Fundraiser: Help Support Our Beloved Bhaktishop Teacher, Theresia Munywoki!
Jun
28
to Aug 31

Fundraiser: Help Support Our Beloved Bhaktishop Teacher, Theresia Munywoki!

Fridays at 4pm and all month long in the drop jar and online, please help us support one of our dear teachers and friends as she navigates the complexity of unemployment, mental health crisis and family illness.

This fundraiser is an opportunity to not only provide direct reparations to a black femme who has lived under the violence of white supremacy her entire life, but also to aid her family directly and those in her community who also share her experiences. Theresia has the interest of other black femmes in mind and plans to share a portion of the proceeds of this fundraiser with her community at a time when they all need it most.  

Thank you in advance to all who donate, and to everyone who shares the fundraiser with others. Let’s show up for black femmes and let them know how valuable, valid, and necessary they are, regardless of what the systems in power suggest. Our pathways to liberation are intimately connected to the survival and thriving of the collective.

-First, log into our online store here

-Click on one of the links below to make a corresponding donation:

Theresia Munywoki Fundraiser ($10)

Theresia Munywoki Fundraiser ($20)

Theresia Munywoki Fundraiser ($50)

Theresia Munywoki Fundraiser ($100)

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Hoop Flow To Grow Your Groundwork: An 8 Week Series with guest teacher Laura Aszman
Jul
10
to Aug 28

Hoop Flow To Grow Your Groundwork: An 8 Week Series with guest teacher Laura Aszman

Eight Wednesdays 7/10-8/29  from 7-8:15pm

$115 for the series, no drop-in please!

Grow Your Groundwork is the next step for those of you who have taken Hoop Foundations & Flow and desire more. In this series, we will build on to your foundational movements, learn shoulder hooping, introduce more transitions and dive even deeper into your unique self-expression through the hoop. Anyone that can already hoop, and Intermediate hoopers welcome! We will explore many movements that will strengthen our bodies and relax our minds. Leave feeling lighter, happier and healthier.

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Yoga School Q & A with Lisa Mae
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

Yoga School Q & A with Lisa Mae

Friday, August 23rd 5:30-6:30pm, FREE

Ask your questions. Interrogate us in the process of deciding how and where to study. Discernment is one of the guiding forces of the practice of yoga, and using your intuition and discernment to decide where to study, and with whom, is a vital skill.

You are an incredible, transcendent unit of loving consciousness and an important agent of social change. Yoga can help us directly engage in both. The planet and the imbalances of power and suffering are a hot mess, that is clear. But we have agency, and we have consciousness. The teachings of yoga give guideposts, not just to help understand how to relieve our own suffering, but how to find community and wise love and connect to the All-That-Is, whatever we may call that Source.

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Yoga en Español con Ceci Orozco
Sep
4
to Dec 18

Yoga en Español con Ceci Orozco

Primer y Tercer Miércoles, de 7 a 8 pm

$8 Pase o Tarjeta de Clase / Pasaporte (nadie será rechazado por falta de fondos)

Me complace anunciar que a principios de Septiembre estaremos arrancando una nueva clase en El Bhakti Yoga Movement Center: Yoga en Español comienza este otoño! Estoy super contenta de poder compartir la práctica del yoga en mi idioma natal. Esta clase estará abierta para todos los niveles. Te invito a que corras la voz e invites a tus familiares y amigos a que vengan a yoga. La clase será impartida en español y tiene como objetivo el fomentar salud y bienstar de la comunidad Latinx en Portland y sus alrededores utilizando como medio de conexión al yoga y al español.

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Movement Exploratorium: Circuit Training with Balls and Bands with Ali Wesley
Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30

Movement Exploratorium: Circuit Training with Balls and Bands with Ali Wesley

Saturday, September 7 2:30-4:30pm $25

Come explore the joys of accessible, fun, alternative movement using Franklin Method balls, large thera-bands and other fun props with movement enthusiast and Franklin Method Senior teacher, Ali Wesley! First detail each exercise in the circuit, followed by timed repetitions of each exercise set to excellent music. Expect a balanced workout of intelligent, enjoyable movement galore, and learn how you can incorporate these movements in your home practice as well! All levels and bodies welcome. No one turned away for lack of funds

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Birth Preparation for Couples/Support Partners with Shana
Sep
14
to Apr 18

Birth Preparation for Couples/Support Partners with Shana

September 14, October 19, December 7, 2019 and January 4 and February 29, 2020

3-7pm, $100 per couple

This class is designed to give the birthing person and their support partner 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.

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Restore Your Core™ Two 5-week Series' with Shana Celnicker-Chong
Sep
19
to Nov 21

Restore Your Core™ Two 5-week Series' with Shana Celnicker-Chong

Thursdays, Session 1: September 19 to October 17 (10 people max) $100

Thursdays, Session 2: October 24- November 21 (10 people max) $100

Join Shana Celnicker-Chong for this Restore Your Core ™ series to help you find and use your reflexive core. If you are having back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, diastasis recti, or tightness in your shoulders and neck, it could be that your core strength needs some attention. Using alignment, yoga and movement exercises, we will learn to restore your core and pelvic floor function.

Each week we will bring awareness to your movement and alignment patterns as we create new ones that better support your body. Each class will build on the previous class, and a short practice will be given to practice each week outside of class. All levels welcome!

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Dharma of The Heart: A Bhagavad Gītā Weekend Workshop with Shivani of Living Sanskrit
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Dharma of The Heart: A Bhagavad Gītā Weekend Workshop with Shivani of Living Sanskrit

Saturday and Sunday September 21-22 from 1-7pm

$140 early bird pricing before 9/6, $165 after

Join Shivani from Living Sanskrit as she brings us the essence of dharma in the Bhagavad Gītā, one of yoga’s most sacred jewels. In this experiential weekend, seekers will explore mantra chanting and recitation of key passages of the Gītā, spend time in conversation and contemplation both solo and in small groups, move in some short, embodied asana sequences, and be guided in meditative practices with a lineaged teacher of these sacred traditions.

All levels of experience are welcome, and more details will be coming soon.

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Dharma & Artha: Finding Prosperity in your Vedic Astrological Chart with Dennis Flaherty
Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Dharma & Artha: Finding Prosperity in your Vedic Astrological Chart with Dennis Flaherty

Saturday, September 28th , 1-5:30pm

$65 (includes a copy of your Vedic Natal chart and a mini-reading in class)

Foundational to Vedic astrology are the purusharthas; the four aims of life.  These aims are: purpose (dharma), acquisition (artha), relationship (kama) and liberation (moksha).  The aim of artha represents our material prosperity in this world, not as end in itself, but rather the means to which will fulfilling our dharma. 

Each Vedic astrological chart has planets to a greater, or lesser extent, that are associated with rightful acquisition, or prosperity based on dharma.  In this class, Dennis will explain the foundational principles to finding prosperity in the Vedic astrological chart to foster understanding that rightful worldly acquisition comes before, not after, dharma.   Each participant will receive a mini-reading in this workshop based on their Vedic chart.

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Movement Exploratorium: Relax and Release Your Neck and Shoulders with Ali Wesley
Sep
29
to Oct 13

Movement Exploratorium: Relax and Release Your Neck and Shoulders with Ali Wesley

Three-part Series Sundays, September 29, Oct 6 and Oct 13 from 3-5pm $75

In this three-part series we will embody the many layers of the neck/shoulders in daily life and in movement. If you experience neck or shoulder tension, headaches, or other painful upper body issues, or if you are a lover of learning and moving or a teacher wanting more understanding of this part of anatomy to share with your students, this class is for you! You will come away with usable, doable practices based on Franklin Method techniques to continue feeling great in your upper body. All levels welcome

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Community Philosophy Reading Group: Beginning Bhagavad Gītā with Lisa Mae and Monicka
Oct
11
to Nov 22

Community Philosophy Reading Group: Beginning Bhagavad Gītā with Lisa Mae and Monicka

Oct 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 8, 15 and 22, 6-8pm

$108, all proceeds to be donated

This 6-part series is open to all seekers that would like to study (or continue) to read and study the Gītā in a community setting. We will read parts of a simplified translation, hear some discourse on some of the meaning behind the text, have some self-directed discussions, chant verses and kirtan, spend time in contemplation/meditation and in general be together in company and conversation.

For this group, we will be reading from Bhagavad Gītā: Talks Between the Soul and God, translated by Ranchor Prime.

In yogic tradition, The Bhagavad-Gītā is an essential text on yoga practice in the world, on the battlefield of this life, right in the middle of the mess, where we examine the paths of yoga practice in relation to Action, Love and Wisdom and look into their timeless teachings.

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Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training: The Physiology of Resilience with Molly Boeder-Harris
Nov
1
to Nov 3

Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training: The Physiology of Resilience with Molly Boeder-Harris

Friday, Nov. 1, 6-9pm

Saturday and Sunday Nov. 2-3, 3pm – 7pm

$185 for the series

In this comprehensive training, we will investigate how teaching with a trauma-informed lens can accommodate and address the physical, mental and spiritual impacts that survivors of trauma may navigate. The instructor draws from a combination of direct experience, professional work, and academic research, enabling her to attest to both the potential vulnerabilities and the inherent resilience of this population.

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Anatomy Tune-Up For Teachers and Movement Lovers with Zeyah Roge
Nov
9
to Nov 24

Anatomy Tune-Up For Teachers and Movement Lovers with Zeyah Roge

November 9th / 10th  +  23rd / 24th

Saturday + Sunday 3pm - 8pm, Pricing Options Below

Anatomy Do-Over

Is the anatomy portion of your training a blur? Are you an alignment-geek in theory but have trouble retaining anatomy and applying it your teaching and practice? Does anatomical jargon leave you in the dust? If so, then please join me for a relaxed and interactive course that reviews the anatomical basics that are most relevant to asana practice. The material comes alive with lecture, discussion, hands-on work, and creative explorations. Participants are encouraged to dive into the "laboratory of the body" where anatomy can be experienced rather than memorized. From a deeply feeling place, we will develop critical thinking skills to meaningfully apply the anatomical information to movement sequencing and teaching techniques.

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Birth Trauma and Recovery Workshop with Dr. Kacy Borba Spann, N.D. L.Ac. and Monicka Koneski, LMT
Nov
16
3:00 PM15:00

Birth Trauma and Recovery Workshop with Dr. Kacy Borba Spann, N.D. L.Ac. and Monicka Koneski, LMT

Saturday, November 16, 3-7 pm

$75, no one turned away for lack of funds

(Donations also accepted for needs based scholarships, which are available, inquire with registration.)

Please join Dr. Kacy Borba Spann, ND, LAc and Monicka Koneski, LMT, Somatic Movement & Yoga Teacher to help you heal from birth trauma. One of the most common responses that we hear from birthing parents who have experienced miscarriage, pregnancy loss, intervention, medical trauma, lack of support or anything else that has caused them to feel traumatized from pregnancy and/or birth is that they feel so alone. We are here to create support around healing from birth trauma. We are here so that you know you are not alone.

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Movement Exploratorium: Breathing For Life with Ali Wesley
Dec
1
3:00 PM15:00

Movement Exploratorium: Breathing For Life with Ali Wesley

Sunday, December 1 3-6pm $40

Breathing brings about improved digestion, cardiovascular health, freer posture/movement and a calmer mind (just to name a few things)...but what is good breathing? In this workshop, we will discover some possible answers, using imagery and the tools of the Franklin Method to experience the mechanics of the diaphragm, ribs, lungs, heart, spine and back/abdominal muscles. With simple, repeatable exercises, we will explore freeing the breath - expect to learn a lot, but also expect to leave relaxed, refreshed and ready to improve the thing you do 20,000 times a day. All levels and bodies welcome!

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Compassionate Resistance Campaign: June
Jun
1
to Jun 30

Compassionate Resistance Campaign: June

Yoga Foundations 1, by Donation

Fridays at 4pm

Join us all month long on Fridays at 4pm as well as in the drop-jar on the desk as we serve SPARK: Reproductive Justice Now!

What Is Reproductive Justice?

SPARK defines Reproductive Justice as a social justice movement rooted in the belief that individuals and communities should have the resources and power to make sustainable and liberatory decisions about their bodies, genders, sexualities, and lives.

Reproductive Justice is pro-sex, sexuality, gender, queer bodies, access to abortion and contraception, birth rights and chosen families, and so much more.

For SPARK, reproductive justice is the ability for Georgia and the South to continuously cultivate communities where we can all make sustainable and liberatory decisions about our bodies, genders, sexualities, families, and lives holistically and without shame or fear of policing.

Join us in building and sustaining a powerful Southern reproductive justice movement!

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2020 Yoga School Open House and Info Session
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

2020 Yoga School Open House and Info Session

Wednesday May 22, 7-8:15pm

FREE!

Join Lisa Mae, Monicka and Danielle for an opportunity to hear about the upcoming January 2020 training, ask questions, meet the teachers and some recent graduates, and in general to get oriented to possibilities of taking this journey with us into the self.

We consider yoga to be a way to engage in service and as an agent of social change, and we teach this program from that orientation. It is the perfect place to begin your illuminating journey into teaching, to bring needed yoga as that agent of social change and healing into new communities, and to profoundly shift and grow your own personal practice, relationship to your self, and invitation into a vast, inner life. 

Click here for an application

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Untuck What’s Stuck: Franklin Method For Yoga - An In-depth Look at The Pelvis w/ Eric Franklin and Alison Wesley
May
17
to May 19

Untuck What’s Stuck: Franklin Method For Yoga - An In-depth Look at The Pelvis w/ Eric Franklin and Alison Wesley

EARLY BIRD PRICING EXTENDED TO APRIL 16th!

Join Ali Wesley, Senior Franklin Method Teacher and Eric Franklin himself for this training!

Friday, May 17th 5:30-8:30pm, Saturday and Sunday May 18 and 19th 1:00-8:00pm
$395 early bird (Before April 16) - $425 after

Are you a yoga teacher who struggles with finding the right cues to reach every student in your classes? Are you challenged by helping particular students with hip/back pain or sacroiliac issues? Are you wanting clarification of the pelvic anatomy for your own practice and/or your students' practice? Are you in search of new ways to understand, explain and explore asana? Are you looking to be inspired and to feel a renewal for your yoga teaching/practice?

Receive skills to use within any style of yoga and re-invigorate your teaching, learn ways to help your students (and yourself) break tension patterns, understand how to experience strength without tension and achieve dynamic flexibility in the hips.
These tools will include how, within a yoga class, to use ball rolling, work with therabands, self-massage, and more.

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Yoga and Mobility For Climbers with Monica Fong
May
11
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga and Mobility For Climbers with Monica Fong

Saturday May 11, 3-5pm, $25

Join Monica Fong for an all-levels yoga and mobility workshop designed by a climber specifically for climbers.

No previous yoga experience necessary. Start with foundational poses to open up the chest, relieve shoulder and forearm tension, practice balance, and stretch those notoriously tight climbing muscles. This workshop is a great way to begin a yoga practice if you've been looking to start but don't know how, and if you're a seasoned yoga practitioner, this is a great insight to targeting your yoga and mobility work specifically toward climbing.

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Menopause, Ayurveda, and Yoga: An Afternoon Workshop with Danielle Hanna, M.A., CAP
May
4
3:00 PM15:00

Menopause, Ayurveda, and Yoga: An Afternoon Workshop with Danielle Hanna, M.A., CAP

Saturday. May 4th, 3-6pm $50

Menopause is often a subject that does not get much press, but is a vital and important milestone in life. Join Danielle for an afternoon immersion into the transitions of menopause, exploring Ayurvedic practices and lifestyle choices that can have important long-term benefits to your health and wellness. Whether you are feeling the early signs of Menopause or Peri-menopause, or want to be proactive and preventative, come learn how some simple diet, yoga, exercise and lifestyle changes can deeply impact your wisdom toolbox as you embark on this remarkable journey.

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Nurturing Digestion through Ayurvedic Wisdom with Danielle Hanna, M.A., C.A.P.
May
2
3:00 PM15:00

Nurturing Digestion through Ayurvedic Wisdom with Danielle Hanna, M.A., C.A.P.

Sunday, June 9th 3-5pm $30

While the phrase “You are what you eat” may be familiar to many of us, Ayurveda says “You are what you digest.” A strong digestion is not only related to the food we eat, but to many other factors. Join Danielle Hanna, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Masters of Science in Ayurveda for an afternoon exploration into some choices and practices that may help to build stronger digestion. These practices nourish and rejuvenate, and go well beyond simply what food you eat, focusing on harmonizing the mind, body and spirit through the wisdom practices of Ayurveda, the sister Science of Yoga.

All are welcome in this exploratory workshop!

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Compassionate Resistance Campaign: May
May
1
to May 31

Compassionate Resistance Campaign: May

Yoga Foundations 1, by Donation

Fridays at 4pm

Join us all month long on Fridays at 4pm as well as in the drop-jar on the desk as we serve Adelante Mujeres, right here in Portland.

For many Latina women and their families, generations of poverty, social isolation and sexism have combined to limit opportunities for empowerment and education. When a woman feels empowered, everything for her changes.

We believe that every Latina deserves to feel empowered, to rise up, to have her voice be heard, and to lead. We work to empower marginalized Latina women and their families through education, enterprise and leadership opportunities. Latina women and children benefit from adult education classes, the Chicas youth development program, early childhood education classes, and ESPERE training.

Leadership development is incorporated into all of our classes to ensure our future is full of strong Latina leaders. Latina women and families are economically empowered through our small business and agriculture classes, our Farmers Market, CSA program and Nourish the Community project.

Please click here for more information on how to help: http://www.adelantemujeres.org/ways-to-help

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PNTT Module 2: Teaching the Postpartum Body, A Primer for Teachers with Shana Celnicker-Chong
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

PNTT Module 2: Teaching the Postpartum Body, A Primer for Teachers with Shana Celnicker-Chong

April 26-28, 2019 $400

15 hrs: Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-7 and Sunday 3-8pm

This is a workshop for all yoga teachers that wish to help their students understand how to practice safely through better alignment, deeper awareness in their yoga poses, and sound integrity in any movement practice.

Through our detailed study of anatomy and alignment we will learn about the postpartum "Core," understand some common issues that the post-birthing body can encounter such as Diastasis Recti, and learn about healing and supporting the pelvic floor.  We will also explore some simple Ayurvedic practices to aid in the body’s healing. After the weekend you will feel more confident in supporting your students as they make their way back to public group yoga classes.

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Yoga Series for People of Color with Monica Fong
Apr
24
to May 8

Yoga Series for People of Color with Monica Fong

Three Wednesday evenings from 7-8:15pm:

April 24, May 1 and May 8

Just $8 to drop in

This POC-led class will be a safe wellness space for those that identify as a Person of Color (POC) - aiming to provide a welcoming and community-oriented space to grow, heal, and support each other. This class is open to all levels, beginners are welcome and encouraged to come. We will be using numerous props to learn how to support our bodies in various poses so we can feel safe, comfortable, and more aware of our own bodies moving through space.

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LOVE YOU MORE/Shifting From Stress To Rest: A Benefit for Living Yoga with Makeda Stewart
Apr
21
3:00 PM15:00

LOVE YOU MORE/Shifting From Stress To Rest: A Benefit for Living Yoga with Makeda Stewart

Sunday April 21st, 3-6pm

$30 suggested donation to benefit Living Yoga, no one turned away

Come enjoy a safe space to move, be with your thoughts, and journal your deepest intentions of the heart. As we focus on releasing what no longer serves us, there will be guided meditation, a gentle yoga asana sequence filled with poses that promote opening, and a deep, juicy restorative practice, all held within ceremony, candles and low lighting. Bring an item that represents something that needs attention in your life and place it near the altar, along with a small notebook for writing. In a world full of environmental stressors, let’s capture how to release those things that affect us on a cellular and spiritual level, together. Leave with a sense of lightness as you collect brave affirmations and a little chocolate to remember there are sweet times, too.

All bodies, all levels welcome as we celebrate and honor the work of Living Yoga.

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Skill In Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice To Create A Just World with Michelle C. Johnson
Apr
12
to Apr 14

Skill In Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice To Create A Just World with Michelle C. Johnson

Book Reading and Public Talk with Michelle Johnson

Friday, April 12 by Donation

6-8PM held at (com)motion PDX 4522 NE 42nd Ave.

Yoga and Justice Weekend Workshop

Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14

12-6PM both days, held at (com)motion PDX 4255 NE 42nd Ave.

Open to all with registration offered at three sliding scale ticket prices: Rebalance $275, Fair $150 and Supported $75. See sign up link here for more details:

Reading:

Join Michelle Cassandra Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World.  Michelle will share from her new book and explore the intersection of yoga and justice as an entry into understanding how to create inclusive activist spaces that center healing and resiliency.

Workshop:

It can be difficult to remain centered amidst the chaos of a culture that continues to divide and conquer. Many are wondering how to respond to increasingly oppressive policies, political divisions and the current cultural upheaval. While we have questions about how to respond, I believe that we must respond with steadfastness and courageous hearts to the urgent concerns of this time. Contemplative practices, including meditation and yoga, allow us to work with sensation, toxic thought patterns, cultural conditioning, overwhelm, and anxiety through mindfulness and thoughtful care. In this workshop, we will deepen our understanding of the principles of justice and yoga; the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness.

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Intermediate Asana Teaching Intensive with Monicka Koneski and Britt Rhoden
Apr
11
6:15 AM06:15

Intermediate Asana Teaching Intensive with Monicka Koneski and Britt Rhoden

4 weeks: March 19- April 11, Tu/Th mornings, 6:15-8am

$140 full series

As teachers both new and experienced we most often find ourselves teaching to a wide array of students with varied experience levels and diverse physical capacities. This 4-week immersion is focused around honing the skills necessary to better teach these mixed-level, intermediate classes.  Monicka and Britt share their many years of insights, movement theory techniques, creative prop use, modifications, functional strength tricks and extra challenges to provide you with the tools to increase your fluency and capacity and better serve everyone in the room. 

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The Yoga Detour Immersion Weekend with Cecily Milne
Apr
5
to Apr 7

The Yoga Detour Immersion Weekend with Cecily Milne

Friday, from 6-8pm $35
Saturday and Sunday, from 9-12 and 2-5 each day, $75 per session

**All five workshops priced individually, or register for the entire bundle for $315 (save $20)

Join Cecily Milne of Yoga Detour as she comes to Portland for the first time to lead the renowned Detour Method Immersion weekend. This training is known for bringing contemporary perspectives in movement research to the world of yoga asana, introducing instructors and serious students to a practice environment that is explorative and non-dogmatic. This opportunity could forever change the way you practice and teach, exposing the bridge between the yoga you already know and the broader world of movement.

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Compassionate Resistance Campaign: April
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Compassionate Resistance Campaign: April

Fridays at 4pm, Yoga Foundations 1 by donation

Join us all month long on Fridays at 4pm for Yoga Foundations 1 by donation, as well as in the drop-jar on the desk as we serve Don’t Shoot PDX right here in Portland.

OUR ORGANIZATIONAL WORK AND ACTIVISM, INCLUDING DIRECT COMMUNITY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS, SUPPORT THE OUTREACH OF OUR CONTINUED ADVOCACY AS FIRST RESPONDENTS AND HAS HELPED COMMUNITY MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE THROUGH DIRECT ENGAGEMENT AND LEGISLATIVE VALUE. THERE ARE A VAST AMOUNT OF POLICY BASED ASSETS INFLUENCED AND BEING HARNESSED IN OUR STRATEGIC BUILDING OF RELATIONSHIPS AND NETWORKS USED TOWARD THE SHIFT IN CULTURE AND SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION. ACTIVISTS FROM THE FRONT LINE NEED TO BE ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE FRANK AND HONEST CONVERSATIONS ABOUT OUR CONNECTION WITH FERGUSON AND RACE IN AMERICA AND ITS INFLUENCE WITHIN POLITICS.

KNOWN FOR OUR BYSTANDER INTERVENTION WORK AND COMMUNITY ADVOCACY ITS WITH GREAT PRIDE THAT IN 2018 WE MOVED OUR ORGANIZATION INTO A SPACE IN A GENTRIFIED NORTH PORTLAND NEIGHBORHOOD. THE WOODLAWN MIC IS LOCATED AT 1425 NE DEKUM AND AS A HOME TO DON’T SHOOT PORTLAND IT WILL HOUSE OUR PROGRAMMING AND COMMUNITY RELATED EVENTS.

Please click here to learn more, to volunteer and to donate to Don’t Shoot PDX

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PNTT Module 1: Don't Be Afraid of the Pregnant Student, A Prenatal Yoga Primer with Shana Celnicker-Chong
Mar
22
to Mar 24

PNTT Module 1: Don't Be Afraid of the Pregnant Student, A Prenatal Yoga Primer with Shana Celnicker-Chong

March 22-24, 2019 $400

15 hrs: Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-7 and Sunday 3-8pm

In this 15-hour Prenatal Yoga primer, we endeavor to take the worry out of teaching a pregnant student and supply you with the basics to be safe, knowledgeable and helpful in your teaching. We cover the anatomy of the pregnant body, some basic "Do's and Don'ts, " the strengths and weaknesses in a pregnant body, some helpful modifications to well-known poses, basic Ayurveda practices and thoughts about pregnancy, and how yoga can prepare one for birth both physically and mentally. This module can be taken as a stand-alone or as a requirement of the larger certification program.

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Spring Equinox Ritual and Practice with Danielle Hanna
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

Spring Equinox Ritual and Practice with Danielle Hanna

Monday, March 18th 7-8:30pm

Class cards and drop-in welcome

As Spring approaches and the natural rhythms of nature shift, we too can benefit from making changes in our daily patterns that align more fully with natural law. Join Danielle for a Spring Equinox practice that will help support the mind, body and spirit as it moves towards the shifting light and the coming of Spring. The practice will include gentle movement, guided breathing practices and time in quiet stillness. All are welcome.

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The Feel Better Series: Happy Feet with Ali Wesley
Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

The Feel Better Series: Happy Feet with Ali Wesley

Sunday, March 10 3-5pm $30

Are your dogs barking? Come explore the dynamic base of your body, as we work with imagery, self-touch and band/ball exercises to feel the health and vitality that's possible in the feet. We will embody the anatomy of the foot, focusing especially on the bone rhythms that allow you to experience the balance between the broad base and the springiness of the foot. We will also cover how this relates to some classical yoga poses as well as everyday movements, like walking! All levels welcome, especially if you are experiencing issues or pain in your feet.

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Ayurveda and Seasonal Wellness: Attuning To Spring with Danielle Hanna
Mar
9
3:00 PM15:00

Ayurveda and Seasonal Wellness: Attuning To Spring with Danielle Hanna

Saturday March 9, 3-6pm $50

As the accumulation of winter’s snow and ice begin to melt, the forest floor swells with water. It is the time of new life, new beginnings and the return of the Light. Instinctually we feel the call to lighten up our diet, move the blood, dust the shelves and once again experience the tremendous energy that this season offers. Manage the seasonal shift with yoga practices and ritual to lighten and nurture your creative self in mind-body-spirit through the time-honored practices of Ayurveda.

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Return to Center: A Post-partum Workshop for Mamas* with Shana Celnicker-Chong
Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

Return to Center: A Post-partum Workshop for Mamas* with Shana Celnicker-Chong

March 8th, 6-8pm, $25

Are you ready for some you time? Please join us for a Sunday afternoon or Friday Evening of precious self care. We will spend our time in the company of others that have birthed or adopted babies to reconnect with ourselves and our bodies, moving and breathing with an emphasis on moving from your center. This class will focus largely on strengthening your core and your pelvic floor, and there will be a lovely restorative ending to relax and renew you back into your very busy lives. Although we use the term *mamas* as shorthand for those who have birthed or adopted babies, please know that we support all our trans and non-binary mamas/parents/baby-birthing folks and that you are most fully welcomed and encouraged to attend.

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Creating Size-Inclusive Spaces with Dana Sturtevant and Hilary Kinavey of Be Nourished
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Creating Size-Inclusive Spaces with Dana Sturtevant and Hilary Kinavey of Be Nourished

Sunday, February 10th, 3-7pm $140

Many leaders in the social justice movement have blinders on when it comes to addressing weight bias and size discrimination in their liberation work. We cause harm when we reinforce that body size is correctable and fatphobia runs rampant in our society, often going unchecked. While weight bias impacts all of us, people on the higher end of the weight spectrum are significantly impacted and their health suffers. Many larger bodied folks avoid activities they enjoy because movement spaces collude with diet culture under the guise of health promotion. In this interactive workshop, Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC, and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD of Be Nourished will guide participants through a series of activities to help yoga teachers, fitness professionals, and health care providers create size-inclusive spaces for the people they serve.

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Compassionate Resistance Campaign: February
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Compassionate Resistance Campaign: February

Fridays at 4pm

Join us all month long on Fridays at 4pm as well as in the drop-jar on the desk as we serve the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women of the USA (www.mmiwusa.org)

MMIW USA’s number one mission is to bring our missing home and help the families of the murdered cope and support them through the process of grief. We give them hands-on support and guidance and if we don’t have the answers, we get the answers so that these families do not feel abandoned and alone in this struggle like so many have before them. Our broader goal is to eradicate this problem so that the future generations thrive. We are doing that through education of the threats that they face and self-defense. We just started a monthly program to do just that. It is called Staying Sacred and we educate and have self-defense lessons at every meeting. Our strength lies in the fact that every single one of the staff and volunteers have been assaulted or trafficked and our passion is to be the kind of organization that we needed growing up and beyond.

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Trauma-informed Yoga Primer: The Physiology of Resilience with Molly Boeder-Harris
Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

Trauma-informed Yoga Primer: The Physiology of Resilience with Molly Boeder-Harris

Sunday, January 20th 3-7pm $50

Given the pervasive levels of trauma within our society, many students who attend public yoga classes carry the physical, emotional and energetic residue of trauma within their shape and may be more vulnerable to being re-traumatized or feeling triggered in this context. Understanding how a student with a history of trauma might relate to you and your class can enhance your ability as a teacher to create a space where they can incrementally practice presence, listen to the language of their body, and experience the healing power of yoga.

In this brief primer, we will investigate how teaching with a trauma-informed lens can accommodate and address the physical, mental and spiritual impacts that survivors of trauma may navigate. Molly draws from a combination of direct experience, professional work, and academic research, enabling her to attest to both the potential vulnerabilities and the inherent resilience of this population.

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Mantra Mala: The Yoga Sutras, Sanskrit and Mantra for Teachers and Students with Joshua Michaell
Jan
11
to Jan 13

Mantra Mala: The Yoga Sutras, Sanskrit and Mantra for Teachers and Students with Joshua Michaell

January 11: Friday 5:30-8pm and January 12/13: Sat and Sun 3-7pm $165

We are delighted to bring back our favorite Sanskrit scholar and friend, Joshua Michaell, for a weekend of mantra, Sanskrit study and reflection. Spend the weekend immersing in the sounds, vibrations, pronunciations and written characters of yoga's origins. Applying practical experience and concepts to the pronunciation of the Yoga Sutras, select Bhagavad Gita verses, the Sanskrit alphabet and more, you will chant all weekend long! This class is accessible, fun, and open to anyone that is interested in chanting, vibration, and the language of yoga.

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The Feel Better Series: New Year, New Neck with Ali Wesley
Jan
9
to Jan 23

The Feel Better Series: New Year, New Neck with Ali Wesley

January 9th, 16th and 23rd, three Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm $50

Sit at a desk? Look down at your phone? Teach children? Often feel like you "slept wrong" and have stiffness or have lost range of motion? Do you get headaches or jaw aches? Just want to learn more about how to embody the joints where the skull meets the spine and the functions of the trapezius? Learn simple movement, anatomical imagery and the function of a healthy neck. We will go beyond posturing so that we can learn how to rid our days of "forward head." Learn a lot and move smarter, both in life and in yoga practice. Leave with ease and freedom in your neck.

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Psychology for Yoga Teachers with Jeannie Songer
Jan
5
to Jan 6

Psychology for Yoga Teachers with Jeannie Songer

January 5-6, 2019, 3-7pm

$100 for both days

Come learn about your deep inner workings and how they play out in the classroom as both teacher and student in this 2-part workshop. 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. Never a dull moment and always a fascinating look inside, this class helps equip teachers of all experience levels with the psychological tools they need to stay safe, healthy and honest, and to hold that for students as well.

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LGBTQ Inclusivity Practices for Yoga Teachers with Zeyah Roge
Jan
4
5:30 PM17:30

LGBTQ Inclusivity Practices for Yoga Teachers with Zeyah Roge

Friday January 4, 5:30-8pm $45 (Equity pricing available)

This workshop is created for yoga teachers who have a genuine wish to create a safer and more respectful learning environment for their LGBTQ students. Despite our best of intentions, systematic homophobia and transphobia creep into studio culture and teaching practices. It takes an ongoing, active effort to build empathy, illuminate blindspots, and repair damage caused by the unexamined perpetuation of prejudice, and this workshop assists you in this process.

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Illuminated Intention: A New Year's Day Practice with Zeyah
Jan
1
6:00 PM18:00

Illuminated Intention: A New Year's Day Practice with Zeyah

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 6-8pm

Join Zeyah to ring in 2019 with a practice of renewal and intention setting. The first hour will promote active embodiment of our intentions, explored through a hatha/flow style yoga practice that builds heat and strongly moves energy. The second half of our practice is dedicated to surrendering and softening into these intentions, explored through restorative-style yoga practices and guided mindfulness meditation. Please bring a journal and your favorite pen to write with. This class is suitable for all levels of experience. Please sign up in advance to secure a space, as these fill up every year!

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Compassionate Resistance Campaign: January
Jan
1
to Jan 31

Compassionate Resistance Campaign: January

Fridays at 4pm

Join us all month long on Fridays at 4pm as well as in the drop-jar on the desk as we serve Pacific Northwest Family Circle, dedicated to helping Oregon and Washington families that are fighting for accountability from law enforcement after having loved ones murdered by police.

Pacific Northwest Family Circle (PNWFC) is an all-volunteer community group that supports Oregon and Washington Families whose Loved Ones were killed or injured by police officers. The idea of connecting families to struggle for justice started in early 2016 when Irene Kalonji met Shiloh Wilson-Phelps who lost her son, Bodhi Phelps, to police violence in Oregon, only 4 months after Irene.

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Winter Solstice Ritual and Practice with Danielle Hanna (featuring live cello with Kendra Carpenter)
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Winter Solstice Ritual and Practice with Danielle Hanna (featuring live cello with Kendra Carpenter)

Friday, December 21st 7-9pm, $30

Winter Solstice, an invitation into deep, restful darkness. There is much healing to be found in the dark nights, but finding the quiet can be hard, especially if you are feeling pulled in too many directions. Join Danielle and our friend Kendra from Swaha Studios for an evening of deep, restorative quiet as we spend time with the seasonal transition that is a culmination of the winter’s celebrations for many. Practice movement, meditation and stillness while hearing the old ritual winter story woven through the accompaniment of the seasonal muse, the cello. All levels, all welcome. Pre-registration is recommended.

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Stress and Rest: Understanding Restorative Yoga & Nervous System Physiology w/ Kate Busby MA, MSOM, LAc, SEP
Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

Stress and Rest: Understanding Restorative Yoga & Nervous System Physiology w/ Kate Busby MA, MSOM, LAc, SEP

Saturday December 8th, 3pm-7pm, $50

This workshop is designed to help unpack the vital connection between stress, rest and the healthy functioning of the nervous system. We’ll begin with the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system through the lens of polyvagal theory and how that applies to the practice of yoga. Then we’ll explore how the practice of restorative yoga in particular can be an antidote to chronic stress, learning how it supports nervous system regulation and can give us that “I feel so relaxed and connected” feeling after practice. We will also discuss how to apply these insights in daily, off-the-mat life.

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