Brian Hogencamp
Iyengar Certified Yoga Instructor

Iyengar yoga is a term coined by the students of B.K.S. Iyengar. When questioned on this he said. "I do not call what I teach 'Iyengar Yoga'. Yoga is one. How can there be Iyengar yoga then? What I teach is what Maharshi Patanjali has imparted." With over 80 years of continuous practice, insightful teachings, and meticuluous study of the early yoga texts, his devotion to the art, science, and philosophy of yoga is world-renowned.

Brian Hogencamp is a full-time practitioner, and certified instructor of Iyengar yoga. He is a student of Manouso Manos and returns annually to RIMYI in Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. With Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra as foundation, the writings of B.K.S., Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar provide structure to his textual study, and insight to his practice. As yoga is an experiential subject, he believes the distance between what is taught and what is learned can only be illumined by one’s own practice. Consistent, dedicated practice continues to reveal to him the universality and completeness of the Iyengar approach to yoga. Drawing from his evolving experience and with deep gratitude for the teachings received, he is eager to share the light yoga can bring.

The Iyengar approach to yoga is rooted in the traditional eight limbs of yoga as prescribed by the ancient Indian sage, Patanjali, in his classic text, The Yoga Sutra-s. Postures or asana are practiced with precision and alignment; developing strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and mental clarity. Props are often used to adapt the body to the asana and provide an insightful evolution toward perfection of the asana. The effects and benefits of practice are cumulative. These depend upon which, how, and in what sequence each asana is practiced. As the yoga practitioner progresses, awareness pierces beyond the physical body, bringing inner balance and harmony; a deeper absorption, a "meditation in action."

Public Classes

NOTE: I am back to teaching as usual Saturday 9a on 23 July, with the exception of the 12:30p class which is canceled on the 23rd only due to IYISF programming.

The Abode of Iyengar Yoga
Monday 9-10:30a - Level 2
Wednesday 4:30-6p - Level 1
Saturday 9-10:30a - Level 1-3

Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco
Wednesday 9-10:30a - Level 2
Friday 9-11a - Level 3
Saturday 12:30-1:45p - Level 1

Classes I will be subbing

The Abode of Iyengar Yoga
16 Sep, Fri 6:30p - I will teach this as a restorative class

Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco
27 Jul, Wed 10:30a -12:30p - Level 3
3 Aug, Wed10:30a -12:30p - Level 3
17 Aug, Wed 10:30a -12:30p - Level 3
24 Aug, Wed 10:30a -12:30p - Level 3
28 Aug, Sun 9-10:30 Level 1-3


Private Instruction

Please speak with me to discuss your specific needs. Some reasons for individual instruction - to work specifically upon a particular limitation and learn how to modify postures to accommodate and bring health to an injury; to expand and deepen your understanding of a particular asana or group of asana; to spark or evolve your home practice.

Series & Intensives

31 Jul - Back Extension Workshop - Open Spine, Open Mind - Sacramento, CA
Sundays 11-1p General Class - Open Spine, Open Mind & 2-4:30pm Continuing Education for serious Iyengar yoga students and teachers. 18 Sep, 20 Nov (tentative)
Contact The Yoga Solution to register.

6 Aug - Late Summer Half-Day Workshop
Healthy Hips - Key to Knees & Low Back
Saturday 2-6pm with tea break
Both mobility and stability are key to healthy functioning of the hips. Using precision as our guiding principle, our focus will be on building strength and elasticity while observing the benefits on the knees and low back.These lseasonal gatherings are intended to impart a more comprehensive experience to the student of yoga. There will be asana, yoga sutra-s, philosophical concepts, and pranayama - all with a common thread. Contact Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco

7 Aug - Iyengar Yoga Intermediate, Sebastopol, CA
Sundays 10:30-1p
Contact Westside Yoga Studio.

10 Aug, Yoga Sutra Study Group
Monthly Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm,
7 Sep, 12 Oct, 16 Nov
These informal gatherings to explore the Yoga Sutras will look to the gems of practical wisdom in B.K.S. Iyengar's translation and commentary, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Each gathering will offer a mix of lecture, inquiry, basic pronunciation, chanting, perplexity, and clarity. The Center for Creative Exploration, 300 Chenery St - Iyengar Community donation optional.

14 Aug - Iyengar Yoga, Willits, CA
Sundays 9-11p All Levels & 12-2:30p Intermediate.
Contact Our Yoga Center to register.

18-21 Aug - 5th Annual Iyengar Yoga Intensive, Northern CA
Thursday pm to Sunday pm

This 4-day intensive will be held at Ratna Ling Retreat Center, located about 90 miles north of San Francisco near the Sonoma Coast. We will begin Thursday afternoon and finish Sunday afternoon. Each day will include asana, pranayama, yoga sutras, community and solitude. Organic, vegetarian meals and accommodations are included. Each two-person, super-lux cabin has two private bedrooms and a shared common area. All-inclusive fee - $745. Students should have at least TWO years of CONSISTENT experience in the Iyengar method.

27-28 Aug - Foundation of Practice Course
Saturday/Sunday 2-6pm, other sessions - September 10-11, October 1-2, November 5-6. Co-taught with Todd Semo.
Contact Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco

25 Sep - Autumnal Equinox Half-Day Workshop
Change Your Perspective - Inversions
Sunday 2-6pm with tea break
The benefits and effects of Inverted asana are numerous, bringing vitality, emotional stability and self-confidence. Students will build courage and confidence through a safe, practical approach to Sirsasana, Sarvangasana and variations. Alternatives will be taught for those who are menstruating or otherwise unable to invert. These seasonal gatherings are intended to impart a more comprehensive experience to the student of yoga. There will be asana, yoga sutra-s, philosophical concepts, and pranayama - all with a common thread. Contact Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco

22-23 Oct - Albany, NY
Saturday 9:30-11:30a and 1-3:30p & Sunday 9:30-12p and 1:30-3:30p
Contact The Yoga Loft to register; information Marge McGreevy 518.482.8124 or Gerry McDonald 518.438.2557


You can email me at or call FOUR-ONE-FIVE.312.0103.

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"When awareness is linked to intelligence, honesty comes into being; when brain and body move in harmony, there is integrity."
- B.K.S. Iyengar