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
Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and translates into science of life! In this workshop we will explore our unique constitution and how exactly the elements are represented in our self and how to apply that to our life!
Gain a deeper and more subtle understanding of the functioning of the mind, body and create balance through lifestyle, diet, yoga, exercise, work, school, family.....
In this workshop Arati Lane will guide you through a dosha,constitution quizz, teach you about the best yoga practice to balance your particual constitution and go over Ayurvedic remedies as well.
Please Bring a journal, comfy clothes, and a snack...
In this workshop Anna will cover the guiding Principles of Practice laid out by Iyengar. These principles provide the framework from which all of the technical and therapeutic aspects of yoga practice in the Iyengar Yoga tradition are derived. They are at once simple to grasp, easy to employ and yet profound in there ability to alter the state of the practitioner. Whether you are a new to yoga, Iyengar Yoga or a seasoned practitioner you are welcome.
"It is through your body that you discover that you are a spark of divinity”- B.K.S. Iyengar
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. At various times during the 1980s and ‘90s she edited the IYASC’s newsletter. Then in 2001, along with Jackie Austin and Linda Nishio, she spearheaded the creation of Yoga Vidya, the print journal of the Iyengar Yoga community of Southern California. She continued to serve as an editor and its senior advisor until June 2010.
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. She participates in Iyengar Yoga conventions held in the United States both as a student and staff teacher/assistant. Anna also volunteers as an assessor for Iyengar Yoga certification in the U.S. and is deeply committed to mentoring her fellow teachers through this process.
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.
Do you want those smooth transitions in your practice that make you feel light as a feather? A challenging part of Ashtanga Yoga is the Vinyasa, including floating and jumping back, forward and through.
We will break down the Vinyasa into basic components and explore techniques such as assisted exercises and methods to build the body alignment awareness. . .working our way towards practicing these traditions independently in a demystified way. This is a great workshop for those who have been practicing Ashtanga or Vinyasa Yoga and want to dive deeper into the Primary series and/or take their practice to the next level.
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.
Yamuna Body Rolling
New Topic Coming Soon!
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 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
• Improved posture
• Increased range of motion
• Improved alignment
• Increased muscle tone
• Increased flexibility
• Increased organ function
• Improved circulation
*All levels – no experience is necessary!
*Be sure to eat light at least an hour or two before class.
Class Size Limited to 20 Students
Photo Credit: Chelsea Jean
Sunday, September 23rd
Yoga Nidra & Self Healing
Yoga Nidra is the practice of deep relaxation that rejuvenates the body and mind, returning the practitioner to a profound state of emotional balance and well-being. Embark on a guided meditation journey inside your physical and energetic (subtle) bodies to help clear the mind as you restore personal power and energy to heal yourself.
With Christy Curtis
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.
Intro to Yoga Series
4 week introduction to the basic asanas(poses) including standing, sitting and restorative poses. These poses will build up strength and stamina, improve muscular tone, flexibility and alignment. No experience is necessary. Class size limited to 10 students. (Pre-Registration is required)
Upcoming Start Dates: