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5:29 pm

What is Thai Massage?

What is known in the West as Thai massage is not massage at all, but rather an ancient energy-based healing system that combines acupressure, reflexology, and assisted yoga postures. Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply. This traditional healing practice, called Nuad or Nuad Boran in the Thai language, stands in contrast to western massage therapies.
 
Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.
 
Nuad Boran (known in various forms as Thai massage, Thai Yoga Massage and other terms) began to evolve in Thailand over 2,000 years ago. Based on healing principles similar to those utilized in other non-western healing therapies, the Thai system focuses on circulation of vital energy in major pathways called sen. The major energy lines are manipulated, and important pressure points along these pathways are stimulated to help break down blockages, stimulate energy flow and restore balance and harmony.
 
Identifying features of traditional Thai massage are integrated yoga postures which are performed on the recipient. Through assisted yoga, the body is stretched in ways that are difficult to attain through individual exercise and yoga practice. The result of a full-body Thai treatment is often an exciting and powerful mind/body healing experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to heightened states of physical and spiritual well-being.
 
For many, traditional Thai massage is also a spiritual discipline in that it incorporates the practices of mindfulness (breath awareness) and loving kindness (focused compassion). These techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help bring the treatment session to a focused and deep level.

Tim Enright, LMT, YA200 offers Thai Yoga Massage in 60, 90, and 120 minute sessions. Schedule your session here or contact Tim at 541-231-2622.

 


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6:15 pm

Yoga for Larger Bodies Starts July

At Live Well Studio we welcome students of any shape or size to all of our classes, but we also recognize that walking into a yoga class can be uncomfortable for some people. With that in mind, we are excited to offer a new Yoga for Larger Bodies class starting this summer!

Yoga for Larger Bodies focuses on modifying traditional yoga postures through the use of props and other techniques. It is intended to make yoga practice accessible and enjoyable for all bodies, regardless of shape, size, or other physical challenges. Classes are designed around students' needs and emphasize a welcoming environment for all. We will move at a slow pace and emphasize modifications to achieve proper alignment. By learning how to modify yoga postures for their needs in a body-positive environment, the class will also give students the comfort and knowledge to explore other yoga classes.

Students will:


·      Learn how to adapt postures with props to make them more accessible for their individual bodies

·      Learn breathing techniques for relaxation and stress relief

·      Learn safe alignment in yoga postures

·      Improve flexibility, strength, and balance

·      Gain confidence and comfort in the body they have


The 60-minute class will be held Tuesday evenings from 7-8 PM beginning July 1, 2014.

Taught by Kacey Beddoes, read Kacey's bio here.


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4:13 pm

Summer Yoga School, July 7 to August 1, 2014

Namaste!

 

Most of you know me, but let me tell you a little bit more about myself: I’m a ptsd survivor, a former academic, a yogini, a mother, a wife, a yoga teacher, someone who has recovered from addiction and family dysfunction… and co-owner of Live Well Studio. I have a great life and I have had some very tough times. Yoga has kept me sane and whole through the most difficult times of my life.  Yoga has been my spiritual resource and my personal life raft.

 

Are you ready to deepen your yoga resource? What would you like to learn more of? Are you ready to establish a daily meditation practice?  Or become more proficient in asana?  Or deepen your understanding of yoga philosophy and history?  If so, I would like to personally invite you to join our 2014 Yoga Immersion. (July 7 to August 1). Yoga Immersions are a subset of our Yoga Teacher Training.  They allow you to dip into the training without signing up for the full time experience. We offer 4 tracks:  Meditation (daily 7-8am); Asana (daily 8-10:30am, includes Meditation Immersion if you choose to come at 7am);  Anatomy and Asana Analysis (2:30-5pm, July 7 to July 22); or History and Philosophy (11:30a-1pm, July 7 to July 23).  Register before June 15 and receive a 25% discount on any of the sub-immersions.

 

And if you are really ready to go deeper, whether you ever want to teach yoga or not, think about joining the full immersion.  If you call me ask questions, I’ll extend the early enrollment deadline from June 1 to June 15. 

 

Namaste,

Lisa Wells, Ph.D. 

 

Click here for details and registration. 

 

 


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4:07 pm

Why I do yoga can’t be captured in a yoga selfie by Lisa Wells

[For my students who don’t follow the yoga blogs, this is a response to recent posts and controversy around ‘Celebrity Yoga Selfies’ and ‘Tara Stiles/Yoga in a Glass Box”]

 

I came to yoga in the Iyengar studios of Berkeley around 1990.  Like many people, I thought I was coming to yoga to help cure my bad back. I was in my early 30s, newly sober, newly in therapy, and in a very high stress job as a young professor at UC Berkeley. Yes, yoga helped my bad back. And Yoga taught me some cool poses.  But what I really needed to learn in yoga, what I continue to learn from yoga, is to love my body as it is, injuries, warts, fat, and all.

 

I’m a sexual abuse survivor and I suffer from the symptoms of PTSD.  When I first walked into the yoga rooms I did not know what PTSD was and I had not yet realized that the experiences of my childhood were sexual abuse. I had spent a good deal of my life dissociated from my body. I did not realize that I was running away from memories stored in my flesh. Drugs and alcohol had helped make the experience of living in my flesh tolerable. When I stopped using, I had to find a new way of coping with simply having a body.

 

Yoga taught me to live in my flesh.  Yoga taught me the language of my flesh.  Yoga taught me that I could be safe in my flesh.  Yoga built a relationship of trust between my body and my mind. Yoga helped me discover how to tolerate physical pleasure while staying sober. Yoga taught me to love my body. 

 

You don’t have to be a sexual abuse survivor to suffer from body dysmorphia and dissociation.  Our advertising and media driven society is heavily invested in teaching us that our flesh, as it is, is unworthy of love.  This constant message is abuse enough to illicit a neurotic relationship with our bodies. Resisting this message is the job of a full time revolutionary.  Tara Stiles may call herself a ‘yoga rebel’  but it seems to me that she is a pawn of the marketers simply selling us more of what the culture already sells, but wrapping in yogic verbiage.  Besides some interesting contortions of the body what is yogic about her work?  How does she teach us to love our flesh and be free of this barrage of marketer’s hell?  How does she teach the sexual abuse survivor who breaks down in tears in class?  Or the student who dissociates and disappears behind an emotional wall of self-protection during class?  Most of my yoga injuries have happened when I was dissociated and striving to force my body into a pose that was not healthy for me.  How do we prevent this from happening in the studio?

 

What is yoga?  Yoga is not a fancy pose in a glass box in Times Square. Yoga cannot be captured in a selfie.  Yoga is the blissful smile on my student’s faces when they are resting in savasana. Yoga is the luxurious stretches as the body reawakens after savasana.  Yoga is alive when someone chooses child’s pose instead of a handstand because they are listening to their body.   Yoga is alive when we learn to speak the language of our body and truly listen to what our body has to say.  Yoga is alive when we fall in love with ourselves as we are and our world as it is.

 

Namaste,

Lisa Wells, Ph.D. 

 


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3:53 pm

Whole Body, Whole Heart

Dear Yoga Students of Live Well Studio, 

 

I am very honored to have the opportunity to meet you in May, when I come to Live Well to teach a workshop on the 17th. The workshop will be a blending of yoga asana in a hatha flow style, with a bit of story and theory. I’m excited to join Angela Greenwood and others in your community who are teaching and practicing at the intersection of yoga asana with the extraordinarily powerful teachings of yoga’s rich mythological tradition.

 

We’ll be discussing three fascinating characters from the Hindu pantheon, the Goddesses Sarasvati, Kali, and Laxmi, or Sri. Deities in yoga are such an interesting topic. They can be adored at many levels. There are, as you might imagine, whole schools of yoga steeping in what we traditionally think of as diety “worship”, and by this I mean the religious approach to the icons that asks us to receive the universe as an authority over us, and to engage our yoga as a practice of self improvement, of worthiness cultivation - as a way of righting the wrongs of our  humanity. There is a beautiful quality of love, or bhakti, embedded into these traditions. However, it has been my experience that If we’re not careful, we can turn everything we do into a way to criticize ourselves. “I’m terrible about sticking to a home practice, “ we say,  or, “I’m so BAD,  I should eat more green smoothies.” 

 

SO here’s a thought - What if, as so many of the teachings of yoga suggest - everything really is Divine? Every one of us, every living being, yes, but also your every mood and preference, your thoughts and actions, you victories and successes, your gaffs and foibles, every imaginable thing? 

 

This is the proposition of the Triadic Heart of the Goddess tradition. This is a yoga that asks us to receive the universe and our very lives as a both a gift, the no strings attached kind, and also as an invitation to co create our lives in partnership with the energies in and around us. From this perspective, the deities are nothing but aspects of every one of us, and their “worship” a practice of getting to know ourselves, one god or goddess at a time.

 

We’ll look at some of the many ways that elements of the yoga we do in our regular classes, the biomechanics, the breath based movement and even the way we modify for injuries converse with these ancient wise archetypes, and in the process we may deepen our understanding of how to claim the practice of yoga as our own. How to practice our yoga as a way of living in constant remembrance of our own inherent worth, our deep divinity and greatness.

 

I look so forward to meeting you there.

 

Warmly,

Alison


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4:59 pm

Meditations of a Householder by Angela Greenwood

 

Meditation has been a consistent practice for me for many years. I have tried many different techniques with varying degrees of success at quieting my mind. I developed the habit of rising quite early in the morning to practice. I have three sons, and learned early on that I would improve my chances of success if I practiced before they woke up.

 

So it was that I rose at about 5 AM a few days ago. I moved a bit to wake up my body, and then sat on my meditation bench. A few minutes later, one of my cats began to meow. Oh right, I usually feed them before I sit. Feed the cats. Sit. Then noises from the kitchen. My oldest son could not sleep and had decided to make pancakes for himself. Well, at least he’s cooking. Back to the bench. And then very soon a tapping at the door of my meditation space. Seriously? It’s 5 AM! My youngest son had had a nightmare and was frightened . What is a yogini to do? My life would not allow me to renunciate.

 

There are two great movements in yoga, pravritti and nivritti. In very general terms, pravritti means to turn into the movements of the mind and daily life. Nivritti means to turn away from the same. This is the great debate between the path of renunciates and householders. Renunciates are people who renounce familial life. Householders are the rest of us with families and careers.

 

“What debate?” you might ask. We all know that true spiritual aspirants are the renunciates off meditating in some sort of metaphorical cave. Patanjali wrote in the Yoga Sutra 1.2, Yogas citta vrtti nirodhah— Yoga is calming the fluctuations of the mind. This is nivritti thought. It is commonly interpreted as willful control of the mind and detachment from the distractions of daily life. It is a powerful path, and is the path most frequently taught.

 

But is it the only path? The goddess-centered traditions tend to be more for householders. For example, rajanaka yoga teaches that the path of yoga is to engage fully with life. This is pravritti though.

 

So, what is a yogini to do? I chose to feed the cat, say hello to my pancake making son, and snuggle in bed to hear about the nightmare with my youngest son. Then I put in ear plugs and sat for a brief but powerful meditation session. The meditation continued throughout the day. The sky was bluer, the sun brighter, and people more friendly. I felt completely integrated. Love seemed to ooze from my skin.

 

There are times when nivritti yoga is appropriate, and times when we are better served with pravritti practices. Of course, the answer is a balance between the two. After all, this is yoga.

 

Angela teaches weekly Yoga classes, private therapeutic Yoga sessions by appointment, as well as various workshops at Live Well and through RhythmAsana
Tuesday, 5:30p, Flow Yoga level all
Thursday, 5:30p, Flow Yoga level 2
Friday, 8:30a, Flow Yoga level all
Friday, 10a, Gentle Yoga level 1
Saturday, 9a, Flow Yoga level 2
Saturday, 10:30a Flow Yoga level all

View our weekly schedule here.  


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5:05 pm

What does yoga have to do with sustainability? by Victoria Jensen

Victoria Jensen graciously shared her perspective on yoga and sustainability at the Corvallis Sustainability recent annual town hall meeting. We're delighted she's sharing with us as well.

 

Hi, my name if Victoria Jansen and I am a senior at Crescent Valley High School.
    Sustainability is such a vast premise. Over the past four years, I have learned that building a sustainable world, that “going green”, is so much more than just creating environmental solutions and that community plays such an important role achieving a sustainable world.
    This realization came to me in the midst of the chaos of Crescent Valley’s Health Fair last month as I spoke to students about a new program at our school, Yoga at CV. I started Yoga at CV because I wanted to give students hope. Hope that even though life can be rough, there is always a way to pull through. For me, yoga was an escape when I found my mind telling myself I was not perfect, that I needed to change. I wanted people to see that, if you let it, it allows you to think about the world in a different way, have clarity in difficult situations, find solace. But I also wanted to bring people together, break away from the labels of high school, so that students could have an opportunity to identify themselves, and in doing so, be inspired by all the things they have to offer to the world.
    This, in my mind, if the basis of sustainability. “Going green” is about building these communities, these frameworks, so that people can be inspired and so that ideas can be generated. By building these communities, you open doors for creating a healthy environment through social wellbeing.
These interactions are what bring about change. By connecting with other people, you are allowing yourself to experience life and connect with the world around you. Here in Corvallis we strive to create a culture of social well being, to make community connections. By coming here tonight your are doing exactly that. You are demonstrating your willingness to make a difference for the betterment of the planet. And whether or not you change the world, or I change it, is irrelevant compared to the the people you inspire, and to those connections you make.
All the world's environmental problems can, and will solved one day, when we remember the impacts our communities can make, on others, the world and the environment. And when we remember that no change ever begins without the incentive of inspiration.

 

'Learn more about Yoga CV from this Corvallis Gazette Times article.'  

 

 


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4:25 pm

Radical Kindness. Extraordinary Service. Unstoppable Love.

If there’s one thing that’s certain- no matter how many times you read the lines in The Yoga Sutras- they are the type that reveal themselves to you differently each time. The two below are the first of this classical Yogic Text - a how-to manual for spiritual progress.  Patanjali, the revered author of The Yoga Sutras, wrote the manual a few hundred years BC and he summarizes the entirety of the path in these two phrases.

 

Atha Yoga Anushasanam

I will now review for you how we become whole.

Yogash chitta virtti nirodhah

We become whole by stopping how the mind turns.

 

The key word in the first sutra is ‘Yoga.’  The term arises from the root yuj, which essentially means to connect, unite, or join.  We’ve all heard the colloquial mantra of the 60’s and new age traditions that assert ‘we are all one.’  But notions of one-ness, wholeness, and connection leave a lot to be unpacked.  What does it mean to be ‘one’ with something or someone else?  Does that mean literally?  Mystically?  Karmically? Or that we are somehow of the same essence? What does it mean in real-life and real-time to connect, join or find one-ness? In the upcoming Yoga Sutras Course, we’ll explore the deep philosophical ideas of yoga to ground our understanding in logic and intuitive wisdom and extend these learnings into the areas of our lives where it matters most.

 

The second line teaches that it is our constant, unchecked, tape-recorder like thinking that must stop for us to find wholeness. If you’ve been around the yoga block, you’ve probably heard this line a dozen times… but hang on a second, there’s something incredibly interesting to behold here and it’s very subtle. Maybe you’ve worked to quiet your mind and started to touch something deeper, more peaceful, and integrated within.  Interesting.  But is that it?   We simply touch a feeling of peace during a good meditation every now and again and we move into the world a little more grounded and friendlier?  It’s pleasant- but not the entire story. Perhaps what is most interesting of all is what is revealed to us about the nature of our minds and the nature of our reality when we get very very quiet. And how what is revealed (a topic we’ll discuss in great length) leads to a felt sense of wholeness or one-ness actually. For real. And not in a pretend or theoretical kind of way.  When what is revealed about the nature of things starts to stick with you and drastically changes the way you think about your day to day interactions… in your career, in your relationships, in your yoga class, etc.  something much greater than pleasantries can arise.  I’m talking about radical kindness. Extraordinary service. Unstoppable love.  Now that, my fellow yogins, is interesting.

 

Class starts NEXT Thursday 2/27 7-8:30.  Space is limited; please pre-register here


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3:33 pm

Presence Begets Presence

This past December, I was in a 15-passenger van with 10 of my closest dharma friends, driving north from NYC to the arctic landscape of Upstate New York. Since we had a far drive, we played our version of car games, starting with ‘What secret superpower do you have?’  Keep in mind, we weren’t being totally silly. There was an earnestness and sacredness to this game… and it forced a kind of out-of-the-box thinking… trying to feel into our subtle, other-worldly abilities that often go unacknowledged.  We all have some special abilities, I think, if we’re paying attention. After pondering this, and feeling a little shy about sharing, I knew undoubtedly what mine was.  When it was my turn I said… ‘My secret superpower is the ability to see and meet holy beings. I like to call them HBs in fact.’  And you might be thinking to yourself, is there a being that ever existed that isn’t holy?  Undoubtedly. But I digress.  So there it is; I’m out of the closet.  You know my deepest lightest magical siddhi secret.  But that’s not entirely what this is about either.  That’s just a fun anecdote to preface this essay.

 

Every now and again I connect with someone- a teacher or HB of sorts- that stops me in my tracks, makes me feel a sense of awe and wonder, and reveals to me the possibilities of my own heart.  They do this in the most profound yet simple of ways.  A tangible presence of mind; a masterfully cultivated awareness. And this attention lends itself to cutting thru the illusion that plagues our everyday existence and perpetuates our suffering. Cultivated presence is the container in which the most sacred of tender and vulnerable spaces for transformation can exist. After watching this exquisite video of Kira Ryder speaking at a TedX Ojai, I can say (and remember I have a self-proclaimed superpower) that she is a rare, practiced being whose presence brings you into presence. And when you’re present in connection with others- many or one- the veil of illusion drops and the wisdom of the heart unfolds.  I think it could be the most unspeakably extraordinary experience that we can have in our lives: To behold this kind of presence. 

 

So, I sat down to write something inspiring and meaningful about my upcoming yoga sutras class. And it’s kind of funny, because all I want to write about in this moment- on this day- is the Anatomy of Self Love workshop next week.  (Maybe the HBs that run the joint will give me two spots on the blog this month- ha!). All that is to say is… Go see Kira, revel in the magical space of community that she is creating for us. If you feel compelled to walk the path of awakening in this way, and you were otherwise on the fence, please go next week if you can.  It’s what we’re all here for, right?  To Awaken and to exist in love.  And we need each other in all of our holiness to do it and we need the other HBs too- especially the ones who have seen the rarely-charted terrain and know how to get there. Presence begets presence.

 

Although I’ll be on my way to a meditation retreat with Miranda-ji the weekend of the workshop… my heart will be with you.  And if you feel so moved to continue this journey of awakening in community thru rich philosophical discussion and meditative practice, then I’d love for you to join me for The Yoga Sutras course on Thursdays starting Feb 27 7-8:30 for more ongoing work in the realms of presence, wisdom, superpower training and above all else, love.  -Kate G.


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4:00 pm

Love is Fast Medicine

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A few days ago, I woke up a bit tired from a few long days of work. At 55 I don't sleep as well as I used to. I was already a bit cranky. My sons have been grumpy with me lately and that doesn't help. Summer (my younger son) called me at 8:15 asking me to bring his back pack to school which he had forgotten and left in his room. I resisted a bit then relented. I got his backpack and left the house irritated and cold. Half way to school I found myself driving behind a man on a bicycle pulling 2 large trailers. The trailers were piled high with his belongings stuffed into black garbage bags. The wheels were canted oddly on the trailers and he is struggled to move. He rode a block or so, stopped to rest and then moved on. I drove slowly behind him for about 4 blocks. I found myself overcome with gratitude for my problems. All my problems are born of love. Dealing with my kids, or the studio, or preparing to teach class, all of this is born of love. I am so blessed to have created a life of my own design that is founded in love. My frustrations didn't go away, but my attitude shifted. Love is fast medicine. Remembering to look for love everywhere, all the time, makes all the difference. ~Lisa

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