Making my voice heard

“We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”

I along, with millions of others, around the globe marched and protested last Saturday, Jan. 21.

It felt amazing to be surrounded by love, kindness, mutual respect … to feel welcomed, loved and safe.

Marches around the globe were peaceful. Just as a peaceful protest should be.

I loved looking at all of my friends’ pictures posted on social media and pictures from around the United States and world. Check out pictures posted on the The New York Times website. It’s so powerful, beautiful and amazing. I took a few photos at the march in Portland, Ore. You can view them here.

Why did I march?

I marched because I believe our president has made clear that he doesn’t care about all Americans. He has openly lied. He has mocked, offended, said awful, terrible things about women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, non-Christian religions, a Gold Star family, the media, etc. A true president represents ALL Americans.

I believe he is just in this for himself. A president works for the people. He should be serving all Americans. I don’t believe he … Continue reading

Celebrating community

Yoga has given me the opportunity to meet so many great people and make some amazing friends.

I regularly take classes at two yoga studios in Oakland/Berkeley.

One of the studios, Namaste, which has a total of three studios in Oakland and Berkeley, celebrated its 10th anniversary. And Namaste threw a big party today.

There was music played by Adrienne Shamszad; dancing by Nubia Teixeira; and the night ended with Jai Uttal and band playing some amazing Kirtan

One of the great things about being a part of yoga studios and classes is that you become part of a community. 

Even though I didn’t know a lot of people there I saw so many friendly faces. And I did get to spend the evening with one of my favorite people who is a great friend and an amazing yoga teacher along with another super fun yoga teacher and friend.

We had so much fun dancing and singing. It was great to see so many sharing such a fun time. It truly was a community dancing, singing and celebrating.

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 around and greet each other, without words.

I will admit I find this stuff hokey and just not my thing. But I went along with it.

I got up and greeted my first person with a smile and a nod, the next with a smile and mouthing “hi,” the next smile, nod and Namaste hands (pictured), the fourth person with a smile and a hug … a pat on the arm … another hug … more smiles … kind eyes …

I got back to my mat and I realized I was smiling from ear to ear. I really enjoyed that practice and felt the love and support of my fellow students.

It was an amazing feeling.

Ericka told us after that practice that she does with kids she works with. One time working with a group of kids they did the exercise and … Continue reading

What is Restorative Yoga?

This is what my friend Pam asked Monica and me yesterday before spin class as Monica and I were discussing the The Gift of Restorative Yoga workshop we attended today with Vickie.

According to Namaste’s workshop link, Restorative Yoga uses props to support the body, allowing for expansiveness and ease while stimulating the body’s innate healing abilities. This workshop will enable us to explore the benefits of bringing awareness and balance to the body- mind.

This is a direct description from Namaste’s class description of Restorative Yoga: Gentle yoga and passive restorative postures to open the body, quiet the mind and move into a deep sense of relaxation. A meditative time to cultivate awareness of body breath and mind, this class is recommended for those experiencing stress, recovering from injury or illness, and anyone seeking a gentle class to unwind, relax and renew.

I try to practice Restorative Yoga as often as my schedule allows. It is relaxing and makes me really try to calm my mind and bring down my stress.

Today Vickie talked about our vata, which according to Yoga Journal website, it governs all movement in the body and mind. (The Sanskrit translation of the word is “that … Continue reading

Review Wednesday debuts with Hugger Mugger yoga mat bag

As promised, one of Go Fit Girl’s new features, Review Wednesday debuts today. This post launches the first official review for Review Wednesday.

In honor of September being National Yoga Month I thought I would review an item related to yoga.

Today I am reviewing the Hugger Mugger Recycled Paper Mat Bag.

I was excited to find this yoga mat bag. It’s a little different than most of the bags I see other yogis carry their mats in. (And I wanted something fun looking and different since I seem to have the same purple Jade Yoga Mat that about half the other Namaste yogis have. So much so that I almost stole a fellow yogis yoga mat in class one day.)

The hand-woven mat bag is environmentally friendly as it is made from recycled paper. And it costs about $23.

It holds a mat and a few other supplies, including up to two yoga blocks.

Here is a link the mat in Go Fit Girl’s Amazon store.

According to the product description on the Hugger Mugger site: Looking for a mat bag that’s strong … The bag’s tight weave makes it strong enough to carry even … Continue reading

Yoga subs can be a real treat

Have I told you lately how much I love and enjoy practicing yoga?

Last night Vickie’s class had a sub, Sadie. Sadie is a regular Saturday teacher at the studio–but I hadn’t had the privilege of taking her class … until last night.

One of the best things about a sub is that you get to practice with a different teacher and a different style. And I usually learn something new.

Sadie is spunky, fun, funny, has a great energy and just made class really enjoyable.

Here’s something I find interesting … she doesn’t know sanskrit … and she has a normal body. Now I strive to have a “yoga body,” which will likely never happen. But it is always refreshing seeing a yoga teacher or gym instructor more like the rest of us.

Sadie loves to make adjustments and gets her yoginis deeper into a pose. Oh man, I absolutely love that.

If I didn’t regularly take spin on Saturday mornings I would try to adjust my exercise schedule to take Sadie’s class. And I love my spin class and my spin friends … so ditching won’t be happening.

On Sunday I took my friend Jen–who was in … Continue reading

Unlimited yoga is amazing

UPDATED: Go Fit Girl’s IT online boy has fixed the issues. Photos and tags are working again. Woot-woot!

This post was originally written on Thursday night. But I am having some issues. Until my IT/blog maintenance guy (aka The Husband) helps me figure it out I won’t be able to add photos or tags. I have no idea why this is happening. It will get fixed soon and everything will go back to normal. (FYI: I have done some form of exercise for the past 19 days. Woot-woot for me!)

 

My original exercise plan today was to go to the work gym at about 3:30 or so and spin for an hour.
I was pretty tired today and wasn’t super busy. So the plan was to hit the gym at 2:30 and take the 4:15 shuttle back to the East Bay.
IT was working with me on my computer. It ran long and once we were done it was 3 and I was kinda exhausted by the task.
So I decided to still take the 4:15 shuttle and hit the yoga studio, especially since I just signed up for a membership, which entitles me to unlimited … Continue reading