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Yoga and Boot Camp Go Hand in Hand

Posted on 31 August 2012 by Jason

Most people wouldn’t think that Boot Camp and yoga have anything in common. They may be considered far ends of the spectrum, but yoga is the perfect foundation for Boot Camp.
A typical Boot Camp includes high intensity drills that take the student out of their realm of exercise comfort. This is what delivers results, when executed safely, and that is where yoga comes into play.
Yoga practice teaches body awareness, joint alignment, breath work, how to listen to your body (not that wimpy voice telling you to stop) and best of all, mental focus—critical skills required to successfully complete Boot Camp.
Body awareness means knowing where you are in space—where your knee is positioned in a lunge, if your shoulders are riding up your neck during a lift (increasing injury vulnerability) and if your abs are tight. It also lets you know if your joints are properly aligned—being positioned to decrease joint impact while increasing muscle work—essential for an injury free, muscle burning workout.
Speaking of muscle burning, yoga teaches when to say when. You’ll know when you can physically push more and when to back off. Mental focus is developed through meditation and breathing techniques that assure you don’t back off before it is time. This mental focus is something we could all use a little more of throughout our day, especially during Boot Camp.

Amy Freeman, BS Exercise Movement Science, ACSM Certified Health & Fitness Specialist, ClubSport Oregon,

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Injury-Free Yoga

Posted on 31 August 2012 by Jason

Proven Approaches for Safe Practice

by Lynda Bassett

Between 15 and 20 million Americans practice yoga, spending an estimated $5.7 million on classes and accessories. National Yoga Month, in September, reminds us to always make personal safety a guiding principle during practice sessions. Experts advise the following guidelines for practicing injury-free yoga.

“Like any kind of movement, yoga involves some risk,” says Devarshi Steven Hartman, dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, headquartered in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. “The level of risk depends on the individual’s age, physical condition, limitations, emotional state, previous injuries, strength, time of day, awareness, type of movement and how much weight bearing is taking place.”

It’s not uncommon for both seasoned athletes and yoga neophytes to push too hard in the beginning. Dr. Loren Fishman, medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation says, “The three leading causes of injury are an overenthusiastic student, improper alignment and poor teaching.”

Many aspirants feel they have to master a pose right away; thus, a “Type A” person may have the most potential for injury, observes Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and host of Veria Living’s daily yoga show, Rock Your Yoga. Some instructors may have a vigorous Type A attitude, as well. “Keep looking if you feel pushed,” she advises.
Choosing a style is less important than choosing the instructor best suited to the student’s needs. “Finding the right teacher,” says Nardini, “is kind of like dating. Keep looking until you find your match.”
Proven Guidelines

Here are some safe approaches and injury-prevention tips from experienced yogis.

Research the teacher. Investigate a yoga instructor’s credentials before signing up for a class, advises Meredith Montgomery, a board member of the Yoga Health Foundation. Read the instructor’s biography to verify his or her professional training, certification and level of experience. maintains a well-respected registry of instructors that have been certified as registered yoga teachers (RYT).

Analyze the class level. Consider the name of the class, plus the level of advancement. New students may want to begin with a gentle, restorative or yin-type class. To reduce any risk, “Sign up for classes that are one level lower than where you are,” advises Fishman. Ask how many students are allowed in the class; a smaller size means more one-on-one attention.

Speak out. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” Fishman emphasizes; get to the class early, introduce yourself to the teacher and perhaps audit various classes. Good instructors always ask students about their health and fitness history.

Look for special needs groups. “You can get really specific in choosing the right yoga class, whether it focuses on back care or other therapeutic yoga,” notes Nardini.
Exercise caution. Certain areas of the body, like the back, neck and limbs, are particularly prone to injury, counsels Hartman. “Twisting and contorting poses can cause undue pressure,” so take things slowly and stop if pain occurs.

Practice correct alignment. Experts agree that proper alignment is key to injury-free yoga. “There’s a lot to proper alignment; it’s integral to being a yoga teacher,” says Fishman. A good one will walk the room to make sure everyone has the correct form, keeping the vertebrae more or less in line, even in a twisting pose.

Seek modifying options. Instructors must teach modifications in poses to accommodate the individual, often using props such as blocks and straps.

Learn to breathe. Proper breathing cannot be overemphasized. “Kripalu’s teaching methodology, for example, emphasizes coordinating movement with breath because it is one of the leading ways to prevent injury,” Hartman says.

Go with a teacher that understands anatomy. A teacher with such a background knows not only how muscles move, but also how they move together. Experts in yoga understand kinesiology—the natural synergies and limits to muscle and joint movement, according to Fishman. Nardini further emphasizes the importance of teaching transitions between poses.

Consider prior injuries. “People think of yoga as a healing practice. That does not [necessarily] mean it will help heal a previous injury,” says Nardini. “It’s possible you can make it even worse.” Those with previous injuries, plus elderly individuals and expectant mothers must take extra safety precautions.

Remember that yoga is not about competition. “Don’t be afraid to take a time out,” says Fishman. “Or go into child’s or modified child’s pose if you need to.”

In the end, “Yoga is about increasing awareness of the body. A well-schooled yoga teacher intends to create individual, empowering experiences,” concludes Hartman.

Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer based near Boston, MA. Connect at

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Exploring Our Creative Side

Posted on 31 August 2012 by Jason

Engaging in Community Arts Brings Unexpected Rewards

by Judith Fertig

Three years ago, Janine Joslin, a savvy business executive, set her sights on becoming a Dazzler, and today is a proud member of the Leawood, Kansas, chapter of community tap-dancing troupes. “I love to dance and perform, and I felt that had been missing from my own life,” she says. After a friend suggested it, Joslin showed up for her first practice ready to go, wearing tights and tap shoes.

Potential Dazzlers must prove they’ve learned the routines before being selected to perform for the public. Luckily, says Joslin, “I’m a quick study,” and soon took her place in this 50-year-plus women’s group that likes to routinely Shuffle Off to Buffalo at area retirement facilities, church halls and special events.

Learning the stop-and-go, Broadway-style routines such as Steppin’ Out and Millie is more of a mental challenge than aerobic exercise, comments Joslin. “The main thing is it exercises your brain.”

Performing for appreciative groups is a great feeling, she notes, and helps make the twice-weekly practices worthwhile. Just being around inspiring women has helped Joslin look at aging differently. She’s now applying her business skills to set up the troupe’s first website.

Joslin’s experience proves what many dancers, artists, writers, actors and musicians know: Active, hands-on, group participation in the arts is beneficial on many levels.

National Trend

In a recent study commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts, the researchers found that, “People that engage in arts in a group setting develop a sense of community as they exchange favors (such as meeting to learn lines or loaning painting supplies); identify themselves with a cast, music ensemble or choral group; and develop a sense of trust and expectations of reciprocity.”

It also noted, “Through the arts of ethnic traditions—such as classical Indian dance, Jamaican steel drums or Japanese raku ceramics—participants develop and maintain their cultural heritage and communicate their cultural identity to outsiders.”

Gateway Experiences

Most art disciplines can be experienced at any age. No previous training or ability is required, just a curious spirit and willingness to participate and learn. Fun options range from a painting party, in which participants set up an easel and paint a canvas at Uncork’d Art, in Washington, D.C. (, to African drumming at DrumRise, in Decatur, Georgia ( “A drumming class is a great way to reduce stress, have fun, relax and reenergize, all at the same time; it has even been shown to positively affect your immune system,” say co-founders Amy Jackson and Colleen Caffrey.

Such activities allow us to dabble and explore amidst the power of a group and maximize the joy of artful endeavors, which many also prefer to the cost of individual lessons.

One of the most accessible community arts is choral music as it requires no special equipment. Singing in a group can also become a community tradition that gathers people of all ages and lifestyles in fellowship and celebration.

Since 1882, singing Handel’s Messiah has become an annual highlight for a Swedish wheat-farming community in south-central Kansas. For three months before Palm Sunday, 200 farmers, homemakers, college students and business owners from the Lindsborg area gather twice weekly to rehearse the three-hour piece (

Becky Anderson, the owner of Lindsborg’s Swedish Country Inn, who has sung for 41 years, points to a particularly thrilling moment during each performance. “There is just this exhilaration as the audience jumps to their feet yelling, ‘Brava, Brava.’ Golly, that’s fun.”

Chicagoans maintain a similar holiday tradition. For 35 years, free Do-It-Yourself Messiah concerts have provided a community-funded uplift ( Thousands of audience members lend their voices to thrilling performances of this masterpiece, led by a world-class conductor and soloists and backed by an all-volunteer orchestra of local professionals and amateur musicians.

Storytelling is yet another community performing art that requires no special equipment. The National Storytelling Network ( advances the art of storytelling through a national conference and local storytelling guilds. The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, in Pennsylvania, for example, meets once a month at a local coffee house ( Members include professional and amateur storytellers, poets, actors and newcomers that love to practice—or just listen to—this ancient art.

Strong community and cultural identity is forged on other stages, as well. Community Actors Theatre, in San Diego, California’s Oak Park, performs many plays written by local playwrights exploring themes in black culture (

For Calvin Manson, a local poet and playwright who teaches acting workshops, the nonprofit venue feels like a mom-and-pop outfit. “They have the raw talent that could be developed into something wonderful. People don’t just learn to be actors and playwrights. They learn to work together, to commit to a common struggle. When they leave, they know how to work with people, to be team players.”

Sometimes, a life change can open the door to a creative outlet. As a newly single 30-something, photographer Doug Plummer says that when he fell in with the Seattle contra dance scene in the mid-1980s, “It became my primary social life.” Derived from New England folk dance, two lines of dancers face each other and move to the rhythms of fiddle music.

“Since 2003, anytime I’m in New England, I try to stay over on a Monday and catch the Nelson [New Hampshire] dance,” says Plummer. Likening it to participating in the slow-food and similar local movements, he says, “I feel like I’m entering into a mode of slow-dancing.”

At the weekly Nelson gatherings, “The dancers will drift in; singly, a couple, a family (there are always kids at the dance),” he relates. “Someone puts out the fiddle case for the $2 admission. Whoever volunteered to bring baked goods sets them out. Harvey shows up with his fiddle, sits on the fold-up chair on the stage. Bob sits at the piano. ‘Line up for a contra,’ barks Don, in a clipped, Yankee accent. ‘First dance is Moneymusk.’ Then everyone just joins in.”

Auditioning for the Role of a Lifetime

The next level of volunteer arts participation may involve an audition and a greater time commitment. At the same time, these pursuits offer prime opportunities to expand artistic skills and join in something bigger than one’s self.

Since 1873, the Cincinnati, Ohio, May Festival has served as a shining example of community showmanship ( Chorus auditions are held in January, rehearsals begin in September and concerts routinely sell out by May.

Music critic Nancy Malitz comments, “It’s that special, tiny sliver of the year when everybody stretches. When hundreds of amateur singers accelerate the tempo by devoting every night to rehearsal and every day to thoughts of the concerts to come… when audiences look their finest, clap their loudest.”

Lawrence Coleman, a chorus member for 15 years, has found that singing and networking with other May Festival vocalists has paid off in surprising ways. “I’ve recorded and had other singing engagements and opportunities, all because I’ve been connected to the chorus and the people in it,” he says. Coleman also sings with the rhythm and blues gospel group Fo Mo Brothers, performing at area churches and the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion.

Coleman remarks, “I have friends in the chorus from very different walks of life. We come together for the single purpose of making great music. People of differing backgrounds and schools of thought can do more than coexist. It’s confirmed for me that we can learn to celebrate our differences when we have a common goal.”

Even those that don’t feel inherently artistic can find venturing into an art form unexpectedly rewarding. Channeling an inner Elizabeth Bennett or Mr. Darcy is commonplace in Bay Area English Regency Society waltzes and “longways” dances, in Palo Alto, California ( Alan Winston, a computer systems administrator and veteran dance caller, observes that these patterned dances appeal to math-science-logic-computer types. “It’s a great place for people that live in their heads to get out and be social,” he says.

Appropriately, the dances all feature choreography from Jane Austen’s era. Depending on the theme of the dance—like the sophisticated Cyprians Ball or spirited Return of the Regiments Ball—the ambience may be elegant or rowdy, explains Winston. Dances are taught beforehand to music such as George Washington’s Favourite Cotillion, an 1808 tune performed by musicians playing a clarinet, piano and recorder. Many wear period costumes, while others come in jeans. Winston is usually bedecked in a wine-colored waistcoat with tails that he found on eBay.

Plein air painters forsake the indoors to take their paints, easels and canvases outside. Plein-Air Painters of America regularly paint in groups in the fresh air and then hold an exhibition; annual workshops help teach techniques ( At the recent seventh annual Florida’s Forgotten CoastLine event, in the state’s Panhandle, billed as America’s Great Plein Air Paint-Out, featured artists set up alongside amateurs eager to learn more (

Whatever one’s newly discovered or longtime treasure, individuals engaging in a group arts activity forge strong social bonds, keep ethnic arts traditions alive, learn new things in new ways and experience joyous personal growth.

… All while creating something wonderful.

Judith Fertig regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. She’s an award-winning cookbook author at

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Celestial Living Arts Monthly Forecast September 2012

Posted on 31 August 2012 by Jason

We start September from the vantage point of a new view with a desire to ride the wave of change toward the horizon of new opportunities. New tools, technology and applied skills may be required as we cull the catch of the wide net we’ve thrown and analyze its usefulness to our progress on our path. Relationship dynamics continue to be a cosmic mirror for our evolving our attunement to the changes around us.
A number of days pack a punch this month as we put on our proverbial “back to school” hats. By September 8 we’ve taken in so much new information we need to allow for some time to digest and integrate so that we are at least “knowledgeably” swimming in our sea of data. As we move mid-month the picture gets clearer and we are emotionally ready to negotiate the shifting ground and reset the scales of balance.
Weighty and transformative breakthroughs are on the agenda by the end of the month.

Healing mantras and musings to support the dance with September’s cosmic climate:

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19): May your heart sing and your soul rejoice. Experience the wonders of life.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Illness is not punishment, but a stimulant to life.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): In silence we most readily preserve our integrity.
Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22): The healthy person lives in harmony with nature.
Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22): Speak or act with negativity and pain follows. Speak or act with a pure heart and happiness follows.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): A cheerful expression brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): To heal illness, begin restoring balance.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Whatever is exposed to the light becomes the light itself.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21): Don’t ask to understand the secrets of the universe, but simply to know what this moment means.
Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19): Perform every act as if it were your last.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18): The individual epitomizes the universe.
Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20): Health promotes spirituality and spirituality promotes health.

Liz Howell is available for personal astrological consultations and can be reached at

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Local Beats

Posted on 31 August 2012 by Jason

A monthly collection of musical highlights in our fair city

September means “seven” in Latin as September used to be the seventh month of the Roman calendar. I don’t know why it’s now the ninth month but I do know that September in Portland is pretty close to perfect and the concert calendar certainly backs up that notion.

Portland Festival Symphony
Nothing says summer like classical music in the park. The Portland Festival Symphony has presented free classical music concerts in Portland’s public parks for the last 30 years. This Sunday marks their last event for the year.
Sun., Sept. 2, Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Dr., Lake Oswego, 5pm

Bonnie Raitt
The legendary Bonnie Raitt has 19 albums under her belt. Her latest effort is called “Slipstream” of which she says: “I’m in the slipstream of all these styles of music. I’m so inspired and so proud to continue these traditions, whether it’s reggae or soul or blues. I’m in the slipstream of those who came before me, and I’m leaving one for those behind me. I’m holding up the traditions of the music that I love.” Renowned gospel and R and B singer Mavis Staples opens.
Fri., Sept. 7, McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale, 7pm

Mary Gauthier
As well as being an American folk singer-songwriter, Mary Gauthier is an excellent storyteller. She was given up by her birth mother and adopted into a dysfunctional family, she struggled with drugs and alcohol, and she spent her 18th birthday in jail. She’s led an interesting life and has many a story to tell. Her album No Mercy was named the #6 Album of the Decade by No Depression magazine and she was named gay country artist of the year by GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian American Music awards). It’s not unlikely for her to receive standing ovations at her shows and once you see her, you’ll know why. Special guests Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion open.
Sun., Sept. 9, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, 8pm

Father John Misty
Father John Misty is the moniker for folk singer-songwriter, guitarist Joshua Tillman. The former Fleet Foxes drummer writes weird songs about weird experiences and they are surprisingly awesome. Aaron Embry opens.
Thurs., Sept. 20, Wonder Ballroom, Portland, 8:30pm

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White Bird celebrates 15 yrs of world class dance presentations.

Posted on 31 August 2012 by Jason

White Bird
by Robin Will
White Bird is the sole dance-only presenter west of the Rocky Mountains. This year marks their 15th anniversary in Portland—fifteen years of world-class dance presentations, artistic growth, involvement and investment in the community.
The celebration starts this month and will culminate next Spring 2013 with a big anniversary gala on April 7.
White Bird isn’t holding back. A huge, free-to-the-public event, Le Grand Continental, will be held on Sunday, September 30 in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The advance notes say, “150 amateur dancers of all ages and backgrounds dance as one, driven by the rhythms of country, techno, cumbia, waltzes, and R&B music.” Non-professional dancers auditioned for the production, and members of Portland’s dance community have been supervising rehearsals for weeks.
“It’s the largest dance event ever held in Pioneer Courthouse Square,” says White Bird Co-Founder, Paul King. White Bird has a tradition of showing Portland things it has never seen before, and this event will not be an exception. Le Grand Continental has been seen only a handful of times elsewhere in the world: in Montreal, New York and Mexico City.
White Bird’s indoor season will begin just a few days earlier, September 26, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with the world’s second appearance of the L.A. Dance Project, fresh from their world premiere at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Benjamin Millepied, who gained worldwide acclaim in Black Swan as featured actor and choreographer, founded the group. Tickets for this show and all White Bird performances are available through their website,
So how in the world did White Bird land in Portland, and how does it thrive here? It is an improbable story, or, as King explains, only partly in jest, “… it was one heck of a midlife crisis.”
White Bird’s Co-Founders King and Walter Jaffe met in 1982 in New York City, where Jaffe was laboring in an obscure corner of the publishing world and King was utilizing his Cordon Bleu training as a pastry chef. The men wanted a situation where they could work together, and Portland was on their list of cities to investigate as a future home. “We got to Portland in 1996, just a couple of weeks ahead of the great floods of that year, and it poured rain the entire time we were here,” Jaffe reports. “We loved it.” Before long, they were Portlanders—not knowing a soul in town. At that point, King chimes in, they were thinking about starting a deluxe chocolate truffle business.
That changed at an annual gathering of West Coast presenters at the Oregon Convention Center. Jaffe had been on the board of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York, and he and King went to the conference to catch up with the company’s general manager. They came away with the idea that they should—and could—host a presentation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Portland in 1997.
So they did. Starting without much more than a clue, they formed a nonprofit presenting organization, named it “White Bird” after their cockatoo, Barney, and learned their business as they went along. Portland was receptive; the Paul Taylor program was a success, so they decided to see if they could do as well with another artist, and then another. Somewhere along the line, they forgot about chocolate truffles.
Jaffe and King tend to attribute White Bird’s success to Portland. That is generous. They don’t say much about the artistic judgment, fundraising wizardry and coalition-building that keep the organization alive and involved all over the community.
This year the White Bird Dance Series offers, by subscription, six events between September and May, not counting the free Le Grande Continental public performances in Pioneer Square. A second subscription series, called White Bird Uncaged, features four events in a smaller venue, with artists who bring an adventurous point of view but whose work is not appropriate for the huge Schnitzer auditorium. Two additional White Bird Exclusive events will take place, MOMIX’s spectacular “Botanica” and CIRCA from Australia.
Additional student outreach activities including dance workshops and a student matinee performance at the Schnitzer will involve more than 3,000 area students, from elementary school through college. Over the years, White Bird has commissioned 29 new dance works.
An innovative program called NEST—which stands for “No Empty Seats Today”—donates unused tickets to social service organizations. Due to other budgeting wizardry, season subscriptions for students and seniors cost nearly the same as a similar number of movie tickets.
King and Jaffe continue to find new ways to make dance exciting, educational and accessible. Portland should give thanks that these men turned away from truffles.

Plan to attend Le Grand Continental on September 30 and help celebrate White Bird’s 15th anniversary season. Visit for more information about their offerings, and for a picture of Barney the cockatoo, the original White Bird.

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Nattie Awards – It’s Time to Vote for Your Favorites in Portland/ Vancouver area

Posted on 31 August 2012 by Jason

Sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine, voting for the 2012 Natural Choice Awards is upon us. It’s a way to recognize the people, services and businesses within our community in the areas of health, wellness and green living.
The awards are based on popular vote, so if you haven’t already done so, be sure to vote for those that you feel deserve “Nattie” recognition for going above and beyond others in their field. Only one ballot per email address and fax number will be counted and ballots must have a minimum of five categories voted on to be accepted.
Voting lasts only through October 1 so don’t delay. Voting can be done online or see the ballot inside this issue of Natural Awakenings.

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Boutique Pet Lover Gift Basket Business Opens in Portland

Posted on 31 August 2012 by Jason

Green Pet Gifts, a new online store based in Portland, makes it easy and enjoyable for busy people to be thoughtful with their unique boutique gift baskets for pet lovers. The business specializes in eco-friendly, healthy and locally sourced products which means you can feel extra good about purchasing or receiving a gift that is good for you, your pet, and the planet.
Founder, Rebecca Pillsbury, grew up with a passion for animals. Upon moving to Portland from Wisconsin in 2007, she began working as a professional pet-sitter, wherein she discovered the availability of eco-friendly and organic pet supplies. Having these purchasing habits and values already instilled in her own life, she envisioned a transfer of these principles to the gift industry—with custom-made baskets containing items for both pets and their owners.
The company’s creatively themed baskets are the perfect gift for a plethora of holidays and special occasions, and a meaningful way to say “thank you,” “congratulations” or “welcome” to pet-loving friends, clients or even your own pet! Pet Bereavement baskets are also a thoughtful way to offer comfort to someone mourning the loss of a beloved pet.
Green Pet Gifts is proud to donate 10 percent of its net profits to animal-related charitable organizations, holding true to its mission, “To deliver the gift of happiness and pleasure in a community-minded, environmentally and health conscious way.”
Visit and use code “NA2012” for a special discount available to Natural Awakenings readers.

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Wellspring School Moving to New Location in Portland

Posted on 31 August 2012 by Jason

The Wellspring School is a small healing arts school offering holistic health based programs and classes for almost twenty years. The school’s educational philosophy incorporates Chinese Medicine, wholistic nutrition, movement arts and a very specialized lineage bodywork form to create truly unique professional program and class offerings. It is currently the only AOBTA COSP approved school in the U.S. providing training in Amma Bodywork Therapy.
If you’re looking for a creative career path in the field of holistic health, become an Amma Bodywork Therapist. Amma is more than massage. Wellspring’s 1000+-hour Amma Bodywork Therapy program includes training in a traditional Asian bodywork form, wholistic nutrition, herbs, supplements, meditation, tai chi and qigong. It teaches Chinese Medicine theory and diagnostics as well as in-depth study of channels and points. The next Amma program starts October 10.
In line with positive changes and creative energy, Wellspring is very excited to announce their move to a bigger, brighter location in Northeast Portland. In 2010 the school opened its first location in the Southeast Buckman neighborhood. They were quite happy to find themselves in need of more space for all their big ideas! In September, the school will move to 2440 MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland.
To learn more, stop by one of their open houses on Tuesday, September 11 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. or Wednesday, September 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at their new location.
Contact 503-688-1482, or visit

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LOCAL BEATS – A monthly collection of musical highlights in our fair city

Posted on 13 August 2012 by Jason

The Roman Senate decided that Augustus should have a month named after him after he defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra and became the emperor of Rome. And to make things even, August got an extra day, so he (Augustus) could have 31 days in his month, just like Julius’ July. I guess that’s good for us because it means one more day of music during one of Portland’s finest summer months.

Johnny Clegg and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
What do you get when you put two South African music forces together for one night? An evening of musical magic with a Zulu twist. Expect an energizing blend of western pop meets South African rhythm from Johnny Clegg and with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, expect traditional rhythms of their native South Africa mixed with contemporary gospel music, all while sitting in the sun on the grass of the lawn at the Zoo.
Sat., Aug. 4h, Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., 7pm

Northwest String Summit
It’s its 11th year, The Northwest String Summit is widely lauded as the premier string music festival of the Pacific Northwest. The lineup this year is nothing short of awesome with Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, George Porter Jr, & Matt Hubbard, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Greensky Bluegrass and many more scheduled to appear. Picturesque Horning’s Hideout is the setting for the event.
Thurs., Aug. 9 to Sun., Aug. 12, Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR, times vary

Avett Brothers
I had heard how amazing the Avett Brothers live shows were before, but it wasn’t until I witnessed one of their concerts myself that I found out first hand what the hype was all about. Although they are often labeled “alt-country”, it’s difficult to put the trio in any specific genre as one minute they are strumming an acoustic guitar and banjo, and the next moment piano, drums and pretty much anything with strings is thrown into the mix accompanied by the unpredictable harmonies of brother Seth and Scott. You’ll find yourself standing on your feet shouting and clapping and you, too, will know what the fuss is all about.
Sat., Aug. 25 & Sun., Aug. 26, McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale, OR, 7pm

Portland Festival Symphony
For over three decades, the Portland Festival Symphony has presented free classical music concerts in Portland’s public parks. Enjoy some beautiful classical music in a
summertime setting over four days in August!
Sat., Aug. 4, Laurelhurst Park, 6pm
Sun., Aug. 5, Washington Park, 6pm
Sun., Aug 12, U.S. Grant Park, 6pm
Sun., Aug 19, Marylhurst University, 6pm

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