About The Bhaktishop
The Bhaktishop Yoga Center is deeply curated labor of love, bringing this great tradition of yoga alive through integrated, intelligent practices, grounded and authentic spiritual study, therapeutic principles and a deeper and more inter-connected way to go about living life. We have been committed to this community through social activism for nearly ten years, and care deeply about creating a sanctuary for all people to feel safe and welcome. In keeping with this commitment, we routinely engage in self- and community education around issues inclusion, accessibility and justice. This practice comes in so many forms, cultures and paths that it can be challenging at times to navigate. We believe that there is an ideal yoga practice for every single body and every unique intention, and we aspire to help you find an effective path to health, service, inspiration, and fulfillment.
The community, business and teachers of The Bhaktishop are deeply invested in honing our strategy and capacity for achieving equitable outcomes through professional staff training, meaningful self-education, and building the knowledge, skill and human resource necessary to invest in a more equitable business model. We're actively moving toward our vision of creating a vibrant, multicultural, inter-generational community by encouraging conversations about race, inclusion, trauma-informed practices, and equity on a daily basis here, and aim to make use of these skills in a broader capacity in the yoga community to address the pressures on everyone's lives and live fully into a common vision of a more equitable Portland where all can thrive.
We are first and foremost students of yoga ourselves. Yoga is an intrinsically individual discipline that requires a great variety of techniques to satisfy the great variety of individuals. We do not teach one particular style of practice here but instead strive to share the essence of yoga: the skillful combination of physical movement, conscious breathing, deep devotion, and concentration/meditation with the intention of bringing you closer to authentic knowledge of yourself. All of our teachers are unique and experienced in multiple fields of study, and we wholeheartedly embrace our many varying lineages and perspectives. Our united approach of embracing the varying perspectives of you, the student, helps provide conditions within each class for individual experience and meaning. We aim to honor and revere both you and yoga in all of its diversity, with an attitude of service and a willingness to allow ourselves to be taught every day by each one of you.
We also believe that yoga should be accessible to all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural or religious orientation, immigrant status, gender identification, sexual orientation, income, size, age or ability; we work diligently to create a safe and accessible space for everyone. All of us are well-trained in strong bio-mechanical principles with a loving eye toward injury prevention and individualized attention. We offer you intelligent, detailed instruction in asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, Ayurveda, Restorative practices, Therapeutics with qualified instructors, Prenatal and Post-partum care, and many specialized workshops, including training teachers to be even better teachers. Our commitment is to furthering the conversation about yoga in our studio, your house, your community and beyond.