Ann’s third newsletter

Athleta June Studio of the MonthMy third newsletter came out Wednesday, June 1.

I am reposting it for my GFG! readers right here.

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Friends,

Thank you so much for your interest in my newsletter.

Many have been asking when the next newsletter is coming out. The wait is over and here it is.

This is my third newsletter. I have reposted the first two on my blog, Go Fit Girl! You can read the first here and the second here.

Wow, first day of June. I have some exciting things coming up this month.

Upcoming June yoga class themes:

Partnering with Athleta in June

Athleta June Studio of the Month

Turtles Yoga & Wellness (a studio where I teach) and Athleta Washington Square are partnering as June Studio of the Month.

On Saturday, June 11 from 8-9 a.m. I am teaching a FREE yoga class.

See Facebook invitation here.

After my yoga class I am inviting friends and students to join me for a quick coffee at the Starbucks in the mall.

Come first for some fun and fabulous free yoga. And after for some coffee and a chat (before I head out for my second yoga class that day).

The other Turtles classes are also on Saturdays: June 4, June 18 and June 25 (all those classes will be from 9-10 a.m.)

Athleta Fashion Show

Tuesday, June 21 is Summer Solstice, first day of summer!

It’s also International Yoga Day Portland. It will be a world-wide celebration of International Yoga Day in Portland.

International Yoga Day was inaugurated by the United Nations on December 11, 2014, and signed by 177 countries, including the United … 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

Happy Summer Solstice

Today is the Summer Solstice. June 21. The first day of summer.

Many yoga practitioners celebrate by practicing Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutes.

The tradition is to practice 108. There are many things I found giving significance to the number 108, from it being a sacred number in yoga and Hinduism to mathematical to many other things I read.

This coming week I will be teaching (and practicing in my home practice) a few versions of sun salutes to celebrate the Summer Solstice. (My students don’t need to worry, we won’t be practicing 108.)

According to one of my yoga teachers, Richard Rosen, when practicing Sun Salutes “you are saluting the outside sun for providing life to the planet, and you internal sun for providing consciousness.” (This quote came from Good Sunshine Day linked below.)

I’ve written about Sun Salutes before when I was in my teacher training.

The sun is the bestower of life. The Sun Salute is is a circular Vinyasa flow. Sun Salutes are about flow, methodical thinking, building and deliberate Vinyasa sequence.

I got some ideas for my sequence this week from an article in Yoga Journal titled Good Sunshine Day.

Today is also the first … Continue reading

Veggie munching, summertime grillin’

In most parts of the country it is unofficially summer. Except where I live … in the Bay Area. It has been like winter around here: cool, rainy, wet, windy, not sunny.

So I am guessing my readers from everywhere except here have already done some grilling, been to a barbecue or are planning one very soon.

I have figured out a few ways to make those summer barbecues a little less scary when it comes to caloric intake.

When invited to a barbecue I have been known to take my own food with me to grill. A portobello mushroom is a great burger substitute. When you put the mushroom on the grill all the juices come out and it is absolutely delicious. The portobello is a meaty mushroom.

Boca burgers or Morningstar burgers work as well. I personally prefer the mushroom over the “fake” burgers.

I have also taken my own bread before. Two slices of Sara Lee Delightfuls are only 90 calories. Oroweat Sandwich Thins are 100 calories and are a good bun substitute.

For snacks you can have crunchy veggies with salsa or a little ranch or hummus or whatever. I talked about crunchy … Continue reading

Taking it easy

I am either coming down with a cold or allergies. But I am leaning toward allergies. When I lived in Arizona my worst allergy attacks were in the summer or when I was around loose hay.

And it has been summer here lately. High 90s yesterday and today.

Regardless I am taking a break from the gym. I am a little bummed about it. But I just don’t think it is a good idea. I am already pretty tired these days and am slightly congested and have a scratchy throat.

Thank goodness for tornado fans

It has been a bit warmer these days. Well, it is summer. So you know, hitting anything above 70 around here is hot!

Well, afternoons or evenings at the gym, especially upstairs, is almost unbearable. Since they won’t let us open to door anymore during spin class they got us an extra fan!

I got to class yesterday and got a bike in the front row. A classmate of mine informed me that he had already turned the tornado fan on. Thanks Bob!

I have to say that class was much easier (though still tough) with the wind blowing on me the whole time.