Calming the Mind with Forward Extensions


an afternoon of study with Heather Haxo Phillips


May 4, 2019

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Forward Extensions bring length to the spine, open the hips and remove fatigue. They tone the nervous system and quiet the brain, helping to soothe both the body and mind. In this workshop we will work on standing forward bends, sitting poses and forward extensions from the floor.

Heather will focus on phases and stages of these important poses, as well as movements of the hips and knees in order to make forward extensions more accessible and pleasant. We will also cover how to work with forward extensions in your home practice.

Come discover how to bring the quiet back brain into your practice of these rich, calming asanas.

This workshop is open to students with minimum of 6 months study of Iyengar Yoga. It is an important workshop for students who want to step it up or deepen their practice.

“Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you have to choose to embark on the inward journey to discover it.”
– BKS Iyengar

Heather Haxo Phillips is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at the Junior Intermediate III level. She is Director of Adeline Yoga in Berkeley. Her additional certifications include: Certified Yoga Therapist (c-IAYT), Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher and Yoga Alliance E-500 level instructor. She deepens her own sadhana with senior teachers including Carolyn Belko and the Iyengar family in Pune. Heather is past President of the Board of Directors for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California and an active volunteer for the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States, Yoga Alliance and other organizations.

Cost:  $60 ($70 after April 26th)


Cancellations prior to April 26th will be refunded minus a $15 admin fee; No refunds after April 26th unless a replacement is provided.



Knowing the Ropes


with Yvonne Shanks & Gary Vercelli


June 2, 2019

11:00 am – 2:00 pm 

In this three hour workshop you’ll learn how working with wall ropes enhances arm stretches, standing poses, forward extension, seated postures, backbends, and inversions.

Working with ropes gives therapeutic symmetry and alignment which can be difficult to achieve on our own and will also help us better understand how to work in the poses to create space in the body. Use of rope walls has always been part of the Iyengar system and is found in many Iyengar studios around the world.

Ropes can also be used to stretch and strengthen very specific areas of the body. In standing poses, rope work assists in dispersing the body’s weight from the lumbar area.

This class is suited to anyone with one year of yoga experience and will be limited to 20 students.

Yvonne Shanks has been a practitioner of yoga since 1995, and been teaching at the Yoga Solution since 2005. She has successfully completed a 3 year teacher training with senior Iyengar teachers Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos in 2012 and passed the Iyengar Intro Level I in 2013.

Gary Vercelli has studied and practiced Iyengar yoga since 1992. He was certified by the IYNAUS at the Intro 2 level in 2003. Gary has studied with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India and with B.K.S. Iyengar in Estes Park, CO. (10/05).

Cost:  $60 ($70 after May 27)


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



The Essence of Practice

Five Month Advanced Studies Program


with David Sirgany


Feb. 9-10  |  Apr. 6-7  |  June 8-9

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: $550 (after Jan. 31: $600)






Upcoming Workshops

Brian Hogencamp – May 19, 2019 |  Iyengar Yoga Workshop | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Janet MacLeod – July 13 & 14, 2019 | Details to follow

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