The People of People’s :: Teaghan

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Q: Tell us about yourself! (Where are you from? What do you do? Do you have any kids? Whatever you feel is your story) A: I grew from babyhood to high schooler in Davis, California (where cows and bikes and privilege are the main currency), graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where I studied […]

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Interdependence for Independence Day

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Interdependence. Three summers ago, I got these tattoos. These arrows came to me after a horrible break up and the subsequent months of agonizing heart break and pain that followed. The invisible threads that connect us all with lovers, with friends, with family, and yes, even strangers, felt as if they were winding themselves around […]

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Yoga for Athletes: Because Sometimes We Have to Test Our Metal

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Last week, I received a Facebook message from a friend inquiring about my Yoga for Athletes workshop. He said he had seen the flier, was interested in attending, but he had a few concerns. Not only was he worried that he wasn’t accomplished enough to be considered an “athlete,” but he felt anxious that he […]

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Creating Cohesion Between Spiritual Practice and Parenting

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Article originally posted on mattnelsonyoga.com. Shortly after my first child turned three years old, I found myself feeling that there was a disconnect between my sadhana and my family life. Having two children under four is a consuming endeavor, and presents a unique set of challenges with regards to finding time to engage in daily spiritual […]

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Off the Mat, and On the Wall

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Yoga and rock climbing are a natural match, both combining mindful movement and bringing focus to the present moment. I began my own journey into rock climbing eight years ago, when my sister took me to the Portland Rock Gym while visiting from New York.  I had always been afraid of heights, and I thought […]

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Tapping into Mantra

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As we practice it today, Yoga can be understood as the process of breathing into movement. Whatever first drew us to Yoga class, many people find themselves returning for the experience of plugging into an elusive but ineffable something, something we find at the core of ourselves, and yet instinctively understand to be more than […]

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Be Radical: Love Your Body!

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I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself, as some of you may be unfamiliar with my work at The People’s Yoga. I am the creator and teacher of Yoga for Bigger Bodies. This yoga class was created when I noticed the absence of support for people living in larger bodies. It was created […]

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The Art of Honoring, The Strength of Vulnerability

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We have countless ways to dismiss our experience. Endless strategies to shirk from, abandon, and resist the moment – in particular, the experience we are having in the moment. Picture a mother consistently dismissing her child. Imagine the effect that this has on the child. We learn to assume that our experience isn’t valid. We […]

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Cultivating Presence

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Lately I find myself one or two finger typing, I am not a fan. So when I have time, one way I meditate is through remembering how to use cursive. I believe that my sitting meditation tools help me remember; remember my inherent wakefulness, the beauty that we already are. I would like to share […]

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Living Yoga’s 2015 Yogathon

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What is the Yogathon? Since its inception in 2010, the Yogathon’s purpose has been to bring awareness to the long term effects of trauma and how they impact those within our community.  Through Living Yoga’s trauma informed yoga programs, students are taught mindfulness, impulse control, and wellness practices.  These life changing skills support students in making […]

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The People of People’s :: Heidi

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Q: Tell us about yourself! A: I am from Toronto and northern New York originally, but I’ve lived in a lot of places. I think I thought being nomadic was part of becoming an artist – something I can openly admit to being without breaking into hives these days. I moved to Portland from Chicago […]

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Loosen the Listening Tension

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Tension is one of the ways we feel safe and held and assured that little is going to change. While easy to identify neck and low back tension, the grip in the ears is more complex. Not listening is a key skill of maintaining the status quo (abhinvesha). Through a simple investigation of how the ears work, we […]

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Studio Art Showcase: March

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Every month, The People’s Yoga features local artists in our studio spaces. This month we have had two very special creatives showcasing their talents on our walls. Let’s get to know Megan Novak and Rachael Rice a bit better… MEGAN NOVAK @ NE KILLINGSWORTH Join us on Saturday, March 28th, 7-9PM at NE Killingsworth to meet […]

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Curiosity Holds the Attention Steady

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It seems like the attention can only be held by what she does not yet understand.  So key to the yogi skill of dharana (steady attention) is the willingness to consider that one might yet know it all.  There can be no curiosity or wonderment if we are bored. The yogis have long suggested to […]

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