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6:12 pm

You are Invited: Return to Biophony #1, an experiential 'performance' event with the body habitat project, Lisa Wells and Lily Gael

Biophony: The symphony of sound of the natural world.

Why return: Because we have forgotten our home within the natural world. We have forgotten that we are animals, we are organic, we are nature itself. Our lives are interwoven with the lives of birds, beasts, plants, insects, wind, water, and earth. Our home, our place within the natural world, beckons us back. Remember me, remember me, she sings, like a lullaby. But we have to be still to hear her call.

How to return: Become still in a place where we can touch the earth, hear the bird calls and feel the wind on your skin. Let our attention wander back and forth between the internal experience of being ourselves within our skin and the external experience of being ourselves in the world. Let the boundary between internal and external soften.

Why an 'experiential' performance: We are all connected. By breath and by shared resources. By common stories and history. And, by the 'collective unconscious' that we may not understand but we can experience in moments of deeply shared experience. Improvisers call this place 'the flow.' We experience flow when we dip into shared awareness and work together for the common good. We observe flow in a murmuration of starlings, in the long migratory journey of monarch butterflies that takes multiple generations, in communication happens beyond speech and we know we are on the same page. Finding this state of flow between each of us and between ourselves and the world is essential for us to remember our place within existence. When we remember and experience this place, we naturally choose to act for the greater good of all.

Where: On the Greenbelt Land Trust’s Bald Hill Farm
When: Mother Nature's Day, May 10th, 4pm
Details: We'll meet at the Fairgrounds parking lot (at the beginning of the Midge Cramer Paved Trail) at 2:30pm and walk together to Bald Hill Farm. The Fairground parking lot is at the corner of NW 53rd and Reservoir Rd. It’s a 60 to 90 minute walk from the parking lot to the Oak Grove at Bald Hill Farm where the event will take place. There will be signage to help direct you if you arrive earlier or later. Closer parking is available for those unable to walk this distance. Please contact to arrange alternative access. You may want to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Feel free to bring picnic foods. We'll be in a white oak grove and open grasslands, walking and standing on trails, open fields and in the oak grove. Long pants and good foot ware will serve you well. The performance will last 30 to 45 minutes. There is a covered area for viewing in case of rain. The performance site at Bald Hill Farm is only open to the public through events like this one – take this opportunity to visit a part of the Farm that you cannot access by our public trail systems!

12:51 pm

Why am I excited Jules Mitchell is coming to Corvallis? by Lisa Wells

Jules Mitchell is both an exercise scientist and a yogini/yoga teacher. She wrote her Master's Thesis in biomechanics on the science of stretching. She started this work as a yogi to better understand what we were doing in our asana practices. She discovered that much of the anecdotal information that we pass along in yoga classes is unsupported by scientific work in the study of stretching. She now leads workshops and classes with the intention of dispelling common myths about yoga and stretching while teaching us wiser and safer ways to increase our range of motion and proficiency in asana.

As a 'body nerd' and 'yoga dork' I'm really excited to deepen my understanding of how our bodies work. And I hope you will join us. Your interest exceeded Live Well's capacity, so we've moved the workshop to Downtown Dance (2nd Street). That means we have about 15 additional spaces that have opened up. We hope you join us.

Links: Jules Mitchell website:
downtown dance:

11:19 am

Tackling Behavior Change through Wellness Coaching by Donna Kanan, BS, CHWC, RYT, ACSM EP-C

After years of personal training clients who committed to showing up for one-on-one sessions but struggled to exercise on their own I realized there had to be another way to help clients adopt an active lifestyle and promote lasting change. Using the coach approach to assist clients find the answers within themselves on their wellness journey has proven to be an effective method leaving the client nourished and empowered to make change.

Below is a testimonial from a client that I coach weekly.

“I had been going through a weight loss journey with a personal trainer since 2012 but after he moved on I knew I wasn’t finished. I still had weight loss goals to accomplish, I was dealing with the loss of my sister from diabetes and I was struggling with so many things that I knew I needed guidance. A friend mentioned Coaching You Well and how wellness coaching could help. My experience with wellness coaching has been such a positive one. The way issues are broken down into manageable accomplishments really make you realize you can achieve your goal. I have been with my coach, Donna Kanan, since December 2014 and in this time I can see so many improvements in my eating habits with the ideas given and weekly goals to keep me on track. It's very refreshing to be able to talk to someone about exercise that listens, gives instant feedback and never makes you feel like you are being judged. I look forward to speaking to my coach; Donna brings me back to task. You, however, have to put the work in but it is so worth it. “

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Join me for a Wellness Coaching Workshop held on Tuesday May 19, 26 and June 2, 6 from 7:00-8:30 PM Early bird registration: $79 before April 19; $89 after April 19

1:14 pm

Meet Kristen Anderson

Hi, I'm Kristen Anderson. I'm honored and excited to be joining the amazing people of Live Well. I have a deep respect and love for yoga and yoga philosophy and credit my teachers, especially Katelin Gallagher, Angie Greenwood, and Suzanne Davis for developing and inspiring my practice. I bring my continuing studies into my classes and am looking forward to sharing the practice of yoga with you all! I moved here from Colorado not long ago and am happy to have found a yoga "home" here at Live Well. I am a sign language interpreter and am passionate about equitable access, hiking, and learning. I hope to see you on the mat.

5:37 pm

New Spring Schedule April, 2015

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5:03 pm

Live Well Studio Spring 2015 Schedule by Teacher

By Teacher
• Tuesdays 5:30-6:45pm
• Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm
• Thursday 5:30-6:45pm
• Friday 8:30-9:45am
• Saturday 9-10:15am
•Saturday 10:30-11:30am

• Mondays 7-8:15pm

• Mondays 7-8am
• Tuesdays 3-4pm
• Wednesday 7-8am
• Thursday 12-1pm

• Sundays 9-10:15am (twice a month)
• Sundays 10:30-11:50am (twice a month)

• Wednesdays 12-1pm

Kate G:
• Mondays 5:30-6:45pm
• Tuesdays 12-1pm
• Wednesdays 5:30-6:45pm
• Sundays 5-6:15pm Kate V:
• Sundays 12:30-1:45pm (once/month)

• Fridays 1-2pm

• Tuesdays 4-5pm
• Sundays 12:30-1:45pm

• Fridays 5:30-6:30pm

• Wednesdays 8:45-9:45am

• Sundays 9-10:15am (twice a month)
• Sundays 10:30-11:50am (twice a month)
• Mondays 10-11am • Mondays 12-1pm
• Mondays 4-5pm • Tuesdays 10-11am
• Wednesdays 10-11am Lissy:
• Tuesdays 7-8:15am
• Wednesdays 4-5:15pm
• Thursdays 7-8:15am
• Sundays 11:30-1pm Liz:
• Thursdays 10-11am

• Thursdays 4-5:15p

• Fridays 10-11am

• Mondays 8:45-9:45am
• Fridays 4-5:15pm

• Thursdays 1:15-2:15pm

4:44 pm

Live Well Studio Spring 2015 Classes by Type

By class type:

Pilates and Core:

·      Core Mondays 12-1pm with Lisa

·      Core Wednesdays 12-1pm with Jennie

·      Pilates Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm (please preregister)

·      Pilates Fridays 1-2pm with Angie with Kelly

Flow Yoga:

·      Mondays 8:45-9:45am with Stacey

·      Mondays 5:30-6:45p with Katelin

·      Tuesdays 5:30-6:45pm with Angie

·      Wednesdays 8:45-9:45am with Kristen

·      Wednesdays 4-5:15pm level 2 with Lissy

·      Wednesdays 5:30-6:45p with Katelin

·      Thursdays 12-1p with Irene

·      Thursdays 5:30-6:45p level 2 with Angie

·      Fridays 8:30-9:45a with Angie

·      Fridays 4-5:15p with Stacey

·      Saturdays 10:30-11:30a level 1 with Angie

·      Sundays 9-10:20a level 2 with Lisa and Jaromey

Chair Yoga:

·      Tuesdays 3-3:50pm with Irene

Gentle Yoga:

·      Monday through Friday 10-11am, various teachers

Hatha Yoga:

·      Mondays and Wednesdays 7-8am with Irene


·      Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8:30am with Lissy

·      Sundays 11:30-1p led series with Lissy (please preregister)

Just plain ‘ole yoga:

·      Tuesdays 12-1pm with Kate

·      Sundays 10:30-11:50 with Jaromey and Lisa

Teen Yoga:

·      Tuesdays 4-5pm with Kelsey

Yoga for Recovery:

·      Sundays 12:30-1:45pm with Kelsey


·      Thursdays 1:15-2:15pm with Russell

Prenatal Yoga:

·      Mondays 7-8:15pm with Heather

Roll and Release

·      Mondays 4-5:15pm with Lisa

Community Classes ($5 or reduced rates):

·      Tuesdays, Chair Yoga, 3-4pm with Irene

·      Tuesdays, Teen Yoga, 4-5pm with Kelsey

·      Fridays 5:30-6:30p, Happy Hour yoga with Koa (2 for 1)

·      Saturdays 4-5pm Community Yoga various teachers

·      Sundays 12:30-1:45pm Yoga for Recovery with Kelsey

7:20 pm

Today's Call by Lisa Wells

Today's call: Three part breath. Paying attention to the breath is the yogi's primary tool of relaxation and centering. The breath is a bridge between the involuntary and the voluntary work of the nervous system. When we turn our attention to the breath, the involuntary nervous system calms down, our heart beat slows, and our bodies systems can work toward healing and rejuvenation of the physical body and the mind. Three part breath is a simple exercise most everyone can use. Do be careful though, if any breathing exercise increases anxiety rather than decreasing it, discontinue immediately.
Here goes: Take a few long clearing breaths. Then inhale into your belly, pause, inhale into your lower ribs, pause, inhale fully into the chest, pause. Long smooth exhale. Each filling should feel like about one third of the volume of the breath. Repeat this cycle three to nine times: inhale belly, pause, inhale lower chest, pause, inhale full lungs, pause, exhale fully. Sit quietly for a minute or more when you are through and enjoy the results.

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6:39 pm

Yoga, Shamanism and Cacao

by George Beekman

Last February Susan Grace and I stayed for a few gorgeous days at Present Moment Retreat Center, a lovely beachside yoga-centric resort in Troncones, Mexico. CJ, one of the co-owners of the resort, is a terrific yoga teacher, and her partner Coby is a wonderful musician. On our last day at the center, the CJ and Coby led a class that combined a yoga asana flow with imagery and music from Shamanic traditions. This unlikely mix turned out to be quite potent. I loved hearing stories and songs from the Shamanic world while I was moving through asanas. Familiar poses took on new meanings. My perspective shifted as the imagery changed. And the chocolate-lover in me was delighted by the cacao ceremony that accompanied the class.

So I was delighted to learn that CJ and Coby decided to take Merging with the Medicine Wheel on the road, and that they’ll be making a stop in Corvallis as they work their way north. They’ll be leading a two-hour experience at Live Well Studio at 1 PM on Saturday, March 14. The cost is $25 per person; advance reservations are available at the Live Well site. I highly recommend this very special workshop for anyone who wants to experience yoga in a whole new way.

For more information, see .

6:21 pm

Yoga On My Mind

By Koa Tom

My mind gets stuck on things—it reels on a topic over and over, keeping me up at night and not in the present. Yoga is a great tool for taming and channeling this wayward energy, in ways I didn’t expect. Lately, when I’ve found myself up at night, my thoughts racing through my days ahead and all I have to do (as if this will get it done), I start thinking about yoga. I start coming up with a flow or cuing one and, eventually, just thinking of yoga, I realize my breath has lengthened, deepened and evened out. Recollecting the goodness of sinking deep into pigeon or feeling completely balanced through all fours limbs and the crown of my head in half moon, is enough to let the racing thoughts, and even the thoughts of yoga, eventually, slip away and the calm that is the present returns.

Hence, yoga works off the mat, as teachers often say. For me, simply thinking of yoga can evoke the feelings and physiological responses that come with a physical practice, so I can get to studying, writing and enjoying life, including yoga!

Koa teaches Friday Happy Hour class at 5:30 Fridays. Sign up here.