Nia Connects Body and Soul

Nia Connects Body and Soul

Multiple sets of bare feet dance, jump and twirl to rhythmic throbs of music from around the world. Hip-hop sets the tempo one minute, jazz, Latin or New Age the next. Rachael Resch's Nia class is totally absorbed in a diverse combination of movements borrowed from dance, martial arts and healing arts practices.
more »
Brain Before Brawn

Brain Before Brawn

Many people have the misconception that knowing self defense requires extensive martial arts training. And it's true that karate or some form of martial arts moves are often taught, but anyone can learn a few basic techniques that can be very effective when used with confidence and determination.
more »
Custom bicycles serve a variety of purposes

Custom bicycles serve a variety of purposes

Though it may not catch on anytime soon here in the Rogue Valley, Portland boasts a unique pedal-powered "party bike" that accommodates 16 people. This takes tandems to a whole new level.
more »
Paddle Like a Polynesian

Paddle Like a Polynesian

Amidst varying opinions as to the origin of standup paddling, or SUP, no one disagrees that this versatile water sport is riding a huge wave of popularity. According to the Outdoor Foundation's 2013 Outdoor Participation Report, SUP was listed as the nation's most popular outdoor activity among first-time participants, even topping boardsailing and windsurfing.
more »
Paddling adventures

Paddling adventures

Pete Schaefers has loved the water since he was a kid, but it wasn't until he was 43 that the Coos Bay resident decided to try kayaking. He took a beginners' paddling class in 2003 at a local community college and was hooked.
more »
Big, Fat Feet

Big, Fat Feet

Three and a half years ago, Ashland runner Tamara Ellis had accumulated so many running injuries, her training ground to a halt.
more »
Hard & Dirty or  Easy & Colorful

Hard & Dirty or Easy & Colorful

The course is set on several acres of ranch land — obstacles including ropes and cargo nets to climb, barriers to scale, mud pits to crawl through and tunnels to slither in. Participants pace anxiously, ready for the battle to start. For several miles, they will test their strength, endurance and willpower — fighting to conquer a course that would challenge an Army Ranger.
more »
Along the Half-Pint Trail

Along the Half-Pint Trail

Hiking with the kids can be one of the most fun and rewarding things to experience as a family or it can be a complete disaster, depending upon how well you plan and implement the hike. A little preparation and a lot of flexibility can make it a memorable experience for children, even one that instills a life-long love for the great outdoors.
more »
Click here to send us your story to be published in Oregon Outdoors