Workshops and Events

More opportunities to get your yoga on….

Yoga + Art: Earth Element

with Kelly Fisher, E-RYT 500 & Roselynn Vanderpool, Licensed Art Therapist
Sunday, March 25, 2:30pm-5:30pm @ CUMC Yoga Room, $55

This workshop includes an hour of asana practice and two hours of art making, with all art materials included! Combining the mind, body and spirit through yoga and art-making, our hope is that Yogi artists will leave our workshops feeling renewed, relaxed, and re-inspired in committing to a regular self-care practice that is so needed in these troubled times. Mother Earth keeps us rooted and strong, and so we honor marking our resolve and staying connected with stone mandala painting.

Yogi artists only need to bring their yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes, and engage their creative mind.

Registration is requested to ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone. You may register by e-mailing


Free Your Fascia: Arms, Shoulders, Neck with Kelly Fisher

Saturday, May 12, 1:30pm-3:30pm @ Yoga Center of Columbia, $30

Do you wake up in the morning with a stiff neck? Do you suffer aches and pains in your upper body like frozen shoulder, tendonitis, or carpal tunnel strain?

Often we blame tight muscles, but there is more to it than that. Fascia is the soft connective tissue in the body; it is what gives your body three-dimensional shape and what holds your body together. The connective tissue weaves like threads in fabric within our muscles and around our bones to help us to be strong, steady, flexible, sensitive human beings. Most nerve endings occur in the fascia, so attending to fascial health supports the healthy functioning of your nervous system and your immune system.

In this workshop, we will incorporate a combination of yoga asana, adaptations of asana, and therapeutic movements and stretches to support the good health of your fascia. This therapeutic yoga asana class is excellent for those with aches or pains in the upper body, for those who sit in front of a computer continually, and for busy life-livers.

Registration is now open.


Exploring Common Postural Issues in Backbending with Lucy Lomax and Kelly Fisher

Saturday, June 9, 1-5pm, @ Yoga Center of Columbia, $75

This special training workshop for Yoga Instructors and Yoga Therapists will focus on backbends and how to safely instruct students who have difficulties with this pose, especially students with lower back, shoulder and neck issues. Upon completion of this training, yoga teachers and therapists will be able to identify cues to instruct students safely into and out of backbends, list common misalignments that could cause injury in backbends, provide modifications for each of the common misalignments, and design and teach a class focused on backbends that would include warm-ups, modifications, and counter-poses.

Registration is now open.


saraswati goddess of wisdomGrow Your Practice: A Yoga Immersion

Yoga Center of Columbia, with Debbie Martin, E-RYT 500 and Kelly Fisher, E-RYT 500
January 20 – July 1, 2018
Program meets Sat and Sun 1:00-4:30pm one weekend per month
Full schedule of dates is here.

You already know that yoga has profound potential to transform your life for the better.  Perhaps you’ve had a glimpse of yoga’s benefits like a sense of contentment, stress reduction, or increased flexibility and balance in your body-mind.  Grow Your Practice: A Yoga Immersion invites you to develop your personal yoga practice and establish a greater understanding of the deeper concepts of yoga.  Whether you are interested in enhancing your understanding as a committed yoga student, are on the path to teaching, or you are already a yoga teacher, this Immersion will offer something for all levels.  Grow Your Practice will serve those looking to explore and weave a deeper knowledge of yoga into their daily life.

This six-month program taught over 7 weekends will provide participants with a progressive array of knowledge and tools to help facilitate a journey of personal practice, self-inquiry, and reflection.  Each weekend will include a comprehensive asana, pranayama and meditation practice anchored around a chakra.  Increase your understanding of basic physical anatomy of the body and breath along with subtle body energetics.  Discuss and contemplate key concepts from Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita as well as other philosophy topics including a history of Yoga, Ayurveda, Gods and Goddesses, Tantra, mantra, and chanting.

Registration is closed. Check back for 2020 dates. Contact Kelly for more details.


2018 Teacher Training 200 Program

Yoga Center of Columbia, with Kathy Donnelly, Lucy Lomax and Kelly Fisher
January 26 – November 18, 2018
Program meets Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons one weekend per month
Full schedule of dates is here.

This comprehensive program meets or exceeds the new, revised requirements for a Registered Yoga Teacher. The program focuses on the fundamentals of yoga and teaching shared by all traditions. We align with root aspects of yoga, breath, meditation, intention, and service which give rise to the various schools and styles. Students will learn the history and philosophy of yoga, asanas, pranayama, meditation, anatomy, physiology, therapeutics and adjustments. Creativity and personal exploration will be encouraged as you deepen your practice and develop your teaching skills.

This course has been carefully designed to be comprehensive, professional and yet convenient for busy lifestyles. Upon satisfactory completion of this program you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level (RYT200).

Registration is closed. Check back for 2019 dates. Contact Kelly for more details.


Spirituality * Exploration * Yoga in South India!

Feb 25 – March 10, 2018 with Kelly Fisher, Rimmi Singh, and Pammi Singh
Join Kelly, Pammi & Rimmi as we return to India once again for another soul stirring experience! Explore South India – steeped in spirituality, history, architecture, and culture. We will begin our 13 day journey in the metropolis city of Chennai and conclude in the enchanting backwaters of Kerala.

India’s sacred scriptures state, ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ which translates to, ‘Guests are God.’
So prepare to embrace India’s warm hospitality, and immerse yourself in history, culture, spirituality and culinary delights that only a trip to India can offer. Join us on a journey of self discovery through this unforgettable land! Sign up for the Wait List. Learn more here.


Veggie KormaAyurveda Rx: Six month immmersion

at Yoga Center of Columbia
with Debbie Martin, E-RYT 500 and Kelly Fisher, E-RYT 500
50 hour training, Coming again in 2019!

This program will immerse you in yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda. Learn about herbs, food, daily habits and rhythms, nature’s rhythms, and integrate what you learn by creating a prescription for your own practice. Throughout the six month program, you will gain greater understanding of the doshas, asanas for your dosha, and other important ayurvedic principles in order to align your habits with dharma (living well or right living). Registration for individual weekends is possible. We plan to offer this training again in in 2019, please check back later or email Kelly for more info.