Posts Tagged ‘Yoga Shala’

Day 17 Portland-Yoga Shala-Tracy Vogel

Researchin’, surfin’ and just plain askin’ our fellow bandana wearin’ brethren to point us in the right direction, always gets us straight to the “not to miss” yoga studios on the west coast.  Today, we were lovin’ the guiding words…”Hey YoYo’s… if you miss Yoga Shala…you’ll miss yoga in Portland.”

North Williams Street

North Williams Street

 

Located in outer Mississippi, or was that outer Alabama, or was that just north of south…seems the folks in this ‘hood have a slight identity crisis on what to call this area… so much so, they are actually holding a clever name contest for the strip of land that claims hip restaurants, coffee houses, small cafes and one-of- a-kind; toy, cooking and design stores.  This surprising block in the NE area looks like an old warehouse with an ancient loading dock turned deck that opens to the sun. In the midst, shining like a beacon, sits Yoga Shala.  

Shiva Studio

Yoga Shala

Antique, turned cutting-edge, glass garage doors open to expose the entire 1st floor of this unique studio where everything yogi awaited. The YoYos were blown away to see stairs leading to a 2nd floor open loft with; not one…not two… but three….killer studios. The “omg” ceiling was super giant rounded wood; the walls…a kaleidoscope of Portland urban and the offerings were off the charts!

World-Class Kirtan

World-Class Kirtan

Pranayama series in one room, a plethora of immersion classes from talented instructors in the other, and Kirtan performances in the mother of all rooms with walls that open to seat 250…yep, 250, are common in this Center for Yoga which regularly hosts coveted performances and workshops from renowned artists and yoga greats.  

Located in outer –wherever, Yoga Shala NE is the expanded creation of owner Jodi Kurilla with the ever-popular original Yoga Shala remaining in the SE.   Tonight, slowin’ things way down, the YoYos basked in an easy to follow,  beginning class from Tracy Vogel, manager of this yoga nucleus to see just how this super successful studio kick-starts its community of loyal yogis.

First Thursday in the Pearl

First Thursday in the Pearl

Feeling a “bolt from the blue” after our astounding yogic discovery, the YoYos headed over to  First Thursday, held on …you guessed it…. the first Thursday of every month in the Pearl District throughout the summer, to witness first hand how yogis on a budget do P-Town right.  Free people-watchin’, free “up-scale” art studios openin’, free food eatin’ and free wine drinkin’.  Booths from Portland’s talented, creative artists and music on the streets from next weeks superstars while zillions of people come to have “hot” fun in the summertime….  Portland…you got it goin’ on!

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