lotus-smallerGuest Teacher: Leslie Howard

Smart Ass, Dumb Ass: Hip Opening, Finding and Strengthening the Glutes
Saturday, March 11
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Do you tightly grip your butt muscles with all of your might in yoga poses or is there a “lazy ass” you may not be aware of? The gluteal group of muscles consists of 3 muscles: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus. “Gluteus” is Greek for rump. How the rump works in yoga poses can effect change in the hips socket, where the sacrum sits, how the legs work, and how you experience the pose.

This workshop was so well received at the Yoga Journal conference that they wrote an article inspired by it. Leslie developed it as an extension of her work with the pelvic floor and noticing how many yogis/yoginis are not using their buttocks muscles properly. This workshop will give you a deeper understanding of the anatomy used in standing poses and hip opening poses. As a result you will experience familiar poses in an unfamiliar way.

Yoga and the Female Pelvis: A Workshop for Women
Saturday, March 11: 4:00 – 7:00 pm and
Sunday, March 12: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

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 writing a book about the female pelvis called Pelvic Liberation. Her own struggles with healing her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. 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. She designed a successful study for University of California, SF on yoga for incontinence with Judith Lasater. She has another study underway with UCSF for Yoga for Pelvic Pain.


lotus-smallerRestorative Yoga with Cello

Julie Lawrence and Michal Palzewicz
Saturday, March 18
3:00 – 4:30 pm

Join us for a nourishing and meditative journey through sound and restorative asana. Discover how these art forms are mutually enhancing. This yoga class, fused with an intimate music concert, is designed to nurture the experience of finding relaxation, peace and connection to your inner source of energy, inspiration and intuition. This event is open to all; no previous yoga experience required.

MICHAL PALZEWICZ has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, both as a soloist and ensemble player. He has performed to great acclaim at prestigious venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC and Wigmore Hall in England. Michal is also certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.


lotus-smallerYoga for Women’s Health: Focus on Emotional Stability

Sally Hoesing
4 Sundays: March 19 – April 9
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
$56 for the 4-week session

Emotional wellness involves being attentive to one’s thoughts, feelings and actions. It implies the ability to not only be aware of but to accept our feelings and enjoy life despite its disappointments and frustrations.

In this women’s health series we will practice yoga asana as a way to look within and explore the qualities of our mind, strengthen our confidence and uplift our hearts and outlook on life.

Class 1: Look Within: Asana will focus on forward extensions.
Class 2: Beliefs Are Physical: Asana will focus on standing poses and working the hips, where women especially tend to carry stress and tension.
Class 3: Mood Changes: Asana will focus on back extensions.
Class 4: Emotional Stability: Asana will follow a suggested sequence from B.K.S Iyengar for emotional stability.


lotus-smallerIyengar Yoga Studies: Exploration of Yoga Philosophy

Tonya Garreaud
2 Saturdays: April 15 & June 3
1:00 – 3:00 pm
$80 for the two sessions

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, sequencing and practice of asana, and anatomy and physiology as it applies to yoga practice. 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.

For those interested in teaching or preparing to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Iyengar Yoga Studies has a Teaching Methodology component. Topics covered include how to demonstrate and teach an asana, develop observation skills and correct students. Registration for Teaching Methodology requires instructor permission.


lotus-smallerDynamic Alignment

Carrie Owerko
Friday, May 5: 7:15 – 9:15 pm

Saturday, May 6: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 7: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

What do we mean when we use the term alignment? How are we distinguishing between posture and alignment? And how does our yoga practice inform our everyday movement, alignment, posture, and perspective?

Our yoga practice can serve our capacity to live a more fully embodied life. And by cultivating a dynamic sense of alignment we can increase not only our awareness but our ability to respond or do things in a variety of ways. Because life is unpredictable and dynamic, we need to be able to respond to life’s ever changing circumstances in multiple ways, depending upon what we encounter. Through an exploration of dynamic alignment we are better able to respond to life’s many joys and difficulties with a stable, yet fluid, grace.

In this workshop we will look at alignment as a process of exploring how things work rather than getting too caught up in how they look (that is, function over mere appearance). In this way alignment is an expressive and optimal functionality that is sustainable over time. Come and play with the process of dynamic alignment.

This workshop is open to students Level 2 and above.

Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and the interplay between body, breath and mind for many years and holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential. She loves to explore the relationship of discipline and playfulness and is a firm believer in the power of controlled folly.


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