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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Moving Toward Stillness
Cindy Irvine
Saturday, February 28
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Have you wondered how meditation relates to your yoga practice? B.K. S. Iyengar has said that yoga asana is “meditation in action” because it invites our attention to settle using the body as the object of focus. Come explore simple asanas, and then surrender the points of the pose to move into the experience. Learn how observation and ease in your asana practice (and not just restorative poses) can allow the mind to become more calm and clear. Open to all levels.

Iyengar Yoga Intensives

Dean Lerner
January 23 – 25, 2015

This Workshop has been cancelled at this time.

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

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joan white

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

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