Winter term began January 4, 2021. These classes will be held on the Zoom platform and small in-person classes. Call to discuss what level is appropriate for you and to register. 503.223.8157
We have a new location! Our new address is 6840 S. 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, 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.
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, 4 and 5 and travels across the US and internationally teaching workshops. She also teaches the Anatomy Awareness in Asana week-long workshop in Portland each August.
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 all levels of classes including the Athletes classes. Her massage training and a love of anatomy shine through her teaching.
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.
Stuart’s association with Julie Gudmestad began when he was referred to her for physical therapy following an injury. He quickly learned that her yoga-based exercise approach to physical therapy (PT) was not only successful to his own healing, but also inspirational in his physical therapy career.
Stuart teaches levels 2, 3 and 3-4 classes. He is a great story teller and shares his sense of humor along with his deep knowledge of anatomy with his students.
Betsy has been devoted to yoga since taking her first yoga class at Lewis & Clark College in 1971. She graduated from the University of New Mexico Physical Therapy program in 1987, writing her thesis on “Integrating Yoga with Traditional Physical Therapy.” She still enjoys promoting the benefits of yoga thirty plus years later.
Betsy is subbing for us now, inspiring and educating her students with her love of the anatomy of the body, enhancing their knowledge about the body and their practice.
DeeAnn is a Physical Therapist. She began studying yoga with Julie in 1989, and teaching at Gudmestad Yoga in 2000. The flexibility, strength and balance work in yoga has helped her achieve her athletic goals, as well as helping her manage the inevitable changes that occur as an athlete ages. She wishes to impart to her students a greater sense of body awareness, assisting them in reaching their personal goals, athletic or otherwise.
DeeAnn teaches a level 2 class that would also be considered as an Athlete’s 1-2 class. Her teaching is rich with her knowledge of anatomy. She is methodical, measured and supportive. She shares her wisdom with her students.
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, 3-4 and 4 classes. Her approach is athletic, yet supportive encouraging students to be both strong and flexible. Her sequencing is very well thought-out.
Originally trained as a dancer, Rachel is passionate about body movement in all forms and brings that love of movement into her teaching. She took her first yoga class after the birth of her third child and instantly fell in love. Her yoga training has focused extensively on proper alignment, detailed instruction, anatomy, and yoga therapeutics.
Rachel teaches levels 2 and 3 at Paxson Yoga Center and is the creator of the Lundberg Yoga Teacher Training (200 and 300 hour RYS), an alignment-based Yoga Alliance teacher training. Her teaching is clear, concise, and playful. Rachel is truly in her happy place when she is teaching and interacting with her students.
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 level 1 and 3 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 V 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 teaching some of our community classes. She was drawn to Iyengar Yoga for its precision and its practice of meditation in action.
Amelia is the friendly face at the front desk. She is passionate about creating a space for students to practice, learn, and enjoy the many benefits of yoga.
Amelia took her first yoga class at age 14 and was hooked. A lifelong dancer, she first came to yoga as just another outlet for movement, but she has since discovered the endless benefits for her physical and mental health.
Amanda loves the idea of yoga for all bodies and is excited to join Paxson Yoga Center in her role as office assistant and social media coordinator. In that position, she will help publicize and support PYC’s mission to make yoga more accessible to all. She first discovered yoga for fitness, but quickly came to enjoy how it made her feel more connected and in-tune with her body.