Classes

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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Healing Chronic Pain with

Jacqueline Rubinstein

Fridays
10:00am - 11:00 am

**2018 Spring Class Series**
FREE INTRO CLASS: Friday, April 6, 2018 ~ 10:00am – 11:00am
Spring Class Series Dates: April 13 – June 8, no class on April 27.
Time: Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am*

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

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

Walk-in to any class: $15/drop-in

 

 

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 Spring Class Series**
FREE INTRO CLASS: Friday, April 6, 2018 ~ 10:00am – 11:00am
Spring Class Series Dates: April 13 – June 8, no class on April 27.
Time: Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am*

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

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

Walk-in to any class: $15/drop-in

To Register for the Spring 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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Tergar Meditation with

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

1st & 3rd Tuesdays
1:15pm - 4:00 pm

Free

4th Sundays
1:15pm -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

1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of each month
7:15pm – 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
1:15pm – 4:00pm
Consists of two sessions. Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

First session, 1:15pm – 2:45pm ~ 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. We enjoy a short tea break together before our 2nd session begins.

Second session, 3:00pm – 4:00pm ~ an opportunity for us to come together as a community for formal meditation practice. Our practice schedule is divided into two 25-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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Women’s Circle with

Jacqueline Rubinstein

Mondays
6:00pm - 7:30 pm

Door opens at 5:45pm

$5-15 sliding scale, drop-in, cash

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

Does something inside you crave community with other women? Do you feel a thirst for coming together and tapping into the nourishment of being with like-hearted sisters?

Show up exactly as you are in-the-moment. Bring your desires and experiences with you.

Facilitation will be grounded, encouraging you to be present in your body and your inner light. Flow of the evening will follow the energy of the group. We will learn from each women’s wisdom and empathy.

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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Gift of the Tao Qigong 1: 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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Dance Seen with

Sara Eden Moss

2nd Sundays
7:30pm - 9:30 pm

$10 – $15 sliding scale, drop-in, cash
or Paypal (sent before class) to Moss.E.Productions@gmail.com

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.

 

 Exploring Transparency in Community through Movement

What is Dance Seen?
Dance Seen is an experiment in community transparency. Together we share our humanity by creating a container for members of our community to be witnessed and held through expressive movement.
We are building our connections, nourishing our relations, and kindling our knowing of self as other.
This concept was birthed from the imagination of Oblio Stroyman.  

We gather together in a circle, together creating the physical container of a dance floor. Individuals volunteer, one at a time, to be witnessed by the circle in their movement. They may move to a pre-planned song, a song divined by an exchange between the mover and the DJ, or they may move with silence. After about 3 minutes of expressive movement, a moment of silent integration is held, and the invitation for reflections is offered to the mover (who is at choice to accept this invitation or decline it).

Reflections from the community of witnesses are then shared (if the invitation is accepted) to the mover. Reflections are a gift, and offering, an extension of vulnerability given back to the circle and mover alike. Reflections may be about what I experienced in my body while witnessing the movement (emotions, sensations, etc), or the story that the movement told me, or an image that was evoked by the movement.

We open and close the space with open space for all to move and dance, together, or alone.

 

For more information or to send class payment via Paypal: Moss.E.Productions@gmail.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

 

*No Monday classes 5/22 – 6/4

*No Wednesday classes 5/16 – 6/6

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

*No Monday classes 5/22 – 6/4

*No Wednesday classes 5/16 – 6/6

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Moving to Heal with

Siere Munro

Tuesdays
10:15am - 11:15 am

$15 drop-in, cash or check

Class pass: 5 classes for $50

*No classes 5/16 – 6/6

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

*No classes 5/22 – 6/5

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Dance as Prayer with

Siere Munro

4th Sundays
10:30am - 12:00 pm

$15 drop-in, cash or Paypal (at the door) Sorry, no checks

Class pass: 2 classes for $25: must be used in 2 consecutive Sundays.

Dance for 2 $25, at the door  when you bring a friend

*No May classes. Class resumes in June. 

Dance as Prayer is a three-part conscious dance program, cultivating opportunities for connecting to the embodied spirit through a personalized movement experience.

1.   The Asking~ Participants are guided through a moving meditation to cultivate a focus from within; allowing movement to come from the places in ourselves our thoughts have not reached.

2. The Honoring ~ To receive our own movement as it comes to us, withou trying to make it be different, is to honor our being as we are in the moment, without judgement. Participants are given time and space to explore the personalization of movement expressions.

3. The Offering ~ Participants are invited to share this dance in partnershi and in community.

DJayed music and simple verbal guidance create a safe space within this format.  The facilitator will advocate for each participant in support of moving into the dance at exactly their own pace and comfort level.  All are welcome to attend.

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

*No May classes. Class resumes in June. 

*June 17 there will be a special Dance As Prayer workshop! More info coming soon!

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