Eugene Yoga and Wellness May 2019 Newsletter

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Welcome, Spring! 

        Welcome to the birds, butterflies, bees, flowers and trees, flowing waters, blue skies, and walking in bare feet! We are celebrating Spring with a sprinkling of special offerings to help rejuvenate and supplement your practice. Check out the links below for more information and click through to secure your spot. Please note that our new website uses secure MindBodyOnline software to process your transactions.

       We are excited to announce that Qi Gong returns to our regular weekly schedule on Tuesdays at South from 10:45-11:55am. Jasmine has over 10 years experience leading Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Yoga classes – her graceful teaching style will captivate you. I’m also excited to be back on the weekly schedule starting with an all-levels Candlelight Flow on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 downtown, and adding more classes at both studios this summer.

       While it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to step outside without our winter layers, we invite you to step inside our studios to find the inner renewal that comes with a consistent, mindful, sustainable yoga practice – and get a little relief from the pollen and heat! 

– Valerie

Out of the pieces, we create the whole. This summer’s semi-immersion Vinyasa Flow YTT will help you deepen your practice and develop the skills and knowledge to confidently guide vinyasa flow classes. Application and More Information.

Special Events
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5 Types of Balance
By Nate Guadagni

     Uh Oh… Look at all the shoes! The Saturday 9am class is always crowded, but based on the mountain range of flip-flops, loafers, and tennis shoes, it looks like today is going to be sardines. It’s 9:01 as you scan the room through rows of yogis and yoga paraphernalia. There! You eye an open space in the front row and like a graceful Godzilla, clamber over towers of blocks and hills of blankets. Halfway there, you turn your head as you spot a friend, and don’t see the coiled strap on the hardwood floor lurking behind a block. A metallic clink of the buckle becomes a scrape and you start to slip, recovering just in time by lowering your body and touching the ground with one hand. Heart beating, you take one last giant step over the legs of a supine student and arrive on your mat. As if on cue, the cheerful teacher informs the class, “Today, we’re going to work on your balance!”

       By the end of the hour, you will have added some rings to your Tree Pose, and perhaps flown a little higher in your Eagle Pose, yet you may have had a more well-rounded balance class before you even got on your mat! Yoga has been proven to improve your balance, yet unless you have significant cross training, it may not address all the types of balance you need to avoid a dreaded fall.

       Let’s go over the 5 Types of Balance together:
1. Static: The poses you hold in class, such as Tree Pose, Eagle, Warrior 3, and Triangle. (Don’t believe me? Try closing your eyes!)
2. Dynamic: Balance while moving, such as jumping, dancing, skateboarding and Tai Chi.
3. Hybrid: Combining Dynamic and Static, like hopping across stones in a river or over props in a classroom.
4. Anticipatory: Judging in advance how far and high you need to hop to clear that HydroFlask and sweatshirt.
5. Reactive: Recovering from an unexpected slip or trip whether on a hidden yoga strap or that extra stair.

       Yoga props such as blocks and Balance Bars can be great tools to help you build confidence and stability in your static poses, however it would be wise to borrow some props and practices from the fitness world to help DE-stabilize and challenge your balance as well. Props such as the Balance Pad, Balance Board or BOSU Ball can all be used to help you improve your dynamic, hybrid, anticipatory and reactive balance along with some cross-training with other disciplines.

       Although balance naturally declines after 40, there’s no reason why it can’t improve at any age. (Curious about your balance? Try this 3 Min Balance Test.)

       If you want to improve your or your loved one’s balance, join me for the Balance For Life weekend workshop on June 1st and 2nd. You’ll see measurable improvement in your balance and learn how to incorporate a wider range of props and practices to your yoga. Or, just come a few minutes late to a busy class, and get all the extra practice you need!


Please contact Diane directly.
**This retreat is not through Eugene Yoga**

Yachats Retreat

Join Jennifer for asana and mindfulness practices, dharma talks, and meditation at her annual Yoga in Yachats retreat. Yachats is a quaint and fun beach town, with interesting shops and great food! This weekend yoga retreat takes place at the Yachats Inn, where we practice in their lovely tea house. You are welcome to stay at the Yachats Inn or other accommodations. There are other nice hotels nearby, and lots of great camping.

Friday: Workshop 5:00-7:00pm
Saturday: Workshops 9:00-12:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm, with community dinner (bring your own meal) at 6:30pm
Sunday: Workshop 9:00-12:00pm
Location: Yachats Inn
Price: $150, does not include lodging
Yachats Inn has very reasonably priced rooms, and even rooms to accommodate pets. Let us know if you are in need of a roommate or transportation. Please request late check-out when you make your reservations because the final session on Sunday ends at 12pm.

Props needed: 1 blanket, 2 blocks, 1 strap (extra blanket and pillow optional)
Prop rental available for $7. 20% discount at EY for prop purchase.
Limited to 20 participants.
Please register early.

Upcoming Workshops and Series



Weekend Warrior w/ Laura Black and Shanti Walling
1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sundays, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 6/2
$25 each, Downtown, 245 E. Broadway
5/5 – Standing Balances (Laura)
5/12 – Arm Balances (Shanti)
5/19 – Backbends and Inversions (Laura)
6/2 – Sun Salutations (Shanti)
More info



Yoga Nidra for Stress & Sleep Series w/ Diane Butera
6:15-7:30pm on Mondays, 5/6-6/3
$50, South, 3575 Donald St
More info



Sound Meditation w/ Amy Green
7:30-8:30pm on Mondays, 5/13, 6/24, 7/22, 8/19
$18 each, or any 3 sessions for $50, South, 3575 Donald St
More info


Parking for The Downtown Location
We offer parking coupons validated for 2 hours for the Overpark at 10th and Oak, and the Parcade between 7th and 8th on Willamette. They are within an easy walk of the studio.

Free Yoga Nidra
Our Yoga Nidra classes are always free for anyone undergoing active treatment for cancer.

$8 Community Classes 
Mondays, 1:15-2:30pm – Yoga Nidra (G) at DT; Saturdays, 4:30-5:45pm – Yoga (All) at DT;
Sundays, 9:00-10:00 am – Yoga (All) at DT; Sundays, 6:00-7:15pm – Yoga (All) at South

Fragrance Free in Studios
Please help us keep our studios fragrance free by limiting the use of scented body products.

Thank Goodness for Friends Friday!
Bring a friend for FREE to Friday afternoon classes at BOTH of our Locations! Your friend doesn’t even need to be new to the studio, think of it as a two-for-one deal!

The Space At DF Downtown Is Open!
We’re excited to announce that our downtown Gingko studio is now The Space. A new venture by the Dance Factory, it’s designed to fulfill an unmet need in our community: serious dance for dancers by dancers! The Space offers a variety of classes as well as rehearsal space by the hour.

Eugene Yoga is honored to support The Trauma Healing Project with affordable yoga for their clients, staff, and volunteers. We share their vision of creating a vibrant healing community. Please take a moment to check out their website for more information.

See who’s teaching, sign up for class ahead of time, purchase class passes, and more. All available on the MindBody Connect app on your phone.

Spring and summer are fast approaching, and with the seasons of sun come expressions of love! Are you considering an adventurous wedding celebration, perhaps expressing your vows on top of a mountain, while perched on a rock wall, or standing at the foot of a glorious waterfall? Our owner, Valerie, is a wedding celebrant and outdoor enthusiast and would love to help you make your special day complete with your own vows delivered in your own style!
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                        SOUTH LOCATION             DOWNTOWN LOCATION
                        3575 Donald Street                    245 E Broadway
Eugene, OR 97405                  Eugene, OR 97401






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