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.

Core Strength Workshop
Roberto Astorga
Saturday, June 20
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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A strong core stabilizes your entire body, both in yoga and outside of the studio in your daily life. By learning and applying principles of core strength and stability to your yoga practice, common injuries are avoided and the stage is set for deepening yoga postures from a place of strength and balance.

Students should have familiarity with yoga postures. Workshop is open to both beginning and experienced yoga enthusiasts.

Informational Meeting for India 2016 Tour
with Terry Petersen
Saturday, July 25
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Taj Mahal

Come to this meeting to learn about the special plans Terry has for his next tour of India in 2016. This tour is going to include a rare chance to study yoga with one of India’s top yoga scholars, Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa, at the Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies located in the small town of Vrindavan on the Yamuna River. There will be daily yoga lectures, ayurvedic massage and treatments, delicious vegetarian food, guided walks to see the local sights, and day trips to nearby villages and the Taj Mahal. Before traveling to Vrindavan we will spend several days in Delhi visiting the wonderful museums, fascinating bazaars, and historic sites that make Delhi one of the world’s great cities. The tour will end with a restful stay at the beautiful beaches of southern India with guided walks to learn about the colonial heritage of this part of India. Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding of yoga by studying with an authentic Indian expert while having fun traveling with a small group of yoga friends.

Sri H.S. Arun Workshop
August 14 - 16, 2015

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We are thrilled to welcome Sri H.S. Arun to Portland. A student of B.K.S. Iyengar since 1976 and director of the Prashant Yogashraya Yoga Center in Bangalore, India, Arun is a master teacher with a light approach to a serious, sacred subject. His infectious humor and his understanding of the philosophy and practice of yoga instills in each student a desire for deeper exploration. His continuous studies into yoga and its effects on mental and physical well-being have helped him to introduce innovative methods of teaching asanas and pranayama. Arun has recently published Experiment and Experience on the Chair.

Open to students with at least one year of Iyengar Yoga experience.

Workshop times:
Friday, August 14: 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Saturday, August 15: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm & 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 16: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Patricia Walden Workshop
February 24 - 27, 2016

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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 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