Julie Lawrence Yoga | Oregon Yoga Retreats, Vacations & Workshops
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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Exploring the Yoga Chair
Terry Petersen
Saturday, November 1
1:00 – 4:00 pm

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The yoga chair is one of the most versatile and useful props in Iyengar yoga. It can be used to get better extension in backbends and forward bends, go deeper into twists, improve alignment in inversions, and so much more.

In this workshop Terry will share some of his favorite ways to practice yoga with a chair.  Bring a notebook and take notes so you go home with a reference guide for your home practice.  This workshop will be fun, it will deepen your yoga practice, and you probably won’t ever look at a chair the same way again.

Appropriate for level 2 and 3 students.

Get Hip About Flexors
Roberto Astorga
Saturday, November 15
1:00 – 4:00 pm

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We hear a lot in the news these days about the health risks of sitting, however many of us have no choice but to be in a sitting position for much of our day. Sitting shortens our hip flexors -- the muscles across the front of the hips which in turn affect the movement of the pelvis and the lower back.

This workshop will focus on those yoga poses we can use to stretch and lengthen the hip flexors. Participants will learn the basic anatomy of the hip flexors and will practice a sequence designed to offset the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Students of all levels are welcome, with a minimum of one year practicing Iyengar Yoga.

Candlelight Restorative Workshops
Julie Lawrence
Monday, December 15
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, December 16
6:00 – 8:00 pm

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Take a break in the midst of your busy holiday season to experience deep rest and relaxation. Julie's annual Candlelight Restorative Workshop offers you the opportunity to give back to yourself and in doing so, to reestablish an expansive and generous place from which to give to others.

Teacher Training

Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training
The Joy of Teaching
Julie Lawrence
January – June 2015
$995/ $795
(For past graduates of the JLYC Teacher Training)

Beginning in January 2015, Julie Lawrence is offering her popular Teacher Training program which explores the art and joy of teaching Iyengar Yoga. It addresses the fundamentals of the Iyengar method of yoga and encourages participants to approach their desire to teach as a creative journey. Applications are due November 15.

Iyengar Yoga Intensives

Dean Lerner
January 23 – 25, 2015

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Dean Lerner

In this workshop, Advanced Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor Dean Lerner will help you access the yogic path of self-transformation. Through specialized work with asana and pranayama, Dean will guide you through the interplay that exists in the essential yogic principles found in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Be prepared to stretch your mind as well as your body in this exciting weekend of Iyengar Yoga offered by one of the most loved teachers. Participants should have two years of Iyengar Yoga experience.

Dean is known for his ability to share the art of yoga with clarity and precision, blended with warmth and humor. Please join us!

Workshop Hours
Friday, January 23: 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Saturday, January 24: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm & 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 25: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Yoga Retreats

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

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