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Posts Tagged ‘restorative yoga’

Recognizing exhaustion

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 […]


Albany yoga basics workshop

Over the weekend Curt and I were in his hometown. Curt is from a small Missouri town. So small that they don’t have yoga among other things. I held a yoga workshop for members of the community. I love finding ways to bring yoga to anyone who wants to experience the practice. It was my […]


Being mindful of me

I practice a lot of yoga. And I cycle (while teaching indoor cycling) five times a week. I teach 11 yoga classes a week (and sometimes a private session) along with my cycle classes every week. As a teacher I give to my students physically, emotionally and mentally. All teachers need to take care of themselves. On […]


My regular Restorative Yoga practice

I love being a teacher. A teacher of yoga. And also teaching indoor cycling classes. Because of what I do I have a weird schedule. Every day is a little different. Three out of my six teaching days I have a 9:15 a.m. class, a noon class and a class in the evening. Most of […]


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 […]


My Turtles update

My first two weeks at Turtles have been great. My very first class (on June 15) was a Monday night Gentle Yoga class. And I had 13 students. (The max is 15.) My students seemed receptive. And I heard from the front desk that I got lots of great feedback. My first Thursday night class was […]


Teaching teens Restorative Yoga

Two Sundays ago as I was rolling and carrying all of my props into my Restorative Yoga class (I teach Restorative at the fitness center in my community complex and bring my own props) a woman came up to chat with me. She said her daughter and her Girl Scout friends were learning about breathing and […]


Using props in yoga practice

Most weeks I teach yoga I have a theme. It could be feet, twists, low back, balancing poses, groins, etc. Whatever sequence I teach my classes for the week I am also practicing at home. Many of the places I teach currently don’t have props. Which has been a good challenge for me as a […]


Getting back to the yoga teaching

For the past week and a half or so I have been making contacts at gyms and yoga studios. I joined LA Fitness and have chatted it up with a couple of cycle teachers and a yoga teacher. I have been applying at gyms in the area where an application is accessible. I have found […]


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 […]