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2016-03-04 21.23.15Where are you from?
Born and raised in Eugene!

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of meal, what would it be?
Chips and spicy salsa.

Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
Herbal tea. Fruity ones with a lemon wedge.

What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
I hike, snowboard, swim, kayak, volleyball, kickball, aerial yoga, read, color, play with my niece, and garden. I love to be active.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Everywhere. But first I’d check out a rainforest in the Amazon.

Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from being challenged and from the idea of learning from /overcoming difficult situations.

What is your favorite book?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Three songs you love:
Lay Me Down by The Dirty Heads,
Foxes – Youth (adventure club remix),
I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons

Favorite yoga posture?
Dandayamana dhanurasana (Standing Bow)

Why do you practice and teach yoga?
I practice because it’s a liberating and beautiful way of life. I teach to help others find the same joy.

Mariah’s covering the Sunrise classes for much of the summer:
Tuesdays, 6:15am Vinyasa, and
Fridays, 6:15am Steady Flow
Go greet the sun with her this summer with some vibrant yoga flows!

Partner Yoga, May 13, 6-7:30pm

We’re thrilled to have Tom returning to Mudra to lead more regular Partner Yoga classes! Join him for primo yoga flows that incorporate poses in which partners work together in postures. Partners will help each other maintain balance and focus as well as support one another in order to deepen the experience of the practice. The class will be delightfully challenging and will include some playfulness amidst the serious exploration.

Pricing: $15/person. This is a special event, so regular class passes and first-time-free promos do not apply though if you are an Autopay Member, you’ll receive 10% off.

Please sign up here or simply show up! 

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Spring Cleansing with Yoga and Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, cleansing at the change of seasons, especially spring, is ideal. Seasonal Cleansing is a way to “hit the reset button” – to take time for rest, reflection, rejuvenation. This form of intentional self-care can bring profound insights, release built-up toxins, and heighten our awareness of the effects of our diet and our habits on our well-being.

Join Upasana, Ayurvedic Practitioner and owner of Balanced Living Ayurveda, on Saturday, March 12, 11am-1pm, for this special 2-hour educational workshop and learn about the Ayurvedic approach to Spring Cleansing. A gentle yoga practice will be included in the workshop featuring postures & breath practices that gently encourage the body – and the mind – to release what is no longer useful.

You will leave with effective tools to navigate the change of seasons skillfully. Discounts for a structured, coached cleanse with Upasana in early April will also be available to participants. Sign up now through our online schedule.

Price: $25. This is a special workshop, so class passes do not apply – AutoPay Monthly Members receive 10% off.

About Upasana:
Upāsana is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Owner of Balanced Living cropped_prayer_photoas well as an accomplished Yoga Instructor. She received her yoga teacher training (RYT-200) through the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque and also studied in Kerala, India. Upāsana teaches yoga based on the balancing principles of Ayurveda and was a direct student of the famed Dr. Vasant Lad. It is her heart’s desire to help people discover how the sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga can help them to achieve balance, optimal health and peaceful well-being.

Heart Health with Dr. Carden, 2/27, 10:30am

Join us for a FREE informational class on Heart Health on Saturday 2/27 at 10:30am! Dr. Priya Carden, PCP will lead a discussion on how your daily living and nutrition choices impact your heart health.
Specific topics include:

  • Heart healthy diet for cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Lifestyle routines and their effects – including caffeine intake, sleep, exercise, and daily rhythm.
  • The benefits of breathing meditation for the heart.
  • Specific vitamins/nutrients that support heart health and how to incorporate them into your diet.

Sign up here or at the studio.

About the Instructor:
Dr. Priya Carden earned her MD from Northwestern University Medical School in 2002 and completed her Residency in Internal Medicine. She practiced both as a Primary Care Physician and as an Academic Hospitalist in Madison, WI and worked in the PeaceHealth Hospital and White Bird Clinic when she moved to Eugene. She now operates her own primary care clinic, Maple Tree Healing, with a unique, community-focussed membership structure that allows patients access to care as they need it – by text, e-mail, phone, in-home, and in clinic. She is training in Functional Medicine which emphasizes eliminating the cause of modern disease rather than solely focusing on symptom treatment.

Peace Meditation

Join guest instructor, Sarah Finney, for a free, guided meditation for 12226979_1146058978745591_6710175505100185862_npeace at Mudra this Sunday, November 22, 10:30-11:30am. Recent events have brought awareness to violence in the world. This is nothing new and violence persists in many corners. What is new is our collective awareness and response to it – our desire for peace and resolution. Join us on Sunday for a meditation to continue to build peaceful intention for yourself and, like ripples in a pond, for the world. No prior experience necessary. Please sign up through our online system or simply show up.

 

Duck Downtown is Back!

Duck season is back and we’re teaming up with Duck Downtown uo-duck-downtown-250again to offer a spirited deal on the Fridays before home football games! Each Friday before a home game you can get $5 off a Drop In rate (that’s just $10 for a class!) if! – if you are intentionally wearing yellow and green to class. This applies to any Friday class on the following dates:

September 18 & 25
October 9
November 6 & 20

Note: due to computer complexity this is for a drop-in rate only – not a discount to existing passes… Those with existing passes can still partake by holding on to their pass for later and purchasing a drop in for this special deal.

Duck on down!

Mudra RE:thinks Business

IMG_2978Mudra has just earned Bring Recycling‘s RE:think certification for sustainability in business. From the sustainably harvested bamboo flooring, to the LED lights; from the low VOC paints to the neutral cleaners; from the reused barn wood shelving to the vintage fixtures – Mudra is committed to promoting the health of the environment and the community with the actions we make at the studio. It is wonderful to be in Bring’s RE:think business community!

FLASH SALE! October 17-22

We want you to try out our newest classes this month, so each of the following classes is just a $5 drop-in this week only – 10/17-10/22. Come say hello to Steve and Leah this week – you are sure to enjoy the practice and adore their heart-forward personalities! This deal applies to the following classes:

  • Monday & Wednesday 9:15am Steady Flow
  • Friday 6:30am Sunrise Steady Flow
  • Saturday 12:30pm Gentle Yoga

Note: due to computer complexity this is for a drop-in rate only – not a discount to existing passes… Those with existing passes can still partake by holding on to their pass for later and purchasing a drop in for this special deal. If you’ve got an Unlimited Pass – well done! – you’re already on the super deal train.

Wanderlust Wonderings by Heather

Going on an adventure gives one the opportunity to really dive in to the world. Wanderlust and the trip there and back was no exception. The yoga festival was incredibly full, vibrant, and joyful. The teachers were stunning, the music invigorating, the scenery entrancing and the possibilities endless.

Coming from a small, progressive town and a humble, urban garden, family life, I had to adjust to the sheer magnitude of decadence, splendor and wealth. Three things that can curiously throw me off my game. Judgement and resistance came crawling forward. When we judge and resist, we unplug from the world in order to make ourselves comfortable. I recognized this tendency and it took breath, courage, silliness, opening, relaxation and a bigger perspective to settle my mind enough to truly experience this bright and rare event.

And I’m so glad I did as it allowed in understanding, golden lessons, amazingly diverse people, joy, passion, and great beauty. I had a blast, pushed some physical and mental boundaries, and returned inspired to continue sharing my yoga knowledge with all of you!  A big lesson is just to Plug In! Challenge yourself to release judgement, fear and any death grip on comfort to become and/or remain a true participant in this crazy world -it is a challenge that we have to keep stepping up to the plate for – especially when thrown in to new situations. Lead with the heart – tap into the feeling you get when expanding across the chest for Triangle; the energy and positive vulnerability you heighten in a beautiful backbend like Wheel; the stability and focus you gather in Tree, the courage you feel in Warrior II. Working through fear and instability is worth it as this practice keeps us young, nimble, vibrant, joyful, open and interesting.

While you’re sure to hear lots of teachings come through in my classes, here are some of my favorite quotes from the festival:

“If you need a block, use a block. If you don’t, don’t. Who cares?” Nicki Doane
(Paraphrasing) Turn off your cell phones. All this picture-taking and posting like mad to social media… “It’s fuckin’ weird” (Direct Quote) – Ana Forrest
“I am not the mind. I am that which experiences the mind thinking” – Rod Stryker
“Yoga teachers are DJ’s” – DJ Taz
In a Happy Baby-like pose (Paraphrasing) -Isn’t it amazing that we can open our hips in this way? 50-60 years ago people would be shocked to see us this way. It wouldn’t have happened. Now, we’re just like our natural baby selves, able to explore our hips. – Shiva Rea
“Everybody oughta hug somebody, at least once a day.
And everybody oughta kiss somebody, at least once a day.
Everybody’s gonna miss somebody, at least once a day.
And everybody gotta love somebody, every day!” – Michael Franti

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Bring a Friend… or Two… or More

Mudra is dedicating May to friends and family! Bring in new to the studio friends May 1 – May 16 and be entered into a raffle to win an all-access pass to Mudra (better known as one month of unlimited yoga)! During the first two weeks of May you will be entered into a drawing each time you bring a friend in who has not been to the studio before.

The more friends you bring, the more times you will be entered to win! If your friend purchases the First-Timer’s Special on their first visit, they will also be entered into the drawing. After classes on the 16th  we’ll draw a name to see who wins the month of yoga! Round up your pals and get them lined up to visit Mudra in May!

 

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