Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga in the heart of Southeast Portland
Welcome to our intimate community center where we offer approachable, intelligent instruction and honest warmth that reaches well beyond the physical practices. For the past ten years, we have built a community of highly skilled, experienced teachers committed to intimate, honest inquiry. We embrace small-class culture, treat you with respect and dignity, and are deeply invested in shaping the conversation of yoga both inside the studio and in the wider community by educating students and teachers with depth and integrity.
Most importantly, we pride ourselves on being accessible. Whether you are a true beginner, a student seeking relief from stress or injury, a seasoned teacher wanting to hone your skills, someone old enough to value your health and want to learn how to maintain it, or you just want to get better at living your life, welcome home.
Life hurts sometimes. Yoga helps.
Five Meetings: Jan. 16-17, Feb. 21, Mar. 19, and April 30 3-7pm $300 includes all Dinacharya supplies, oils, spices, food and materials except books)
In this five-part series, dive into Ayurveda in a practical and experiential way, working with and learning the Dinacharya (daily self-care ritual), yoga and pranayama through the lens of Ayurveda, balancing oneself according to the seasons and the doshas, practical Ayurvedic cooking and eating, and more.
Tu/Th Mornings from 6-8am Jan 19-May 19 $500
Join Anatomy geniuses Monicka and Kate in this asana and anatomy exploratorium for teachers. This four-month series takes you from Tadasana all the way through the alphabet of Foundational asana, to give you the building blocks for every other pose in the book.
Fridays from 5:30-8pm Jan. 29-May 20 (off 2/26, 3/25, 4/22, with optional three nights to Breitenbush for the cost of room and board Mar. 27-30) $400
Learn, explore and contemplate in good company and conversation a few of the main sacred texts of Yoga; select readings from The Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoganjalisaram, The Joy of Self, and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Feb 6 and April 17, 3-7pm $100 both sessions
Come learn about your deep inner workings and how they play out in the classroom as both teacher and student. As teachers, our challenges are enormous, complex, often funny, and sometimes painful. This course explores concepts such as transference, projection, types of students and their ways of learning, boundaries, and more.
Second Friday February 12 from 12-1:15pm
In this class you'll use thera-bands, resistance work, blocks and your own body weight as your tools. This isn't your average yoga class, but a compliment to the yoga you love, and is open to everyone at any level of practice or interest.
Fourth Friday February 26 from 12-1:15pm
Drop-in or class cards welcome
The Body Braid provides a gentle hug and a continuous, uplifting reminder of your body's innate alignment. The Braid can be worn during any activity but is particularly awesome and helpful as a tool for yoga practice, as it can be used to assist yourself in postures, used by the teachers to help you, and provides a steady reminder of your own body's amazing resilience.
Saturday February 27 from 3 - 5:30, $35
In this workshop we will explore a yoga practices to naturally enhance and support fertility, experience a complete practice intended to soften the abdomen, increase blood flow to the pelvis and open lines of energy throughout the body to create harmony and ease. Meditation, breath practices and guided imagery will also be used to help relax the mind and open the heart in preparation for baby.
Sunday, March 13th, 11-7pm (with a 90 minute lunch break)
$130 before October 18, $145 Early Bird before February 28, then $165 Full price
Part 2 is here! This evidence-based approach to asana will influence how you work with individual clients, provide insight into how to sequence effective group classes for a purpose, and challenge your personal practice. Come learn some mind-blowing mechanical and neurological ways to up-level your personal asana practice, and your teaching.
Sunday March 20, 3-5:30pm $50
Join Tasha and the music lovers and harmonium players of The Bhaktishop as we embark on a beginner's journey through sound, vibration and harmonium-plunking basics. Learn the care and feeding of this instrumental cabinet-of-wonders, as well as basic scale and chord structure, a few simple and well-loved mantras, and how to accompany yourself in your own practice at home (or simply, with a class)!
Saturday, Mar. 26th from 3-7pm, $60
In this workshop we will explore tools for working with ourselves (or our clients) to find a deeper awareness of the mind, the breath and the body, and ways of weaving these in to the lives we’re already living. We will discuss and experience practices that anyone can do to relax the body, calm the mind, and find emotional stability. The tools in this workshop will inspire you to begin a practice you truly find calming and restful.
April 1-3: Friday 5:30-8pm, Sat and Sun 3-7pm $165
We are delighted to bring back our favorite Sanskrit scholar and friend, Joshua Michaell, for a weekend of Sanskrit study and reflection. Dive in Friday with an Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and spend Saturday and Sunday applying the concepts to the pronunciation of the Sanskrit alphabet.
Saturday and Sunday April 23 and 24, 3-8pm $150 (both days required)
In this 10-hour Prenatal yoga primer, we will endeavor to take the worry out of teaching a pregnant student and supply you with the basics to be safe and helpful in your teaching. We will cover some basic "Do's and Don't’s, " strengths and weaknesses in the pregnant body, and some helpful modifications to well known poses. Open to 200-hour level teachers and higher.
Saturday, June 11th, 3-7pm
$100 per couple
This class is designed to give the birthing couple an opportunity to learn about and practice using techniques to help embrace the intensity of childbirth. We will journey through Labor, learning about what is happening and gathering tools for you and your birth partners to help you navigate the process.
Sunday June 12th, 3-5pm $25
Are you ready for some you time? Please join us for a Sunday afternoon of precious self care. We will spend our time in the company of other mothers to reconnect with ourselves and our bodies, moving and breathing with an emphasis on moving from your center.
Sunday-Wednesday Feb. 21-24, 2016
Are you a writer, or do you aspire to express yourself on paper? Do you love yoga, and want to blend your loves together in a place where you will have ample time and open space to do so? Join us to write the body, the journey, the depths of your heart in this intimate, unique retreat.
March 3-6, 2016 (Thurs - Sun)
Join us for another intimate, inspiring weekend of Yoga and Ayurveda in beautiful Manzanita, where we will spend three rich days living, eating and sharing the wisdom and depth of the heartfelt practices of Ayurveda and yoga.
May 13-15, 2016 with Shana
Here is your best Mother's Day Present!
As much as being a mother is full-filling, rewarding, and the best job ever, sometimes it is necessary to take care of YOU! You give SO much... are you ready for two quiet, nourishing nights away? For four lovely yoga classes, uninterrupted?