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 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

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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Bittersweet

ombase-class-coming-soonToday was my last Thursday teaching two classes. Two super fun classes. Two classes with amazing students.

About a month or so ago I gave notice for my Sunday classes. I realized I needed another day off. One day off a week (where I was still quite busy and sometimes subbing) was just not enough.

My students were so understanding and supportive. I wrote about it in a post.

And again, I feel (and know) that I have the best students in the world.

Today was bittersweet as I bid farewell to two of my classes. One a morning cycle class and a noon yoga class.

Starting next Thursday, Nov. 3, I will be teaching Thursdays at OmBase in Hillsdale. I feel so lucky to have found this space owned by two amazing people.

At the end of August I started subbing at OmBase. After just my second class the owners got some great feedback on me, my class and teaching. So much so that they offered me a class.

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Christmas Day Yoga

Review Wednesday: Be More Yogic

Be More Yogic is a website, which offers yoga video classes for all levels and styles, to use online. The videos are compatible on the iPhone, iPad, Macbooks, Apple TV, Android, tablets, PCs, laptops and HD TVs.

You can sign up for a free trial, which according to the site, lasts as long as you want.

The site offers three teachers; various levels; about 50 videos, videos from 5 minutes to almost 120 minutes; a variety of yoga styles, such as Vinyasa, Yin, meditation, Ashtanga, breathing, etc.

Short tutorials and breakdowns on poses are also offered. There’s even yoga for runners and desk yoga. The site also offers a blog and a bio on each teacher.

There were no full free practices. But the free videos give you a good idea of the site, such as guided meditation, instruction on a few poses and yoga tips for flights.

To use the free classes you have to sign up as a member. But all you have to do is give first and last name, e-mail address and create a password. After that you are good to go.

The site describes Be More Yogic as an online Yoga Community offering yoga video classes … Continue reading

A week in the life of Ann on Weight Watchers

One of my regular readers, Jen, asked if I would be willing to share what I eat to be successful on Weight Watchers®.

So I am going to share my “menus”/tracking/what I have eaten this week.

For those of you not familiar with WW–just a few things I want to mention before I launch into my food intake.

Right now I don’t attend meetings (I do highly recommend finding a meeting that works for you. The support and ideas are amazing.) I track my food daily online.

When on WW you get daily points, weekly points (which can be distributed throughout the week or maybe for one big outing or “frivolous” meal or party) and you can also earn activity points–if you exercise you earn more points for the day (and week).

To be successful in weight loss or maintaining your weight planning is very important. I will admit that lately my planning hasn’t been great. Lucky for me at work we have a salad bar with a good variety of items and usually a lot of protein.

Monday

Just breathe …

Yoga class was a treat this morning. Even more than normal.

I took a friend with me.

Our friends Stefanie and Aaron are in town along with their teenage son and 4-year-old son. They are on their way to Disneyland. But stopped in the Bay Area for a couple of days.

Anyway, Stefanie and I went to the 9 a.m. Hatha yoga class with Vickie. Normally I take the 10:45 Vinyasa class with Ashley. But on occasion I take Vickie’s Sunday class.

It was nice to take a friend along with me. And Vickie thought we were related.

Today we focused on breathing, especially in our diaphragm. We focused on opening our sides and breathing through the muscles in our ribs, our intercostal muscles. The breathing exercises we worked on helped us open up our kidneys as well.

I love when I learn something new about my body in yoga class.

Over the years of practicing yoga I have learned many breathing techniques. I learn how to breathe when I am nervous or stressed or scared. And it really helps calm me.

Vickie makes us work hard. But we are always rewarded. She likes to throw in a … Continue reading

Using blocks to balance, enhance yoga poses

Tonight in Vickie’s Hatha yoga class we focused on using blocks for many of our poses.

I struggle with balancing poses. Standing on a block made it a little easier to focus my weight and core to keep myself upright or balanced.

We practiced Downward Facing Dog on blocks. First with the blocks under our hands and then with the blocks under our feet.

We also practiced Triangle Pose standing on a block with a transition to Half Moon Pose. (For these poses I can’t seem to find an example of someone also placing a block under their feet. But you get the idea.)

For me, Tree Pose was the most interesting on the block. Sometimes this pose is pretty steady and not so challenging. But most of the time I struggle to keep my balance and not teeter or fall out of the pose. (Sorry, no sample of that pose on the block.)

I love when we do a practice a little different or do the same practice with an adjustment.

This and that

When I ended my cleanse a week ago I was a little worried that I would gain weight. Well, with food tasting so good. And I had some good meals the past week. Such as delicious welcome lunch on Tuesday at work; lasagna Curt got me at Market Hall the day I called in sick; the fritata he also got me, which I ate the next night for dinner; the amazing brunch, bacon and sangria I had Saturday before the Arizona/Stanford basketball game; and the munchies I had yesterday. I did gain weight, but only 1.2 pounds.

Today I started back with the exercise again by taking Hatha yoga with Baxter.

I packed my work meals for today (and tomorrow) with breakfast, lunch and a snack.

Baxter mentioned something they did in class last week and if we wanted to know about it we could get in a time machine and go back. I mentioned I was sick. Baxter called me out and said that was good. I did the best thing for myself and others in class.

Today in class I almost stole someone else’s purple Jade yoga mat. And after using her mat for class (we realized as … Continue reading

Unexpected relaxing yoga

 

I had so many ideas swirling in my head for tonight’s post that I wasn’t sure what to write about.

At first I was going to write about the 7-day super cleanse, which I will start tomorrow. But you will have to wait for that …

The second possible post was to write about how I lost another 2.2 pounds. Another week of really paying attention to what I was eating and really planning my meals and snacks.

And the third idea was what happened in yoga class tonight. So that is what you get. What I learned in yoga class tonight.

I attended Vickie’s Hatha class tonight. As she started the class talking about running on adrenaline and trying to relax she decided to change the focus of the class. Vickie mentioned cortisol, which is released in the body when stressed. She said when we practice Restorative yoga the hormone is reduced. Sounds like a good reason to me to practice more often.

So lucky for me and the rest of the students we got a mellow Restorative class. It was so relaxing and lovely.

Vickie reminded us that we should take care of ourselves this evening and … Continue reading