Yoga in the United States has become wildly popular in the past couple of decades. One could blather on about the host of physical and mental benefits of the practice, but we’ll save that for the New Years issue. If you’re one of the 37 million people who practice yoga, you might be looking for a way to shake up your practice a little bit. Read on to discover yoga offerings in Corvallis and Albany that are sure to relax and re-energize.
If you are looking for a way to actually turn your yoga practice upside down (while balanced on someone’s feet) acrobatic yoga might be right up your alley. This playful practice is an exercise in trusting your fellow human and can make you discover that you are more capable than you once thought. According to AcroYoga International, the practice “combines the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics and the loving kindness of healing arts.” Participants can fly, base, or spot. Fliers are often balanced on the base in some way and the spotters provide assistance and safety while getting into or out of the poses. The poses range from strength-heavy and dynamic to relaxing and therapeutic. Curious? Check out some of the offerings in Corvallis and Albany!
Yoga | Acro: the interplay of yoga and acro
Live Well Studio
This class, co-taught by Kristina and Tim, focuses on skill building to help practicioners grow in to their acrobatic yoga practice. Unlike an informal meetup, or jam, these classes are highly structured and will help you develop the building blocks to safely and successfully practice acrobatic yoga with others.
Class meets Sundays from 5:30-7:00pm
Contribution: $18 drop-in, 1 class pass, free for members
Jams are informal meet ups that can be less structured than a class. Participants can work on poses or a series of poses of their choosing. All levels are welcome and no partner is necessary. If you’re a beginner wanting to dip your toes in the acro waters, jams are a great place to start. Check out the following jams in Corvallis and Albany
Wednesday Night Jam
Rise Up Fitness
$5 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Rise Up Fitness boasts high ceilings, squishy mats and lots of laughs.
Sunday Jam with Tam
Tunison Park, 2270 SW Butterfield Dr., Corvallis
Starts around 1 p.m.
Come play outside while the weather is nice!
Wednesday and Sunday
Farmers Market Jams
Downtown Waterfront Park, Corvallis
Starts around 10:30 a.m.
Build up an appetite before your grocery shopping.
One Of A Kind Yoga Offerings
If getting up in someone else’s personal space and being flipped upside down isn’t your cup of tea, there are many other options to get a unique yoga experience in Corvallis. Check out these special offerings if you’re looking to branch out from the typical yoga class.
Ecstatic Dance & Yoga
Corvallis Oddfellows Hall
Ecstatic Dance embodies the phrase “dance like no one’s watching.” A skilled DJ curates some highly danceable tunes and participants are able to get out of their heads and into their bodies. There are no routines and no set movements—you just dance how your body feels called. Participants are asked to leave their shoes, phones and drugs out of the dance space to allow everyone to enjoy a comfortable and judgement-free experience. The event is family friendly and has quite the following in Corvallis. Prior to the Ecstatic Dance class is a warm-up yoga class that is complimentary with entry into the Ecstatic Dance, or $5 as a stand-alone practice.
Live Well Studio
Once a month Amy and Mark Clem invite you to settle in and receive the immersive experience of gong bath. Class begins with gentle yoga and breath work to get the body and mind ready to go on the sonic journey. Participants then settle in and get comfortable while the Clems fill the room with gong, crystal bowl, and other instrumentation. The experience is best described by the Beatles song Tomorrow Never Knows: “turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.” Each participant will have a truly unique experience that almost escapes words.
The Original Goat Yoga
Did you know that the class that started it all originated in Corvallis? If you are looking for a way to up the adorable factor in your yoga practice, sign up for the next Goat Yoga class. Participants enjoy a 30-minute all-levels vinaysa practice while goats frolic about. After class there is “goat happy hour” where participants can take pictures with the goats or just hang out and relax with them. Goat-proof mats are provided and cuteness is on the house.
By Erica Johnson