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6840 S. Macadam Ave. Portland, OR 97219


Special Focus

2021 Special Focus Classes

All of our Special Focus classes will be taught in the studio and online over Zoom, the same hybrid system as our Term classes. Special Focus classes will be recorded. Students who sign up for the class will have access to the recording for a month.

PRIOR REGISTRATION & PAYMENT is Required. Download the schedule here.

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If you prefer to pay with a check, please allow extra time for delivery and processing. Please send your full payment to 6840 S. Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97219. Make checks payable to PAXSON YOGA CENTER.

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.)


Sunday, October 10

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

All Levels

Laila Deardorff


As we head into the fall and the days grow shorter, we make the transition from an active summer to a time of replenishment.

If you enjoy relaxation poses or if you are stressed, this class is a chance to unwind and de-stress. The consequences of chronic stress are well known to be hazardous to your health. We will use many props, and little physical effort, to induce the relaxation response. Make time for yourself, you deserve it!

This class is appropriate for all levels. You will need 3 blankets, a bolster or 4 blankets, a strap, 2 blocks, a chair and 2 eyebags (easily made by placing dried beans in a small baggie and stuffing inside a sock)

KNEES TO NOSE: How improving knee health through yoga asana can support nose and sinus health

Sunday, October 24

10:00 pm – 12:00 pm

All Levels

Laura Goff


Did you know that one of the correspondences in acupuncture is that you can treat the knee to benefit your nose and sinus health? Laura will weave together western anatomy and acupuncture meridians and correspondences in the body with yoga asana to help you have happier knees and nasal passages.

Covered in this course will be:

• Poses and exercises to strengthen, stabilize and improve range of motion in the knees

• Acupoints and meridians on the knee that correspond to the nasal passages and how yoga stimulates these acupoints

• Acupoints and body zone correspondences in other parts of the body that improve knee health (low back, hips and mid upper back).

FOCUS ON LOW BACK HEALTH – with the help of straps

Saturday, November 6

9:00 am – 11:00 am

All Levels 

Laila Deardorff


Did you know that 80% of the US population will struggle at one point or another with low back pain. This class will include lecture and yoga based poses using straps to help create traction to the lower back and SI joint region. We will work on strengthening and stabilizing (and in some cases mobilizing) the area.

This class is appropriate for all levels.
Props: A yoga strap with a D ring buckle and another long strap, 10-12′.

This class is not appropriate for those with complicated low back issues (i.e acute LBP), but instead more of the garden variety types like muscle strains and generalized chronic aches.

MONTHLY RESTORATIVE: Hips, and Satya and Asteya

Sunday, November 14

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

All Levels

Denise Jones


Restorative yoga is a ritual that allows us to create the space to slow down and find silence. It is in this space that we are able to connect with that which is true and pure (Satya).

In this practice, we will use props to provide support to wrap us in stillness.

BACKBENDS: Preparation and Practice

Saturday, December 4

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Levels 3-4 & above

Julie Gudmestad


Backbending poses are an essential and traditional part of Yoga practice. While they offer many benefits, they are challenging poses for many students. In this class, we’ll study the essential elements to successful backbends, with a focus on careful preparation. You’ll then be invited to practice some backbends that are appropriate for your current condition and home practice, with an eye to avoiding pain and strain.

This class is recommended for intermediate students (Level 3-4 & above), who have a regular home practice.

Props: Mat, Strap, 2 Blocks, Blanket and Chair

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