Taking care of No. 1

I recently made the decision to drastically reduce my teaching schedule.

Many of you know that and some of you don’t know.

This was a difficult decision to make and I didn’t take it lightly or make this decision without a lot of thought and love put into it.

As a yoga teacher I teach and preach self-love, self-care, self-discipline. I remind my students that they need to take care of No. 1 before they take care of anyone else.

I have not been taking care of No. 1, which means I can’t be the best yoga teacher (and cycling instructor) I can possibly be. I can’t be the best wife or daughter or friend or sister or cousin … either.

I feel tired, exhausted, overwhelmed, burned out …

I am opening myself up for some healing and new opportunities to arise. And some have already come to me. Some of the opportunities I am working on, some are set and some are what the future holds.

It’s amazing when you let go something else, another opportunity (or even opportunities) comes along.

Some of my students have been concerned that I am no longer teaching yoga. That is not the case. My current schedule has me teaching four classes regularly (two public and two private). I will be doing a lot of subbing in April. And in May I am adding two public classes to my Thursday night schedule in my friend Sandi’s beautiful Yoga Yurt. More information below.

My schedule has more openings for private sessions and classes, office yoga, yoga parties, workshops, weekend retreats, wine and yoga events, etc. You can e-mail me at ann@gofitgirl.com to inquire about dates and pricing.

To view my most up-to-date teaching schedule (including classes I am subbing and classes subbed for me) visit, Go Fit Girl! my classes tab.

My current teaching schedule (both public and private and yoga and cycle):

  • Wednesdays noon-1 p.m. private corporate yoga
  • Wednesdays 1-2 p.m. private corporate yoga
  • Wednesdays 6-7 p.m. public cycle 24 Hour Tanasbourne
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:45 a.m. public yoga (Hatha) OmBase
  • Thursdays (starting May 3) 5:45-7 p.m. public yoga (Hatha) Garden Home Yoga and Wellness* (yoga in a yurt)
  • Thursdays (starting May 3) 7:15-8:30 p.m. public yoga (Hatha) Garden Home Yoga and Wellness* (yoga in a yurt)
  • Fridays 9:15-10:15 a.m. public cycle 24 Hour Tualatin
  • Fridays 12:30-2 p.m. public yoga (Restorative/Easy Does It) OmBase

*Garden Home Yoga and Wellness yoga in a yurt classes will need pre-registration through my website. There is limited space with payment coming to me. I am still working on the registration booking. It’s taking a lot more time than I thought it would. So stay tuned for that information coming soon.

I’ve decided that I have to plan for right now. We all have a lot of uncertainty, myself included. And I don’t know what the future holds. But I can be as present as I can be right now for this moment in my life while taking care of myself with love, kindness and compassion.

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice – – –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
‘Mend my life!’
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations – – –
though their melancholy
was terrible. It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice,
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do – – – determined to save
the only life you could save.

~The Journey by Mary Oliver

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