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Posts Tagged ‘vinyasa’

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 […]


Using strap for Chatarunga Dhandasana

One of the things I learned while in my yoga teacher training was to learn to “steal good.” And I do this pretty regularly. As a teacher myself I take things my teachers do and make them my own. It’s a great way to learn to teach and to share awesome things I learn along […]


Practicing Sun Salutations

In yoga teacher training class on Thursday night we worked on Surya Namaskars (Sun Salutations). There are a variety of ways to practice Sun Salutations (aka sun salutes). The one linked here is basically what we worked on Thursday night. We built on the sequence in class. The idea was, how do you teach a […]


Yoga practice for low back pain

In the last all-day Saturday yoga teacher training there was a huge focus on standing poses. The second half we worked on chanting, which meant a lot of sitting. The next day my low back hurt. Standing and sitting are both hard on my lower back. Normally on Sundays I attend a rather active Vinyasa […]


Review Wednesday: Be More Yogic

Be More Yogic is a website, which offers yoga video classes for all levels and styles, to use online. The videos are compatible on the iPhone, iPad, Macbooks, Apple TV, Android, tablets, PCs, laptops and HD TVs. You can sign up for a free trial, which according to the site, lasts as long as you want. […]


A week in the life of Ann on Weight Watchers

One of my regular readers, Jen, asked if I would be willing to share what I eat to be successful on Weight Watchers®. So I am going to share my “menus”/tracking/what I have eaten this week. For those of you not familiar with WW–just a few things I want to mention before I launch into my […]


Sweating with the yogis

I realize my blogging has been minimal lately. I am either too lazy to blog or too busy. One extreme or the other. No fear–I will get back into my flow, soon, I hope. Because tomorrow is a holiday, today it was a half day at work. So I worked from home. Because of my […]


Just breathe …

Yoga class was a treat this morning. Even more than normal. I took a friend with me. Our friends Stefanie and Aaron are in town along with their teenage son and 4-year-old son. They are on their way to Disneyland. But stopped in the Bay Area for a couple of days. Anyway, Stefanie and I […]


Happy feet … walking

I decided to take today off and have a four-day weekend. I accomplished a lot today. I had a dentist appointment this morning. Then the car had scheduled maintenance. And I started the daunting task of de-cluttering the spare room/office/dumping room. I took the car in a little after 9. The dealership offers courtesy shuttle […]


Giving love to my lower back

My friend Jen mentioned on Facebook yesterday that her lower back was bothering her after a ski outing. I recommended trying supported Bridge pose with a block.   I have recurring low back pain. Probably due to over use, kyphosis and bad posture. So before every yoga class I do supported Bridge with a block. […]