Snowpocalypse Part 4

yoga-snowWow, Snowpocalypse Part 4 came to Portland with a vengeance.

Please be safe and stay warm.

Only drive if you absolutely have to.

The best way to keep updated with the status of my classes is to visit: gofitgirl.com/yoga-classes/.

That will be the most up-to-date place to find out if classes have been canceled.

(I anticipate many cancellations.)

Hip openers were planned for this week’s yoga sequence. Don’t worry, hips will still happen … next month.

Here’s to another year of reinvention

At the end of my yoga teacher training in May 2014 we did an exercise in class where we pretended like we were all getting together a year later for a reunion.

We talked about what we did. The idea was if we said it as if it did actually happen it would make it more real. We were advised to write a letter to ourselves to read in a year, which I did.

I wrote to myself on May 9, 2014 with instructions on the envelope that I could open the letter on May 8, 2015 or later. I opened that letter May 8, 2015.

I read the letter a year ago (and wrote about it here) and wrote myself a second letter to be read on May 8, 2016 or later.

I opened that letter last night and am posting today (May 9, 2016).

I stated intentions in my second letter (with some edits) to the following:

Dear Ann–now a yoga teacher with almost two years of teaching. DONE

My life a year later

A year ago today I left the corporate world.

(Tomorrow will be the year anniversary of my first day of FUNemployment.)

A lot happened to lead up to my decision. And I won’t go into details here why I did. But it was time for me to go. (I have talked about it somewhat in the past if you want to read undoing with new chapter and pursuing happiness and finding your paradise.)

I am not talking badly about those in the corporate world. I understand it. I lived it for more than 15 years. Because of it I am able to live the life I do now.

There were advantages to working in the corporate world. It afforded lots of amazing travel; ease of living in the Bay Area; lots of three-day weekends; a lifestyle I enjoyed; shopping for clothes, shoes and purses when I wanted; us able to donate a considerable amount of money to charities (and Uncle Sam); not living paycheck to paycheck; me the opportunity to work with many great people and learn a ton; and making some friends for life …

It wasn’t my intention to be a full-time yoga (and cycling) teacher. My plan was … Continue reading

Being a yoga student

Twice this week I headed to Turtles Yoga & Wellness and took yoga classes. I was a student and not the teacher.

I do truly love teaching.

And I have a regular home yoga practice.

But when you get to take a class and let someone else come up with a plan and you get to discover things in your body and learn new things it can be absolutely amazing.

I really tried to let myself go and just be.

Sometimes when I am in a yoga class I think about how I would have done it differently (or dare I say, better).

But this week I let all of that go and I really enjoyed being a student, while also picking up a few things I will use as a teacher in my classes.

I am hoping to take a class or two a week at Turtles regularly.

I took Sefana’s Slow Flow on Tuesday at 10 a.m. I liked the pace of the class. I worked but in a slow and mindful way. I felt so relaxed when class was over.

Last night I was able to take Rachel’s Restorative & Yoga Nidra class. I need more Restorative … Continue reading

Be careful when it comes to alarmists

It’s summer!

In Portland (and Oregon) we are in a heat wave. (It’s been much longer than the average heat waves. And we are at about 10 degrees warmer than normal. When you don’t have air conditioning that can be uncomfortable and downright miserable at times.)

In the townhouse community Curt and I live in there is a pool. I spend some of my free time at the pool. I love hanging out at the pool and working on my tan.

Yup, I love having a nice tan. But I do it smartly. I drink lots of water and I keep my skin protected with sunscreen. I wear sun glasses and a hat.

One of my favorite sunscreen brands is Neutrogena. I also buy Coppertone and Banana Boat.

I have heard from numerous people that their dermatologists recommend Neutrogena-brand products. (I did a Review Wednesday last year on Neutrogena sun screen.)

I use a body spray, a stick for my face and ears and lip balm with SPF.

A friend recently posted an article on Facebook titled, Neutrogena is the number one sunscreen to avoid, says EWG.

This conflicts with what experts have told many people I know.

I … Continue reading

A year later

A year ago today I graduated from my yoga teacher training at Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, Calif. Wow, it’s already been a year? Wow, it’s only been a year?

Marilyn, my mother-in-law, asked if there would be video of my graduation. I told her no, but there would be photos. Curt did end up taking video. You can watch it here.

I had some idea of what I would use my new knowledge and skills toward. But I had no idea I would be where I am today.

It’s better than I ever imagined.

Two days after I graduated I headed to Tucson for some R&R and some time with my family.

I taught my very first yoga class at Mindful Yoga Studio as a donation class on that trip. It was a scary, but great experience. I appreciated that Hilda let me teach the class at her beautiful studio and all of the students and friends (and family) who came to support me (and Tucson’s food bank).

I started subbing at Alameda Athletic Club in August and September for the regular teacher. She went on maternity leave in October and I took over her classes while … Continue reading

Livin’ the dream

At the end of my yoga teacher training we did an exercise in class where we pretended like we were all getting together a year later for a reunion.

As I type this I realize our reunion would be about now …

We talked about what we did. The idea was if we said it as if it did actually happen it would make it more real. We were advised to write a letter to ourselves to read in a year, which I did.

I wrote to myself on May 9, 2014 with instructions on the envelope that I could open the letter today or later. I opened that letter today.

I addressed the letter to: Dear Ann–now a yoga teacher. Check! DONE

I stated intentions in class and in the letter (with some edits) to the following:

The risks of ultraviolet exposure

Since moving to Portland I have noticed a lot of dentists, Goodwill stores and pet hospitals.

There are also a lot of tanning salons.

According to Sperling’s Best Places, on average Portland has 144 days of sun a year. (The U.S. in general has 205 average sunny days.) Current Results estimates Portland to have 142 days of sun a year. (Current Results says Tucson [my hometown] has 284 days of sun a year.)

Some sun exposure is good for our health. From my post on calcium and vitamin D last week I mentioned that according to Medical News Today, it is estimated that sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes two to three times per week allows the body the ability to produce sufficient vitamin D.

Living in the Northwest can sometimes make it difficult to get exposure to the sun.

As I mentioned earlier and in posts previously I was born, bred and educated in Tucson, Ariz. As a young teenager my goal during the summer break was to get the best tan possible. I really didn’t wear sunscreen and hardly ever burned. I also used to slather my body in baby oil to toast … Continue reading

Getting back to my basics

As I type this post it’s raining outside and I am sipping my coffee. I just finished my home yoga practice. (I started working on this post yesterday morning.)

I won’t type long and will finish this post later as I really want to get to reading my book.

When I was a little girl I read all the time. I read so much that my vocabulary was quite advanced (much more than it is now) and I was three reading levels ahead of my grade.

In 7th grade we got to pick a book of our choice to read and write a report on it. I read Jane Eyre. I wouldn’t read that book again until college in one of my literature classes.

I still enjoy reading. It just doesn’t happen as often. But every once in a while I get into a kick and read like crazy.

I feel like I am back in that. Sometime last week after I had unloaded our books onto our book shelf I realized there were so many books I hadn’t yet read.

I grabbed a Beverly Cleary book. She wrote the Ramona books and (Ralph) The Mouse and the Motorcycle books among … Continue reading

And GFG! is back

I’m baaaack!

Years ago Curt and I were in the Philly area visiting his brother and family along with Curt’s parents and grandma. Some of the family went on a canoe outing. Our nephew James was about 4 at the time. As we got closer to the canoe spot James started to recognize it as he had been there with his dad before. We walked into the place to rent our canoes and James slams the screen door open and says, I’m baaaack!

And so is GFG!

What a whirlwind the move has been. All went well. Movers packed the truck up in three hours and were gone sooner than I had planned. Curt and I took off soon after the truck left and got a few hours on the road.

The following day, which was a Friday, we made the rest of trek to Portland.

For a few days it was like we were on a mini vacation.

The movers arrived last Tuesday. They unloaded our stuff in about three hours. Right after they left the unpacking frenzy began.

Except for pictures hanging on the walls and the books on the bookshelf we are pretty much moved in.

I love … Continue reading