M - Th 9 am - 5 pm, Fr 10 am - 1:30 pm Sat/Sun CLOSED


6840 S. Macadam Ave. Portland, OR 97219


Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers

Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers

We offer a series of Continuing Education classes for Teachers and Teachers in Training in the fall and the spring. Paxson Yoga Center/Gudmestad Yoga Tradition has been sharing yoga with the Portland community for over 30 years. Julie Gudmestad, Physical Therapist, Certified Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500 and founder of Gudmestad Yoga has dedicated her career to combining the practice of yoga with the knowledge and benefits of physical therapy. Paxson Yoga Center is carrying that mission forward.

These Continuing Education classes will be taught via Zoom, the same system as our Fall Term classes.

Yoga Alliance Continuing Ed credit available.


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You MUST register online at least one hour before class begins. The link for the class will be emailed to you when you register and again the day before the class. (If you do not receive the link in your inbox, check your spam or junk folder.)

Introduction to Pranayama

Sunday, October 11, 2020

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Julie Gudmestad, PT, Certified Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500

$75 each

Breath awareness is a central pillar in the practices of asana, pranayama, and meditation. In this class, we will study the anatomy and mechanics of breathing, and learn to distinguish normal from abnormal breathing patterns. We’ll go on to refine awareness and control of the breath as it applies to the practice of pranayama, with clear steps to lay the foundation for home practice. This class is intended for people who are new to pranayama or the teaching of it, but is not appropriate if you are sick or in a period of mental or emotional distress.

3 CE Credits with the Yoga Alliance

Stabilizing Your SI Joints

Saturday, November 7, 2020

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hope Fyfield, PT

$75 each

Painful SI (sacroiliac) joints can be limiting to one’s practice and challenging to manage as a teacher. This class will provide basic anatomy training, including exactly which muscles to stretch and strengthen to assist with managing an unstable SI joint. Also included will be poses to avoid during a flare-up, as well as ways to modify poses to allow every student to enjoy the benefits of yoga without pain. Handout included. Class will be a mix of lecture and personal teaching practice.

3 CE Credits with the Yoga Alliance

Yoga for Better Bone Health

Sunday, December 6, 2020

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Laila Deardorff, MSPT, Iyengar Certified

$75 each

Chances are that you have students who have been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, as it seems to be more prevalent than ever. Maybe you have concerns about your own bone health, especially if you are post-menopausal.

Come learn more about the diagnosis of osteoporosis and osteopenia and how yoga can be used to build bone strength. Research from Dr. Loren Fishman and his 12 yoga poses (A featured story in the NYT in 2015), to be done daily to build bone strength will be presented, as well as how to modify these poses for students of varying abilities.

It is the intent of this course that teachers will come to understand which poses are contraindicated vs. which poses are indicated, as well as the proper alignment for the indicated poses.

3 CE Credits with the Yoga Alliance

Only the current week’s classes will be seen unless you use the calendar to select a  future date.