Classes

Gift of the Tao Qigong 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 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

$15 drop-ins welcome anytime

Drop-in Classes on July 21, July 28, August 4th, 18th, & 25th.

*No Class* August 11th.

New series begins mid- September!

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

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Moving to Heal with

Siere Munro

Mondays
8:30am - 9:30 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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U-Vigorate with

Andree Culpepper

Mondays
10:00am - 10:45 am

First class is free to try out!

$8 drop-in, cash or check

Discounted 6-class punchcard for $40

The “Feel Good” Workout for Every Body

U-Vigorate is a high energy, low impact cardio class that gives the participants the space to work at their own pace. The non-competitive routines vary regularly and provide opportunities to challenge eye-hand coordination, balance, memory and endurance, all while increasing aerobic capacity, toning, posture and conditioning. The robust mix of upbeat, percussive world music throughout tends to really contribute to lifting the spirits and allowing people to walk out just “feeling good”.  What better way to start the day!?

Comfortable gym clothes, a water bottle and clean shoes are recommended. Bare or sock feet are fine too.

For more information, please contact Andrée: aculpepper11@gmail.com

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Women’s Circle with

Jacqueline Rubinstein

Mondays
6:00pm - 7:30 pm

*Cancelled for July 24th*

Door opens at 5:45pm

$5-15 sliding scale, 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.

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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Tergar Meditation with

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

1st & 3rd Tuesdays
7:15pm - 9:00 pm

Free

4th Sundays
1:15 -4:00 pm
Free

Nectar of the Path Practice
4th Tuesdays
7:15 – 9:00pm
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.

 

NECTAR OF THE PATH
4th Tuesday evening of each month
7:15pm – 9:00pm
The Nectar of the Path is a meditation practice composed by Mingyur Rinpoche. It’s a short text that provides a framework for practicing the Buddhist path. This practice includes chanting, contemplation, visualization and meditation. It leads the student through the Four Thoughts, Refuge, Bodhichitta and Guru Yoga. All are welcome to join us!

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

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Nia with

Siere Munro

Wednesdays
8:30am - 9:30 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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Release Yoga with

Breana DePriest

Wednesdays
1:00pm - 2:00 pm

*Sub for 7/26 class. 

 

Drop-in & donation-based.

Suggested donation $5-$10 cash.

Letting Go To Move Forward

Release Yoga is a series of classes focused at relieving tension brought about by the navigation of daily life in the modern world. Constructed specifically for folks who work in the service industry (but of course, open to all!) this series of classes focuses both Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga practices, with a heavy focus on Pranayama, meditation, and breathing techniques. These classes aim to bring about ultimate relaxation, peaceful coping mechanisms for daily struggles, and help shift our thinking about our bodies, current situations, and reaching our maximum potential in this life.

For more information, please contact Breana:
breanadepriest@gmail.com / Facebook: Breana DePriest

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You are cordially invited to Sexuality Satsang — gathering together in the name of Love, to honor the truth about sexuality and its service to our awakening consciousness. In these Sexuality Satsang meetings (Sat=Truth, Sangha=gathering together in holy community) we come together in love and mutual support with other healing and awakening souls to explore how sexuality is part of our human path of realization, abiding, and living from the bliss of our deepest being and wholeness with all of life.

Sexual energy used in its highest potential serves many things: health and vitality in the physical body; resource abundance for our earthly lives; creative energy and insight for work, art, life and service to others; psychological and emotional healing; deeper autonomy and thus deeper intimacy in our relationships — and it also serves us in the most precious thing of all… falling open to who and what we are underneath the content of thought. Not only is this homecoming to our truest selves the quenching of our heart and life’s deepest longing, but the path of sexuality is one of living this heavenly beauty in all of its full, grounded, in-the-body, unique expression glory. Through healing, practice and proper use of this energy, we are can be continuously cleansed and reborn into living as the flow of conscious intelligent life force that. we. are. Yes, available to us is living in our natural existence as the bliss overflowing from total and deep intimacy with reality in every moment. Healing our relationship with sexuality can ever expand and accelerate our spiritual progress, and it can also ever deepen and ground our spiritual progress into our beautiful bodies and this beautiful earth place.

The regulation of sexual energy to support us in all of this happens through conscious practice over time. The healing of deep wounds caused by previous human conditioning must happen gently and in extraordinary safety. Using sexual energy to accelerate and expand our consciousness must also happen slowly and in a grounded and balanced way. To this extent Sara regularly offers these meetings, as well as one on one sessions and small groups, to support those who deeply resonate with this path and exploration.

In these meetings — silent and guided meditation, spontaneous talks, one on one exchange, experiential exercises and movement are used to support the healing and shifting of our inner experience with our sexual nature as divine humans. Sara offers a space of clarity, safety, and joy where the true richness and potential of pleasure and sexual energy can be experienced and your innermost truth revealed.

Learn how to use the innocence of pleasure as a path to heal, awaken, expand, and deeply anchor your true nature of love and consciousness in this living earth system body.

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Body-Led Singing Improvisation with

Anita Stryker

1st & 3rd Thursdays
6:00pm - 7:00 pm

$10-$20 sliding scale, drop-in, cash or check.

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.

Learn to Sing with Your Free Voice 

In Body-Led Singing Improvisations, we move through a series of specific ways to improvise with the voice and body that emphasize a free sound.  We open our bodies, minds and spirits to what arises in the present moment. These classes are a loosely guided sound meditation and community gathering to explore, open, create and play with sounding improvisation. This class is a good reboot for your creativity.

For more information, please contact Anita: anita@anitastryker.com / anitastryker.com / bodyledsinging.com

 

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Radical Listening with

Renee Greiner

2nd & 4th Thursdays
6:00pm - 7:00 pm

$5-$8 sliding scale, 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.

Meditation for Queer Women & Gender Nonconforming Folk

If we can listen better to ourselves, we can listen better to others. If we feel heard, we are more able to access our own truths and feel connected to each other. Classes will use traditional meditation techniques from the Buddhist tradition, as well as what are called witnessing practices which basically involves ‘really, really good listening.’ All queer women and gender nonconforming folk are welcome.

For more information, please contact Renee:
renee@blacksheepyoga.com / www.blacksheepyoga.com

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