Big changes …

As we have entered September and we start to say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall I have some BIG NEWS to share…

I was born, bred and educated in Tucson, Arizona. I left the Old Pueblo almost 21 years ago. Well … it’s time for me to come home.

The Husband and I are packaging up and moving back to Arizona (where it is Summer almost all year round).

This wasn’t an easy decision, but it feels right. I’m happy to be coming home.

I love the life I have created in Portland, the friends I have reconnected with, the new friends I have made and the most amazing and best yoga and cycle students.

I miss my family. I miss Tucson. I miss Arizona Winters. I miss Arizona monsoon season. For the record I don’t miss Arizona Summers–but can’t win them all. Which is why I am not moving there in the summer.

​I will be teaching all of my regular classes through the end of September. If you can, please make it to a … Continue reading

September Wine and Yoga event at Duck Pond Cellars

I am excited to announce that I am partnering with Duck Pond Cellars in Dundee, Ore. for  Yoga in the Vineyards event on Sunday, September 16 at 11 a.m.

Sign up online through Friday, September 14. After that, call the number below.

Join me on the lawn at Duck Pond Cellars overlooking the vineyards for an hour-long wine-themed yoga class. After yoga we’ll enjoy wine tasting and healthy snacks on the patio.

All levels are welcome. Bring your yoga mat.

Cost is $25 a person and $20 for Wine Club Members.

You can purchase your tickets for the event by clicking here. If you are a Wine Club member please call (503) 538-3199 or e-mail Wine Club Manager Noel Johnson (wineclub@duckpondcellars.com) to purchase your discounted tickets.

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Over the shoulder shoulder holder backpack

In my yoga classes at the end of June and beginning of July we prepped the bodies for modified supported handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana).

We also practiced what I was calling over the shoulder shoulder holder (pictured to the left). A student told me another teacher calls it a backpack. So I am now calling it over the shoulder shoulder holder backpack.

We practiced the pictured “pose” after we had prepped the body to moved into a modified and supported handstand and practiced the handstand (if the student chose to do so).

I decided to sport the over the shoulder shoulder holder backpack recently while sitting at my desk/laptop for several hours to see how I felt, if that was accessible for my body, if it helped with my posture, etc.

I was surprised to find it fairly comfortable (I’m not saying it felt like soft and billowy cotton candy or anything).

What I felt in my body when I set up this way (and I got similar feedback from my students as well) is my posture … Continue reading

Happy Summer Solstice

Welcome Summer!

Read below for some fun ways to welcome Summer with me today, tomorrow and Saturday.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac Summer Solstice happens today, Thursday, June 21, 2018 specifically at 6:07 a.m. EDT (3:07 a.m. EDT).

In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice occurs when the Sun reaches both its highest and northernmost points in the sky. (In contrast, the June solstice in the Southern Hemisphere is when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky.)

The word “solstice” comes from Latin solstitium—from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that on the solstice, the sun appears to stop moving in the sky as it reaches its northern- or southernmost point. After the solstice, the sun appears to reverse course and head back in the opposite direction.

The timing of the June solstice is not based on a specific calendar date or time; it all depends on when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. Therefore, the June solstice won’t always occur on the same day.

Richard Rosen, explains why we practice Sun … Continue reading

Yurt Yoga

I teach an evening class at my friend Sandi’s lovely and beautiful Yoga Yurt at Garden Home Yoga and Wellness on Thursdays.

You can virtually tour her yoga yurt by visiting Garden Home Yoga and Wellness’ website.

There is limited space in the yurt so pre-registration is necessary. Your payment will come directly to me. You can pay cash, check or credit card at the yurt.

My all levels Hatha classes will be held on Thursdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Cost: 10 class pass $140 ($14 a class); 5 class pass $75 ($15 a class); and drop-in class $17.

Your first visit with me in the yurt, please plan to come a little early to fill out a waiver, new student information and to make payment. You can fill out the paperwork ahead of time by clicking Garden Home waiver:new student information 05.2018  and e-mailing to me ahead of time or bringing with you when you come to class.

You will need to reserve your spot ahead of time as space is limited. You can sign up for Thursday night classes in the yurt by clicking here. Or by clicking the blue button to the right.

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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 … Continue reading

Spring Forward 2018

It’s that time again to Spring Forward (on Sunday at 2 a.m.).

Twice a year I write about time change. (Read last year’s Spring Forward post here.)

I have never been a fan of time change.

I don’t get the point of it. I grew up in Arizona where time change doesn’t occur.

I say, let’s Spring Forward and be done with it. When is this going to finally happen????

To my Arizona family members who can never quite get the time difference: Starting Sunday we will be on the same time.

The past two years when we Sprang Forward I followed all of the advice (and then some) I am giving below and wow, it really does work! (Here’s the post about me taking my advice with time change.)

Unfortunately (or really fortunately) I am going to be in Las Vegas over the time change. Which means I basically will NOT be following any of my advice.

This is the advice I like to give on how to deal with time change:

2018 wine and yoga events

I am once again partnering with Hip Chicks do Wine in 2018 for more wine and yoga events.

Wine and yoga events at Hip Chicks are so much fun! If you came last year, you know how great they are, and you likely want to come again. And if you didn’t have a chance to come and want to, book the below dates now!

You don’t have to be hip or a chick to come and have fun. Guaranteed!

The dates are Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, May 12. (Summer dates are Saturday, June 23; Saturday, July 21; and Saturday, August 18.)

Registration is from 1:45-2 p.m.; yoga from 2-3 p.m.; and wine  and sangria tasting from 3-4 p.m.

This year Hip Chicks is also throwing in a sangria tasting in with our four wines.

Advanced tickets are $18 ($20 at the door).

Go to hipchicksdowine.com to purchase your tickets ahead of time to ensure your spot. (There is limited space.) If you click the linked dates above that … Continue reading

Lessons from an almost 4-year-old

In September last year (2017) a friend from the Bay Area was visiting with his almost 4-year-old (who is now 4!).

Our little friend has been practicing yoga for some time now at her day care. She loves it.

When she comes to visit she gets excited to see my yoga props and asks if she can use them. Of course!

I have a singing bowl that I use and play in my yoga classes. The bowl was sitting on a shelf and she was playing with it.

Think about how an almost 4-year-old would bang (or I mean, play) the singing bowl … She was banging the striker (wooden stick) against it and not holding it in a proper way.

I asked her if she could please play it “this way.” And I showed her how I wanted her to play the bowl.

She responded: Well, my yoga teacher has one of these and this is how she plays it.

I responded: I understand that. But this is my bowl and I am asking … Continue reading

Merry, Happy Everything!

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