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New yoga studio inspired by John Lennon

Imagine Yoga Studio opened Nov. 1


by: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Imagine Yoga Studio owner Laura Campbell (right) and her husband, Shannon, opened the studio Nov. 1. Laura Campbell remembers the first time she heard John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” Campbell was a girl, walking out of the grocery store with friends, when a boy with a guitar serenaded them.

“One of my friend’s parents had the record and we went back and played the song and I’ve been a fanatical Beatles fan ever since,” she said.

Campbell, 32, is the owner of Imagine Yoga Studio, which opened Nov. 1 in Lake Oswego. Campbell and her husband Shannon moved to West Linn from Albany in October and are hoping to create their own little “peace” on earth.

The yoga studio features wooden benches, bamboo-painted room dividers, portraits of the Buddha, plants and a seafoam-green accent wall.

“The notion of peace and uniting the world is what inspires me from the song (Imagine),” she said. “From within this space, we are creating a space of peace. We are all uniting and coming together.”

Campbell started practicing yoga in college. After six years as an elementary school teacher, she became a certified yoga instructor in 2010 and began teaching yoga full time. Owning her own studio, was always the ultimate goal.

“I want to create a place of community yoga,” she said. “There are so many fantastic places that offer classes, but I want to offer a place where people can come and feel like they are part of something and stay and chat after class.

“What we are trying to create is a community of yogis.”

Imagine Yoga Studio offers mats, blankets and blocks — everything one needs to practice. The studio offers one-hour classes of gentle, hatha, vinyasa, power and core yoga for both “yoga curious” novices and experts of all ages.

by: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE
Owner Laura Campbell hopes to create a community of yogis in Lake Oswego. Campbell is one of six teachers from the greater Portland area who offer individualized classes. She recommends that newcomers try each class and instructor at least once.

“Each teacher brings something different,” Campbell said. “Some teachers are more anatomy focused, whereas some focus more on the athletic side of yoga. Yoga is very personal and intimate, which is why it’s important to connect with your teacher.”

Despite the plethora of yoga studios in the greater Portland area, Campbell said it’s an exciting time to open a studio in Lake Oswego. She said yoga is a positive way to strengthen the body and calm the mind in an increasingly hectic and stressful world.

Ultimately, she hopes her studio will live up to the lyrics and words by John Lennon, for which the studio is named.

“We’re trying to create a calm, welcoming and peaceful space,” she said. “The goal is to help people find a practice that’s suitable for them and provide a place that is kind of like a sanctuary so they can let it all go.”

Various classes are offered from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For a complete description of teachers and classes, visit imagineyogastudio.com.

Imagine Yoga Studio is located at 425 Second St., Lake Oswego. For more information, visit the website or call 503-908-7845.




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