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Posts Tagged ‘meditation’

New Year’s Day yoga class

I am teaching a special yoga class on New Year’s Day at Turtles Yoga and Wellness as we step out of 2016 and transition into 2017. As we enter the new year we will take the time to set our intentions for the coming year. We will start our lovely practice by setting our intentions and a […]


Yoga Day Portland

Tuesday, June 21 is Summer Solstice. There will be a huge celebration at Pioneer Square, Portland from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Yoga Day Portland is for everyone. Its a great opportunity to try yoga for the first time, restart your practice, get inspired to go deeper while celebrating the first official day of summer. Everyone […]


Mini yoga retreat

On January 31 at Turtles Yoga & Wellness I will be participating in Turtles’ Mini Retreat. The main retreat will be lead by Annie, a lovely yoga teacher. I will be teaching the Restorative Yoga portion of the day. The mini retreat is Sunday, Jan. 31 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost for […]


Gym yoga teacher sub gig

Last night I taught my third yoga class, but my first gym yoga sub gig. A friend of mine who I work with and lives in Alameda helped me get this sub gig. (She is also a yoga teacher.) She knew Alameda Athletic Club was going to need a yoga sub when the regular yoga […]


It’s going to be OK

Yesterday was the very last Saturday class of my yoga teacher training. Just a few Thursdays to go and I (along with my classmates) will be certified! Mary, who taught us yesterday, is the main meditation teacher of the program. Mary had us all check in and listen to our heart at the beginning of class. […]


Off the grid

For the past week I was in Mexico at a yoga retreat at Prana del Mar. At Prana del Mar there are no phone lines, gas lines, water lines, electric lines. The retreat center is powered by solar panels and the water comes from a well. It is literally off the grid. There was wifi, […]


Yoga, meditation, Mexico & Mom

Tomorrow my mom and I head to Mexico for a week-long yoga retreat called Spring Liberation Retreat at a retreat center called Prana del Mar. I have been looking forward to this for quite a long time. I seriously need a vacation. I am looking forward to a full week of yoga and meditation practice. I […]


Listening to me

What do I need? What do you need? I have been really trying to listen to myself lately. Work has been extremely demanding and busy and overwhelming and stressful as we continue to go through transition. More than usual I feel tired, exhausted and wiped out. I have really been trying to take the queues […]


Intensive yoga weekend

This past weekend at yoga teacher training we had something called an Intensive Weekend. We had class three hours on Friday, six hours on Saturday and three hours on Sunday. (Four hours on Sunday if you wanted to participate in an optional hour conversation about meditation before our three hours started.) Friday night was my […]


A greeting practice

On Thursday night in yoga teacher training we had two hours of anatomy and an hour of a meditation practice and learning session. The first hour was dedicated to our teacher Ericka and her reasons for practicing meditation, which is a truly fascinating story. At one point she asked us to get up and walk […]