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.

Yoga for Gardeners
Tonya Garreaud
Saturday, April 4
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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With the arrival of spring, gardeners spend hours bent over flower pots and vegetable beds nurturing seedlings toward their potential beauty and bounty. Just like the pesky weeds that need to be attended to, gardeners face the return of that tricky low back, aching knees, shoulders and hands as a result of repetitive physical activity. Learn simple stretches that you can do while in the garden to prevent the soreness that can result from repetitive movements and how to rejuvenate the body after a day’s work.

Happy Healthy Neck and Shoulders
Roberto Astorga
Saturday, May 23
1:00 – 4:00 pm

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We can become so accustomed 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.

Joan White
Bringing the Light of Awareness & Intelligence back into our Practice
March 6 - 8

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We all reach times in our practice when we become mechanical and dull. This stagnation takes us to what Guruji called Bhogayoga. Yoga only occurs when we go beyond what we did yesterday in an asana. Exploring what that means and how we do it is the primary purpose of this workshop.

In this workshop we will be challenging ourselves to go beyond our seeming limits to create animation and interest in what we are doing. By using innovation and improvisation, we will explore achieving balance between movement and resistance to create interest in whatever asana or pranayama we are doing. Appropriate for students with 2 years of Iyengar Yoga experience.

Joan's teaching is true to the Iyengar tradition's highest standards. Her language is direct and succinct. Her understanding of the poses draws from over thirty seven years of study with the Iyengar family. She has just returned from her 35th visit to Pune where she participated in the ten day intensive taught by Geeta. She genuinely enjoys being with her students and generously shares what she knows.

Workshop times:
Friday, March 6: 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Saturday, March 7: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm & 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 8: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Carrie Owerko
The Process of Practice (and Play): Presence, Absence, Essence
May 8 - 10

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At the beginning of the sixth chapter of The Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna instructs the archer Arjuna to do the action that is required of him without dependency on the fruit of the action – that is, a desired result. But in our lives and in our yoga practice, this is more easily said than done. What if we were to give ourselves permission to actually practice process? By learning how to become more and more absorbed in process, with process as path, rather than focusing too intently on a desired result, we make space for presence. And with presence there is an absence of the unnecessary tension and suffering that can come from clinging or holding to our goals too tightly. The essence of an experience emerges. And we have a process that includes presence, absence, and essence.

By making space for play in our practice, even practicing play, we not only survive, but thrive because we are more relaxed – we take ourselves less seriously as “selves” – and we come to know the joy of being in process and the moment by moment nature of such experiences.

Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and exploring the relationship between body, breath and mind for several years. She holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential and continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as by continuous and in-depth studies with her teacher, Patricia Walden. Carrie loves to explore the relationship of discipline and playfulness and is a firm believer in the power of controlled folly.

Workshop times:
Friday, May 8: 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Saturday, May 9: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm & 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 10: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Yoga Retreats

Buckhorn Springs Yoga Retreat
Julie Lawrence
July 19 – 24, 2015

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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