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:
- I will reduce my yoga class teaching schedule to make it more manageable for me physically, mentally and emotionally. DONE. My schedule … Continue reading
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
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
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
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:
- Don’t go to bed too late Saturday and Sunday night.
- Make sure you have breakfast Sunday morning (and every morning).
- Try not to eat a lot of crap. Stick to fruits and veggies as snacks instead of sugary or salty foods.
- Drinks lots of water Saturday and Sunday (and every day).
- Exercise. (At least a walk sometime Sunday and maybe even Saturday.) I’ll be doing my own yoga home practice and taking … Continue reading
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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
Friday, Feb. 17 is The … Continue reading
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.
On Thursday evening I was part of a Huddle.
I gathered with other women at a coffee shop in Beaverton 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. It was a really beautiful and empowering experience. An amazing way to continue our work as peaceful and loving activists.
I will write more about my experience at my first Huddle meeting later on. But for now I want to talk about something that came out of our meeting.
We decided as a group something we can do easily is to help resupply the Disability, Aging and Veteran Services pantry in Washington County, Oregon.
This is the full pantry wish list: (items marked ** are especially needed)
- **CANNED TUNA, CHICKEN OR TURKEY IN WATER**
- **SMALL JARS PEANUT BUTTER**
- **SOUPS – (POP TOPS EASIER, LIKE PROGRESSO BRAND, FOR HOMELESS AND SENIORS)**
HEALTHY COLD CEREALS
- HOT OATMEAL PACKETS
- SMALL BOXED RAISINS
- GRANOLA BARS
- CANDY BARS
- SMALL PACKAGED NUTS
- SMALL PACKAGED CRACKERS
- FRUIT CUPS
- PUDDING CUPS
- JUICE BOXES
- MEALS IN A CAN: CHILI, STEW, RAVIOLI
- **MICROWAVEABLE INDIVIDUAL PORTIONS MAC AND CHEESE**
- **LIQUID PROTEIN DRINKS LIKE BOOST OR ENSURE**
- INSTANT MASHED POTATOS (SMALL PACKETS)
- MICROWAVABLE RICE (SMALL PACKETS)
- PASTA SAUCE
- SUGAR FREE FOODS FOR DIABETICS
- PET FOOD FOR CATS AND DOGS
- **For Homeless Hygiene Kits: bar soap/small toothpastes/toothbrushes/individual sized shampoos**
Items can be dropped off at Solace & Fine Espresso in Beaverton (4655 … Continue reading