The Bhaktishop Yoga Center
Located in SE Portland, we offer healthy, safe, grounded yoga practices steeped in decades of ongoing study both in the yogic traditions and the modern bio-mechanics of anatomical awareness. Beginners are welcomed whole-heartedly, and we are also a place for serious, ongoing students to hone their skills and grow a deeper connection to themselves and their practice.
The awareness of form, depth and alignment of Hatha yoga meets the intelligent placement and skill of Vinyasa krama (the art of skillful placement) in all of our classes, and each of our teachers shares their love and dedication with experience, personal attention and enthusiasm every single day. Whether you know what you're doing, need a class to seriously decompress, or are coming to yoga for the first time, we have a class for you.
We offer dozens of weekly drop-in classes, taught in a well-aligned, joyful and sane way, from Yoga Foundations and Yoga 1/2 up to Advanced Asana Labs at Level 3, as well as deeper forms of study in our Yoga School Programs. We offer workshops, kirtans, retreats, and 200/300 hour and Prenatal teacher training programs to round out the menu and to situate us as one of Portland's most respected Yoga Schools. Our students range in age from late teens up to late 70’s, all of whom have the great benefit of blending together and moving with intention. The multi-generational, multi-cultural aspect of our community is beneficial to all of us, and gives a rich texture of experience and enthusiasm to the foundation of our center.
Committed to intimate, equitable, honest inquiry and integrity, we are inspired every day by you and your needs. Deeply invested in shaping the conversation of yoga both inside the studio and in the wider community by educating both students and teachers with depth, we offer functional, intelligent instruction for thinking people that reaches well beyond the physical practice. We recognize that in the sometimes confusing and self-referential realm of modern postural yoga, this is uncommon. As a student, you are uncommon, too. Visit www.thebhaktishop.com for more details on all that we offer Southeast Portland and beyond.
Most of my classes last 75-90 minutes, and include many explorations of the yogic practice, including thoughtful, progressive asana, meditation, chanting, and pranayama practice. There is an opportunity in any class for keen hands-on instruction— my massage and acupuncture background tend to lead me toward helping with my hands to uplift, elevate and serve as inspiration and felt-sense information for practice. I play ambient music in class, however it is never overly loud or oppressive, and is only used as a backdrop; a universal means of service to the movement itself. There is always exploration of chanting and mantra, occasional philosophical ponderings, yama and niyama discussion, stories, guided meditation, breathwork, adventure, deep inquiry, and most importantly, listening.
Wednesday 12 noon
Level 3 Asana Lab
Level 3 is geared toward more experienced yoga practitioners, giving us the chance to steep in the laboratory of transformation together. These noon classes are both alignment-conscious and practice-focused, heavy on the verbal cues/instructions, slow and sensitive, and aimed at continuing practitioners that want to explore detailed, progressive sequences, peak-pose strategy, and a mixture of learning-based and practice-based class styles. Anything goes: inversions, backbends, sweaty strength work, 7 variations of Vasistasana, 30 minutes of pranayama, unusual strength and load changes in familiar poses, deeply detailed alignment instructions, chairs and other weird props, and very nerdy practical and felt-sense anatomy lessons; we do it all in this class. You are encouraged to break old habits and incorporate new bio-mechanical awareness, explore more deeply the depths of yoga's philosophical topics, intuitively guide your own creative expression on the mat, and delve more deeply into your precious inner life. These classes are challenging, intelligent, anatomically precise, feature workshop-level sophistication, and are living proof that you don't always need harder, faster asana to advance in yoga.
Saturday 9am and Tuesday 5:30pm
Yoga 2 and Yoga 2/3
Beyond the basics, these fun classes introduces some more challenging aspects of practice, like moving in transitions with better alignment. I offer more continuing asana, sometimes new shapes, big ideas, and lots of freedom of expression. Often an interesting mix of both challenges and metronomic rhythms of flowing sequences, sometimes we work hard toward a peak pose, some days we zero in on a strength or functional movement technique, and other days we simply flow with the beauty of the breath. These classes are for stronger students, who can expect to work hard (and smart) in both cases. In terms of style, these classes tends to be heavier on the verbal instruction, inquiry and anatomical consciousness, and also are generally somewhat larger classes. For students that have a solid feel for the basics, don't mind a more crowded room, and want a slower tempo to build strength and grace even as they work hard and laugh a lot. There is some music and lots of celebration of the breath in the lively and welcoming atmosphere you have come to expect at The Bhaktishop.
300 Hour Foundations and 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Schools
Whether you want to fulfill a lifetime longing to teach or simply grow your own practice, The Bhaktishop Yoga School is designed to enrich your practice and practical understanding of yoga. Our Teacher Training Program is a purposefully inclusive, deeply devotional, immersion-based curriculum taught by an experienced community of teachers and practitioners with thriving healing arts professions in other fields.
"It is the perfect place to begin your illuminating journey into teaching, to bring needed change and healing into new communities, or to profoundly shift and grow your own personal practice."
Along with co-director Monicka Koneski we bring to life decades of experience in the practice and teachings of yoga and movement. Together we share a common belief in the transformative powers of discipline, study, and devotion, as well as the curative powers of love, community and laughter. After years of collaborating, we have developed a comprehensive teacher training program with a relevant bhakti-based philosophy that reflects our own deep study, and is also rooted in current, intelligent asana practice, masterful teaching methodology, racial equity and inclusion practices, and more.
Our amazing staff of experienced, high-integrity teachers— Jeannie Songer, Danielle Hanna, Kate Busby and Molly Boeder-Harris—are all experienced in fields of study outside of yoga, including mental health therapy, acupuncture, trauma stewardship and Somatic Experiencing, and Ayurveda, all of which aid in our work within the deeply interactive fields of human connection. These integrative experiences helps us provide an intensive, loving, inclusive and safe environment in which to explore the difficult questions about yoga, to question the broader western yoga culture, and to bring the highest integrity possible to the process of learning about yoga. We will help you grow a deeper self-awareness, a reliable and personal self-practice, and pave the way for teaching yoga anywhere you choose with practical, useful tools and skills that can transform your life and the lives of others.
High-integrity teachers, deep skill, and a unique, varied curriculum
For twenty intensive and transformative weeks featuring 300+ hours of foundations study, you will explore different aspects of yoga, including Ayurveda, pranayama, meditation, and asana for your own personal sadhana (practice), as well as the devotional and mystical roots of these practices through the study of the sacred texts in philosophy. We will inform and share our findings with each other, reflect on our relationships to other bodies and spirits, as well as take in the classical and modern teachings in practical terms. We will discuss honest communication, equity and racial justice and inclusion, deconstruction of power-over modes of behavior in teaching, trauma sensitivity, and much, much more. Midway through the program, we sink deep into a retreat to the woods for three days of immersive study, as a treat and a revival of our spirits.
Once you complete our Yoga School Foundations program, we offer a mentorship program to help bring to life your unique voice and divine manifestation of wisdom on this path. Or, you can continue your lifetime journey into yoga with our Advanced Study Program.
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Advanced Studies Program
Our 300-hour add-on Yoga Alliance approved program is a sweet spot for you to continue onward, enrich yourself and grow even more from your already completed 200-hour program, or if you are a committed student that doesn't teach, to further your own practice and study. You do not have to be a teacher to benefit from the high-quality education offered here in these programs. The development of the curriculum is ongoing and dynamic as the needs of the students change, and I am grateful for the chance to learn and grow as the program does.
Progressive. Smart. Practical.
Bringing more than two decades of teaching and practice to the table, we've curated a program that brings multiple disciplines, experts and wisdom into the overall conversation about yoga and its evolution. Courses of study focusing on strong bio-mechanics and the varied language of asana cues, practical tools for sequencing and progressive class structure, intricate hands-on adjustment labs, and deep philosophical study and coursework in the bhakti tradition as well as much more form the basis for this modular program.
Featuring courses from other skilled teachers, such as a progressive Prenatal Teacher Training with Shana Celnicker-Chong, deep Ayurvedic wisdom workshops with Danielle Hanna, stellar applied Anatomy and Kinesthetic movement instruction from Monicka Koneski, expert restorative practices and psychological study with Jeannie Songer, Trauma-Informed Yoga Training with The Breathe Network's founder Molly Boeder-Harris, plus rich, potent offerings from our cast of visiting teachers including the acclaimed bio-mechanics researcher and stellar yoga teacher Jules Mitchell, practical asana and methodology training from teacher’s teacher Christina Sell, profound adjustment and inner-body awareness training with Portland's own innovator and teacher's teacher Todd Jackson, satsang with Swami B.V. Tripurari, Sanskrit wisdom from Joshua Michaell and so much more, we aim to offer a place where talented teachers can dialogue with each other, share the seat of the teacher, and gain experience and mentorship opportunities that we might not get otherwise.
Curriculum as varied as your wide-ranging backgrounds.
Designed to be taken in portions of 50-75 hours at a time, with no set endpoint, it is intended for those already teaching or that have completed an approved Basic training or Foundations program, though it does not have to have been here at The Bhaktishop. You can apply to begin at anytime, as there is something being offered each and every season. Please see the requirements for the program at the bottom of the page in the “fine print” section. You may start the program at anytime, and if you have questions about how to get going, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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