lotus-smallerIyengar Yoga for Back Pain

Roberto Astorga 
Saturday, May 30th
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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

Roberto began his practice of yoga 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.”

This workshop is open to ALL LEVELS!


lotus-smallerSarvangasana Essentials

Tonya Garreaud 
Fridays : June 5, 12, 19, 26
10:00 – 11:15am
$75; no drop-ins

The entire body benefits from a regular practice of shoulder stand, Salamba Sarvangasana.  Being the “mother of asanas”, it helps us develop patience and emotional stability while promoting healthy circulation and quietude for the organs of perception.  Many people struggle with this important pose, so are less likely to include it in their practice.  This special series will help you understand how your pose can be developed allowing a greater appreciation of Sarvangasana and its effects.

Over the course of this four-week series, we will examine the necessary mobility and strength that promote the alignment that allows for the quietness of the pose to be felt.  We will explore a variety of prop setups that may transform your efforts.  These classes will be part discussion along with asana.  Each asana sequence will highlight poses and setups to be practiced during the week and prepare you for the next class.

Open to students of all levels who have learned Sarvangasana in class and are interested in exploring ways to bring greater lightness and ease to this essential part of the inversion practice.


lotus-smallerThe Root of Yoga

Tonya Garreaud 
Saturday, June 20
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

For most of us, we experience yoga as asana. But asana is only one small part of the yogic path.  Especially in times of difficulty, it can be useful to see how the human experience has been described in ancient texts and remains relevant even today. We’ll discuss important concepts presented in the “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” and how this wisdom can be utilized to cope with the uncertainty and challenges we’re currently facing.

Register in advance to receive the optional reading assignment.


lotus-smallerLaurie Blakeney

Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25

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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