Archive for September, 2009

News from OmBase – September 29th Edition

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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Om Kitty

Om Kitty



Last October at this time we were rushing to finish painting and adding the last minute touches to our OmBase studio! It’s been a whole year!

We’d like to invite you all to our

Om Cake

Om Cake

First Year Anniversary Party


Sunday, October 18th
12-4 pm

We’ll be giving away prizes, have fabulous food (an amazing cake from Baker & Spice), and much more! Feel free to bring something to share . . .

We also have several additions, changes and updates to let you know about, so please read on!

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Stress Relief Fun Drive is ON!
Spread the Joy, Make a Difference!

Have you heard about our fun(d) drive? We would love for you to participate! The drawing for the prizes will be at our First Year Anniversary Party Sunday, October 18th from 12-4 pm. It’s a way for you to help OmBase become stronger in its foundation and be able to spread more light all around. At this time we don’t need any more donations, but we’d love to sell more tickets! So all those fabulous people that donated can actually give their gifts to you. Please see our blog page here for more and consider buying a ticket!

You can buy a ticket…help OmBase & win a prize!

The number of tickets sold will match the number of gifts donated- the total number not to exceed 200 sold. Odds for winning a prize are 100% while the odds for a specific prize will depend on the total number of tickets sold, but will be no greater then 1 in 200 (good odds :) )

How to buy a ticket: (4 ways you can do that!)

1. Come into the studio and pay with cash, credit card or check

2. Call us at OmBase with your credit card

3. Send a check to OmBase

4. Use our online store
Cash or check is preferred – as it costs us nothing – Credit card at the studio is preferred over online purchases, but please use what is most convenient for you.

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Belly Dancing is coming to OmBase!
Shakti Flow! Egyptian Inspired Bellydance
with Adriana

SAT 10/24 :: 2-4 pm workshop
Saturdays  10/31-12/5 :: 12-1:15 pm class series

Cost: $25 before 10/17, $30 after for workshop
:::::: $66 for 6-week class series to follow

Adriana

Adriana

Discover the ancient art of Egyptian inspired bellydance with Adriana, a light-hearted & thoughtful dance artist and instructor with over 15 years experience.

Adriana offers a holistic approach founded in effective technique that gives freedom to express your own personal flow of creativity from within, a kind of moving meditation.

Bellydance is a great form of exercise for women of all ages, shapes & sizes!

Develop body awareness, grace, balance, strength & fluidity and embrace your Divine Beauty.

We will explore classic bellydance movements in a free-form style within a sacred dance circle. Learn proper technique of the foundation movements including isolations, shimmies, figure 8s, hip circles & more.

Express yourself in a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can release tnesion, love your body, free your inhibitions and feel you own sacredness.  No experience required.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and feel free to wear hip-scarves, veils & skirts.

There is a workshop and a beginner belly dancing class series to follow.

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Adriana

Adriana

Adriana is a compassionate and experienced instructor committed to sharing her knowledge of bellydance & yoga with those who seek not only to improve their body but also to enrich their life.

Her dance and yoga training serve as interchangeable components in her teaching where she continues to share her life pursuit- connecting with others through Body, Mind and Spirit.

Adriana is an accomplished Middle Eastern dancer with an extensive background in creative movement.

She has studied yoga in North America and in India since 1999 and in 2002 became a Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor.

For more info, see our Teachers page or visit Adriana’s website followyourbliss.info

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New Teacher! New Class!
The Alchemy Of Yoga
Stasia Bliss
Monday 9:30-11 am
starting 10/5

Stasia Bliss

Stasia Bliss

Stasia comes to OmBase to teach The Alchemy Of Yoga.

Combining various styles; this class emphasizes finding harmony with the elements in both our bodies and our lives as we play with strong breathing, gentle rhythm, strength in body, vigilance of mind and surrender of spirit.

Join us where tantra & alchemy unite…

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Stasia Bliss & Heritage

Stasia Bliss & Heritage

Stasia Bliss started on her journey of awakening in 1997 as a student of meditation. She began teaching yoga in 2003 and has found that adding the element of teaching to her practice brings increasing joy into her person and life.

Stasia’s spiritual odyssey has taken her through many exciting landscapes both within and without, and she draws inspiration for her classes from her romance with gemstones and therapeutic oils, her memories of her time in India and Southeast Asia, her experience with raw & superfoods, her formal study of herbs, alchemy, and kundalini yoga, and from the natural world and her own personal transformation process, which includes authoring a book and raising a child.

Stasia received yoga training at the Bihar Yoga Bharati in Northern India, as well as personal instruction with Masters of the Art like Yogi Raj and Satyananda Saraswati.

She is a certified Kriya yoga instructor, Nutritional Herbologist and Master of G-jo Acupressure. Stasia is also a Reiki practitioner and Life-Path-Initiation Transformation Guide.

She enjoys making raw chocolate, and is co-proprietor of Raw Bliss Transformational foods as well as co-founder of The Human Tribe – “Supporting people in living their life’s passion!”  For more information, go to stasiabliss.com

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Other events and classes in October!

Find more info on our Om page or in the class/events schedule. Some require pre-registration! Sign up early to ensure you have a spot and that the event is happening!

Relaxation 101
with Vittoria & Louise

10 week series
Sundays 5-6 pm
9/20-11/22

Cost: This class can be taken a series of 5 ($60)
9/20-10/18 and/or 10/25-11/22
or as a drop in :: ($14) or use your class card

Relaxation 101

Relaxation 101

Join Louise and Vittoria for this new venture they are embarking upon!  Class will be shared and both teachers will attend some classes, alternating as teachers, assistants and facilitators. Some classes will be taught by either Louise or Vittoria individually.

Stress management is a key to  wellness that has been proven to prevent a wide range of illnesses and a way to obtain better mental and physical health.

We will practice deep belly breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and proceed to guided imagery and meditation, as well as use Tibetan bowls and crystal bowls to enhance the experience of relaxation.

No yoga experience necessary.

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Yin Yoga + Sound Healing
FRI 10/23 7:15-9:45 pm

Cost: $25 before 10/16, $30 after

Yin Yoga + Sound Healing

Yin Yoga + Sound Healing

A lovely way to come home into your body

and get cozy in the healing vibrations . . .

spend some time in supported poses to let your body unwind.

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R & R (Restore & Renew)
with Louise

Fri 12:30-2 pm

Cost: $14 drop in or use your class card

Louise Lorente

Louise Lorente

A restorative yoga class offered weekly now by popular demand!

Students learn how nurturing, physical postures help ease the effects of chronic stress by allowing the body and mind to rest deeply.

We use props such as blankets and bolsters, breath work, guided meditation and a series of 3-4 poses which allow for complete relaxation.

Restorative poses help the body to tap into the body’s innate wisdom, and the body’s capacity to heal itself. Appropriate for anyone at anytime in their life.

Students learn how nurturing, physical postures help ease the effects of chronic stress by allowing the body and mind to rest deeply.

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Practice Time
4:30-5:30pm
starts 10/22

Cost: small donation to cover heat costs

Jay Fields - free-range

Jay Fields - free-range

A time for you to come and do your own practice at OmBase.

No teacher on staff, just an open room
with others doing their own practice.

Some teachers will be there doing their own….

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Save your old calendars!

Megan Hooker

Megan Hooker

Have you seen Megan’s work at OmBase? She creates beautiful cards out of old calendars!

What better way to recycle your calendar? Knowing that somebody, somewhere, is receiving the image you’ve looked at for months….

Please bring your old calendars in at the beginning of the year and we’ll make sure Megan gets them!

Favorites are nature, pets, scenery of any kind.

You can also purchase her cards at OmBase.

Our bags are here!
Pick up at at the studio . . .

Cost: $10-$15 sliding scale

OmBase Bags

OmBase Bags

Last but not least, our fabulous bags are here, and we’d love for you to purchase one!

We kept the price as low as possible so you might even get two!

Spread the word, use the bag(s) for groceries, shopping, and save a paper or plastic bag.

Let others know about OmBase wherever you go!

Thank you!

Yoga Mat Announcement & Lottery

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

E.C.O. Mat by Prana

E.C.O. Mats by Prana

Dear Students:

We are making some changes about YOGA MATS.  We encourage you to start now, but we will be implementing this transition by November 1st.  Thank you for your understanding!

Due to increased concern and inquiries about our studio mats and multiple people using them, with the advent of cold/flu season approaching, we decided to stop the use of studio mats, and ask each one of you to use your own yoga mat to bring to class and to use… If you don’t have one, you can purchase one at OmBase.

E.C.O. Mats by Prana

E.C.O. Mats by Prana

During this transition you may choose to purchase one of our “OM mats” (E.C.O. Mats by Prana) that have been lovingly worn in by you and your fellow students. These will be available for a nominal cost of $20 each (while supplies last).

Due to overwhelming interest in purchasing a studio mat, we’ve decided the fairest way to give everyone who wants to purchase a studio mat is to hold a mat lottery.

We have only ten (10) of the lovingly broken-in studio mats available for sale… and many more who have expressed an interest in buying one.

E.C.O. Mats by Prana | close-up

E.C.O. Mats by Prana | close-up

So here are some FAQs:

Who is eligible to enter the mat lottery?
Anyone currently taking classes at OmBase.

How to enter the mat lottery?
Write your name on the list at the front desk – please print clearly – please enter your name only once.

When is the drawing?
Drawing will be held Sunday morning October 25th, 2009 after class.

When do I get my mat if I win?
Those whose names are drawn can pick up their mats two weeks from the day of the drawing, (11/8/2009) to give everyone a chance to buy a mat.

What do these lovingly broken-in mats cost?
The ten studio mats for sale will sell for $20 each

What do new mats cost?
OmBase
has several choices for new mats, different thicknesses and sizes, and weight:
the E.C.O. Sticky Mat from Prana color options & retails for $44
the Neo Natural Yoga mat from Prana retails for $68
the Revolution Natural Sticky Mat from Prana retails for $90
the Earth Elements Mat from Hugger Mugger retails for $74.95

Discounts for new mats:

Now through the day of the mat lottery drawing (10/25/2009) all mats in stock receive a 10% discount… any mats ordered and pre-paid for will also qualify for a 10% discount if ordered before 11/8/2009

From 10/25/2009 through the end of the year, the discounts offered on new mats will be as follows:
5% off with the purchase of a 5 class card
10% off with the purchase of a 10 class card
20% off with a purchase of a 20 class card

limit one mat per person at discounted price

What do I do with my old mat(s)?
Please consider recycling your old mat(s)! (see our blog here)

Om Base is an official drop off site for Recycle Your Mat
and your mat will be given a longer life through a program like Street Yoga or chopped up and made into new mats and other yoga products.

If you drop off your old mat they will be recycled into outreach programs when possible, or recycled into new mats and gear through our partnering with recycle your mat

FYI
– There is a nominal charge ($5) to recycle your mat, to cover shipping costs and handling, but this is cost is currently being offset by OmBase by our matching discount on your new mat – so really there is no extra cost to you!

Fences For Fido

Friday, September 25th, 2009
. . . UN-CHAINED . . . one dog at a time

. . . UN-CHAINED . . . one dog at a time

Fences For Fido

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In an upcoming November class
. . . to be announced . . .
OmBase will be donating the proceeds
of that class to Fences For Fido

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Fences For Fido is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare and quality of life for dogs living outdoors. Through their volunteer efforts, they create safer and improved conditions for chained dogs, provide education to the public, and help build healthier communities through awareness and compassion.

For dogs living outdoors on a chain, Fences For Fido reaches out to their guardian and offers a free fence, a new shelter, and free or reduced cost spay/neuter. With their services, dogs who were once chained will learn what it’s like to live, run, and play in a safe and more comfortable environment.

“I never imagined a couple of years ago when my husband, Casey, and I built our first fence that it would result in groups like Fences For Fido all around the country. Knowing that people care about chained dogs and that the issue is beginning to get the attention it deserves is encouraging and moving. Seeing a chained dog go from despondent and often times broken to playful and happy in a fence is an amazing experience. Thank you Fences for Fido for your compassion and hard work – the dogs of Portland appreciate it” —Amanda Arrington, Founder, Coalition to Un-chain Dogs

In honor of Lynda Pilger’s never ending love and compassion for our four-legged family members, Fences For Fido is dedicated to our dear friend. Were she here with us, Lynda would be the leader of our little pack, and she would also be the first in line to give each and every dog a tender loving hug.

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READ MORE – a recent news story:

Fences for Fido helps break the dog chains” by Margie Boule | The Oregonian | September 22, 2009


GET INVOLVED
:

post a flyer in your neighborhood, at your work or organization!

DONATE DIRECTLY:

go to Fences for Fido and donate directly!

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Stress Relief Fun(d) ~ a fun•drive!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Stress Relief Fun(d) ~ a fun•drive!
Spread the joy, Make a difference

Vittoria & Todd

Vittoria & Todd

OmBase continues to grow with new students joining us weekly, and we’re excited and looking forward to growing our teaching family this fall, as well as adding to our class offerings and new curriculum as we move into our second year… so things are really going well.

However, as we approach our first year anniversary, we are faced with a challenge, and an opportunity to embrace this challenge in a creative way, which can help our growing community to get to know one another better, while helping out OmBase at the same time.

Periodically we have to pay down our note, and even as our day to day and monthly operating expenses are being met, due to the market and other circumstances, our working capital reserve has suddenly been reduced- substantially- by the bank., and we need your help and so insure we can meet the need, and stay afloat! So we’ve come up with this stress relief fun(d) ~ a fun•drive to meet the need, with your help.

Please consider becoming a part of the base in OmBaseone of the pillars in our growing community of support. – Your contribution will help to insure the continuation of that which you are valuing, and extend this gift to others.

Your contribution makes a difference. You make a difference to OmBase and help to make it “om” for all of us. Thank you.

OmBase Tribe

OmBase Tribe

So, what can you do?

Besides continuing to come to classes, and helping to spread the word about OmBasewhich we greatly appreciate…here’s how you can help:

1. You can donate something to the drawing.

You might consider donating a gift certificate for your business (if you are a body worker, healer, or therapist, you might consider donating a session, or three sessions for 50% off. Be creative!)

Can you offer a service?

Hairdressers, accountants, petsitters, photographers, teachers, therapists, landscape designers, architects, artists, translators…You name it, it’s welcome!

We are hoping for donations valued between $80 and $120, as each ticket is worth $100. We are also hoping to receive a few exceptional donations in the $200-$500 range. Anything above $500 will be in the Grand Prize category along with a year of om (12 months of yoga), valued at $1188.

The number of tickets sold, will not exceed the number of gift/prizes donated, (our goal is to reach our target of 200 gifts).

We also want to help to promote you, and what you do, and by donating you will be listed on our website, on our list of “prizes” by category and in exchange for your generous donation, you’ll get more exposure, greatly help out OmBase, and get a new client in the person who draws your gift.

How to donate:

fill out this brief form (we need this information as soon as possible, no later than 10/11/09) and with it, please include a gift certificate or your business card, or both. We’ll add your name and gift to the growing list, (a link to your website will be included)

The growing list of gifts is here.

As a thank-you for your donation you are invited to attend a drop-in class of your choice, for FREE, anytime between the day you make your donation, until the day of the drawing.

2. You can buy a ticket…help OmBase & win a prize!

The number of tickets sold will match the number of gifts donated- the total number not to exceed 200 sold. Odds for winning a prize are 100% while the odds for a specific prize will depend on the total number of tickets sold, but will be no greater then 1 in 200 (good odds 🙂 )

How to buy a ticket: (4 ways you can do that!)

1. Come into the studio and pay with cash, credit card or check

2. Call us at OmBase with your credit card

3. Send a check to OmBase

4. Use our online store
Cash or check is preferred – as it costs us nothing – Credit card at the studio is preferred over online purchases, but please use what is most convenient for you.

The rules of the drawing – how it works

The drawing will be held during our First Year Anniversary Celebration on Sunday 10/18/09. Potluck celebration between 12-4 pm. A detailed schedule will be posted later in October.

There will be two bowls. The first bowl will hold numbered cards – one for each ticket sold. The second bowl will hold a card for each prize. One at a time, a numbered card will be picked at random from the first bowl, and the person on the master list that corresponds to that number will randomly pick a card from the second bowl, to reveal what they’ve won! (Those not present will have a card picked for them).

We thank you in advance for your help!

Fall Studio Art Sale

Monday, September 7th, 2009
Fall Sale

Fall Sale

Please join Carol Hall, Megan Hooker and Karen Story
for another Fall Studio Sale
at Carol’s home studio in Hillsdale Heights!

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WHEN: SATURDAY September 12th from 9:00am-4:00pm
WHERE
: 1568 SW Westwood Drive, Portland OR 97239
Google map

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Carol will offer seconds & sconces ready to install

Sconces

Sconces

large shards from ceiling lights

Glass Shade

Glass Shade

as well as a new production of
fused glass bowls, plates and coasters . . .

Plates & Bowls

Plates & Bowls

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Karen has an exotic collection of Balinese crafts
from her second home in Bali.

Balinese Crafts

Balinese Crafts

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Megan creates beautiful and fun envelopes

Handmade Envelopes

Handmade Envelopes

More Envelopes

More Envelopes

and note cards from used calendars . . .

notecard & envelope

notecard & envelope


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Carol Hall in her home studio

Carol Hall in her home studio

For more information contact Carol Hall:

503.246.1396
glass@1568.com

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