“I took a five day workshop with Kathleen at Omega Institute this summer (July 2010). Phenomenal. She will be there again next summer. Now, whenever I notice I’m stressed, anxious, feeling grumpy, or in some other unpleasant mood state, I check out my alignment. Repositioning my bones, a matter of seconds, especially dropping my chin to the natural position, brings an immediate feeling of relief and relaxation. Go figure. My chiropractor and massage therapist are seeing a lot less of me. If this catches on, it may put me out of business. As a shrink, I ask myself, could some of the symptoms my patients suffer from be caused by the constant muscle tension of living in an unaligned body?”

—Daniela Gitlin, M.D., Plattsburgh, NY

“At 67, I was experiencing neck, shoulder, and knee pain that worsened with age and seemed chronic.  Taking Kathleen Porter’s 5-Week Alignment Basics workshop changed my life.  The pain melted away, along with what felt like a lifetime’s worth of stored tension.  I began performing life’s daily activities—bending, stooping, climbing stairs, reading in bed—in total comfort again.  Thank you, Kathleen!”

— Martha Ragland, Portland, OR

           “The depth and breath of this presentation is, by far, the best I have ever seen! You have mastered the art of communicating the              information in a natural and believable way, without any blame on the medical or fitness industry. Just by the common sense of            its architecture, the body becomes the true star! I am so grateful the we were put in the same place this summer so that I could                benefit from this pain free way of living. NO SURGERY, can you imagine?!  I hope that your message continues to expand and                become as mainstream as the joy behind it.  Thank you again and again!”

           — Mia Flato, Portland, OR

“I signed up for this workshop because in spite of a lengthy yoga practice I was still in pain. Kathleen seemed to have a new approach, so I signed on. This has been the most valuable workshop I have ever taken, and I hope it will be repeated next year. Everything immediately made sense and I have been feeling an enormous release from my chronic pain.”

– Nancy Cavanaugh, NY, NY

“I have experienced a number of body work modalities but in this workshop I learned numerous new and/or better ways to maintain a healthy musculo-skeletal system into old age. I highly recommend this workshop for everyone.”

– Ann Ostling, Queens, NY

“After years of studying various kinds of bodywork in order to correct my scoliosis, in these 5 days, I’ve learned profound yet simple, easy to apply tools that have virtually relaxed my spine and posture almost overnight. This information should be essential training for all spiritual centers, including Omega staff, teachers and students alike. How can we grow spiritually and psychologically without understanding how to relax, let go, and comfortably inhabit our bodies—our vehicles throughout this life?! If this training was incorporated into public schools and yoga training, our society would discover a whole new comfort and ease with ourselves. This was an excellent workshop and I hope that Kathleen Porter’s work becomes essential training for everyone at any stage of life.  Thank you!”

– Sarah Smucker,  Orville, OH

               “Kathleen’s teaching is revolutionary.  Hard to find anywhere. The way she presents things is very inviting, comprehensive                      and she never leaves a stone unturned. She answered every question with profound wisdom. She is non-judgmental and yet                      states a case that could change the Western world (and should!) Thank you, Omega! I will return!

               – Patra Conley, Portland, OR

“Excellent!! The biomechanics of the course, coupled with her passion and grace made this the best! I encourage more courses from her for she inspires learning and promotes Omega goals and philosophy.”

– John Metcalf, Pittsburg, PA

“This was a very enjoyable and rewarding course, conducted with grace, wit and good will. I have learned from insights generously shared. I would gladly come back again! Thank you!”

– L. Blokar, Orville, OH

“Kathleen’s presentation was excellent. She was approachable and very informative, organized and articulate. Very interesting! I will use this on a daily basis to improve my alignment and help avoid future problems. I would recommend this course to everyone.”

– T. Nicholas, Joplin, MO

“After two back surgeries I was still in almost constant pain. I thought I was fated to be this way forever. I didn’t see much point in doing this because nothing else I had tried did much good, but my husband insisted after meeting Kathleen. Kathleen showed me how I could straighten my spine and take pressure off the areas of pain. I cried when I realized I could really feel better.”

– T. Maddox, Portland, OR

“Thank you very much. I have been able to get in touch with my body over the past 7 weeks. The various exercises have helped me at work, at home, during exercise (walking, stretching, Tai Chi) and even sleeping.”
– John Hoover, Portland, OR

“I can’t thank you enough! I worked in my yard all day yesterday and felt energized afterwards instead of stiff and sore. I will never again have to trade pain for growing flowers.”

– Lily Underwood, Beaverton, OR

“The only thing hard about this is remembering to do it all the time, but then familiar old aches return to remind me to pay attention. It works every time.”

– Bill Underwood, Beaverton, OR

“This class fits my personal goal to align my spine (especially the lower back) to reduce back pain and stiffness and to increase flexibility for my long life ahead. I expect to live to be 100!”

– Ann Marie Claire, Portland, OR

“I have had scoliosis for forty plus years. I’ve always dealt with it through massage and stretching exercises.  Once I was in my fifties the pain just got worse and harder to manage.  In addition, I had begun to develop arthritis pain and was sometimes in excruciating back pain. Nothing I tried helped for very long. Learning how to begin to equalize the left and right sides of my body and straighten out my very distorted spine has helped so much in how I feel. I know I’ll never straighten it out completely at my age, but the instructions are very useful and I like knowing that I’m in charge of how I feel.

– Marjorie Wisterson, Seattle, WA

“My husband is thrilled that I don’t bug him for neck massages every day like I used to. Since learning how to stack up my bones, a lot of tension that I experienced on a daily basis is gone! And whenever I start getting tense or sore, I just stop and take the time to notice where I’ve gone astray and can almost always bring myself back to being comfortable again. Thank you many times over!

– Lynnette Holzer, Keaau, HI

“I wish I (had) met Kathleen before my back surgery. I learned how to relax my back. If my back starts to hurt, I know what to do before it becomes a big problem. This has helped me a lot. Thank you very much.”

– Teru Takata, Hilo, Hawaii

“Just the sleeping exercises alone have helped so much. I wake up in the morning with no neck pain! Even my regular headaches have been helped by this new way of sleeping. On top of that, my knock knees (not as knocked anymore!) don’t hurt now when I walk down steps and my back feels better. If I have to stand for a long time, I can do it without my back hurting.”

– J.D. Goldman, Vancouver, BC

“Who would have guessed that such small and simple adjustments could make such a big difference? I’ve not only improved my sciatica problem, but transformed my yoga practice, as well. I feel like I’m getting younger in significant ways!”

– Kit Lawson, Portland, OR

“Kathleen has a unique perspective and helps give the tools to realign. Her international perspective helps bring more alignment and beauty. Thank you!”

– Jenny Kjos, Portland, OR

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