I love Anusara Yoga. Learning it has expanded my asana practice, yoga teaching, physical body, and willingness to finally and fully inhabit this world as ME. I have met John Friend a few times, even got the chance to interview him at last year’s Wanderlust Festival. He was gracious with his time, energy, and thoughts. While…
I recently found myself caught in this contradiction while driving to the Wanderllust Festival for ten days of yoga bliss in Squaw Valley, Northern California. We left a day early in an attempt to reduce potential stressors– two tweens and an eighteen-month-old baby were sure to provide enough of that. In spite of our efforts, however, a drive that map-quested at 11.5 hours and started out as a conscious act of tranquility ended 38 blood-boiling hours later.
July 23rd is coming up fast- have you been practicing your dance moves in anticipation of Yoga Union’s first ever Yoga Groove?
Happy 4th of July weekend fellow Yogis! Do you have plans to BBQ, enjoy the sunshine or watch the fireworks? In case you’re still wondering what to do with all this nice weather, here are some holiday happenings in the Portland area:
Chris has been practicing yoga for the past six years and has recently begun teaching in Portland, Oregon. He has been listening to music since Poison overtook his heart at age 12. Yoga and music, yoga and music, yoga and music! Jai!
Have you had a chance to check out the statue, or “Murti”, in the front of the bamboo room at Yoga Union? Perhaps you’re like me and you’ve used it as your focal point during a difficult balance sequence but don’t know much about it. In order to appreciate more than just the beauty of the murti itself, I asked Todd to answer a few questions about the dancing deity he chose for his studio.
Summer in Portland is… unbeatable. When the sun comes out, the streets fill with smiles, exposed flesh and the smell of backyard BBQs. An open patio seat is hard to find and bodies lay strewn about in parks- victims of the Vitamin D assault. We even seem to forget the 8 months of incessant rain that only just stopped yesterday. It’s on these glorious days that it can sometimes be a challenge to take our bodies out of the sun and into the studio. So instead of compromising one for the other, why not take your practice outside? Yoga is, after all, about unity. When it’s practiced in nature, your connection to the universe may feel more readily available and your sense of awareness will have room to grow and evolve.
If you frequent the Yoga Union studio, then there’s a fair chance you’ve passed by a large van bearing the name “Flying Fish Co.” on the corner of 50th and Hawthorne. But have you stopped to peek inside and see what that van is all about, and who’s actually driving that thing around Portland?
A special congratulations are in order today! A few weeks ago our very own Natalie Gildersleeve started working on a project. Her goal was to tell others what being “Open to Grace” meant to her as an instructor.
Party Bus to Tahoe Join the Yoga Union on our first ever festival field trip. We’ll build the spirit of community as we travel together aboard a 16 passenger van. Purchase your wanderlust tickets from Yoga Union and receive a 5% discount. This is sure to be an epic and unforgettable adventure! The bus will depart from…
Dear Friends, Like me, you may be concerned about the possibility of nuclear radiation reaching us on the west coast. A recent news item indicates that such fallout may reach us as early as tomorrow, Friday, 18 March.
“…Yoga is less about showy acrobatic poses and more about the internal awareness cultivated by spending time on the mat.”
On Wednesday, in Amy’s Prana Vinyasa class, she talked about how the New Year has started and how we each have been blessed with a clean slate to work from as 2011 begins. She asked us to take the time in yoga class to plant seeds that were meant to represent aspects of our life that would grow throughout the year. As we would move from pose to pose, she would instruct us to plant seeds, with our palms in downward dog, or with our knees and toes in child’s pose. With great skill she lead us through a seamless Prana Vinyasa class, gently correcting postures, her calm voice instructing our movements and our thoughts.
Five Class Gift Certificates for $50 (Save $15) This year give the gift of yoga and give the gift of real wealth – health. For gifting only please. Must assign a recipient name to purchase. In studio sales only.
What a rainy evening, huh? It’s starting to remind us of Portland again. Prepare yourself for the long winter ahead by gathering a couple of new tools to use when cabin fever starts to set in. In Angelina Vasile’s “Awesome Alignment: Yoga for Healing, Power, and Happiness” workshop, we will learn how to keep our bodies…
Ganesh Chaturthi, or Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the widely celebrated Hindu holiday honoring the birthday of the deity Ganesha. Ganesha (known by his elephant head), is one of the five primary deities of the Hindu pantheon: he is worshiped as the god of success and wisdom, often called the Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles, or…
Handstand Workshop: Handstand is a courageous, fulfilling posture; invigorating and exciting is the moment when it all comes together. Have you ever wanted to go up into a handstand on your own, jump to it from downward facing dog, or take yourself from trying to balance to settling comfortably on your hands? In this workshop, we…