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 Lower Back Pain
Roberto Astorga
Saturday, November 14
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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According to a study in the journal Spine (Sept. 1, 2009) yoga can reduce pain and improve function in people with chronic low back pain. In this workshop, students will learn the postures recommended by B.K.S. Iyengar for the treatment of low back pain and will practice in a supportive environment that welcomes everybody regardless of their experience and physical condition.

Roberto began his practice as a result of a low back injury. “My goal is to help you deal with chronic back pain and build a practice that can last a lifetime.”

Yoga and the Pelvic Floor:  For Women Only
Leslie Howard
Saturday, December 5
1:00 – 5:00 pm

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Proper strengthening and stabilizing of the pelvic floor helps to create the correct foundation of each movement in the body. This is the true meaning of "core work." Whether you experience any of these conditions, or are just plain curious about this region of the body, this workshop is for you:

  • pelvic pain 
  • lower back, hip or groin problems 
  • discomfort during sex or while using tampons 
  • skin irritation
  • leak when laughing or sneezing 
  • have to go the bathroom too often
  • prolapsed organs
  • pregnancy and birth

Leslie Howard is a San Francisco-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and is co-writing a book about the female pelvis. Her teaching is informed by over 3000 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar Yoga teachers, notably Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden.  She considers Ramanand Patel her most important influence and mentor.

Candlelight Restorative Workshops
Julie Lawrence

Monday, December 14
6:00 – 8:00 PM

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Tuesday, December 15
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. At this time of the Winter Solstice, allow yourself to rediscover a state of calm vitality within. 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.

Iyengar Yoga Intensives

Laurie Blakeney Workshop
January 8 – 10, 2016

($30 deposit reserves your space; $195 balance due Dec. 6)

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JLYC is delighted to have Laurie joining us again!  We welcome her warm, open, down to earth grasp of the gems that are an integral part of Iyengar Yoga.

Laurie Blakeney, director of the Ann Arbor School of Yoga, began her Iyengar Yoga studies in 1971.  She holds an Advanced Level Teaching Certificate granted to her by the late BKS Iyengar. She has studied annually in Pune India at the Iyengar Yoga Institute since 1983. She brings to her classes a uniquely personal and direct style of teaching, challenging students while helping them to enjoy exploring their potential.  She loves to include artistic and philosophical considerations while staying true to the precision we know to be a cornerstone of the Iyengar Method.

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

Workshop times:
Friday, January 8: 7:15 - 9:15 pm
Saturday, January 9: 1:00 - 4:00 pm & 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, January 10: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Patricia Walden Workshop
February 24 - 27, 2016

($100 deposit reserves your space; $425 balance due Jan. 24)

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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