Students Share What They Love, Saturday October 12th, 6-8pm RSVP

Sheila pic      Our students are remarkable people.  They offer their talents and passions in many beautiful ways.  Over the years they have sometimes shared the details of what they Love. I invite them here to share with other students. Thankfully they are willing to show up!  Again this Fall you’ll meet some of them and learn about what they Love.  DETAILS

Sheila Frye-Matragrano (above) is a writer, poet and long-time MBSR and yoga student here (often with husband and daughter!).   “The Legacy of Chaos” in Sawmill Magazine is her most recent short story.  Sheila will read another of her pieces “The Colorgiver” in the 1.2 issue of The Looseleaf Tea Journal. Thank you Sheila!

photo    John in my Tuesday 5:30pm class captured our interest with a picture of his beautiful wool weaving.  Even raising the sheep, shearing, spinning and dying the wool it seems.  He noted “I would love to share what I know as a novice Navajo style weaver sometime during the evening.” Of course and thank you so much John. I can’t wait to see and learn more.


Screen Shot 2013-08-17 at 3.48.04 PM    Glenn and Sheryl in my Wednesday 7pm class often talk about the events in the sky: meteor showers, planets visible easily, International Space Station, eclipses.  They pay attention from home through their telescopes.  Hear and see some remarkable stories about the heavens available to you and me from our back yards.  Look over a telescope. Glen and Sheryl pictured from a trip to Kah-Nee-Ta with the Rose City Astronomer Club and a picture of Glenn’s 152mm refractor.

Mike in my Wednesday morning class was describing his amazing encounters with Osprey, Eagle, and Heron and other beautiful creatures while kayaking in local river landscapes.  Come and see more and hear about Mike’s dedicated travels locally. Mike’s kayak pictured here.

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Hope to see you here!  RSVP

Kind Regards  —  Brant


Our Mindfulness-Based Resilience Program for Hillsboro Police in National Magazine

Mindful Magazine, a major national magazine, is devoted to making practice of mindfulness of relevant and understandable to our daily lives.  The current issue features the work Brant has done with Lt. Richard Goerling and the Hillsboro Police Department over the past number of years.  See our background post a couple of months ago.  Highlighted in the Mindfulness-Based Resilience program taught here this Spring and continuing over the months and years ahead. Profiles and pictures of many of the officers including Lt. Goerling, Chief Ron Louie and officers from the K-9 unit, and many others are included in the article.  You can obtain the magazine at Powell’s, New Seasons or Whole Foods while they last.  Of course you can subscribe to this fine magazine.

I am personally honored and thankful that the Hillsboro Police Department has stepped forward as leaders to show law enforcement officers locally and around the country that mindfulness practice is relevant and helpful in their very challenging way of life.  We are fortunate to live here with such courageous folks supporting us in Hillsboro. —  Brant


Early Era Music Evening Concert Here at Yoga Hillsboro FREE & RSVP Only

2013_Los_Grillos_FaireintheGrove_02        Heather and Tony Peterson and friends share early era music, beautiful costumes and unique era instruments with others in our area.  Here to share with us at Yoga Hillsboro.   Saturday, July 20th 6 – 8pm. FREE & RSVP Only

From Tony and Heather Peterson, Yoga to Hillsboro students: ”We’re really happy to have a chance to share our love of Medieval and Renaissance music with our friends at Yoga Hillsboro. We’re part of a six-person “early music” group in which we have great fun both singing and playing music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance (hence “early music”) on an array of historical instruments.  We have whimsical  crumhorns (German for “bent horn”) which look like a set of umbrella handles and sound like geese; their elegant cousins, the cornamusen (that’s plural for cornamuse, don’t ask me why), which sound like Nordstrom geese; a rackett (yes, spelled correctly, yes, it makes a racket like a goose);  lovely and bird-like recorders; a dulcian (which name actually means sweet and it is, not a quack at all); a cornetto (“the zink,” one of a great family with members worm, zink, serpent and anaconda, no anaconda in our group, that would be deadly); drums and riqq (an Egyptian tambourine). And, we do actually sing above all this quacking and tweeting. Making music is wonderfully social, cooperative and active but healing and soothing at the same time, not unlike our yoga. We look forward to sharing this with all of you at the studio!” – Tony & Heather



   IMG_0669 - Version 2    Brant with Grace Dinsdale on opening day at  Blooming Junction 

Our students are remarkable people.  They offer their talents and passions in many beautiful ways.  Over the years they have sometimes shared the details of what they Love.  This Summer you can learn more about them.


Grace Dinsdale and the folks at her remarkable nursery have opened a new venue for sharing their incredible selection of landscape plants, produce, supplies, and more – their new retail location, Blooming Junction, on Zion Church Road in Cornelius.  I had the honor of being the first customer there on opening day.

Landscape architects, landscapers, and gardeners like you and me will see first hand the product of a great love of plants, hard work, and an immense talent for nurturing them along in order to pass them on to us.

First Warrior - Version 2  Students practice warrior pose, pose de guerrero in one of Brant’s weekly on-stie classes at Blooming Nursery.

Grace, Delfina, Kip, Juan Louise, Miguel, Arturo, Ascencion, Michael, Delfina, Mathilde, Marivel, Rob, Veronica and many others there have been my students for years with on-site mindful yoga classes at their main nursery on Wednesdays.  I think their practice has helped them work well together to make Blooming Junction a distinctive and beautiful place.

Visit soon! You’ll love it. (www.bloomingjunction.com)  —  Brant


Hillsboro Police Department’s Mindfulness-Based Resilience Program Begins Here

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Lt. Rich Goerling, Dr Michael Christopher, and I have been working to develop a program for mindfulness and officer wellness for about six years.  I have had the honor to work with Rich and the Hillsboro Police during that time on a number of brief trainings and presentations: Post Traumatic Stress & Returning Veterans Conference, a presentation at the International Scientific Conference at UMass Medical School, and more.

I will begin teaching the full 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Resilience Program here in our classrooms.   The training is aimed at long-term officer wellness and more effective service to our community.  It is based on my experience teaching the MBSR program, my work over the years with Lt Rich Goerling of HPD, and my on-going collaboration with my friend and colleague Dr. Rob Smith who teaches physician resiliency and MBSR.  This is to my knowledge the first police department in North America to begin training of their force with this sort of program.   The US Marine Corps has recently implemented this sort of program and the Army has also begun these trainings.  My hats off to HPD for showing leadership and for caring enough about their officers and community to step forward with this.  Read more in a Hillsboro Tribune article about Lt Goerling and the Resilience Program.  Officer Wellness Article.  Also, a recent national magazine article in Mindful Magazine.

Here’s to HPD!    Brant

Mindfulness Research Here Being Published and Presented


My research papers are listed at the  U.S National Library of Medicine.

You may recall our recent post about the review/position paper coauthored by 15 of us local health care providers, teachers, and MBSR alumni.  The research we did here as a follow up to that review is now published in the Journal of Participatory MedicineMindfulness, Self-Care, & Participatory 
Medicine: A Community’s Clinical Evidence. (See the graphical summaries on the last pages if numbers, correlation matrices and ANOVA tables bore you!)

The paper catalogues and provides analysis of the clinical evidence we have found here in our programs for the long-term benefits of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program: physical and mental health, levels of self-care, stress-levels, continuity of mindfulness/yoga practice, health care provider observations of patients who took MBSR.  My friend and colleague, Dr. Michael Christopher, with the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University here in Hillsboro helped with the research and authorship of the paper.  He and I have been invited to present our findings at the Annual International Scientific Conference at University of Massachusetts Medical School near Boston on Friday, April 19th. Reprint of Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine Conference 2013  My MBSR teaching intern, Zeynep Sunbay-Bilgen, helped with the research and paper as well. Our review and position paper about mindfulness in medicine was also recently published:  Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine.

Another paper based on research in my clinic published in 2012 detailed the relationship between self-care and mindfulness: Examining a Proactive Self-Care Index in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program.   In mid-2014 I helped author another paper in the journal Mindfulness about the relationship between global health, stress levels and mindfulness.

The program I developed here in cooperation with Dr. Christopher and Lt Richard Goerling of Hillsboro Police, the Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training, has been described in our recent research article in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

Many heart-felt thanks to the many MBSR participants in my programs who were willing to complete the testing and cooperate with followup surveys in this research.  This will make a huge difference in peoples’ lives as we continue to support folks in our community learning to take care of themselves, be healthier, and stronger in the effective and basic ways learned in our courses here.

Kindest Regards – Brant

Being Whole; Feet, Knees & Ankles Too

Screen Shot 2013-03-23 at 6.44.16 PM  It’s remarkable that with so much attention to finding the ‘right shoes’ and the ‘right fit’ that Americans have so many feet problems. Three quarters of us have painful foot health problems at one time or another.  Problems here can translate to various maladies of the knees and ankles as well.

Screen Shot 2013-03-23 at 6.45.49 PM  We have been inspired by students who have found that as they begin yoga practice their feet, knees and ankles hurt less and feel stronger and more stable.  A few years ago we began periodic 2 hour clinics to help students learn more and this term Marie will teach an expanded 4-week special series starting Thursday, April 4th for a more in-depth experience of practices that may be helpful.

We have been delighted to meet a local podiatrist Dr. Ray McClanahan who has put together a system of foot care to correct problems, increase athletic performance, decrease injury, enhance balance, and improve strength. All of this is congruent with what we teach in our yoga classes.

In this special series Marie introduces you to a wide range of practices we have found helpful for students over the years.   She will also introduce you to some of Dr. McClanahan’s thoughts and how to find out more about him.  You might check out his wonderful video about how he developed his system.

Marine Corps, and the Relevance of Mindfulness, MBSR & Yoga

Screen Shot 2013-03-11 at 10.18.04 AM      Back in 2010 I met Dr. Liz Stanley when she gave a talk about her work training U.S. Marines in a new MBSR-Based training called Mind Fitness Training.  Her remarkable program helped a detachment of marines bound for Iraq stay mentally and physically healthy.  The program includes the components of MBSR translated for the life of those in military training: mindfulness meditation training, mindful movement (a.k.a. adapted mindful yoga, awareness training, etc.)  The young Marine captain who accompanied her offered a poignant testimonial about his personal experience and declared that the training ‘saved lives.’

I had the good fortune to bring a message about the relevance of mindfulness training home with some presentations to military, law enforcement and government representatives at a Hillsboro Police Department conference about returning veterans.  (See the YouTube video of my presentations)  At that conference I met fellow presenter Dr. Doug Johnson from the Naval Health Research Center who would be initiating mindfulness training with the Marines.  (Read the AP Story about Dr. Johnson’s work with Marines and Mindfulness Practice)

As Marie and I do here, Dr. Stanley and Dr. Johnson help translate the art and science of mindfulness practice and adaptive movement and yoga so they can be seen as  practical, helpful ways of caring for our lives so as to better meet the challenges that inevitably show up regardless of what we meet along the way.


Yoga Ascends Even with Government Budget Sequestration & Airport Delays

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Among the effects of the federal government’s budget sequestration are looming delays at airports.  Some air traffic controllers will be furloughed so air traffic may be a bit stymied.

Never fear.  Airports are setting up yoga rooms.  Oh my.  I first heard of the San Francisco Airports new yoga room from a student a few weeks ago.  (See the AP YouTube story)  Next there was the Burlington Vermont Airport’s yoga room (Read Lisa Rathke’s AP story).  Now even in conservative Texas the Dallas airport is making space for traveling yogis on gate D40 (See KTUU’s news story).

Shortly after 9/11 Mare suggested that she and I go to the Portland Airport to offer yoga classes for folks stuck during that terrible time for travelers.  Perhaps she had a intuition for what was to come.

Glad for this practical dimension practice to be visible and now available at airports.  Perhaps next there will be a yoga room available for the members of congress to help them get off the treadmill of confrontation and work with one another and our president toward a more functional government and get past the budget sequestration.

“Wow! I wish I would have known about this years ago!” – Things Everyone Should Know About Their Bodies “Down There”

Marie1  As a Physical Therapist specializing in pelvic floor rehabilitation, I am struck by the number of times patients tell me, “Wow!  I wish I would have known about this years ago!” . . .

Here is a link to an article I wrote about this.  Download it and pass it around.  Patients and potential patients often find this so very helpful.  —  Marie