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Posts Tagged ‘yoga teacher’

Taking care of No. 1

I recently made the decision to drastically reduce my teaching schedule. Many of you know that and some of you don’t know. This was a difficult decision to make and I didn’t take it lightly or make this decision without a lot of thought and love put into it. As a yoga teacher I teach […]


Sundays off

Today was my last day regularly teaching on Sundays. I made a decision for me. I needed another day off. I needed to be able to spend more time with The Husband. I needed to be able to sleep in on Sundays. I needed to be able to make a brunch on Sundays with out-of-town […]


Before … after … and now

For about the past year to year and a half I have been the healthiest I have ever been. Not the smallest or thinnest, but the healthiest. I turn 42 in one month and I feel amazing. And I think I look pretty good, too. I know that’s not what it is all about. It’s about […]


I’m a yoga teacher, not a doctor

In my teacher training, we were reminded that students would ask us all kinds of questions, including us being asked to diagnose something in a student’s body. I love talking with my students before, during and after class. Most classes I teach a student tells me it was exactly what they needed. Usually someone tells me […]


Here’s to another year of reinvention

At the end of my yoga teacher training in May 2014 we did an exercise in class where we pretended like we were all getting together a year later for a reunion. We talked about what we did. The idea was if we said it as if it did actually happen it would make it more real. We […]


The not so perfect yoga pose

Every week on social media I post a picture of me in a yoga pose and let my friends and followers know what my yoga theme is for the week. Every week I have a theme in my classes. The theme is a focus of the class. It’s a full well-rounded practice with a point. […]


Recognizing exhaustion

When I was still living in Oakland I had a therapist. We talked about a lot of things. A big focus was the stress coming from my work life. It was taking over other parts of my life. My therapist and I discovered that I put too much of myself into my job/career/workplace. It never […]


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 […]


Albany yoga basics workshop

Over the weekend Curt and I were in his hometown. Curt is from a small Missouri town. So small that they don’t have yoga among other things. I held a yoga workshop for members of the community. I love finding ways to bring yoga to anyone who wants to experience the practice. It was my […]


Being mindful of me

I practice a lot of yoga. And I cycle (while teaching indoor cycling) five times a week. I teach 11 yoga classes a week (and sometimes a private session) along with my cycle classes every week. As a teacher I give to my students physically, emotionally and mentally. All teachers need to take care of themselves. On […]