Yurt Yoga

Starting Thursday, May 3 I will be teaching two evening classes in my friend Sandi’s lovely and beautiful Yoga Yurt at Garden Home Yoga and Wellness.

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 (starting May 3) from 5:45-7 p.m. and 7:15-8:30 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 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.

If you have any issues signing up or any questions you can e-mail me at ann@gofitgirl.com.

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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

Merry, Happy Everything!

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Fall Back 2017

Wow, It’s been months and months since I’ve written a post. There are definitely things I want to share with you all. Just time isn’t on my side these days.

You can keep up with me via social media and my monthly newsletter (you can sign up with the button to the top right.)

On to this post …

Twice a year I write about time change. And we are upon that time once again.

For most of us in the U.S. we will Fall Back on Sunday at 2 a.m.

Many of my readers are from Arizona, so this post doesn’t apply to you as much. (And note to my family, starting Sunday I will be an hour behind for about four months.) But I think the suggestions I am going to make are great whenever you cross time zones or as we move into the cooler and darker (and in Oregon, wetter) season.

I am not a great sleeper. And time change for me is pretty difficult.

When you Spring Forward, you lose an hour. The light is different. It is more difficult to get to bed on time for your workweek.

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Continuing to reinvent myself

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 later (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 year and posted about it on May 9, 2016.

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

Bracket winners

The yoga theme champion is … the psoas (pronounced so-as)!

I am really surprised by this winner. I thought for sure it would be the neck.

But I do think the psoas is pretty awesome.

The psoas is one of the most important muscles in the body. It is a deep-seated muscle that originates at the front of the lumbar, runs along the inner surface of the pelvis and over the pubis to attach to the inner surface of the femur bone at the lesser trochanter.

It is the biggest and strongest  muscle of the hip flexors. It is the only muscle that bridges the torso with the legs. Psoas affects posture and helps to stabilize the spine. If it is out of balance it can contribute to low back pain and pelvic pain.

I had 120 entries for Ann’s March Madness Repeats Final Four brackets. As I mentioned above, the psoas was the yoga theme champion (which means it will be a repeated sequence during May Muscle Goodness.) The neck and feet tied for … Continue reading

Fundraising month(s)

In a previous post I mentioned that I am fundraising for Living Yoga’s Yogathon. I will be fundraising for Living Yoga for all of April.

I am also fundraising for Rose Haven. I will be walking on Mother’s Day with members of my Beaverton Huddle. We will join hundreds of people for this Mother’s Day to honor the special women in our lives while raising funds to empower women and children of Rose Haven experiencing homelessness, abuse and other disruptive life events.

Rose Haven fills a unique niche as one of the very few shelters available for women and children during the daytime, when they have nowhere else to go for safety and support.

Rose Haven provides basic services that meet their immediate needs for safety, food, clothing, hygiene products, etc. They also offer support to help them address longer-term challenges related to employment, housing, medical and legal issues.

You can donate to my fundraising page, directly to me (and I will get it to my fundraising page) or you can join my team and walk with us on … Continue reading

Living Yoga Yogathon

I am participating in fundraising for Living Yoga’s Yogathon in the month of April.

Living Yoga is a nonprofit in Portland, which is changing lives by fostering healing and resilience in vulnerable and marginalized communities through trauma-informed yoga.

Living Yoga brings trauma-informed yoga classes to prisons, youth centers, addiction facilities and to people in the community who would not otherwise have access to yoga.

You can find my fundraising page here.

I am teaching a benefit class at Turtles Yoga & Wellness this month. All proceeds will be donated to Living Yoga.

What: All levels Hatha benefit class
When: Saturday, April 22
Time: noon-1 p.m.
Where: Turtles Yoga & Wellness in Beaverton
Suggested donation: $5-10 (all proceeds will go to Living Yoga)

My donation-based Hatha benefit class will have an emphasis on anatomy and alignment with a focus on celebrating Earth Day. The class will incorporate yoga poses, regulated breathing and meditation with a little fun and humor thrown in. All levels are supported and welcome.

You can come to class and donate and/or you can go to my fundraising page, link above. You can also donate to Turtles’ fundraising … Continue reading