Intro to Yoga with Erick Thuss & Tessa Manning
This 9 class course is specially designed for students new to yoga. Students will learn the foundation of BKS Iyengar’s brilliant method of yoga, which focuses the mind, builds strength/stability, and creates flexibility. This is the perfect starting point for total beginners, and students interested in the foundational principles of yoga. This course is a great beginning for people of various levels of ability, those who’ve been unsure of how to start yoga, and those who want to create positive personal change.
Each class will build upon the prior class in a progressive manner. Upon completion of the series, you will be prepared to enter Level I classes. Wednesday classes taught by Erick Thuss, Friday classes taught by Tessa Manning, see website for more info on teachers.
March 21st – April 20th*
*NO CLASS ON FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH
Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:30-5:45pm
$20 drop in, $108 for all 9 sessions
*Class passes and memberships accepted, with the exception of the New Student 2-Week Trial.
Erick Thuss started learning yoga in 1996 under Gayna Uransky in the method developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. During that time, he met John Smith, a long-time student of K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, and was taught by him in the original vinyasa method. Erick studies under John to this day with great benefit. He also studied under Ed Modestini and Nicki Doane, where he learned to look and re-look, to explore tradition, and to always seek toward the quiet teaching from within. Currently, Erick is under special study with Manouso Manos, and is working to digest what he can of the of sheer brilliance of Manouso’s teaching. He assists in Manouso’s class weekly.
He is a student of B.K.S. Iyengar, and his son Prashant and daughter Geeta in Pune, India, and is constantly mind-blown by the intense depth of insight emanating from them.
He is striving to embody essential elements of yoga science, and is devoted to learning from direct experience and study of what has come from the texts on yoga.
His teaching is a bright effort to reflect what he is learning and absorbing, with a trajectory toward opening out the vast learning ground within.
Tessa Manning is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 2007 and received her teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She travels annually to study with the Iyengar family in India. Tessa is dedicated to the Iyengar method because of its attention to alignment and the thorough change it brings about in the body. She has specialized teacher trainings in Pre-Natal Yoga and Yoga for Scoliosis.
An avid practitioner, Tessa has used Iyengar Yoga to help treat her scoliosis. She teaches in a way that is safe, accessible, and compassionate – providing individual attention to each student. She loves to travel the world, cook, and garden.
Restorative Yoga & Live Sound Healing Workshop with Sarah Jenness
Sound, silence, and the power of pratyahara.
Restorative yoga is conscious relaxation. When the body is completely supported, we relax and draw the senses inward. This is the practice of pratyahara, one of the eight limbs of yoga.
Opening with “active” restorative postures and pranayama, we will move into deeply supported, longer holds as the body and nervous system relax. A live sound bath will compliment the experience, as well and periods of silence. Come experience the power of deep relaxation.
- April 22nd
- $50 drop in
- $40 for WSYS members
A graduate of Sri Swami Satchidananda Integral Yoga Institute, Sarah has completed Piedmont Yoga’s Iyengar-based Advanced Studies Training, and is a certified Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher through Judith Lasater’s accredited program. Sarah leads sound healing and gentle and restorative yoga for seniors, and for the cancer support community at St. Joseph Health. She has over 20 years of experience in various alternative healing modalities, and presently continues her study in the Krishnamacharya yoga lineage through the inspiring practice of Viniyoga. She is grateful to her teachers Swami Divyananda, Anodea Judith,PhD, Donald Moyer, Judith Lasater, and presently- Mirka Kraftsow.
YOGA ON THE ROPES with Tessa Manning
In this workshop we will explore a deeper Yoga practice through a variety of poses using the wall ropes. You will experience how to open your joints, lengthen your spine and strengthen the core of your body. Furthermore, your understanding of alignment will improve and your inversions and back bends will become more accessible as ropes are very effective in improving our yoga practice!
All levels are welcome to experience the benefits of yoga on the ropes.
This workshop is intimate and limited to 14 students only, so pre-register, so you don’t miss out!
Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
$45, $36 for WSYS members
Tessa Manning is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 2007 and received her teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She recently studied with the Iyengar family in India. Tessa is dedicated to the Iyengar method because of its attention to alignment and the thorough change it brings about in the body. An avid practitioner, Tessa has used Iyengar Yoga to help treat her scoliosis. She teaches in a way that is safe, accessible, and compassionate – providing individual attention to each student.
YOGA THERAPY FOR THE BODY, MIND, HEART & SOUL: HEALING & SELF CARE WORKSHOP SERIES
with Mirka Kraftsow
“Open to the simple joy of being.”In each session we will explore gentle strengthening and balancing movements; specific breath techniques to balance, clear, and stimulate our System, including fire breath, lion breath, and viloma/anuloma (alternate nostril breathing). We will focus on healing sounds as a way to activate and sooth body and mind. Mirka will guide you through gentle visualizations and relaxation, using the 61 points in the body, preparing for Yoga Nidra meditation, resting in stillness of our “sacred heart.”
May 12th – Self Care for Hips Knees & Feet, & Nourishing Breaths
2 – 5pm
- $60 drop in, $55 registered 1 week prior to each session
- WSYS Members: $48 drop in
Mirka Scalco Kraftsow is a yoga therapist bringing decades of experience as a dedicated mentor to yoga students and teachers, leading retreats & workshops in the US and Europe. A co-founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, she has helped hundreds of individuals maintain a personal practice and manage challenging therapeutic conditions.
THE INNER EXPERIENCE: An Iyengar Yoga Intensive with H.S. Arun
Arun is coming back to Westside all the way from Bangalore, India!
Arun’s teaching is simple, direct and effective. His quick wit and humour lend a special positive energy to his classes. The endless variety in his sequences, based on the solid foundation of the Iyengar tradition allows students to explore deeply the many facets of yoga.
This course will sell out…REGISTER NOW!LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE!
ALL LEVELS WELCOME!
- June 4th-7th
Monday – Wednesday, 9:15-11:15am, 1:30-4pm
- $55 drop in (2hr. session), $65 drop in (2.5hr. session), $399 for all 7
- WSYS Members – $45 drop in (2hr. session), $55 drop in (2.5hr. session)
Intermediate Iyengar Workshop with Brian Hogencamp
Come learn more about B.K.S. Iyengar’s brilliant method of yoga with Brian’s clear approach and hearty enthusiasm.
Prerequisite: This course is open to students with at least one year of Iyengar yoga experience.
Sunday, 10:30am – 1pm
- $60 drop in
- $48 for WSYS members
Brian Hogencamp is a full-time practitioner, and certified instructor of Iyengar yoga. He is a student of Manouso Manos and returns annually to RIMYI in Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. As yoga is an experiential subject, he believes the distance between what is taught and what is learned can only be illumined by one’s own practice. 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.