Yoga classes, dance classes, healing arts, and related workshops take place in a studio that operates under the philosophy of being "devoted to raising the vibration of both our community and our planet.” On the hardwood floor of the 900-square-foot studio, yoga instructors and dance instructors shepherd participants through full schedules of drop-in yoga classes and dance lessons designed for all ages. Limbs and antennae twist into Vinyasa and Kripalu-inspired poses, and dancers take classes such as Ecstatic Dance—set to the tunes of a DJ—and Journey Dance, which focuses on free movements and self-acceptance. The center’s healing-arts practices are there to help clients restore emotional balance with techniques that include Thai massage, chakra clearing, and crystals; workshops introduce attendants to shamans and yoga pros.
There are many paths to wellness at Evolve Body Work & Wellness. Aromatherapy treatments, for example, relax the mind and nourish skin and muscles with organic essential oils. Deep-tissue cupping uses the power of suction to boost blood flow and loosen up stiff muscles, while hydrotherapy combines an ice massage and hot towels to ease the pain in specific muscles and joints. Though these treatments may be diverse in nature, their goal is essentially the same?to eliminate discomfort and enhance overall wellbeing.
As detailed in the Portland Press Herald, Arcana Acupuncture, a holistic healing center and boutique, soothes the soul with something as complex as alternative medicine and spiritual workshops or as simple as sparkly original jewelry. The spacious lobby's green accent wall, exposed brick, and babbling fountain establish a bohemian yet modern atmosphere that continues beyond the gold curtains to private, soundproof treatment rooms that allow guests to retreat from the everyday with acupuncture, massages, and life-coaching sessions. After a workshop in aura hygiene and a tarot-card reading that reveals an impending decrease in fortune, guests peruse the boutique. Owner Kate Hebold handpicks its items, which include zodiac pocket watches, light-up steampunk cog rings, local crafts, and books.
At ZUJA Wellness, instructors help students of all levels strengthen their body, mind, and spirit with a diverse medley of fitness and wellness classes and personal training sessions. Each of their group classes focuses on core strengthening, stabilization, and balance biomechanics—with instructors on hand to make modifications to better suit students’ abilities. They turn the focus to quieting the mind during yoga sessions, which are performed on mats or suspended in fabric hammocks. In addition to hosting a variety of wellness workshops, the center helps reduce tension and stress through massage therapy and reflexology services.
At Kushiya Benkay, grilled meats and vegetables are the specialty, speared on wooden skewers and cooked over a traditional yakitori grill. In addition to white- and dark-meat chicken, sirloin steak, and tuna, the restaurant also serves up uncommon culinary finds such as chicken heart, black pork, and grilled calamari and features fresh handmade sushi and maki. Diners can pair selections from a full bar complete with imported sake and beer inside a rustic dining room with exposed ceiling beams, redbrick walls, and an exposition grilling station.