and stay, there.

What to expect? We will leverage multiple modalities—Hatha & Yin yoga, meditation, mindfulness, walking/hiking, journaling, lecture and interactive exercises—to take us deeper and deeper into purpose. Open to all levels of yoga and meditation.


Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26, 2020
Check in on Friday, July 24 by 4:00 pm
Check out on Sunday, July 26 by 2:00 pm
To register: East Meets West Yoga Center

Location: This exceptional retreat will be held at the beautiful Casa Om Potomac, Martinsburg, West Virginia. See more about this amazing retreat at


Beautifully furnished with unique antiques from India, Casa Om sits on 60 picturesque acres looking out at the Potomac in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Get ready to renew, refresh and relax, enjoy delicious organic vegetarian meals, and experience a wonderful blend of West Virginia river country hospitality and a classical Indian yoga experience.

Any reservation made before March 1, 2020, will be discounted by $50.00. Register EARLY and save!

Private King Room with private bath (sleeps 2) – $799.00 per person
Private Queen Room with private bath (sleeps 2) – $699.00 per person
Double Rooms with private bath (sleeps 2) $599.00 per person
Any Single Room request must be made directly with EMW Yoga. There is an additional $200.00 per room charge for PRIVATE/SINGLE room.

$250 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration. Remaining payment due on May 15, 2020.

Transportation not included. Casa Om Potomac is a 90 minute drive from Vienna/Tysons Corner area. Once registered, you will receive directions, packing list, retreat schedule and photo shoot prep guide.

Yoga retreat pricing above includes: accommodations, organic vegetarian meals, and everything listed in above description.

No refunds will be issued for your deposit. No refunds for your balance will be issued unless your space can be filled with someone from the waiting list. NO credits or refunds will be issued if cancellation is received within one month of the event. If we must cancel due to insufficient enrollment, your deposit and paid balance will be refunded fully.

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