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The Yoga Lab is a collaborative effort among friends and yoga teachers to offer Central Oregon insightful, grounded, and fun yoga classes. Several years ago, Ulla, Rebecca and Aleta met in the Bend yoga community and starting teaching and practicing together. In 2013 they joined forces to open The Yoga Lab, a center where you can find multi-traditional, contemporary yoga supporting modern day practice. The Yoga Lab boasts experienced & respected yoga teachers offering Vinyasa, Restorative and Hatha Yoga teachings.

As a student at The Yoga Lab, you will experience a range of non-dogmatic, core traditions of yoga and meditation. You will always be greeted with a smile and an acceptance of you, your body, and your practice. All ages welcome, all levels encouraged sample our class offerings.

Summer Special! June 1st through August 31, 2015. $160 Click here to buy.

Summer Special: 3 months of unlimited yoga for the price of 2. Available for purchase between May 18 – June 15. May not share or trade with other clients or exchange for other products. Non-refundable. No extensions will be granted. Unlimited package expires August 31, 2015.

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The Yoga lab is located in beautiful Bend Oregon; a mecca of yoga classes and outdoor activities.

 550 SW Industrial Way

Suite 170 | Bend, OR

P: 541-633-7363

Bhavani Maki Workshops

June 26-28th at The Yoga Lab

Registration now open

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Friday June 26th 6PM – 8PM Introduction to the Patanjalim Yoga Sutra; The Yogi’s Road Map Classically, the Yoga practitioner in the East is well equipped with the definitive guide to the yogik process, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. In the West, we are left to negotiate and navigate our ways with little or no advice. The Yoga Sutra are considered to be the definitive text for Yoga and a map of the yogik experience. Revealing the deeper underlying nature of our being, and how to quell our self negating tendencies, the indescribable is well described, and is indispensable in helping us to proceed with confidence, clarity and ultimately, effectiveness.

Saturday June 27 11AM – 2PM DRDHAH BHUMIH-Firmly Grounded: Standing & Balancing Postures Patanjali encourages Yoga aspirants to develop a practice that is steadfast, and firmly grounded. We will investigate standing and balancing postures as a means to systematically approach to stabilize our connection to the Earth with the intent of accessing greater freedom within the self. Diagnostic as well as curative, these postures are the vehicle for developing a sustainable practice that has the qualities of integrity of alignment and form

Saturday June 27 4PM – 6PM Restorative Yoga for the Psychonaut Much like an astronaut, the psycho-naut ventures into the wide unknown of their own consciousness! Yogic posture is the seat from which Yoga begins and is meant to be practiced along with the study of metaphysical texts. Combining longer holds in deep hip openers with philosophy, we will continue to explore the ultimate text for Yogis—the Yoga Sutra. We will conclude the session with an exploration of Pranayama.

Sunday June 28 1PM – 4PM Fearless Love: Back Bending into Freedom Patanjali advises us to go forth on the yogik path with abhyasa and vairagya—effort and release, the two wings of freedom. Backbends are the most challenging, and for some of us, the most terrifying of postures. Explore the technology of freedom and building confidence in back bends, compression free.

About Bhavani Maki International yoga teacher, Bhavani Silvia Maki, Director and Founder of Yoga Hanalei and Ashtanga Yoga Kauai, is an Experienced Yoga Alliance teacher at the 500 level, a musician, and author of The Yogi’s Roadmap: The Patanjali Yoga Sutra as a Journey to Self Realization. Bhavani lives at teaches at her home studio of Yoga Hanalei in Kauai, HI and travels internationally offering unique insights into yoga philosophy, yoga psychology and yoga therapy.

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Birthing From Within Mini Workshop


May 23 + 24, 2015 Saturday and Sunday | 1-4pm | The Yoga Lab | $75/couple advance | $85 after May 10

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Honor and celebrate this sacred rite of passage by preparing mentally, physically and emotionally for the process of childbirth and transition into parenthood. Education, discussion and art will help you discover what you need to birth in awareness.

  • Safely create more comfort and space in your body for baby with yoga (only in full series, not mini-workshops)
  • Breath-Awareness and Pain-Coping techniques for labor and life
  • Strength and confidence building practices
  • Building a foundation for birthing in awareness, whatever the birth location, outcome or events of the birth
  • Preventing or minimizing emotionally difficult births through compassionate, honest preparation
  • Baby and self-care postpartum
  • Current and practical information from local birth experts and guest teachers

These workshops are appropriate and beneficial for mothers at any stage of pregnancy.

Suggested (but not required) books: Birthing From Within by Pam England and Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh.




July 17-19, 2015 | The Yoga Lab

Full Weekend: $160 Early Bird; $180 After July 1st

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for full weekend.

Individual sessions will be available after June 15th.


Tantric Vinyasa

Friday, July 17th  6:30-8:30pm | Early Bird: $40; After July 1: $45

Invoke the power of Spirit in this fluid-form vinyasa practice of standing poses, arm balances, backbends and hip-openers. Vinyasa creates a garland of the practice, weaving poses on the thread of the breath. Mythic Yoga Flow is the signature vinyasa offering of Sianna and integrates the practices of Tantra in a dynamic and powerful way. Myth opens the mind with insights into life. Mantra illumines both heart and mind. Mudra creates a subtle body seal of the teachings. Asana, pranayama, intention and music guide you on a sacred pilgrimage in the temple of your body. Call on your guides in the collective strength of community and trust in the journey of your own mythic being.

*Special guest deity to be announced at the beginning of class.


Backbends & Pranayama

Saturday, July 18th; 11:30am – 2:00pm | Early Bird: $45; After July 1: $50

Ignite love and stoke your heart fire in this uplifting practice of standing poses, backbends and pranayama. The practice of backbends in deep friendship with the breath creates powerful change in both the physical and subtle bodies. With skillful alignment built from the foundation up, these poses release stagnancy and invite tremendous vitality and freedom into your whole being. In this progressive sequence of symmetrical and asymmetrical backbends, the body sheaths are purified, the mind clarified, the heart renewed and the soul called forth to its most juicy, rasa-filled expression. Bhakti is the path of love, devotion and loyalty and when you rock it out, everything is renewed in the yogic mandala of Fire and Nectar.


Deep Hips, Mantra, Dharma Teachings, & Meditation

Saturday, July 18th; 4:00 – 6:30pm | Early Bird: $45; After July 1: $50

Aim your arrow and live your life in the highest accordance with your dharma, your divine life purpose. Every human being has a unique blueprint of creative energy and gifts to cultivate. Dive into the Fearless Heart dharma teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and Tantric wisdom practices to help you listen, unleash, surrender and ultimately offer your gifts to the world for the benefit of all beings. The spiritual practices of Tantra, called sadhana, are a powerful means to remember your soul truth. Deep hips, twists, inversions and mantra guide you to a quiet place of self-inquiry and clear inner sight. The session culminates with meditation and a long, luxurious savasana. Please bring paper and pen to write your vision and prayer.


Warrior Circuits & Arm Balance Playground

Sunday, July 19th; 10:30am – 1:30pm | Early Bird: $55; After July 1: $60

Play your edge in this lively practice of arm balances and Yoga Warrior Spirit circuit trainings. This practice will challenge you with core strengthening, new patterns of movement, coordination skills and progressive sequences of arm balances to enliven your whole being. The integrated practices of Tantra are designed to alchemize your warrior spirit in the great heart fire with asana, bandha, mudra, mantra and pranayama. The alchemical fire of yoga governs digestion, clear sight, purification, passion and transformation. This class will be up-tempo, fun, sweaty and open to spontaneous flows of ecstasy. Come ready to laugh, play and quantum leap to the next level!

Yoga, Desert,  Bliss Summer Lake Hotsprings Yoga Retreat September 11 – 14, 2015

Ananda: the innermost bliss and the ever expansive quality of awareness.


A weekend of inward reflection to open the flood gates of creativity and vibrant vitality. This yoga retreat merges Informed Fluid Vinyasa yoga with therapeutic and restorative sessions to nurture and support your unique physical, psychological and spiritual health. Features fresh healthy vegan meals, 5 hours of yoga practice daily with mantra and meditation and a private geothermal hot pool reserved for retreat participants only.

One of the most unique, picturesque landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, Lake County, Oregon, is among the few truly unspoiled places on earth. Part of the Great Basin region of the United States, Lake County is home to numerous large alkali lakes. At the south end of one of these, Summer Lake, lies ancient artesian hot mineral springs.

Lodging: your choice of private or shared new construction passive solar, geothermally heated cabin. Cabins include bathrooms and kitchenettes. Camping: spacious, close to earth, shared bathrooms and showers. The grounds are rustic and the buildings are unique and comfortable. The views are expansive and bright. This is not your standard retreat center, be ready for a magically close to Earth setting. Summer Lake will be open to the public during this retreat, however the yoga space and private geothermal pool are reserved for participants only.

Meals & Water: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided and is included in the cost of the retreat. Meals will include fresh seasonal vegetables, whole grains, nuts and nut butters, olives, fruits. All meals will be gluten free and will have vegetarian and vegan options. Please email us with your specific meal considerations and allergies. The drinking water at Summer Lake is well water. You may like to bring your own filtered water. Filtered water will be provided for you during the yoga class sessions and meals. Please bring your own snacks, each cabin is complete with a kitchen and refrigerator. Camping participants may use the communal refrigerator in the Ranch House.

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Pricing Per Person: Includes 15 hours of workshops, meals and 3 nights of lodging. Single Occupancy $521 (only 2 available) Double Occupancy Queen $455 Double Occupancy Twin $399 Camping $299 This retreat will be limited to 15 people.

Accommodation Details: Double occupancy will be shared with an assigned same sex roommate. Please email us if you are attending with another person to request your roommate. Single occupancy may be shared at a couples rate ($455 per person). Please email us to request this option of a shared queen bed. Double occupancy: one bed may be in a private room of the cabin, the other in the shared common space. It is expected that you will retreat to your sleeping area by 10pm and will not create noise after 10PM and before 6PM. Please be mindful of your shared environment. All cabins are equipped with a kitchenette, refrigerator, and cooking utensils. The grounds and shared warm pools will be open to the public during the retreat, the pool behind the Ranch House will be reserved for retreat participants only.

Class Descriptions

Morning Practice

3 hours of Informed Fluid Flow daily: Vinyasa yoga with attention to bio-mechanical arrangements and breath, informed by therapeutic functional anatomy. Sequences of sun salutations, standing postures, backbending postures and seated postures will work up to peaks of intensity with waves of softening and release. To invigorate and cleanse the body. Expect to sweat, breath and move.

2 hours of Restorative Yoga daily: 3-5 minutes per pose, using bolsters and blocks to support the bones of the body to release into joint balance. Calming for the nervous system and therapeutic on many levels.

Mantra, meditation and journaling will be woven into the sequence of classes

About Aleta:

Aleta is an Experienced RYT at the 200-hr level. Her classes are fluid and vibrant with the goal of awakening to the creative flow of energy and beauty within you. As and RN and experienced asana teacher she has a special ability to infuse fluid vinyasa with attentive biomechanical alignment for a healing practice with a strong underlying awareness of human anatomy and physiology. In addition to being a student of the deep and richly layered yogic traditions, Aleta practices Buddhist meditation and believes in our capacity to let go and breath in awareness and equanimity.