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**
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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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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.)
I will be teaching a special yoga class Christmas morning at OmBase in Hillsdale.
My Christmas Hatha Blend! class will be from 10-11:30 a.m.
Suggested donation: $10-$20. All proceeds will be donated to Standing Rock.
Spots are filling up, but there are still some openings available. Space is limited. Sign up ahead of time to secure your spot.
You can sign up by calling 503-922-3100 or going online.
We will have fun with our holiday-themed sequence as we will stretch, strengthen, open and relax the body and mind. We will end in a long and lovely savasana.
Portland, Ore. artist, Ryan McAbery, has created “Buffalo Soldier” Standing Rock Bison Fundraiser (pictured at the right).
You can purchase an 11×14 signed print for $25. To order online, go here. You can also purchase the print at OmBase.
Ryan will donate 100% of the purchases to help pay for Standing Rock medical expenses and legal fees.
Happy, Merry Everything!
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My theme over the past week was about being reflective and showing self-care.
The sequence was more about being in the pose than getting into it. Reminding ourselves of peace, love, compassion, kindness and acceptance for ourselves.
I was really excited to teach this and share it.
But then Snowpocalypse part deux happened in Portland. My classes from Wednesday evening through Saturday were canceled.
This sequence was basically my Christmas (or whatever you celebrate or don’t) gift to my students.
So many didn’t get to practice the sequence with me. Those who did seemed to enjoy it and I received some good feedback.
So, I decided to whip up (well, work diligently–I’m no artist) some stick figures of the sequence for my students and readers and friends to use and enjoy.
If you would like me to e-mail you a full-sized PDF, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send one your way.
If you’re one of my regular Portland-area students I will have some copies of the sequence with me.
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As we get ready to enter what I call the Crazy Time Season we have to remember to take care of ourselves.
Self-care is so important but we tend to neglect taking care of No. 1.
I truly believe you can’t take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself.
Self-care comes in many forms. For me it can be a yoga class (where I am a student), my monthly massage, an occasional mani/pedi, vegging on the couch binge watching my favorite shows, knitting, restorative yoga, enjoying good cup of coffee or tea while just sipping and enjoying …
Maybe for you it’s any of the things I listed above or it could be a bubble bath, a hike, a bike ride … or something else.
Stress is a big part of our everyday lives.
When restorative yoga is practiced regularly and even as little as five minutes a day, it can help to heal the effects of chronic stress. Adrenal fatigue is a common and growing problem in modern life. Restorative yoga kicks in the parasympathetic nervous system, rest and digest.
On Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. I am teaching a restorative yoga workshop.
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