Action. Love. Wisdom.
We have curated a collective of instructors with vast and varied training in multiple fields related to the mind-body connection as well as equity and social justice fields, and these rich experiences greatly inform the yoga we teach. Among the highly skilled teachers that call this place home we have teachers with Masters Degrees in Acupuncture, Licensed Massage Therapists, a Masters Degree in Ayurveda, a Registered Nurse, several teachers with Advanced Degrees in Counseling and Mental Health, two Trauma-Informed yoga specialists, a Physical Therapist, a certified Yoga Therapist and Franklin Method teacher, a Naturopathic Physician, a book artist, a Social Worker, two visual and performance Artists, a Nutrition Therapist, a former Montessori teacher, a classically trained actor, an outdoor educator, and more. All of our paths leading up to this moment are varied and rich—we are most fortunate to get to call many wise and inspiring people our own teachers. We all hope to bring to you the very same integrity and teachings that were shared with us, and provide an environment where you are welcomed, encouraged to study and learn and ask questions..
The community, business and teachers of The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center (formerly The Bhaktishop) are deeply invested in staff training, meaningful self-education, and building the knowledge, skill and human resource necessary to invest in a more equitable business model. We're creating conversations about race, inclusion, fat-phobia, ableism, 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. Our center and classes/events are mobility-device accessible, and while not all of our teachers are trained yet in deep accessibility for folks with disabilities, we are working toward this potential.
We have not always worked in these arenas, and even still, are making mistakes as we learn and try. We are open to your comments and suggestions by emailing email@example.com, and are also willing to be held accountable in public for the ways that we have failed or caused harm. We are actively mentoring and training new teachers, while working to hire teachers of color and teachers from groups on the margins that have less representation in the yoga space. Relationships matter deeply to us here, and so we build those relationships first, which often takes time. Trust is important to earn, and to make changes in this realm takes time. We also acknowledge that all of the work that we have been doing on this may not be visible yet.
"I believe in each person's innate wisdom, but I also firmly believe in the yogic idea of good guidance from source traditions. I am honored and blessed to share this vision of a more balanced, intentional, spirit-oriented life of service and love with you at The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center, over all its many lifetimes of changes."
"The mystery of life is that while love involves selfless giving, it makes one whole." - Swami BV Tripurari
"For the first time all of my passions, interests and sincere beliefs had a vehicle, a masterpiece, a complete practice and study; the age-old, time-honored and wise art of Ayurveda."
“Over the course of my 10 years with yoga I have found myself steering more and more toward the quieter aspects of the practice.”
"Birth is not only about making babies. It's about making mothers; strong, competent, capable mothers..."
“Yoga makes sense to me, but mostly it makes sense of me.”
"The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest." - Bruce Lee
"I am interested in working deeply with principles of skeletal, muscular and energetic alignment, while also sharing the rich mythical, spiritual, and historical lineage from which yoga asana descends."
“I have learned so much through teaching Yoga. I see myself less as a "teacher" and more as a collaborator. The depths of the practices of Yoga will continue to shape me, both physically and spiritually.”
“I love to share this tool that connects breath and body to create expansion. I believe this facilitates abundant flexibility and strength, especially to the pregnant body and beyond.”
"As we move through the shapes of asana and cultivate our "somatic architecture" we bring mindfulness to how we physically organize, unwind, and reorganize."
"While modern applications of postural yoga can be very goal-centered, our time together in class is a fusion of outer-body alignment and inner-body focus, concentrating our curiosity on what is possible when we cultivate presence through movement and breath."
“My understanding of the body, how it moves, and how it’s connected to the mind has come from my practice of yoga. It has taught me how to find strength, balance, and integrity through all aspects of my life.”
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured, and to endure what cannot be cured." B.K.S. Iyengar
"I'm so grateful for the internal healing I've received from my yoga practice. I've found new ways to love myself and new ways to be in my body and to move in the world thanks to what I've learned as I've been a student..."
"My practice isn't ever perfect, but it is real and authentically mine. Yoga helps me navigate the fascinating and confounding process of being a human through mindfulness, patience, and love..."
"After a long career as an engineer, I knew the next phase of my life had to involve work from the heart."
“When we strengthen our ability to pay attention we open up to more possibilities and we bring an experience into existence that did not previously exist.”
"I thought I would just be healing my body but what I discovered was own my inner resilience, calmness of mind, and a deeper sense of self-love."
"I strive to bring a trauma-informed lens into any class I teach, giving students a clear sense of choice, options and permission to listen and trust the language of their body..."
“I was half-way through a decade-long competitive athletic career, and my body had no idea what to do with itself. Today, I'm still a curious mover, but I've re-discovered by body - and my place in that body - with the help of yoga.”
“I continue to learn to heal myself through yoga, breath, and connection. What I hope for my students is that they learn more about their bodies and in turn, their spirit.”
“I’m originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and I moved to Portland in 2015. Ever since then I have watched my yoga practice shape me constantly, both on and off the mat.”
"In yoga, I can practice both movement and stillness, playing along the edge of exertion and relaxation. Somewhere in between I find my center. Yoga provides me the space to build a better relationship with my breath, my body, my self."
"There is something special about the practice of moving together, feeling the support of another human’s presence, while at the same time having your own very personal and often intimate experience."
"We aren't meant to live on our disconnected ruby planets.
We need hearts in various stages of repair and despair to keep the world beating."
“I think yoga philosophy, one of the biggest parts of yoga school, gave me particularly a different perspective on this world. There is so much ignorance in me, in all of us, and although it is not the happiest experience, I am ready to find it, face it and work with it.”
“I wanted to become a yoga teacher so I could help bring yoga to POC and low-income communities where preventative health is not structurally supported, and where spaces for community healing are few.”
“I learned more of the language that we’re intentionally not taught, revealing a way to explore un-examined inner landscapes and how that exploration can help uproot a bit of suffering in the world at the collective level, starting close-in.”
"I'm interested in yoga as a practice of exploring and cultivating deep intimacy with one's self--becoming familiar with, befriending and integrating the most vulnerable parts of one's inner landscape."