Archive for March, 2009

Ecstatic Body Postures with Dr. Analouise Williams

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Ecstatic Body Postures
with
Dr. Analouise Williams
SUN 4/19
4-6 pm

Cost: $25 Pre-registration/payment. $30 at the door.

Analouise Williams, Ph.D.

Analouise Williams, Ph.D.

Dr. Felicitas D. Goodman, anthropologist, found that holding a posture represented by figurines and statues found in archaeological sites from hunters and gathers and horticulturists worldwide, is a method for achieving ecstatic trance and its attendant visionary experience.

Dr. Goodman introduced Dr. Analouise Williams to this ancient mystical tradition. Dr. Williams, a shamanic practitioner, teacher, and researcher, has studied from other gifted shamanic teachers.

However, when she offers the ecstatic body postures, people experience a different — and often profound — mystical experience.

No previous shamanic journey experience is required. Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a rattle or drum (optional).

About Dr. Williams

Analouise Williams, Ph.D., (physical anthropology) has managed large health policy research projects for over 30 years in developing countries and the U.S. She is a co-investigator on the first National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial of shamanic healing for women with temporomandibular joint disorders. She began her study of shamanic healing with Felicitas Gooodman, Ph.D., who taught her the ecstatic body postures, she has completed Sandra Ingerman’s soul retrieval and teacher training, and continues to study with shamanic teachers.

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Felicitas D. Goodman, Ph.D.

Felicitas D. Goodman, Ph.D.


About Dr. Goodman

In the late 1950’s, early 1960’s, Felicitas D. Goodman, Ph.D., focused her anthropological study on the varieties of mystical experience. She studied “glossolalia” or “speaking with tongues” in several communities and found parallels in the experience in each culture. These parallels included certain body/posture changes, similar patterns in consonants and vowels and intonation, and the background of a repeated rhythm or music.

Determined to explore this phenomenon, she began by asking volunteers to listen to the beating of a rattle. The volunteers did experience relaxation but did not have mystical experiences.

Dr. Goodman read reports in the anthropological literature about the different quality of meditative experience depending on the mudra, or hand, or body position of the meditator. Using her observation of the postural changes within the trance state of ‘speaking with tongues’, she began to look into the archaeological evidence to see if there were figurines or statues that recurred in various archaeological sites.

Once she asked volunteers to imitate the postures on these figurines, they began to have mystical experiences. And, different postures elicited different varieties of experience. Some postures elicited healing experiences, others, spirit journeys, metamorphosis, death and rebirth, etc.

For nearly three decades, Felicitas Goodman’s research revived a tradition-at least 36,000 years old-that uses the capacity of the human nervous system to alter its functioning very precisely in order to enter expanded or non-ordinary states of consciousness. Using a collection of ritual body postures from the artwork of hunter-gatherer and horticultural people as a doorway to the world of spirit, this state known as ecstatic trance is achieved through a relatively simple, safe, and teachable method. It is evidence of the amazing durability of these sacred postures that groups of urbanized and technologically sophisticated women and men can assume the same body positions shown in the artwork of Paleolithic fishermen or Uzbekistani shamans and find themselves journeying into non-ordinary states of consciousness, presumably in ways similar to these unknown ancestors.

Further research of Dr. Goodman and others confirms the importance of mystical experience for us as humans, and the physiological mechanisms built into our brains and nervous systems that makes this a part of being human.

Dr. Goodman taught linguistics and anthropology at Denison University until her retirement, when she became Director of The Cuyamungue Institute. She is author of numerous articles and has seven books to her credit, including Ecstasy, Ritual, and Alternate Reality: Religion in a Pluralistic World, and Where the Spirits Ride the Wind: Spirit Journeys and Ecstatic Experiences.

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News from OmBase – March 28th Edition

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Here are Jay and Todd having fun at the photo shoot (they are wearing matching socks and gloves (in case you didn't notice...)

Here are Jay and Todd having fun at the photo shoot wearing matching socks & gloves (in case you didn't notice...)

New Website / New Blog!

We have a new website! It’s been a work in progress and we are happy to say that is it functioning for the most part (a couple of pages are still under construction). A big thank you to Joshua Seaman for his work (as our photographer also)! You’ll have a chance to see upcoming events right up on the first page and check the blog here that has been updated by Andrea. Thank you Andrea!

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New Class Time & Name for Friday PM!
FRI
5:45-7 pm

be happyThe Friday evening class is moving to a start time of 5:45-7 pm instead of 5:30. It will also become a donation class, so you can either use your class card or bring a cash donation (more is good, but less is fine too!)

The name? Happy Hour Yoga . . . and it will be shared among the teachers; each teacher will bring his or her wisdom and playfulness to it. For now, Todd and Vittoria will be alternating it each week (and Todd plans on a Happy Hour Yoga: at the bar soon)

Starts Fri April 3rd. See you there!

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Did you miss the Potluck?
Here is some cake….And…THANK YOU!

Spring Potluck CakeIf you missed the potluck, don’t worry, we’ll have more . . . here is a picture of the fabulous cake!  We’re planning for a gathering at least every 3 months.

Stay tuned . . .

Todd and Vittoria want to take the opportunity here to thank all the students who have been coming to our classes at OmBase and before at Sacred Onion . . .

We are grateful for your support!

Also a big THANKS to the incredible front desk staff and helpers that are co-creating an amazing space here at OmBase. Emily Trinkaus, Beth Staus, Andrea Janda, Dagmar Luenser and Eileen Hickey. I (Vittoria) personally feel very lucky as I have needed the help, and somehow it has arrived! Just like that!  We also want to thank all the teachers and facilitators that are part of this incredible group.

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Hannah demonstrating Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga Series M/W/F
4/3-4/22
7:15-8:15 pm

Cost: 108-$133 sliding scale. Pre-registration.

Todd’s teaching another Yin series this month in the evenings. There are just a few days left before it starts!

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.

We spend four or more minutes in each pose… gently exploring the full range of motion of the major joints. The yin practice is a great balance for those who are more active and or athletic, as well as a great practice for those new to yoga.

See the bottom of our Class Descriptions page for more information.

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immersions
Yoga Immersion
M/W/F
4/6-4/24
6:30-8 am

Interested in the morning immersion?

Email us at OmBase or email Todd. He’s waiting to hear from you….

Here’s a link to our immersion page.

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Mom and Toddler Om Yoga
TUE
4/7-5/5
11-12:30 pm

Cost: $60 for 5 classes.

toddler

A new class series is happening for moms and toddlers (ages 1-2 y/o approximately). Elizabeth Wilson is teaching a new class that we hope will become popular among the moms here at Om Base.

Elizabeth Wilson Woodyard is a mother of two and has more than 17 years experience as a yoga instructor for people of all ages. She brings a love of children, nature, and music into the yoga experience.

Call or email if you want to sign up!


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Community Breathe!
SUN 4/5
4-6 pm

Cost: $25 Pre-registration/payment. $30 at the door

Margaret Townsend

A breath workshop lead by Margaret Townsend…

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 is a certified breathing facilitator with over 20 years experience using various holistic practices to assist others in stress management and self-awareness. Please see her website The Living Breath for more information.

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yoga & writing

Yoga & Writing Class
SUN 4/12
1-4 pm

Cost: Pre-registration required $30-45 sliding scale

Alternating between blissful yoga and meditation, and fun writing exercises that help us tap into our intuition and guidance, we’ll access and give voice to our inner guidance.

Todd and Emily are co-teaching.

All are welcome – no previous yoga or writing experience needed.

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Family Yoga! Special Class
SUN 4/19
2-3:30 pm

Cost: $10/adult $5/child

alanaAlana taught the last family yoga class last month and we have another planned for this month!

Please pre-register for this class and let us know how many there are in your family!

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Ecstatic Body Postures
SUN 4/19
4-6 pm

Cost: $25 Pre-registration/payment. $30 at the door.

Analouise Williams, Ph.D.

Analouise Williams, Ph.D.

Dr. Felicitas Goodman, anthropologist, found that holding a posture represented by figurines and statues found in archaeological sites from hunters and gathers and horticulturists worldwide, is a method for achieving ecstatic trance and its attendant visionary experience.

Dr. Goodman introduced Dr. Analouise Williams to this ancient mystical tradition. Dr. Williams, a shamanic practitioner, teacher, and researcher, has studied from other gifted shamanic teachers.

However, when she offers the ecstatic body postures, people experience a different — and often profound — mystical experience.

No previous shamanic journey experience is required. Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a rattle or drum (optional).

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Dance Om is coming!
Solo Dance Journeys
SUN 4/25
7-9 pm

Cost: Sliding scale $8-$18.

Deborah Orandon, MS, NCC, LMT

Deborah Orandon, MS, NCC, LMT

Join with others in a safe, welcoming environment to take a free-form movement journey all your own.

Please join us for this evening of inner-discovery, self-expression and creativity through the joy of dance – no experience necessary!

Since this gathering does not include physical contact with others during the dance, the evening starts with brief boundary setting so that we can all stay focused and open to our inner impulses. And then we’re off!

The journey begins with a short guided movement meditation for presence & grounding—and here is where the verbal input ends. Continuous waves of a wide variety of music will usher your body, mind & spirit from the Om Base studio to anywhere your inner-eye will take you.

Taking these solo journeys with others doing the same provides the intention, energy & richness that only a group dance can bring. Attention to boundaries ensures that each of our dances can be an uninterrupted and deeply personal journey.

We end with a closing circle, where speaking is optional.

Lead by Deborah Orandon, MS, NCC, LMT. Deborah is the owner of Self Awareness Counseling in Portland, Oregon and the creator of Inner-Awareness Movement (I-AM) Technique.  She has a formal education in counseling, massage and movement and brings diverse life experiences to her work.  Her formal education as well as some of the life experiences that led her to this varied background are discussed on her web page.

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Drum Circle
WED 4/29
7:15-8:45 pm

Cost: FREE /donation

drum circle

Our drumming circle is going strong!
Join Mike for a fabulous time!
Bring a drum or favorite instrument or pick one up at the circle.

Drumming can heal the spirit, body, mind, heart and the earth. Together we create “in the moment” connectedness through open spirit and oneness. Wonderful things can occur, elation, release, relief, joy, tears, laughing, giggling, smiling, bonding, heart opening, and sharing.

In addition, drum circles are just plain fun and exhilarating!

Absolutely no drumming or music experience is required – just an open mind and open spirit. Everyone has a heart that beats within them and from this mother rhythm you will be amazed at what we can create together.

If you own a drum or other instrument please bring it, however, there will be a limited number of drums for those that don’t have one. Any and all percussion instruments are welcome, e.g. wood blocks, bells, tambourines, shakers, flutes, whistles, etc.

We encourage you to bring your friends or invite friends who you think may be interested in attending this community drum circle – the more the merrier! We also encourage dancing!!! If you want to come and simply dance or just listen to the rhythms please come as well.

There is no cost for this community event but please feel free to consider a donation.

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Alana - Upward Facing Dog

Discover Yoga! FREE
SUN 4/26
2-3:30 pm

Another free class for the ones that haven’t come to yoga. Let your friends know!
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Quiet Time Changes

meditation

Quiet Time is a free time for you to come in and do your practice, or just relax and read a book from our library, or just lay in savasana to rest.

Quiet Time will be offered ONLY on Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting in April.

We squeezed in a class on Tuesday and will probably have another class on Thursday soon.

Look for it on our schedule . . .

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Natural Medicine and Cancer – What are my Options?

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Dr. Shani Fox, ND

Dr. Shani Fox, ND

If you have cancer, you deserve healthcare that is as compassionate as it is cutting edge.  If you are a loved one of a person with cancer, you have an equally legitimate need for care and support.  Dr. Shani Fox, naturopathic physician, inspires hope in people with cancer and their loved ones, empowering them to embrace wellness as they work up to, through and beyond treatment. Dr. Fox views cancer care as one of the greatest potential arenas for cooperation between conventional and natural medicine, and envisions a day when all people with cancer have access to the life-affirming benefits of natural medicine along with any conventional treatment.

On the first Sunday of the next three months, Dr. Fox will be offering 20-minute individual informational sessions on the full spectrum of natural healthcare alternatives for people with cancer and their loved ones.   These appointments are by donation, with all proceeds to be donated to cancer-related charities.

Dates: April 5th, May 3rd and June 7th
Time: by appointment, from noon to 3 PM
To register: call 503.501.5001
Location:
Insights to Health
2929 SW Multnomah Blvd. Suite 302
Portland, OR 97219 – Google Map

Questions? drfox@insightstohealth.net

More information about Dr. Shani Fox: Insights To Health