A celebration of yoga & people

June has been a fun month for me partnering with Athleta.

Turtles Yoga & Wellness, the studio where I teach, partnered with Athleta–Washington Square for June Studio of the Month.

Each Saturday in June a different Turtles teacher taught a free yoga or Pilates class.

I taught on June 11.

I had a great group of students. Many were some of my own students and some were new students.

We practiced Sun Salutes in anticipation of Summer Solstice and International Yoga Day Portland.

Yoga Day Portland

On Tuesday, June 21, it was Summer Solstice. There was a big celebration in Portland’s Pioneer Square.

There were many free yoga classes, vendors, music, dancing, an Athleta fashion show, where I was a model.

The fashion show ended up being so much fun. We put on a fabulous show and looked amazing while modeling and yoga posing.

Here is a video of a small part of the fashion show.

The group of women (pictured to the right) I rehearsed with and hung out with over many Sunday evenings are amazing people. I am sad I won’t be seeing them regularly.

Yoga Day Portland was a great yoga celebration. It was such an … Continue reading

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

Thanks, Piedmont and farewell

There are so many great things about taking yoga classes, especially at a studio. Establishing a yoga community is such an important part of the practice.

While in Oakland I regularly took classes from two yoga studios.

Piedmont Yoga Studio is where I did my yoga teacher training and also took classes from teachers who were also teaching me how to be a yoga teacher.

On Saturday Piedmont Yoga Studio will close its physical doors.

In 1987 Piedmont Yoga Studio was founded by Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen and Claire Finn.

Until recently I regularly took classes from Richard. In November I took a master yoga class with Rodney Yee and his wife Colleen Saidman when they were in town. And earlier this month I took a class with Claire Finn. I told her after class that I had to make sure I took yoga classes with all three of the original Piedmont founders.

Piedmont will become “a studio beyond walls that is open and accessible to all.” You can read more about that here.

Even though I was only part of the Piedmont community for a little more than a year I have an attachment to it, what it represents and the … Continue reading

Bidding farewell to the Bay Area

As the last boxes are being packed and the movers will be showing up in about 24 hours I am bidding farewell to Oakland, the East Bay and the Bay Area.

Curt and I came out here in 2005. He in February and me in March.

We first lived in Berkeley and for the past eight years have been in Oakland.

It’s been a great 10 years.

We have made so many good friends who we will miss terribly. Thanks to everyone who has made our time here great.

I have developed an amazing yoga community. I have some pretty awesome yoga teachers.

I know I can find all of that in Portland. It will take time.

This move is bittersweet for me. But isn’t that the best way to go … before you jump the shark?

For years Curt and I have been talking about moving back to Portland and settling there.

Curt has already lived in Portland twice. We met while working at a newspaper in Salem, which is about an hour from Portland.

I have never actually lived in Portland. But I spent enough time there to know I want to settle there.

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Taking public yoga classes

At some point this summer when I was still working full time the shuttle bus schedule changed. With the change I wouldn’t be able to make my regular 5:45 and 6 p.m. yoga classes that I liked to regularly take during the week.

I was talking to a friend at work about the new schedule and how some days I was going to need to take BART if I wanted to make it to my favorite yoga classes in the evenings.

My friend said something to the effect of why would I need to take yoga classes anymore since I am a yoga teacher.

Recently while waiting to teach an evening yoga class I was chatting it up with a student. I said something about the yoga studio down the street from my house where I take classes.

She said, you take yoga classes?

Yup, I do.

For many reasons I take public yoga classes about four times (sometimes more) a week. (I also have a regular home yoga practice 4-5 times a week.)

Here are the reasons I still take yoga classes (since becoming a yoga teacher):

Movin’ on up … to Oregon

If you didn’t take the chance to visit us while we’ve lived in the Bay Area unfortunately for you, it’s too late.

After being in the Bay Area for almost 10 years Curt and I are taking the plunge and moving to Portland in mid-January.

It’s exciting and scary. I have lots of good friends here and have established a great yoga community. That will be hard to leave.

Talk about a lot of big decisions and changes in my life lately. Totally taking myself out of my comfort zone.

It has been our goal for years to get back to Portland. It’s where we want to settle. We will actually be able to buy a house one day, which just isn’t possible for us in the Bay Area.

I love the Bay Area and all that it represents (except for earthquakes). I have made a lot of amazing friends and that’s what I am having a hard time saying goodbye to.

The yoga community I have developed is also something pretty special. I feel lucky to have made so many friends through yoga. And many of my regular yoga teachers also taught me how to be a yoga teacher.

But the … Continue reading