Portland Yoga Studio

Special Classes, Workshops & Retreats

Throughout the year, the JLYC teachers present special focus classes and workshops giving students an opportunity to focus on a particular aspect of their practice. The special topics presented complement the knowledge students gain from weekly class.

Iyengar Yoga Intensives are taught by senior Iyengar Instructors from throughout the United States. These intensives give students a concentrated practice of Iyengar Yoga (10 hours over the course of three days) allowing students to go deeper than is possible in a regular class.

Getting away from the routines of daily life encourages us to deepen our commitment to yoga. Our five day yoga retreat provides a beautiful setting for practicing all aspects of yoga.

Special Events

JLYC Picnic
Laurelhurst Park
Saturday, August 20
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Share great food and conversation with JLYC teachers and students at our annual summer picnic. We will gather again in the NE corner of Laurelhurst Park, near SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. and Ankeny Street. Bring your friends and family, your favorite potluck dish as well as plates and utensils for yourself. JLYC will provide beverages and dessert. There will be a drawing for prizes, including one free fall term and other surprises. See you there!



Happy Neck and Shoulders
Roberto Astorga
Saturday, July 9
1:00 – 3:30 pm

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We are often so used to living with upper body tension that we feel it is normal. Headaches, stiffness, mental fatigue, chronic pain, numbness in the hands, congestion and many other problems surface when the neck and shoulders are ignored. This workshop will explore how to strengthen, lengthen, stabilize, create space and increase flexibility in the delicate neck and shoulder region.

This workshop will help you create your own practice routine to help your neck and shoulders. With these tools you can look forward to moving through life with increased neck and shoulder mobility and freedom. Roberto Astoria uses the BACKMITRA, a yoga prop designed to alleviate and prevent pain in the back, neck and shoulders. This prop will be available for sale at the end of the workshop.


Iyengar Yoga Intensives

Elise Miller
October 21 - 23
$225 for all sessions

($30 deposit reserves your space; $195 balance due September 20)

Transferring Fear into Courage
Friday, October 21, 7:15 - 9:15 pm
Saturday, October 22, 1:00 - 4:00 pm & 6:00 - 8:00 pm

($30 deposit; balance due September 20)

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Join Elise for a weekend of challenging yet playful Iyengar yoga. Fear works to keep us stuck and closed and can hold us back from evolving. Facing our fears in our practice helps us to transform and open our practice and our lives. Elise invites you to explore the poses, observe where your limitations and fears may arise physically and mentally and with breath awareness allow this practice to be a vehicle of transformation.

With smooth transitions from the basics to more challenging poses, teachers and students will find that their willingness to explore new horizons will dissipate fears of the unknown. The Saturday afternoon session will include a pranayama practice.


Introduction to Yoga for Scoliosis
Sunday, October 23 1:00 - 4:00 pm

($30 deposit; balance due September 20)

This workshop will introduce both students and teachers to Elise's internationally acclaimed methods for working with scoliosis. Elise will discuss the causes and effects of scoliosis and identify different types of scoliosis. Participants will learn how to adapt specific yoga postures with breath awareness for their own scoliosis or that of their students to improve structural alignment and relieve pain.

Elise Miller, M.A. in Therapeutic Recreation, is a Senior Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher from Palo Alto who has been teaching yoga throughout the U.S. and internationally since 1976. She has studied on numerous occasions with B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar in India. Elise has published articles, produced books and DVD's on yoga and yoga for scoliosis and has recently written her new book Yoga for Scoliosis which will be available for sale at the workshop. Elise's joyous personality and ease of communication endear her to her students with a teaching style that is down-to-earth, precise, and nurturing.


Yoga Retreats

India Tour 2017
with Terry Petersen
Informational Meeting
Saturday, July 16
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Come to this meeting to learn about the plans Terry has for his next tour of India in 2017, including the beautiful southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.  Experience the real India by taking guided walks through old city lanes, exploring small villages where the majority of Indians live, visiting the homes of local Indians, and participating in the traditional festivals of south India.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the culture and history of the country where yoga originated while traveling with a small group of friends.

Buckhorn Springs Yoga Retreat
near Ashland, Oregon
with Julie Lawrence
Sunday, July 17 – Friday, July 22, 2016

Treat yourself to a unique vacation experience providing asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga sutra discussions and friendship in the serenity of an Oregon forest. The ambience at Buckhorn Springs encourages a natural slowing of our speed. There is ample time for walks, conversation and most of all, just relaxing. Included are lodging, delicious vegetarian meals, and two yoga classes daily with Julie in the new yoga pavilion. Massage with Susan Hare, L.M.T., is available for an additional fee. The Oregon Shakespeare festival is only 20 minutes away in Ashland.

Enjoy a full spectrum of activities in the peaceful beauty of the Oregon countryside:

Buckhorn Springs Yoga Pavilion Yoga Students
  • Yoga instruction with Julie Lawrence  
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Newly restored rooms and cabins
  • Cello concert with Michal Palzewicz
  • Swimming in nearby mountain lakes
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking
  • Time for yourself

$1125 Includes five nights' lodging, three meals daily and two yoga sessions per day. Fees are based on double occupancy accommodations. A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional fee of $275. A single room with a shared bath may be available for an additional fee of $200.