Trainings, workshops, courses


Great News!! Here is the beginning of the Viniyoga Teacher Training Schedule for 2016!


The Art of Personal Practice w/ Mirka Kraftsow, Jan. - May 2016

All students are welcome to attend this very special training. Mirka will work with students using the technology of yoga to open to new spectrums of themselves. She will encourage students with personalized tools for self-transformation, giving them a way to embark on and deepen personal practice.

We will be starting The Art of Personal Practice as an immersion-style training in January of 2016. This is open to all students, and will serve as a 100hr. lead-in to students who want to complete a 200hr. Teacher Training. Upon completion of the APP, teacher trainers will go on to the next level of training to start July of 2016. See schedule below:

Part 1: The Art of Personal Practice

Friday eve. (teacher trainers only) 5:30-8pm. *Teacher trainers will also be assisting in class, and have extra assignments & mentoring time w/ Mirka.

Saturdays 11:30am-6pm (open to all students)

Sundays 10am-4pm (open to all students)

Jan 22-24
Feb 19-21
March 11-13
April 15-17
May 13-15

Tuition: $1795/teacher trainers (1st of 2 payments, 2nd payment due before start of 2nd Module)

$3495 full training paid up-front

Part 2) Yoga for Transformation, The Art of Teaching w/ Mirka Kraftsow

Viniyoga practice is designed for each person's unique body and mind. Students will be mentored by Mirka to understand yoga deeply. Her focus on this portion of the training will be to support the trainers to teach yoga powerfully, to embody the precepts of yoga in their lives. This will be an intimate immersion for those who want to develop into caring, effective teachers. The Art of Personal Practice is a pre-requisite for this training.

This format is designed to set the stage for students to generate a deeper, more sensitized understanding of exploring yoga for well-being.

By dividing the longer term training into 2 modules, we have aimed to provide a practice-based focus in the Art of Personal Practice, and a teaching practicum in the 2nd module. The Art of Personal Practice is open to all students, and those who will join as teacher trainers will have special assignments and assisting time in the training. They will accumulate extra hrs., completing a 100hr. portion by May of 2016.

Then, teacher trainers will start up again in late July 2016, and go another 6 months to complete a 200hr. teacher training. This portion allows time for practice and integration, so that students are ready for the next wave of learning and can most fully benefit from Mirka's inspired teaching.

July 29-31
Aug 26-28
Sept. 16-18
Oct. 14-16
Nov. 18-20
Dec. 9-11

Tuition: $1795 (2nd of 2 payments, due July 15, 2016)

$3495 full training paid up-front


Email for inquiries and details.




2015 Viniyoga Healing & Self Care w/ Mirka Kraftsow, co-founder of American Viniyoga Institute

Healing & Self-care sessions for the Holiday swing!

Low Back, Hips, & Knees

with Mirka Kraftsow

Saturday, December 5th
2 - 5pm

$60/drop-in or $55/ Pre-Registration @ the studio

Candlelight Gayatri Mantra workshop

Saturday, December 19th
2 - 5pm

COST: $60, $55 in advance




Saturdays Feb. 13, March 19th, & April 23rd, 1:30-5:30pm

BOTH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS will benefit from this series.
The FIRST workshop will cover the feet, ankles and knees.
The SECOND workshop will cover the hips and lower back.
The THIRD workshop will cover the upper back, neck and shoulders.

$90/drop-in, $180/2, and $250/all 3

*pre-registration required.


Anatomy and Yoga Therapeutics

w/ Tony Briggs and Liz Levy

WHAT CAN YOU DO when all those joints swell up, won’t bend, won’t straighten, or are generally a source of pain or fear? How can you use your yoga practice to safely enhance your recovery after an injury, or after surgery?
In this series of workshops you will learn the basic structures of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system and the digestive system. Having a strong foundation in the anatomy will give you the confidence, both as a practitioner and as a teacher, to “see” problems and know how to correct them. We will cover general principles of joint rehabilitation, safe variations of basic asanas, manual adjustments and the use of props.
We will explore how an enhanced understanding of anatomy will help you use your yoga practice to heal old injuries, how to avoid yoga injuries in the future, and how to deepen your daily practice safely.
And as an added bonus, you will have the opportunity to visit the cadaver lab at the JC to see with your own eyes into the amazing human body.

BOTH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS will benefit from this series.




Foundation, Intensity, Purpose..

An Intermediate Course in Iyengar Yoga w/ Brian Hogencamp

New times for 2016!

Iyengar Yoga Workshops w/ Brian Hogencamp 2016

All Sundays, 10:30-1pm

$59/drop-in, $49/pre-registration, $45/members

Jan 31

March 20

April 3

May 22

June 12

Aug 7

Sept 11

Oct 23

Brian Hogencamp is a full-time practitioner, and certified instructor of Iyengar yoga. He is a student of Manouso Manos and regularly returns to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family.

Consistent, dedicated practice continues to reveal to him the universality and completeness of the Iyengar approach to yoga. Drawing from his evolving experience and with deep gratitude for the teachings received, he is eager to share the light yoga can bring.





Introductory Course in Iyengar Yoga with Tessa Manning, (certified Introductory II)

This course will give students a comprehensive base in the principles of B.K.S. Iyengar's method of yoga and fully prepare them to enter Level I classes at Westside Yoga Studio. The Iyengar method of yoga is an absolutely excellent base for students new to yoga, as it is based on several principles that methodically build integrity into the student from the very first class.

B.K.S. Iyengar's work has completely permeated the world of modern yoga, and it would be next to impossible to take a yoga class anywhere without Iyengar's influence showing up at some point.

By taking an entire Introductory Course in Iyengar Yoga, a student is assured of coming into this practice with a foundation that is strong, clear and forged in a wealth of practical experience. Check the Iyengar Yoga page for more details...

*There will be another Intro. Course starting in early 2017 when Tessa returns from study w/ Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India...




















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