Lane County is considered to be extremely high risk for the community spread of Covid-19, so we will continue to offer classes from our virtual platform only for at least two more weeks (through Dec. 15). Thank you for your patience - we want to be back in the studio too! Please remember to pre-register for any class so that you can receive the recording.

Musings

A note from Valerie

First, the virtual classes are going great! I am so impressed by our teachers – they have stepped way outside their comfort zones! It is not easy to do this work without the immediate feedback from seeing students, not to mention the extra physical effort the teachers are expending by demonstrating the entire class, teaching with their bodies and voices for the full hour. Thank you for acknowledging our work with your attendance, your kind words of encouragement, your thanks, and of course your financial support.

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The What? Why? and How? of Sound Meditation

Sound Healing? Sound Therapy? Sound Meditation? Sound Bath? I’m confused! Which is it? What is it? In general, all of these terms are correct and used interchangeably! The modality is often referred to as sound healing or sound therapy, and sessions are often referred to as sound baths or sound meditations…

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The Gift of Yoga

For the majority of my life, I was severely disconnected from my body. The words that could sum up my decade long abusive relationship with my body are: isolated, numb, weak, broken, hatred, resistance, shame, and PAIN.
When I discovered yoga as a daily practice, I was able to transform and transcend away from all of those words. (click the title to read more…)

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Eight Tips For A Healthy Lymphatic System

The human body has 600 to 1000 lymph nodes and a complex network of vessels that transport lymphatic fluid to and from the lymph nodes. The lymphatic system picks up anything that the blood does not. This Lymph Obligatory Load, or LOL, is responsible for carrying away cell debris, pathogens, dust, certain chemicals, and maintaining homeostasis (fluid balance)… (click the title to read more)

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Connecting the Mind and Body

The state of the mind strongly influences the state of the body; I think we’ve all experienced how health suffers during stressful times. Generally less appreciated is the power of the body to influence the mind. Through mindful movement and breathing, the body holds promise as a vehicle to work with the mind… (click the title to read more)

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5 Types of Balance

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… (click the title to read more)

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Challenging Ourselves To Grow In Our Practice

Within the hustle and bustle of our lives, sometimes our yoga practice can take the backseat. Perhaps we have just become bored or stagnant in our practice. There have been times in my life where I definitely have fallen into both of those traps and I always pay for it physically, mentally, and emotionally… (click the title to read more)

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A Lesson in Ahimsa

Just about a year ago, I underwent a major surgery. As I made preparations to be out of work for possibly several months, I shared my situation with Diane Butera, and she immediately found coverage for my gentle & restorative class. She assured me that I was not alone, and that my class would be there for me when I was ready to return… (click the title to read more)

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Keeping Your Practice Alive

Imagine a beautiful garden, lush and green, blooming with the fruits of your labor. Think about the time and attention it would take to not only grow the garden, but to maintain it and work with its changing needs. Now imagine how the garden would look if it was not tended to for a week, a month, or a year… (click the title to read more)

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A Place of Profound Relaxation

The practices of intention setting and visualization hold an almost magical power for me. Many teachers and authors from a wide range of backgrounds have taught these practices and their benefits. In Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey shares that all things are created twice… (click the title to read more)

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