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New Class – “Half & Half”!

Join Shelley in her new evening offering – the “Half & Half” class meets on Tuesdays 7-8pm. The class is designed for the student looking for both a workout and calming relaxation all in one. Each class will begin with a series of fast-paced, strengthening vinyasa variations, then will gradually transition to calming, restorative stretches, with focus on the breath throughout. Music will match the pace, with upbeat rhythms to begin, followed by mellow harmonies to help slow the breath and ease the mind. Because of the initial fast pace, some prior yoga experience is recommended.

Come check out this special new offering any Tuesday eve!

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Why I Mo’

You may have heard that Mudra is raising awareness of men’s health with this month’s Movember promotion. There is just a week and a half left and today I was asked why we join Movember – why we Mo’.  We do a lot of promotions and special events – some for anyone, some just for members, some for moms; why this one for men?  I can’t speak for my staff (though I know that they are super caring and want everyone to be healthy and happy) so this is a personal statement of why I, Heather, –  why I Mo’…

I Mo' for my dad and so many others who suffered through pain and trauma without help. I Mo' for all the people that suffering impacted. -H-
I Mo’ for my dad and so many others who suffer through pain and trauma without help. I Mo’ for all the people that suffering impacts. -H-

I grew up in a lingering culture that presumed that men did not need to take care of their health. That instead they needed to “tough it out” at all costs. I know that this culture still exists. Both of my grandfathers passed away from cancers diagnosed too late to properly treat. My uncle and my cousin committed suicide in their 20’s. My father suffered from unacknowledged PTSD from his time serving in the Vietnam War; he died of a heart attack in his 50’s. I can go on and on about how poorly the men in my family took care of themselves. None of these men went to doctors nor dentists unless in an acute emergency. Forget about therapists, movement instructors or holistic health providers!  They were unheard of.

Growing up in a world where men didn’t take care of themselves had profound repercussions. There was a great deal of abuse in my family and a huge amount of repression of feelings, of pain, and of understanding. The females and children also struggled under this “toughing it out” regime, yet that same society allowed us to at least seek some medical care.  Not a lot, mind you, but some. Let’s just be done with “toughing it out” already.

I imagine an alternate reality in which all people are equally encouraged to rise up and face health dilemmas – whether physical or mental. I want to support people in addressing issues head-on with sustainable physical activity, self-care and the support of our health and medical community. I encourage preventative rather than solely reactive care so that we have the ongoing capacity to interact thoughtfully, lovingly with others. I believe that stepping on a yoga mat for sincere practice improves community. Yoga gives people the time to decompress, take care of their bodies, minds and spirits; it builds a sense of community, compassion and awareness.

What I would give to go back in time and have the men mentioned above do yoga with me!  They’d be kicking and screaming for sure, but wow. What a thought.

I’d like to ease the need for kicking and screaming. I’d like to make yoga feel less intimidating for all to check out. I love gender-balance in community. I love men. I love women. I love all in between. I love encouraging all to practice yoga. I think people who rise up and take care of themselves take better care of one another. This is why I Mo’. This is just a bit of the motivation behind why Mudra will continue to support, promote, and celebrate all people.

Men’s Health, Movember and Mudra

For too many years, men have been culturally scripted to negate the need for wellness treatments and conversation. We’d like to be part of changing that and promoting high quality health for the men in our community.  Mudra Yoga is joining the Movember movement to bring awareness to mens’ health and to support men in starting and maintaining healthy activity through yoga.

mudra-copyMen receive 10% off regular yoga class passes purchased in-studio at Mudra throughout the month of November –
those sporting a mustache, beard, or serious sideburns/mutton chops will receive 15% off! Mudra will further donate 10% of these purchases to the Oregon Cancer Foundation – which supports those impacted by cancer in Lane County through education, support and financial assistance. At Mudra we believe that yoga is an excellent, sustainable, mobility-building exercise for men and women alike. We love the dynamic of gender balanced classes, and encourage you to attend and invite at least 3 of your closest male friends this month!

Find out why Heather Mo’s

 

Emily in Brief

Emily Mudra YogaEmily strongly believes that a yoga practice offers a path toward mental, physical, and emotional resilience. A growing love of yoga since youth led her to complete her first teacher training in Hyderabad, India, 2009 and to continue her study at Freedom Yoga in Eugene. Emily loves her own practice and believes it is an honor to guide group practices. She is dedicated to crafting practices that help the body flourish, and that focus on safe principles of alignment.

Where are you from?
I am from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, which is a series of knobs (hills similar to buttes) outside of Louisville, Kentucky.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of meal, what would it be?
Probably nachos with fresh fish, and mango salsa—that would go with all the coconuts that would surely fall from the trees!

Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
Both please! Black coffee with cayenne, tulsi, green tea, chai, matcha, ginger-lemon-turmeric, anything!

What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
Astrology, writing, fermentation, outdoor adventuring, and filmmaking.

What is the craziest job you’ve had?
I taught classical music at a conservatory headed by a famous Indian composer.

Where do you draw inspiration?
From the steady voice within and from the amazing people and places around me!

What is one of your favorite books? Why?
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance—I love how the author waxes philosophical on simple descriptions of taking care of himself, his bike, and his son.

Three songs you love:
Sunshine by POWERS
Tightrope (solo version) by Janelle Monae
Smooth Sailin’ by Leon Bridges

Favorite yoga posture?
Chaturanga Dandasana

Why do you practice and teach yoga?
For the love of it! There’s always something new to learn in practice and teaching!

Mudra’s Birthday Celebration Flow! Sept. 23, 5:30-6:30pm

We’re turning 2 – which means it’s time for the Mudra community to celebrate! Join our three founding teachers in a free, all-levels vinyasa class for current members and class pass holders. Heather will start things off by setting the intention and leading a steady warm up; then hand off to Lindsey to build the rhythm and activate poses; and Kate will cool things down and lead you into a sweet savasana. Stick around after and raise a glass of kombucha or beer to give cheers to more years to come! Sign up soon – space will be limited and we want to see you there! Note that the Friday 4pm will be cancelled that day to prepare for this main event.

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Inversions Workshop, Saturday, October 22, 2-4pm

Inversions
Get upside down!

Inversions like handstands can be invigorating and fun! They increase circulation, build strength, help overcome fear, and build self-confidence.In this workshop you will learn techniques and alignment essential to practicing inversions safely and confidently.

Join Lindsey as she guides you through a review of anatomy that relates to inversions as well as reveals key actions that will assist you in working towards headstand, handstand and forearm balance. No prior inversion experience required, though some yoga experience is suggested.

$25. AutoPay Members receive 10% off.  Sign up here.

 

Live DJ Yoga Jam, September 17 , 4-5:15pm

20160402_210332-1Lift your yoga flow to a new stratosphere with live sonic vibes spun by DJ Mandy Mac! Heather will lead you on a vibrant yoga journey that will begin with a lush warm up, rise to joyful beats, simmer into balanced flows and eventually lead to deep, relaxed contentment. Expand your horizons on the yoga mat with this electric, live music event. As we’ll be lifting the tempo, folks attending should have prior yoga experience.

Price:
$20. This is a special event, so class passes do not apply – AutoPay Monthly Members, receive 10% off! You can register at any time through our on-line schedule.

 

Bumbling through, with the Grace of Yoga

by Heather

I recently spoke to a student who revealed trauma that she is working through. At one point I sensed an underlying need for her to “get it right” – this idea of successful living. I told her that we all are bumbling through life the best we know how and that we can use tools like yoga to bring in grace. This is a lesson I understand well.

My early life was very challenging. I was a tense kid – my body repeatedly geared to fight or flight mode. Anxiety was my normal. When I left for college, I felt joyfully free! I launched into my new life with great gusto; thinking I could completely leave the past behind. However, anxiety does not see the exit sign… and it did not leave.

When I found yoga two decades back, I was solely looking for strength and flexibility. And then I began to see more profound changes. The sequenced postures dialed back the whirring of my racing mind and showed me how to relax muscles. The breath work helped prevent me from tapping into my loose adrenaline trigger. The community brought motivation and camaraderie.

Most of all yoga brought grace and it presented a steady foundation. Yoga is the most powerful tool I have found to give me the space, time and instruction for focusing, grounding, and softening my edge._MG_9913_edit01_sfw

You can practice simply to feel strong, flexible, and toned. You can step up to your mat as a private retreat in the ocean of activities, “shoulds”, and to-do lists. And you can use your practice to ease anxieties, grow, and challenge patterns.

You can use yoga to find grace as you bumble through life with the rest of us. Mudra is there for you to provide quality yoga to support whichever path you are on and for wherever it takes you.

The first step? Simply step up. The next step: repeat. Again and again.

Mariah’s Mix

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!

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.