Our address is 6840 South Macadam Ave., Portland, OR 97219. We are right across the street from Buffalo Gap.
Select the class type to see the day and time the classes are held. This is reflective of the term schedule, which happens in Fall, Winter, and Spring. For Summer we have a simplified schedule. See the Summer Classes page.
Healing the body is not simply about moving through physical positions; it begins at a much more fundamental level with a conscious mind and a meditative spirit. The teachers at Paxson Yoga Center are uniquely trained to teach all levels of skill, from students who are reconditioning or recovering from injuries, to more advanced levels of yoga practice.
Beth is a licensed massage therapist with a focus in Western structure/function and Eastern movement arts. A committed athlete, Beth has studied Iyengar yoga with Julie Gudmestad since the late 1990s, learning how to integrate yoga into her athletic training program.
Beth teaches levels 2 through 3-4 classes including the Athletes classes. Her massage training and a love of anatomy shine through her teaching.
Julie has devoted her career of 40+ years to helping people ease pain and live their best lives through the integration of physical therapy and yoga. She founded and directed Gudmestad Yoga, making yoga classes and individual therapy sessions available to people of all ages and abilities. The studio has now become Paxson Yoga Center, and Julie continues to be involved by teaching classes and guiding the ongoing evolution of the studio.
Julie teaches intermediate level classes; levels 3-4, Intermediate, and 4-5 and travels across the US and internationally teaching workshops. She also teaches Taste of Anatomy workshops that are designed to help improve your poses, protect yourself from injury and deepen your practice.
Hope took her first yoga class ever from Julie in 1979, and was immediately inspired and intrigued. She began working toward a physical therapy degree not long after, attaining that goal in 1985. She worked at a skilled nursing facility for years. This has made her good with fragile, aging populations.
Hope teaches levels 1, 2 and 3 classes. She is a wonderful, supportive teacher, especially good with beginners. She teaches private sessions to those who need to customize practice or learn to modify poses.
Laila believes that Iyengar yoga with its roots in alignment, coupled with yoga’s emphasis on breath work and relaxation, truly allows the body, mind and soul to transform. Her Physical Therapy becomes evident in her teaching and as a bonus students learn more about their anatomy.
Laila’s approach is athletic, yet supportive encouraging students to be both strong and flexible. Her sequencing is very well thought-out.
Caroline took her first yoga class in Eugene in 1991 and remembers holding Virabhadrasana II for what seemed like a very long time while the morning sun streamed in through high windows of a beautiful old gymnasium. And she was hooked. After moving to Portland in the late ‘90s, she signed up for a Level I class at Gudmestad Yoga on the recommendation of a friend. She is grateful to have been taught by almost all the teachers at Gudmestad Yoga over the years.
Caroline teaches Advanced Beginning and level 3-4 classes at this time. She strives to work her knowledge of the body and enthusiasm for body mechanics seamlessly into her teaching.
Denise’s yoga practice began in Berkeley, CA at a climbing gym. She had to search for a while before finding Gudmestad Yoga, and once here, she knew she was “home.” When Denise started her first teacher training program, she just wanted the knowledge for her personal yoga practice. But she went on to earn her 200-hour teaching certification in 2018 at the Lundberg Yoga School teacher training program, and continued there to receive her 300-hour and Alignment Based Yoga certifications in 2020.
Her teaching experience includes volunteering with Living Yoga to teach trauma-informed yoga, which is just one of the ways she enjoys giving back to the community. She has also taught at her local gym, an assisted living unit, and private clients. Denise began teaching at Paxson Yoga Center in Fall 2020, after several months of internship here.
Christina is a native Portlander and has been practicing yoga for 10 years. Upon arriving in her first class at Gudmestad Yoga with Beth Paxson, she knew she had found the right place to study yoga, and she’s been a regular student here since 2013. Christina has been practicing in Julie’s Level 5 class since 2016.
She graduated from the 500-Hour Lundberg Yoga teacher training program in 2020. Christina sees alignment-based yoga as the beautiful practice of maintaining the architecture of the body. Her teaching style is light and straightforward, and incorporates the technical and alignment-based style found at PYC. With a background as a coach and trainer, Christina values the system set in place by the teachers in the Paxson Yoga community, which allows students to continue to grow and develop safely at their own pace.
Karen has been a teacher for much of her adult life, working first as an ESL instructor in Hawaii and then as a French teacher in Rhode Island. She continues that passion now as a yoga teacher.
Karen is currently teaching a level 3 class. She was drawn to Iyengar Yoga for its precision and its practice of meditation in action.
Laura is an acupuncturist and yoga teacher; 500-hour RYT Alignment Based Yoga Specialist with Lundberg Yoga School. Her classes are infused with wisdom from her Traditional East Asian medicine studies and practices, and her love of sports medicine and anatomy.
She is happy to have been a student of nearly every teacher at this studio, most recently interning with Hope and Beth.