Yoga for Teens with Jess

(12-18 yrs)

This course is not running this fall.  We will  begin again in the New Year.

Build strength, flexibility, and confidence.

Focus and Calm your Mind.

Yoga builds strength, confidence and a deep sense of self control and wellbeing.  School sports build strength in the limbs but pay little attention to the overall health of the spine.  Kids and teens spend more time than any previous teen generation in sedentary poses, often slouching over computers.  Abdominals weaken, shoulders tighten, neck and headaches often result as well as a tight lower back.  A regular yoga practice can change the paradigm.  This series aims to give teens an awareness of their spine – from the perspective of building a strong core, open shoulders and a lifted chest (known to be an anti-depressent).


2015 workshops 

Sunday January 4th


Neck and Shoulders with Jess

Lifestyle creates tension in our upper back and neck.   Sitting at computers and driving weaken the muscles of the upper back which creates neck tension and destabilizes the shoulders.   With the increasing use of computers, desk jobs and time sitting in traffic, it’s hard to avoid these aches and pains regardless of how active you are.

Most of our daily activities are done in front of us while seated. How long each day do you spend driving, writing, typing or eating? Over time, gravity takes over and the shoulders begin to round forward, the chest becomes constricted, the head juts out, and the upper back becomes stretched out or rounded.

The result of this posture is tight pectorals, shortened neck and weak upper back muscles. Consequently, smaller muscles that were not originally designed to be ‘postural muscles’ have to kick in and work hard to keep our bodies upright. In addition, certain sports including cycling and running can exacerbate the problem. Pain in the upper back and neck is often just a sign that your muscles are tired of doing a job they weren’t meant for. The solution is to fix the problem, not the symptoms.

BKS Iyengar has provided us with the tools to both strengthen the upper back and arms so as to relieve neck and shoulder tension.  All levels welcome.  Inversions will be practiced and modifications made for those who don’t practice inversions.

$30 in advance.  $40 on the day.

Sunday January 18th

Propping yourself into Back Bends

An afternoon with Senior teacher Bobby Clennell.  Bobby brings decades of study of Iyengar Yoga with the Iyengar family.

Props both contain us and ground us. They hold the body securely, and at the same time allow us to go further into our posture.

When practicing the backbends, holding patterns can often prevent us from stretching the entire length of the front body, or connecting to the mysterious intricacies of the back body. In this workshop we will use props to provide the support necessary to fully lift the chest and open our internal space to open. Props will bring us to a greater understanding of what is required to fully straighten our arms, and give a stronger lift to the pelvis.



Sunday February 1st

A day with Senior teacher Joan White.

This will be Joan’s 4th year coming to teach at Clear Yoga.  Joan has studied and practiced Iyengar Yoga for over 30 years and travels to India annually to study with the Iyengar Family.  Joan brings knowledge, understanding and expertise to her classes.  It is an opportunity not to be missed.

10am-1pm and 2.30-4.30pm.  $100.  Level 1 and up.

Sunday March 14th

An afternoon with Genny Kapular

Workshop payment policy

Your place at one of our workshops will be confirmed when paid in full only. Cancellations made 48 hours or less prior to the workshop will result in 30% of the cost of the workshop being returned in the form of credit.  Earlier cancellation will result in credit for future class cards or workshops.  Thank you for your understanding.

Manouso Manos workshop

July 24-26th 2015.

Manouso Manos is recognized in the international Iyengar Yoga community as one of the most capable teachers in the world.  He brings 40 years of studying with BKS Iyengar directly and holds one of two Advanced Senior Certificates given by BKS Iyengar.   Due to the popularity he holds as a teacher the workshop will take place on the Bard College Campus, Campus Center, in Annandale New York.  You will be required to bring your own props: 3 blankets, blocks, belt, mat and bolster if you need one.

Click here for details.

To sign up for this workshop you must first email

You are eligible to attend only if you have the following criteria.

– Consistent and regular study with a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher for minimally 6 months (one year preferred).  You will be asked for the name of your teacher.  Non Iyengar Yoga practitioners are not permitted to attend this workshop.

– Your spot will be kept once you have paid.  The amount will be posted soon.  Payable by check only and mailed to: Clear Yoga, suite 17b, 6423 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.  You cannot pay on line.

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Saturday Special classes


  • Classes are focused on particular areas
  • Work on a specific area with close guidance *
  • Learn how to modify or work poses to support and strengthen your focus area in your ongoing practice*

No more than 6 people for 90 minutes on a focused topic.  $40 per class.

No classes scheduled at this time.

Sign up at the studio or send an email to to book your spot.  Minimum 48 hour cancellation please.

$40 per class

*These classes are not “therapeutic” classes.  I am not qualified to teach Iyengar therapeutics at my level of certification.

Gift Cards

Contact Clear Yoga at once you have purchased your gift card.  Include in your email the paypal receipt for your purchase, the person intended to receive the gift, their contact information – email or mailing address.  Clear Yoga will mail a gift card, or an email gift card.  Please let us know which you would like to send.

One class $20


Five classes $95


Ten classes $170