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
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.
Yoga Workshop with Anna Delury
Anna Delury began the practice of yoga as a teenager in the late 1970’s with such teachers as Mary Dunn, Ramanand Patel and Kofi Busia. She taught her first yoga class in 1979 at the Center for Yoga, Los Angeles. In 1982, Anna was invited to join an intensive given by B.K.S Iyengar at R.I.M.Y.I. in India. Since that time she has travelled regularly to Pune for study with the Iyengar family, most recently from late January to early March of this year.
Anna is one of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles (IYILA) founders. Anna earned a BSc. in Kinesiology from UCLA in 1988 and B.K.S. Iyengar awarded her a Senior Intermediate II level certificate in 2009. Known for both her insight and wry sense of humor, Anna seeks to transmit the light of yoga that B.K.S. Iyengar kindled in her to each student in every class.
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.
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.
• 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
Class Size Limited to 20 Students
Photo Credit: Chelsea Jean
Meditative Sound Bath
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.
The workshop will include:
- Brief history, physiology, and science of Yoga Nidra
- Guided Yoga Nidra
- Opportunity for discussion, Q & A
- Come in comfortable clothes. Please bring a pillow or two for your comfort. Mats and blankets provided.
- No yoga experience is required.