Yoga with Ann … online

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When I was teaching Tuesday evening as the first of the snow lightly started falling I told my yoga class that I might experiment with online yoga classes.

Well, experiment is what I did today.

In Portland we have had four snowstorms this winter. Snowpocalypse Part 4 is the worst and hopefully the last. This Arizona Girl is so over this! We had a lot of snow yesterday evening, last night and today.

During Snowpocalypse Part Deux (in mid-December) I did start to get a little stir crazy.

I couldn’t handle multiple days of being in the house and not teaching.

Snowpocalypse Part 4 wasn’t going to keep me from teaching yoga today.

Here’s a 40-minute video of me teaching a basic well-rounded yoga practice.

This was an experiment. There are things I realize need adjusting before the next video. But please feel free to come to me with feedback, comments, questions, advice, etc.  (You can comment below, on Facebook or e-mail me at ann@gofitgirl.com.)

For now I will be recording these sessions on my phone–as that has the most room and it is the easiest to maneuver. And the microphone seemed pretty good. (Hey, it even picked up murmurs from the meeting The Husband was having downstairs and the neighbors’ dog barking.)

As Snowpocalypse continues you can keep updated with the status of my classes by clicking on the My Classes tab above or going here.

 

May we be happy and open to what life brings us. 

Keep peace in the mind … Strength in the body … And love in the heart

Namaste

Snowpocalypse Part 4

yoga-snowWow, Snowpocalypse Part 4 came to Portland with a vengeance.

Check out The Husband. A true Missouri Boy.

Check out The Husband. A true Missouri Boy.

Please be safe and stay warm.

Only drive if you absolutely have to.

The best way to keep updated with the status of my classes is to visit: gofitgirl.com/yoga-classes/.

That will be the most up-to-date place to find out if classes have been canceled.

(I anticipate many cancellations.)

Hip openers were planned for this week’s yoga sequence. Don’t worry, hips will still happen … next month.

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Goodbye, 2016 … Hello, 2017

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For some of my indoor cycling classes this past week I planned a playlist on Spotify to pay tribute to some of the artists we lost in 2016.

Today is the last day of 2016.

I know many are saying good riddance to this year. But really, why?

There are some things that happened this year that I am not happy with. But many great things happened this year as well.

And we can’t have joy without suffering and we can’t have suffering without joy.

And I truly believe that everything we experience good and bad make us who we are today. So on Dec. 31, 2017 we will look back and see what has changed (good and bad) and how we have changed over the past year.

As we all are well aware many celebrities died this year. Their deaths stand out more because they are celebrities.

But many people lost someone this year who they really loved and cared about. Whether a parent, spouse, friend, child, grandparent, sibling, etc.

I’m not discounting your feelings toward a celebrity whose music meant something to you when you were an awkward teenager and needed someone to relate to or a fabulous actress or actor who really spoke to you or an author who got into your imagination and made the words from the pages real in your own mind/imagination or …

Probably the biggest celebrity loss for me is George Michael. But I will be honest. I am not heartbroken or devastated. But yea, it’s a bummer.

I remember as a kid watching Friday Night Videos (remember those?) dancing and singing along with George and that other guy from Wham! thinking “yup, George, you are my man.”

In the end we all die. Some sooner than we think is time. But when we go, it’s our time. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense, it’s not fair, it hurts a lot.

Many look at a new year as a clean slate.

I received a newsletter from one of my former yoga teachers reminding us to face 2017 with courage.

Also, please remember to be kind to yourself and to others.

First limb of yoga is YAMA: Our morals and ethical standards and our behavior toward others.

Second limb of yoga is NIYAMA: Our treatment of and our attitudes toward ourselves.

Let’s welcome 2017 with peace, love, compassion, kindness, acceptance, honor and patience for ourselves first and, of course, to others as well.

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Day yoga class

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I am teaching a special yoga class on New Year’s Day at Turtles Yoga and Wellness as we step out of 2016 and transition into 2017.

As we enter the new year we will take the time to set our intentions for the coming year.

We will start our lovely practice by setting our intentions and a meditation, we will move through an active asana practice and end with restorative poses as we calm the body and mind.

New Year’s Day class: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Suggested donation: $5-$10.

Proceeds will be donated to the Beaverton Clothes Closet, which provides free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income. 

You can step out of 2016 with me on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10:15-11:45 a.m. with her transition-themed Hatha Align to Restorative class. (Membership, class pass or drop-in fee will apply.)

Merry, Happy Everything!

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Christmas Day yoga

1-xmas-dayI will be teaching a special yoga class Christmas morning at OmBase in Hillsdale.

My Christmas Hatha Blend! class will be from 10-11:30 a.m.buffalo-soldier

Suggested donation: $10-$20. All proceeds will be donated to Standing Rock.

Spots are filling up, but there are still some openings available. Space is limited. Sign up ahead of time to secure your spot.

You can sign up by calling 503-922-3100 or going online.

We will have fun with our holiday-themed sequence as we will stretch, strengthen, open and relax the body and mind. We will end in a long and lovely savasana.

‘Buffalo Soldier’

Portland, Ore. artist, Ryan McAbery, has created “Buffalo Soldier” Standing Rock Bison Fundraiser (pictured at the right).

You can purchase an 11×14 signed print for $25. To order online, go here. You can also purchase the print at OmBase.

Ryan will donate 100% of the purchases to help pay for Standing Rock medical expenses and legal fees.

Happy, Merry Everything!

Make sure to take care of yourself during what can be a stressful, happy, exciting, sad and lonely time.

Stay tuned for information on my special New Year’s Day yoga class.

Happy, Merry Everything!

Reflective/self-care sequence

reflective_self-care-sequence-2My theme over the past week was about being reflective and showing self-care.

The sequence was more about being in the pose than getting into it. Reminding ourselves of peace, love, compassion, kindness and acceptance for ourselves.

I was really excited to teach this and share it.

But then Snowpocalypse part deux happened in Portland. My classes from Wednesday evening through Saturday were canceled.

This sequence was basically my Christmas (or whatever you celebrate or don’t) gift to my students.

So many didn’t get to practice the sequence with me. Those who did seemed to enjoy it and I received some good feedback.

So, I decided to whip up (well, work diligently–I’m no artist) some stick figures of the sequence for my students and readers and friends to use and enjoy.

If you would like me to e-mail you a full-sized PDF, send me an e-mail at ann@gofitgirl.com and I will send one your way.

If you’re one of my regular Portland-area students I will have some copies of the sequence with me.

As we move through the holidays, the end of the year and the new year, please take time for yourself. You can’t take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself.

That might mean taking a yoga class, curling up with a good book, taking a bath, watching a movie, getting a massage, having a private yoga session/class … my rates are going up in January. If you want lower rates, reserve them now before 2016 is over. Contact me at ann@gofitgirl.com for rates.

Whatever you do or don’t do (remember sometimes the best thing for you is to say no) just remember to take care of you.

Take Time for You

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Practicing restorative yoga, such as ultimate savasana, we can help heal the effects of chronic stress.

As we get ready to enter what I call the Crazy Time Season we have to remember to take care of ourselves.

Self-care is so important but we tend to neglect taking care of No. 1.

I truly believe you can’t take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself.

Self-care comes in many forms. For me it can be a yoga class (where I am a student), my monthly massage, an occasional mani/pedi, vegging on the couch binge watching my favorite shows, knitting, restorative yoga, enjoying good cup of coffee or tea while just sipping and enjoying …

Maybe for you it’s any of the things I listed above or it could be a bubble bath, a hike, a bike ride … or something else.

Stress is a big part of our everyday lives.

When restorative yoga is practiced regularly and even as little as five minutes a day, it can help to heal the effects of chronic stress. Adrenal fatigue is a common and growing problem in modern life. Restorative yoga kicks in the parasympathetic nervous system, rest and digest.

On Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. I am teaching a restorative yoga workshop.

In my two-hour workshop I will offer some tips and ideas on how to start or enhance a home restorative practice. We will practice lovely and yummy restorative yoga poses.

Stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on digestion. Some of the restorative poses we will practice will help to aid in digestion. You will be supported with bolsters, blankets and blocks to relax into poses while soothing, quieting and calming the nervous system, the body and the mind.

We will practice “not doing” and just being with a more still, quiet and passive practice. In this workshop we will prepare our bodies and minds with quiet and stillness, which will help us to balance our energy during this busy time.

You sign up for the workshop here. The Early Bird discount for the workshop is $35 if purchased by Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving the price goes up to $45.

This can be a birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah or just because present for yourself or maybe you can hint to someone else to foot the bill.

I would love for my students and new and longtime friends to attend this workshop with me. But whether or not you take the workshop with me, please remember to take care of yourself and take time for you.

Celebrate Being Grateful

celebrate-being-grateful-social-mediaI am teaching a special yoga class called Celebrate Being Grateful on Thanksgiving morning at Turtles Yoga & Wellness in Beaverton.

Join me from 9:30-11 a.m. for a morning of yoga with a focus on gratitude and self care.

We will practice gratitude while recognizing how blessed we are in this life.

Extend your deepest gratitude for this moment and for all of the many blessings that bring you joy in your life.

We will come together for a Hatha alignment-based practice as we move mindfully while breathing deeply.

We will explore yoga poses that aid in digestion, detoxing naturally and cleansing.

We will also open our hearts with some supportive Restorative Yoga poses to end our class.

All levels are supported and welcome.

Suggested donation of $5. If you can afford $5, you pay $5. If you can’t, you don’t, which allows yoga to be accessible to all.

Sign up ahead of time to ensure you secure a spot in this special class. You can also call: 503-574-4711. Facebook invite can be found here.

Other special things coming up with me at this year:

  • Give yourself a gift with Time for You Restorative yoga workshop on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Turtles Yoga & Wellness. Early bird discount: $35. After Thanksgiving the price goes up to $45.
  • Christmas Day morning yoga class at OmBase in Hillsdale. Check out My Classes tab for more details. Sign up for Christmas Hatha Blend! here.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”