About Us

We are a Refuge: We strive to be “a retreat inside the city”, where people can experience relief from the stress of modern life. We maintain a place of refuge through the way that we engage and set the tone within our space. Cleanliness, aesthetics, respect for the energy of a space and community are all ways that we practice being a Refuge.

Our spacious studio (at nearly 1500 sq. ft.) is situated upstairs on the 3rd floor, in the heart of the historic Montavilla neighborhood in outer southeast Portland.  The space is filled with plants, hardwood floors, lots of natural light, and a variety of yoga props!

We offer a variety of both in-person and online classes, workshops, private sessions, and events! The studio is also available to rent–inquire here.

We provide an environment that supports:

  • Individual Purpose: through ritual, reflection, philosophy, community, embodiment, practice and contemplation.
  • Self care, nurturing and healing: Through practice for ourselves and teaching our students, we encourage self-nurturance, self-love, self-acceptance and body positivity. We teach skills for overcoming self-abandoning or self-limiting thoughts, beliefs and habits. We acknowledge that yoga is a powerful practice and a powerful medicine. While our different classes and teachers each provide a different intensity and remedy, each being the “right medicine” for a different person, we orient around the value of healing and supporting sustainability, health, growth and safety.
  • We use our hallways as gallery space for visual art, offer artist residencies. Are you an artist interested in showing your work in our studio? Reach out here!
  • We strive to create a welcoming place for all community members who seek peace, and to be as accessible as possible to people of different religions, ethnicities, incomes, races, gender and sexual orientations, ages, sizes, abilities and trauma histories.

 

Location:

We are located in the heart of Portland’s historic Montavilla neighborhood, the only yoga studio east of Mt. Tabor, in the area known as Portland’s “outer east side”. We are conveniently close to I-205, I-84, and the Portland airport, and we are accessible through many modes of transport. Our neighborhood is a very popular place to eat, shop and enjoy the day, and on street parking is free and readily available, though you may need to walk up to one city block from your spot, depending on the time of day. Plentiful bike parking is available across the street at the BiPartisan Cafe. Find us at 7831 SE Stark St. #300. We have our own street entrance, close to SE 79th on SE Stark St.