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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.

Follow us on Facebook to participate in Lisa’s Today’s Call, inspiring a way to expand yourself.

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.

4:14 pm

Partner Yoga by Mara Nery

The asana practice is often a solitary one. Even when we are in a class with others, we can feel isolated on our mats. We may practice tuning out the world so we can connect with our Selves. But when we practice together, it’s an opportunity to realize our shared nature. Engaging in postures together provides an opportunity to nurture each other, to practice giving and to learn how to graciously receive. A partner can illuminate different sensations in a posture, which changes how we experience and feel yoga in our bodies, and expands our ideas of what it means to practice “yoga.”

By exploring asana with a partner, we deepen our own practice through listening, observation and mindful movements. This shared practice cultivates playfulness and joy, as well as fostering trust in our partner. We rely on our partners to support us, help us, and guide us through surrender. These shared experiences deepen our awareness and connection not only to each other, but also to our own bodies through shared touch, breath, and movement. We can more fully experience a posture with the help of another. And in this we realize that very few things we do in life are actually the result of our own isolated efforts; that we are in so many ways entwined with one another, relying on each other for support, balance, and guidance.

Join us February 7, 12-2 p.m. Sign up here.
Early bird: $30/pair before February 1, 2015
$35/pair after February 1, 2015

7:11 pm

What Does Mythology Have to Do With Me? By Angela Grace Greenwood

Passion, intrigue, betrayal, gods, goddesses, demons… What more could one ask? We all love a good story. Anyone else stay up all night to read the final volume of Harry Potter? Have you ever been swept away to Wuthering Heights? Compelling novels and movies spark our imagination and lure into awareness secret yearnings and needs. We play out our longing to pulse with life, to experience even the shadow, and to do battle with our darkest self through the characters in the story.

The ancient yogis looked at forces of nature and saw gods and goddesses at play. They went deep into meditation and saw similar movements in the human psyche. This they labeled god and goddess as well and created fertile, potent mythology. Reading the Mahabarata, one of India’s two epic works, is like reading Harry Potter on steroids.

We as modern yogis and yoginis can leverage Hindu mythology to aid our personal practice. We can use its verbiage and imagery to help describe meditative experiences. Mystics of all spiritual paths have long struggled to verbalize experiences of expanded consciousness. This is where mythology can help. When I contemplate the devastation and blackness left after a forest fire, I can bring to mind the goddess Kali and am reminded that from dissolution springs potential, rebirth. When I enter deep meditation and feel as if my cranium dissolves into the heavens, I can name it an experience of Bhuvaneswari, goddess of sacred space. When I am brought to my knees in awe of an exquisite sunset, I remember goddess Lakshmi and her abundant heart. Remembering the words and images of mythology helps me label, give voice to the sensations in my body and spirit so I can hold the experience and recognize it when it surfaces again.

It works the other way as well. Meditative states are facilitated when using mantras and imagery of the goddesses. When I want to invoke my courage, flexibility and adaptability, I chant to the goddess Durga, contemplate her iconography, and remember her story. Such a practice has the subtle effect of awakening neurological pathways so that I do feel more courageous. I am not calling on an external agency. Mantra is a phrase repeated to animate dormant aspects of our own consciousness. Chanting, storytelling, and contemplating iconography are all right brain activities. Creative exercises such as these rouse the vijanamaya kosha. According to yoga, vijanamaya kosha is present in all people and represents our natural intuition and wisdom. Touching into vijanamaya kosha is said to be one of the most powerful techniques to work for deep personal transformation.

I have found this true in my personal practice. That is why I am so excited to offer two workshops in February entitled The Wisdom Goddesses of Yoga. The workshop on February 14 focuses on the great love story of Parvati and Shiva. You are every character in the story, so this story is not about external relationships. Rather it is the story of that part of you dedicated to personal evolution. On February 28, we will explore the relationship between devastating lose and its inherent potential with the stories of Kali and Lakshmi. We might need a bit of Durga thrown in for courage to face what life brings.

Join me as we use mantra, mythology, meditation and asana as portals to inner love, wisdom, and enduring strength.

Register Here!
Wisdom Goddesses of Yoga~Embrace Your Inner Love 2/14/15 1:30-3:45 p.m.
Price: $39 early bird registration by 1/15/15; $49 thereafter

Wisdom Goddesses of Yoga~ Embrace Your Power 2/28/15 1:30-3:45 p.m.
Price: $39 early bird registration by 1/31/15; $49 thereafter 

Wisdom Goddesses of Yoga~ Move From Love 3/28/15 5:15-7 p.m.
Price: $29 early bird registration by 3/1/15; $39 thereafter

4:36 pm

Love is Real and Always Available by Kristina Ender

When people ask me why I consider Kira Ryder my teacher, the reply is simple; playing with her brings more love to my life, expands my awareness of self, deepens my sense of connection to all and creates laughter, a whole lot of laughter.

Practicing with Kira is this beautiful dance of going deeply into myself in a fearless and safe manner while simultaneously nurturing a light hearted way of being, of developing affection for the self and compassion for others. For me, this creates an extraordinary space from which to grow, love and be surprised.

This February we'll explore the Primal Longings of our Heart, The Nature and Cosmic Play of Desire, weaving wisdom of the sages, scientists, mystics and monkeys. What will we find in this exploration? I'm not sure! Yet my previous play with her ensures me that she'll draw upon her deep and expansive knowledge of the Yogic traditions to open us up to unseen aspects of our being. We'll be surprised, we'll laugh, we may shed a few tears and we'll feel the fullness our hearts and humanness.

I hope you'll come play with us and experience love; for it's real and it's always available to us. If you'd like to hear more about my personal experiences with Kira, please contact me at I'm happy to share.

Learn more Kira in her own words here: Introduction on Yoga Anytime
TED-X: Slip into Something More Comfortable

Visit Kira’s home studio, Lulu Bandha's, here. =

Workshop details and registration here. $300 early bird price ends January 20th, thereafter $350