Summer Quarterly Newsletter
Summer Classes stay at our studio on Kelly Ave!

After all our careful planning, the sale of the building has been delayed.

We will now be staying at our studio through the end of the summer, allowing us to have our usual summer classes in our current studio. Please pick up a revised summer schedule for the latest information on our offerings. A few additions and time changes are included in the revised schedule.

Summer classes begin June 3, 2019. All classes will be held at our long-time studio  at 3903 SW Kelly Ave. 

Click here to download the summer schedule.

Anatomy Awareness in Asana workshop will be August 5 - 9, 2019.

This week-long workshop is a lovely way to deepen your understanding of anatomy, enrich your practice, and if you are a teacher, inform your teaching.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019 
We have one more special focus class on the schedule - Managing Osteoporosis with Yoga, taught by Hope Fyfield, PT.

Join us for a practice designed to manage the issues associated with osteopenia and osteoporosis.

It's not too late to sign up. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Join Hope Fyfield, PT at this valuable workshop, Restorative for Beginners.

Come learn how to make deep, restful restorative poses accessible to the beginner.

There is still room for you in this class.

August 5 - 9, 2019
Anatomy Awareness in Asana
Gudmestad Yoga
Portland, OR
October 26 - 27, 2019
St. Paul Yoga Center
St. Paul, MN

November 16 - 17, 2019
The Yoga Room
Berkeley, CA

Julie Gudmestad
A Note from Julie Gudmestad
Even though this photo makes it look like I started doing yoga at 4 years old, my interest in yoga was first piqued when I was a teenager in the 1960's. I was hooked after my very first class and yoga has been an important part of my life ever since. It helped me stay grounded during happy times, helped me cope during difficult times, and helped me survive the deaths of close family members in recent years.

Julie at 4 years old
From my current vantage point in 2019, it is fascinating to look back to see how my practice has evolved over 50 years. There were the athletic challenges of learning the poses and the subtle challenges of learning to meditate. After starting to teach, I opened my studio in the late '80's and have continued to manage it while teaching workshops around the world.

And now it's time for me to simplify. While I plan to continue to practice and teach, I'm very happy to turn the studio operations over to Beth Paxson. She plans to grow into the job as I ease out. I deeply appreciate every one of you who has been a part of my yoga journey, and hope that you will continue to travel with us on this path as we all grow and evolve.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to contact us.

Julie Gudmestad 
From Beth Paxson

My Path to Yoga
By Beth Paxson

Beth Paxson
My first true passion in life was cross-country skiing, a sport I took to at a young age. As second youngest in a family of five, I spent a lot of time trying to keep up - a dynamic that didn't last long! I have always been a fast, kinesthetic learner and at age 10, I set my sights on the Olympics. In 1980, that vision became a reality.

Young Beth on skis
Athletic competition at that level requires commitment, strength, flexibility, determination, and focus. While I did not come away from those Olympic Games with a medal, the qualities required to reach that goal guide me every day.

Twenty-two years ago, I attended my first yoga class at Gudmestad Yoga, an injured athlete seeking relief from pain and stress. A remarkable seed was planted that October afternoon in Athlete Level 1 class! Several terms later, I moved into Julie's Athlete Level 3 class and gradually gained a deeper comprehension of the body I thought I knew so well.

As I continued to explore yoga, I was also pursuing licensure in massage and bodywork. Several years later, Julie asked if I would be interested in exploring the idea of teaching. My intention was and continues to be helping people understand their bodies and find the path toward healthier and happier lives.

It is with great honor, love and excitement that I take the reins and carry this legacy forward.

Yoga Tip

namaste lifted
namaste lifted

We finish every yoga class when the teacher says "Namaste" and the students repeat it back as a salutation of respect and open-heartedness to end our practice. Included in this lovely tradition is the "prayer" position of the hands, placed in front of the chest. How can we refine this position to deepen our connection between teacher and students?

Begin by pressing your palms together, feeling the pressure between the bones of the right hand and the bones of the left (the center of the palms won't make contact), then back off the pressure so that you feel only a light touch. Then place the base of the thumbs, where the thumbs join your palms, at the bottom of your breastbone. Your thumbs should stretch up along the breastbone, while the other 8 fingers stretch away toward the person you're greeting.

namaste sagging forward
namaste sagging forward
When placing the hands in this position, it is common for the elbows to come forward and the chest to recede backward. Instead, consciously move the elbows back and lift the chest up and toward your thumbs. This lift opens your heart and helps you connect heart-to-heart with the person in front of you. Bow your head and as you say "Namaste", know that in that moment you are meeting the other in a place of respect and compassion.

From Laila

Yoga Can Help You Find Your Authentic Self
By Laila Deardorff

laila deardorff
Like many beginners, I began practicing yoga to heal a physical ailment. We hear a lot today about the increased flexibility, strength, balance and stress reduction that yoga provides, which can help us to heal. And after practicing long enough, you may also notice the more subtle benefits, including those that come from purposeful movement and breathing, from clearing your mind, and from paying attention. The first glimpse of these benefits may well come in savasana.

In earlier times before it was packaged to the masses, yoga was a method of getting the body comfortable to sit for extended periods of time in meditation. This quieting of the mind is even more important in our current society. The world is speeding up and getting noisier, and there's pressure to conform to society and familial norms. We are on a never-ending treadmill that's heading to the next new trend or technological advance.

When we continue on that treadmill, many issues may arise. We may never get to know who we truly are or our true purpose in this lifetime. Or the stress of not being our authentic self and living our best life may cause illness. I know, I fell into that trap. I studied hard, got good grades, and thought I would be happy in an accounting career, where I secured a good wage. However, as I climbed that ladder, I became more and more miserable and developed stress related illnesses. This was not what I was meant to do and I certainly did not know who I was.

Through my practice of yoga I was able to get off the treadmill and hear my inner voice. This listening helped me change my path to one that is true to myself.

Lesson learned: if you feel you still haven't figured yourself out, don't despair. Let the quieting aspects of the practice bring awareness to your inner monologue. Once you hear the cycle of compulsive thought processes, you can step out of that prison of your mind. The asanas quiet the body so you can listen to your heart. Of course this takes practice, but when you pay attention with a clear mind, your authentic true self will begin to reveal itself.

Anatomy Week

Anatomy Awareness in Asana
August 5 - 9, 2019
Cost: $650

Join Julie Gudmestad PT, a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and E-RYT 500 for this weeklong Workshop at our studio in Portland, Oregon. Inspire and deepen your yoga practice. During this series we will learn to "see" muscles in action and correctly describe the movement. We will use and practice anatomical language to help deepen your understanding of human movement patterns. We will study how muscle imbalances can contribute to pain and disrupt the injury healing process. And we'll learn which poses and sequences can help you make progress with challenging poses.

Closing Thoughts

Personally, summer has always been a time of great transition and change for me, and my way of coping with upheaval is by remaining in the present. The only way I can face challenges and uncertainty ahead is by practicing awareness, staying in the moment, and focusing on the task at hand. As we break for summer, with less structure and more freedom, remember that your practice grounds you, and is vital to keeping you centered.

Amelia Michaels
Gudmestad Yoga