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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Journey to a Healthy Back

Join Todd Semo for this afternoon workshop at Orange County Yoga Studio which will address the most common of body ailments: the lower back. The vast majority of us have the experience of lower back pain. Here we will learn techniques and approaches in asana to minimize, eradicate and prevent lower back distress.

The workshop is open to all practitioners of hatha yoga with at least 6 months of experience. No absolute beginners please.

Sunday, January 13th 2:00 - 4:30pm

For Todd Semo the devoted and prolonged study of Iyengar Yoga has brought health of mind and body for more than two decades. As a seasoned teacher in this respected lineage, he brings an intuitive intelligence to asana, pranayama and philosophy.

Todd has the intention and ability to build his classes around the particular students attending class on any given day. By deconstructing complex actions within asana, he gives his students access to the realizations within these postures. His sense of humor and enthusiasm brings joy into the profound work performed in the asanas.

Todd has had the great privilege of studying Iyengar Yoga with Manouso Manos for 18 years and assisting him for 17 ½ years. He has been to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family on numerous occasions from 2004 onwards. He is grateful for all of those who have come before him to help make this path more attainable.


Mala, Mantra & Meditation Workshop

Join us for a fun filled afternoon handcrafting a Mala necklace and practicing the ancient art of Mantra and Meditation with Cindy Shapiro.

we will explore how Mantras (a word or sound repeated to aid concentration and meditation) affect our practice and learn how to incorporate the use of Mala in our Meditation practice to create a deep sense of relaxation.

Saturday, January 19th 2:00 - 4:00pm


Yamuna Body Rolling

Release Shoulder Tension and Improve your Posture

Driving, eating, typing, sitting, arm balancing, etc … Most things we do in life are forward folds. These constant forward movements overtime create tightness in the chest, shortness of breath and compression in the back. Continual imbalances and old habits get imprinted in how we walk and ultimately in our posture.

In this workshop, Tiffany Martin will help show you how to release tightness in the neck, back and shoulders, improve your posture as well as enhance your yoga practice, with the self-healing power of body rolling. You will learn Yamuna® Body Rolling techniques to help you realign and lengthen the muscles, bones, connective tissues and fascia in the neck, back and shoulders.

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

This workshop is for those who experience:
• Shoulder tightness and pain
• Tension in the Neck, Jaw & Shoulders
• Compression of the vertebrae
• Poor posture

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.
*Space is limited, Pre-Registration is highly recommended

Sunday, December 16th 4:00 - 5:30pm

Class Size Limited to 20 Students

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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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Workshop with Anna Delury

Sunday, May 5th


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

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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, October 6th 2:00 - 3:30pm