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9:53 pm

Happy New Year, Welcome 2014!

2013 has been the year of community.  I have watched Live Well grow and coalesce as more than ‘just a yoga studio.’ We come together for camaraderie, joy, laughter, and for tears, frustration and grief.  We are building and growing traditions together:  from Tuesday Tea and 2nd Thursday dinners to retreats and teacher training. Our lives and our stories yoke us together into to community.  The word yoke evolved from the Sanskrit word yuj, which is also the root of the word Yoga.  Our community is a direct manifestation of our yoga.


My dream is that Live Well offers yoga to everyone, regardless of financial circumstances.  Yoga has been such a powerful tool of transformation in my life.  It has helped me to recover from ptsd, disordered eating, a severe back injury, and many small and various mental, spiritual and physical ills.  I believe many of those who could most benefit from yoga are also the least able to afford yoga.  So, I am very excited that we will be starting a Yoga Scholarship program in 2014.  The first priority for our scholarships will be to help those with joint medical and financial needs who would benefit from private yoga instruction.  Once those needs are met, we will expand the program to help clients whose financial circumstances exclude them from participating in yoga. All proceeds from the first class in Angie’s new series “Rhythm of Shakti” will be a fundraiser for the scholarship program.   Look for more details soon. 


In 2014 we will also expand our suite of community yoga classes to include a Monday Meditation class, from 9-9:40am.  Lisa will guide this practice with teaching on meditation technique and yogic philosophy followed by silent meditation. Teen Tribal Fusion with Antigone will return on Tuesday afternoons, 4-5pm. Community classes are offered free, by donation or at a minimal fee, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. Our community classes include $5 Community Yoga, Free Teen Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Adaptive YoPi.  If you know someone who would like to attend yoga but is unable due to financial circumstances, please have them talk to Lisa and I will try to direct them to the class best suited to their needs.


We are blessed by your presence in our lives and your participation in our community.  May our community continue to blossom and grow in 2014.


Happy New Year!

More Love!


7:32 pm

Winter Remedies and Recipes from Ayurveda

It has been an interesting winter so far.  We’re not used to such a long cold dry spells.   Skin gets irritated, minds get irritated, tempers get irritated.  Ayurveda can offer us a number of remedies to calm the irritation and slow us down to enjoy what winter has to offer us.  Here are some simple suggestions to keep you calm and centered through this dark cold time of year.


For Your Mind:

Warming Winter Tea (with thanks to Matthew Remski for the recipe)

Warm about ½ cup of almond milk (see recipe below or use commercially available almond milks) and ½ cup water on the stovetop


chamomile tea (1 bag or equivalent loose),

cinnamon (1/4 t.) ,

nutmeg (good pinch) or mace (good pinch),

a few cloves,

poppy seed (1/2 t.)

Simmer for 15 minutes

Drink at your leisure

Almond Milk

This is quite easy to make, tastes better than the store bought brands, and does not have artificial thickeners, stabilizers or preservatives.  It does separate, so shake well before pouring.


Soak over night

1 cup of almonds in 2 cups of water

4 dates in ½ cup of water

Drain almonds and rinse well

Place almonds, 2 cups water, dates and date soaking water in blender.

Blend until smooth and as fine-grained as your blender will achieve.

Strain milk from nut meal.  A nut milk bag is the most efficient way to do this, but if you don’t have one a fine sieve will do.

Keep nut milk in a glass jar in refrigerator for up to a week.  Use as you would regular milk, in drinks, on cereal, or for cooking.

Use nut meal in recipes in place of flour. Freeze or dry for later use.


For your spirit

Winter Morning Practice (thanks Madlyne Moeller for the reminder)

When you wake up take a few moments in bed to be grateful.  Grateful that you are in a warm place. Grateful for your loved ones. Grateful for water and power and a good roof.  Add anything to this list that comes to mind.  Think freely of all the gifts in your life.


Sit on the side of the bed and stretch before you put weight on your feet. 



Drink a cup of hot water with lemon juice. Sit quietly for a few minutes before you begin your day.  Have breakfast in silence or in pleasant conversation with family.  Don’t turn on your electronic devices until after this is complete.


Winter Evening Practice

Turn off all screens and electronic devices at least 2 hours before you go to sleep.  Enjoy the company of family, read, knit, play games, make things, sing…


For your skin

Winter Oil Massage

The cold dry weather really irritates your skin. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It modulates your relationship with the world around you.  When the skin is irritated, everything is irritated. Oil massage, Abhyanga, is the ayurvedic remedy for this irritation.  It is a wonderful gift you can give yourself.


For a winter massage you’ll want a warming oil with warming scents. My own line of oils is available at at Live Well if you’d like to purchase one and it is very easy to mix your own. Of my blends vata oil is a good choice for winter. And, I suggest that you smell them all and choose your favorite. To mix your own winter massage oil use organic cosmetic-grade sesame or almond oil as the base. Add a little castor oil if you have it.  Then use your favorite essential oils to scent your massage oil. For winter warmth you might try cardamom, rosemary, rose, lemon, cedar, chamomile or sage.  And if you prefer your oil unscented, leave the essential oils out.


In the cold of winter start your massage practice with a nice warm shower.  Use very little soap as soap irritates and dries the skin. Allafia Everyday Shea liquid soaps are soothing to the skin and you only need to use a little bit on the parts of you that really need it.  Once your skin is warm and soft with the shower water, use your massage oil to massage your skin.  It’ll take about 2 tablespoons of oil to massage your entire body.  Next let the warm shower water run over you for a few minutes. The warm water will allow your skin to absorb all the oil it can and wash away excess.  Beware that if you put too much oil on your skin your clothing will absorb the excess and you will eventually ruin your clothes.


Lightly pat your skin to dry yourself after your shower.


For your Sinuses:  After showering you can use Nasya Oil (available at Live Well) in your sinuses to keep the sinuses soft and clear.  Put a few drops of Nasya oil on the back on one hand, then use the pinky finger of your other hand to massage it into the lower nostrils.  Sniff lightly to draw the oil into the outer parts of the sinuses.  You do not want to get the oil into the deepest sinuses or your lungs, so don’t use too much oil or snort too deeply.  If you are a regular user of a neti pot, Nasya after neti will keep your sinuses from becoming overly dry. 


Happy Winter to All!


7:03 pm

Lisa Wells and Angela Greenwood discuss Turning into Darkness: A Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat. Details and registration here. http://tinyurl.com/nouu3eo 

5:41 pm

Turning into Darkness: A Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat (part I)

Lisa Wells and Angela Greenwood discuss Turning into Darkness: A Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat. Details and registration here. http://tinyurl.com/nouu3eo

5:22 pm

Client Success Story: Beyond Fullness ~Tim Enright

I started this year in a very depleted state.  My family life is full and rich so I knew it was something changing within me.  My lovely cousin has a small house in Palm Desert that she has made available to me.  I spent 2 months there in a solo retreat and returned to Oregon in April (2013) refreshed but by no means full.  In my search for fellow Qi Gong practitioners I discovered Live Well Studio.


Live Well Studio is more than a business.  It is a community service and a gathering place full of loving people. Life is full in this place.


My experience started in the Gentle Yoga class where Lisa weaves her magic and shares her gifts.  She moves with such grace and ease as she transforms your morning.  I expanded into her Flow class which was equally transformative.  Ashtanga with Lissy was next and what a power experience as she breaths life into the Primary Series for me (she makes it look so easy).  Sandwiched between the two morning Astanga classes is Irene's Hatha Yoga class which was perfect mix of moon - sun.  And then there is Angie who bring song and story telling into your practice.  Prepare to be entertained in the most delightful way as she takes you to new places.


These were just the morning classes.  I have no idea what goes on in the afternoon but it must be fun.  I can feel this as I put order to the disarray of props in the mornings.  There is also a very strong Pilates presence here at the studio with group classes and private sessions with equipment.  The Pilates instructors are equally impressive.  I would like to explore more fully on my next visit.


I was blessed with the wonderful opportunity of greeting all the beautiful souls as they entered this space.  I can still see each and everyone of you.  The joy in your eyes and the sweetness in your hearts.  Each and every day you added bountiful portions of goodness to my soul.


I owe a special depth of gratitude to my benefactor Kristina who made all of this possible.  You are a most gracious and generous host who seemed to know exactly what was needed to return me to, and beyond, Fullness.  Thank you, from the depths of my heart, for making me a part of your community.


My Summer of Yoga and return to Fullness and Beyond...

... with love and gratitude to all

... Om Shanti Om

... tim


Live Well footnote: Tim has migrated south for the winter. We wish him safe and joyful adventures and look forward to his return.

8:26 pm

Review of Threads of Yoga by a Yoga Student

A Yoga student recently shared her impression of Matthew Remski's book, Threads of Yoga: a Remix of Patanjali's Sutras


"I just encountered the most accessible book on -and beyond- Yoga ! In Threads of Yoga,  Mathew Remske gets straight to why it is that I practice yoga. Beyond " stretchy-pants fitness",  beyond obscure and mysterious-sounding terminology, he takes an ancient classic and makes it breathe and makes it applicable to my real life, and touches my heart and soul. Isn't this really why we practice? To get in, to get connected, to see clearly. Read this book -it will open a path."


A limited number of Threads of Yoga are available for sale in the studio.


Matthew will also be offering a 4 part workshop series, October 4-6. Click here for details.


Enter promo code 'matthewremski' and save $50.

8:09 pm

Thoughts on Ayurveda & Matthew Remski by Lisa Wells

Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India.  Ayurveda is experiential somatic (felt sense) medicine. In Ayurveda everything is medicine: food, exercise, daily self-care, prayer and meditation. Ayurvedic medicine is adapted to an individual’s personal constitution: how you eat to care for yourself is specifically adapted to your body, your emotions, your time of life, the seasons, and where you live. This view of the health care makes sense to me. My husband and I both eat a whole food diet, but a different whole food diet. We have different food sensitivities and allergies, we burn calories at a different rate, we sleep and exercise differently.  So although the general prescription is the same, the specifics of the prescription are unique to us both.  This is the medicine of Ayurveda.


I find Matthew Remski to be one of the most compelling modern Ayurvedic practitioners and yogic philosphers of our day. If you ask Matthew why ghee is good for you, he is likely to provide an answer that spans the range from western neuroscience to ancient philosophy to metaphor.  He offers ayurvedic health care that ties the practical details of self-care to our greater presence on the planet. He doesn’t let yogi’s off the political hook, he pushes us to ‘act’ our yoga principles in our lives.  He is willing to question the dogma of yoga to find the gems that are worthy of continuing to guide us.  He does so in a way that is easily accessible and fundamentally practical.  Matthew teaches an Ayurveda that you can incorporate into your life to make profound changes in an intelligent and compassionate fashion.


I am extremely excited to be hosting Matthew Remski at Live Well Studio where he will be teaching “Ayurveda for Yoga Practice” October 5th and 6th.  Here is Matthew’s description of the workshop: 


"Yoga has its own medicine — Ayurveda  – which seeks to illuminate our ecology, and to harmonize with it. This workshop will be a primer in the essentials of Ayurvedic holism, foundational energies (elements), modes (gunas), and bodily flows (doshas). The language of Ayurveda connects desires to the tissues, digestion to will, fertility to joy, and the body to the seasons. Together, we’ll explore basic intuition techniques, simple assessment tools for exploring constitution of self and other, and workshop whatever questions about personal health and balance arise from our discussion." 


In addition, Matthew will be giving a free public lecture on Friday night, October 4th, “Yoga on the threshold of Activism”.  Matthew has proposed that all yoga studios should also be soup kitchens hence this event will be by donation benefiting Linn Benton Food Share.  Come hear his thoughts on how yogis can inspire themselves to a more active roll in the world.


Workshop registration. Save $50 by entering promo code 'matthewremski'

2:48 pm

Client Success Story: Donna King

A Midlife Surprise: Making Peace With My Body


When I first came to Live Well, I remember Lisa saying, “Your body will wake up if you let it.” I find this to be happening in ways in ways I no longer thought were possible.


For all my life, I have been too heavy. When I was young, the fight against fat was imposed on me. I tried, rebelled, and did all kinds of stupid things to win that fight – but, of course, that is not what happened. The notion of a variety of healthy body sizes had not arrived yet, so all I knew was that, no matter what I did, I could not become what I was supposed to be. My body became a war zone – the scene of countless losing battles – but my spirit was the casualty.


If one way of life with my body was war, the other was resignation (and, on bad days, despair.) After a long period of intense stress took its toll, I resigned myself to fate. I had no more energy for the fight but instead decided to eat as healthfully as possible. “At least I can do this much,” I thought. It was a step in the right direction, but I didn’t yet know the rest of the path.


Then, a year ago on Labor Day, my body nudged me toward life. That nudge arrived like a problem: I’d gone into the garden to pick zucchini, then realized that my leg hurt. Part of it was bright red, pulsing and hot. It scared me and got my attention. I knew I needed to get into motion, but this message said it was also time to “take off my shoes” so I couldn’t run away. Time to be still and listen. Holy ground.


In the midst of this there was something like a magnetic force that drew me to Live Well. It insisted I come here. So I did. But I was tentative, scared, wondering if I could do this. Kristina and Lisa welcomed me warmly. Then one day during announcements there was talk about a class called “Making Peace with Your Body.” Peace sounded really good. I learned that the peace-making path is more like alignment with life – learning to love oneself and nurture oneself well, leaning into real life.


For not quite a year I’ve been talking one step after another on this path. Unlike all the other things I’ve tried, this is working (and it’s not even hard, more like delightful!) My body and my mind are coming more and more into harmony. Four times now, I’ve had to order new jeans, each a size smaller than the last. The first few times I’d open the package, take a look, and wonder how these ‘small’ things would ever go on me. This last time, I took a look, smiled, and zipped them right up. I’m not even afraid of gaining it all back, because I have been made new. Lots of people are noticing my new size, but the best compliment of all is that my countenance has changed. I am noticing that I am beginning to think of possibilities again – including those that have nothing at all to do with weight. It has been a long, long time coming and my heart is filled with gratitude. Thanks, Live Well!


Donna King

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

11:45 am

Yoga Mad Lib: Kadee Mardula

A big thank you and hug to Kadee Mardula for playing Yoga Mad Lib with us! 


Yoga has helped me become more appreciative of myself and my limitations on the mat and more appreciative, forgiving and thoughtful of others off the mat. I live my yoga every day by smiling and seeing myself in others.


Mad Lib #2:


Yoga is ecstatic and makes me feel delightful. When I practice scorpion I really need to run my kneepit afterward. But doing pigeon arm balance with Lissy I feel dirty and want to sweat a sunflower rabidly right away. It’s the most blissful feeling since I shook a bicycle.


Yoga Mad Lib Play was inspired by Anna Guest-Jelley of Curvy Yoga and Yoga Dork.


Please create your own and send them our way, we’d love to share them with our community.


The original by Curvy Yoga:


Yoga has helped me become more _______ on the mat and more ________ off the mat. I live my yoga every day by ________.


Silly Mad Lib by YogaDork Just jot down a word for each below.


  1. Adjective
  2. Adjective
  3. yoga pose you struggle with
  4. verb
  5. noun (body part)
  6. yoga pose you love
  7. yoga teacher’s name
  8. adjective
  9. verb
  10. noun
  11. adverb
  12. adjective
  13. past tense verb
  14. noun


Now, fill in the appropriate blanks.


Yoga is _1_ and makes me feel _2_.


When I practice _3_ I really need to _4_ my _5_ afterward.


But doing  _6_ with _7_ I feel _8_ and want to _9_ a _10_   _11_ right away.


It’s the most _12_ feeling since I  _13_  _14_.


And post the final the comments below!