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.


Iyengar Yoga for Chronic Low-Back Pain
Roberto Astorga
Saturday, June 21
1:00 – 4:00 pm

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Back pain is one of the most common, non-life-threatening, painful conditions, affecting four in five Americans at some point in their lives. In this workshop, participants will learn the rationale and the method for the application of Iyengar Yoga for chronic back pain. Participants will learn and practice the postures recommended by B.K.S. Iyengar in a sequential format and will learn the fundamentals regarding the most common causes of back pain. Participants will have the opportunity to practice sequences that include gentle, supported poses designed to alleviate pain and improve function.

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 & 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 25: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Yoga Retreats

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

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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

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.