Workshops 2020

A Taste of Anatomy with Julie Gudmestad

2/13 & 2/20 10-12pm PST on Zoom

Saturday, Feb 13 at 10am 

BACK STRENGTHENING: The Other Core Muscles

When people think about “core strengthening” they usually focus on the abdominals, but the muscles of the back and posterior pelvis are important core muscles too. Not only do they help support the spine and pelvis, but when strong, they can also help prevent common strains and pains in the back. Additionally, we need their help in stabilizing the center of the body in our asana practice, including in standing poses, backbends, and inversions.

In this class, we will first look at the anatomy of a few of the important muscles of the back body, and then practice poses that will make them work. The class will build sequentially from easy to more challenging, so participants will learn how to gradually and safely build strength, while building good spinal alignment into their yoga poses.

The class is intended for students with at least a year of asana practice. Please bring a mat, block, blanket, and strap, and also have a chair handy0

Feb 20 at 10am


Yoga offers a wonderful variety of twisting poses: some are active, some passive, some requiring a lot of strength, and all requiring flexibility. In this class we will study which muscles can limit the body’s ability to rotate, and how to stretch them. We will also practice poses that build strength in the twisting muscles, which we need for poses such as standing twists, forward bends, and arm balances.

This class is recommended for students with at least one year of asana practice. Please bring your mat, blocks, 2 blankets, strap and a chair.

FEE : 
$50 per Session 
$90 for both

*Members get 10% off

Julie Gudmestad, PT, has been active in Portland, Oregon, as a yoga teacher and licensed physical therapist for over 40 years. She has integrated her western medical knowledge with yoga training into a unique teaching style, and regularly teaches anatomy and asana workshops throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

Julie was a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher for over 30 years, and now maintains Yoga Alliance certification at the ERYT-500 level. In addition to her PT license, she is also a certified Yoga Therapist through IAYT. For many years, she was the author of the Yoga Journal magazine’s “Anatomy of a Yogi” column. She continues to produce continuing education programs for yoga teachers and students, including webinars and videos through YogaU Online, and online videos through her home studio, Paxson Yoga Center in Portland.