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Event's blacklights, body paint, loud music draw yoga lovers of all levels to the Expo Center on Saturday, Dec. 9

COURTESY: SOUL POSE - Soul Pose, Dec. 9 at Expo Center, is blacklight yoga with a pre-event block party, vendors, body paint, confetti, dancing and music. Part of a national series, Soul Pose is slated to return to Portland in 2018, organizers say.Everybody can enjoy yoga, says instructor Mimi Reid, who'll be part of the creative Soul Pose event at the Expo Center on Saturday.

It doesn't have to be 120 degrees in a room and a demanding experience and "you don't have to be an 8-foot-tall vegan to do it," she says.

Soul Pose, a national series, is meant to be an inviting, group-oriented event that includes a pre-event block party, vendors, body paint, confetti, dancing and music, and a yoga session under blacklights for effect.

"It's an incredible event," says Reid, who works at Parallel 45 in Vancouver, Washington. She and fellow instructors Heather Anetsberger, Cynthia Pedraza and Molly Dilg each will lead an all-level session in what has been tabbed "The Happiest Yoga on the Planet."

The 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. sessions still have spots available; both morning sessions have filled up. There'll be about 200 people in each session.

"Soul Pose brings a fun, new life to yoga and makes it approachable to everybody," Reid says. "We want everybody to feel comfortable and energized."

It's organized by the creators of the Color Run running event, and it's even a bit like Cosmic Bowling. It's a change to yoga, adds Reid, who recently led a silent DJ yoga class, as participants listened to music with earpieces while doing yoga, in a room with lights off and laser lights beaming around.

In Soul Pose, "we create this beautiful experience from top to bottom — a visually, physically and uplifting emotional experience," Reid says. "Every person brings their own personal energy into the room with them. The life force, all those people in that space, will be magical. I'm excited about it."

Why should a person even do yoga?

Reid's pitch: "Yoga gives you a moment to have to breathe and release expectations and focus internally and into yourself. It has a beautiful ability to quiet the mind, and you connect with the breathing that yoga uses — through the nose and out through the nose. It really gives you a moment to quiet your mind. ... And standing on one leg is hard. Even what we call easy poses or gentler poses can be challenging. It's what I love, it's always a practice, always growing, there is no perfect way."

For more: www.soulpose.com/location/portland.or

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