Christmas Day yoga

1-xmas-dayI 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.buffalo-soldier

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.

‘Buffalo Soldier’

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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Celebrate Being Grateful

celebrate-being-grateful-social-mediaI am teaching a special yoga class called Celebrate Being Grateful on Thanksgiving morning at Turtles Yoga & Wellness in Beaverton.

Join me from 9:30-11 a.m. for a morning of yoga with a focus on gratitude and self care.

We will practice gratitude while recognizing how blessed we are in this life.

Extend your deepest gratitude for this moment and for all of the many blessings that bring you joy in your life.

We will come together for a Hatha alignment-based practice as we move mindfully while breathing deeply.

We will explore yoga poses that aid in digestion, detoxing naturally and cleansing.

We will also open our hearts with some supportive Restorative Yoga poses to end our class.

All levels are supported and welcome.

Suggested donation of $5. If you can afford $5, you pay $5. If you can’t, you don’t, which allows yoga to be accessible to all.

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Christmas Day Yoga

Christmas Day Yoga

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick Christmas post to wish everyone a lovely day no matter how you spend it, celebrating or not.

We are having a lazy, calm day starting with coffee and watching A Christmas Story. Red chili tamales to be consumed soon.

We’ve already chatted with Curt’s parents this morning. We will follow up with a few more calls this morning with more family.

I love Christmastime. And it is much more interesting this year with cardboard boxes surrounding the tree.

Here’s to a safe and happy holiday season.

Playing Secret Santa

I headed to Toys R Us today, one of my least favorite stores, to see if their holiday layaway program was still active.

Holiday layaways at Toys R Us end tomorrow. (If the full balance of the layaway isn’t paid in full the money already paid is returned to the person who opened the account and the items are put back on the shelf.)

For the past three years I have played Secret Santa at Christmastime. The first year I paid some layaways off at Kmart a couple of days before Christmas.

Last year and this year I made it before the Toys R Us deadline passed. Their holiday layaway cutoff timeline seems to close earlier than other Big Box stores.

The manager who helped me found two families with younger children with items such as Legos, Hello Kitty mike stand and other fun things.

I love knowing two families will be happier and have presents under the tree for their kids this year because of me (and The Husband).

Someone in Massachusetts paid off 150 holiday layaways worth about $20,000 earlier this month.

In Ohio, a Secret Santa paid off $15,000 in holiday layaways this year.

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The gift of yoga

I recently wrote a post about being frustrated with yoga. Frustrated with how I had learned things and how the more I learn I am finding more than one way to do something.

That bothered me for a few days and, of course, I wrote about it.

Soon after I started feeling better about my frustrations and discoveries and realized that this is actually a gift and I started to embrace it.

As my friend Nicole so eloquently put it: Isn’t that the gift of yoga – that we get to work through all that junk. (Junk being life, yoga poses, breathing, tough situations, daily activities, work, home life, getting to yoga class on time or at all, etc.)

I recently started practicing yoga with another teacher who is also part of the teacher training program. For years I have known about his reputation as a yoga teacher. I just hadn’t studied with him yet.

Until now.

I am seeing things so differently studying with Richard. It’s amazing.

And don’t get me wrong, my teachers are amazing and awesome and I love yoga so much because of them. But sometimes hearing a different teacher say the same thing in a … Continue reading

The best gift is giving to others

You feel better at Christmas when you give.

~Sarah on Radio Alice (while talking about toy drive)

The above quote was said recently by a morning DJ when talking about the morning show’s plan to run a huge toy drive in the Bay Area.

For many of us this is a happy time of the year (and stressful) but in the end fairly happy.

But for so many others it’s not the happiest time of the year.

There are a variety of reasons why this time of the year is not the happiest time of the year.

If it is difficult to get food on the table every night and pay the rent or a mortgage the thought of having to give gifts, especially to children must be heart wrenching.

On both sides of mine and Curt’s families we no longer give gifts at Christmas. No one needs anything. And really, it is stressful to find that perfect gift during this crazy time of year. We reserve that perfect gift for our birthdays.

And really, isn’t he best gift, giving to others?

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Keeping environmentally friendly during the season

Last year I wrote about the Delancey Street Foundation and that we support the organization by buying our tree at one of their lots every year. It was no different this year.

But what I wanted to write about this time around was the certified environmentally friendly tree we purchased.

According to the website, Coalition of Environmentally Conscious Growers, the Coalition group of Christmas tree growers agrees to farm using methods that are conscious of the environment, and to submit their farms to an ongoing series of independent physical audits that verify compliance with strict certification program standard.

According to the tag, which certifies that the tree was grown under stringent conditions, on our tree, the independent auditor evaluates using this criteria:

  • Riparian/Wetland Management
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Nutrient Management
  • Pest Management
  • Worker Safety and Protection
  • Biodiversity

Our tree came from Holiday Tree Farms has been growing trees since 1955. Our tree came from Oregon and was grown on a tree farm and not harvested from a natural forest.

And as I wrote in my post last year, North American real Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty percent of all artificial … Continue reading

Taking an inward journey

On Saturday in my all-day teacher training class we focused on meditation.

I think meditation is an important part of yoga practice and frankly, life. But I don’t have a regular mediation practice on my own. I can barely get in my 30-minute home yoga practice five times a week.

Mary, who taught class on Saturday, told us that meditation is an inward dark journey. A regular meditation practice is about showing inner kindness to ourselves. It gives us an opportunity to listen to what our body needs and wants.

One of our assignments was to pair up with a  classmate and schedule 10 days where we meditate on the same day. On Day 5 we check in. And after Day 10 we answer a few questions.

If I remember correctly we are asked to meditate 20-30 minutes each day. My eyes nearly fell out of my head. I was like, how am I gonna fit that in, too???

My buddy and I scheduled a time when I will be on my work winter break. But part of that time I will also be out of town. So that will be a challenge to get my meditation in and my … Continue reading