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5:40 pm

Journey to the Heart

with Angela Grace
Kula is one of my favorite Sanskrit words. It means community of choice. It differentiates between people you choose to be with and community of obligation. You enter a kula of sorts every time you come to a yoga class.  There is something so sweet, so expansive, so intimate that develops between yogis as we practice together. As we follow threads of consciousness that connect us to our own deep heart, we discover those same threads lead outward to connect with others. We discover connection to the human condition, and this can explode your practice.

Join me this summer for a two week journey into the heart of yoga, your heart, anandamaya kosha. Each session will work through all layers of your being (koshas) and will include yoga poses (asana), breath work (pranayama), chanting, meditation, and philosophy discussion. You are welcome to take one or both of these sequential journeys into your deep heart space.

Come experience the transformational nature of kula.

Session 1: July 20-July 31, Monday to Friday, 6-8am
Price: $199 early bird until 7/15/15, $249 after. Register Here.

Session 2: August 17 to August 28, Monday to Friday, 6-8am

Price: $199 early bird until 7/15/15, $249 after. Register Here.

6:22 pm

Calling all tight hamstrings, shoulders, hips... Ki-Hara Resistance Training Saturday June 27 12:30-3:30pm

by Lisa Wells

"You're not tight, you feel tight." Tight is a sensation we feel at the end of the range of motion of a joint. It is not a pathology. The solution to tight anything is... increased range of motion. Here's the biomechanics solution to our sensations of tightness: the fastest and safest way to improve range of motion at a joint is to build strength at the end range of motion. Strong hamstrings will allow greater flexion at the hip.

This is where Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching comes in. Ki-Hara is a movement technique that helps us discover where the limitations in our range of motion are located and then teaches us how to build strength through resistance to address those limitations. Via Anderson will be teaching us the Ki-Hara techniques on June 27th. You'll go home with a tool kit of exercises that you can use to complement your personal movement practice, be it yoga, walking, running, biking, dancing, climbing mountains… anything. One of the coolest things about the Ki-Hara technique is that it works equally well for athletes and those with movement limitations. The creators of Ki-Hara work with Olympic Athletes, NFL teams and injured and normal people. Whatever you do, you can do it better when the body has improved strength at end ranges of motion.

If you were here for Jules Mitchell's workshop, Ki-Hara will give you more applications of the theories that Jules presented. This is a great continuation if you were hungry for more information at the end of her workshop. Via Anderson is a local instructor based in Newberg (except in the winters when she calls Puerto Vallarta her home). We're lucky to have someone close by who can introduce us to this technique. Via will also be available for two private sessions the afternoon of the workshop. These sessions will fill fast; I encourage you to book soon to reserve your spot. Register for the workshop here. Register for private sessions with Via Here.

Learn more:

5:27 pm

Dana Offerings from Live Well Studio

Dana is the act of cultivating generosity through the offering of charity and alms to those in need.  Live Well is starting an on-going Dana practice this year.  Our first offerings were collected in May.  We raised $1000 for the Himalayan Children's Fund and offered those funds to Thrangu Tara Abbey. The Abbey provides food, clothing, shelter and education (both secular and buddhist) for young girls from the poorest regions of Nepal. The area was hard hit by the recent earthquakes and this support will be well used in taking care of those most in need.

We will continue our Dana practice through the summer by supporting  A Memorial for Nigel. Nigel's mother is a member or our community and with this offering well pay tribute to his life and memory as well as to the memory of indigenous people of our sacred valley. You can read more about this project here. 

Live Well will offer the profits from the 10:30 and 11:30am classes during June, July and August this summer, so you can support the memorial by attending those classes.  Additionally, look for some special events in the Memorial's honor. Dates haven't been decided yet, but some yogini birds whispered in my ear about a 'Goddesses of Rock Yoga Class' and a 'Balancing and Binding' workshop.  More soon

Finally, there is an offering vase in the lobby, please feel free to add your own personal offering to the studio's.

4:44 pm

Thank You for Donations Made to Himalayan Children's Fund

All together, we raised $1000 for Himalayan Children's Fund including proceeds from the April meditation class, the Cultivating the Heart of Mindful Parenting class and direct cash donations.

Cathy has asked the Director of HCF, Debra Ann Robinson to use this donation to help the nuns at Thrangu Tara Abbey in Swayambunath, Nepal, Many of the buildings including a beautiful prayer hall was badly damaged in the earthquake. Thrangu Tara Abbey provides food, clothing, shelter and education (both secular and Buddhist) for young girls from poorest regions of Nepal; Cathy has visited this Abbey twice, once in 1998 and again in 2001 and hopes to go back in 2016.

Cathy sends her appreciation for your kindness & generosity in supporting her efforts to raise money for those who in Nepal need so much assistance now and will for some time!
Warm wishes

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