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Special Focus

2021 Online Special Focus Classes

These Special Focus classes will be taught via Zoom, the same 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.

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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 with the Winter registration form or Spring registration form 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.)

SHOULDER BASICS

Saturday, April 17

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Levels 1 – 3

Beth

$35

Puzzled by the mysterious onset of tired, achy shoulders? This workshop will cover general anatomy of the shoulder girdle and joint. We will practice a basic sequence to manage common shoulder issues and maintain healthy shoulder joints. Basic methods to modify poses that involve weight-bearing and shoulder range of motion will be presented.

MONTHLY RESTORATIVE: A Beginner’s Mind

Sunday, April 25

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

All Levels 

Denise

$30

Do you remember the last time you did something for the first time? Think back on the anticipation, eagerness, and openness you felt. Join Denise for this restorative practice where we will create a safe space, feed our childlike curiosity, and allow ourselves to be renewed moment by moment. Bring your Beginner’s Mind!

PELVIC HEALTH

Saturday, May 1

9:00 am – 11:00 am

All Levels

Rachel

$35

Join Dr. Leasa Lowy and Rachel as we explore the female pelvis and how yoga can contribute to female pelvic health. You will gain a greater understanding of the relationship between yoga and the female pelvis and leave with asana practices and tips to support you with general pelvic health, urinary/vaginal structural weakness, as well as poses to assist with female hormonal change.

A TASTE of ANATOMY: BACK STRENGTHENING

Saturday, May 15

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Levels 3 & above

Julie

$60

Many people in sedentary societies have weak back muscles, making them prone to back injuries. We need back strength not only to help prevent pain and injuries, but to improve posture, and make challenging yoga poses more accessible. In this class, we’ll briefly look at the anatomy of the back muscles, spending most of our time practicing poses to build strength. The sequence will start with easy poses, gradually adding challenge as we build to harder poses, so each person can work at an appropriate level for their current condition.

This is not a therapeutics class, and is not recommended if you are currently dealing with a back injury.

Two CE credits with Yoga Alliance.
Props: Mat, block, strap, blanket, chair

**This course is appropriate for our Level 3 students and above, or anyone with at least a year of practice. It is not eligible for the New Student Discount.

MONTHLY RESTORATIVE: Finding Your Roots

Sunday, May 16

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

All Levels 

Laila

$30

Become rooted in the stillness of the present moment with the help of additional weight on your body. In this restorative practice time and attention will focus on gentle opening, soft releasing, and healing rest.

Special props note: In addition to the usual restorative props, we recommend three eyebags. You can easily make your own DIY eyebags by placing dried beans or rice in a sandwich bag and then putting this inside a sock. If you really like using weights in your restorative practice you can make another 5 – 10 lb. bag of something (sand, flour, beans, rice- something moldable) to act as sandbags.

STAYING OUT OF THE SKILLED NURSING FACILITY

Sunday, May 23

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

All Levels

Hope

$35

People end up needing a Skilled Nursing Facility stay for a variety of reasons, and some are preventable. Through a combination of balance practice, strength, flexibility, and mindfulness, learn some ways to either avoid such a stay, or to make that necessary stay as brief as possible.

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