The Om Factor
here we post your love letters, your feedback and your prayers!
Let us know how yoga has changed your life, and/or how a specal teacher at Om Base is helping you see and be in the world differently.
"I’ve been doing yoga for over 10 years now and have been to many studios and teachers in Portland, LA and Manzanita. I have never come across anyone like Todd Williamson and the BLISYOGA class that he teaches at Om Base in the Hillsdale neighborhood of Portland. It is my all-time favorite ever and the effects last days after the actual class.
I think it’s because of two important factors Todd incorporates into his class. The first is the wonderful ½ hour of guided meditation that he leads which centers your mind into a “now” state of bliss. The second is his awareness of the position of the moon and its effects on the body on the day of the class. We will usually concentrate on where the moon is most affecting us, be it “hips” or “shoulders” etc. Students are encouraged to keep the centering of the meditation going into the poses and we start out slow while the spine is warmed up. Through very innovative sequencing of poses we often end up someplace unexpected doing something we had no idea we were capable of. Quite magical!! At the end I usually leave the studio on a cloud of “Bliss” that lasts and lasts.
I have learned so much about “Lines of Energy” from Todd and also how to “stack my bones” that I’ve been able to handle some advanced classes I happened to enter by mistake. My doctor has congratulated me at a recent physical as my 61 year old body has grown an inch from yoga with Todd . Also I’ve noticed I stand balanced on both feet in a grounded way rather than balancing from side to side as I used to.
I can’t recommend more highly even a one-time session with this excellent teacher!!" ~ Lori
Re: the Hip Hip Hooray class -
"I just want to share that being a part of the OmBase community has been my saving grace. I've working crazy hours and knowing that I'm going to be in class on Fridays at 10 with Louise has been a bright beacon of light that has gotten me through a lot of hectic craziness.
I love this class and being reminded each week by Louise to "let go of what no longer serves me" has been a mantra that has served me well. So much of my tension does live in my hips and having an opportunity each week to become fully present and truly being encouraged to let it all go has been an amazing journey for me. Love this class... love Louise... love Om Base!
I'm grateful that you and Om Base are in my world". ~ Nancy
Re: BLISYoga class -
"Thank you for another wonderful and inspiring meditation/yoga class last night. I feel so fortunate that our paths have crossed and I have you as a teacher". ~DL
"Hi Todd, indeed it was heart opening. I certainly felt a connection to you through the deeper ocean as I often do. You are the one who cracked the door for me. Thanks. Hugs back!" ~ SR
Re: the Vinyasa Yoga class -
"Dear Eugene: Tonight's class was great as always. But I wanted to thank you for all of the classes. I think I get your style and where you like to take your willing yogis and yoginis. For the first time in a long time I felt like I was able to 'relax', into the poses rather than conforming to some standard I have in my own mind of what it should be like. So much easier this way when I allow myself to relax into yoga. :)
I am grateful to have crossed paths with such a wonderful teacher like you.
Peace and blessings". ~ Zey
Re: the Yoga Immersion -
"Hi Todd, Just saying Thank you for your hard work and the enlightenment you have brought into my life. Thanks for your entire staff to promote Yoga and the great music you have introduced me to. My husband thanks you too as we like the meditation music but didn't know which ones to purchase.
The last 3 weeks have been an incredible journey discovering my energy, guides, and a renewed perspective of the river we all share. I believe people close to me are seeing my positive changes. They may not say it, maybe not even conscious of it, but their actions reflect what I feel. Less thinking, more feeling. I love your saying". ~DD
Re: the Easy Does It yoga class -
"I am writing to let people know how benefial yoga has been for me. It has been a very rewarding experience to learn to relax and stretch out many of my body's aches and pains . Louise (Lorente) uses her personal life experiences and growth in order to help others through her Easy Does It yoga classes. I would highly reccomend it to anyone who has the desire to grow in knowing how to respond to aging and/or physical limitations".
~ Suzi Scarino Steele
Re: Prenatal Yoga -
"I wanted to thank you for being so willing to be a positive support. Your email was really encouraging and helped me to reflect on my insecurity of wanting to be "normal" instead of being me. I think pregnancy is quite the personal journey where it seems like all of the stuff we have "stuffed" comes to our consciousness to be cleared. What a ride! It seems like birth is truly about re-birthing ourselves in a way, if we want to be at least.
I have really enjoyed the yoga classes and your approach. I'm so grateful to have found Om Base and
look forward to staying connected post natal as well. You've got great wisdom to share and nervous mothers-to-be like me need that positivity in an overwhelmingly negative culture". ~CK
Re: Deep Stretch -
"Hi Vittoria. Your deep stretch class is helping me a lot. I definitely want to come the whole month of August. I'm not taking a vacation this summer. Taking your class is like a mini vacation for me every Monday evening! You and Todd have cultivated a very peaceful and positive environment at your studio". DB
Re: Yin Yoga -
"Thanks for the selection of stretches yesterday! I walked out of class feeling looser than I have in years in the upper back / neck area. And it doesn’t seem to be tightening up again, even after a night’s sleep. It’s an amazing difference, I’ve struggled with chronic pain in my back/neck for years". ~ Barbara