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.

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Spring Forward 2017

It’s that time again to Spring Forward (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.

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

Last year 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.)

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

Wine and yoga event

I am super excited to announce that I am partnering with Hip Chicks Do Wine for two wine and yoga events.

Don’t worry, we’ll practice yoga first and enjoy wine after. Yoga before wine … you’ll be fine.

There are two wine and yoga events planned for Saturdays, April 8 and May 6, from 1:45-4 p.m.

Cost is $15 in advance/$18 at the door.

Registration is from 1:45-2 p.m.; yoga from 2-3 p.m.; and from 3-4 p.m. we’ll taste four wines from Hip Chicks Do Wine.

All levels of yoga are supported and welcome.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

I anticipate these events selling out, so it would be a good idea to buy your tickets ahead of time.

You can purchase your tickets on Hip Chick’s website.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail winegoddess@hipchicksdowine.com or ann@gofitgirl.com.

Beaverton Huddle sets up pantry drive

We stood up … We spoke up … We follow up

 

I mentioned in an earlier post about being part of a Beaverton Huddle.

We met for the first time Thursday, Feb. 9 as part of the Women’s March 10 actions in the first 100 days.

The idea of the Huddles all over the nation (and possibly the world) was to gather with others to define our next steps, and envision how to transform the energy we saw at Women’s Marches into local and national action.

Many things and ideas were discussed. We talked about how we were feeling. And that we want to take some sort of action. It was a really beautiful and empowering experience. An amazing way to continue our work as peaceful and loving activists.

A few things that were said during the meeting:

  • Our work isn’t done
  • We are in a space where crazy is possible
  • Any legitimate religion is about love
  • (We want) real knowledge (about certain subjects–such as redistricting)
  • We stood up … We spoke up … We follow up
  • (We want to live in a world) where kindness is seen as true strength

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13/14 Days of Love and Yoga

I was invited to participate in a partner yoga challenge for 14 days from Feb. 1-14.

My partner doesn’t practice yoga. But I still wanted to participate in the challenge.

Some of my male yoga students came up with the couch/beer partner pose idea.

I adjusted it slightly since The Husband is usually lounging in the La-Z-Boy with his beer.

I had to modify and make adjustments to the poses since I was working with a piece of furniture and not an actual person. It was fun and challenging.

I love that this challenge had me thinking of new ways to show and represent the poses and have some fun.

As a yoga teacher I am regularly challenged to modify or make adjustments in poses for students and myself.

No Day 13 photo as no challenge was posted. On Day 14 I came up with my own partner pose to complete the challenge.

To see all 13 pictures over the past two weeks, click here.

Chair online yoga with Ann

During Portland’s last snowstorm I knew I would have many classes canceled.

We’ve had several snowstorms/ice storms since December that it’s difficult to keep track.

But one of the more major ones in December had me going stir crazy. I knew I couldn’t just binge watch TV during another–and yes there was another and another …

In mid-January I decided that each day I was snowed in I would film a different online yoga class.

I did a basics yoga class, which you can find here. Then I got sick and didn’t tape any more.

I had some time on Friday to experiment with a chair yoga online class, which can be found here.

Both online classes can also be found if you click My Classes tab.

I don’t teach gentle or chair yoga classes. But I have enough knowledge to experiment. My students range from beginner to injured to in their 20s to their 70s (sometimes I even teach kids) to very flexible to very inflexible to practicing once a week to practicing almost every day to being a yoga teacher to someone who has a regular home practice to someone who is intermediate or advanced.

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Making my voice heard

“We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”

I along, with millions of others, around the globe marched and protested last Saturday, Jan. 21.

It felt amazing to be surrounded by love, kindness, mutual respect … to feel welcomed, loved and safe.

Marches around the globe were peaceful. Just as a peaceful protest should be.

I loved looking at all of my friends’ pictures posted on social media and pictures from around the United States and world. Check out pictures posted on the The New York Times website. It’s so powerful, beautiful and amazing. I took a few photos at the march in Portland, Ore. You can view them here.

Why did I march?

I marched because I believe our president has made clear that he doesn’t care about all Americans. He has openly lied. He has mocked, offended, said awful, terrible things about women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, non-Christian religions, a Gold Star family, the media, etc. A true president represents ALL Americans.

I believe he is just in this for himself. A president works for the people. He should be serving all Americans. I don’t believe he … Continue reading

Yoga with Ann … online

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 … Continue reading