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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Reflective/self-care sequence

reflective_self-care-sequence-2My 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 ann@gofitgirl.com 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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Christmas Day Yoga

Christmas Day Yoga

To shop or not shop …

I meant to post this last week. Before the full holiday shopping frenzy began. But I forgot to post it.

So here it is now.

Before Thanksgiving I read some stories about businesses that wouldn’t be open on Thanksgiving for the big start of the crazy shopping season.

Here is a list of the stores that stated they would not be open on Thanksgiving.

REI is among the companies that were not open on Thanksgiving. They are also gave their employees Black Friday off with pay. That’s pretty awesome.

Back in the day when we only had Black Friday I never participated. I am not a fan of crowds. And I refuse to wait in line for hours to get a few bucks off a TV.

When I did buy Christmas presents I made it a goal to get it all done BEFORE Thanksgiving. Then online shopping became a thing and I had a goal to get it done by a certain time (can’t remember my deadline). But enough to mail out stuff I needed to without paying a fortune for shipping.

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I took on the Savasana challenge

For the month of December I took part in a 31-day Savasana challenge.

My teacher Vickie who was my first Restorative Yoga teacher (and one of my regular yoga teachers) challenged her students to do a 31-day Savasana challenge.

Savasana is a relaxed and restorative pose where you can be supported by blankets and bolsters (as you see in the picture to the left) and where your head and heart are on the same level. This is a time to quiet the body and the mind.

The month of December is stressful with the holidays, food, alcohol, family, parties, friends, end of year …

When we don’t think we have time for ourselves, whether that’s yoga, Savasana, time reading a good book, taking a bath, just sitting down for 10-15 minutes to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, etc. is when we need it most.

For the most part the challenge was fairly easy for me since I am not working full time.

But there were still times when I had to try to squeeze that 15 minutes in. Like the day I had an all-day training to become a SPINNING® teacher. And then almost immediately after that went … Continue reading

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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Seeing results with healthy choices

I know that there are so many things challenging about the holidays. There is stress, overeating, over drinking … etc.

But we can overcome a lot of that and stay on a healthy track.

When I quit my job a little more than two months ago I thought the weight would fall off and I would easily fall back to my goal weight rather quickly.

Well, that didn’t happen and then I went on vacation.

Once back from vacation I got back on the healthy eating and regular exercise routine with indoor cycling and yoga (both public classes and my own home practice). I was also able to control my stress levels much more at that point.

I have been at it for about six weeks and am pleased with my results.

Yes, it can be difficult to maintain healthy living during the holidays. But it is possible.

When I first started on my weight loss track eight years ago I lost weight over Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So far this year I lost weight over Thanksgiving. I made sure to get my exercise in last week while still enjoying food and wine, all in moderation.

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Trying to stay healthy in the month of crazy

Well, we have been launched into a month of crazy. Yup, it’s December 1.

And that means parties, stress, overeating, gatherings, over drinking, standing in long line, baking, cooking, shopping, mailing …

During this month of nuts-O we need to remind ourselves to take a breath and relax (when we can).

It’s important to try to keep our healthy lifestyles this month. And that can be challenging and difficult.

Healthy choices: So for GFG’s December Monthly Challenge make ONE healthy choice every single day this month.

If you can do a whole day of healthy I say go for it.

And of you fail one day, one week or the whole month don’t be so hard on yourself. You can always give it another go.

I took a Restorative Yoga workshop yesterday with one of my favorite people and teachers. I believe Restorative Yoga is important for all of us to take the time to slow down, rest and take care of ourselves.

Vickie gave us a 31-day challenge (for the month of December) to commit to 15 minutes of Savasana each day, which can be easily described as conscious relaxation.

Supported Savasana is even yummier. It’s nice … Continue reading