Today is the last day of 2016.
I know many are saying good riddance to this year. But really, why?
There are some things that happened this year that I am not happy with. But many great things happened this year as well.
And we can’t have joy without suffering and we can’t have suffering without joy.
And I truly believe that everything we experience good and bad make us who we are today. So on Dec. 31, 2017 we will look back and see what has changed (good and bad) and how we have changed over the past year.
As we all are well aware many celebrities died this year. Their deaths stand out more because they are celebrities.
But many people lost someone this year who they really loved and cared about. Whether a parent, spouse, friend, child, grandparent, sibling, etc.
I’m not discounting your feelings toward a celebrity whose music meant something to you when you were an awkward teenager and needed someone to relate to or a fabulous actress or actor who really spoke to you or an author who got into your imagination and made the words from the pages real in your own mind/imagination or … Continue reading
I am teaching a special yoga class on New Year’s Day at Turtles Yoga and Wellness as we step out of 2016 and transition into 2017.
As we enter the new year we will take the time to set our intentions for the coming year.
We will start our lovely practice by setting our intentions and a meditation, we will move through an active asana practice and end with restorative poses as we calm the body and mind.
New Year’s Day class: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Suggested donation: $5-$10.
Proceeds will be donated to the Beaverton Clothes Closet, which provides free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.
You can step out of 2016 with me on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10:15-11:45 a.m. with her transition-themed Hatha Align to Restorative class. (Membership, class pass or drop-in fee will apply.)
I will be teaching a special yoga class Christmas morning at OmBase in Hillsdale.
My Christmas Hatha Blend! class will be from 10-11:30 a.m.
Suggested donation: $10-$20. All proceeds will be donated to Standing Rock.
Spots are filling up, but there are still some openings available. Space is limited. Sign up ahead of time to secure your spot.
You can sign up by calling 503-922-3100 or going online.
We will have fun with our holiday-themed sequence as we will stretch, strengthen, open and relax the body and mind. We will end in a long and lovely savasana.
Portland, Ore. artist, Ryan McAbery, has created “Buffalo Soldier” Standing Rock Bison Fundraiser (pictured at the right).
You can purchase an 11×14 signed print for $25. To order online, go here. You can also purchase the print at OmBase.
Ryan will donate 100% of the purchases to help pay for Standing Rock medical expenses and legal fees.
Happy, Merry Everything!
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My theme over the past week was about being reflective and showing self-care.
The sequence was more about being in the pose than getting into it. Reminding ourselves of peace, love, compassion, kindness and acceptance for ourselves.
I was really excited to teach this and share it.
But then Snowpocalypse part deux happened in Portland. My classes from Wednesday evening through Saturday were canceled.
This sequence was basically my Christmas (or whatever you celebrate or don’t) gift to my students.
So many didn’t get to practice the sequence with me. Those who did seemed to enjoy it and I received some good feedback.
So, I decided to whip up (well, work diligently–I’m no artist) some stick figures of the sequence for my students and readers and friends to use and enjoy.
If you would like me to e-mail you a full-sized PDF, send me an e-mail at email@example.com and I will send one your way.
If you’re one of my regular Portland-area students I will have some copies of the sequence with me.
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As we get ready to enter what I call the Crazy Time Season we have to remember to take care of ourselves.
Self-care is so important but we tend to neglect taking care of No. 1.
I truly believe you can’t take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself.
Self-care comes in many forms. For me it can be a yoga class (where I am a student), my monthly massage, an occasional mani/pedi, vegging on the couch binge watching my favorite shows, knitting, restorative yoga, enjoying good cup of coffee or tea while just sipping and enjoying …
Maybe for you it’s any of the things I listed above or it could be a bubble bath, a hike, a bike ride … or something else.
Stress is a big part of our everyday lives.
When restorative yoga is practiced regularly and even as little as five minutes a day, it can help to heal the effects of chronic stress. Adrenal fatigue is a common and growing problem in modern life. Restorative yoga kicks in the parasympathetic nervous system, rest and digest.
On Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. I am teaching a restorative yoga workshop.
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I am teaching a special yoga class called Celebrate Being Grateful on Thanksgiving morning at Turtles Yoga & Wellness in Beaverton.
Join me from 9:30-11 a.m. for a morning of yoga with a focus on gratitude and self care.
We will practice gratitude while recognizing how blessed we are in this life.
Extend your deepest gratitude for this moment and for all of the many blessings that bring you joy in your life.
We will come together for a Hatha alignment-based practice as we move mindfully while breathing deeply.
We will explore yoga poses that aid in digestion, detoxing naturally and cleansing.
We will also open our hearts with some supportive Restorative Yoga poses to end our class.
All levels are supported and welcome.
Suggested donation of $5. If you can afford $5, you pay $5. If you can’t, you don’t, which allows yoga to be accessible to all.
Sign up ahead of time to ensure you secure a spot in this special class. You can also call: 503-574-4711. Facebook invite can be Continue reading
Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. The come together and they fall apart. They they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.
~Excerpt from Pema Chödrön’s “When Things Fall Apart”
We are stronger together. I truly believe that.
I have been taking the past few days to reflect and think about the election, the results and what it all means and how I feel about it. I’ve been collecting and gathering my thoughts and feelings.
I cried a lot on Wednesday. I am still so very sad, heartbroken, in shock and disbelief, angry …
As a woman I feel as I do; as a Mexican American I feel as I do; as a feminist I feel as I do; as a human being I feel as I do; as someone who was raised to love everyone I feel as I … Continue reading
Today was my last Thursday teaching two classes. Two super fun classes. Two classes with amazing students.
About a month or so ago I gave notice for my Sunday classes. I realized I needed another day off. One day off a week (where I was still quite busy and sometimes subbing) was just not enough.
My students were so understanding and supportive. I wrote about it in a post.
And again, I feel (and know) that I have the best students in the world.
Today was bittersweet as I bid farewell to two of my classes. One a morning cycle class and a noon yoga class.
Starting next Thursday, Nov. 3, I will be teaching Thursdays at OmBase in Hillsdale. I feel so lucky to have found this space owned by two amazing people.
At the end of August I started subbing at OmBase. After just my second class the owners got some great feedback on me, my class and teaching. So much so that they offered me a class.
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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 friends.
I am exhausted and tired and can’t be the best teacher I can teaching so much and not having more time off for me.
When I told my students I was giving up my classes it was so hard to do. I got teary. But I told them this is not about them, it’s about me.
It has to be about me.
I am considered a full-time teacher with five weekly cycle classes and 10 (some private) weekly yoga classes. (Even with the adjustment in my schedule I am considered full time.)
I only had Tuesdays off. And even though I don’t normally teach Tuesdays (I try to reserve that date for me) I still have a lot to do in order to teach: writing up/finalizing and practicing a yoga sequence for the coming week (after likely doing hours of research/reading/planning over the weekend); … Continue reading
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 being and feeling healthy. But I’ll be honest, it feels good to look good.
I work hard at being healthy. At times it is easy. And other times it’s so so difficult.
But I haven’t always looked the way I look now.
When I was younger I was considered skinny. (I seriously hate that word and all that it implies.)
I could basically eat and drink anything I wanted and not gain weight.
Then I turned 25. I had a sedentary job. I worked second shift and ate a lot of my meals at my desk, which weren’t actually healthy and usually came in some sort of wrapper (as in fast food).
Over a seven year period I gained 30 pounds.
I hated shopping for clothes. I lacked confidence. It was difficult to go on hikes with friends.
One day a friend and co-worker asked me … Continue reading