lotus-smallerOutdoor Yoga – All Levels

Martina Phillips 
Wednesday, August 19th
9:00 am – 10:30 am
$20 Drop-In

Join Martina Phillips for a fun and active OUTDOOR yoga class. All Levels welcome with some Iyengar Yoga experience. Bring your own yoga mat. No other props will be necessary. Masks required except while you are on your mat, safely distanced from others. Maximum class size: 20 students.

Healy Heights Park
SW Patrick Place & SW Council Crest Dr.
Portland, OR 97239


lotus-smallerQuiet, Cool, and Calm

Tonya Garreaud 
3 Wednesdays : August 5th, August 19th, and September 2nd
7:30 – 8:30 pm
$45 for the series, $20 single class

This one-hour restorative class will use supported asanas to release the physical and mental tension from the day while building a deeper awareness of the body and breath.  Using support can allow for a quieter way of working that relies on the movement of the breath.  These asanas will help cool the body and brain bringing a peacefulness that will promote a good night’s sleep.  Open to all levels.  Blankets, blocks, a belt and a bolster will all be useful, but students are encouraged to utilize common household items as substitutes.


lotus-smallerSpecial Focus Series : Yoga for Healthy Feet

Tonya Garreaud 
2 Fridays : August 7th, 21st
10:00 – 11:30 am
$45 for the series

For many of us, our feet are responsible for carrying us through the world. If you’ve ever had pain in the feet, you know how essential they are! This mini-series will help you understand how to use your feet in the asanas. We’ll explore ways of using simple props to encourage the correct placement and use of the feet in both standing and seated poses. From this practice, you’ll develop a greater awareness of your feet, how to strengthen the arches and ankle joints, and improve your balance.


lotus-smallerAhimsa in Action

Julie Bosworth 
5 Saturdays : August 1 –  September 5
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

I’d like to invite you to join me for a conversation about race with your fellow yoga students. Each week I will suggest a 20-40 minute video, podcast or article to read on an aspect of our epidemic of racism. Your suggestions are welcome. We’ll use that as a basis for reflection and examination of the material and of ourselves. As fellow learners, we will practice being present with each other, speaking from our own experience, and listening to understand.

We’ll meet on Zoom from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm on five consecutive Saturdays, beginning on August 1 and ending on August 29. There is no charge for this series. Please check your calendar and commit to attending at least four of the five gatherings during the live-streamed session. Class size will be limited to 12 of us.

Bring your curiosity, open heart, and desire to learn (and unlearn). Together we will explore what is possible when we bring our yoga values off the mat in order to visualize and to create a more just world.

I look forward to having this opportunity to explore with you.



Yoga Sutras Course – The Gift of Consciousness: An International 4-Module Course on the Yoga Sutras in Study and Practice, with Gitte Bechsgaard & Gloria Goldberg

Modules 3 and 4 of The Gift of Consciousness are postponed until 2021 when we can gather in person with Gitte Bechsgaard and Gloria Goldberg.  Dates to be confirmed.
In place of Module 3, Gitte and Gloria are offering a five-day virtual workshop on the same dates they planned to be in Portland, September 18 – 22, 2020.  Gitte will offer teachings based on what she feels are most needed at this time and teachings that are most conducive to being taught over Zoom.  The title of this workshop is: The Integrated Path of Kriya Yoga and Iyengar Yoga Sadhana.  It will include 90 minute of lecture and chanting and 90 minutes of asana practice.  You can read details and register here:
Jewel Yoga will receive part of the income from this workshop, and we welcome your support.

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Patanjali’s aphorisms, known as the Yoga Sutras, offer a profound insight on a wide range of contemporary questions and concerns such as the search for meaning, the role of Yoga and spiritual practice (sadhana) in daily life, and the potential of human consciousness.


This 4-module course covers, in depth, “practice-relevant” material from the Yoga Sutras.  Teachings emphasize a firm foundation in the philosophical and psycho-spiritual aspects of Yoga as laid out in Samadhi Pada (Book One of the Yoga Sutras) and in The Gift of Consciousness.


Module 1: Fundamentals of Yoga and Yogic Psychology

In this first Yoga intensive, we will examine the model of the mind that Patanjali provides in the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras.  Along the way, we will explore the concept of Yoga as both the essential means and ultimate destination of the inner journey.  The Vedic theory of the three essential modes of nature (tamas, rajas, and sattva), as well as the fundamental tenets of Yogic psychology will be discussed.


Module 2 : Cultivation and Yogic Practice

Yogic practice is traditionally viewed as a life-long endeavor.  It is an inner pilgrimage of the soul.  Through practice we can come to realize our inner potential, for without cultivation, self-betterment remains an abstraction.  Practice is a catalyst that brings embodied transformation to life, turning ancient knowledge into lived wisdom.


Module 3 : Intensification and Contemplative Practice

In this 3rd module, we will explore the main contemplative practices described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  As a group, these meditative techniques are referred to as the citta parikarma practices.  This term encompasses a wide range of inward-minded practices all of which hold the power to calm the mind and clarify consciousness.


Module 4 : Yoga as Mystical Trance: Cultivating Meditation

According to Patanjali, Yoga embraces a wide range of meditative states.  All of these fall under the umbrella term of samyama.  These states of super-conscoiusness are primarily characterized by the gradual stilling of the mind through the meditative trinity of dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (meditative absorption).  When meditative practice intensifies, the seeker experiences a break-through of the intuitive, the sacred, and the mystical into their otherwise everyday, conditioned consciousness.


lotus-smallerLaurie Blakeney

Friday, October 22 – Sunday, October 24  2021   (postponed from Oct 2020)

Laurie Blakeney holds an Advanced Level Teaching Certificate granted to her by the late BKS Iyengar. She began her Iyengar Yoga Studies in 1971, and has studied annually in Pune India at the Iyengar Institute since 1983. She has a BA in comparative religions, and a not so long ago career as a piano tuner/technician.

She brings to her class a uniquely personal and direct style of teaching, challenging students while helping them to explore and appreciate their potential. She loves to include artistic and philosophical considerations while staying true to the precision and healing technique known to be a cornerstone of the Iyengar Yoga method.

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


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