OCYS offers workshops and recurring class series covering a specific theme or topic. Led by expert teachers with a willingness to share their knowledge, workshops give students an opportunity deepen their understanding of yoga philosophy and asana. Workshops are informative and provide participants with more individualized attention. These typically run over the course of an afternoon or weekend, and may span over a series of weeks.

Workshops & Series

 



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Yamuna Body Rolling

Hips & Low Back

Sitting or standing for long hours a day can create tightness and compression in our low backs and hips. How we feel affects how we walk imprinting imbalances and old habits in our posture. Experience the power of self-massage using Yamuna® Body Rolling balls to realign and relieve the muscles and bones in the low back and hips.

In this workshop, Tiffany Congelliere (Martin) will show you how to problem solve and self heal your lower body. Engineered to be the perfect companion tool for self-care anywhere, this therapeutic workshop will show you how to maintain your body sustainability at every age.

This workshop is for anyone who experiences:
• Low back pain
• Tight hip flexors
• SI (Sacroiliac) joint discomfort
• Tight IT Band
• Hip inflexibility

Benefits include:
• Improved posture
• Increased range of motion
• Improved alignment
• Increased muscle tone
• Increased flexibility
• Increased organ function
• Improved circulation

No experience necessary. This workshop is for everyone, especially those looking for a therapeutic tool to maintain body sustainability at every age.

*Be sure to eat light at least an hour before class.
*Wear fitted clothing, so the ball doesn’t get wrapped up in the clothing.

Sunday, February 17th 4:00 - 5:30pm

Class Size Limited to 20 Students

Photo Credit: Chelsea Jean


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Yoga Nidra

The Art and Practice of Relaxation

Yoga Nidra also known as yogic sleep is a ancient practice of dynamic relaxation that is very calming with many health benefits that help to release mental & emotional energetic patterns from the conscious and subconscious mind.

Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of complete relaxation that invites you to turn inward from your outer experiences where your consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. This deeper awareness will lead you to a higher state of concentration and towards our highest awareness of Samadhi, Bliss.

Join Cindy Shapiro for this deeply relaxing practice.

Saturday, February 23rd 2:00 - 4:00pm


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Hands on Adjustments and the Art of Developing an "Eye"

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Improve your own practice by learning how to assist and support others at the same time.

Learn how to read the body in front of you and understand various approaches of making adjustments from subtle/energetic or verbal cues to more physical and dynamic when appropriate and needed by a student.

Focusing on how asanas affect differently various body types we will use partner work to experience real time feedback in fun and effective exercises.

This workshop will be dedicated to centenary anniversary  of legendary  B.K.S. Iyengar as part of Vlad’s summer tour around Europe and North America.

This class will be beneficial for both, - teachers of yoga to help hone their adjusting skills, as well as to serious and dedicated yoga practitioners of all yoga styles to deepen their knowledge of the bio mechanics within the wide range of poses.

Vladimir is passionate about sharing his experience from 20 plus years of practice and has been teaching yoga both in California and internationally in the Iyengar method since 2002.


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YOGA AND GEETAJI

A Workshop with Anna Delury

In asana, the mind has to reach inside the body to find a quiet space util a point comes where perfect balance is felt.” Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar

Whether you are new to the practice of yoga or a long time student, the impact Geeta Iyengar has had on the subject of Yoga stands not in the shadow of her father, but in its own light.

Her classes were filled with deep perception, hard work and laughter. Her sequencing? A marvel all its own that always found the right balance between action and passivity, the balance giving complete well-being to body, mind and spirit.

In this workshop Anna will draw from her decades of personal experience with Geetaji, including class notes from the 1980s!

Anna Delury is one of Southern California’s Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers and a founder of IYILA. Since 1982, she has travelled regularly to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. In 1988, she received a BSc. In Kinesiology from UCLA. Known for her insight and wry sense of humor, Anna brings a practical application of yoga philosophy into each class she teaches, as she helps guide students to a deeper understanding and awareness of what lies within them.

Sunday, May 5th 2:00 - 4:30pm


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Workshop with Anna Delury

Sunday, November 3rd 2019


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Meditative Sound Bath

With Christian Reid

Reduce stress, deeply massage the body with vibration, and shift effortlessly into meditative states.

Christian takes participants on a journey while they relax in a comfortable position, as he plays gong, singing bowls, drums, harmonium, chimes & more, while chanting Sanskrit mantras in harmony with the instruments.

Weaving a tapestry of sound and sensation, this combination of traditional and deeply resonant instruments allows recipients to feel the sound pulsating inside of their body, loosening stagnant energy and activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Through this mind-body release, participants are able to enter a deep state of meditation and relaxation, waking up refreshed and renewed.

Sunday, September 30th 6:00 - 7:30pm