First Street Yoga Community News and Blog

schedule changes November 12, 13, and 14

We can’t find substitutes for the following classes, so they are cancelled.

Tuesday Nov. 12, 3:30 L1 and 5:15 L2 with Jane

Wednesday Nov. 13, 10 L1 and 12 L2 with Jane

Thursday Nov. 14 10 L1 with Sally

If you are registered for any of these classes, you may carry a make-up or credit forward indefinitely, or I can refund the cost of the class. Let me know if you would like a check.

Jane is attending a retreat. Sally and Robert will both be pursuing their Iyengar Certification that week; John will sub for Robert’s Saturday class. We only cancel classes as a last resort, but on-going education is a high priority at First Street Yoga. Thanks for your understanding.



bumpy rides

I had the pleasure of taking a yoga class this week with my teacher in Portland, Julie Lawrence. She just returned from Africa and told me that the bumps and jostling of the safari buses over rutted roads seemed to benefit her muscles and joints; she wondered if horseback riding had the same effect on me.

I think she’s onto something. Both the equestrian and the upright yoga teacher on a bumpy bus work to keep their spines stable as circumstances jostle their limbs. That’s surprisingly clarifying. We can’t keep everything organized, in our bodies or in life itself, but we can learn to maintain our core while our periphery relaxes and submits to the jostling.

First Street Yoga has been learning a lot about jostling this last year. We’ve learned that location is not a core aspect of our service (ironic, considering our name which we will keep for that reason). As I become more relaxed about where we’re going to practice and learn, I become ever clearer about the purpose and content of what we practice and learn. Honestly, I hope we’re not jostled all the time, but I am surprisingly grateful for the bumpy ride.

Things are pretty smooth right now in our current location in Sherwood. We think we will move to a wonderful space in Newberg eventually, but it will be months not weeks. In the meantime, our home is not a place but the practice itself, where we figure out what we want to hold firmly amid the unpredictable jostling of change.

All our classes have room for more students. Feel free to drop in sometime.

a saturday class, too!

More good news: Robert Flory has agreed to teach Saturday mornings. We don’t have a picture or a biography of him yet, but I have known him many years, as a student long ago and more recently from workshops. He comes to us with great training and a mature practice. Most recently, he has been teaching for PCC.

Fall Schedule


10:00 – 11:30  L1/2 Sally

3:30 – 5:00       L1 Jane

5:15 – 6:45       L2 Jane


10:00 – 11:30 L1 Jane

11:30 – 12:00 informal philosophy talk with Jane (no charge)

12:00 – 1:30 L2 Jane

5:30 – 7:00 L1 Alison


10:00 – 11:30 L1 Gail


10:00 – 11:30 L2 Alison


9:00 – 10:30 L1 Robert

The base cost is 132 for one class/week and 235 for 2 classes/week. Drop-in classes cost 15 each. We offer a sliding scale; you are welcome to pay more or less as your budget allows (talk to me if you need details).

To register, send full payment or a $25 deposit to PO Box 832, Newberg, OR, 97132, or you can pay and register at the first class as space allows.

classes start October 1 in Old Town Sherwood

We have a new temporary location in Old Town Sherwood. The address is 16065 SW Railroad Street,  right across from the new park. I’ve lined up some really wonderful teachers. Now all we need are you students!


I mean that about the teachers. An earlier entry in this blog (qualifications of teachers) outlines the requirements for teaching at First Street Yoga. Sticking to these rigorous qualifications means that I search far and wide to find real yoga teachers, people who dedicate themselves to learning and teaching this art and science. While this limits the number of classes we can offer, it ensures that all classes are taught with depth and understanding. I am thrilled that Sally Hoesing and Gail Bruner will be joining Alison and me. They are old friends, well-known from classes and workshops, and they’ll bring their personal expertise to augment their solid yoga experience. As always, teachers at FSY work as a cohesive staff, sharing information and supporting one another in practice and learning. Please see the about section of the website for their biographies. And please, I hope you will support their classes. All three of the other teachers at FSY drive to us from Portland; if we want to keep them, we have to take care of them.


Here’s the schedule. Note that the times are slightly different than they used to be. I hope to get the whole website updated very soon, but I wanted to get the schedule out now, so you can make plans.


10–11:30 L1-2 Sally

3:30-5:00 L1 Jane

5:15-6:45 L2 Jane


 10-11:30 L1 Jane

11:30-12:00 informal philosophy talk with Jane

12:00-1:30 L2 Jane

5:30-7:00 L1 Alison


10:00-11:30 L1 Gail


10:00-11:30 L2 Alison


Free Classes: Join us for a work party and free class on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10 am. We’ll fold and organize props and then reward ourselves with an hour and a half of yoga.


Join us for a free introductory class Sunday, September 29, 3:00-4:30.

Attend free classes, first-come-first-served.


consider the car




I was so very pleased to find us a central building suitable for yoga that we could afford. Because the building was originally built as a meeting hall, the room is big and open and free of pillars or other obstructions – perfect for our needs. However, the building has not been used for meeting in many years, so our meeting there is considered a change of use. While a yoga center is an allowed use for this zoning, the change of use requires parking that we don’t have. We discussed many possibilities, including tearing down the back part of the building to make a small lot, but none of those actions would give us as many spaces as the city requires for you to park your cars.


Our options are costly and time-consuming. The most logical option is to change the current zoning. It is now manufacturing even though there isn’t really any manufacturing going on there anymore. Everyone seems pretty agreeable about changing the zoning but it would take at least a couple years and cost a great deal (although there may be grant money available).


We could apply for a variance and we may proceed with this, however this is relatively expensive (for us—we’re cheap), and we do not necessarily expect that a variance would be granted. I’ll be floundering around with this problem for awhile and will let you know if I make any progress. In the meantime, if any of you know anything about zoning and planning, I’d love to talk to you.


More realistically, if you know of a manufacturing business that would like to rent a small, centrally located building, please have them get in touch.


There’s quite a bit of irony in the fact that we cannot offer yoga in Newberg because our cars won’t allow it. It is interesting to see this stark example of our values.