Snowpocalypse Part 4

yoga-snowWow, 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.

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Goodbye, 2016 … Hello, 2017

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

New Year’s Day yoga class

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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.)

Merry, Happy Everything!

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Preparing for Fall Back 2016

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.

There are ways to help your … 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

Before … after … and now

For about the past year to year and a half I have been the healthiest I have ever been. Not the smallest or thinnest, but the healthiest.

I turn 42 in one month and I feel amazing. And I think I look pretty good, too. I know that’s not what it is all about. It’s about being and feeling healthy. But I’ll be honest, it feels good to look good.

I work hard at being healthy. At times it is easy. And other times it’s so so difficult.

But I haven’t always looked the way I look now.

When I was younger I was considered skinny. (I seriously hate that word and all that it implies.)

I could basically eat and drink anything I wanted and not gain weight.

Then I turned 25. I had a sedentary job. I worked second shift and ate a lot of my meals at my desk, which weren’t actually healthy and usually came in some sort of wrapper (as in fast food).

Over a seven year period I gained 30 pounds.

I hated shopping for clothes. I lacked confidence. It was difficult to go on hikes with friends.

One day a friend and co-worker asked me … Continue reading

Yoga, a park and cats

I taught two yoga classes in the park this month.

Practicing yoga under the sky with the cool grass below our feet and a view of trees and children playing was a great and fun experience.

I had students from my various public yoga classes join me for both Yoga in the Park with Ann classes.

Connecting with the earth, the ground, nature, each other under a blue or gray sky (one day was a little cloudy) with a green cool floor and green walls with the sounds of the outside world coming into our yoga class must be done one more time before the skies become gray and cold and wet in Portland.

Which means I’m going to teach one more Yoga in the Park with Ann next month.

The details are below:

THE WHAT: Yoga in the Park with Ann
THE WHERE: Evelyn M. Schiffler Memorial Park, SW Erickson Ave., Beaverton, Ore.
THE TIME: 6-7 p.m.
THE DAY: Tuesday, Sept. 20
THE PRICE: Suggested donation of $5 (but no one will be turned away)
THE WHAT ELSE: Bring your yoga mat. Be dressed for a yoga class. Clothing should be comfortable.

Bring friends, kids, neighbors. Children are welcome as long … Continue reading

My Triangle continues to transform

Over the past three years I have been observing Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) in my body.

To the left you can see the variations and changes over the past three years.

When I applied for Piedmont’s Yoga Teacher Training in May/June 2013 an optional part of the application was to include a picture of myself in Triangle Pose.

Once in the teacher training our long-term anatomy project was to pick three yoga

poses that we were able to do but found challenging.

My three poses were Utthita Trikonasa (pictured); Dolphin; and Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby).

The top middle photo is the first photo I submitted for my long-term anatomy project.

We took the first set of photos of our three poses and did a write-up on the poses.

Over several months we explored our three poses and learned about our bodies in the poses in terms of alignment and feeling, whether emotional and/or physical.

There is a vast improvement between the first and second pose. I learned to eliminate hyperextension in the front leg without losing strength in the pose. I found a better spot for my head and neck. And I found more extension in my side body.

(If you want to … Continue reading