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6:51 pm

Meditation Immersions by Katelin Gallagher

Hello Yogins,

I'm writing to share that two of my dear mentors are holding unique learning opportunities at Live Well over the next two months. If you are curious about some of the more rare and esoteric teachings of yoga and Buddhism -- offered in an accessible format -- this is it! These two are some of the most remarkable teachers I've encountered on my path and I'm really looking forward to sharing them with the Live Well community and the community with them!

Dr. Winston McCullough is a long-time student and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, the psychological sciences, and contemplative perspectives on Christianity. The program "Wise Yogi" will delve into the compelling topic of wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism; Winston skillfully unfolds the profound logic and compassion of Tibetan Buddhism and offers direct application to the most important aspects of modern yogic life: relationships, family, life calling, and the pursuit of well-being.

Kimberley Lafferty is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Tantric Buddhist and yogic philosophy. She is also a mom, a wife, a doctoral student, and a writer among her chosen roles and thus avenues for spiritual becoming. An expert in psychological and spiritual development, she reveals the philosophy of Tantra through relevant, potent, eye-opening teachings and practices that support both continual "waking up" and "growing up" in already mature audiences. Here is a brief video of her teaching on projection, emptiness, and shadow; this one is a bit longer.

Please Save the Dates and come if you can! Winston and Kimberley are long-time colleagues and these two workshops will flow beautifully from one to the next.

The Wise Yogi with Winston McCullough | More Info & Register HERE | 4/28-4/30 | F: 7:30-9:30pm | Sa: 12-4pm | Su: 2-4pm

Love, Sex, Death: Living Tantra in America with Kimberley Lafferty | More Info & Register HERE | 5/27-5/28 | Sa: 5:30-10:30pm | Su: 5:30-10:30pm (Earlybird pricing thru May 12)

Kimberley will also be giving a free 1-hr lecture before her workshop weekend @ OSU on Thursday, May 25 at 7pm in the LaRaza room in the Memorial Union.

Loving You, Kate

4:30 pm

What books are you reading? What yoga or meditation books would you recommend?

Our instructors answer:

"Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles" by Gabrielle Bernstein and "The Journey Within by Radhanath Swami" ~ Mara

"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert and rotating through the yoga anatomy books by Ray Long (our library is a great resource!)~Theresa

"Light on Yoga" by B.K.S. Iyengar. There are always new poses that I discover in the chapters. It also inspires me to keep challenging myself in my practice by giving me a fresh viewpoint, or a new way of moving through a pose. ~ Sydni

"Talks with Ramana Maharshi"... such inspiring words towards true happiness ~Jaromey

Tantra Illuminated & Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World. I recommend The Yogi's Roadmap by Bhavani Maki ~Kristen

I just finished a novel: "A Thousand Saints", and started the nonfiction book "Salt: A World History". Next up is "Great Tide Rising" by local Corvallis writer Kathleen Dean Moore. Ashtanga must-reads: "Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Patthabhi Jois Through the Eyes of his Students", edited by Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern and a new book by my teacher Kevin Kimple and local professor Stuart Sarbacker: "The Eight Limbs of Yoga: A Handbook for Living Yoga Philosophy."  ~Lissy

"The Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California" (a guidebook on the PCT).  I recently finished a great book titled "Training in Compassion" by Norman Fischer.  He is a Zen Buddhist and this book is his reflections on the lojong slogans, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice for cultivating compassion.  Poetry I am reading right now includes a slim volume of Rumi poems titled Night & Sleep, lovingly loaned to me by one of my students. ~ Irene

I am reading:  "Alone: 4,000 mile search for Belonging". By Brian Heron.  (My Brian).  Facing many losses in a short period of time, Brian set off to visit all the significant places in his life.  On his bike.  It's awesome. ~ Sharon
I'm reading the "Story of the Human Body" and "Temporary Autonomous Zones."  Neither is literally yogic, but both are very Yogic. My all time favorite meditation book is "Being Peace" by Thich Nhat Hanh. ~ Lisa

"The Kiss of the Yogini" by David Gordon White ~Angie

"12 Years a Slave" and "Crime and Punishment" ... I'd love a recommendation to lighten this load! ~ Koa

"Teaching People, Not Poses" by Jay Fields. I also enjoy my monthly subscription to Yoga Journal magazine. ~ Olivia

I just ordered "Leaving my Father's House" by Marion Woodman and "The Redemption of the Feminine Erotic Soul" by Rachel Hillel.  I just finished "Tuesdays with Morrie"... and I've got at least another handful that I'm paging through, including "The Mind's Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation" ~ Kate G.

Reading: "There is no App for Happiness by Max Strom" (amazing yoga & breath teacher). Recommend: "Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates" & "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz ~ Katie Z.

I'm reading "Rising Strong" by Brene Brown. ~ Rachel B


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.

4:13 pm

Summer Yoga School, July 7 to August 1, 2014



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. 



Lisa Wells, Ph.D. 


Click here for details and registration. 



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.  

4:49 pm

Rhythm of Shakti


Many of you know that 2013 was a foundation shattering year for me.  Every label with which I identified myself, every idea I had concerning my future dissolved into thin air quite suddenly.  When I say I know Kali personally, I am referring to direct experience with powerful dissolution.  Kali is that movement in our life that shows us what is indestructible by destroying all that is destructible.  She represents periods of unknowing, depth, and infinite potential.  It is a rather frightening place to be.  


I survived by moving deeply into yoga.  My meditation practice (which focuses on the use of mantra), my asana practice, and my study of mythology were my lifelines.  Mantra helped calm my mind and emotions.  Meditation helped me connect to that which is scared in each of us, that which I name Goddess.  Asana helped keep me strong and flexible.  Mythology helped me externalize, universalize, and interpret my experiences.


My Rhythm of Shakti workshop series was designed with the clear intention of sharing these tools with others.  It is intended as an aid for those wishing to deepen their personal practice and bring about transformation in their lives.  Shakti is the term for the energy of creativity and manifestation in Hindu mythology. It pulses and dances through us and the events in our lives, hence the name Rhythm of Shakti.


Rhythm of Shakti is a series of five workshops.  You are welcome to attend any of them individually, and I encourage you to sign up for the entire series.   Johanna Beekman, George Beekman and Lyris Cooper will join us to lead chanting. Other extraordinary local teachers will join us throughout the series.


The first workshop is a special, by-donation workshop.  All money will be donated to start Live Well's newly established scholarship fund.  Live Well has already received a generous donation of $2000 for the fund.  Let's join as community and match that sum.  If you can't come to the workshop, please consider a contribution.


Dates:  Jan. 25, March 1, March 22, April 26, May 24

Cost:    $45 per workshop or $189 for the series

Suggested donation for Jan. 25 is $45; no one turned away due to lack of funds

Location:  Live Well Studio

Time:  2-5pm



2:06 pm

Right here, right now...Some thoughts about Mindfulness. By Catherine Orzech

Ever find yourself driving down the road, and realize that you’ve been so lost in thinking that when you look up at an exit sign you say “how did I get here?!”  Or  in the shower, so completely absorbed in rehashing a conversation in your head that you don’t remember if you washed your hair or not? I know I have.


My mind, like everyone’s, has an amazing ability to time travel. Indeed, it spends most of it’s time doing just that. If we really look at our own minds, we often find that we’re either in the past, rehashing some previous event, or in the future, planning or rehearsing. Very rarely are we right here, right now.


It’s incredible how often being on auto-pilot works and gets us where we want to go without having an accident. But the question I ask myself is: at what cost? 


Mindfulness is the opposite of living our life on auto-pilot. It is the “awareness that arises when we pay attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally,” in the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of the well-known Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program.


The big problem with life on auto-pilot is that we may discover that we’ve become limited in our choices for how we think, act or feel. With mindfulness, we gain the ability to put ourselves on pause long enough to observe what’s actually happening in the moment. We begin to see our own habits of mind and reactions in a new way. This can actually allow us to expand the range of options we have for how we will enter in to the next moment, and ultimately our lives. Not surprisingly, there is a growing body of research pointing out the health benefits of living our lives more consciously.


But Mindfulness is not something that we can just hear or read about. It is a transformative life skill that requires practice. In fact, the hardest thing about being “mindful” is simply remembering  to be “mindful”. The capacity to remember takes training. It’s really no different from any kind of new physical exercise we might try. I’d be pretty foolish to think that just because I heard about skydiving and think it might be a cool sport, I can simply go up in a plane and jump out without any training. But, if I get some good instruction and I practice, I may just get the ride of a lifetime. So too with Mindfulness Meditation. If I practice, I may find that the ride of a lifetime is actually my own life... and that I’m here for it.


Join Catherine Orzech for, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, an 8-week course, Thursdays, September 26 to November 14, 7-9:30pm plus a one day workshop.


The program includes: guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, group discussions, gentle stretching and yoga, daily "homework,” CDs and a workbook. Register here, $375

5:06 pm

A Practice of Self Discovery by Martha Shimeall

Cultivating a practice of self-discovery is an act of courage and if we stay brave enough to keep going, new patterns emerge within that serve to inform and guide our lives.The journey is different for all us and there are many paths that will lead us to similar places.  My most recent journey started one year ago, when I committed to teaching a new approach to mind-body wellness by blending my therapeutic mental health skills with yoga practice.


It is a humbling, joyful path I am on, one that is testing my ability to perceive with my heart and listen with my entire body. I find great joy as both a student and teacher to learn to see “inside” myelf and others in a different way. The path teaches us how, as Ticht Nan Han writes “to taste stillness and know it is medicine”.


In my yoga classes, I reference both the inner body and the outer body as a way to distinguish the energetic pathways and to build awareness of the mind-body connection. The primary tool I return to again and again is the practice of breath awareness as it generates an intimate connection between the two “bodies”. As we notice the breath, the mind naturally settles and the rapid fluctuations slow. I encourage all of us to intentionally cultivate self -discovery, whether through asana, meditation, or mindfulness practice and take advantage of the miraculous healing that can take place, one breath at a time.


~ Martha's journey has led her to develop and lead an 8 week course, Yoga Body Mind Skills for Anxiety and Emotional Regulation. her next offering is Tuesdays, September 10 - October 29, 2013. Cost $179, limited to 10 students.

4:48 pm

Cultivating Awareness and Creating Lasting Change

As I’ve practiced yoga over the years, I’ve found that right about the same time I realize that there is a stuck spot in my body, is right about the time I start to bring it to balance or heal. It doesn’t matter whether the “stuckness” is physical, emotional or spiritual – when the awareness comes – then I can take the steps to bring it to balance and harmony. For myself, I’ve discovered that some things don’t seem to want to shift too easily! Although the yoga poses and the meditation practice starts to bring things to balance – sometimes I feel like I’m ready to move a “stuckness” more efficiently. The subconscious mind holds on to some interesting things even when consciously we feel ready to release. Just like in order to feel nurtured we might eat, or to feel macho a guy might smoke, or we might manifest pain in order to avoid a vulnerable situation. But at some point these defense mechanisms may be outdated. Through the cultivation of awareness of self – we may have the mature skills to nurture ourselves, or feel self-confident or address a vulnerable circumstance, but there can be a feeling inside that stops us from actually doing it. Enter Hypnosis. With hypnosis, we can gently go into the specific programing of the unconscious, and update the hardware. Just like we update the operating system of our computer when the information is outdated, we can do the same thing in our mind. Hypnosis, then is about bringing the conscious desire for change into the depths of the subconscious mind so that the underlying program supports us in creating a life that works well. Elizabeth Weber, CHP Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, Bikram Yoga Instructor Book your session here

10:12 am

Spring Cleaning for Body and Mind

Spring has sprung.....began a poem I once wrote in elementary school.  It continued about the flowers popping up to say “hello! while the worms stay down far below.”  Or something like that.  For me, growing up, spring meant not only poetry, but the dreaded spring cleaning as well. “Many hands make light work!” my mother would declare as she firmly welcomed us into herspring-cleaning world of washing windows and vacuuming things I didn’t know could be vacuumed. Yet, I had to admit, clean windows gave us a view to a world coming alive with color after a barren winter.  All of nature was singing pink, rapping yellow and burping purple....burping eloquently, of course. The changing seasons outside provide opportunities for us to pause and ponder what is happening within us. “Just as there are seasons in the world around us, so there are in our interior life.” Teresa of Avila wisely observed.  “We cannot expect it otherwise.” So, it is good to pause and notice the season within.  Is our inner land still a bit barren and frozen? Is there a desire for renewal somewhere in our lives? We may not trust the stirring of life if our winter has been long and lonely. Emotional clutter and old growth may hinder our ability to see clearly and hopefully  possibilities for our living and loving. On the other hand, spring may find us ready for new growth, but we are not sure where or how it will come to blossom. It is through stillness that we create space to hear our truest selves speak. At a time when our activity increases with warmer weather, balancing activity with quiet can be a wonderful and even essential gift we give ourselves. Spring cleaning is easier with help. A gentle gardener helps prepare the soil. A predictable timetable ensures the garden is ready. I invite you to join me during this month for a May Meditation series I am calling “Spring Cleaning:  May Meditation”. Join a weekly small group where we will explore some themes of spring in our meditation: Waiting, Clearing, Awakening and New Growth. The class will beginning with a brief and gentle body warmup, followed by guided meditation and an opportunity to process the insight using various tools such as art, writing, continued silence or conversations with another student or myself. It’s time to Spring Clean our minds! Summer is just around the corner and we don’t want to miss it! Peace, Sharon Sharon Edwards, Spiritual Director, Yoga Teacher Wednesday-6:45-7:30pm, 5/8-5/29, register here, $45 Thursday 9-9:45am, 5/9-5/30, register here, $45