Archive for October, 2009

News from OmBase – October 25th Edition

Sunday, October 25th, 2009
Todd Cutting Cake at the 1st year Anniversary Party

Todd Cutting Cake at the 1st year Anniversary Party

to You!


We want to thank everyone who contributed wonderful prizes and to those who bought tickets, as well as to those that came and contributed to our Fun Drive with generous gifts and their commitment to OmBase this past month, and indeed, this past year! We’re grateful to have such dedicated and generous students that support and are a part of OmBase! Here’s to many more years!


Thanksgiving Day Class
Fund raiser for Fences For Fido
with Todd
THU 11/26 10-11:45 am

Cost: Please join us and use your class card or leave a cash/check donation. Thank you!

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

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

We discovered this organization just a short time ago, wrote about it in our blog, and we want to support them. Fences For Fido builds fences for chained dogs, and not only provides freedom and a completely different (happier!) lifestyle for dogs; they also pay to have the dogs spayed and neutered, as well as build shelter when needed.

Our proceedings on Thanksgiving Day are going to this Portland based, non-profit, all-volunteer company.

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.


Don’t forget to bring your MAT to class!

We want to remind you starting on 11/1 you will need to own your own mat, as we will not have mats to use at the studio.

We will only offer mats for sale from now on.

Please read the signs posted at the studio to find out more.

yoga mats

yoga mats

The mat lottery is happening this Sun 10/25 after Todd’s class. If you want a lovingly used mat for $20 you can put your name down anytime prior to that (we have a sheet at the front desk). About 10 of those mats will be sold. The names will be picked this Sun, but the old mats will be sold on 11/1, to give everyone a chance to buy a mat.

We also have new mats for sale (from $44 up), you can also go to other places in town to purchase a mat or purchase one online. If you have some questions feel free to call us at the studio. We’ll be happy to answer them.

Please know that mats come in all different sizes and textures, and we have looked at most of the ones on the market. We carry only ECO mats, or ‘natural’ mats, which have no PVC and decompose faster. (better for you and the environment)

We also are an official mat recycling drop off point, so you can bring your own worn out mat to us instead of throwing it out.


Freestyle Yoga
with Jay

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6pm

Jay Fields - free-range

Jay Fields - free-range

Jay’s back!

She’s teaching ongoing classes (Freestyle Yoga) on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6pm as she has been for the past year (except when she was on her sabbatical this summer).

For the ones of you that are new and haven’t experienced her classes, Jay is one of a kind teacher, and her classes will always inspire you to come back for more.

Though based in a vinyasa practice, Freestyle Yoga is not limited by any labels.  The intention of Freestyle Yoga is to honor the practice as it ebbs and flows day by day—balancing fluid vinyasa with restorative yin, movement with seated meditation.  The class content will evolve based on who arrives, with the common thread throughout being the focus on learning the principles of listening to the body to find a deep connection with Self and with one’s own yoga.


Free-Range yoga: Guided From Within
with Jay

SAT 11/7  2-5 pm
class series
Tuesdays 11/10-12/1  7:45-9:15 pm

Cost: $45 ($90 for workshop & 4 week class series)

Please note: To take the class series, you must have taken the workshop either this past summer, or the one at Root that Jay’s teaching (check w/Jay about dates) or the one on 11/7/09.
No drop ins for this series

Jay Fields - Guided From Within

Jay Fields - Guided From Within

This workshop & class series focus on learning the principles of a Free Range practice, which include: being guided from within, finding alignment through lines of energy, and playing your edge.

For you if you:

· want to strengthen your inner guidance and cultivate your sense of ownership and authority in your life on and off the mat.
· are familiar with yoga poses but are wanting to approach them in a way that is more personal and creative.
· want to explore yoga as a means to a life that is more in alignment with what moves you.
· want more one-on-one, hands-on attention as you practice as well as the energy of a community of people practicing together.
· want to develop a home practice, or have one that feels mechanical and in need of inspiration.
· want to create a more trusting relationship with your body, especially if you have injuries you are attending to.

See the class schedule page or see Jay’s website for more details about this class.


Please pre-register soon by calling or sending a check to OmBase.

Yin Yoga series
with Todd
M/W/F am OR pm
3 week series
MON 11/2 to FRI 11/20

Cost: Yin Yoga 7-8:15 am $90-$108 sliding scale
::::: Yoga Immersion 7:15-8:45 pm $111-$144 sliding scale

yin yoga

Yin Yoga

The Yin Yoga series and the Yoga Immersion are both back in November. This is the last time before the new year you’ll have a chance to take either of these offerings. Both start and end on the same day.

The immersion is a chance to gather and practice three sessions per week.

Class focuses on healing and balance through visualization, meditation and yoga asanas. This immersion is an opportunity for you to simply immerse yourself in what it is you are practicing. As you do this, what you are practicing becomes more evident, and it may surprise you! The elements of the practice remain essentially the same: getting centered, engaging our curiosity, and listening.

Why not learn the tools to uncover your innate state? Why not find the inherent balance that is in you? When you find your inspiration…. discipline is no longer necessary.

no pre-requisites required… although you may want to drop into at least a few of the BLIS Yoga classes before hand, to get a glimpse of what we’ll be “doing.”

Let us know if you want to sign up by emailing us at OmBase (


For more information please go to our OmBase schedule page.

Read more about our immersions.

Read more about Yin Yoga in our class descriptions.


Healthy Body Image for Pregnancy & Motherhood
with Kassie

SUN 11/15 2:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $15-$25 sliding scale

Healthy Body Image for Pregnancy and Motherhood

Healthy Body Image for Pregnancy and Motherhood

Learning to love and accept your body in order to maximize your health and parenting.

In this workshop you will:

· participate in discussion regarding the social and cultural pressures with which pregnant women and new moms are faced

· have an opportunity to share your experiences and concerns in a supportive space

· be given tools to help challenge your perceptions, as well as increase acceptance and self-care

· role model a healthy body image for your child


Kassie W. Hughes

Kassie W. Hughes

A Licensed Professional Counselor and new mom, Kassie W. Hughes, specializes in group therapy for body image disturbance and eating disorder.

She has over 13 years experience as a trainer and therapist and utilizes an eclectic blend of mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and practical wisdom.

Questions and RSVP’s to


Belly Dancing starts Next Saturday!
Shakti Flow! Egyptian Inspired Bellydance
with Adriana

Saturdays  10/31-12/5 :: 12-1:15 pm class series

Cost: $66 for 6-week class series. Pre-registration required.



Join Adriana for a class series for beginner belly dancers! All welcome!

Traditional Egyptian bellydance is known as ‘Raks Sharqi’ in the Middle East. Its subtle nuances, refined movements, feminine grace and beauty characterize this style. It is very expressive in nature and traditionally performed as a solo and improvised dance.

With ancient roots in fertility rites and goddess worship, it has deep spiritual significance for women and has undergone many cultural migrations; an ever-changing and evolving art.

Bellydance is a great form of exercise for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. It’s a natural complement to a woman’s bone and muscle structure with movements coming mainly from the torso. You will learn how to isolate different parts of the body, moving them independently as well as layering movements in fluid patterns and in quick short accents, weaving together the entire feminine essence, and using the movements as a form of creative expression.

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 tension, 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.

Call or email ( to sign up!