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Posts Tagged ‘alignment’

Living Yoga Yogathon

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 […]


Chair online yoga with Ann

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 […]


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 […]


Going bone deep

Every week in my yoga classes I have a theme. Last week and today we went bone deep. My theme idea came from an article a student shared with me. It was originally in the New York Times and was reprinted in The Oregonian. Click here for a link to the article. Weight-bearing exercises, which includes many yoga […]


Albany yoga basics workshop

Over the weekend Curt and I were in his hometown. Curt is from a small Missouri town. So small that they don’t have yoga among other things. I held a yoga workshop for members of the community. I love finding ways to bring yoga to anyone who wants to experience the practice. It was my […]


My Turtles update

My first two weeks at Turtles have been great. My very first class (on June 15) was a Monday night Gentle Yoga class. And I had 13 students. (The max is 15.) My students seemed receptive. And I heard from the front desk that I got lots of great feedback. My first Thursday night class was […]


Using props in yoga practice

Most weeks I teach yoga I have a theme. It could be feet, twists, low back, balancing poses, groins, etc. Whatever sequence I teach my classes for the week I am also practicing at home. Many of the places I teach currently don’t have props. Which has been a good challenge for me as a […]


Taking care of our feet with yoga

As a yoga teacher I teach and practice the same sequence for a week (as many of my yoga teachers do). The sequence I teach my students is the sequence I practice at home over the same week. And I usually like to have a theme each week, whether it is an anatomical focus or […]


Yup, I wear tight yoga pants

Last month a woman wrote a blog post about why she decided to stop wearing tight yoga pants in public, which Yoganonymous reposted. Now she has clearly stated that this is just about herself and she is not telling anyone else that they shouldn’t wear tight yoga pants in public. During a conversation with her friends […]


My style as a yoga teacher

After I graduated from yoga teacher training a good friend gave me a beautiful journal. I decided to use it as my class teaching sequence book. I have a notebook for my own home practice and one with sequences I teach. (A yoga sequence is an order of the poses I am teaching or practicing or […]