Mini yoga retreat

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:

Christmas Day Yoga

Christmas Day Yoga

I have so much gratitude

I have many things to show gratitude for. I am grateful and thankful for so many things.

And I am not just thankful today but every day.

I have amazing people in my life, my family, my friends, my husband and my students (cycle and yoga).

I feel very fortunate that a little more than a year ago I was able to quit my corporate job and dedicate myself to teaching. It doesn’t pay well, but the other benefits are so rewarding.

In my short time of teaching I have developed some amazing connections with my students.

I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to have someone confide in you or share something very personal. Or tell you how much better they feel after a yoga practice. Or I that’s exactly what I needed (a practice for the low back, shoulders, digestion, etc.). Or thanks for a fun class after a cycle class. Or how I allowed for them to experience and honor their own body. Or how I allowed them to feel whatever emotions they were feeling. … etc.

This morning I taught a special class at Turtles Yoga & Wellness called Celebrate Being Grateful. I had a … Continue reading

It’s National Yoga Month

And just like that, it’s September.

The month of September is National Yoga Month.

According to Yoga Health Foundation, September is National Yoga Month (a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services) designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle.

I am parterning with Athleta in Washington Square in Portland as a YogiFit Pro. I will be at Athleta on Friday, September 18th from noon to 2 p.m. to answer questions about yoga. (I will likely have a little bit more information to share about this event soon.)

According to the site, Athleta is a retail store, which outfits female athletes with the ultimate performance apparel and gear while: Inspiring an active lifestyle. Motivating others. Tapping into our collective power as a group.

The studio I teach at, Turtles Yoga & Wellness, has some fun stuff planned during this month as well.

Yoga Health Foundation lists 10 reasons to practice yoga (text courtesy of Yoga Alliance):

  • Stress relief
  • Pain relief
  • Better breathing
  • Flexibility
  • Increased strength
  • Weight management
  • Improved circulation
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Focus on the present
  • Inner peace
  • If you can’t make it to the Athleta event, feel … 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

    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 a little smaller. Some of my Monday night students came to my Thursday night class.

    I also added a third class to my Turtles schedule: Saturday mornings at 10:15. It’s Yoga Align to Restorative. I am so happy to be taking a little more Restorative Yoga teaching on. I love practicing Restorative Yoga and sharing it with my students.

    In Week 2 I am already starting to have regulars, which I really love. I want to get to know my students and make their yoga experience the best that I can.

    And I am having some amazing connections with students.

    I worked a front desk shift the past two Friday afternoons/evenings. I am learning a few things along the way. And I am able to help out with signing students in, getting their info into the system, etc.

    And today is the start of Week … 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

    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 for both yoga and indoor cycling.

    I teach six regular classes a week at LA Fitness and one at 24 Hour Fitness with sub classes (mostly yoga) sprinkled in just about every week.

    On Saturday I am teaching a special class at Turtles Yoga & Wellness, which opens at the end of this month. My class on Saturday is from 11 a.m.-noon.

    At the end of this month I will start teaching two regular yoga classes at Turtles and have one shift a week at the front desk … to learn the business.

    I will be teaching Wednesday mornings from 10-11:15 a.m. and Thursday evenings from 7-8:15 p.m.

    My bio (scroll down a bit) has been posted. And the full Turtles class schedule should be posted very soon.

    To view a schedule of all my classes, go to GFG’s my classes tab.

    I am really … Continue reading