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We are happy to announce our new mask-optional policy for Fall Term! We still require proof of vaccination.

Fall Term classes began September 12, 2022. There is still time to sign up!

Yoga Classes

Fall Term classes began September 12, 2022. All classes are hybrid (in the studio and online over Zoom). You choose – attend online or in person! Call to discuss what level is appropriate for you and to register. 503.223.8157

New Location
Our Location!

Our address is 6840 South Macadam Ave., Portland, OR 97219. We are right across the street from Buffalo Gap.

Physical Therapy, Massage & Acupuncture

We have Physical Therapists, a Massage Therapist and an Acupuncturist on site. To learn more and to schedule, click here.

Class Schedule

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.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7:00 am
Level 2-3
Hope Fyfield
7:00 am - 8:30 am
8:00 am
Level 3-4
Laila Deardorff
8:15 am - 9:45 am
Level 3
Hope Fyfield
8:00 am - 9:30 am
9:00 am
Level 1
Hope Fyfield
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Level 3
Karen Hearn
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Advanced Beginning
Hope Fyfield
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Online only

Level 3
Denise Jones
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Level 2
Laura Goff
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Level 3
Hope Fyfield
9:30 am - 11:00 am
10:00 am
Level 2
Laila Deardorff
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Level 2
Beth Paxson
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Level 1
Hope Fyfield
10:00 am - 11:30 am
11:00 am
Level 2
Hope Fyfield
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Level 3-4
Julie Gudmestad
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Level 1
Hope Fyfield
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Level 3-4
Beth Paxson
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Level 2
Laura Goff
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Level 4-5
Julie Gudmestad, Beth Paxson, Laila Deardorff
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
12:00 pm
Level 3
Beth Paxson
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
Intermediate
Julie Gudmestad
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Online only

Level 2
Christina Bernunzio
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Athletes 3-4
Beth Paxson
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
6:00 pm
Level 2
Denise Jones
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Level 3-4
Caroline Klug
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Level 3
Beth Paxson
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Level 3
Caroline Klug
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
7:00 pm

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:00 am
Advanced Beginning
Hope Fyfield
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Online only
10:00 am

Tuesday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
6:00 pm
Athletes 3-4
Beth Paxson
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
7:00 pm

Wednesday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
5:00 pm
Intermediate
Julie Gudmestad
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Online only
6:00 pm

Wednesday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:00 am
Level 1
Hope Fyfield
9:30 am - 11:00 am
10:00 am
Level 1
Hope Fyfield
10:00 am - 11:30 am
11:00 am
Level 1
Hope Fyfield
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
12:00 pm

Monday

Wednesday

Saturday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:00 am
Level 2
Laura Goff
9:30 am - 11:00 am
10:00 am
Level 2
Laila Deardorff
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Level 2
Beth Paxson
10:00 am - 11:30 am
11:00 am
Level 2
Hope Fyfield
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Level 2
Laura Goff
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Level 2
Denise Jones
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Level 2
Christina Bernunzio
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
7:00 pm

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7:00 am
Level 2-3
Hope Fyfield
7:00 am - 8:30 am
8:00 am

Tuesday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8:00 am
Level 3
Hope Fyfield
8:00 am - 9:30 am
9:00 am
Level 3
Karen Hearn
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Level 3
Denise Jones
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Level 3
Hope Fyfield
9:30 am - 11:00 am
10:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 pm
Level 3
Beth Paxson
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Level 3
Beth Paxson
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Level 3
Caroline Klug
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
7:00 pm

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8:00 am
Level 3-4
Laila Deardorff
8:15 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am
10:00 am
11:00 am
Level 3-4
Julie Gudmestad
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Level 3-4
Beth Paxson
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Level 3-4
Caroline Klug
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
7:00 pm

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Friday

No events hours available!
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
11:00 am
Level 4-5
Julie Gudmestad, Beth Paxson, Laila Deardorff
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
12:00 pm
1:00 pm

Thursday

No events available!

Our Team

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 Paxson,
LMT, E-RYT 500

Owner, Yoga Instructor

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.
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Julie Gudmestad,
PT (retired), E-RYT 500,
Certified Yoga Therapist

Founder, Yoga Instructor

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.

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Hope Fyfield,
PT, E-RYT 500

Yoga Instructor

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.
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Laila Deardorff,
MSPT, E-RYT 500,
Iyengar Certified

Yoga Instructor

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 teaches levels 2, 3, and 3-4 classes. Her approach is athletic, yet supportive encouraging students to be both strong and flexible. Her sequencing is very well thought-out.
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Caroline Klug,
PTA, RYT 200

Yoga Instructor

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.
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Denise Jones

Denise Jones,
RYT 500

Yoga Instructor

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.

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Christina Bernunzio

Christina Bernunzio,
CPT, RYT 500

Yoga Instructor

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.

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Karen Hearn

Karen Hearn,
Iyengar Certified

Yoga Instructor

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 teaching some of our community classes. She was drawn to Iyengar Yoga for its precision and its practice of meditation in action.

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Laura Goff

Laura Goff,
LAc, RYT 500

Yoga Instructor

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.

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