Workshops

  • Vajra Yoga Online Course with Michele Loew & Robert Thurman

    Location: Zoom & our Online Platform
    Dates: September 7-November 20th, 2020 (But jump in any time)
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    Join us for an online yoga training opportunity not to be missed!

    Our director, Michele Loew & Professor Robert Thurman are offering an online in depth study of the Indic-Tibetan Yogas,  Yoga & Buddhist  Tantric Philosophy, & a Deep Transformational  journey into the luminous nature of self.  This is training will be based on lectures and practice in yoga philosophy, Buddha dharma,  yoga asana-both  Tibetan & Hatha Yoga traditions.  

    Open to  all wishing to discover the secret to self empowerment, compassion, wisdom, and inner and outer freedom.   

    100 hr. Fall Term September 7-November 20th.

    Live-streams will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays 8-10:30am PST. Videos can be watched and re-watched after the live broadcast at any time.

    MODULE 1:  Foundations in Mind and Body Yogic Practice: The Free Void Womb of Compassion 

    • Hatha/ Vinyasa Yoga Asana:  Standing Poses / Core / Forward Folds

    • Tibetan NeJang Yoga

    • Introducing the Philosophies of Yoga, Dualist and Non-Dualist

    • Shiva and Kalachakra Yogas

     

     This is a rare opportunity to study intimately and extensively in the context of a yoga training with Professor Emeritus, Padma Shri Robert "Tenzin" Thurman- Vajracharya in the lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, world renowned scholar and authority on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Science, Indic Spirituality,  and world philosophy.  He will elucidate the Buddha's teachings and offer inner scientific, philosophical, and spiritual inspiration for our yoga practices.  

     

    Michele Loew, in the Hatha Yoga Lineage of Krishnamacharya and also Kalachakra  and Tibetan Trulkhor yoga practitioner, owner and director of The Yoga Space, Portland, will marry the teachings of Vajrayana & Hatha yoga traditions  in practices that we can embody.  

     

    $700 for Fall term (monthly payment plan available)  Scholarships available.  

    Option to obtain a Yoga Alliance Certification for teaching or  CEUS.

    More info:

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    Pricing and Purchase:  

    https://menla-yogaspace-online.teachable.com/p/menla-vajra-tt-pricing-only

     

     

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  • Yoga Philosophy To Inspire & Embody, with Michele Loew Thursdays

    Location: The Yoga Space, Big Studio
    Dates: July 9-August 13, 7:30-9pm
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    Join Michele for an inspirational journey through the major scriptures of yoga, including the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and the tantric treatises on yoga.  Michele will help illuminate these scriptures in a way that allows us to become intimate with their meanings and bring them into our lives and teaching very clearly.  

    All students or yoga are welcome to attend.  

    This is a 30 hour Required Module for the Yoga Space 500 Elective training

    Those auditing outside of our course can receive 30 hr YA Ceus.  

    This course will take place over a two month period Thursday nights from 7:30-9pm.  Classes will be held on Zoom or live in person.  Both are options, depending on the state of the world.  People are welcome to join from other locations.  Homework will be given each week, and the sessions will be recorded, so if there is a schedule conflict or you need to re-watch, you will still be able to review a weeks material.  Our intention is to come together for a live session May 30-31st for a full weekend of practice, meditation, review together.  For those unable to join in person, that weekend will be accessible via Zoom.  

    30 hour Required module

    Cost:  $375

     

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  • Mastering the Basics of Ashtanga Yoga with Michele Loew

    Location: NW Studio
    Dates: TBA
    Details:

    Come learn this amazing transformational practice!  

    Cost $150

    A slowed down, mindful,and deep inquiry into the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series with Michele Loew & supporting Yoga Space staff.

    We will meet for 3 Thursday evenings to study the Primary series of Ashtanga so that each posture is carefully examined. Props and modifications will be utilized to support all students. Come learn the series as a way to deepen your yoga practice in general, as principles can by applied to other types of asana. As you memorize the series and set a foundation for Mysore self-practice, a regular home practice becomes your gift to yourself. Ashtanga Vinyasa is one of the most potent practices of cleansing and strengthening the physical body while awakening the subtle body and removing the obstacles to abiding in our highest selves.

    This workshop will prepare the student to go into our led primary series classes safely and give encouragement to practicing in our Mysore guided self practice room each morning.

     

     

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  • "Anatomy For Yogis" with Ian Lemasters TBA

    Location: The Yoga Space, Big Studio
    Dates: TBA
    Details:
    In this module Ian will cover anatomy and kinesiology as it applies to the yoga practices. Teachers will learn anatomical language, major bones, joints and ligaments, muscles and their primary functions within particular yoga postures, common yoga injuries and how to avoid them, mechanics of pranayama as well as sequencing for muscle groups. Once the foundation has been laid, we will then learn how to apply this knowledge and convey it in a way that is practical and easy to understand for your students. If you have been looking for a yoga anatomy training to supplement your teachings, look no further."  
     
    This is a required 40 hour module for the 500 hr elective course.  

    Cost $450

    Ian will utilize live in person sessions, recorded interactive videos, a self-study homework guide, zoom sessions if needed to bring the anatomy alive.  Students are welcome to participate remotely via Zoom for all modules, or be with Ian in person as is allowed.   

     

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  • Doug Keller, "The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga"

    Location: Yoga Space NW 210 17th Avenue, Portland OR 97209
    Dates: December 10-13, 2020 $400
    Details:

    Save the Date for the brilliant Doug Keller in Portland, Oregon!  More info TBA soon.  This will be open to all levels of interested yogis and also count as one of the elective modules in our 500 teacher training as well as continuting education for already certified teachers worth 40 Yoga Alliance CEUS 

    The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Rewriting the Story of Our Health and Growth with Doug Keller. A training-intensive for yoga teachers and inquiring students 

    Workshop times:  11-6pm Daily with 60 minute lunch break.

    Hatha yoga was never simply about stretching, or even seeking simply ‘fitness’ and strength, though it certainly includes the benefits of flexibility and strength. Hatha yoga focused on the blocks or ‘knots’ — physical as well as energetic and emotional — that get in the way of the creative flow of thought and movement — and which are often at the root of pain and suffering. This was described in terms of the flow of energy — prana — through ‘channels’ or nadis in the body on many levels.

    In some of the newest therapeutic insights in contemporary thought, we are coming to understand the cause of much of our chronic pain as arising from ‘distortions’ in the fascia, a specific form of the connective tissue in our body. This description — and its treatment — is amazingly similar to the description given by the yogis as well as the ‘Marma’-centered disciplines of Ayurveda, and the practice of asana is well-suited to overcoming these distortions. We can also recognize the root of ‘yoga injuries’ and pain caused by imbalances in yoga practice — as well as other disciplines of physical movement and sport — that gives rise to or intensifies these distortions.

    This perspective is described as the ‘Fascial Distortion Model,’ and it is very practical. There are six types of fascial distortion, a few of which especially appear as the most common causes of pain in yoga and in life, and they are recognized easily by how the person describes or points to the kind of pain he or she is suffering. Three of these forms of pain-and-limitation-causing are especially relevant — and recognizable — to us as yoga practitioners and teachers.

    This training will introduce you to the Fascial Distortion Model, relate it to the understanding of Marma as an approach to self-care in yoga practice, and apply this understanding to the themes that we will cover in practical and user-friendly ways.

    We’ll begin with the neck and shoulders, focusing on upper body and spinal health, and connect the ideas concerning the Fascial Distortion Model to understanding and addressing shoulder injuries — especially including typical ‘yoga injuries’ to the shoulders.

    This will include an additional focus on working with scoliosis — including both principles for targeted work with scoliosis, as well as insights into how these principles are useful for everyone, since asymmetries that lead to muscular and joint problems are nearly always present, whether one has a scoliosis or not. This will add new dimensions to practice, including the pairing of intentional breathing to realignment actions in asana.

    From there we will expand into a treatment of the health of the whole body in the context of Movement Impairment Syndromes at the root of chronic pain — focusing in particular the low back, sacrum, hips, knees and feet.

    This approach to pain problems is especially suited to yoga, and will provide teachers and practitioners with a vital toolbox for recognizing and assessing these patterns, and designing an approach through specifically targeted asana practice and remedial exercises aimed at changing them for the better.

    This year the dimension of the ‘Vayus’ will be added as well, weaving in not only elements of pranayama in relation to health, but practical toning exercises for the ‘core’ related to the experience of the Vayus that can be incorporated into asana practice as well as pranayama. This practical work is related to the concepts contained in ‘The Fascial Web’ by Schultz and Feitis, as well as ideas developed by Orit Sen-Gupta in ‘Vayu’s Gate.’

    Each day will include work with the Vayus, pranayama and Yoga Nidra — including discussion of the principles behind each practice, and some historical background from hatha yoga texts.

    And each day will begin with a practice, which will give participants a chance to experience how the principles being covered might be introduced simply in the class setting of an asana practice.

    All in all, the training will be an exploration into the many dimensions of wisdom that the ever-evolving practice of hatha yoga has to offer to us as body, mind and spirit work to maintain health and grow in heart in the face of the many challenges — including pain, injury and dysfunction — that life throws at us.

     

    Thematic Topics Covered Through the Training:

     

    Prana Blocks and Fascial Distortions; Their Connection to Our Patterns of Movement in Asana

    Doug will introduce the Fascial Distortion Model, presented in yoga- and user-friendly terms, relate it to traditional approaches from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Marma tradition, and will focus on the most relevant forms of recognizable fascial distortions approachable through yoga practice.

    This will be coupled with the understanding of Movement Patterns and their Pain Syndromes (from ‘stiff’ to ‘flexible’) associated with these distortions (especially as they appear in yoga practice), and how to address releasing them. This will include a more in-depth look into the fascia itself — what it is, how it works, and how awareness of the nature of fascia can inform our practice.

    The practice of poses connected with this theme will be an exploration of ways of entering into, flowing between, and holding poses that brings forth the energetic qualities held within the fascial matrix, the pranic storehouse  of the mind-body.

    ‘The Head is the Foundation’

    Traditionally we think of the foundation of the body — in yoga and in our posture in life — in terms of the foundation set by the feet (and how the bones are ‘stacked’ above it).

    But we can also look at freedom and spaciousness in posture and movement in terms of the placement and movement of the head upon the spine, with the maxim, “As above, so below.” The guiding principle will be the yogic insights behind the ‘bandhas’ — Jalandhara bandha in particular.

    Sessions based on this theme will focus on alignment and actions of the head and neck, combined with stabilization of the ‘Core,’ with special emphasis on stabilization in twists and head rotation — and how this attention to strengthening and the release of tension can bring greater freedom and better alignment in the rest of the body, particularly in the low back, sacrum and hips.

    Insights into — and to be learned from — Scoliosis

    The theme of spinal health will include an understanding of the asymmetries — side-bends and rotations of the spine that affect the rib cage, neck and shoulders — that are typical of scoliosis and which are also present to a much lesser degree in many of us who do not have scoliosis, but experience pain and difficulties from more subtle versions of these asymmetries.

    This will include practical tools for making assessments, along with tools of practice that can be taught to students so that they can learn to be self-correcting, throughout the day as well as in their asana and breath practice.

    This topic will lead us into basic principles of shoulder alignment combined with the breath and actions for the neck. We will cover all of the planes of movement for the shoulders in asana practice, which will be carried over into the next morning’s asana practice.

     

    The Myofascial ‘Sutras’ of the Arms

    The work with the upper body will be carried over into the practice and into a deeper exploration of the myofascial lines or ‘sutras’ that govern the actions of the arms — the lines of larger muscles that govern the movement of the shoulder blades and give the arms their power, as well as the deeper lines of muscles that govern rotations and are crucial for the health of the rotator cuffs, elbows and wrists.

    We will cover actions, ‘openings’ and stretches in non-weightbearing poses, as well as the challenges — and benefits — of poses in which the arms bear weight. Additional connections to scoliosis and asymmetries in the shoulders will be made, with suggestions for practice.

    The Breath — and the Vayus

    Afternoon sessions will include progressive treatment of the Vayus in relation to asana, pranayama and meditation. This approach will especially bring together deep actions of the core, the breath, the neck and shoulders in seated as well as reclining pranayamaand breath-centered meditation. The breath practice will lead into Yoga Nidra combined with mantra awareness.

     

    Mobilizing: Getting Stiff Students Moving Through Targeted Strengthening — and The Secrets of the Hamstrings

     

    The problems of ‘stiffness’ — particularly in the hips and hamstrings — that present a challenge in yoga class, as well as being a cause of typical pain problems in the lower back, are actually symptoms of our movement habits and patterns, particularly in forward bending (which is what we do more than anything else in our life of movement).

    • We will explore the ‘Lumbar Flexion’ pattern of movement in the spine that is a significant cause of stiffness, and how to overcome it — which will strengthen the lower back, help overcome harmful postural habits, and help us make progress in achieving greater flexibility in the hamstrings and hips. Without awareness of these patterns, one can easily spend years doing hamstring stretches and see little progress!

    • We will also cover sequencing for stretches that address hip pain caused by tightness, as well as sequencing for sciatic pain arising from problems in the piriformis.

     

    Stabilizing: Helping Flexible Students Avoid Joint Pain and Injury

    A problem faced by advancing yoga students as well as people drawn to yoga who are more innately flexible is the problem of hypermobility — which leads to joint pain and (ultimately) joint deterioration and inflammation, as well as pain in the muscles and ligaments that are meant to stabilize the joints.

    • These problems arise from innate flexibility and even hypermobility, but are also made worse by movement habits and patterns that can be called the ‘Lumbar Extension Syndrome’ pattern of movement, which gives rise to imbalances in the use of muscles in yoga poses and in life.

    • We will explore this ‘Extension’ pattern of the lumbar spine and how to overcome it — returning to strengthening the ‘Core,’ especially in relation to the psoas and hip flexors, as well as proper actions of the hamstrings and gluteals to help us make progress in balancing a healthy range of movement balanced with joint stability in yoga practice that can make the practice more pain and injury-fee.

    • Emphasis will especially be on promoting sacral stability, as well as poses and exercises addressing hip pain from a weak piriformis and hip abductors.

     

    The ideas presented in this session can be helpful to moderately flexible students, as well as providing helpful tips for teachers dealing with overly flexible students.

    BIO:

    Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for more than 16 years, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on ‘Yoga As Therapy.’ He has also served, in addition to his traveling and teaching, as a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy. This program is state-approved and accredited for granting a Master’s degree in this field, and is fully accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Doug is also certified by the IAYT as a yoga therapist.

     
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