Teacher Trainings, Intensives, & Specialized Courses




Growing as a Teacher, a Mentorship Program with Tony Briggs


Teaching yoga is a craft, an art, a job for some, and maybe even a calling.

As teachers, we engage in several odd behaviors. First of all, we practice. Probably one to several hours a day, most days of the week, usually or often solo. Second, we teach, usually on scattered and sometimes erratic schedules, and again, usually by ourselves, that is, without any assistant or co-teacher. And third, we don’t get much chance to “talk shop” with other teachers. We’re pretty much on our own with whatever frustrations or perplexities come up in our classes.


2014 Dates


Mondays, 1:30-3:30pm,

starting October 27th-December 15th

$395/course, members receive 15% off, register today!


Whether you’re a freshly-minted teacher, or have 10 years of experience under your belt, this program offers you an opportunity to explore what’s working well for you in your teaching, and also what’s not.

This is a chance to study directly under the watchful eye of a well-schooled senior yoga teacher, helping you to clarify your personal vision of teaching yoga, how to sustain your intentions skillfully, and how to inspire your students and deepen their learning.

We will closely examine and practice the skills of seeing and adjusting, using verbal instruction, sequencing, classroom assisting, and more.

Ongoing discussion will be part of this process. You will be encouraged to share your insights and difficulties as a yoga teacher so that we can develop and sustain a conversation about the art of teaching that everybody in the program can benefit from.

There will be weekly reading assignments from a required text to give us a little boost, a little momentum, and to keep us on track. (No, we won’t be reading the Yoga Sutras or the Bhagavad Gita.)

Eight-week series


Week One, Intro: Reading Bodies. Eye-sight and insight. Learning to see & understand students’ structural integrity & alignment. Assessing asymmetries and blockages to free movement.

Week Two: Using the voice. Giving clear and compelling instructions. Learning the difference between passive and active instructions. Rhythm. Silence.

Week Three: Touching. Supporting and adjusting students’ poses. Safety, confidence, and learning. Being touched.

Week Four: Sequencing. Synergy between the poses, the cumulative and deepening effect of good sequencing. Exposing the principles underlying and linking all the poses.

Weeks Five, Six, Seven and Eight: Putting it all together. Big vision, clear intention, classroom presence. Confident outside, questioning inside. Establishing your own creative voice while being faithful to the tradition. Peer teaching.







An Intermediate Level III Course in Iyengar Yoga w/ Brian Hogencamp


Sundays 1-3:30p Feb-Nov 2015


February 8th,
March 15th,
April 12th,
May 10th,
June 21st,
July 12nd,
August 16th,
September 13th,
October 11th,
November 22nd


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." Requirements



  • Minimum 3 years consistent experience with the Iyengar method of yoga
  • Stability in Sirsasana for 5-7 minutes
  • Ability to enter Adho Mukha Vrksasana at the wall
  • Stability in Sarvangasana for 8-10 minutes & competence with basic variations
  • Ability to push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana
  • Ability to remain in Savasana for 10 minutes without fidgeting
  • Basic understanding of how to address and manage one's limitations


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."


This ongoing course is designed to bring Intermediate level students who are already in Westside's Level II/III classes into more depth in the principles of Iyengar Yoga. These are meant for students who are already engaged in a steady practice of yoga.


2014 Dates


November 15th, 3:30-6:30pm


2015 Dates to come soon...

Note: we are changing the format of this course offering for 2015 to a true Level III course that will run 10 dates over 12 months throughout 2015. It is designed as a by registration course only, we are opening it to students who are willing to commit for the entire time, so Brian can go into depth over the longer time period. Also, we are coordinating it in such a way that Erick Thuss will prepare students in the Level II/III classes leading up to each months course, so students will be fully prepared to best absorb what Brian brings.

This is part of our advancing education curriculum at WSYS, where we are striving to offer teachers and long-time students a view to something more... Please click the link to the Iyengar yoga page for more details.





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...


2014 Dates


Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6pm

starting October 21st-December 18th

$225 for entire course, 18 classes total


Note: Students must register with the gusto to see out the entire course, registration open, Sign up today, start on a solid track to a life-long yoga practice.





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

January 10 - Lower Back

January 24 - Hips, Pelvis, & Sacrum

Jauary 17 - Neck & Shoulders

January 31 - Healing Breath; stimulate &
balance the Vital system.









Teacher Training Program

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

Stay tuned for 2015 Viniyoga Teacher Training Schedule!

Email for inquiries and details. westsideyogastudio@gmail.com


This longer format is designed to set the stage for students to generate a deeper, more sensitized understanding of exploring yoga for well-being. The 8 month format 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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