Life moves fast. Yoga doesn't have to.
We offer healthy, safe, alignment-based practices based on functional movement and steeped in decades of ongoing study both in yogic traditions and modern bio-mechanics, anatomical awareness and movement theory. Beginners are welcomed whole-heartedly, as well as serious, ongoing students that want to hone their skills. Awareness of form and dynamic alignment meet the intelligent placement and skill of krama (the art of intentional placement) in all of our classes, and each of our teachers shares this from their own experience. Each class is skillfully modified according to the level of student present, time of year, time of day, Ayurvedic principles, and whatever nature and the world gives us that day to help you find your center. The main intention is for you to leave feeling calm, alert and more able to adapt to and embrace your life. Whether you know what you're doing, need a class to seriously decompress, or are coming to yoga for the first time, we have a class for you.
Why commit to yoga?
Transformation doesn't happen in one dramatic surge. Lasting change comes through the accumulation of small but important choices you make every day. A commitment to self-inquiry and self-observation brings a new sense of awareness, honesty and clarity. Through dedicated practice, you can and will begin to address patterns that no longer move you toward your highest potential, and go on to refine your habits, both physical and emotional, bringing you into integrity with your best self. Remember, your practice can benefit every aspect of your life, especially once you leave the studio; an intelligent and consistent yoga practice will help you embrace your life and your world more intimately. Make a change. Come to yoga.
Yoga Foundations 1
Welcome to yoga—our foundational breath and alignment-based class is designed to introduce you to and build on the fundamentals of Hatha yoga. This class starts at the very beginning, and is made for real, honest-to-goodness beginners. Expect a generally downward-dog-free and chaturanga-free class overall, as your smart, well-practiced and compassionate teacher sets you up for empowerment and success in a well-rounded, skillful, and illuminating class for both beginners and seasoned practitioners. A safe and fun intro to our way of helping you love yoga the way we do. Generally, everyone can start here.
This class is intended to encourage you onward when you feel ready to make the leap from Yoga Foundations 1 to Yoga 2, but is appropriate for all continuing students as well, since it is always beneficial to take a few steps back in an effort to strengthen your practice. A slower-paced class overall, with a focus on clarifying the skills and transitions between poses, as well as refining the mechanics of common poses found in regular Yoga 2 classes that may not always get the attention they deserve. Get the tools you need to make progress on the mat.
This class level introduces some more challenging aspects of the yoga asana practice, such as more detailed alignment and more emphasis on mindful transitions, and more inner body experiences. Expect healthy movement, somewhat more challenging asana, introductions to things like inversion preparations and backbends, and fluid, detailed instruction. Every teacher offers this class a little bit differently, so you have lots of chances to try new things. For students that have a solid feel for the basics but still want a slower tempo to build strength and grace.
This class will get you moving and centered, and give you a brand new way of seeing yourself and your moving vehicle. Designed for the continuing student and seasoned practitioner, you will be creatively and safely guided by smart and informed movement teachers in this yoga asana class that is often taught with workshop-level sophistication. With generous modifications and/or deepening practices for both levels offered, this is not your average flow class but a chance to grow and refine what you already know with clarity. Come and see what a little bit of extra attention to detail can do for your asana practice, and your life. For committed practitioners that have invested the time and study to stay safe but still yearn to learn and grow their approach to asana practice.
Creative Flow 2/3
This creative, inspired asana class is delivered with attention to alignment, skill and wisdom, and is perfect for students with a solid practice that want to move their bodies in a more flowing style with an eye on the parameters of joint space safety and inner body awareness. Come to move and connect with the playful, fun and inspired part of your yoga practice in this flow(ish)-style class.
Yoga 3 is a workshop. Its a detail-oriented, sophisticated laboratory geared toward more experienced yoga practitioners, giving us the chance to hone our skills on the mat together. You are encouraged to deeply refine your inner and outer form, explore some bold postures safely, focus more clearly on your own inner life and guidance, break some sticky old habits, perhaps explore the depths of some of yoga's philosophical topics, meditation and pranayama, and delve more deeply into your self and your practice. These workshop-level classes are interesting, mechanically-inclined, anatomically precise, and living proof that you don't always need harder, faster asana to have a sophisticated, intelligent practice. Suited for those with very committed investment in understanding their own body, limitations and practices; this is the thinking person's answer to "advanced" asana classes.
This candlelit evening class is a slow and mindful remembering of the body and its connection to the mind and heart. In this class we explore the quieter, more restful aspects of yoga integrating supported and reclining poses and a lot of attention to moving slowly, gently, and letting the body and the spirit fully and deeply rest. Throughout the practice, our restorative instructors skillfully and compassionately guide students toward greater self-acceptance and awareness. You may also explore meditation, pranayama, and other forms of dynamic stillness in these healing and medicinal classes.
The Harmony Class
The original half-and-half class, perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon or a nourishing mid-day snack when you need to do both: move and rest. Start with deep relaxation and breathwork, gently build toward simple movement and standing poses, and end with long-held restorative poses to really sink into and soften your mind and body. These classes are really perfect.
This fun, musical, many-styles movement class is a blend of Franklin Method, yoga asana and functional movement. We use creative sequences of movement, dynamic and well-instructed sets of movements with large, stretchy thera-bands, lots of anatomical awareness and deep fascial release using massage balls. This class is for anyone that loves movement of all kinds and want to add variety, dynamic movement and flow to their practices. You will leave feeling changed, but most importantly, IMPROVED!
Regular daily practice, or sadhana, cultivates a feeling of ease and clarity as well as harmony and connection to both ourselves and others. Join Danielle in this special weekly class to learn about healthy daily practices that are informed both by Ayurveda and the changing seasonal cycles. Explore many of the limbs of classical yoga including physical movement in asana, breathing work via pranayama, calming the nervous system by way of pratyahara, and deepening our focus and attention toward dhyana, or meditation. Not your average yoga class; this class will refresh you, vitalize your body energies for your day, and increase your health and vitality with the wisdom of Ayurveda. All levels welcome.
Somatic Movement & Meditation
This class is fluid, exploratory movement and meditation class. Expect fluid rolling, pouring, sliding, and gliding movements based in a developmental somatic approach to healthy movement. The breath is always a focus of this class as the underlying impetus to movement and stillness, as well as interoceptive meditations on the physical and energetic bodily structures and systems. We will move both off and on the yoga mat in a way that supports and enhances your yoga asana practice, nervous system and daily life functions. Always includes at least 20 minutes of guided meditation. Open to everyone at any level of practice or interest.
This specialized class is an excellent companion to your yoga practice, focusing on cultivating strength, balance, and coordination while increasing movement awareness and efficiency. Through the use of body weight resistance, stretchy bands, sandbags, blocks/chairs and creative isolated actions, we will work smarter to ensure that everyone can benefit. Always includes some time on the therapy balls and some myofascial self-massage. A pleasantly challenging yet grounding class, it supports your yoga practice, daily life functionality and general mobility and health. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Get stronger, learn to move smarter!
Your chronological age, your biological age, your psychological age; what's the difference? Is your natural aging process a little less graceful than you might like? Are you concerned about bone density, aches and pains, losing your balance and flexibility, or coping with the changes that come with gaining wisdom and age? Are you newer to physical movement, worn out, stressed out, afraid of not aging well, or unsure how to proceed in the body you currently inhabit? Are you feeling ready to integrate your amazing life experiences with mindfulness and acuity in good company? Are you recovering from an illness or injury, or a person that has limited mobility that uses a mobility device?
Here is a yoga class designed for people that think perhaps a yoga studio class is not for them. Taught by mature teachers and surrounded by people your own age and with similar movement concerns and issues, you will be gently guided toward greater mobility, self-care, independence, and wisdom in the safest of environments. Using a variety of tools and props to support movement, you will move with care and recognition of the body you have, enabling your own growth consciously in the midst of the aging or recovering process. Denying aging isn't good for anyone; embracing these changes together and learning how to confidently live and move with grace, awareness and ease will help you. Come and learn about yoga, and yourself.
Yoga en Español
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. Esta clase ofrecerá el espacio ideal para mover “intencionalmente” al cuerpo y anclar nuestra mente y energía al momento presente. Para mi, es super importante que reconozcamos la importancia de crecer en la compañía de otros y de apoyarnos como comunidad. Si tienes alguna pregunta, puedes escribirme a mi correo firstname.lastname@example.org y gracias!
Yoga + Core Stability
This specialized class will focus on bringing awareness and strength during movement; you'll teach your body (and specifically your core) to be reflexive, responsive, supportive, functional and strong so that you will have increased capacity, decreased pain, and more stability in your everyday life. This class is ideal for those that need support in their lower back, pelvis and sacrum due to pain and instability. It is also ideal for those that need help rebuilding strength in their core and pelvic floor, such as after the birth of a child, in cases of prolapse syndromes, and in diastasis recti. We will play with how the core is the center of your whole body, and how it is all connected. All levels and gender identities welcomed.
Come join others that are expecting babies as you journey together into a new realm. Prenatal yoga will help prepare you for the physical and emotional changes in pregnancy, birth and new parenthood with grace and support. We will work with asana in order to strengthen your body, increase endurance and flexibility and promote optimal baby position for birth, and practice breath awareness to quiet the mind and listen to your own wise teacher within. This class will help you gain trust in the normal birth process, as you give yourself this time to be with your growing baby and changing body. All levels are welcome, and please know that we support all our transgender and non-binary mamas/parents/baby-birthing folks; you are most fully welcomed and encouraged to attend.
*Mama & Baby Yoga
This class is a sweet opportunity for all of you new *Mamas to come together and gently move your bodies, and get to bring your babies with you! We will work together with yoga poses and breathwork to help strengthen and stabilize your amazing postpartum body. Emphasis will be on relieving stress and tension from the neck and shoulders, and on stabilizing the abdominal wall, lower back, and pelvis. We will look at optimal structural alignment in the day to day life of a new parent, to help you with the challenges of your new role with support and care. Come whenever you feel ready, which for most students is usually about 4-6 weeks postpartum. Bring your baby until they are crawling circles around you! Although we use the term *mama* as shorthand for those who have uteruses and birthed or adopted babies, please know that we support all our transgender and non-binary mamas/baby-birthing folks, and that you are most fully welcomed and encouraged to attend.
POLICY ON BRINGING CHILDREN TO CLASS:
Please note that for everyone's safety and comfort, children must be over 14 years old and accompanied by a parent to participate in yoga classes. Once your child turns 16 and has been to class at least one time with you and all is well, they may participate in classes on their own, as long as we have a parental permission slip and waiver signed by you. We are sorry that we cannot allow your child to remain in the lobby while you are in class.
We are happy to offer high-quality, technically precise, and amazingly helpful private and semi-private instruction for those seeking additional help with jump-starting a practice, working therapeutically with an injury, or just because you want a little bit of extra attention with your own practice at any level.
We would be delighted to talk with you about what your needs are, and assist you with getting the right teacher and time-frame for your private or semi-private class.
Please email us at email@example.com to inquire!