The Essence of Practice

Five Month Advanced Studies Program


with David Sirgany


Aug. 24-25  |  Oct. 19-20  |  Dec. 7-8

Saturday 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


“The Essence of Practice” During this 5-month course of study, students will explore the 8 limbs of yoga as presented in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Particular attention will be placed on helping each person to develop the values and skills required to deepen in the practice. This involves practical applications of asana, pranayama, meditation and their philosophical underpinnings.

Students and teachers from all yogic traditions will benefit from the opportunity to dedicate an extended and focused period of time to discover for themselves the value of yoga as a complete system of practice and living. All participants will commit to working together in a way that embodies the practice values needed to sustain a sincere, committed, open-minded inquiry in a supportive and compassionate environment.

This program is especially well suited for students and teachers who have completed the 2018 Essence of Practice program at The Yoga Solution. Other students of yoga with interest in the following are encouraged to join the 2019 program:
• Deepening your experience and understanding of asana & pranayama
• Cultivating the spiritual dimension of yoga
• Establishing clarity, continuity, and a life affirming practice
• Developing skills for the practical application of yogic values and philosophy in everyday living

David Sirgany is an ardent practioner of Iyengar Yoga for thirty years, whose depth and passion for the subject shine forth brightly in his teaching. He has studied on numerous occasions directly with BKS Iyengar and his family in India, and teaches both nationally and internationally.

Cost: $600


Cancellations prior to Aug 17th will be refunded minus a $15 admin fee; No refunds after Aug 17th unless a replacement is found.






Awareness in Action


with Brian Hogencamp


Sept. 15, 2019

11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Awareness can infuse our practice with vigor, creativity and silence. Cultivating attention and awareness helps us avoid mechanical, habitual practice patterns that can lead to stagnation and fatigue. In this extended session, students will practically examine B.K.S. Iyengar’s words, “The art of yoga lies in the acuity of observation.”, to build their fund of experience to inspire practice that rejuvenates body and mind.

It is recommended that students of this workshop have at least one year of Iyengar Yoga experience and stability and maturing in foundational asana.

A 10% discount to all IYANC members (Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California)

Brian Hogencamp is a dedicated yoga practitioner and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT~ Intermediate Senior I). He has devoted his life to sharing the art, science and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. He’s been teaching full-time since 2004 and travels annually to India for study with the Iyengar family.

Cost: $70   



IYANC Member Cost: $63  


Cancellations prior to Sept. 8th will be refunded minus a $15 admin fee; No refunds after Sept. 8th unless a replacement is found.


Fall Equinox Renewal – Balancing the Chakras


with Dr. Marla McMahon and Ruby Alcartado


Sept. 22, 2019

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In this Renewal for the Fall season, you will be guided through restorative-yin poses that relax deeply and focus on balancing the physical and energy body. As you spend time at ease in each pose, you will be embraced by the sound of Tibetan singing bowls whose musical notes are tuned for balancing and clearing each of the seven chakras. Essential oils will be used on several of the chakras during the restorative poses to deepen your relaxation. The evening will end with a total body relaxation through yoga nidra guided meditation. Give yourself the gift of Fall renewal, balance and relaxation. 

Cost: $45   


Cancellations prior to Sept. 15th will be refunded minus a $15 admin fee; No refunds after Sept. 15th unless a replacement is found.


Sequencing – Under the Microscope


with Michael Lucey


Oct. 6, 2019

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We often think of sequencing as the order of poses from the beginning of the class to the end, but sequencing is more than that. It can also happen within a single asana, in the way that you work through different aspects of the pose. Or supposing you do the same asana several times, how will your attention shift each time? What is your goal as you construct a sequence?

“The structure of evolution and progress in all things has its own inner logic and harmony. This is sequence, or krama ,” BKS Iyengar wrote. He was commenting on one of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras: krama anyatvam parinama anyatve hetuh. Iyengar translates this sutra as “Successive sequential changes cause the distinctive changes in the consciousness,” and he comments that, “differences in changes in consciousness are caused by the changing order of sequences in the method of practice.” Our focus in the workshop will be on how sequencing can be harmonious and logical not only from pose to pose, but also on the level of each individual pose.

Our goal will be to explore the paths that lead to “distinctive changes in the consciousness.” Our sequence will include standing poses, seated twists, backward extensions, and inversions.

Michael Lucey discovered Iyengar Yoga in 1982, when he was a student in England. From his very first class, he has been fascinated by the many ways yoga can transform your relation to your body, mind, and breath. Over the years, he has studied with many senior Iyengar teachers in the US and abroad, and he is currently a Senior Intermediate I certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. He was President of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States from 2014 to 2017. Michael is attending the BKS Iyengar Centenary celebrations in Pune, India in December 2018, his eleventh trip to India to study with the Iyengars. Michael is also a professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of California, Berkeley.

Cost: $60 ($70 after Sept. 27)  


Cancellations prior to Sept. 27th will be refunded minus a $15 admin fee; No refunds after Sept. 27th unless a replacement is found.


Intelligent Use of Props
(Part II)


Weekend Intensive with Janet MacLeod


November 9, 2019:  
Session 1: Standing and Seated Asanas
– 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Sunday, November 10, 2019:  
Session 1: Pranayama 
10:45 -11:45
Session 2: Backbends and Inversions – 12:15 – 2:45 pm

In this workshop Janet will use props and explain their function. Often in a class when a certain pose is announced students will pick up a particular prop without much thought. Those attending the workshop will receive a hand out where Janet shares a brief description outlining the use of props.

JANET began her study of Iyengar Yoga in the late 70’s in London. Upon her arrival in San Francisco a few years later, she enrolled in the Teacher Training Program offered by the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She became a CIYT in 1983 and that year took her first trip to the Mother Institute in Pune, India. She has studied with the Iyengar family ever since, both in India and while attending Yoga Conferences in the USA and abroad. She has taught ongoing classes in San Francisco and teaches workshops and retreats worldwide. Janet believes in the transformational power of yoga and shares her experience in a joyful way to each and every student she has the privilege of teaching. Janet continues to study with the Iyengar family, most recently when she attended the April, 2019 Intensive in Mexico City with Abhijata Iyengar.

A 10% discount to all IYANC members (Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California)

Entire Weekend: $130 ($150 after Nov. 2)



IYANC Members Only – Entire Weekend Cost:  $117 ($135 after Nov. 2)



Saturday 2.5 hr. class: $60 ($70 after Nov. 2)



Sunday 2.5 hr. class: $60 ($70 after Nov. 2)



IYANC Members Only – Saturday 2.5 hr. class: $54 ($63 after Nov. 2)



IYANC Members Only – Sunday 2.5 hr. class: $54 ($63 after Nov. 2)



Sunday Pranayama Class: $25 ($30 after Nov. 2)



IYANC Members Only – Sunday Pranayama Class:  $22.50 ($27 after Nov. 2)



Cancellations prior to November 2nd will be refunded minus a $15 admin fee; No refunds after November 2nd unless a replacement can be found.



Upcoming Workshops

If you would like more information on any of the workshops, please contact: Jennifer Sadugor at (916) 383-7933 or

Students of all levels are welcome to each of these workshops except where indicated!

The Yoga Solution
5290 Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 383-7933