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I have successfully integrated back into Portland living. My jet lag seems to have equalized and the culture shock has faded.
A big thanks goes out to Randi for managing the studio while I was away. More thanks goes to Sarahji, Ngan, Meghan, Johnny, Meadow, Melissa P, and Kathy for holding space for the practice and to Robin F for keeping the plants alive and the floors clean.
Look to see these folks helping out as it goes. This time away allowed for many folks to come forward and I want to keep them forward. The whole community was in my heart and sometimes, when I really needed it, I could call on that power. Thanks. Asia is hard and wonderful. This time changed me in ways that can’t be expressed in words.
The big news now is – The old schedule is back in effect.
I look forward to seeing you early birds at 7am every morning this week and the night-owls in the evening.
Monday and Friday are still Group Primary at 7am. There is a chance I will extend Monday to Mysore after the led if there is interest.
T-W-Th Mysore class starts at 7am as before. Early starts are fine for trained Ashtangi’s.
Saturday and Sunday class starts at 9am. Please arrive on time or early. I am discouraging later start times for the spring and summer. Being there for the chant is what I’m hoping for.
The evening Mysore classes, Monday thru Thursday , start at 530pm. Again, early starts are fine. Look for me, Sarahji and Melissa P leading the classes.
I’m looking forward to sharing the yoga time with you. I feel rested and inspired from my trip.
If you have any questions about what early start means or when the next Sutra Study or 3 Week Intro begins just ask. As I get more comfortable being home I will develop those programs.
See you all soon. Casey
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Hello and welcome to the Near East Yoga website. Near East Yoga is fully operational with some changes you need to know about.
If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga you will be welcome to begin a practice after March 20th 2013.
If you are a regular practitioner of ashtanga yoga please feel welcome to participate in classes. The current schedule is posted at the top of this page.
My phone is temporarily turned off and I can only be reached via email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your interest and look for details regarding the upcoming visit of Master Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kathy Cooper.
Off to Fargo, ND, to see the frozen yogis Brenda Weiler and Derek Harnish and meet their dear child and new person in the world, Ruby.
This weekend becomes a trial run of February when I travel to see Kathy Cooper in Sri Lanka.
Thanks, Sarah Jean Dombrowsky and Johnny Haag.
And Meadow Goldman
Meghan Brinson and
Have a great weekend. The studio is open for you. Enjoy your practice.
Stay tuned for party info for Friday, February 8th at the home of Randi Weber Thoma.
The final visit of the semester to Beaverton High School is set for Thursday, January 24th. Same times, same place. Please join in for the big finale.
My apologies for the state of the website. The blog posts contain the most updated version. Feel free to email your questions to neareastyoga(at)gmail.com.
Near East Yoga is open to serve the Portland Ashtanga Yoga Community. Current enrollment standards require being established in the standing sequence of Primary Series or a regular Vinyasa yoga practice.
Near East Yoga periodically offers 3-Week Intro classes. Please send an email so you can be included in the next offering.
Traveling ashtangis are warmly welcomed. Please practice your normal practice and thanks for letting us serve you while you travel.
The New Winter Schedule-
Saturday and Sunday Mysore: 9am-10:30am
Monday and Friday, Led Primary: 7am
Tuesday and Thursday Mysore: 8-9:30am
Wednesday Mysore: 7-8:30am
Monday through Thursday Mysore: 5:30-7pm
By this time next month, Near East Yoga and I will be gearing up for my 9-week departure to Asia. As you can imagine, I’m very excited to take this trip. I’m doing lots of footwork to keep Near East Yoga as we all like it to be, open, warm and well-supported. Your help in this aim can simply be offering your continued attendance. Yoga rooms full of people are a gift we give each other.
During the next 4 weeks, I’m going to be trying out a few new schedule ideas at Near East Yoga. They are simple and suitable to what we already do but require some explanation. They are open to change slightly as well. Your input is welcome.
Please view the attached schedule (pending) for posted class times and Moon Days in addition to what is posted here now.
Starting now, there are 2 led-primary classes a week, Monday and Fridays at 7am. Please arrive on time. Led classes have the effect of resetting the vibe at the studio by standardizing it. Based on the flow of people and variations in the flow, these classes will fit nicely, plus bring everyone together as a group. Meadow Goldman will be leading Mondays and Ngan Vo will be leading Fridays. Both Ngan and Meadow have new insights to share and I’m very grateful they are offering their support.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are going to a leaner Mysore window. Saturday and Sunday will remain as they are, starting at 9am with instruction ending at 10:30am. Keep in mind that arriving later than 9:15am to these classes is discouraged. Johnny Hagg will be supporting these classes. He’s got a great touch and I think everyone will appreciate what he brings to a yoga room.
The support of the evening classes, Tuesday through Thursday, will begin at 5:30pm and end at 7pm. Sarahji and Dr. Meghan will be supporting these times. The evening is such a special and magical time at Near East Yoga and the role of supporting it is as well.
The energy we offer our practice is personal and hard to come by. That you bring it to Near East Yoga is very special to me. My hope for the coming months is to see that fire banked and held fast.
Remember this as well. Kathy Cooper will be here to teach in March for a month. Becoming prepared for this time with teachers we know is a good way to spend the winter.
Cheers and thanks, Casey
The format for this intro is working so great. People are getting results. in this case the results are being able to practice. Please pass it on or come yourself. Cheers. Casey
Starting today it’s winter and the holiday season is suddenly upon us. When I think of the next two weeks, and what’s planned to transpire, I need to remember to pace myself. With Christmas on Tuesday and Friday a full moon, followed by New Years Eve and day, by the time a week from Wednesday rolls around, I could be totally wiped out. So I’m keeping that in mind while I venture out to embrace the winter world of delight we all offer each other during this special time. The studio will be open all the days, excluding the moon, for practice. The supported times are included at the end of this post.
The new year is bringing a lot of opportunity for me and all of us it seems, those especially who will be hosting the yoga while I’m away. In case you did not know, Kathy has invited me to teach for her in Sri Lanka for all of March and part of April. I depart, for a two week visit to India, on February 10th then go to Ashtanga Lanka. I’m doing many small but important activities that will help make my time away productive for me and you.
To our great benefit, Kathy will be teaching at Near East Yoga from March 15th to April 15th. Prior to this Sarahji, Dr Meghan Brinson and Johnny Hagg plus the perfect accompaniment by some of Near East Yoga’s silent teachers, will be holding the space and offering you support. Support will be needed all around though, don’t hesitate to ask how you can help out.
I’m giving a lot of thought to how Near East Yoga will manage while I am away. When I tally my daily efforts to make it work including my practice, your practice time, cleaning and clerical correspondence and other duties, it really adds up. So I’m going to streamline the distribution of time and energy a bit, make it easier to manage and keep the good energy going. Look for those concise details in a post Christmas email.
I dearly appreciate your support and look forward to what might happen next. Many folks are increasingly interested in cultivating a deeper understanding of yoga and have come together to have an informed conversation about its philosophy and practice. Im certainly feeling honored, empowered and grateful to execute my part on all of it. I have always believed it was you who vouched for me a teacher, rather than have it come from a distant source. So far so good. Everyone seems contented.
Sharing yoga and Near East Yoga with you is what I wanted to create when I first started out and my heart remains committed to supporting you so you get the most out of it. We have so much opportunity and I am happy that we give it our best attempt, regularly. Thank you for bringing your will to bare at Near East Yoga. it shows our collective and deep roots and the power of Ashtanga Yoga to cultivate those roots and is worth acknowledging and holding very high. The world might be heaven or haywire, still yoga serves. See you all soon I hope, and often.
PS. Special Thanks to “team intro” and the “BHS Squad”, Lokanath, Kathyogini, Sarahji and Sweet Liza who departs for India for 6 months today. And always Guruji.
Saturday 9am Mysore.
Please arrive prior to the 9:15 Patanjali invocation.
Sunday 7am/ish open practice with 2nd Series intent.
9am Mysore. Please arrive prior to the 9:15 Patanjali invocation.
West Coast 1/2 or full Primary. (Permanent Monday Class)
followed by 830-10am Mysore.
5:30pm No supported evening class. Please sign in if you practice.
Tuesday/Christmas no supported classes.
Wednesday and Thursday Normal Schedule
Friday Full Moon/ no classes. No practice.
Saturday 9am Mysore. Arrive before 915am Patanjali Invocation
Sunday 7am West Coast 2nd
9am regular Mysore
West Coast 1/2 or full Primary. (Permanent Monday Class)
New Years Day. 9am West Coast Primary. Special Class.
Happy New Year. Look for other useful changes coming soon.