Standing up for women

Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day.

It’s also a protest/strike day: A Day Without A Woman. More information can be found here.

A day for women to strike.

I have given this day, this strike a lot of thought.

If I were still in the corporate world I would absolutely take the day off without pay.

But if I don’t teach (aka work) there are consequences.

Simply put: If I don’t work I don’t get paid. And believe me, as a yoga teacher I need every penny I earn.

And it isn’t fair to my students if I don’t teach.

I teach two private office yoga classes on Wednesdays. My students have already paid me for these classes. So they would either not get yoga … but still pay for it … or not get yoga and I have to pay them back for that class.

Neither option seems like a good idea to me.

My third class on Wednesdays is a cycle class at a gym. I could get a sub. If I am not able to get a sub … I still have to teach. Plus the following Wednesday I have a sub in place as … Continue reading

We can be strong and support each other

Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. The come together and they fall apart. They they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

~Excerpt from Pema Chödrön’s “When Things Fall Apart”

 

We are stronger together. I truly believe that.

I have been taking the past few days to reflect and think about the election, the results and what it all means and how I feel about it. I’ve been collecting and gathering my thoughts and feelings.

I cried a lot on Wednesday. I am still so very sad, heartbroken, in shock and disbelief, angry …

As a woman I feel as I do; as a Mexican American I feel as I do; as a feminist I feel as I do; as a human being I feel as I do; as someone who was raised to love everyone I feel as I … Continue reading

Sundays off

Today was my last day regularly teaching on Sundays.

I made a decision for me. I needed another day off. I needed to be able to spend more time with The Husband. I needed to be able to sleep in on Sundays. I needed to be able to make a brunch on Sundays with out-of-town friends.

I am exhausted and tired and can’t be the best teacher I can teaching so much and not having more time off for me.

When I told my students I was giving up my classes it was so hard to do. I got teary. But I told them this is not about them, it’s about me.

It has to be about me.

I am considered a full-time teacher with five weekly cycle classes and 10 (some private) weekly yoga classes. (Even with the adjustment in my schedule I am considered full time.)

I only had Tuesdays off. And even though I don’t normally teach Tuesdays (I try to reserve that date for me) I still have a lot to do in order to teach: writing up/finalizing and practicing a yoga sequence for the coming week (after likely doing hours of research/reading/planning over the weekend); … Continue reading

Ann’s third newsletter

Athleta June Studio of the MonthMy third newsletter came out Wednesday, June 1.

I am reposting it for my GFG! readers right here.

If you would like to sign up to receive future newsletters in your inbox, you can go right here to enter your e-mail address.

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Friends,

Thank you so much for your interest in my newsletter.

Many have been asking when the next newsletter is coming out. The wait is over and here it is.

This is my third newsletter. I have reposted the first two on my blog, Go Fit Girl! You can read the first here and the second here.

Wow, first day of June. I have some exciting things coming up this month.

Upcoming June yoga class themes:

Voting as a no-party liberal

Today is primary election day in Oregon.

I’m a political person to a point.

The first election I was able to vote in was when Bill Clinton ran for President in 1992. I was proud that Arizona went blue in 1996 for Bill’s second run.

At some point I changed my party from Democrat to no party.

I decided to become no party as a journalist. And I’ve kept it that way ever since.

In Oregon I can’t vote in the primary this time around. (That could change soon.) And I decided not to change my political party for the primary. That was my decision alone. And anyone who did change their party to vote, good for you. I decided that wasn’t best for me.

Even within the Democratic party I am tired and annoyed of all the bashing on both sides.

And I won’t even go into how I feel about that Republican nominee. Except to say being childish, mean-spirited racist, a xenophobe, a misogynist, lacking any sort of political experience … does not make a U.S. President … even a really bad one.

I am a woman. I am Mexican-American. I live in Oregon. I am an Arizona (and … Continue reading

My second awesome newsletter

My second newsletter came out last Thursday (May 5).

I am reposting it for my GFG! readers right here.

If you would like to sign up to receive future newsletters in your inbox, you can go right here to enter your e-mail address.

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Dear friends,

Thank you for your interest in my newsletter.

If you didn’t receive the first newsletter (this is only the second) you can click here and read it on my blog. (The first one went out on Friday, April 15.)

There was one broken link in my first newsletter, which took you to my blog post called Going Bone Deep. The link should be good this time around.

Some of you told me you didn’t get the first newsletter. Likely one of two things happened, either I got your e-mail address wrong or the newsletter went into your Spam/Junk folder.

You will either be getting this newsletter once or twice (or even zero times–but then you won’t even know it). After I send it out I am going to follow up with an e-mail. This will let me know who’s e-mail I have incorrect. And if I have it correct it will alert you that … Continue reading

Here’s to another year of reinvention

At the end of my yoga teacher training in May 2014 we did an exercise in class where we pretended like we were all getting together a year later for a reunion.

We talked about what we did. The idea was if we said it as if it did actually happen it would make it more real. We were advised to write a letter to ourselves to read in a year, which I did.

I wrote to myself on May 9, 2014 with instructions on the envelope that I could open the letter on May 8, 2015 or later. I opened that letter May 8, 2015.

I read the letter a year ago (and wrote about it here) and wrote myself a second letter to be read on May 8, 2016 or later.

I opened that letter last night and am posting today (May 9, 2016).

I stated intentions in my second letter (with some edits) to the following:

Dear Ann–now a yoga teacher with almost two years of teaching. DONE

My newsletter

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Last Friday (April 15) I posted my first newsletter.

I am reposting it for my GFG! readers right here.

If you would like to sign up to receive future newsletters in your inbox, you can go right here to enter your e-mail address.

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Hey friends! Welcome to my first newsletter.

I’m so excited to start a newsletter. I’m not sure yet how often a newsletter will come out. But I won’t go overboard. I know we all get lots of junk and can miss the important e-mails.

My newsletter will update you on things going on for me and you. Whether it’s about yoga, indoor cycling, a blog post, eating/cooking, a workshop or something cool coming up. You will be updated here and you can always go to my blog for information as well: Go Fit Girl!

Last week’s yoga sequence theme was about us going bone deep. Weight-bearing yoga poses can reverse the negative effects of osteopenia (loss … Continue reading

Each day is a gift …

FryeWe need to remember how precious each day is and live life to the fullest.

I recently lost a student in cycle class. It was traumatic and scary.

The very first cycle class I taught in the Portland-area I was a little nervous to teach as I was still new at teaching cycle, I was taking over a class where the students were used to their regular teacher (who went on maternity leave) and later I found out the group had been cycling together for years.

But he introduced himself to me and made me feel welcome.

He was a kind man and had a big heart.

His loss is a big one.

I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to know him and have him as a part of my life.

In this tragedy I have gotten to know the family of my student, I have gotten closer with many of my cycle students and staff at the gym and I am reminded about what is really important in life.

Tell those you love that you love them. Tell those that … Continue reading

My life a year later

A year ago today I left the corporate world.

(Tomorrow will be the year anniversary of my first day of FUNemployment.)

A lot happened to lead up to my decision. And I won’t go into details here why I did. But it was time for me to go. (I have talked about it somewhat in the past if you want to read undoing with new chapter and pursuing happiness and finding your paradise.)

I am not talking badly about those in the corporate world. I understand it. I lived it for more than 15 years. Because of it I am able to live the life I do now.

There were advantages to working in the corporate world. It afforded lots of amazing travel; ease of living in the Bay Area; lots of three-day weekends; a lifestyle I enjoyed; shopping for clothes, shoes and purses when I wanted; us able to donate a considerable amount of money to charities (and Uncle Sam); not living paycheck to paycheck; me the opportunity to work with many great people and learn a ton; and making some friends for life …

It wasn’t my intention to be a full-time yoga (and cycling) teacher. My plan was … Continue reading