September’s Solidarity Fund will benefit the Sri Ram Ashram in Haridwar, India. This is the home ashram of Danielle's teachers, and is dear to our heart. Please join us on Fridays at 4pm for our by-donation classes and all month long in the drop jar on the desk, and help us support the teachings of yoga at the source. Learn more and donate here: https://sriramfoundation.org
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.
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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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All the proceeds of Fridays at 4pm will go to www.honorearth.org.
Their mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard. Honor the Earth is a Native-led organization, established by Winona LaDuke and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, in 1993 to address the two primary needs of the Native environmental movement: the need to break the geographic and political isolation of Native communities and the need to increase financial resources for organizing and change.
Thursday, November 22nd, $15 donation
8am Yoga 2 with Lisa Mae
10am Yoga 1/2 with Theresia
(SIGN UP EARLY, SPACE IS LIMITED TO 35 per class!)
Join Lisa Mae & Theresia for two special offering classes, with all proceeds going to Honor The Earth, an organization who's mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. We welcome you and yours to come to celebrate what is sacred in your lives on the mat, in community, company. conversation & yoga practices-- all the things that bring us back to ourselves, back to home. www.honorearth.org
Sunday, September 23rd, 3-7pm $75
We are delighted to welcome Kenya Budd, Equity and Racial Inclusion facilitator, into this public forum and conversation about racism, whiteness, and anti-racism, in which the whole community can benefit.
We all have implicit biases - ways in which we think things about other people that are based on our own bias, not on reality -- As Daniel Kahneman has said, "We're blind to the obvious, and blind to our blindness" about our own thinking, which can be mistaken. The key question is always whether we are willing to learn more deeply about ourselves and, importantly for our lives and livelihoods, ask ourselves: at what point do our implicit biases become another person's impediments to accessing health and wellness services?
Queering Yoga is a documentary about personal transformation and healing through yoga in the queer, trans, and qtpoc communities, and we are so happy to be Bronze-level Membership sponsors for the production of this Documentary through the Compassionate Resistance Campaign on Fridays at 4pm and in the drop-jar all month long.
Help us help them to get this film produced! For more information: www.queerinyoga.com
This summer, join us on Fridays at 4pm and in the drop-jar on the desk all summer long in supporting the Chinook Indian Nation, aka Confederated Lower Chinook Tribes & Bands
This land is traditional territory of the non-federally recognized Chinook Nation. The land was ceded in the 1855 Willamette Valley treaty that established the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation. We're here because this land was occupied, and its traditional people displaced by colonists and settlers. We recognize this business occupies colonized Native territory and out of respect for the rights of Native people, it's our collective responsibility to critically interrogate the colonial histories and current implications of this systemic oppression, and to honor, protect and sustain this land.
Please join us in supporting the Movement for Black Lives and the Electoral Justice League. The Electoral Justice Project (EJP) is a project of the Movement for Black Lives that seeks to continue a long legacy of social movements fighting for the advancement of the rights of Black folks through electoral strategy. We recognize that electoral work alone will not change the conditions plaguing Black communities, but we believe that Black people deserve a loving and strategic political home to seek transformational political change.
Saturdays at 1pm throughout the month of May, help us support the Compassionate Resistance Campaign, an opportunity for us to gather and give in the name of justice and hope. You can simply come to class, you can donate to the jar on the desk, and we will do the rest.
Friday-Sunday, April 20-22
Three sessions: Friday: 5:30-9pm, Saturday 1-8pm, Sunday 3-8pm (with breakout sessions for POC and white folks)
$195 (Equity pricing available by request, and no one turned away for lack of funds. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on equity pricing if you would like to make a request.)
We are living in times of great change. Times of great flux are also opportunities for us to explore possibilities - ways of being in community, supporting one another and caring for ourselves, and working together to create change that is loving, just, and transformational. Spiritual justice work helps us to recognize, cultivate and value different mindsets and new leadership styles. The Spiritual Justice Immersion is the core program offered by the Yoga + Social Justice Collaborative. In this workshop, you will learn to draw upon a deeper well of spiritual strength and intuitive knowledge to support your own healing and wellbeing and to anchor your work with partners, community and family. In a safe and supportive environment this training will help you use simple yoga and meditation practices to cultivate self-awareness and reveal your unique role in working with social justice values. In community, we will practice the skills that will help to build resilience, compassion, community and self care as anchors for your justice and healing work, as you gain clarity on becoming an effective agent for change in a world that is calling for health and healing.
Join us for class with Maneena every Tuesday at 4pm throughout the month of April for the Compassionate Resistance Campaign, an opportunity for us to gather and give in the name of justice and hope. You can simply come to class, you can donate to the jar on the desk, and we will do the rest.
This month we are supporting Oregon's sanctuary movement, with all proceeds going to the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIRJ) supporting sanctuary across the state of Oregon. Go to www.imirj.org for more details.
All proceeds of our Wednesday 8:30am classes with Monicka will benefit EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY
Why this organization? Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.
But something is changing. More than 4 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives. Everytown starts with us, and it starts in our town.
All you have to do is come to class, we will do the rest.
All proceeds of our 6:30am classes with Danielle's Seasonal Sadhana mornings will benefit NARAL/Pro-Choice of Oregon.
Why this organization? We believe in reproductive equity. NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon is the leading grassroots pro-choice advocacy organization in Oregon, and we believe that every person should be able to make personal decisions about the full range of reproductive health options. NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon works to protect every Oregonian’s right to access the full range of reproductive health options, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon is the state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
From domestic violence and child abuse, to bullying and sexual assault, our groundbreaking programs, policy development, and public action campaigns are designed to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world.
All you have to do is come to class, we will do the rest.
All proceeds of our Sunday 11am classes with Linnea for the month of January will be donated to Portland Equity in Action's Stolen Angels PDX Billboard Project.
Portland Equity in Action (PEA) is a local community action group comprised of individuals with a range of professional skills and resources, dedicated to building racial equity in Portland. Our purpose is to confront and disrupt the rampant complacency in this city regarding issues of white supremacy and racial inequity. We aim to create a public demand for change to the inequitable structure of our society, through stimulating and challenging visual campaigns.
All you have to do is come to class, we will do the rest.
Navigating The Fine Lines: A Racial Equity and Inclusion Workshop for Teachers and Wellness Providers with Kenya Budd
Fri-Sun, November 3-5th $75 (scholarships available)
FRI: 5:30-8:30pm SAT/SUN: 3-6:30pm
NAVIGATING THE FINE LINES
We re delighted to welcome Kenya Budd, our Equity and Racial Inclusion facilitator whom we have been working with privately for some time now, into a public forum from which the whole community can benefit.
We all have implicit biases - ways in which we think things about other people that are based on our own bias, not on reality -- As Daniel Kahneman has said, "We're blind to the obvious, and blind to our blindness" about our own thinking, which can be mistaken. The key question is always whether we are willing to learn more deeply about ourselves and, importantly for our lives and livelihoods, ask: at what point do our implicit biases become another person's impediments to accessing wellness services?
Friday, October 13th, 5:30-8:30pm $30
This introductory workshop is for yoga teachers and wellness providers who want to improve their understanding and capacity to relate meaningfully with their LGBTIQ students. This workshop presents historical and current contexts which directly impact gender and sexual minority students and emphasizes the power of language. Rather than offering a rule book, we will learn how to be curious and humble as we attempt to hold the complexity and diversity within sexual and gender minority communities. From this place we can evaluate our current teaching habits and update our language and approach to better suit our students.
Why Planned Parenthood? Because Women's healthcare is in peril under this administration. Because PP has served millions of people without access to proper care for decades. Because their funding is under attack, which will cost innumerable lives. Because now is the time to care, no matter what. All you have to do is come to class; we will do the rest. Small acts of compassion add up to huge acts of love, and everyone can do something.
Saturday, June 17th 6-7:30pm
$20 (or more!) donation with 5 sponsored/donated spaces for those that may not be able to afford to attend
Join us for a very special collaboration between The Bhaktishop's Kate Busby and Rita Jimenez from the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIRJ) for a co-taught, bilingual (Eng-Span) class to facilitate deep connection to community while supporting the rights of immigrants in Oregon and beyond!
This special fundraising class is accessible to all levels and will include a crystal bowl sound healing and optional Reiki at the end of class. All proceeds go to the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIRJ) supporting sanctuary across the state of Oregon.
Wednesday, April 19, 7-8:30pm
Join Kate Busby and The Bhaktishop Yoga Center for an hour-long flow practice followed by a thirty-minute crystal bowl sound healing to support Living Yoga, a local non-profit that brings yoga to marginalized communities, including kids, youth and adults in correctional facilities, drug treatment centers and mental health facilities.
Monday March 20th 7-8:30pm
Donations/Class cards/Passports welcome
Join Danielle as we mark this shift with yoga practice and the ritual of coming together in community to honor, align and connect to the energy and fertility of Spring in all its many manifestations. This class will use breathing, meditation and gentle movement to mark this powerful day. All are welcome.
All proceeds benefit the Multnomah County Women, Infant and Children's Program, Portland's own program that helps provide aid to low-income moms and their babies. More info here: https://multco.us/health/wic
Sunday March 12, 6-7pm by donation
Come together in joyful song and intentional company for another evening of chanting and kirtan with Lisa Mae and Monicka, honoring the peace and justice work that so many are engaged in in these complicated times. Singing together brings us together so that we can praise and offer love to what is truly divine in this life, and that is the power of love and sangha.
Sunday, February 5th 7-8pm by donation
Join Monicka, Lisa Mae and Kate Busby in an evening of heart-healing and community service as we come together to chant, meditate and use the vibration of sound to hold a container for all of us. These difficult days, we need even more ways to process experiences as well as hold some higher possibilities for ourselves, each other, and this world of beauty and heartbreak.
Sunday, December 11, 5-7pm
$10 and further donations accepted at the door, kids under 12 FREE
Need to move your body? Need to do something positive with all the energy, emotion and frustration? Want to be in good, roaring and joyful company? COME DANCE!! Join us and DJ Prashant/Jai Ho Dance Parties for an all ages, no shoes, inclusive dance party to help us metabolize emotion and fear, and to mobilize our deep connection to each other in positive and joyful company. Brief dance lessons throughout the night, and no skills required! Come dance, sweat, move and give! All proceeds to benefit Human Rights Campaign (www.hrc.org)