Brian Hogencamp
Iyengar Certified Yoga Instructor

Iyengar yoga is based upon innovations to classical hatha yoga as developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. 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 regularly returns to 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

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

Bija Yoga
Monday 5-6:30p (Level 1-2)
Friday 4-6p (Level 3-4)
Sunday 9-10:30a (Level 1-3)

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


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

22 August-26 September, Threading Intermediate Asana Series, Part III
Fridays 4-6pm
This series will take place during the regularly scheduled 2-hour Intermediate-level class at Bija Yoga. Classes are cumulative, series are progressive. Regular 2-hour 5-class passes accepted. Minimum THREE years of study required with a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. Contact Bija Yoga to register.

26 September, Approaching the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Monthly Fridays 6:30-7:30pm
These informal gatherings to explore the Yoga Sutras, a collection of aphorisms offered more than 2,000 years ago by the Indian sage, Patanjali, 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. Held at Bija Yoga - Iyengar yoga community donation optional.

27 September, Autumnal Equinox One-Day Workshop
Saturday 1-6pm

Action and Reflection: Progressing from Attention to Awareness
The focus of this one-day workshop will be learning how the body and the mind work together. B.K.S. Iyengar defines action as "movement with intelligence." After each action, we need to learn to pause and reflect. During each action too, we need to learn to reflect. This observation in action is key to our progress as yoga practitioners. B.K.S. Iyengar guides, "The art of yoga lies in the acuity of observation." The intention of One-Day gatherings is to impart a more comprehensive experience to the student of yoga. There will be asana class, yoga sutra chanting, philosophical concepts, and pranayama class - all with a common thread. Students should have ONE year of consistent experience in the Iyengar method. Contact Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco to register or click here.
- Early registration discount end 13 September.

1-2 November - Albany, NY
Saturday 9-11a and 12-2:30p & Sunday 9:30-12p and 2-4p
Contact The Yoga Loft to register; information Marge McGreevy 518.482.8124 or Gerry McDonald 518.438.2557

9 November, Workshop - Sacramento, CA
Sunday 1:30-4:30p
In this extended, three-hour class, a more comprehensive experience will be imparted with study of asana, sutras, and pranayama utilizing body, mind, and breath. Students should have at least ONE year of consistent experience in the Iyengar method. Contact The Yoga Solution to register.

15 November, Monthly Series - Sebastopol, CA
Saturday 3:30-6:30p
This series of extended classes, one per month, will offer a progressive study of asana, yoga sutras, and pranayama over the course of a year. Students should have one year of consistent experience in the Iyengar method. Contact Westside Yoga Studio to register.


You can email me at or call 415.312.0103.

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"I do pray that my ending will be your beginning."
- B.K.S. Iyengar