“I began yoga to get my body back in sync after an unresolved injury a few years ago. I knew there was a mind/body/spirit component as well but experienced this more fully following my mother’s death. I have begun to feel less pain, more mobility, and more strength. In addition, I love the opportunity to de-stress and, wonderfully (strangely?), move through grief in a meaningful way. “
“I have found the gentle yoga class I have been attending off and on for several years very helpful. I am trying this year to add it daily at home with my husband learning the sequence and feeling better too. So I am exceedingly grateful for Brant’s knowledge and bringing into the realm of each week a focus on different areas of the body to help enliven and renew and bring awareness to these areas. I feel great after class. Plus it’s challenging and exploring in the gentle class, plus its user friendly not too extreme and easy to follow. Many times I feel so much better after class something about the series of poses somehow aligns your energy centers and you feel more at ease and settled inside. I truly enjoyed the classes over the years and can’t wait to attend again and keep up the practice. Thank you Brant for your classes!”
“I took the MBSR course from Brant in 2016. The mindfulness and meditation techniques I learned has made a real difference in my life in staying more in the present. I meditate regularly using the what I leaned and find that it has a calming affect and has brought added joy to my life. His yoga classes are great way to stay flexible and are a welcome break at the end of a hectic workday.” Brad
“I always had plans to start yoga, but didn’t get around to it until I became pregnant. Signing up for class was on of the first things I did for my son. I started last September. I was worried I wouldn’t always go to class because I was tired, or because I had too much work to do, but the opposite was true. Instead of collapsing into sleep on the couch after work, I could actually make dinner, plan lessons and talk to my husband if I went to yoga .
I resisted changing. I was pregnant, not ill or weak. I wanted to work and live and do yoga without modifications. But there was a being growing inside of me, altering my shape, shifting my organs, changing my chemistry. Yoga helped me to explore and embrace, what my son and I were becoming. There are many ways to be strong.
Breathing into different parts of my body became especially important to me as we grew. I talked to my son and myself with my breath. This became our labor.” Archive Newsletter 2006.
“This is a picture of me (on the left) and my friend, Deb, lining up to race. Note both our vintage dragsters have NO doors. We do some yoga stretching to limber up before the race. Yoga helps us be flexible so we can easily climb into the roll cage of the cars like kids entering a jungle gym.” Lori
“It all started with injuries in a Bikram’s or hot yoga class a number of years ago. At first, my Type A personality and me were having a blast — barely able to breathe in the 100+ degree studio, sweating buckets into a stinky carpet, pushing my face to my shins against my body’s will. One day in class I seriously injured my sciatic nerve. Sitting was torturous and my beloved hiking made my legs numb.
After rounds of doctor visits, acupuncturists, and physical therapy, I decided to try another yoga style. This time, I wandered into an Anusara Yoga class and found relief. After 6 years of kind, non-competitive yoga, and an observant comment from Brant, my sciatica only visits occasionally.
Since starting yoga I’ve gone from Zsa Zsa Gabor city frenzy to Eddie Albert’s Green Acres; from high stress career to becoming a mom, finding the person I’m going to grow old with, and working with a view of rolling hills and our 2 llamas. Did yoga help me get in the right frame of mind to make better decisions for myself – absolutely!
If you’re reading this thinking you’re too hyper, driven or aerobically addicted to do yoga, you need it more than the dyed cotton-wearing, Birkenstock chanters you’re picturing. I know how you feel. That was my life. Now when I say, “I am too stressed for yoga today. I’ve got too much work to do. I can’t relax.”, that is the time I must go to class. Trust me, you need it too. You simply can’t do a Triangle Pose, laugh with your classmates, and sing a nice, long, robust “ommmmm” while worrying about quotas and closing sales. Thank heavens for that!!! —– Cindy. Archive Newsletter, 2006
“I have taken both yoga and MBSR classes at the Hillsboro Yoga studio. Brant’s teaching is sincere, direct and authentic. He is the real deal. Brant’s approach to teaching closely integrates the physical and meditation aspects of yoga in a very down to earth way that allowed me to assimilate the teachings and carry them forward.”
“Practicing yoga and mindfulness has not only given me greater strength, flexibility, and balance but also greater calm, patience, and kindness towards myself and those around me. As the stresses of life pile up, or the shorter days of winter descend, I am much better able to notice, to smile, and to respond in a positive way. I also find myself applying yoga postures throughout my day – when bending over or reaching for something, when gardening, even when just sitting. The payoff is well worth the practice!”
“The MBSR training I received at Yoga Hillsboro has actually transformed my life. I experience pain from a joint and tissue autoimmune disease, but somehow, I’m not always sure how exactly, but the pain does not bother or frighten me any longer and only very rarely does it interfere with activities I want to enjoy.
Whenever I encounter a situation that begins to create feelings of anger, or sadness, or anxiety, I know I have the tools to quickly calm the feelings and allow me to think reflectively about how to deal productively with the situation.
One of the surprising benefits has been the ability to become more of a practical support to friends experiencing difficult life changes. One of my friends has been overcome in the last few years with several medical issues that now keep her bedridden and in almost constant pain. By passing on some of the calming and hopeful viewpoints and practices of MBSR, I believe I have helped her cope with her circumstances.
I struggled for 50 years to find sustainable peace in a life filled with clinical depression, social and floating anxiety, and emotional suffering. After learning the practice and philosophical ideas of MBSR, I now rarely have an experience that I cannot turn into peace or even joy using the tools I was given.
I’ve taken yoga classes at several different studios with numerous teachers. At Yoga Hillsboro, I found what I most needed — the relaxation, peace and internal joy of moving my body in a way that felt most right for me. After class at Yoga Hillsboro, I can count on feeling happy and ready to face my “regular” life again.
Brant, thank you for impacting my life in such a wonderful way. I wish joy and success for you.”
“Last summer, the stress of life collided with my type A personality in a big way and I decided something needed to be done. I was frazzled,agitated, and feeling it physically. I found Yoga Hillsboro and signed up for Brandt’s “Beginning Mindful Yoga” series. I was fairly new to yoga, having only done a few poses on my own. I found his class to have a huge impact on my mental and physical well-being and bring his teachings into practice daily. A year later, I am much calmer, happier and better fit. During a recent bike ride, I would stop occasionally along the trail, in a patch of sunshine, and do a few poses before riding on. The feeling of happiness was amazing. I am thankful for Brandt and my yoga companions.” – Tina
Life isn’t something you possess. It’s something you take part in, and you witness. Louis C. K.