QIGONG Series
Feb
1
to May 27

QIGONG Series

Join us for 8 Saturdays, from March 10 through April 28, 12:00pm to 1:30pm, for Qigong with Ben Gitchel at the NE Portland Root location. Learn how to better balance your qi (life energy) through meditation, movement and breath work. Ben has studied Qigong for over 10 years and brings a unique perspective on the wide diversity of internal experience; creating an approach that allows each individual a way to relate to the cultivation of the Three Treasures of Taoist internal alchemy; jing (essence), qi (vitality), and shen (spirit).

8 week Schedule:

week 1: This class will be an introduction to JinJing (tendon/channel) Qigong. We will cover the opening and closing sequences which are common to all the forms of the system, as well as abdominal "dantian" breathing and the signature "transition" movement of the JinJingGong.

week 2: In this class, we will begin our work with the first form of the JinJingGong, the "Yin Yang Sheng Jiang Kai He Gong," or "Ying/Yang, Rising/Falling, Opening/Closing" Form.

week 3: This week we will continue our work with the first form, introducing the movement known as "Cloud Hands."

week 4: This week we will continue our work with the form, introducing the second movement known as "Yin/Yang Palms Regulating Qi."

week 5: In week 5, we continue our work with the opening and closing, adding the two previous movements and introducing a third, "Yin/Yang Opening and Closing."

week 6: This week, we build upon our work of the first form and add another movement, "Returning the Qi to the Sea of Qi."

week 7: In week 7, we add the final movement "Returning the Myriad Qi to the Source" and complete our introduction to JinJingGong and the first form of the system.

week 8: Our final week, we conclude with a shortened class and a closing celebration.

 

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YIN + SOUND HEALING
Feb
10
3:30 PM15:30

YIN + SOUND HEALING

WITH TRACEY COLEMAN + JOSHUA STODDARD

Yin yoga is designed to literally open the body. Yin peels away layers of pain, stress, injury and tension. As students release and relax into their practice, Tracey will offer reiki as a therapeutic tool to clear away old energy. Throughout the class, Joshua will share calming sounds using voice, guitar and crystal bowls. Joshua provides healing atmosphere through specific musical tone and frequency.

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MELT Hand and Foot Workshop - Northwest
Jul
22
2:00 PM14:00

MELT Hand and Foot Workshop - Northwest

Discover how the MELT Method® can help you relieve stress, chronic pain and tension in your hands, feet, neck, and low back. Using specialized techniques and a variety of therapeutic balls, MELT facilitates better alignment, movement, joint function and performance, while reducing inflammation and rebalancing regulators of the nervous system. Learn how the connective tissue in your body gets dehydrated, the common aches and pains it can cause, and how to rehydrate this essential system for health and pain-free movement. 

Optional take-home kit includes 8 official MELT Method® treatment balls, 1 bunion reducer band and 2 illustrated instruction guides, all in a convenient case for at-home use. 

Call us at (503) 292 - 7668 for more information. 

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Mindful Flowers Workshop
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Mindful Flowers Workshop

a special mother’s day weekend event

Mindful Flowers, a unique form of active meditation, weaves together mindfulness exercises with simple and easy-to-do floral designs inspired by the Japanese art form Ikebana. This creative activity is a way of bringing meditation into everyday life while composing beautiful, contemporary floral arrangements. Mindful Flowers inspires participants to see and experience wonder and beauty. It's a rejuvenating pause in your day.

What you will take away during this event: 

  • How to slow down and find stillness through creative expression 
  • Guided meditation exercise & breath technique to cultivate awareness, presence and balance
  • Ikebana floral design activity and individual arrangements to take home
  • Deeper connection through a shared experience 
  • An afternoon of tea and time with your mom – to celebrate her on this special weekend 

Saturday, May 13th from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in the Root Irvington Studio, NE 15th & Brazee, Portland. 503.282.7668.

Led by Ikebana & Meditation Instructor, Ellen Hansen

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers,” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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MELT Method Workshop
Apr
15
1:45 PM13:45

MELT Method Workshop

MELT The Pain Away

Discover how the MELT Method® can help you relieve stress, chronic pain and tension in your hands, feet, neck, and back. Using specialized techniques, a foam roller and a variety of therapeutic balls, MELT facilitates better alignment, movement, joint function and performance, while reducing inflammation and re-balancing regulators of the nervous system. 

During this workshop, you will learn:

  • Why the connective tissue in your body gets dehydrated and the aches & pains it causes
  • How to rehydrate this essential system for health and ease of motion
  • How to relieve issues such as headaches, insomnia, bloating, weight gain and much more 

Saturday, April 15th from 1:45pm – 3:45pm in the Root Studio

w/Instructors Vickie Saito and Allison Wright

$40 (member)

$50 (non-member)

*MELT props provided for use during workshop. Also available for purchase. 

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The Not So Sweet Truth About Sugar
Apr
1
2:00 PM14:00

The Not So Sweet Truth About Sugar

afternoon talk with holistic nutritionist, taylor zerull

We may be addicted to sugar more than we realize. Like any addiction, it takes awareness, intention and the right knowledge to break the habit. Reducing sugar in your diet can yield an array of benefits for your waistline, mood, skin and overall energy. Join Holistic Nutritionist, Taylor Zerull for an educational and interactive afternoon talk, where you'll learn:

  • How overconsumption of harmful sugars affects your mood, mind, body and skin
  • How to know if you have an unhealthy relationship with sugar
  • The different types of sugar and where they hide
  • Simple tips for cleansing sugar from your body and lifestyle
  • Q + A opportunity with our Holistic Nutritionist 

Saturday, April 1st from 2:00pm - 3:00pm in the Root Studio

FREE for members

$5 for non-members

*attendees will receive 10% off our Spring Sugar Cleanse Package and a few more “treats”

 

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Yoga Tune-Up Workshop
Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

Yoga Tune-Up Workshop

Yoga Tune Up is a fitness therapy that helps eradicate pain, improve posture and enhance performance through a unique blend of corrective exercise, self-massage and yoga. Join us while we massage and release tension in the foot, calf and back of the leg. By helping to identify and target your most overused, underused, or misused body areas, Yoga Tune Up helps heal damaged muscle, increase strength and establish healthy movement patterns to help you live better in your body. Learn practices that you can do at work and at home.

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