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Living like it's your last moment


There are foundations for this practice: first being the breath, no matter the shape of the body, the breath remains constant and controlled. The second being bandha:  energetic and physical locks with in the body that bring a more efficient and intelligent way to move the body. The third being drishti:  a controlled and fixed point for the gaze. With these 3 foundational concepts practiced regularly the physical aspect of the practice transforms, the mental state slows and quiets, finally the emotional state finds ease and begins to settle. 

All things take time and within this practice of yoga the more you show up, the more you will discover.....All is coming.



Vinyasa or Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa means breath -synchronized movement, and Vinyasa Flow (yoga)  is a series of linked asanas (poses)that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling.

Bhakti Flow (includes Bhakti Slow Flow) 

A vigorous class  OR a slower, meditative Vinyasa flow.  Bhakti Flow classes include elements of non-dogmatic devotion and intention.  The room is lightly heated (78-80 degrees)  and classes are set to rad music.  This class also starts and ends with Kirtan (call and response chanting).  You connect with this heart-centered practice through movement, breath, intention......refuge and connection unlike any other.   Come explore Bhakti Flow and see what makes us different.  You are worth it.   With every breath we get to being again. 

Led Primary Ashtanga

Ashtanga is an ancient system of yoga that was taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. It integrates breath, movement, and gazing points as a method of turning inward and discovering our true nature. This class explores the beginning of the Primary Series, known in sanskrit as Yoga Chikitsa, or yoga therapy. This series of postures is meant to build strength both in the core and the limbs, improve balance and spine mobility, as well as open the hips and lengthen the hamstrings. It is challenging, but appropriate for all levels. Teacher led. 

Beginner Workshop

Feeling intimidated about taking a class?  Want to learn a little more about yoga?  Been taking classes, but have questions about poses or terms?  We offer this $10 dollar hour-long workshop/class which will have a brief discussion on philosophy, pranayama (breath), bandhas (locks), and take you step by step through common asanas (poses) and safety tips.  Everyone is welcome, it will be a very simple flow and allow time for questions and answers.  First timers as well as those with established practices who want to learn a little more in an intimate setting are welcome.  You can take this workshop as many times as you like.  Pre-registration is required.

Bhakti Flow Level 2/3 ( sometimes includes Rock N Roll Revival)

This class will leave you sweaty, focused, and with your heart singing.  Vigorous Vinyasa Flow (6 months Vinyasa experience recommended).   This class opens and closes with Kirtan (call and response chanting), Pranayama (breathing exercises), and a challenging Vinyasa Flow in a lightly heated room (80 degrees) is sandwiched between and set to some of your favorite music.   Oh Happy Day!

Yoga Punx PDX

Yoga Punx is an alternative to conventional yoga experience. Some people feel uncomfortable about attending an average yoga class; Yoga Punx is here to meet you where you are with a killer sound track! This class does hold true to the traditional aspects of yoga philosophy, the 8 limbs of yoga,  and the true spirit of DIY punk philosophy. We believe in freedom for all Beings.  Come as you are, be yourself with no judgement. ALL are welcome!  All levels. Recommended donation of $8-12, however, no one turned away for lack of funds.  Locations in NE PDX, St. John's and Milwaukie---see for details

Yoga Bija - Vinyasa

Yoga Bija - Vinyasa is a strong slow flow style yoga practice with Yin pauses for integration and nurturance to the nervous system. A mosaic of all movement, physical and energetic, intuitive and structured, fluid and static. It’s a mantra, mudra (full body and hand), mindfulness meditation based approach to strength, length, flexibility and is geared towards release of old rigid thought, word, and action patterns, while easing in new pathways to travel and refine, (krama). ALL are welcome to attend!

Tribal Bija- Belly Dance

$12 drop in or $65 for 6 pack- you can purchase directly from Calendar when you pre-register or through Melodee at the studio, before class.

Largely influenced by ATS, Tribal Fusion and the strength, grace and beauty of Yoga. An ever evolving vocabulary of movements that are seamlessly strung together through improvisational cues & transitions...much like a flock of birds. Enjoy an empowering dose of challenge and support in a body positive community...where we focus on mindfulness in movement and allowing the dance to flow through us. All are welcome! 

Yin Yoga

A sequence of restorative poses that will allow you to experience the body's relaxation response...while using simple guided prop positions for encouraging deep mind-body release, healing, and restoration. This class offers guided meditative suggestions, relaxing music, and breathing cues.

Bhakti Flow Community Classes (Teacher Trainees) 

Explore a Bhakti Flow class while you support the Sangha ( community) and the new Teacher Trainees/Mentees while they gain their practice hours.  All the elements of a Bhakti Flow class and you won't be disappointed.....especially when the suggested donation is only $5!  Help the mentees through your service of helping them gain the experience they need and open your heart and hips at the same time.   Good deals for everyone here.......weekly classes offered, rotating trainees. 

Dark Entries (meditative Bhakti Flow)

This Bhakti Flow class sets the stage for deep internal exploration and connection.  Refuge.  We include the elements of the other Bhakti Flow classes (intention, chanting, light heat, heart-centered practice, etc)  and also include longer meditation , pranayama (breath work) and a slow flow /restorative combo.   This is appropriate for beginners and those with experience who want to begin again.  The playlist includes darkwave, kirtan and meditative metal (doom, dark ambient, drone etc.)--music vibrations perfect for a deep and meditative experience with breath and connection.  Turn on to turn in.  Come in, the water is perfect. 

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan incorporates movement, breath, meditation, and sound into a complete yogic practice that addresses every dimension of your being. Appropriate for all levels including total beginners, every Kundalini Yoga class is its own distinctively energetic, rejuvenating, and unusual journey to make contact with your own True Identity. 

If you want to change your life, practice yoga — and if you want your life to change fast, practice Kundalini Yoga.

Evening Hatha Flow

In this class, we continue to focus on the connection of breath with movement (such as in a vinyasa class), but we slow it down just a little -  exploring, appreciating and dropping into poses for longer holds, and working to find correct alignment or ease in our bodies through the use of cues and props. Expect a sweet balance between ease and effort, freedom to linger where your body is calling you to, a fun playlist, and a lighthearted attitude! Please join us, this class is appropriate for any and all levels! 

Flow 2.0

A movement focused practice, with an emphasis on using breath to dynamically link each yoga posture, one to another. This class is open to all levels of students by offering variety in many of the poses, and providing detailed descriptions of poses and movements, while also offering advanced variations to students looking for more challenging options. 

80’s Mixtape Flow

A movement focused practice, with an emphasis on using breath to dynamically link each yoga posture, one to another. This class is open to all levels of students by offering variety in many of the poses, and providing detailed descriptions of poses and movements, while also offering advanced variations to students looking for more challenging options. Playlists are of classic favorites, from the Beatles to Queen to Electric Light Orchestra to David Bowie!

Community Kirtan

Community Kirtan is hosted by Sandee Lawless and the Heart of Vinyasa Yoga School's first graduating class of Yoga teacher trainees. Community Kirtan will be lead by rotating teachers every Sunday morning from 11-12PM. If you love to sing and chant Kirtan music in a group, or would like to learn, then this is the place for you! Come share a beautiful studio space with a community of people who enjoy discussing everything from Yoga philosophy, meditation, ancient storytelling, Bhakti Yoga, spiritual wellness, and keeping the magic of a YTT program alive. Community Kirtan is a donation-based group open to everyone! 

Body Celebration

We all deserve to move joyfully, have a healthy relationship with our inner voice and body trust. Body Celebration is a class offered to celebrate our unique bodies, genders, races, and abilities. In this class we will support ourselves with prop’s, try alternative poses if what is offered doesn’t work in your body and take time in poses to really experiment and experience how they feel. The topics talked about in class are based on HAES principles and how they relate to yogic practices. The goal of the class is to explore our inner workings, be embodied and empowered by how amazing our bodies are. The class will being with simple breathing techniques build into mindful movement and then a nourishing restorative practice at the end. 

Teacher Training Internship

Heart of Vinyasa 200HR Teacher Trainees teach this free class! These sessions are open for all to attend while the students practice teaching. Donations welcomed. 

Yoga Punx: Do Good Sunday

Once a month donation based Hatha yoga class with a portion of the proceeds going towards a different non-profit each month.  This is a Hatha style class with some Vinyasa elements. The last 15 to 20 minutes will be longer held restorative poses.  As per usual an emphasis on listening to your body and other opportunities to explore poses in different ways if what's offered isn't happening for you that day. Come take care of yourself while helping those in need!  

Metal Yoga

Open your hips, quiet your mind, bang your head! Classical Vinyasa meets doom, dark ambient, and melodic black metal. Explore meditative states, guided deep by the heavy and sinister songs of an evolving playlist of the best metal ever. We'll practice pranayama, the setting of a sankalpa or intention, nidra and restorative poses, as well as a challenging but accessible sequence of asanas inspired by Ashtanga's first and second series. All levels. Contact for more information. 

Intro to Ashtanga

Intro to Ashtanga is held every Sunday from 2-3PM and is designed for beginners to Ashtanga and the Mysore method. This class is will help prepare you to feel confident in the Mysore class and begin your practice. Develop and deepen an authentic personal practice while receiving individualized attention in the energy of a group atmosphere. Leilah Devi has studied extensively in India with senior teachers in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.