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Resilience for the Resistance.
May 31, 2017

I know I am not the only person in Portland who is heartbroken this week after the tragic and senseless loss of two local heroes: Rick Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche. I have found myself experiencing grief, fear, anger and blame in the days following the hateful act that took their lives. I have found myself succumbing to the familiar sympathetic nervous system response: Fight or Flight. I have had thoughts of rage and thoughts of moving to Canada. Through all of this, there is that ever

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Everyone carries a shadow.
May 5, 2017

Yin controls Yang. Balance between the two will occur, whether we invite it or not. With our Yang-dominant culture, we reward those who overcome obstacles and exhibit strength, but we undervalue the need to rest, restore, be still and experience silence. We push ourselves to do more, get more, be more, while putting off our innate need for mystery, passivity, slow processing and inner quiet. I hear story after story of people pushing themselves to the point of injury or illness--that breaking po

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Why I love Yoga Conservatory.
April 27, 2017

There are a lot of Yoga Teacher Training programs out there, which is why I want to make sure that if you are looking for one, you find the RIGHT one out of all the noise. Here at Yoga Refuge, our teacher training program is unlike any other, and its also important to us that we find the right candidates who are a perfect fit for what we are doing. I wrote a little ode to the things about Yoga Conservatory that make me swoon, which I hope will help you prospective trainees make an informed dec

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Fundraiser focus: Ghost Ship Oakland fire
December 8, 2016

Last month, we raised $900 for Standing Rock, in a packed class of joyful faces on Thanksgiving morning. I am truly grateful for the generosity of this community! For December, I had originally planned a fundraiser for Unite Oregon, but we will be pushing that one forward for a more timely need. I have decided to dedicate our December fundraiser to victims of the Ghost Ship Oakland Fire.

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How to Trust the Friendliness of the Universe (even when Disaster is Imminent)
April 13, 2016

The other day I was listening to a podcast from one of my favorite Buddhist teachers, and was inspired to bring her question into my Wednesday morning yoga class: Can we trust in the friendliness of the Universe? Even just saying the phrase “the friendliness of the Universe” makes me breathe a sigh of relief, so I have been staying with this powerful inquiry over the last few weeks.

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Talk to me like the Rain, and let me Listen…
March 27, 2016

(A love letter to my patient and wise body.) About two weeks ago, amidst the endless flow of work and childcare and work and childcare and a little bit of sleep and work and childcare and work and childcare, I caught a cold. The cold had been in my house, making the rounds amongst the toddler, the husband and the baby, and my body held off for as long as it could. Through nights of harrowed and broken sleep (sick baby), through days when no meals were planned and no yoga was done, through w

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Why should I Care? On bridging the gap between Self-Care and Societal Care
March 19, 2016

I have noticed a distinct difference between those in my community who are healers, practitioners and nurturing personalities who advocate Self Care, and those in my community who are more connected to practical, political and legislative solutions to the problems of the world, an emphasis on what I will call “Societal Care”. There is an unfortunate and false dichotomy that often arises between the priorities of these two communities, and I am on a mission to advocate for a more int

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It was a Dark and Stormy Night…
January 4, 2016

It was a dark and stormy night... And after a day of fun snowflakes the ice took over, and the power line snapped in my neighborhood. From 4:30pm until 2am my family was thrust into the camping life (let's be honest, it was really more like "glamping".) We made fresh pasta by candlelight, we played "treasure hunters" with our headlamps, but underneath the surface was a tension at the radical shift in our lifestyle. Its very uncomfortable to change habits, isn't it? We had

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Resolutions made easy: 5 Habit hacks for making real change in your life
December 30, 2015

Feeling Stuck? Try these 5 easy Habit Hacks to shift your perspective and get change flowing through your life.

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Forget your perfect offering: 5 tips on sneaking Self Care into the cracks of your day
November 4, 2015

Forget your perfect offering: 5 tips for sneaking Self-Care into your day

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Do not fear the Dawn: An interview with our Sunrise Yoga Guru
September 9, 2015

Do not fear the Dawn: An interview with our fearless Sunrise Yoga Guru

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An interview with Fawn Williams, the teacher that brought together Restorative Yoga and Shiatsu Massage!
March 21, 2015

An interview with Fawn Williams on the inspiration behind her Restorative Yoga and Shiatsu Massage workshops.

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Change your life with a yoga retreat
March 17, 2015

To be honest, I am new to the world of yoga retreats. I have been teaching yoga for 11 years, but I spent much of that time devoted to my work as a theater artist, and all of my vacation days and extra money went to artistic retreats. For 3 different winters, I had the honor of being awarded an artistic retreat at Caldera, which is an artist colony located just west of Sisters, OR. This is how I first found out how magical the mountains of Central Oregon are.

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Annual Memberships: A way to invest in yourself, and us!
November 28, 2014

For a limited time only we are offering Annual Memberships: 12 months of unlimited yoga for only $799! And even better, through the end of 2014 you can get one for only $699! Benefits of an Annual Membership for YOU: -12 months of unlimited access to our weekly classes at an amazing price -Discounts on workshops and special series -One free guest per month -Free mat rental and storage -If something comes up, you can put your membership on hold for up to 6 months for only

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Becoming the eye of the tornado
April 29, 2014

I started teaching Mom and Baby Yoga out of the need to survive. In the early days of my son's life, there was a meltdown at home every time I tried to leave to teach a class, we couldn't afford childcare, and being a nursing mother it just made sense to have my baby with me. I couldn't bring him to my other classes, but the Mom/Baby class was a different feel entirely. With my decade of yoga teaching experience and my newfound discoveries about postnatal recovery, I was able to help many of

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