October 26 & November 23
1:00 – 3:00 pm
This ongoing program is for serious students with an interest in developing a better understanding of Iyengar Yoga. Bring greater depth and breadth to your yoga practice by studying all eight limbs of yoga—not just asana. Meeting twice quarterly, we’ll discuss key concepts from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita with an emphasis on how these ideas are relevant to the practice of asana. Topics and readings will be assigned beforehand to help enrich our discussions.
Iyengar Yoga Studies is offered each quarter throughout the year. Students may join at the beginning of any quarter. For greater continuity and to enhance the learning process and community development, students are encouraged to participate on an ongoing basis.
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Patti Kramer will lead us on the Wahkeena to Multnomah Falls loop, a 5.5 mile, 1400 foot elevation gain hike. Patti is a Jewel Yoga student, and leads hikes for the Friends of The Columbia Gorge.
There is no charge for this event, but a donation to the Friends of the Columbia Gorge is welcome. (Bring cash or check to the hike.)
We will meet at the Gateway Transit Center at 8:30 am on Sunday, Oct. 27 to carpool to the trail head. We’ll get on the trail about 9:30, and get back to Gateway about 3:30 or 4 pm. Bring a lunch, water, rain gear and wear sturdy hiking shoes.
The hike will be capped at 15 people.
Saturday, November 9
1:00 – 3:30 pm
If you sit for long periods of time each day working on a computer, you may be at risk for developing physical strain and overuse injuries. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, signs and symptoms may include:
● A tingling feeling in the fingers, sore wrists, and lower back pain.
● Eye strain, including redness, a feeling of dryness and/or soreness, blurry vision, and headache.
● Soreness in the neck, shoulders, arms, back, thighs, and lower legs (called postural fatigue).
● Steady pain or discomfort in the muscles and tendons (called repetitive strain injury).
The practice of yoga can significantly reduce the risk of developing conditions associated with the above and can relieve pain and discomfort on the back, neck and shoulders. In this workshop, students will learn and practice the postures recommended to reduce pain and discomfort, promoting deep relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.
Sunday, November 17
3:00 – 5:00 pm
November initiates the season of darkness. Nature asks us to hibernate, meditate and be still in order to glimpse the richness of the unknown.
At the same time, our culture asks us to gear up for the holiday season and in our busyness, become even more active.
What better time of year to treat yourself to the regeneration that restorative yoga offers?
In this popular workshop, candlelight provides the atmosphere for deliberate stillness. Learn to embrace the exhalation and the power of this listening silence. Feel the value of gathering your energies together for the coming of winter and the anticipation and promise of the rebirth of the light.
We will practice simple yoga poses that encourage letting go and direct an internal focus. Relaxation is the natural state of the body. Give yourself the gift of reconnection with yourself when you need it most.
Thursday, November 28
9:00 – 11:00 am
On this traditional day of feasting with family and friends, start with a lively yoga practice. This stimulating asana practice will inspire gratitude for the bounty that yoga offers and a recognition of all we have to be grateful for in our lives. This all-levels class promise to be an invigorating start to the day.
Register in advance or just show up with your friends and family on Thanksgiving morning. Please be prompt, as the building will be locked.
Wednesday, February 12 – Saturday, February 15, 2020
10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jewel Yoga 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.
Carrie Owerko – Moving (and Thinking) Outside the Box
Friday, May 01 – Sunday, May 03
Exploring and increasing our movement and mental capacity and potential can be enlivening, exciting and fun. We can re-awaken curiosity and breathe new life into our practices if we are willing to play again. Our bodies (and brains) are capable of change and growth, and we can continue to learn new things throughout our lives. That can be a bit harder as adults but it is possible if we learn to pay attention and are intrinsically motivated to engage with ourselves and the world in new ways. Giving ourselves permission to play, to step outside of the box – even off the sticky mat – move and breathe in novel (as well as familiar) ways is not only wonderful for the body but is especially potent for the brain. As we age, play (and the focused attention required to learn new things) becomes even more essential for brain and body health, and overall well-being.
In this workshop we will work playfully, progressively, and intelligently while exploring how yoga, mindful movement and breath work can expand our ideas of what is possible. When we say yes to play, we say yes to continuous learning. Our practice can indeed become more joyful, more of a dance!
This workshop will explore a multidisciplinary approach to practice and is open to people from all styles of yoga as well as movement enthusiasts of all kinds.
*Photo Credit: Jamey Welch