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
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.
… Continue reading
“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
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.