Teacher Trainings, Workshops & Specialized Courses






An Intermediate Course in Iyengar Yoga w/ Brian Hogencamp


Sat. August 15th, 3:30-6pm
Sat. September 12th, 3:30-6pm
Sun. October 11th, 1-3:30pm
Sat. November 22nd 3:30-6pm


At first, the student of yoga must expend tremendous efforts to mitigate the inertial conditions and disturbances in the physical, physiological and mental bodies. For one's practice to evolve and mature, one's very nature has to undergo a change right down to the ethical and moral foundation established with yama and niyama.


In this 10-month course students will learn how to evolve their practice with dynamic and progressive efforts, through the various aspects of astanga yoga, toward an effortless state marked by a stable intelligence. We will examine the progressive stages of asana with emphasis on the skillful coordination of body, senses, mind, breath and intellect – to the extent possible.


The course will cover the range of intermediate asana including inversion variations, arm balances, and body knotting; supine and seated pranayama; and philosophical concepts as expounded upon in the writings of B.K.S., Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar. Throughout, the aim will be upon recognizing the bhavana or the feeling imparted by each asana in order to build a fund of experiential knowledge - for practice and experience of the essence on one's own.


In his book, Light on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, B.K.S Iyengar writes, "...whatever asana is performed, it should be done with a feeling of firmness, steadiness and endurance in the body; goodwill in the intelligence of the head, and awareness and delight in the intelligence of the heart. This is how each asana should be understood, practiced, and experienced."



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. With Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra as foundation, the writings of B.K.S., Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar provide structure to his textual study, and insight to his practice. As yoga is an experiential subject, he believes the distance between what is taught and what is learned can only be illumined by one’s own practice. 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.


Iyengar Yoga is based upon innovations to classical hatha yoga as developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. With over 80 years of continuous practice, insightful teachings, and meticuluous study of the early yoga texts, his devotion to the art, science, and philosophy of yoga is world-renowned.

The Iyengar approach to yoga is rooted in the traditional eight limbs of yoga as prescribed by the ancient Indian sage, Patanjali, in his classic text, The Yoga Sutra. Postures or asana are practiced with precision and alignment; developing strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and mental clarity. Props are often used to adapt the body to the asana and provide an insightful evolution toward perfection of the asana. The effects and benefits of practice are cumulative. These depend upon which, how, and in what sequence each asana is practiced. As the yoga practitioner progresses, awareness pierces beyond the physical body, bringing inner balance and harmony; a deeper absorption, a "meditation in action."


Intermediate Yoga workshops with Erick Thuss


Erick teaches weekly classes at the studio. The workshops are a chance for him to culminate ideas that have been circulating in classes. These workshops will reflect his study of yoga over the past 20yrs. Erick's teaching is bright, vigourous, and aims the student directly inward.




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...


2015 Autumn dates coming...





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


Sat. August 29th, 2-5pm

Sun. Sept. 27th, 2-5pm







Teacher Training Program

200hr. Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Program A professional-level training developed by Gary and Mirka Kraftsow and American Viniyoga Institute

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

The Art of Personal Practice, 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 a 100hr. 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 Sept./Oct. 2016.


Email for inquiries and details. westsideyogastudio@gmail.com


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 Sept.-Oct. 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.
















































































































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