Jeff Wells

Jeff Wells Yoga Teacher

a yoga teacher out of the ordinary Jeff Wells awakens between 3 and 4 am. It is pre-dawn, before the sun has given rise to the world. Birds have not yet sung their morning melodies, early commuters are still enjoying a few more hours of slumber, and the shifting shades of sky keep the burgeoning … Read more

sustainable works

sustainable works

After two days of sitting in on some fascinating panels about environmental preservation, I found myself completely bewildered. While I felt inspired to start living my life in a more conscious manner, I had absolutely no idea where to begin. Should I buy a hybrid car, equip my house with solar panels, low-flow devices, composters? … Read more

prasad

prasad

Passing through downtown Portland craving something delicious? Nestled between the Pearl district and downtown Burnside is Prasad, a delicious unique vegan restaurant. Whether you are in the mood for a nice smoothie or eager to try a new zucchini pad thai, Prasad has many delicious options to burst your tastebuds. Prasad is a small cafe … Read more

pam douglas' art invokes universal symbol of oneness or totality

pam douglas' art invokes universal symbol of oneness or totality

Los Angeles painter Pam Douglas is greatly inspired by ancient Asian philosophy reflected through contemporary sensibilities. Much of it pays respect to Zen artists who believed in using their instincts more than their brush and for whom paintings were poetry. In many of her pieces, images of the sun, moon, galaxies and transcendence occur throughout all her … Read more

Purrington's Cat Lounge

Purrington's Cat Lounge

Portland recently joined other free-thinking cities by opening its first cat lounge. At Purrington’s, you can drink a coffee or a tea while cuddling with kitties. Owner Kristen Castillo first dreamed of starting her cat café in 2013, after learning of such an enterprise in Paris. It took a year and a half before she … Read more

First Thursday Street Gallery

First Thursday Street Gallery

From April to October, the First Thursday Street Gallery takes over a few blocks of NW 13th in Portland’s Pearl District. The street is closed to cars and filled with art. This gallery is one of the best places in the city to shop for art, handmade jewelry, and clothes directly from the artists. The Street … Read more

working class acupuncture

working class acupuncture

“Acupuncture can change the world.” At first glance this statement from Working Class Acupuncture (WCA), an acupuncture clinic based in Portland, may seem quite bold. After visiting one of their three locations and experiencing the many benefits of community acupuncture, one starts to realize there may be some weight to the company’s mission. The three … Read more

Crafty Wonderland

Crafty Wonderland

Crafty Wonderland started out as a much-anticipated twice-annual craft fair, but Portland art-preneurs Torie Nguyen and Cathy Zwicker decided to open a storefront as well. Now, locals and visitors can choose from oodles of locally-made arts and crafts. This store is one of the best places in town to buy gifts, souvenirs, or a little … Read more

Julie Lawrence

Julie Lawrence

There’s something about Iyengar teachers that commands respect. Their extensive training and thorough understanding of alignment principles gives them extra confidence. Julie Lawrence–who’s been on the yoga scene for four decades–epitomizes the great characteristics of Iyengar teachers. Despite her petite stature and gentle voice, she commands the room–few students dare come out of a pose … Read more

Jennifer Siegel

Jennifer Siegel

When you’re ready to slow down and take care of yourself with some restorative or yin yoga, Jennifer Siegel is the perfect teacher. This 500-hour yoga therapist teaches at Shakti House, Yoga Refuge, an MMA gym, and other venues around Portland. Jennifer knows about working too hard. As a young ballerina, she was already hurting … Read more