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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Super Yoga!

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One benefit of being in between jobs here: I have the time to sit-in on unusual lectures and workshops. Like this acro-yoga class I just started at the Cedar and Fir Yoga Studio here.

I had vaguely heard of acro-yoga before and knew I had to try it when I saw the flyer. It’s a true out of body experience, the closest you’ll get to weightlessness or flying. I only wish my partner would do this form of yoga with me. It has me getting rather intimate with strangers instead. His loss!

Some of the positions remind me of what we called “Superman” when we were kids. Our dad would put his feet on our stomaches, raise his legs and lift us flying into the air. I used to do it to my sister Carolyn too. There may have been an accident or two.

These inverted poses really release pressure from your spine and act as traction for your neck. I encourage everyone to try acro-yoga if it’s offered in your area. Most cities should. Let me know about your experiences if you’ve tried it.

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January 16, 2009 at 12:45 am

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EDGU: Like a Self-Chiropractic Session for Your Spine

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 During our recent stay at Breitenbush, we learned about EDGU, a tai chi/yoga-like moving meditation that’s supposed to relieve spinal pain. In fact, yoga teacher Jeffrey “Page” Redman developed the practice right there at Breitenbush in 1987. We weren’t able to make the class at Breitenbush so I was delighted to see my yoga studio had its first-ever EDGU session on Friday. I went and would like to experience more.

I also bought the EDGU DVD for my mom, who suffers from chronic back pain, including pinched discs. I hope it makes a difference for her, that is, if she actually practices it. The DVD was a bit new agey but the movements really seem sound. The key is to keep the hips and lower body planted and facing forward (beam headlights from the hips straight ahead) while only rotating the torso, to isolate the spine. It’s harder than it looks.

Check out this YouTube video to see some of the movements:

 

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December 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm

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Breitenbush Hot Springs: Leave Your Bathing Suit Behind

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We found the perfect place to shock us out of our stuffed-turkey coma. Breitenbush Hot Springs, a hippyish rustic retreat 60 miles east of Salem, tucked away in the Cascade Mountains. During our one-night stay, we soaked in natural hot springs (that lacked that unpleasant sulfur smell), ate all-you-can eat vegetarian meals, did yoga and had Thai massages and hiked part of the Columbia Gorge trail.

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Being there with the parents made the clothing-optional hot springs awkward, so we split up into bathing groups:) It’s just not the kind of place you feel comfortable wearing a bathing suit. And there’s nothing like hot spring water against your bare skin. It was especially surreal and spiritual to have the springs to ourselves last night in the pitch black dark, the rushing rapids of the Breitenbush River the only sounds we could hear.

It’s was also a needed detox after the Thanksgiving holiday — no meat, no caffeine, no alcohol for that 24-hour period. Of course Dan and my dad had to sneak coffee in, but they’re beyond addicted.

Now Breitenbush is on the top of my list for anyone who comes to visit in Oregon. But it’s not for everyone:)

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December 1, 2008 at 1:12 am

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Yogaville

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For a city of just over 50,000, Corvallis sure has a lot of yoga options. I was just getting turned on to Anusara yoga’s focus on alignment and mindfulness before I left Baltimore. Although I still sorely miss my weekly morning classes with Sara Neufeld before work at The Sun and the welcoming (and affordable) yoga community Regina Armenta created in the exposed brick sanctuary of St. John’s Church on 2640 St. Paul Street, I am feeling at ease with the nurturing styles of the teachers here.

It seems everyone does yoga in Oregon. I can walk or ride my bike to Cedar and Fir Studio, nestled in the trees next to the home of owner and teacher Lisa Wells. She incorporates the Anusara, Vinyasa and Inyengar styles into her classes, all of which I have dabbled in over the years. The studio also developing a  Reach Out Yoga non-profit to bring yoga to prisons, homeless shelters and drug rehab centers.

There were enough teachers in town to convene this all-day Downward Beaver yoga conference at a cost of only $10. Wish I hadn’t been in Austin.

And I’m still (good) sore from the more Classical yoga class I attended Friday. We didn’t do a single downward dog but lots of backbends using a folding chair. Subbappa, a native of Mysore, India, teaches the class at The Yoga Center downtown. Hoping to find some free classes, too, when I get around to joining the Oregon State gym as a faculty wife (gasp!).

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October 28, 2008 at 8:06 am

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