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: $1185/APP students (Jan-May 2016 Sat/Sun)

$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

Sun. Sept. 27th, Lower back, hips, & knees, 2-5pm


$55/pre-reg. @ studio




Coming up soon! Pre-register today...

2015 Pranayama workshops w/ Tony Briggs

Pranayama I & II In this series of 2 three week modules we will begin to explore the connections between body, breath and mind. We will utilize a variety fo pranayama practices including the 3 yogic bandhas, antara & bahya kumbhaka, jiva mudra, bhastrika & nadi sodhana.

Pre-requisites: Minimum of 2 years asana experience or Tony's permission to attend.

Pranayama Basics/I October 3, 10, 17

Pranayama II December 5, 12, 19

Saturdays 3-5pm, $135/Basics/I, $250/I & II


First Announcement! Starting Jan. 2016...

200hr. Teacher Training w/ Tony Briggs

Dates for 2016 are as follows, we will be adding dates for 2017 asap...

Fridays 5:30-8:00pm,

Saturdays 1:30-6:30pm

Sundays 12-5pm

Jan 8-10
Feb 5-7
April 22-24
June 24-26

July 15-17
Aug 12-14
Sept. 30-Oct. 1-2
Nov. 4-6
Dec. 2-4

Tuition: We are in the process of adding someone to teach a yoga philosophy portion. Liz Levy will be teaching the Anatomy modules. Tuition will be dependant on a few as-yet-unknown factors, we will announce as soon as possible...


Training: Tony will lead a yoga teacher training designed to give new and prospective teachers a thorough, intensive and individualized training in the art and craft of teaching yoga. The emphasis throughout will be on personal attention and thorough grounding in the fundamentals of teaching yoga, and to help each student develop and grow as a yoga practitioner and teacher.

This training/apprenticeship will give participants the chance to study under the ongoing guidance of an experienced senior yoga teacher. Since the earliest days of yoga, seekers have recognized that this kind of personal student-teacher relationship leads to the deepest learning.

Students will be expected to make a serious commitment to this program, and in turn will receive skillful individualized instruction throughout. Coursework will include more than 200 hours of study in once/month intensives, where students will be mentored in aspects of teaching yoga that aim to catapult them toward becoming highly skilled in the field of yoga.



Foundation, Intensity, Purpose..

An Intermediate Course in Iyengar Yoga w/ Brian Hogencamp, final dates for 2015

*Sat. September 12th, special courses for the wONEderfest in Sebastopol... 3:30-4:15pm~ Intro. to Yoga the Iyengar Way, 4:30-6pm~ Vinyasa Krama of Iyengar Yoga

Sun. October 11th, 1-3:30pm

Sat. November 22nd 3:30-6pm

$50/drop-in, 10% off for members and yoga teachers!

In this 10-month course students will learn how to evolve their practice through Brian's clear and progressive teaching. Brian will explore how the various aspects of astanga yoga come alive in asana, and focus on honoring the unique aspects that mark Iyengar Yoga as distinct and deeply engaging.

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 written by B.K.S., Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar.

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.



Level II/III Yoga workshops with Erick Thuss

Saturday October 24th, 2:30-5pm

$45/drop-in, members free

2016 dates below:

Feb 27

May 30

July 23

Sept 24

Nov 26

All Saturdays 1:30-4pm, $59/drop-in, $49/pre-reg., free for members

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, vigorous, and aims the student directly inward.




Yoga for Scoliosis w/ Tessa Manning

Sat. Sept. 26th, 2:30-5pm, $40/drop-in

This workshop will empower you to take charge of your own back to improve posture and reduce pain and discomfort associated with scoliosis. $45

Tessa is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and an avid practitioner.

Tessa has used Iyengar Yoga to help treat her scoliosis. She teaches in a way that is safe, assessable, and compassionate- providing individual attention to each student.


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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