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News from OmBase – January 28th Edition

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

OmBase Studio

We have so many exciting events happening at Om Base in February!

New Class! Kundalini Yoga

Alana Weintraub Please welcome Alana Weintraub, who will be teaching a Kundalini Yoga class on Fridays, 9:30-11 am, starting Jan 30.

Alana began practicing yoga fifteen years ago as a young teenager, and during college, heard the spiritual call to become a yoga teacher while attending her first of five Kundalini Yoga retreats.  She received Kundalini Yoga teaching certification at the Omega Institute in upstate NY, furthered her teacher training by studying Radiant Child Yoga with Shakta Kaur, and has been teaching to adults and children in Portland since 2006.  In addition to sharing her passion for yoga, she is currently training to be a Waldorf Teacher.

Kundalini yoga classes are a unique and dynamic blend of postures, pranayam (breathwork), mantra, music and meditation, which allow you to deeply experience relaxation, self-healing and elevation.  Stimulating all of your body’s physical and energetic systems, Kundalini yoga revitalizes, de-stresses, and heightens your creative potential. Mixed levels.

Alana will also be teaching our kids and teens yoga classes & workshops, coming up in March….Let us know if you are interested in that!

Yin is in!  …..  3 week series with Todd

Yin Yoga is a term coined by Sarah Powers and popularized most notably by Paul Grilley. Basically, it is an approach to using yoga to counter some of what the Taoist believe tends to happen with many of us as we age, namely that from the waist down we tend to get tighter and tighter, and from the waist up we tend to grow weaker…

The yin approach utilizes long, supported, postures, that you simply relax into… when the muscles are relaxed, then the myofascial tissue surrounding them can begin to stretch and also strengthen. The postures are designed to help you move each joint in its full range of motion through its natural range… this is done through gentle but persistent compression of the joints as one hangs out in, and melts into a stretch, so most of the practice is on the floor, and most of it is passive.

Yin Yoga is ideal as a complementary practice for students that practice a more ‘yang’ style yoga, as well as for athletes that don’t stretch as much as they would like to. It’s beneficial for those people that think yoga isn’t for them as they are “too tight”, or inflexible. Also, for those that have chronic back pain, and other aches and pains.

I found that this practice yields surprising results if it is practiced more frequently, but regularly…so this yin series will be offered periodically, between immersion offerings, three days a week, for an hour each session“.  ~ Todd

2/2- 2/20  Mon/Wed & Fri 7:15-8:15 pm
Pre-registration & $30 deposit required

$108-133 sliding scale

More about Todd’s yoga journey here:

AM Yoga Immersion with Todd

Todd will be teaching another AM Yoga Immersion this month. Sign up either by emailing us at Om Base, or reading more on immersions HERE.

2/2-2/20 Mon/Wed/Fri  6:30-8 am
Pre-registration/$30 deposit required.
Cost: $135-180 sliding scale

Writing and Yoga: Into the Heart….workshop with Emily & Todd

Emily TrinkausIn an atmosphere of acceptance and support, we will practice yoga, meditation and writing to drop more deeply into our hearts and then give voice to what we find. As we get in touch with our heart’s desires and wisdom, we uncover a more authentic and liberating expression of our creativity. Join us on this Leo Moon in experiencing the power and joy of heart-centered yoga and writing!

All are welcome – no previous yoga or writing experience is required.

Emily Trinkaus is a writer and astrologer with nearly a decade of experience facilitating workshops.  She founded Portland Women Writers and writes for and other astrology websites. See to learn more about her work.

She’s also just been asked (and has accepted!) to be the in-house astrologer at Om Base! Please consult with her for your personal astrological reading through her website.

Sun 2/8, 1-6 pm
Pre-registration & $30 deposit required.
$75-110 sliding scale

Valentine’s Yoga….for couples & friends with Elizabeth & Todd

Join Elizabeth and Todd for a fun, loving class on Valentine’s weekend!

Explore supporting yourself and supporting another, allowing yourself to be supported.  What do these feel like? Where do they converge? This is a skill and an awareness that will serve you well as we move into this year of change……

Sun 2/15,  1-3 pm
Pre-registration & $30 deposit required.
Cost: $50-70 sliding scale/couple

Community Breathe!

Margaret TownsendMargaret is leading another Community Breathe!

Bringing our breath back to our lives means we have the ability to live with more energy, to calm and balance the nervous system in the moment, to have a health promoting, stress relieving ‘tool’, and to know that our breath is a comforting companion that allows us to willingly meet whatever life brings to us.

Margaret Townsend is a certified breathing facilitator with over 20 years experience using various holistic practices to assist others in stress management and self-awareness. For more information please see her website

Sun 2/15,  4-6 pm
Pre-registration & payment required

Community Acupuncture….after yoga

Joseph GoldfedderJoseph Goldfedder will be giving a short intro about acupuncture after Todd’s yoga class on Sun Feb 22. After that he will be offering acupuncture as you lie on your yoga mat.

Community Acupuncture’s goal is to make acupuncture more affordable and accessible by offering it in a communal setting for a sliding scale ranging $15- 35 a treatment. The idea to combine Yoga and Acupuncture together is to enhance the effects of  both practices.  By integrating the mind and body we enable our bodies a greater healing potential.  Acupuncture assists us by in tapping into our energy reserves, increase our energy flow as well as promoting sense of well being.  Our bodies do the rest.

Joseph Goldfedder, L.Ac., completed his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in New Mexico in 2006.  He initially moved to Portland to co-found Brooklyn Community Acupuncture. In his practice he believes in the integration of art and medicine, creativity and spirit.

Sun 2/22 11:45-12:45 pm
pre-registration/payment to hold your space

Cost: $15-$35 sliding scale

It is right after Todd’s class, so it is suggested (but not required) to attend his class first to receive the extra bliss.

Also this month…

SUN 2/22 at 6:30-8:30 pm
· Shamanic Sound Healing with Dagmar
$25 prior, $30 at the door
(Pre-registration/payment for the $25 option)

Explore the healing power of sound. Through the sound of her voice, Shamanic tools and instruments such as drums, rattles and singing bowls, rituals unfold that awaken your heart’s intelligence and serve as a gateway to transformation and awareness.

SUN 2/22 at 2-3:30 pm
· Discover YogaFree!
A free yoga class for new students to Om Base

FRI 2/27  at 7-9:30 pm
· Yin Yoga + Sound Healing with Jay, Tom & Jen
$25 prior, $30 at the door
(Pre-registration/payment for the $25 option)

An evening of total relaxation and healing resonance… Tom and Jen will bring their orchestra of healing chimes, singing bowls, and didgeridoos and play while we ease into an hour and a half of Yin Yoga followed by an hour-long sound healing in savasana.


For all events, workshops and class series:  To make it consistent for everyone (students and facilitators alike), please pre-pay/bring a deposit when you sign up for an event (deposit if the event cost is above $30).

A check is always preferred (mailed/dropped off to Om Base).  If you choose to call in your credit card # and for some reason you have to cancel, there will be a $5 charge.

Your payment or deposit will hold your spot. If you need to cancel, please notify Om Base 24 hr in advance for a full reimbursement.

We will have a full policy on our new website (in the works).
Thank you!

Hannah Says Hi…..


Hannah was trying to tell me I was spending too much time on the computer, so she decided to take matters into her own….belly and sit on it…..

She says hi to all of you and really wishes she could make a round of one of the classes and get a few squeezes….