Upcoming first official yoga class

In EIGHT days I will be a certified yoga teacher.

This has been a long journey at Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Deep Yoga teacher training: 10 months of school, homework, yoga classes, observing and assisting, weekends, Thursday nights …

Days after I graduate I am heading to my hometown of Tucson to have some R&R, visit family and teach my first official yoga class as a certified yoga teacher at Mindful Yoga Studio.

My class is called Do Good While You Feel Good, a donation class to benefit Tucson’s Community Food Bank.

Here is a link to the event invite on Go Fit Girl’s Facebook page.

This event is open to anyone. Please invite your friends. It will be great support to me, Mindful Yoga Studio and the food bank.

I have learned so much over these past 10 months. And now it is time to put them to practice. It will likely be a little rocky at first. But the more I teach, the easier and better it will get.

I’ve already been working on the class I’m planning to teach. It’s part of my home practice. I think it will be a great beginner practice or … Continue reading

Meditating, lunch breaks & doing nothing are winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s Comment Contest Tuesday.

There were just a few responses. But they were all great and I appreciated every single one of them.

It is so important for us to take care of ourselves while we are taking care of others.

This Comment Contest Tuesday was part of December’s Monthly Challenge. It lasted for a two-week period and had Challengers do and comment on 5 things attempted each day or over the two weeks.

Brenda mentioned that she wanted to try meditating for 5 minutes each day. Alicia said she was going to take a lunch break at work. Nicole M. is trying to do nothing for a whole 5 minutes. Nicole and her family are going to volunteer 5 times this month, for organizations or events that don’t benefit them personally. One of the volunteer items Nicole and her family are doing is taking canned food donations at WinterHaven, which essentially is a neighborhood festival of lights in Tucson. Brenda said she would be visiting WinterHaven and bringing 5 cans of food.

According to the WinterHaven website, in 2012, more than $20,000 and 33,905 pounds of food were donated to the food bank … Continue reading

Comment Contest Tuesday: 5 for 5

This Comment Contest Tuesday stems from Go Fit Girl’s December Monthly Challenge: Free(ish) for 5.

In the spirit of the holiday season we are usually thinking about others, which makes us amazing people. But we also have to make sure we take care of ourselves.

In the spirit of 5 for 5, over the next two weeks tell me 5 things you attempt each day or over the two weeks. (This Comment Contest Tuesday is going to last from today until Tuesday, Dec. 17). But you can can continue 5 for 5 this whole month and beyond.

This CCT is simple and we can all participate.

Some 5-minute ideas: Meditate for 5 minutes; take a brisk 5-minute walk; try handstand or headstand for 5 minutes (this one is definitely one for me); do crunches for 5 minutes; do a couple of relaxing yoga poses for 5 minutes …

Some 5-things ideas: Let 5 cars ahead of you while in traffic (doesn’t have to be all at once); smile at 5 strangers; give 5 strangers a compliment; find 5 things you like about yourself; pick up 5 pieces of trash (maybe while on your 5-minute walk); have 5 servings of water … Continue reading

Helping the GreaterGood

The other day in the mail I received a gorgeous scarf from my brother. Either an early Christmas present or late birthday present.

There was a pamphlet included with the scarf about greatergood.org (in partnership with greatergood.com).

Greatergood.org website simply states: GreaterGood works to protect people, pets and the planet.

My scarf came from the Animal Rescue Site shop as animal rescue is something my brother is passionate about. My scarf funded 28 bowls of food.

I love this!

I perused their website and found many cool programs they work to support. My favorite is Operation Sandwich. (I also like Cats R Cool. And frankly all the programs are awesome.)

According to the site, a food bank in Seattle has teamed up with GreaterGood to launch Operation Sandwich to fight back against hunger. GreaterGood staff and other local volunteers will prepare sandwiches every week for the homeless and working poor.

The site also says, sandwiches provide an easy, cost-effective way to craft complete and ready-to-eat meals that are also handheld and portable, meaning they travel well to school or work where prohibitive prices often mean missed meals. Sandwiches are also nutritious, and for some homeless, it might be the … Continue reading

Helping Brighter Beginnings

Curt and I support a variety of charities and different programs. Whether it be our alma maters, food banks, Planned Parenthood, Humane Society, organizations focused on children, etc.

One of the organizations we are passionate about is Brighter Beginnings, which works to support healthy births and successful development of children by partnering with parents and helping to build strong communities.

Curt and I were invited to a fundraising event on Saturday night. Curt had other plans so I took a girlfriend with me.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee attended the event as well.

We had a good dinner, tasty wine and met some interesting people.

There was a raffle before dinner.

After dinner, a young woman who has benefited from Brighter Beginnings services spoke. She had her baby when she was 17. After having her baby she was a little behind in school. But managed to catch up and graduate with a 3.92. She was honest and well-spoken.

What I really loved about her is that she has taken her situation and the help from Brighter Beginnings and is paying it forward. She is a peer counselor to teach at-risk teens pregnancy prevention in East Bay high schools.

After she spoke the auction … Continue reading

June Monthly Challenge: Greek yogurt, exercise routine & giving

All right, it’s time for Go Fit Girl’s June Monthly Challenge.

I want to say thank you to everyone who participated in Go Fit Girl’s Comment Contest Tuesday. There were lots of great ideas for future Monthly Challenges. And I promise to use them in the upcoming months. But I did have some ideas already for June’s challenges.

Ready for them?

Nutrition: I got this idea when we ended up with a vat of plain Greek yogurt recently. If there are any vegans out there I did find a vegan version of Greek yogurt. I’m sure that isn’t the only brand available.

Experiment  and get inventive with plain Greek yogurt and use it in various meals. I found multiple ways to use it. I will write about my meal/snack experiments sometime this month.

If you absolutely don’t want to work with Greek yogurt come up with something else.

Exercise: The New York Times recently wrote about The Scientific 7-Minute Workout. I am not 100% excited about the routine proposed. But with modifications I think this is a great exercise routine.

It has been scientifically proven that adults need 30 minutes of cardio five days a week. You can … Continue reading

Basic necessities=Christmas spirit

Merry Christmas!

Or happy whatever you celebrate or don’t. Enjoy your time off with your family or friends or if you choose to spend it alone.

And for all those who have to work today, thank you.

I feel lucky for all the family I got to see over the past few days: parents, my in-laws, my brother, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles …

Are you sick of me talking about charities and donations and helping others? I doubt it. But hey, it’s my passion. And I am gonna keep talking about it and hope I rub off on others.

As I have said before we no longer exchange gifts with our families. Instead we donate to charities. We all have different organizations we like to support.

Some of the charities we and our families have supported in lieu of gifts are Brighter BeginningsPajama ProgramHeifer InternationalPlanned ParenthoodCharity Choice Gift Cards, Alameda County Food Bank, Tucson Food Bank, Emerge, Poverello House among others.

For the past year or so I have been supporting the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center in Berkeley. I collect toiletries when we travel and occasionally take them to the … Continue reading