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

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Yoga for Healthy Knees
Tonya Garreaud
Saturday, February 6
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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If you struggle with knee pain you’re not alone. It likely affects your yoga practice as well as your general activity level. Yoga offers ways to create space in the knee joint and sooth soreness. In this workshop you will learn how to avoid knee injury and improve the alignment of your knees and the overall health of this joint. We’ll do a series of poses that will help you better understand how your knee joint is aligned, and what needs to be done to balance strength and mobility. Don’t be weak in the knees; begin a regular asana practice that addresses the health of your knees.

Sleep Solutions: From Hot Milk to Halasana
Julie Lawrence
Saturday, March 12
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Approximately one third of all adults suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Practicing Iyengar Yoga sequences designed specifically for enhancing sleep can help coax the body and mind into surrendering so you can slip gently into a restful sleep.

Learn some ground rules for a good night’s sleep, aids that have helped others, as well as sequences for preparing the body for more regular and restful sleep without relying on drugs.

Iyengar Yoga Intensives

Patricia Walden Workshop
February 24 - 27, 2016
This workshop is full.

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patricia walden

JLYC is thrilled to welcome back Patricia, one of America’s most prominent, well loved yoga teachers!

Patricia’s requirements for attendance:

  • Have practiced Iyengar yoga for at least 5 years with a consistent home practice
  • Be able to go up into Adho Mukha Vrksasana at the wall without assistance
  • Be able to hold Sirsasana for a minimum of 5 minutes followed by variations
  • Be able to hold Sarvangasana for a minimum of 5 minutes followed by variations
  • Be able to push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana from floor with straight arms
  • Have a regular pranayama practice

Workshop times:
Wednesday, February 24: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 25: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Friday, February 26: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 27: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Edwin Bryant
April 29 – May 1, 2016

($30 deposit reserves your space; $195 balance due March 25)

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the classical ancient Indian treatise on the practice of yoga. This workshop will focus on Patanjali's original text, with special attention on the opening section of the work, in which Yoga is defined and the state of samadhi, liberation, is described. We will also look at the heart of the text, which presents the eight limbs of yoga as a step by step method for attaining this enlightened state. No prior knowledge of the Yoga Sutras is necessary in order to attend. Bring a copy of the Sutras which has the Sanskrit text in romanized text. Edwin Bryant's The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is available for purchase at JLYC.

Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D from Columbia University, taught Hinduism at Harvard and is presently a professor at Rutgers University. Edwin has been practicing yoga for 30 years, and in addition to his academic course load, he teaches workshops at yoga centers throughout the country. Edwin's presentations are filled with wisdom and humor, and we are thrilled that he is returning to JLYC to share his engaging insights and knowledge.

Workshop times:
Friday, April 29: 7:15 - 9:15 pm
Saturday, April 30: 1:00 - 4:00 pm & 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 1: 1:00 – 4:00 pm


Yoga Retreats

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

($100 deposit reserves your space; balance due June 1)

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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

$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.