Spinal Health: Causes and Solutions for Back Pain and Spinal Weakness with Bobby Clennell

Online and In-Studio!

May 21-22 2:30-5:30pm each day
Full Weekend: $90 early bird*/$100
One session: $50 early bird*/$60
*Early Bird if signed up by May 9

May 21 Hip Openers for Women:

By cultivating mobility in the hips, groins, and lower back we can free the energy locked in the pelvis and create health in the pelvic organs and lumbar spine. We will learn how healthy and mobile hip joints influence the hormone system and help us reduce low back pain.

May 22 Strengthening the Back:

A healthy spine is key to the health of the whole body. In this class Bobby will focus on poses that strengthen the legs; condition the muscles to better support the spine and withstand stress, and re-educate how the back is used.

Bobby Clennell has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for over forty years. She is a core faculty member of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and teaches workshops throughout the United States and around the world.

Bobby began practicing yoga in London in the early 1970s while working as a costume designer and animator. In 1976, Bobby (along with husband, Lindsey, and sons, Miles and Jake) made her first trip to study with B. K. S. Iyengar in Pune, India. She has returned every two years to continue her study. She earned an Iyengar Yoga teaching certificate in 1977.

In the 1980s, Bobby’s interest in women’s issues was sparked by her studies with Mr. Iyengar’s daughter, Geeta Iyengar. While Mr. Iyengar was teaching the main class, the women who were menstruating were sent to the back of the room to work more quietly with Geeta. This experience awakened Bobby to the need for a woman’s yoga practice.

She is the creator of a short film, entitled Yantra, based on the movements of B. K. S. Iyengar during his own asana practice. Bobby Clennell lives in New York City.


IN-PERSON ONLY! From the Inside Out – Yoga and Experiential Anatomy of the Heart Space with Patricia Videgain

June 11-12
Saturday 2:30-5pm ET
Sunday 1-4pm ET
Saturday Only: $45*/$50
Sunday Only: $55*/$60
Full Weekend: $85*/$95
*Early Bird if Signed up by May 30

In this two-day workshop, Patricia will help you engage with the anatomy of the rib basket, ribs, thoracic and cervical spines, the upper limbs, the head, and the organs of the chest cavity (the heart and the lungs). She will also help you experience your breathing mechanisms, i.e. muscles and pathways of the breath. In addition to that, she will help you to work with the heart as both organ and spiritual hub.

Located near the center of the chest and to the left, the heart is made up of a muscle called the myocardium, which encloses two distinct parts separated by the thick ventricular septum. Each half contains two cavities: the auricle and the ventricle. The right side sends de-oxygenated blood to the lungs, and the left side receives re-oxygenated blood back from the lungs.

When we do asana, the circulatory pathways do not remain static. Stretching the muscular and fascial layers of the body not only lengthens the musculature but also helps make the arteries more tensile. Patricia will teach asana from an experiential and developmental perspective, making connections to enhance your understanding of this very important center of the human structure.

“The true fruit of yoga is not a material achievement of performance. Yogis never measure the intake of oxygen. That is not what they are interested in. The yogi’s interest is to keep the head and the heart clean through the harmony of breath, and this is achieved through the practice of pranayama.” B.K.S. Iyengar, The Tree of Yoga

This class is appropriate for students with back issues and scoliosis, and Patricia will help you to modify as needed for any particular condition you are working with.

Patricia Videgain has been teaching yoga since 2002, experiential anatomy since 2010 and somatic meditation since 2017. She is committed to teach others how to use yoga, movement, breathing and meditation as a tool for inspiration and transformation. Teaching yoga is a great source of contentment for her. Her students are her greatest teachers

Patricia is a Yoga Alliance 500 hr + YACEP Provider, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, Body-Mind Centering Association Member and 2020 Graduate from Leslie Howard’s Pelvic Floor Yoga Teacher Training.  Patricia was also a long-time assistant and sub for Deborah Wolk’s Yoga for Scoliosis Class at Samamkaya Yoga. Learn more about Patricia at


Extension & Expansion: Iyengar Yoga for Optimum Spinal Health with Susan Elena Esquivel
Hybrid Workshop In-Studio and Online

November 5-6, 2022
Saturday 9am – 12pm and 2:30-4:30pm EST
Sunday 9am-12pm EST
Full Weekend: $170 in Advance | $155*
Both Morning Sessions: $130 in Advance | $120*
One Morning Session: $75 in Advance | $65* | $85 Drop In
Saturday Afternoon Session: $50 in Advance | $45* | $60 Drop In
*Early Bird if Registered by October 3

Join Susan Elena for this 2 day workshop at our beautiful studio in New York City!

Have the effects of gravity left you feeling shrunken, compressed, or dull? We will explore ways to defy gravity and create more space for energy and breath to flow, optimizing the health of your spine. This workshop will combine a variety of poses including supported and active backbends, as well as pranayama to improve the health of the organic body and spine.

Saturday, November 5: 

MorningStanding Tall: Core and Pelvic Floor – Preparatory work in this session will focus on developing a strong foundation and improved posture by working with our legs, hips, knees, lumbar spine, and core. We will also address the pelvic area and work with poses that lift and strengthen the pelvic floor, supporting the organic body and providing ease in balance and a maximum elongation & strengthening of your spinal muscles.

Afternoon – Opening Up New Horizons: Shoulders and Thoracic Spine – Come discover your armpit chest, which Geeta Iyengar calls the “Pranic Storehouse!” When our armpits are lifted, so is our spirit. We will maximize mobility, release tension, and create freedom in the shoulders, neck, and chest in order to re-discover that wonderful lightness of being.

Sunday, November 6:

Morning – Longitudes and Latitudes: Uniting the Four Corners of the Body – The alignment of the four corners—hips and the shoulders—supports the health of the spine and ease of the breath. Muscles all around the spine and rib cage are gently stretched and massaged through deep breathing. Your back muscles get a gentle stretch, your discs rehydrate, and the circulation around your spinal tissues improves—simply by breathing more deeply. We will explore both passive and active poses as a means to integrate the body with the nourishing energy of prana or breath.

Susan Elena Esquivel is a Certified Iyengar Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior II Level and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). She is the Director of the Iyengar Yoga Center of Western Massachusetts. She served on the Iyengar Faculty at Down Under Yoga in Boston from 2015 – 2020. Her teaching is a reflection of her focused practice and studies over many years. She is known for precision while taking a playful approach with skillful sequencing to all levels of study allowing each student to go deeper into the understanding of Iyengar yoga. Susan Elena has served on the Iyengar Yoga Association of New England Board since 2015 and is currently the Vice President.

Susan Elena is very fortunate to have built strong mentoring relationships with some of the most highly respected senior Iyengar teachers. The four senior teachers she is deeply indebted to and influenced by are Elise Browning Miller, Peentz Dubble, Patricia Walden and Gulnaaz Dashti. Currently, she continues her weekly studies Gulnaaz Dashti, Uday Bhosale and mentorship with Certified Advanced Senior Teacher Patricia Walden.  Her ten year apprenticeship with Elise Browning Miller furthered her knowledge of scoliosis and back care. She travels to Pune, India to regularly to work with the Iyengars and Gulnaaz Dashti.dots2


It is strongly recommended that you pre-register for workshops. If you pre-register for a workshop, you must cancel either 1 week or 48 hours in advance (depending on the workshop), in order to be refunded for that workshop less a 20% administrative fee. Cancellation deadlines can be found below the workshop descriptions above.

Please cancel via email ( or call 646.964.5772. Even if we receive the message later, we will go by the time stamp and refund your money if appropriate. If you are ill or there is an immediate family medical emergency, we will of course waive the fee. However, please email us as early as possible, and before the workshop begins, to waive the fee or arrange a credit.dots2

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