Auspicious Beginnings with Hip Openers


with Heather Haxo Phillips


Saturday, January 25, 2020

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What is Yoga’s approach to Auspicious Beginnings and the New Year? Patanjali starts the Yoga Sutras with the word “atha” which means auspicious blessings for a new beginning. And the good news is that every practice offers a new start, a new beginning.

BKS Iyengar taught many yoga poses that are auspicious. Swastikasana literally means auspicious. Indeed, swastikasana leads us to all kinds of poses including the pose of peace – padmasana. In this workshop we will open up the hips, release the groins and see how these beautiful poses positively affect our wellbeing.

Join Heather Haxo Phillips for this special workshop where we will explore auspicious beginnings in all its facets including asana and yoga philosophy.

“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

A 10% discount to all IYAUS members (Iyengar Yoga Association of United States and Northern California. Membership link: )

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: $65 ($75 after January 17th)   



IYAUS Members Only: $58.50 ($67.50 after January 17th)


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


The Essence of Practice

Four-Month Advanced Studies Program


with David Sirgany


April 4-5, 2020  |  June 6-7, 2020  |  August 1-2, 2020

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


“The Essence of Practice” During this 4-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 any prior Essence of Practice program at The Yoga Solution. Other students of yoga with interest in the following are encouraged to join the 2020 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 ($600 after March 27th)


Cancellations prior to March 27th will be refunded minus a $25 admin fee; No refunds after March 27th unless a replacement is found.



Upcoming Workshops


with Janet MacLeod


July 11, 2020:  2:00 – 4:30 pm
Sunday, July 12, 2020:  10:45 – 2:45 pm

Saturday, October 17, 2020:  2:00 – 4:30 pm
Sunday, October 18, 2020:  10:45 – 2:45 pm

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.

More information to come.


Upcoming Workshops

Brian Hogencamp – Feb. 9, 2020 – Details to follow.
Michael Lucey – Mar. 8, 2020 – Details to follow.
Janet MacLeod – July 11-12, 2020 and Oct. 17-18, 2020 – 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