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 Classes

View special classes here.


Simple Strategies for Home Practice
Tonya Garreaud
Saturday, April 12
12:00 – 3:00 pm

Initiating and maintaining a home practice can seem daunting. With so many demands on our time and attention, it’s easy to wonder if a daily practice is even possible? What is the best time of day for practice, which asanas should you do when you get finally get to the mat and in what order? One of the most important aspects of asana, personal practice, is often the most difficult to commit to.

Learn simple strategies for initiating and maintaining your home practice including how to structure a practice session and integrate the knowledge you gain from class into your home routine. This workshop will help you approach your practice with regularity and diligence allowing you to experience more fully the benefits of yoga.

This workshop is appropriate for beginning students as well as more experienced students seeking to start a home practice or invigorate an existing one.

Iyengar Yoga Intensives

The Bhagavad Gita
Edwin Bryant
May 2 – 4

Edwin Bryant

The Bhagavad Gita is perhaps the most influential and popular text from the spiritual traditions of Hindu India. Spoken by Lord Krishna to Arjuna who is undergoing a moment of crisis, the text deals with the nature of the self, the world, ultimate reality, the purpose of human existence, and the spiritual paths that can be undertaken to accomplish this purpose. No prior knowledge of Hinduism is necessary; the only requirement is to bring an open mind and sincere heart.

Join us to listen and learn from a most distinguished professor and yoga practitioner. Edwin will your invite your curiosity and awaken your understanding of this beautiful text.

Workshop Hours
Friday, May 2: 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Saturday, May 3: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm & 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 4: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Yoga Retreats

Buckhorn Springs Yoga Retreat
Julie Lawrence
July 20 – 25, 2014
$1075 / $1095 (if paid online)

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

Fees: $1075 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 $225. A single room with a shared bath may be available for an additional fee of $175.

Registration: Space is limited. Please reserve early to secure a place. A $100 nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit will secure your space.