Student Shares His Enthusiams for Golf & Yoga!

 

I was so very delighted when Dan D’Amario found that his yoga practice was improving his golf game as well as his attitude on the course especially when balls fly in the wrong direction!  He was more that surprised because he thought attending yoga class with Linda would be relaxing and a nice thing to share with her then low and behold his golf game improved!

Acknowledging that enthusiasm Dan and Linda assembled a fun and engaging short video about Dan’s journey with golf and yoga side-by-side.

Here is the video they created!

Kind Regards  —  Brant

 

For Licensed Physicians & Therapists — Chronic Pain, Mindfulness, and Our Clinical Approach: with Scott Hein PT, DPT

I am so very honored and excited to invite Scott Hein, PT, DPT and certified therapeutic pain specialist (TPS) to come and share his insight and passion about studying pain science and treating patients with persistent pain. Scott will discuss the source of pain and how evidence shows it can best be treated with a biopsychosocial approach. I will lead the topic of the power and practicality of mindfulness practice in the approach to treating pain and stress.  Scott and I will guide you through learning, practice and discussion that may help you in practical ways with patients and with self-care.

Reach out if you would like to attend.  —  Brant

Be our guest on Saturday, April 20; 5-7pm.  For licensed physicians and therapists; MD, PhD, PT, LCSW, PA, LPC, OT, NP, RN & others. RSVP.  Tuition is $20 and a certificate of completion for 2 contact hours of training will be provided.

  • Learn about the mind-body connection and how mindfulness practice can support both clinicians and patients from the viewpoint of an physical therapist  
  • Medical & Therapeutic Clinical Evidence of Mindfulness Practice Discussed      
  • Experiential practice with your peers
  • Come in informal, comfortable clothing.  Informal and with a changing room if you wish.  

This is an event for licensed physicians and therapists.  There is limited space and these sessions tend to fill.  Reach out soon if you  have interest:  503 640-6006 or  Contact Brant

More Details

 

15th Anniversary Celebration. Saturday, March 23rd; 3-7pm. All Welcome!


Dear Folks;  Everyone Welcome!  Bring or send friends, family, neighbors and others.

There will be a book release, hand-crafted woodwork, poetry, yoga and heart rate monitoring, song, weaving, iguana fashion, and much more!  

Check it out below and please just stop in to visit and learn more about what people love.

Downstairs will be the Student Stage to share your music, song, poetry or talk.  Upstairs will be the Student Gallery with wall displays and tables for you to share your love.  There will be many door prizes and unique exhibits.

Here is a downloadable link to the Celebration program with bios and details about presentations and displays

DOWNSTAIRS SHARING STAGE: 

3pm – John McGinity, Practice Your Yoga Poses with a Heart Rate Monitor !!

 

4pm – Brant Rogers, Archery as Meditation

4:30pmHelena Huipe (tentative) – Two Songs

5pm – Dan D’Amario – poetry, Yoga and Golfing Video

 

5:30pm – Kristin Kinnie – Balancing Blood Sugar using Whole Foods

 

UPSTAIRS GALLERY:

Fine WoodworkingBill & Carol Pressley

Loom and Weaving – Tracy Irwin

Growing, Shearing, Spinning and Weaving Wool – John & Marilyn Harrison


Fine Sketching Linda Engstrom

Iguana Fashion Statements – Janie Coleman

Fine Handmade JewelryTeresa Shelton


Intuitive Personal Readings
 (Available from 3-4pm and 5-6pm) – Kristen Spahn

 

 

Book Release.  Gentle Yoga; A Celebration – Linda & Dan D’Amario

Cartooning, Cards, Heart Rocks, and Our Practice – Lea Villalaz

 

Five years ago it was the 10 Year Anniversary many dozens of folks came to share and more than 300 folks came to listen and learn.   It was grand and lovely so let’s make time to create another day sharing with one another what we love..

It’s been 15 years since the doors opened here.  Counting all students  of all the teachers here over the years (Laurie Bass, Sue Fernald, Carole Cotten-Figueiredo, my former wife Marie, Malkiera, Chris Brehms, John McGinity, me, and others!) there have been over 10,000 students attending classes and many thousands of hours of class time offered by teachers.  See come regularly and other drop in once and everything in-between.  What an incredible privilege it has been to be of support to the folks of Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Cornelius, Beaverton, Portland and beyond.

The moving and heartwarming stories students share with me as they find more of their inherent vitality and wisdom continues to inspire me.  Scoll through the Yoga Hillsboro blog to read some of their blog posts and their pictures shared:  Students have their say.

With so many years shared with them I have witnessed the blessings and challenges of life in these classrooms; children growing into adulthood, marriage and parenthood,  elderly folks passing into the great disappearance, illness transformed to health, vitality traumatized by a diagnosis, moments of tearful awareness in transition, the consequences of a car crash, the blessing of a wedding, the loss of a dear one, great laughter, and so very much more.

Let’s ‘Share What We Love’ on March 23rd.  Please reach out to me if you would like to share, have door prizes, or would like to help out in some way: contact Brant.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Two Courses for the Portland Area this Spring

This Spring I will offer another two MBSR courses.  The Saturday, 2pm course , begins on April 13th and is an excellent choice for Portland area commuters with good traffic and Max nearby.   The Thursday course begins on April 11th. 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.

Learn more background about the MBSR course and links to both Thursday and Saturday courses as well as free Orientations here at this link:  MBSR at the Stress Reduction Clinic.

A rich background of scientific research and books has made 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.

Feel free to contact me with any and all questions about MBSR:  Contact Brant.

 

It’s Here! The Year of 10,000! — Hard to Believe. Let’s have a party!

 

 

This year brings a number of milestones for the work here.  Milestones I can hardly believe.  By my count there have been over 10,000 students registered for my classes here since the doors opened in 2004; yoga students, MBSR students, students in my specialized trainings with governments, universities, corporations, police agencies, firefighting districts, social service agencies, hospitals, and more.  Oh my!   As I tallied the classroom time with these courses and trainings I realized this has been more than 10,000 hours of time in the classrooms with folks.

Of course there are the thousands of students and hours of class time with other dear teachers here over the years; my former wife Marie, Laurie Bass, Sue Fernald, Carole Cotten-Figueiredo, Malkiera, John McGinity, and others!

What an incredible privilege it has been to be of support.  The moving and heartwarming stories students share with me as they find more of their inherent vitality and wisdom continues to inspire me.  Folks think of me as a teacher though I know in my heart of hearts my students are my teachers at every turn.

With so many years shared with them I have witnessed the blessings and challenges of life in these classrooms; children growing into adulthood, marriage and parenthood,  elderly folks passing into the great disappearance, illness transformed to health, vitality traumatized by a diagnosis, moments of tearful awareness in transition, the consequences of a car crash, the blessing of a wedding, the loss of a dear one, great laughter, and so very much more.

 

Also, this is the 15th year of life for this community of kind souls and time for an anniversary celebration!  We did so on the 10th Anniversary in 2014.  On that Saturday afternoon and evening students and teacher brought something in their life that they loved dearly; their music, song, photography, jewelery, woodwork, weaving, writing, crafts, a drag racing hotrod, a bag piper, and a lot more.  The classrooms became galleries and a music venue for the day.  We will do so again this year.

I will send out an official invitation for everyone in the weeks ahead.  The preliminary date is Saturday, March 23rd 3 until 8pm.  Save the date.  All are welcome.  Much more details to come.

It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve, support, and share with you all.  I look forward to the years ahead!  —  Brant

Yoga and Being a Warrior, a Veteran; a new article just published

First Responder Yoga & Mindfulness Training last year

I was delighted on Sunday to find a full and generous discussion of yoga practice that lands close to my heart in this New York Times article for military veterans with content parallel to my first responder trainings a few years ago. Many of those first responders are veterans.  It was a triple delight to have two of my  students send me a link to the same article.  I thought I should send this along to many more!

Link to the NY Times Yoga & Veterans article

Those of you who know me and my mode of teaching know that what I share isn’t the ‘yoga-robics’ common in health clubs nor is it a quasi-religious rendering of an other worldly ‘out there’ experience.  Teaching here is inviting the basic elements of attention to the experience of being alive and embodied; offering an attentive presence at the edges of challenge.  Exploring outside the box of what should, was, want, control, avoidance, or don’t want.    Being here in this moment with all its difficulty and joy, as a practice.

I find that this speaks clearly and directly to folks yearning for practical and no-nonsense integration in their life; heart, mind, profession, body, relationships.   In the New York Times article one of the veterans explains, “There is a stereotype that yogis are a bunch of hippie types of people who are not militaristic,” he then said. “But the whole system of yoga is about moral and ethical restraints on behavior and trying to stay calm in challenging conditions.” He related this to his military experience and it is what I found at the heart of my father’s attitude and other personnel while I was growing up in the military.  Of course that is at the heart of yoga and mindfulness practice in my book.

Kind Regards  —  Brant

Dear Government Employees and Contractors. You are My Guest Here.

 

My heart goes out to the federal government employees and contractors who, for no fault of their own, are on furlough, out of work, or working for no pay during the government shutdown.  Having been a federal employee for the US Peace Corps,  USDA, and Fish & Wildlife Service, as well as a contract research scholar on a federal grant for many years I know how hard folks work in service for the common good we all share.  I know how crucial their work is for all of us no matter our political leanings.

I am certain that “What makes America great” is how we can support one another in times of crisis.  

So if you are an employee affected by  the shutdown, for the duration of the shutdown please come as my guest to any of my weekly yoga classes and contact me to arrange deeply discounted or scholarship registration for my other programs; consulting, coaching, workshops, MBSR.  Contact me when you’d like to attend:

Contact Brant

If you know someone who would benefit by this please forward this along to them.   Likewise, please offer something helpful to them in some way alongside your efforts to communicate with your elected officials to help resolve this difficult moment in our history.

Thank you for what you offer our country.  I am here for you and am offering what I can in material and moral support.  I know that the practices  here can be helpful in the face of life’s big challenges and I offer these to you.

Thank you for your service.  I am here for you.  —  Brant

Would you like a Mindful Family Practice; Parents, Children, Relatives? Reach Out to Brant

Come and share playful exploration and elements of mindfulness practice with your family; movement, laughter, stillness, affirmation.  Parents and relatives with children 8 and up. 

By request from a few parents. We’ll need a number of families to commit to make this work.  Sunday afternoons in early 2019 TBA.  Probably 4 to 5pm. We’ll have some home practice activities for you to share with family between classes in order to enhance learning for the long-term.  Reach out to Brant to let him know if you’d like to be in such a series.

Interested in an Adaptive Yoga Class? Reaching out to you.

 

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.

We’ll move a bit and gather a sense of how people might want to proceed with

Contact me if you’d like to regularly addend such a class and we can see if there is a time and day that works for us all!  Note when you contact me what days and times would be best. —  Contact Brant

 

 

 

 

 

Two Winter 2019 MBSR Programs Now Open for Registration; the Saturday session is excellent for Portland area commuters.

 

As I did all throughout last year  I have opened registration for winter’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.