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 later (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 year and posted about it on May 9, 2016.
I stated intentions in my third letter (with some edits) to the following:
- I will reduce my yoga class teaching schedule to make it more manageable for me physically, mentally and emotionally. DONE. My schedule … Continue reading
It’s that time again to Spring Forward (Sunday at 2 a.m.).
Twice a year I write about time change. (Read last year’s Spring Forward post here.)
I have never been a fan of time change.
I don’t get the point of it. I grew up in Arizona where time change doesn’t occur.
I say, let’s Spring Forward and be done with it.
To my Arizona family members who can never quite get the time difference: Starting Sunday we will be on the same time.
Last year when we Sprang Forward I followed all of the advice (and then some) I am giving below and wow, it really does work! (Here’s the post about me taking my advice with time change.)
This is the advice I like to give on how to deal with time change:
- Don’t go to bed too late Saturday and Sunday night.
- Make sure you have breakfast Sunday morning (and every morning).
- Try not to eat a lot of crap. Stick to fruits and veggies as snacks instead of sugary or salty foods.
- Drinks lots of water Saturday and Sunday (and every day).
- Exercise. (At least a walk sometime Sunday and maybe even Saturday.) I’ll be doing my own yoga home practice and taking … Continue reading
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 meditation, we will move through an active asana practice and end with restorative poses as we calm the body and mind.
New Year’s Day class: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Suggested donation: $5-$10.
Proceeds will be donated to the Beaverton Clothes Closet, which provides free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.
You can step out of 2016 with me on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10:15-11:45 a.m. with her transition-themed Hatha Align to Restorative class. (Membership, class pass or drop-in fee will apply.)
As we get ready to enter what I call the Crazy Time Season we have to remember to take care of ourselves.
Self-care is so important but we tend to neglect taking care of No. 1.
I truly believe you can’t take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself.
Self-care comes in many forms. For me it can be a yoga class (where I am a student), my monthly massage, an occasional mani/pedi, vegging on the couch binge watching my favorite shows, knitting, restorative yoga, enjoying good cup of coffee or tea while just sipping and enjoying …
Maybe for you it’s any of the things I listed above or it could be a bubble bath, a hike, a bike ride … or something else.
Stress is a big part of our everyday lives.
When restorative yoga is practiced regularly and even as little as five minutes a day, it can help to heal the effects of chronic stress. Adrenal fatigue is a common and growing problem in modern life. Restorative yoga kicks in the parasympathetic nervous system, rest and digest.
On Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. I am teaching a restorative yoga workshop.
In … Continue reading
I am teaching a special yoga class called Celebrate Being Grateful on Thanksgiving morning at Turtles Yoga & Wellness in Beaverton.
Join me from 9:30-11 a.m. for a morning of yoga with a focus on gratitude and self care.
We will practice gratitude while recognizing how blessed we are in this life.
Extend your deepest gratitude for this moment and for all of the many blessings that bring you joy in your life.
We will come together for a Hatha alignment-based practice as we move mindfully while breathing deeply.
We will explore yoga poses that aid in digestion, detoxing naturally and cleansing.
We will also open our hearts with some supportive Restorative Yoga poses to end our class.
All levels are supported and welcome.
Suggested donation of $5. If you can afford $5, you pay $5. If you can’t, you don’t, which allows yoga to be accessible to all.
Sign up ahead of time to ensure you secure a spot in this special class. You can also call: 503-574-4711. Facebook invite can be Continue reading
Over the past week my yoga theme was a.m./p.m. yoga.
One of my yoga students recently asked me if I could teach poses that could be done first thing in the morning and some poses that could be practiced right before bed.
What a great idea!
And a.m./p.m. yoga was created by me.
A morning practice can help to encourage mindful breathing and gentle movement, which can help begin your day with ease and joy.
A practice before bed can ease you into a restful night with a quiet yoga practice focused on deep breathing to calm the mind and release physical tension.
A calm, relaxing and Restorative practice before bed helps the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and relax) to kick in.
An evening practice can help calm the mind and relieve tension in they body. A soothing practice can be an effective natural sleep remedy.
I gave my students stick figure drawings of the sequence I taught. Though in true Ann fashion in most of my classes I ran out of time and had … Continue reading
For many years I write a post when we Spring Forward and Fall Back and I give advice and tips on how to prepare before the change and things to do after.
(Here’s last week’s post with tips to prepare to Spring Forward.)
I usually follow some of my advice. But not all of it.
This year I decided it would be best to follow my own advice, especially since I have such a difficult time with the time change.
And I actually went beyond.
This is the first year I have felt pretty OK with the time change. And I think it’s because I changed things up a little this year.
- I am “off the sauce” as The Husband says. I have taken a little time off drinking–to prepare for what is coming up in Vegas this week/weekend.
- I only had one cup of coffee Saturday, Sunday, Monday and this morning. (Even though a second cup sounded awesome.) It’s been cold. I’ve been having more tea lately.
- I’ve been staying hydrated with regular old fashioned water and a little coconut water thrown into the mix.
- I didn’t take any naps over the weekend.
- Saturday morning I woke up a … Continue reading
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 the wonderful, refreshing day is $80.
More details here and where to sign up as well.
If you can’t afford a full-on yoga retreat or don’t have the time to get away then the mini retreat may just be what you need.
You can give this gift to yourself or someone you love. Or maybe you and someone you love share this day together.
This is what Turtles has to say about the mini retreat: Find the time to realize you are simply amazing. And here at Turtles you are truly able to Love your Body, Discover your Strength, Create Self Expression, Enhance Flexibility and Breathe.
The mini retreat will include:
- Fresh continental breakfast and hot tea
- Morning meditation
- Gentle Vinyasa flow
- Time in the heated salt water pool, relaxing in the hot cedar sauna or taking some quiet time to read a book … Continue reading
When I was still living in Oakland I had a therapist. We talked about a lot of things. A big focus was the stress coming from my work life. It was taking over other parts of my life.
My therapist and I discovered that I put too much of myself into my job/career/workplace. It never deserved what I gave it. And at a certain point I didn’t owe it anything.
It took so much out of me … emotionally, mentally, physiologically …
In January 2014 I hit exhaustion (adrenal fatigue). My body was telling me everything was too much and I needed to take care of myself. My yoga teacher training was ramping up, work stress was increasing, getting up at 5 a.m. regularly was taking its toll, long commute, transitioning at work after layoffs …
Currently I teach five cycle classes and nine public yoga classes, two office yoga classes and some private sessions sprinkled in.
I was warned in my yoga teacher training and by friends who are yoga teachers to be careful to not over do it with teaching and to make sure to take care of myself as a teacher.
I am someone who tends to commit … Continue reading