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Day 16 Portland-One Song Yoga-Denise Payne

The children woke up and they couldn’t find them.
They left before the sun came up that day…..
(C’mon….everybody sing now …..)
…..where were they going without ever knowing the way?

 

Leavin' Seattle

Yo Portland!

 
Alligator tears waterfallin’ down the face of our younger daughter every time this classic ‘98 exit song played, fearin’ that her “never leave the kid out of their sight for a minute” parents, would pack it up, and disappear in the middle of the night.  But, that was then…

and this is NOW!…the YoYos actually did leave in the middle in the night to beat the Seattle sunrise- and “Away We Go”, as we continue our epic journey hittin’ 100 studios in 100 days and headed south to the Yoga Holy Land- Portland, Oregon, a virtual magnet for yogis near and far.

 

Denise Payne

Denise Payne

All wound up after our most excellent Kombucha filled road trip, we headed over to One Song Yoga, a killer expansion of Yoga Bhoga to kick off our Portland Yoga Studio Tour! Circling a few dozen times, we finally found this hidden ultra cool studio located in a converted warehouse turned “you got to be kidding me” hip urban yoga loft in a “up and comin’” SE area next to the Willamette River, railroad tracks (yoyoyogi man loves the sound of those trains), a packed to capacity trendy restaurant and artsy businesses.  We walked up the steel stairway to the 2nd floor, elated to find exposed brick walls, deep rich colors, magnificent beamed ceilings and the super-cool, super-fun, super-“God, I’m glad we came here”- owner, Denise Payne. 

Flyin' Denise

Flyin' Denise

We found our space on the expansive floor as friendly yogis just chatted away, makin’ us feel like one of the gang. We knew from the first “OM” that this spirited group was at the same time super accomplished and super accepting.  Denise asked the YoYos at the get-go, if we were comfortable with inversions- we are actually, perfectly comfortable, it’s just doing them that seems to get in the way, but the YoYos love a challenge and we loved even more the way Denise masterfully led her Classic Hatha Class with an amazing variety of diverse and unusual asanas that challenged our mind, strength and balance.   Joyfully, she encouraged all levels to accept what worked for them while expanding deeper and deeper, at times ending with anti gravity asanas for the yogis in this class that were- well, we know this isn’t very yogi-like, but … super impressive!  This class was fun/tough, fun/tough, fun- so fun in fact that after class, the yogis didn’t want to leave, so they just sat on the steps, hung out and …chatted away!

 

 

 


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Day 28 Portland-Yoga Bhoga-Lila Donnolo

Yoga Bhoga

Yoga Bhoga

We knew we were in for a most excellent night as we headed over to Yoga Bhoga, the original studio of Denise Payne who, “for those blog followin’ yogis” know, has expanded this super impressive studio to a second location, the “ One Song” yoga studio. As we entered, we felt the signature surroundings of this guru yogi.  A sky-high curved wood ceiling, deep northwest colors, mood music playin’ and a community of yogis gently swayin’.

Lila Donnolo

Lila Donnolo

The “lucky Yoyo’s” teacher tonight was Lila Donnolo who invited the all levels, filled to capacity class to ask for what they needed from their yoga practice.  The YoYos were pretty sure the yogis in this studio had been sitting’ a bit too long behind their MAC’s, as the YoYos identified with the beggin’ for shoulder and hip poses, which Lila promised to concentrate on.   Lila’s soothing voice alone could have taken all tension away, but her beautiful tone and perfect diction were just the beginning, as she brought unusual imagination to her artistic flow.  The gentle guidance, soft music, dim lighting, and even pace added to the soothing atmosphere the Yoga Bhoga yogis needed to release before going deeper as Lila encouraged everyone to create their own unique practice.  Savasana was never sweeter as Lila, with her rich vocal instrument actually sang the YoYos to sleep…aaaaahhhhhh……

James Pintado & Lila Donnolo

James Pintado & Lila Donnolo

On the way out of class, the YoYos got a peek at the “hot off the press” photo gallery of Lila and her amazin’ partner doin’ the most inspired, unimaginable AcroYoga poses ever witnessed!  Was that really James Pintado, the James part of James and Sarah, the YoYos cherished teachers, the instigators of their “lovin’” yoga life, in those amazin’ photos?  We knew our “even the YoYo’s don’t have words for” Yoga teacher was not of this planet.  What we didn’t know was that Lila was his “out of this world” partner… How Serendipitous!

We also didn’t know that Lila was the premiere AcroYoga teacher in Portland.  How sad the YoYos were to have to leave before Sunday’s AcroYoga class to learn those anti-gravity, hangin’ every which way, flyin’ through space moves.  Next time in Portland… fallin’ on our butt, or fallin’ for AcroYoga, we will definitely give this a go!

Photo’s of Lila and James by BMAC Studio.

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