DAYA Foundation Yoga Studio

DAYA Foundation Yoga Studio

4 employees
22 years in business

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amrita yoga: vinyasa yoga infused with Ayurveda, mindfulness, dharma, and neuroscience.

Adaptive Yoga: for anyone needing yoga adapted to their needs

Ayurvedic Restorative Yoga: to deeply renew your nervous system, revitalizing digestive, endocrine, and immune function.

Private yoga therapy lessons.

Hunger, Hope + Healing: yoga group for women facing challenges with food and body image.

I've been teaching for 27 years.

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Portland, OR 97239
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students who join a Hunger, Hope + Healing group are welcomed into the series by the courage of other women as well as my confidence in them to find solace, healing, and new life skills.  HHH groups meet for 16-weeks. Groups are limited to 10 women. Sessions include yoga and psycho-educational discussions, as well as homework practices for each student to use in their daily life. 

When students come for one to one private lessons or yoga therapy, we begin with an intake form and an overview of why they're seeking out yoga therapy. Students come for a variety of reasons, mostly seeking relief from some kind of pain, physical, mental, or emotional. 

Appointments are one hour long and occur weekly, bi-monthly,or monthly. Like Western psychotherapy, yoga therapy is more effective with a consistent relationship.

Between appointments, students may attend public classes with me and other teachers at the DAYA Foundation.

Private clients also have email access to me for support between appointments. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been teaching yoga and providing yoga therapy for 27 years. My yoga training has been both Eastern and Western, integrating Ayurveda, neuroscience, mindfulness, anatomy + kinesiology, and interpersonal neurobiology.  

Prior to yoga, I trained as an Art Therapist with a speciality in Group Dynamics.

I have lived in community, off the grid, at Breitenbush Hot Springs. I have traveled to India many times for study and adventure. Life experience is also a tremendous teacher. 

Before yoga, I managed my emotions with my disordered eating patterns and compulsive exercise. I discovered yoga on the top of a mountain. Trying to get away from myself, I found myself, and more. That was in 1989.  

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Private lessons are $120/hour. We do have Medical Scholarships available for students whose budget needs a consideration for the appointments.

Hunger, Hope + Healing series are priced per length of the session. (ie. A 6-week series is $300.)

Our public classes range in pricing, including some sliding scale options. 

How did you get started teaching?

I was living at Breitenbush Hot Springs and practicing yoga on my own. The community asked me to share my practice.  (I did not know this would be a new path in my life!)

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students across the life spectrum, from top athletes (pro basketball players) to adults in custody (inmates), from the very young to the very mature, those whose body's need extra care, those whose painful behaviors are causing enough angst that they want to try something new.

I have also trained over 400 yoga teachers over the past 17 years. (So, I have worked with a lot of yoga teachers too!)

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Yoga is many things, deeper than the physical practices for which it is known. One of the profound aspects of yoga is the teacher-student relationship.

As a yoga teacher, I am honored to reflect back to you the strength, potential, radiance, and wisdom already within you.

I also very much understand our shared human condition, where we may struggle to live in our best self, we may have painful behaviors, or anxiety, confusion,or self-doubt.   

Together, we navigate both the challenges and the grace already within you. Yoga elicits this through its practices. The Yoga therapy relationship is inherently healing as my view of you will be unwaveringly steeped in compassion.