Diet, health and fitness tips for average women. Site created and maintained by Ann Chihak Poff.

Posts Tagged ‘teaching’

Each day is a gift …

We need to remember how precious each day is and live life to the fullest. I recently lost a student in cycle class. It was traumatic and scary. The very first cycle class I taught in the Portland-area I was a little nervous to teach as I was still new at teaching cycle, I was taking […]


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 […]


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 […]


My new teaching gig … at Turtles

About two weeks after moving to Portland I subbed my first yoga class at the fitness center in our town home community (free yoga classes where we live!) and a couple of days after that at a gym near me called The Xtreme Edge. Six weeks after moving to Portland I started teaching at LA Fitness […]


Life without contact lenses …

I have been wearing glasses since I was 4. When I was in high school my eyes actually started to improve and I only had to wear glasses when I read, drove or was in school. That didn’t last long. In my early to mid-20s I decided to try contacts for the first time. I […]


Mirroring yoga students

I learned a lot of great things in my yoga teacher training. Mirroring your students as a yoga teacher was highly advised. I get why that is a good idea. It makes it easier for your students to follow you in something, especially if the pose or action is complex and/or has a lot of […]


Supporting, encouraging & challenging students is what teaching is about

I am currently working at LA Fitness (and soon another gym) as a cycle and yoga teacher. Click for my schedule here. I have taken indoor cycling classes as a student for seven to eight years. Indoor cycling is a cardio workout on a stationary bike where the students are guided by an instructor to ride […]


Bringing Your Heart Into Backbends

As a yoga teacher challenges can come up in a class you hadn’t planned for or expected. Last night my friend Sandra and I co-taught a beginner yoga class, which is part of the Summer Series fellow Deep Yoga teacher graduates and I are involved in. We taught a beginner backbend class, which we titled […]


Intensive yoga weekend

This past weekend at yoga teacher training we had something called an Intensive Weekend. We had class three hours on Friday, six hours on Saturday and three hours on Sunday. (Four hours on Sunday if you wanted to participate in an optional hour conversation about meditation before our three hours started.) Friday night was my […]


Be flexible with your inflexibility

Over my winter break from work I was able to “teach” yoga to three friends to work on my teaching skills and give them a “free” class. Every practice was different and in different locations (gym, my house and a hotel room). Thanks again to my friends for giving me the opportunity to work on […]