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Posts Tagged ‘yoga’

Reflective/self-care sequence

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. […]


Take Time for You

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 […]


Celebrate Being Grateful

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 […]


We can be strong and support each other

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. […]


Bittersweet

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. […]


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 […]


Yoga, a park and cats

I taught two yoga classes in the park this month. Practicing yoga under the sky with the cool grass below our feet and a view of trees and children playing was a great and fun experience. I had students from my various public yoga classes join me for both Yoga in the Park with Ann […]


My Triangle continues to transform

Over the past three years I have been observing Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) in my body. To the left you can see the variations and changes over the past three years. When I applied for Piedmont’s Yoga Teacher Training in May/June 2013 an optional part of the application was to include a picture of myself in Triangle […]


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 […]