Friendship Yoga

Friendship Yoga
1231 Gilbert Court
Iowa City, IA 52240



Workshops & Retreats


May 20-22, 2016

18th Annual Spring Retreat at Prairiewoods
Guest Teachers Mary Obendorfer and Eddy Marks

Mary Obendorfer, co-director of the B.K.S. Iyengar Centers of San Diego, is a longtime student of B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Praschant Iyengar with whom she studies on a yearly basis in Pune, India. Classes will be taught in the classical method as taught by the Iyengars.

Eddy Marks, has been to India 15 times to study with the Iyengars, and has practiced yoga for 37 years (1976). He is currently an assessor for the National Board for Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certification. He has a degree from UCLA in Kinesiology (the study of human movement) and teaches anatomy & physiology for yoga practitioners. Before moving to San Diego he was employed as an exercise physiologist and taught yoga in the cardiac rehabilitation program of the famous Pritikin Longevity Center. There with the guidance of BKS Iyengar, he was the first to introduce yoga for cardiac rehabilitation which was a great success.

Eddy and his wife Mary Obendorfer, co-direct the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centers of San Diego. In addition to their annual trips and a 12 month residency in 2003/04, Eddy and Mary attended classes and worked closely with the Iyengars from June 2009 - December 2009. Eddy and Mary adhere strictly to the Iyengar Yoga method, and are widely recognized for their deep understanding of the science and art of Yoga as well as their enthusiasm and delight in sharing their knowledge with others.

This weekend yoga retreat is open to any yoga student who has had at least 16 weeks of consistent attendance in an Iyengar Yoga class. It is an opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge and understanding of yoga with a dedicated and highly trained teacher. Prairiewoods, a spiritual and ecology center run by Franciscan Sisters is located on 70 acres of natural beauty just north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This serene and spacious facility offers accommodations for overnight guests, ample space for quiet reflection, trails for walking and contemplation, and simple vegetarian meals (vegan and gluten-free dietary needs can also be accommodated). The spiritual atmosphere of Prairiewoods provides an ideal environment for an Iyengar Yoga retreat.

group photo
Group Photo, Prairiewoods Retreat 2009


Friday, May 20   3:00 - 6:00 p.m.   Arrival and Check-in
    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.   Asana Class
    8:00 - 9:00 p.m.   Potluck Dinner
Saturday, May 21   9:00 - 11:30   Asana Class
    Noon   Lunch
    3:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Inversions, restorative, pranayama class
    6:00 p.m.   Dinner
    7:00 - 8:00 p.m.   Philosophical discussion
and/or Q & A
    8:00 p.m   Yoga video with popcorn
Sunday, May 22   7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Pranayama Class
    8:30 - 9:30 a.m.   Tea and fruit break
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.   Asana Class
    Noon   Lunch and departure

Cost and Registration Information

Option 1: Classes and meals only: $265

There are 17 double rooms available for lodging at Prairiewoods. Each room shares an adjoining bath with another room. Sheets and towels are provided. In order to maximize the number of participants who can enjoy the comfort of staying at Prairiewoods, those willing to "double-up" would be greatly appreciated. Prairiewoods is a roomy facility with abundant private space for seclusion.

Option 2: Classes and meals,
               Double room accommodation: $360

Option 3: Classes and meals,
               Single room accommodation: $410

Early Bird Bonus!!!!! Subtract $20 from your fee, IF YOU REGISTER BY April 29th.

Enrollment is limited and the workshop will fill! Register early so as to not miss this wonderful opportunity. If you cancel on or before May 1st, your fees will be refunded minus a $30 cancellation fee. If you cancel after May 1st, your fees will be refunded minus a $50 cancellation fee only if there is someone available to take your place. Otherwise, no refunds after May 1, 2016.

The Maitri Yoga Education Fund will provide financial support for those in need. Scholarships are prioritized for currently enrolled Friendship Yoga Students. For more information and an application,
Deadline for scholarship applications is 4/20/16.




  "Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through individual growth,
society and community develop."
B.K.S. Iyengar