I am delighted to teach at Yoga on Yamhill, a beautiful donation-based studio in downtown Portland. For the past six months or so I have taught the prenatal yoga class there on Saturdays at 9am. It is a joy to teach in a donation-based environment–I feel so happy that anyone can get yoga and pay the amount they can afford. (The suggested donation is $8-$12, cash only.)
The studio has two practice spaces, one downstairs and one upstairs. The prenatal class is usually held downstairs (although this coming Saturday it will be held upstairs to make space for a workshop). The vinyasa class is upstairs. The downstairs space has warm brick walls, it’s cozy. The upstairs space has a tiny courtyard; it makes me feel like I’m teaching in a New York walk-up.
When I have the chance to teach this 75-minute vinyasa class on Saturdays from noon-1:15pm, I feel it is one of the best classes of my week! I have been practicing my flow for the whole week, so by the time I get to Yoga on Yamhill it is well worn into my mind and I can be very present as an instructor. This week we worked toward grasshopper pose, a challenging arm balance. As an instructor, I hope to give my students inspiration and a challenge– but I don’t expect every single person to get into the peak posture. I define success as trying, as setting up a strong foundation, and staying present throughout the class.
I invite you to join me for class at Yoga on Yamhill for the next three Saturdays, February 13th, 20th, and 27th.
Second image: from Pinterest