Best of Hilsboro 2018: Gold – Yoga Hillsboro & The Stress Reduction Clinic

 

Hello Dear Folks;

I was delighted today to receive a poster in the mail from the Hillsboro Tribune for a Gold Metal Best of Hillsboro awarded to this studio!

Of course it’s not just the place.  It’s the thousands of students over nearly 15 years who’ve offered kindness toward one another as they arrive willing to practice and learn.  It’s us teachers who are offering our hearts to each student who walks through the door as well as having an earnest devotion to a way of life imbued with the art of compassionate sharing.  It’s the physicians, therapists, family members and friends who continue to refer folks to classes and trainings here.

I bow deeply to you all for helping make these small classrooms a place of safe, kind, and playful way to help meet life’s challenges with one another.  You all remain in my daily prayers and meditations.

Kindest Regards  —  Brant

October Meditation Vigil; Meeting Social Change with Courage

 

Supporting ourselves and one another these mornings to make a positive difference as society changes so much; elections, social media, rapid changes near and far.   More Details

Both Sunday and Wednesday Mornings, 7-8am,  throughout October.  Just show up.

There is no tuition for this.  Freely offered, though only if you sense it would be helpful and appropriate, offer something;  consider contributing something in some kind way (effort, funding, material) toward helping you and others meet the difficult changes in our society – a worthy charity, friend, acquaintance, or cause sometime this month.  Something that speaks to your larger and compassionate intentions to participate and be a contribution to a changing world.

My bias is that such an offering of something toward a cause that is bigger than you, that addresses your sense of a larger purpose, is very helpful in one’s life and always helpful in making a difference in that cause.

The Be-Well Gathering: Yoga, Mindfulness & Chronic Pain

 

 

This Be-Well Gathering an evening of  general overview and discussion of the benefits of mindfulness practice and modified mindful yoga as taught here.  We will review research that will help us understand how practice can be appropriately modified for folks with various chronic pain challenges.  Books and audio books by authors such as Dr. Lauren Fishman MD and Jon Kabat-Zinn and others will be reviewed and discussed.  Hosted by Brant.  RSVP.  Saturday, October 6th; 5-6:30pm

Adaptive Yoga Sunday, October 7th, RSVP

 

Many of us need wheelchairs, walkers, canes. and otherwise to help us be mobile.  All of us can learn and share a joyful, adapted practice in a chair or otherwise.  For many years I offered this class to folks.  Once again let’s meet and see if there is interest to move forward with more class and practice together.  Free on October 7th; 2-3pm. RSVP.  More details link.

Here is a portion of one of my classes:

Yoga Classes Here; All welcome, mindful, toward integration and wellness, honoring your limitations & strengths


My mindful hatha yoga classes are an invitation for you to be more at home with yourself; intentions, mind and body.  Learning here is an invitation to explore and remember your inherent ability to experience vitality, strength, balance, mental clarity and so much more.

Fall classes will begin in early September.  See the Schedule page for details.  Learn about the simple details of registering for my classes:  Yoga Class Registration.

People of all physical abilities are welcomed in my classes.  My style doesn’t push or demand.  It isn’t ‘yoga-robics’ nor is a quasi-religious exercise.  You’re simply invited to move and be kind and attentive to your experience in your unique way whether you are in a wheelchair or preparing for your next triathlon.  Learn more: Yoga & Movement Class Descriptions, Videos and More.

Please note that my description of classes as ‘mindful yoga’ is not a particular brand or school of yoga as much as it is a description of my way of teaching as influenced by many years of personal practice and teaching mindfulness-based trainings; details here.  My teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote about this in his book Full Catastrophe Living and in a 2003 article in the magazine Yoga International.

I am a yoga teacher trainer and offer mentoring and continuing education to yoga instructors via my certification with Yoga Alliance.

If you are interested in the tangible benefits of learning here review the research and clinical results found in my courses and also read and listen to the testimonials of those who have studied with me.

Other teachers bring their unique styles to the classes and workshops they hold here.  See their bio pages and our schedule for more details about their programs.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses for greater Portland commuters

 


As I did all through this year  I have opened registration for fall’s Saturday MBSR Course in addition to my regular Thursday evening MBSR Course.  The Saturday, 2pm training, is an excellent choice for Portland area commuters with good traffic and two Max Stations nearby.    My classrooms are an easy 2-block walk from both downtown Hillsboro Max stations.  Also there are a number of excellent restaurants, shops, and parks downtown near my classrooms.

A rich background of scientific research and books has made Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) one of the most effective and respected methods of helping people though the most stressful challenges of life: heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, asthma, multiple sclerosis, sleep problems and much more.  Read a summary of my MBSR program’s clinical results.  You may want to read the review paper about my MBSR program and mindfulness in the Journal of Participatory Medicine coauthored by my colleagues, 15 local referring physicians, therapists, teachers and MBSR participants: Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine Context & Relevance.  Also, you may be interested in my clinical research paper in the same Journal:  Mindfulness, Self-Care, & Participatory 
Medicine: A Community’s Clinical Evidence.

Learn more background about MBSR training here at this link:  MBSR at the Stress Reduction Clinic.  Please feel free to contact me with any and all questions about MBSR and my trainings:  Contact Brant.

Here, a poem supporting a dear friend during high summer

This incredible sunset inspired these simple words that flowed toward a dear friend that evening as I awaited a Blue Moon in July of 2015.  There on the hilltop looking toward home in Hillsboro.  Let me offer this poem, Here,  to you as well.  As a dear friend no matter who you are.

Perhaps it will speak to you, support you,  help you to meet life ‘here’ in some kind way.

Kind Regards  —  Brant

Welcoming as a Way of Meeting the World

Dear Folks;  One morning recently I was taken by the urge to share, write and speak about welcoming.  It was a new day, one I was thankful for.  Not that the day had done anything in particular to earn that thankfulness.  I was simply thankful for the opportunity to be alive, to drink in the elements of the experience of being alive.

Perhaps it was a morning of living and sensing life’s precious and beautiful essentials and offering them back to the world as Carrie Newcomer describes in her lovely song Bare to the Bone;  “What we do in love and kindness is all we ever leave behind.”

Likewise the morning may have been an experience of vulnerability.  Powerful vulnerability toward the beautiful and difficult elements of life as Brene Brown describes in her TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability.

Perhaps it could be called a moment of Grace as David Brooks describes in a recent podcast interview: moments of clarity, openness, appreciation that hit us once in a while.  And then as he describes, we long to be worthy of those moments of Grace by living with them side-by-side and even guided by them.  

As I let the morning open to welcoming, the meditation below emerged.  I hope you are encouraged.  So often we encounter the fears, disappointments, and traumas and clinch inward as we hold back from welcoming.   Perhaps this will encourage you and find you welcoming yourself and others a bit more today.

Welcome Meditation

 

Coaching and Trainings for Organizations Over the Years

 

 

Dear Folks;  A number of years ago I began to get requests from organizations to provide mindfulness-based trainings and coaching sessions,  I have worked with a diversity of organizations and many professions since then to develop and deliver coaching and training programs tailored to their unique goals and intentions; better interpersonal communication, leadership, health and wellbeing, stress reduction, enhanced teamwork.

My unique quality as a coach and trainer is to work with each group in a relevant and tailored way to find the elemental qualities of balance, communication, and interpersonal relationships that move an organization toward it mission.

It seems like my work as a Peach Corps Volunteer, corporate work from shift worker to executive, and decode of government service have all provided a broad, empathic background for serving you.  Below is a sampling of my programs.  Contact me if you would like to learn more.

Listening at the Shores of the Great Silence, On the Brink of Everything

I awoke this morning to the lyrics of one of my beloved artists, Carrie Newcomer.  Tearfully thankful she put words to such wisdom.  Her recent song, On the Brink of Everything (Youtube video & Lyrics below),  seems to echo so much of what becomes more evident with the passing years, with the kind disciple of contemplative practice, across years of teaching, and with timeless wisdom that seems to be shared by folks across time and many cultures.  Antonio Machado, the great Spanish poet of the last century spoke of this same thing in his timeless poem, Last Night as I was Sleeping, especially the last stanzas that speak of listening at the “Edge of the Great Silence.”

I couldn’t help but share these with you .  My hope is that they will be nourishing perspective during this turbulent time in our nation’s, our world’s history, and perhaps in your personal life.  It’s my invitation for us to find our way to settle a little more thoroughly and kindly on this ‘edge’ and the ‘brink’ of life’s rich offerings; both joyful and challenging.

Practices shared here in my classrooms are ways toward that, though I am sure, you will find your own ways.  Follow your heart as I recently have been sharing in my MBSR students midway through their training, “There is no right way, there is your way.”

On a more personal note and for those of you who are my students, the lyrics of Carrie Newcomer’s On the Brink of Everything capture the heart of the motivation of teaching and coaching for me.  In one stanza she writes “I never sang ’cause I know something, I sang because it’s a prayer.  The finest one that i could bear.”

Dear folks, I hope you sense that same spirit about what I offer.  I will echo her sentiment to clarify the heart of what I intend.

“I never taught because I knew something, I taught because it’s a prayer.  The finest one that i can bear.”

Kindest Regards  —  Brant

Carrie’s On the Brink of Everything via YouTube: