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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“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.
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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 email@example.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
Wow, Snowpocalypse Part 4 came to Portland with a vengeance.
Please be safe and stay warm.
Only drive if you absolutely have to.
The best way to keep updated with the status of my classes is to visit: gofitgirl.com/yoga-classes/.
That will be the most up-to-date place to find out if classes have been canceled.
(I anticipate many cancellations.)
Hip openers were planned for this week’s yoga sequence. Don’t worry, hips will still happen … next month.
Today is the last day of 2016.
I know many are saying good riddance to this year. But really, why?
There are some things that happened this year that I am not happy with. But many great things happened this year as well.
And we can’t have joy without suffering and we can’t have suffering without joy.
And I truly believe that everything we experience good and bad make us who we are today. So on Dec. 31, 2017 we will look back and see what has changed (good and bad) and how we have changed over the past year.
As we all are well aware many celebrities died this year. Their deaths stand out more because they are celebrities.
But many people lost someone this year who they really loved and cared about. Whether a parent, spouse, friend, child, grandparent, sibling, etc.
I’m not discounting your feelings toward a celebrity whose music meant something to you when you were an awkward teenager and needed someone to relate to or a fabulous actress or actor who really spoke to you or an author who got into your imagination and made the words from the pages real in your own mind/imagination or … Continue reading
I am teaching a special yoga class on New Year’s Day at Turtles Yoga and Wellness as we step out of 2016 and transition into 2017.
As we enter the new year we will take the time to set our intentions for the coming year.
We will start our lovely practice by setting our intentions and a meditation, we will move through an active asana practice and end with restorative poses as we calm the body and mind.
New Year’s Day class: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Suggested donation: $5-$10.
Proceeds will be donated to the Beaverton Clothes Closet, which provides free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.
You can step out of 2016 with me on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10:15-11:45 a.m. with her transition-themed Hatha Align to Restorative class. (Membership, class pass or drop-in fee will apply.)
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.
When you Fall Back, you “gain” an hour. But that gain can still really mess you up. If you normally get up at 5 a.m. then you are likely gonna start rousing at 4 a.m. Ugh! And the evenings get darker earlier, which has already been happening lately.
That “gained” hour can throw your day (or even the following week) off.
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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