As its name attests, Yoga Union is all about togetherness, valuing the strength and support of its student community over the athleticism of its members. Although this community is made up of people from all over the city, its roots are firmly planted in the surrounding Mount Tabor neighborhood; many of the highly trained teachers come primarily from the surrounding homes speckled across the scenic countryside. In fact, residents Annie Adamson and Todd Vogt—who would eventually become co-owners of the studio—fell in love with each other as students at Yoga Union, a testament to the close-knit, supportive atmosphere of the studio.
During the nonjudgmental classes, natural light spills in from the windows onto bamboo flooring, illuminating an open space where bodies of all builds and experience levels stretch, breathe, and hone their "Om" yodeling skills in rhythm.
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Dance with Joy Studios owner Rachel Lidskog strives to imbue her classes with the happiness she feels when dancing. Rachel has competed or taught in Argentina, Cuba, Holland, and Spain, among other countries, and her philosophy of uplifting people through dance is supported by the values of teamwork, creativity, and responsibility.
Along with a crew of professional instructors, she whisks fledgling hoofers around two hardwood-floor ballrooms, infusing their feet with the basics of Latin, country, and ballroom dance. She and her team identify private lessons, group classes or special workshops, and weekly dance parties as the best ways to learn to dance, superior even to dropping a family of ants into your overalls. They also organize wedding-dance lessons to ensure nuptial celebrations progress smoothly and cheerfully.
Community and inclusiveness are the cornerstones of the yoga practice that co-directors Bill Walters and Vilma Zaleskaite established at The Yoga Project. With more than 10 years of yoga practice each, Bill and Vilma now lead a seven-day schedule of sessions that offers traditional Level 1 and 2 yoga classes led by many instructors as well as sessions tailored to meet students' specific needs. Classes such as Easy Does It cater to a more senior crowd with lessons that run at a slower pace, and Patterns: Body & Breath combines traditional yoga poses with breath work to create a deeper experience. The center's most prominent claim to fame is instructor Vilma's brainchild, Yoga for the Larger Woman, which has gained praise from The Oregonian and The Bee. The supportive yet challenging 75-minute class uses props and poses to relax minds and slim silhouettes, aiming to improve participants' overall wellness. Each class at the studio has a similar goal, whether it's meant for beginner or advanced students.
At 84 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breathing, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CorePower Yoga classes lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. During construction of all its new studios, CorePower Yoga strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.