Archive for April, 2009

News from OmBase – April 30th Edition

Thursday, April 30th, 2009


We hope this finds you enjoying all the new spring growth and blooms everywhere . . . We have poppies opening up, and the dogwood is blooming . . .

We are offering some new events this month, so check them out! We look forward to seeing you at the studio!


NEW at OmBase this month!

Dancing for Your Self
with Deborah Orandon

SUN 5/10
2-5 pm

Cost: sliding scale $15-$75

Deborah Orandon, MS, NCC, LMT

Deborah Orandon, MS, NCC, LMT

A free-form movement event for Self Discovery!

Whether you have always wanted to dance, or you want to expand your movement repertoire, this workshop offers guidance for learning to let your inner experience lead you to new self-awareness and movement discovery.

Please find more information on this event online on our schedule page at Om Base.

Pre-registration /payment.

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.


For more information on this class, see our Om Base schedule page.


Yoga Immersion & Yin Yoga Series
7:15-8:15 pm

yin yogaA chance to gather and practice three sessions a week. These healing immersions focus on healing and balance through visualization, meditation and yoga asanas. It’s easier to do this “work” around others who are making the same choices… so take advantage of the others’ presence (presents) and join in.

Todd is teaching another yoga immersion in the evening this month and the yin series is in the mornings.

Both series are 3 times a week for 3 weeks.


For more information please go to our Om Base schedule page.

Read more about our immersions.

Read more about Yin Yoga in our class descriptions.

They both start this Mon 5/4 so call/email to sign up!


NEW at OmBase this month!

BodyTalk Cortices class
with Sandra Wernich

SUN 5/10
11:45am-1:15 pm

Cost: $20

Sandra Wernich

Sandra Wernich

Are you feeling stressed?

Would you like to experience greater calm and clarity?

Do you have two minutes a day to devote to your health?

The BodyTalk System Cortices technique is a powerful way to improve your overall health and well-being through bringing balance to your brain.

You will learn how to:

+ Improve overall brain function
+ Increase clarity, focus and concentration
+ Reduce stress levels throughout your entire body
+ Increase relaxation

In this 90 minute class you will learn how to balance your own brain, and the brains of your family, friends and pets! Children as young as six can learn this simple, yet powerful form of self-healing. Once learned, it takes 2 minutes to do the Cortices technique.

Please pre-register for this class!


Community Breathe!
SUN 5/3
4-6 pm

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

Margaret Townsend

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.


Yin Yoga + Sound Healing is back!
with Jay, Tom & Jen

FRI 5/29
7:15-9:45 pm

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

singing bowlsThis very popular event is happening once again at Om Base….

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. You are invited to relax and to let the vibrations of the sound waves ease into your body and find their own way to the spots that need it the most.

Yin yoga is a totally restorative form of yoga in which you stay in supported seated or supine poses for a few minutes at a time while all of your body-mind’s holding patterns melt away. It’s perfect for people who are new to yoga and the perfect balance for yang-centered practices.
Please pre-register for this class to get a spot! It tends to fill up.

Dance Om: Solo Dance Journeys
SAT 5/30
7-9 pm

Cost: Sliding scale $8-$18 (pre-register or drop in)

Solo Dance Journeys
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.


Deborah Orandon, MS, NCC, LMT

Deborah Orandon, MS, NCC, LMT

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.

For more information on this class, see our Om Base schedule page.


Drum Circle
WED 5/27
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.

Alana - Upward Facing Dog

Discover Yoga! FREE
SUN 5/31
2-3:30 pm

Come and take a free class at Om Base if you are new to the studio. Meet the teacher and relax!


OmBase Artist’s Wall featuring Michael Durbin

Sunday, April 26th, 2009
Michael Durbin -Thailand, 1998: 304

Michael Durbin -Thailand, 1998: 304

It always amazes me:
that beauty lies all around us,
if we only stop to look.

Michael Durbin’s photography will be on display at OmBase through May.

“The images in this exhibit come from various places around the world. Each one gives me the feeling of calmness and peace.”

Michael Durbin: Thailand, 1998: 235

Michael Durbin: Thailand, 1998: 235

Living and based in Portland, Michael is always looking at “things” and trying to find an angle, a perspective, a way to portray that subject in a way that will simplify what he feels about it.

Whether it is landscape, travel, or close-up photography, the love of exploration through the lens of the camera is his way of bringing the experience back to share.

“I’ve seen some amazing places, and photography is my way of bringing that amazement back. ”

For many other beautiful images, both near and far, great and small, visit his website. They are available for purchase as framed prints, notecards, postcards, and calendars.


Michael Durbin

Michael Durbin

Michael Durbin

Reduce. Reuse. RecycleYourMat.

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Recycle Your Mat

Some 18 million people are now practicing yoga in the U.S. and that means that there are a whole bunch of used yoga mats out there. Just as runners need to replace their running shoes every now and then, so do yogis need to replace their mats. So, what happens to all these unwanted mats?

While taking a yoga class at a Eugene YMCA, Recycle Your Mat founder Stephanie Stano noticed a lot of people coming in, taking one or two classes and not coming back. She wondered where their unused mats went. Later when she decided to buy a new mat, she couldn’t find a place to recycle the old one. “I realized there was a wonderful opportunity.”

Stano invested $20,000 in savings to prevent yoga mats from ever going into a landfill again. “It seems that we’ve tapped into a need many people have with regard to environmentally friendly yoga mat disposal,” says Stano “We’re very happy to give something back to the practice of yoga that has given us so much.”

Recycle Your Mat collects mats from individuals and yoga studios. Individuals can recycle their mats by dropping them off at a participating Recycle Your Mat locations (such as us, here at OmBase!) or by mailing their mat directly to Recycle Your Mat. Studios can send mats directly to Recycle Your Mat.

What’s in a yoga mat: Various plastics – PVCS, TPE, EVA – and natural rubber. No matter what your yoga mat is made from, it can be made into something else. Even the newer sustainable mats can be used in another product life cycle before they decompose. Whether yours is plastic, jute, PVC, natural rubber, latex or whatever – Recycle Your Mat recycles them all!

What happens to the mats sent to Recycle Your Mat?: A manufacturer in New Hampshire turns them into “yoga bolsters,” pillows made for yoga. Stano’s got other manufacturers lined up to take mats as her volume increases. In 2008, more than 50% of mats collected were upcycled into other products, including yoga products! With help from studios, more than 30% of mats collected were donated to local community programs. The remaining mats are slated for upcycling in 2009. Recycle Your Mat is also working with companies that support “conscious consumers” or “LOHAS – Lifestyles of Health And Sustainability” values. They are companies and manufacturers that focus on serving the environment and community, and produce products they are proud to support.

Recycle Your Mat is tackling 2009 with a goal to collect 1 million mats. Click here to find out how you can be one of the 18 million yoga practitioners that are changing the world one sticky mat at a time.


In the meantime, here are some tips . . .

CLEANING: Initially, consider cleaning your mat using the methods below from Yoga Journal (you may find you get a few more months out of a clean yoga mat). After your mat is worn and ready to be replaced, as your first step in yoga mat recycling, give it the same clean up before sending it off to be recycled. Like other materials you recycle, clean is best.

“If your mat is lightly soiled, use a spray bottle, damp sponge, or terry cloth rag to apply a solution of two cups of water and four drops of dish soap. Rub the soiled areas. Wipe the mat with clean water; then rub with a dry terry cloth towel. Hang to air dry.

If your mat is heavily soiled, submerge it in a solution of warm water and mild detergent; use very little soap as any residue may cause the mat to become slippery during future use. Thoroughly hand wash the mat and rinse in clean water. After squeezing out the excess water, lay the mat on a dry towel and roll the mat and towel together. Stepping on the rolled up mat will squeeze more moisture out of the mat and into the towel. Then unroll and hang to air dry.”

If you want to keep your yoga mat around and get some alternative uses out of it, consider some crafty re-purposing.

There are a lot of things that you can do with your old yoga mat, including:

• cutting it up and using it to keep pet dishes from sliding
• putting it in the bottom of your vehicle trunk to keep things from sliding
• rolling it up loosely and tying it for a garden kneeler
• placing it under an area rug to keep it from sliding
make flip flops

For more information about recycling your mat, participating locations and other information regarding yoga mat recycling please visit Recycle Your Mat.


Recycle Your Mat: The backstory

Stephanie Stano

Stephanie Stano

Yoga practitioner and Recycle Your Mat founder Stephanie Stano has been passionate about nature and social issues since her youth. Always active in the outdoors, no matter the weather or location, Stephanie knew at a young age that nature nurtures the potential inside us all.

During her career she’s focused on working for non-profit organizations, outdoor lifestyle companies and volunteering her time to social causes. It’s this passion for the outdoors and personal development that are the foundation of Recycle Your Mat.

Since Recycle Your Mat‘s beginning in early 2008, the business has been centered around two main objectives – recycle and upcycle mats as new products and reuse mats through donation. These objectives are met through yoga mat collection at yoga studios, fitness centers and through individual’s shipments of yoga mats.

Recycle Your Mat believes yoga is sacred, and yogis can honor our practice by collectively furthering our responsibility to the planet. Just like yoga restores our body, soul and mind, the materials that support our practice can save mountains, streams and other biodynamic places.

Recycle Your Mat adheres to the triple bottom line by striving for planetary, community and financial health. The people of Recycle Your Mat, as individuals and together as an organization, seek to solve environmental challenges in a socially responsible manner.


Recycle Your Mat
4777 Larkwood Street
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 556 – 9191

Twitter: RecycleYourMat


Portland Couples Retreat with Joyce & Barry Vissel

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
Barry & Joyce Vissel

Barry & Joyce Vissel

Portland Couples Retreat

with Barry & Joyce Vissel
of  The Shared Heart Foundation

I can’t think of anything more important to the
healing of our society than a connection between
spirituality, relationship and parenthood. Bravo to
the Vissells for helping us find the way.

Marianne Williamson

Joyce and Barry have created a nurturing experience
which allowed both our fears and our dreams to surface,
moving us beyond the impasses in our relating together
— Leslie & Michael Tierra

About the Retreat:

Are you one of those couples who understands the need for nurturing and renewal of your relationship, but seldom takes the time because you feel you are too busy? Did you know that taking the time for your relationship will help all other areas of your life, including children, career, and finances?

Our couples retreats are not retreats – they are advances! They are deeply moving weekends filled with a diverse group of couples reaching for the highest potential of their relationships. These workshops provide a time for healing, deepening each couple’s commitment, and the support of other “like-hearted” couples.

What You Will Learn:

Tools for deeper appreciation, communication building including healthy communication of feelings, our partner as a mirror (working with positive as well as negative projections), understanding and respecting each other’s differences, conflict resolution, healing past hurts, sexual wellness, refilling the cup of love, the blessing and challenge of working together, and developing a true inner connection…

May 2-3

Times: Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 9am-4pm.
Location: Jim and Caroline’s studio:
1616 NE 50th
Portland 97213
(503) 282-2720

Cost per couple: (if paid in full by Apr 24) $450.
$500 after Apr 24.
$75 nonrefundable deposit. $150 nonrefundable after Apr 24.

Payment plans, partial scholarships & work-exchanges available.
Meals may be reserved.

Workshop content or local information:

call Nanette or Joe at 503-252-1451
To register: call Mira at 800-766-0629


Joyce & Barry Vissel

Joyce & Barry Vissel

Joyce Vissell, RN, MS & Barry Vissell, MD have been a couple since 1964. A nurse and medical doctor, their main interest since 1972 has been counseling, healing and teaching. As a result of the worldwide interest in their books, they travel internationally teaching about personal growth, relationship, parenting and healing.

Ram Dass calls Joyce and Barry Vissell “true bhaktis,” a couple who live the yoga of love and devotion. They are two people deeply in love for 44 years, who have raised three children and “walk their talk.” To watch them interact with each other, teaching together with deep respect for what the other has to say, adoring one another, is to directly experience a model of sacred relationship.

As a result of the world-wide interest in their books, The Shared Heart, Models of Love, Risk To Be Healed, The Heart’s Wisdom, and Meant To Be, they have been conducting talks and workshops on relationship, parenting and personal growth. They are the founders and directors of the Shared Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing consciousness to all relationships.

Joyce and Barry are the 1991 recipients of the Aquarian Award, a national honor given to those who have made a significant contribution toward world healing. They currently live at their center and home near Santa Cruz, California.


Shared Heart Foundation

Barry & Joyce Vissell
The Shared Heart Foundation
PO Box 2140 • Aptos • CA • 95001
1-800-766-0629 or 831-684-2299


Solo Dance Journeys led by Deborah Orandon

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Solo Dance Journeys

Solo Dance Journeys
led by
Deborah Orandon

Join with others in a safe, welcoming environment to take a free-form movement journey all your own – No experience necessary!

Continuous waves of a wide variety of music will usher your body, mind & spirit from the OmBase studio to anywhere your inner-eye will take you.


Since this gathering does not include physical contact with others during the dance, the evening starts with brief boundary setting & a short guided movement meditation ensuring that each of our dances can be an uninterrupted & deeply personal journey.

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


Please join us for an evening of inner-discovery & self-expression through the joy of dance.

April 25
Saturday Evening, 79pm
Sliding Scale $8-$18.

OmBase Studio
6357 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239

Please contact:
(503) 922-3100


Deborah Orandon, MS, NCC, LMT

Deborah Orandon, MS, NCC, LMT

Deborah Orandon

Self-Awareness Counseling
Movement & Massage
Licensed Massage Therapist #6176
BS Dance & Psychology
MS Counseling #R1426

(503) 729-9662

Download a Reminder / Flyer (.pdf)


Working Class Acupuncture – NEW Hillsdale Location!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Portland Business Defies Recession, Rising Health Care Costs

Working Class AcupunctureA Northeast Portland acupuncture clinic with a populist business model is celebrating its improbable success by opening a second location in Hillsdale. Working Class Acupuncture opened its doors seven years ago in the Cully neighborhood with one licensed acupuncturist treating about twelve people per week; the clinic now provides about four hundred and fifty treatments each week and employs twelve people.

While acupuncture normally costs anywhere from $60 to $150 per treatment,  Working Class Acupuncture charges $15 to $35 per treatment, with patients choosing what to pay based on their own assessment of what they can afford. And while conventional acupuncture practices typically treat patients in individual cubicles, Working Class Acupuncture offers several communal treatment rooms with patients receiving acupuncture in recliners. As a result, an extraordinarily wide range of people are getting acupuncture, most of them for the first time: baristas, bike mechanics, construction workers, artists, musicians, veterans, teachers, janitors, students, as well as many retired people on fixed incomes and those who have lost their health insurance.

Working Class Acupuncture

Working Class Acupuncture - Original Southeast Portland Location

“Pretty much everyone told us that this wouldn’t work,” comments Lisa Rohleder, a Cully resident and the clinic’s co-founder. “The sliding scale, the treating people in recliners, the big red fist on the side of the building – people thought we were crazy. But we had to deconstruct the business model for acupuncture because it was no good at all for people of ordinary incomes. And it turns out that it works much better this way.” So well, in fact, that Working Class Acupuncture sparked the international “community acupuncture movement,” inspiring over 80 clinics in the US and as far away as Israel to adopt similar practices to make acupuncture more financially accessible.

While there are seven other community acupuncture clinics on Portland’s Eastside, none have appeared on the westside until now. “We have people driving to Cully from Beaverton and Hillsboro, and that is just too far when you’re in pain,” explains Rohleder. “We’re trying to serve our patients better by being more accessible to them.” The new WCA clinic is located at 4410 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, about a mile and a half west of the Hillsdale shopping center. Both clinics are open seven days a week, and both will offer free acupuncture all day on May Day to celebrate International Workers’ Day.


Working Class Acupuncture – Hillsdale
4410 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Portland, OR 97221



Lisa Rohleder, LAc

Lisa Rohleder, L.Ac.

Lisa Rohleder, L.Ac., is one of the co-founders of Working Class Acupuncture and of the Community Acupuncture Network. She is also the author of The Remedy: Integrating Acupuncture into American Healthcare. Readers who are interested in social entrepreneurship and community acupuncture can get more information from her book by purchasing it here and by visiting the Community Acupuncture Network website.