Keep Moving Even When Many Gyms Are Closed

Virtual classes from local meditation, dance, and fitness instructors.

By Ainslee Dicken, Morgan Westling, and Riley Blake December 9, 2020 Published in the Winter 2020/2021 issue of Portland Monthly

Image: Amrita Marino

While many gyms and studios are closed, you can keep moving—both mentally and physically—with virtual classes from local meditation, dance, and fitness instructors. Maybe you’ll even find a new favorite.


Pause Meditation

Book your virtual cushion at Pause for a range of classes tailored to different parts of the day. Morning meditations focus on getting the day started with a happier state of mind, while evening classes help students unwind after a busy day of work and take time to breathe.

Henjyoji Shingon Buddhist Temple

Along with Intro to Buddhism classes, Buddhism in Film classes, and Dharma Talks, Henjyoji Shingon also offers monthly Qigong sessions. This centuries-old form of meditation involves subtle body movements, various postures, and attention to breathing to promote self-healing, spiritual connections, and growth in martial arts.—Riley Blake



This all-welcoming dance center in Northwest is hosting virtual classes in a variety of styles and skill ranges. Challenge your contemporary side with jazz, learn the basics of ballet, or go all out with advanced hip-hop choreography.


Ecdysiast, which specializes in all things pole, prides itself on its inclusive and progressive culture. Purchase a pole for your home (which you can buy through the studio’s website) and practice your pole stands, upside-down tricks, and flow sequences. The studio also offers nonpole classes focusing on strength, handstands, and flexibility training.—Ainslee Dicken


Rep Movement

Emma Middlebrook owns Rep Movement—the “body positive, phobia-free, antiracist, queer AF” anti-gym. In her virtual fitness classes, you’ll receive modifications and encouragement as you sweat through each
circuit. All fitness levels welcome.

Tempo Cycling & Pilates Studio

Tempo Cycling & Pilates Studio offers virtual classes that are personalized and focused. With 20+ years of experience, Kirk and Jenny Whiteman use high-intensity interval training and a flowing style to help clients develop strength, technique, and confidence on the bike or mat.—Morgan Westling

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