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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.

5:46 pm

Client Success Story: Ken West

I was born and raised in New York City and that had a profound effect on my personality and outlook and it is yoga that has ultimately “healed” that, although it wasn’t until I was 40 that I came to yoga.  I tore a calf muscle skiing and realized that I needed to do something about my flexibility Corvallis Yoga Live Well Studio Ken Westafter a twenty-something physical therapist told me “yeah, that’s what happens at your age”.  As is usual for me, I wasn’t willing to accept that.


I’d been introduced to yoga by a partner, she talked me into a living room practice one evening.  I’ve always been active but I remember thinking it was the hardest thing I’d ever tried to do!  As I sat in the PT’s office, I remembered the intensity of the stretching that evening.


I went to my first class with Lori Gholson at the Yoga Center and was hooked.  It still wasn’t easy but I saw the potential to improve my flexibility.  I remember telling a skeptical friend “I’m just there to stretch, I don’t want any of that spiritual mumbo-jumbo.”  Seems funny now, yoga is sneaky, it drew me in, first it was one class a week, then two, then four, then a home practice.  I started to notice that the little annoyances of day to day life didn’t bother me so much anymore.  I also noticed that I no longer sprained my ankles!


As my practice evolved, my intellectual curiosity was peaked and I started digging into the literature, I wanted more and more.  I did a couple of teacher trainings, started reading the materials for an Anusara certification and did a little teaching.  I’m dogma averse, so I drifted away from Anusara and sampled from the rich variety of styles available in Corvallis and on the west coast.  Yoga was a gateway drug into meditation and a salve for failed relationships and athletic and construction injuries.  That spiritual thing crept in as well and I find myself open to the value in religious and spiritual teachings from many disciplines now.  I actually WANT to talk dharma.


I’ve benefitted physically from yoga but it has had a profound effect on me mentally.  I’m constantly learning more about myself, my past, my present and it’s an intellectually fascinating combination of art and science (even quantum physics).  I’m happier, calmer and I see the world in a much more benign and less judgmental way than before.  It’s become something to engage with rather than tolerate.  Yoga, and the community it facilitates, opens my heart and gives me perspective, and joy I never expected.


P.S. Addendum to what I sent earlier…. I parked on Spruce this evening for Miranda’s class. Somebody side-swiped my car tearing the driver’s side mirror off. In my pre-yoga old life, this kind of incident would have set me off in a self-destructive tirade of profanity and ruined my evening. So this evening, I was merely disappointed, I’ll fix it tomorrow.


Ken West: Corvallis Yogi

4:48 pm

The Richness of our Kula

“We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.” ~ Herman Melville
Kula is the Sanskrit word for community.  Our yoga community thrives because we come together to practice and weave together the rich invisible threads of our lives. Yes, as the teacher I lead the class.  But leading is like being the weaver of the threads.  I watch what is happening in the class and the tapestry of the class takes its form from what arises in the room, from what your body brings to the tapestry.
And the richness of our kula is the richness of what each of us offer.  Our laughter, our tears, and our sweat create this kula. I am truly honored to be a weaver of the kula, it enriches my life immeasurably.
Last week after the Shaking Shakti class I went home feeling as high as a kite.  The energy released by the room was phenomenal. I was enriched by your bliss.  Each of us releases deeper into the practice because we practice together.
I look forward to practicing with you soon.
Our next open community practice is July 22nd, the 4pm, 5:30 and 7pm classes will be outside on the patio behind the studio. Those classes will be free that day.  Please bring your friends and invite them to join our tapestry.
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” ~ Joseph Campbell
(with thanks to Scott Lewicki, and you, for the inspiration)
By Lisa Wells

12:17 pm

Client Success Story: Karryn Connor

[caption id="attachment_3614" align="alignright" width="207" caption="Karryn Connor practicing Uttihita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side-Angle Pose)"]Live Well Studio Corvallis[/caption] In my late 20’s, I was 50 pounds overweight, frustrated, miserable and trapped in an abusive relationship. I hated my body, was stuck in a job that I was beginning to dread and had little desire to think about my future. As I held my first Yoga video in my hands, I never could have imagined the impact that it would have on my life. Standing in line at the grocery store, I stared at Ali McGraw and felt a sense of hope. After several months of daily practice, my limiting beliefs began to dissolve and I gained a new appreciation for all of the things that I had. With a changing attitude towards life, I moved to Oregon and deepened my practice. I quickly discovered that consistent practice helped me become more aware of other aspects of my life. A desire to more fully understand the workings of the body along with a growing need to have a positive impact in the lives of others led me to a career in massage therapy. As I finished my massage training, I relied on Yoga to be my foundation and keep me focused. Working through a difficult divorce, I spent many lonely nights practicing for hours just so I could go to sleep. Yoga was my lifeline. A way for me to focus on the positive changes I was making in my life. Fifteen years later, Yoga remains a calming and balancing force in my life. I am beginning to love my body and I look forward to all of the challenges and joys that the universe has in store. My career in bodywork has now expanded to include teaching yoga classes and continues to bring me great fulfillment. Whenever I see someone become empowered, take charge of their life and commit to a lifelong practice, I am reminded of my journey and I experience a profound joy. I feel so blessed to be able to share my passion for Yoga with so many courageous people looking to make a difference in their lives. I look forward to seeing you in class. Namaste, Karryn Connor Karryn substitute teaches Yoga classes at Live Well on a regular basis, click here for our current schedule.