Teacher Trainings, Intensives, & Specialized Courses




Level III Iyengar Yoga Course with Brian Hogencamp (certified Junior Intermediate III)


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... This course can be used as Continuing-ed credit for students/teachers going through the Iyengar certification process. 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.





Viniyoga Course w/ Mirka Kraftsow, co-founder of American Viniyoga Institute

A Study of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra with Mirka Kraftsow, 4 Saturdays in October

2nd Chapter, Yamas and Niyamas, the inner orientation of yoga


Mirka will follow up her Saturday classes with a series of classes on the classical yoga text with a specific focus on the personal observances and universal ethics of the yamas and niyamas. Classes will include call and response chanting, word-by-word breakdown of the sutras, and a group discussion about the content of each sutra.


October 2014 Dates


Saturdays, 1:30-3:00pm

October 4, 11, 18 and 25

$90 for entire course, $25/drop-in, members receive 10% off this course






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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