Summer Solstice 108 Sun Salute

It’s that time of year again when the days are at their longest and we relish the sunshine! The June solstice heralds the beginning of summer. To celebrate this seasonal phenomenon, we’ll hold a traditional 108 Sun Salute session on Summer Solstice, Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 5:30pm (Note that our regularly scheduled 5:30pm Steady Flow class will be canceled this evening to accommodate this special event).

The 108 practice is truly one of dedication and moving meditation. You may find yourself in your head at the beginning, but will be firmly rooted in the body and the flow by the end and full of abundant energy! Do not fret if you feel you might not be able to do 108 full salutes – we’ll offer modifications and resting options if you need to sit any out. Check out this article to find out more about the significance of the 108.

More details:

  • We will talk about salute adaptations at the beginning of the session to make this practice accessible.
  • We’ll practice in rounds and will have time in between to steady the breath.
  • Please bring a water bottle or travel mug (we’ll have Mountain Rose Herb’s chai to nourish you after the practice!) and a small towel for perspiration to have handy during practice.
  • The practice will take about an hour and a half.
  • Pricing will be the same as regularly scheduled classes.
  • Please sign up through our online schedule.

This practice is inspired by out Wanderlust Whistler partnership. In the spirit of wanderlust – the desire to explore – this practice allows you to explore the resiliency of the body, mind and spirit!

Kids’ Yoga Series, July 11-Aug 1

KidsYogaMudraKids ages 5-10 learn healthy, calming and engaging yoga while having fun, playing games and getting creative. Nurturing mom of two, nurse and skilled yoga instructor, Leah will introduce kids to breathwork, yoga poses and relaxation while incorporating games, books and creativity. Yoga helps kids gain confidence, awareness, focus, calm, healthy activity,and, of course!, play.

No prior yoga experience necessary. Children should wear comfortable, stretchy clothes like tanks, tees, shorts and leggings.

Dates: 4 Wednesdays: July 11, 18, & 25,  and August 1. 10:30-11:30am

Price: $50/child for the 4-part series.

Register your child online here. 

About Leah: The profound medicinal effects of yoga and meditation have played a life changing role over Leah’s fifteen years of practice. Yoga provides her with a beautiful place to simply and effectively connect to the breath and quiet the mind . As a Registered Nurse, with a passion for health and wellness, Leah became a yoga teacher under the guidance of Sarahjoy Marsh. As a teacher, she feels compelled and passionate about sharing yoga, and making it accessible to all ages and abilities .


Yoga Brew at ColdFire Brewing, May 19

Join Market District neighbors, Mudra Yoga and ColdFire Brewery, for a Yoga Brew at ColdFire (263 Mill St, Eugene)! Grab your mat and flow through an hour of All-levels Vinyasa Yoga at the brewery starting at 10:30am on Saturday, May 19. Then relax with friends for fresh pints of local brew with $1 off your first pint of beer. We look forward to seeing you at the Yoga Brew for a fun community-building event!

Bring your mat and good cheer!

$15 sign up – Autopay Members receive 10% off. Your first pint of beer after class is $1 off!

Register here!

Yoga in the Brewery

Mom & Me Yoga – May 13, 11-11:45am

Hey, Moms! Do something really special and meaningful this Mothers’ Day. Invite your child to join Heather and her 9 year old daughter, Stella, on a special Mother’s Day yoga session! We’ll lead you through a yoga flow that will allow you to interact with your child in a fun, connecting, and sweet way. Children should be at least 4 years old (no upper limit). The yoga will be gentle, fun and include supportive partner poses.

$15 for Mom and one child. Adult signs up here.

Mother's Day Yoga


Zoe Joins the Team!


Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Eugene!

Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
I love tea and tea lattes! You might find me drinking tea at Townsends reading, writing or chatting with a friend 🙂

What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
I love to dance, swim, hike, and ride my bike!

What is one of your favorite books and why?
The Four Agreements is an incredible book I would recommend to everyone! The book talks about making agreements with yourself to ensure happiness and peace. The content is simple yet incredibly deep and relatable. The book is full of epiphanies.

What is the craziest job you’ve had?
Probably filing paperwork at my dad’s auto mechanic shop.

Where do you draw inspiration?
Right now I am feeling very inspired by my time living in an intentional community at a retreat center in the jungle of Hawaii. I am inspired by the nice weather and striving to spend time close to the earth, eating fresh whole foods as much as possible and finding the simplicity in life.

What is your idea of a perfect weekend?
Yoga in the morning, swimming in the sunshine, eating yummy snacks in the grass surrounded by lovely friends!

Three songs you love:
The Moon and Sun by Trevor Hall
Opening by Wah
Boomerang by Jidenna

Favorite yoga posture?
Urdhva Dhanurasana (upward facing bow pose)

Why do you practice and teach yoga?
I started practicing yoga because it made me feel amazing. I completed a 200 hour training because I was wanting to deepen my personal practice. I was encouraged to start teaching right away and quickly found that holding space for others to breath and move and find peace was inspiring and rewarding. I have found yoga to be preventative medicine for the mind body and soul, and because it is a practice there is always more to learn and room for growth!

Practice with Zoe: Zoe will fill in for Lindsey while she’s out for baby-time: Mondays, 5:30pm & Saturdays 9:15am Vinyasa. She’s also taking on Gentle Yoga on Saturdays at 11am. Please join us in welcoming her to the team! Read Zoe’s bio for a bit more!

Listen to Your Body

-by Lindsey Ovens

Eugene YogaIt’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and fall is almost here. Now is the perfect time to settle back into a consistent yoga practice with life slowing down after a busy and active summer. As we step into a new season, it’s also a great time to turn inward and check in with how we are feeling on and off our mats.

An important aspect of a yoga practice is to listen to the body. It sounds simple, but can be very challenging to do. It’s a practice in itself. Once you begin to listen to your body, it can be difficult but highly rewarding to actually make decisions based on the feedback your body is giving you. Your body might be telling you to back off because you have been tired and stressed. Do you listen?

Listening to your body is not only important for the yoga practice, but also in daily life. Growing up as an athlete, I have had awareness of my body for a long time but it took me quite awhile to translate that awareness to my life.

How do different foods make my body feel? What physical responses do different situations bring up? How does my job make me feel? Is this the state I want to be in throughout my life? If I want to feel differently, how do I get there? These are all questions I began asking myself and continue to ask on a regular basis. Here are some tools I use that I hope will be helpful to you as well.

How Do You Feel Before and After Your Practice
How do you want to feel? This is a great question to ask yourself at the start of practice. Once you are clear on how you want to feel, you can turn inward and learn how to get there. Notice any changes in how you feel before and after class to see if you are listening to your body while practicing. You can start to ask yourself this question off your mat as well: how do I want to feel today, this week, this month, etc? And what can I do to get there?

Example: If you are feeling stressed at the start of a practice and want to feel calm by savasana, you might get there by bringing ease to your breath and movements; maybe not going as deeply as you sometimes would while practicing to make sure you keep your breath steady and calm.

Your breath can tell you a lot about your state of mind as well as how you are feeling physically. Pay attention to your breath while you are practicing; specifically how it changes as you move from one pose to another or as you move into deeper variations within a pose. When does your breath get shorter or when do you tend to hold your breath? If you are in a pose and it is feeling hard, can you bring your attention to your breath, slow it down, make it steady, and breathe through the pose? A good habit to get into is to check in with your breath throughout your day, not just while practicing. It’s a good indicator of how you are reacting to situations positive and negative.

Having an understanding of alignment is not only important for injury prevention, but can also serve as an indicator of how you are feeling on any given day. If you have a strong alignment foundation, you can tell if you lose your alignment when you go deeper into a pose – or an instructor may help you by offering modifications or adjustments. You should take note and decide whether you have gone too deeply and need to back off.

You can also pay attention to your alignment to notice if you are getting fatigued in a pose. If your body is tired, you might lose your alignment even if it’s a pose you typically feel very strong in. You may find yourself veering off the mid-line, feeling weak in some areas, having a challenging time transitioning between poses gracefully, etc. When you notice your alignment change, decide whether you are still in a safe position or whether you should back off, maybe shake out your legs or take a rest in child’s pose.

How Does Your Body Feel in a Pose
I try to encourage my students to notice how they feel in poses. It’s incredibly beneficial to simply be in a pose and notice sensations, like tension, exhilaration or ache in your body and to pay attention to where your mind goes. Once you have a strong alignment foundation, you can be confident in your alignment and not have to think about that as much. You will have the confidence and freedom to feel poses and make adjustments to get what you need from your practice. Our lives can be so busy and we have information coming at us all of the time. It’s often difficult to slow down and check in with how we are feeling throughout our day. It is helpful to practice this on the mat and then bring it into daily life.

Support Yourself
I encourage students to use props while practicing. When I first started practicing, my ego would get in the way and I would avoid using props because I thought it would show that my practice wasn’t as strong. But of course this is not the case. Props support you in your practice and most people benefit from using them. If a block helps you get into safer alignment in a pose, use it! You will feel better at the end of class (and beyond) if you can support yourself. We all need support in our practice as well as in our lives. (If you find yourself routinely resisting use of supports, ask yourself if you do the same in life off the mat? Why?)

Body-awareness is a powerful tool to bring into your life. It is a practice. It takes time to refine these skills and listen to what your body is telling you. It’s not about being perfect, but being aware of how you feel and honoring that. You can begin to make decisions based on how you feel in different situations. In your yoga practice you might decide to back off in your practice one day and challenge yourself another day. In your life, you might make big decisions to decrease your stress level or to be more joyful.

“Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life.” Danielle LaPorte, The Desire Map

Philosophy of Yoga, May 6

How do you create deeper understanding in your life and in your practice? Are there simple practices that, when properly understood, will support you throughout your life? And where (and when) did yoga come from anyway? The answers might surprise you.

Oversimplification is common to yogic philosophy because of its wide historical breadth, varied texts, and seemingly disparate viewpoints. Join this workshop for an accurate, easy-to-digest overview of yoga philosophy that, when applied, will intensify your practice and your life for the better! Join Emily, Mudra Yoga Instructor and long-time student of folklore and literature, as she shares the ancient roots of our modern yoga practice.

In the Philosophy of Yoga, we’ll:

  • Articulate a broad, general history of yoga
  • Locate the primary yogic texts within this history
  • Understand the three schools of yogic thought
  • Connect texts to practice
  • Learn the practices themselves mentioned within the texts

This will primarily be a lecture-style workshop with a few, mellow practical applications of pranayama and poses – so, wear comfortable clothes, but they don’t have to be yoga attire. We’ll have Mountain Rose Herb tea on hand, so be sure to bring in a travel mug to fill up and sip on!

Registration: $25. Monthly AutoPay Members receive 10% off. Sunday, May 6, 11am-1pm.  Register today!

“When the wisdom of [your own] well-considered experience is joined coherently to well-grounded factual knowledge, you have a strong foundation from which to successfully navigate both the path of yoga and the world in general.” —Christopher Wallis

Mudra Yoga

Arm Balance Workshop, April 14

_MG_9866_edit01_sfwJoin Heather on Saturday, April 14, 1-3pm for a thorough and playful exploration of arm balances! Learn how to increase core strength and flexibility as we investigate rooting down to find lift off. While instruction and observation will play heavily into the class, there will be plenty of practice and lots of time to levitate! We’ll explore several poses – including but not limited to: crow, firefly, and eight angle. 2 hours of arm balance exploration on a Saturday? We can’t think of anything more fun!

Because this is a rigorous workshop, participants should have prior yoga experience and a foundation on basic asana alignment.

**Hey Yoga Teachers! Heather is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), so if you’re a yoga instructor you can earn 2 contact hours towards your YA certification.**

Price: $30 Early Registration/$35 Day Of. This is a special event, so regular class passes do not apply. Register today online!

Members’ Perk Special Practice, March 10

As a perk of committing with us as a Monthly AutoPay Member, we are offering special members-only events from time to time. This month members can join Heather during one of her personal practices on Saturday, March 10, 3-4:30pm. This will be an active practice and, as always, you are welcome to modify as much as you need. We’ll use the time to get to know one another better, get limber through a strong warm-up, explore intermediate to advanced postures, ask questions, and extend the cool down into a very relaxed savasana. Heather will practice along, so that you are less watched and more able to flow and feel your own practice. This is open and free to Monthly Unlimited Members, but, as we’re limiting the number, you must sign up in advance to secure your spot.  (When signing up on-line, you must first be an AutoPay Member and be sure to go through the entire $0 “purchase”/checkout process to secure your spot.)

Valentine’s Partner Yoga, February 14, 7-8:15pm

We’ve got your Valentine date night covered! Grab a partner and join in a sweet yoga flow that incorporates partner poses and introductory acroyoga postures. Partners deepen their connection by helping one another maintain balance, alignment, and focus. Woo your love or friend with a delightful challenge that includes playfulness amidst supportive exploration.

Sign Up: $15/individual. This is a special event, so regular passes do not apply. If you are an AutoPay Member, you will receive your 10% off this pricing. Reserve your spot online (and be sure that your partner signs up too!). Sign up early – this one tends to fill!

About the Instructors:Valentine's Yoga
These two have been practicing and teaching together for some time. Both bring a good dose of fun to their teaching and aim to make partner yoga enjoyable and approachable.

Ariel has a strong dance and circus background. Her love for yoga began years ago when she decided to refine her movement practice. Yoga taught her to slow down, breathe deeper, and to simply just be. Ariel infuses her classes with playfulness, enthusiasm and understanding.

Nikki began practicing yoga as a way to quiet her mind and connect with her inner Self. She believes in the simple beauty of unifying breath with movement, and using this tool to deepen the connection to both the energetic and physical universe. She enjoys helping students discover the advantages of all that Yoga has to offer, improving the well-being of body, mind and spirit.