Classes

Healing Chronic Pain with

Jacqueline Rubinstein

Monday Nights
6:00pm - 7:00 pm

Friday Mornings, 10:00am – 11:00am

**2018 Fall Class Series**

*Free Intro Class: Monday, September 17 at 6:00pm*

Now two class times!

Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
September 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 26 (No class November 12 or 19)

Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am
September 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 23, 30 (No class November 9 or 16)

Cost: 
8-week Fall Class Series (in-person and live class recordings): $96

8-week Fall Class Pass On-line (live class recordings only): $58

Walk-in to any class: $15/drop-in

*Sign up for the 8-week series and attend Monday and/or Friday class!

Gentle Movement & Awareness Exercises with the Feldenkrais Method

Chronic pain and injuries influence every aspect of life. Conscious and unconscious limits are placed on your ways of being in the world. Your dance is constrained. Your mind is busy protecting you, restricting your freedom of expression, closing in your world.

You may be acutely aware of the limitations or you may have adjusted to this restricted way of walking through life. Either way, come remember how you use to feel ~ strong, comfortable, flexible, loose, free, & effortless!

In this class, you will experience carefully crafted, gentle movement sequences that will relieve your pain and give you invaluable, surprising insights into your movement and thought patterns.

These exercises are designed to communicate directly with your Nervous System, making the changes you feel not just a temporary fix, but a fundamental improvement in your movement habits. These new movement patterns will be so delicious to your brain and Nervous System that you will find them immediately, subconsciously integrated into your daily life.

If you are ready to:

Eliminate aches and pains, and move more easily.
Improve your co-ordination, posture and flexibility.
Restore lost function.
Find relief from stress, and the tools for psychological growth.
Attain greater ease and pleasure in all your physical activities.
Improve the fitness and agility of your brain at any age.
Gain renewed physical vitality, health and emotional well-being.

Then, come learn how your Nervous System is your best ally in feeling better in an effective, quick, and lasting way! Gain the tools to be a powerful agent in your own healing and on-going comfort.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline: jacqueline@somaspace.us / 971.258.1885

For more info about this class offering: feldenkraisportland.com/healing-chronic-pain/

 

**2018 Fall Class Series**

Now two class times!

Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
*Free Intro: September 17
September 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 26 (No class November 12 or 19)

Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am
September 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 23, 30 (No class November 9 or 16)

Cost: 
8-week Fall Class Series (in-person and recordings): $96

8-week Fall Class Pass On-line (recordings only): $58

Walk-in to any class: $15/drop-in

*Sign up for the 8-week series and attend Monday and/or Friday class!

To Register for the Fall Class Series:




*Also, available for on-line subscription ~ you can take this class anywhere, at any time that works for you!

To Register for the Audio Recordings Only:




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Morning Ritual with

Jennifer Alyse

Tuesdays
7:00am - 8:00 am

September 18 – October 16, 2018

Early Bird Special: $75 if register by September 14

Regular Registration: $100 for the full series | $20 drop-in

A 5 week series for cultivating a daily creative practice

How do you begin your day?

What practices have you cultivated to lead your life from a place of inner wisdom?

 The way in which we begin our day impacts and ripples out to how we choose to engage with our world.

Welcome to Morning Ritual, a 5 week series where we cultivate tools for developing a daily creative practice and access the practice of listening to the wisdom within.

Through journal writing practice, creative visualization, breathing practices, and light movement, you will leave with tangible tools to deepen your intuitive, creative connection and be supported in your morning ritual.

We create a safe group setting for your greatest Self to be heard and to cultivate the powerful practices of developing a daily ritual.

All participants will receive their own journal, custom made booklet of Morning Ritual Practices, and accountability within an inspiring group setting.

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is, To Be Alive, to Breathe, Think, To Enjoy, To Love.” – Marcus Aurelius

 

*5 week series beginning September 18th

 

Dates:

September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16

 

To Register:

http://jenniferalyse.com/morningritual

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Moving to Heal with

Siere Munro

Tuesdays
10:00am - 11:00 am

$15 drop-in, cash or check

Class pass: 5 classes for $50

 

Moving to Heal is “Movement as Medicine” and is for anybody seeking a gentler movement practice to compliment and facilitate the healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. “Healing” as defined by Nia is defined simply by “I feel better.” Moving to Heal teaches people to listen to the voice of the body, sensation. Through sensation, participants learn how to adapt movements to support their comfort and health needs. Classes include soothing, rhythmic soundscapes and simple choreographed movement, shared in an atmosphere of safety and trust. Chairs are made available for students to utilize for maximum stability, pleasure, and comfort. The focus on adapting personalized, self-healing, movement results in increased body awareness, and overall improvements of wellness, regardless of diagnosis. Beginners welcome.

For more information, please contact Siere: siere.munro@nianow.com

 

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Tergar Meditation with

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Tuesdays
7:30pm - 9:00 pm

Free

4th Sundays
2:00pm -4:00 pm
Free

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during these Tuesday offerings (not Sunday offerings). A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Explore meditation and the fundamentals of Buddhist practice

Tuesday evenings
7:30pm – 9:00pm

We explore Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings with the support of our Tergar community of practitioners, and the guidance of a comprehensive meditation group curriculum. This curriculum, based on Mingyur Rinpoche’s books, The Joy of  Living and Joyful Wisdom, covers the core teachings of the Joy of Living program and includes guided meditations, experiential exercises, and questions that foster group discussion. Sessions are held on a drop-in basis. There are no prerequisites for attending our group meeting. All are warmly welcome!

 

4th Sunday of the month group meeting
2:00pm – 4:00pm

A group meeting focusing on Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings using our Joy of Living curriculum based on Rinpoche’s books, The Joy of Living and Joyful Wisdom. Our meeting includes guided meditations, experiential exercises, and questions for group discussion. Also an opportunity for us to come together as a community for formal meditation practice. Our practice schedule is divided into two 20-minute sitting sessions with walking meditation in between.

 

For more information, please contact Group Coordinators Lyle and Diane McQueen-Smith:
portland@tergar.org / www.tergar.org/portland

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Mindful Strength Training with

Christopher Pike

Wednesdays
4:30pm - 5:30 pm

Begins October 3!

*Free classes*  ~ October 3, December 5

Your first class each month is $15. Each additional class taken in the same month is $12

Come for a rendezvous with your rhomboids.  Connect with your quadratus laborum.  Tango with your transverse abdominis, and google your gluteus maximus.   

Mindful strength training is a class focused on making resistance training accessible to people who aren’t comfortable in a gym environment. In this class, you will do a gentle mix of isometric exercises, mobility exercises, weight lifting, body weight exercises, and somatic movement.

If you want to work out and gain strength, but aren’t sure where to start this class is for you! Chris will guide you through a series of exercises with attention to detail and insightful feedback. He will help you figure out how to strength train in a healthy and fun way!

He has selected movements that are interesting to your nervous system. These exercises incorporate rhythms, balance, circular movements, swinging movements, and more. You won’t feel like you are doing the same thing over and over. Every exercise feels different and does something different for your body.

Somatics have been described as “the body experienced from within”.  In this class, we bring awareness to the sensations coming from your muscles during each exercises.  When you move against a resistance, such as a weighted exercise ball or a resistance band, this actually enhances the internal experience of movement.  You will move slowly and carefully so that your nervous system can assimilate these sensations.

One signature of this class is the use of props.  Throughout class, you will use blocks, stools, extra thick and comfortable floor mats, resistance bands, medicine balls, and impact mats. These props are provided for you. These props open up new movement possibilities and help make the class novel and engaging.

Athleticism is not required for this class, but it is important that you can get up and down from the floor with ease.

This class is currently equipped for ten participants, so come early to get a spot.

The instructor is available for questions and new student orientation ten minutes before class.

For more information, please contact Christopher: crpikeinportland@gmail.com/ 530.757.6656

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Gift of the Tao Qigong: Vibratory Acts of Power with

Ben Rosen

Wednesdays
6:00pm - 7:00 pm

First class is free to try out!

$15 drop-in, cash, check or credit card

Class pass: $60 for 5 classes; $100 for 10 classes

Sliding scale rate available upon request.

 

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

 

Increasing Health & Awareness

Qigong is a form of meditation originating in ancient China as far back as 5,000 years ago. Qigong was first created by the indigenous Taoist shamans of China as an art for self healing. Qigong has since become one of the five branches of Chinese medicine along with Acupuncture, Herbalism, Nutrition and Tuina massage. All aspects of Chinese medicine help to achieve energetic harmony within the body’s network of energy points and channels. The practice of Qigong is a powerful way to naturally help correct and balance one’s entire energy system promoting increased health for the practitioner.

Gift of the Tao Qigong is a unique form of Qigong created by Grandmaster Michael Lomax, lineage holder of the Stillness Movement Lineage. Master Lomax has trained extensively with both Taoist and Buddhist Qigong masters in China as well as Cherokee and Lakota Medicine Men here in the states. Gift of the Tao Qigong combines the energetic principles from all these energetic traditions. The result is a powerful and unique set of high level Qigong movements designed for optimal energetic cultivation.

For more information, please contact Ben: qiclinicpdx@gmail.com / www.qiclinicpdx.com

 

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Saying Yes! with

Carlton Grew

Wednesdays
7:30pm - 9:30 pm

$10 drop-in, cash

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Playful improvisational theater class to inspire spontaneity & creativity

This session is based on Scott Kelman’s form of body-centered improvisation. Kelman was a practitioner and teacher of alternative theater and improvisation for over 50 years, a celebrated director in LA who taught in Portland from the 1990’s until his death in 2007. He created a body-centered form of improvisation and presence in which participants explore with abandon within defined constraints.

The form consists of structured exercises and play using mindfulness, observation, physical precision, discovered physical impulses, vocalization, speech and observation, and empathy and engagement with others. The result is to fully experience and inhabit every moment and express the creativity generated by those moments, alone or in ensemble. Kelman’s work cultivates fresh, deep creativity and authenticity.
The work can be a creative adventure, spiritual exploration, a magical fusing of an ensemble, or simply a collection of fully lived moments. It is also Big Fun.

Whether you are a daydreamer, writer, singer, dancer, or simply a curious person seeking to live more fully, Kelman’s work will enhance your creativity and add another level to your experience of your art and your daily life.

For more information, please contact Carlton: nwrain99@yahoo.com

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8 Week Burlesque Series with

Audrey Steele

Thursdays
5:30pm - 7:00 pm

October 18 – December 6, 2018

Early Bird Special: $175 if registered by September 18

Regular Registration: $225

Join us for an immersive and unique experience in sensual movement, strip-tease and seductive, burlesque-inspired performance.

 

​This class offers an opportunity to learn and develop your own powerful and authentic sensual self- expression.

Over the course of 8 weeks you will practice and learn:
  • How to command the attention of your audience
  • How to move seductively in a style that is all your own
  • How to tease effectively
  • How to improvise confidently
  • The tricks of burlesque style strip-tease and so, so much more.

This class is designed to empower you and build your confidence enough to be show ready!  It will conclude with a class showcase where you will get to shine like the bright star you are!

​This class is open to all levels and body types and all female identified people.  Don’t be shy! This is a SAFE space to play and grow.

For more information, please contact Madam Steele:

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Dance Temple with

Sacred Circle Dance

Thursdays
7:30pm - 9:00 pm

$10 drop-in, cash or credit

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Spiritually-Based Community Dance

Sacred Circle has been meeting to dance together in Portland for over a decade. We are a warm and welcoming group of dancers who love to create something really special together.   We encourage people of all ages and abilities to sink into their body in the safe, beautiful and sacred community-created space, to gather and create an beautiful interaction where music and movement happen, and while each person comes into the space with their own story, their own needs, their own reasons to be there — there is one thing we all share — and that is the love of the dance!

This is a free form dance, you create the experience by how you engage with your body, with other dancers and with the music. There are no set moves, just be safe and kind to your body and respectful those around you and have fun.  This is a great space to practice being unabashedly in your body.

For more information, please visit the Sacred Circle Dance website.

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Women’s Circle with

Jacqueline Rubinstein


10:30am - 12:30 pm

*On Summer Hiatus, Returning September 16*

Door opens at 6:15pm

$15, drop-in, cash preferred

Work-trade available, please contact us for more information. 

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

 

Come However You Are

*Now on 1st and 3rd Sundays*

The SomaSpace Women’s Circle is guided by the belief that gathering together with other heart-centered women is essential to your health, growth, and empowerment in these times when women must step up, be loud, and help guide the world back into harmony. The circle holds the value that all people are wisdom-keepers with unique talents, perspectives, and richness to share. When you take the time to sit in circle with other women, sharing from your heart, getting real and raw, renewing your strength and power, and exploring new realms of thinking and being, it is a gift to the healing Earth, as well as to yourself and the community.

The flow of new women and regulars at this circle creates a unique blend of new energy and grounded, deepening experiences together. Each week, the unique group that has gathered opens their hearts to share the vulnerable truth of being alive in this moment and strengthen our capacity to be present and hold wide open, non-judgmental, loving space for others. Facilitation will be grounded, encouraging you to be present in your body and your inner light.

You are welcome to join the circle however you find yourself on Sunday evening; whether you are bursting with joy, grieving, feeling bleh, or any other number of things – You. Are. Welcome. Here!

Come experience the power of women coming together, being real, diving deep, and uncovering the truth of your heart and intuition.

Women across the vast gender spectrum welcome, including trans-women. Queer friendly space. Women of all ages welcome. Women across the vast race/ethnicity spectrum welcome. People of Color, refugees, and immigrants welcome.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline: jacqueline@somaspace.us / 971.258.1885

Check out this blog post from Jacqueline about her intention for Women’s Circle!

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Move the Earth with

Audrey Steele

4th Sundays
6:00pm - 8:00 pm

$15 – 20 sliding scale, drop-in, cash only

 

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

A Sensual Ecstatic Dance Class For Women

Move the Earth is about repossessing our wild feminine, reclaiming our sexuality and freeing our creativity.  When we allow this, we begin to cultivate our limitless power.

Women hold immense power in our creative centers (aka: our second chakra or our womb space), but we are often in conflicting relationship with this place due to the immense cultural programming and collective trauma we all carry in and around our sexuality. We can feel hopeless, detached, numb, or like we are “too much.” This keeps us from having the lives we want and the kinds of relationships and sex we want. It keeps us from pursuing our dreams and embracing our talents. It holds us back from being the powerful women we are in our lives.

Reclaiming our sexuality is imperative if we wish to find any sense of freedom, or power within ourselves. 

The emphasis of this series will be on developing healthy relationship with Self.

Each class in this series will be a journey diving into, and deeply exploring, our sensual expression through dance.  We will practice listening to our body, to what it desires, and to how it most authentically wishes to express that. In doing so, we will begin to reprogram our limiting thought and action patterns into more empowered ways of being.

WOMEN ONLY…

In order to eliminate the confusion, fear, frustration, and distraction that can sometimes occur in other mixed-gendered, conscious-dance practices, this class is offered to women identified people only. The goal is to create a safe container where we get to play with this energy and express our sensuality freely. It is not about performing, looking good or pleasing anyone but YOURSELF.

What to expect …

Movement…  A large portion of the class will be our movement practice where you will be supported and encouraged to invite your sexual energy out on to the dance floor.

Depth… We will practice simple guided meditations connecting us with our womb space and with the energy of the earth.

Reflection… At times we will have the opportunity to share and reflect our experience with others and with the group.

Challenge…While this class will be focused on developing deeper self-love, it will include pushing ourselves a little outside our comfort zones.

Fun…It doesn’t always have to feel like drudgery!  We will have loads of fun in this class!

The 7 phases of Move The Earth

Like 5-Rhythms, the music will create a “wave,” meaning, there will be a variety of music intended to evoke different flavors of our creativity, and authentic expression.  However, in this class they are specifically designed to evoke our sensual and sexual energies, sometimes referred to as Kundalini, Shakti or orgasmic energy.  Our playlists use a variety of music including pop, hip-hop, electronic, vintage, blues, jazz, powerful female artists and much more…

The 7 phases are: Depth, Opening, Confidence, Wild and Fierce, Grind and Grit, Play, Tenderness 

What to Bring and Wear…

Please dress comfortably… AND you are also encouraged to dress in a way that feels sexy!  What ever that means to you. This class is not about looking good, it’s about feeling good. But it is also about pushing your comfort zone in order to discover how your sensuality would like to express itself.  It is an opportunity to turn a regular dance class into a living art experience!  Have fun with it!

See you on the dance floor!

For more information, please contact Madam Steele: www.audreysteele.com

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Nia with

Siere Munro

Mondays & Wednesdays
9:00am - 10:00 am

$15 drop-in, cash or check

Class Pass: 5 classes for $50

 

Nia is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending aspects of Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts, Nia provides a variety of movement dynamics to create an experience that involves body and spirit. The use of eclectic, rich music, guided imagery, powerful kinesthetic cues, and heart-felt joy add to the full experience of a Nia class. Every class guides students to mindfully focus on sensation in their body while listening and dancing to music. Each class has its own kind of magic that fosters personal creativity and expression. Nia is practiced barefoot. Every class is adaptable to individual needs and abilities, with movers empowered to explore a variety of intensity levels and ways to modify movements to safely condition their bodies. Beginners welcome.

For more information, please contact Siere: siere.munro@nianow.com

 

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Women’s Circle with

Jacqueline Rubinstein


7:30pm - 9:30 pm

*On Summer Hiatus, Returning September 16*

Door opens at 6:15pm

$15, drop-in, cash preferred

Work-trade available, please contact us for more information. 

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

 

Come However You Are

*Now on 1st and 3rd Sundays*

The SomaSpace Women’s Circle is guided by the belief that gathering together with other heart-centered women is essential to your health, growth, and empowerment in these times when women must step up, be loud, and help guide the world back into harmony. The circle holds the value that all people are wisdom-keepers with unique talents, perspectives, and richness to share. When you take the time to sit in circle with other women, sharing from your heart, getting real and raw, renewing your strength and power, and exploring new realms of thinking and being, it is a gift to the healing Earth, as well as to yourself and the community.

The flow of new women and regulars at this circle creates a unique blend of new energy and grounded, deepening experiences together. Each week, the unique group that has gathered opens their hearts to share the vulnerable truth of being alive in this moment and strengthen our capacity to be present and hold wide open, non-judgmental, loving space for others. Facilitation will be grounded, encouraging you to be present in your body and your inner light.

You are welcome to join the circle however you find yourself on Sunday evening; whether you are bursting with joy, grieving, feeling bleh, or any other number of things – You. Are. Welcome. Here!

Come experience the power of women coming together, being real, diving deep, and uncovering the truth of your heart and intuition.

Women across the vast gender spectrum welcome, including trans-women. Queer friendly space. Women of all ages welcome. Women across the vast race/ethnicity spectrum welcome. People of Color, refugees, and immigrants welcome.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline: jacqueline@somaspace.us / 971.258.1885

Check out this blog post from Jacqueline about her intention for Women’s Circle!

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Women’s Circle with

Jacqueline Rubinstein

1st & 3rd Sundays
6:30pm - 8:30 pm

*On Summer Hiatus, Returning September 16*

Door opens at 6:15pm

$15, drop-in, cash preferred

Work-trade available, please contact us for more information. 

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

 

Come However You Are

*Now on 1st and 3rd Sundays*

The SomaSpace Women’s Circle is guided by the belief that gathering together with other heart-centered women is essential to your health, growth, and empowerment in these times when women must step up, be loud, and help guide the world back into harmony. The circle holds the value that all people are wisdom-keepers with unique talents, perspectives, and richness to share. When you take the time to sit in circle with other women, sharing from your heart, getting real and raw, renewing your strength and power, and exploring new realms of thinking and being, it is a gift to the healing Earth, as well as to yourself and the community.

The flow of new women and regulars at this circle creates a unique blend of new energy and grounded, deepening experiences together. Each week, the unique group that has gathered opens their hearts to share the vulnerable truth of being alive in this moment and strengthen our capacity to be present and hold wide open, non-judgmental, loving space for others. Facilitation will be grounded, encouraging you to be present in your body and your inner light.

You are welcome to join the circle however you find yourself on Sunday evening; whether you are bursting with joy, grieving, feeling bleh, or any other number of things – You. Are. Welcome. Here!

Come experience the power of women coming together, being real, diving deep, and uncovering the truth of your heart and intuition.

Women across the vast gender spectrum welcome, including trans-women. Queer friendly space. Women of all ages welcome. Women across the vast race/ethnicity spectrum welcome. People of Color, refugees, and immigrants welcome.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline: jacqueline@somaspace.us / 971.258.1885

Check out this blog post from Jacqueline about her intention for Women’s Circle!

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