The therapeutic applications that yoga offers are endless. If you have a serious injury, arrive early and speak to your instructor before class. They will help you learn to heal your body through the ancient art of yoga. However, we do encourage you to consult a doctor who knows about your type of injury, for advice about whether to practice yoga and how to do so safely.
Absolutely not. Increased flexibility is one of the benefits a regular yoga practice will provide, but each individual has limitations. Our instructors provide skilled guidance for students of varying degrees of flexibility. At Yoga Union, you’ll learn to ease past your boundaries with care and patience.
A yoga mat is essential for all Yoga Union classes. We sell a variety of yoga mats to suit your need, and our staff will gladly help you pick one that you’ll love. Mats are also available to rent/try-out at the front desk for $2.
This depends on your specific needs. Even one yoga practice will calm your nervous system and ground you in the present. If you are hoping to see physical change (e.g., weight-loss, increased flexibility, muscle tone…) the recommended frequency of practice is at least three times per week.
There are three main things about Yoga Union that make it a “community wellness center.” To answer the “community” part – whenever possible, we hire within the community. From our instructors to maintenance personnel, Yoga Union either trades with or employs nearly 40 community members at all times. As for the “wellness” – our aim is to continue seeking and providing an answer to the question: “how do we live well.” And we are a “center” because our space is a hub for people to gather with a mutual interest in creating both community and wellness in their lives.
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Yoga Union is located at 2305 SE 50th Ave. in Southeast Portland between Hawthorne and Division, at the corner of 50th and Sherman.
There is usually plenty of on-street parking available.
The #14 bus will drop you at our doorstep, and there are plenty of bike racks available outside.
We offer free (Yoga 101) classes as well as five dollar drop-in (Vinyasa 101) classes regularly . Please check the schedule for times, and feel free to take advantage of these classes as often you like.