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.
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 first workshop, which I called Albany Yoga Basics Workshop.
I taught the ladies basic yoga poses while also focusing on alignment and our breath. I also taught them some basic Restorative Yoga poses.
I was able to work on my language and really focus on teaching true beginners, which I feel is my specialty right now as a yoga teacher.
I really do enjoy teaching.
This was extra fun as all the women were familiar with each other and many are close friends.
They laughed and made jokes and enjoyed themselves.
They all got to take home a copy of the sequence we practiced so they can practice at home or even with each other.
I plan to try to get inventive and continue to bring yoga to a community that enjoys it and wants it. Stay tuned Albany, Mo.!
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 Wednesday night while teaching my evening yoga class I started to notice my low back aching (not an uncommon thing).
Once class was over I noticed it more. And by the time I got home it was quite bothersome.
I had my dinner and got ready for bed. I then practiced a couple of Restorative Yoga backbends: heart opener over a rolled blanket and supported bridge with a bolster.
I have Kyphosis (upper hunch back) and Lordosis (lower sway back). Low back discomfort or pain happens at times for me.
I took it easy the next couple of days while teaching. Cycle I didn’t ride as hard. I was mindful with my modifications with students in yoga. I like to be helpful with props and getting what students need. I made sure to be careful and not bend over as much as I usually do.
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Twice a year I write about time change. And we are upon that time once again.
For most of us in the U.S. we will Fall Back on Sunday at 2 a.m.
Many of my readers are from Arizona, so this post doesn’t apply to you as much. (And note to my family, starting Sunday I will be an hour behind for about four months.) But I think the suggestions I am going to make are great whenever you cross time zones or as we move into the cooler and darker (and in Oregon, wetter) season.
I am not a great sleeper. And time change for me is pretty difficult.
When you Spring Forward, you lose an hour. The light is different. It is more difficult to get to bed on time for your workweek.
When you Fall Back, you “gain” an hour. But that gain can still really mess you up. If you normally get up at 5 a.m. then you are likely gonna start rousing at 4 a.m. Ugh! And the evenings get darker earlier, which has already been happening lately.
That “gained” hour can throw your day (or even the following week) off.
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I love being a teacher. A teacher of yoga. And also teaching indoor cycling classes.
Because of what I do I have a weird schedule. Every day is a little different. Three out of my six teaching days I have a 9:15 a.m. class, a noon class and a class in the evening. Most of my days I have a gap from about 1:30 to 5ish.
This is when I run errands, have my lunch, get things done around the house, work on the blog, work on playlists and yoga sequences, catch up on e-mail, etc.
But I also hit a low in the middle of the day and get sleepy. Because I physically work I know at times my body needs rest.
My norm had been little cat naps. Sometimes they end up being longer. Somedays I feel great after my nap and other days not so much.
About five or six weeks ago I decided to trade my nap time in with a 30-minute Restorative Yoga practice. (I have been doing this about five times a week.)
Mondays are one of my harder days as I have three classes and it is my “Friday.” I don’t normally teach on … Continue reading
On Friday and Saturday I had events at the two Athleta stores in Portland.
On Friday I was at Athleta Washington Square for Ask a Yogi with Ann. I was available to answer any questions shoppers had about yoga.
It went OK. It was challenging getting people engaged. I think they thought I was trying to sell them something.
But I had fun and chatted up many women. I even helped some shop and let them know about the great deals going on in the store over the weekend.
On Saturday I was at Athleta Brewery Blocks (in The Pearl) to model a pair of Fit6 pants along with other FitPros (fitness professionals).
I ended up modeling a pair of The Ponte lifestyle pants. I would have never picked these pants out for myself. But I ended up loving them and keeping them.
It was fun greeting shoppers and letting them know about the sales going on. And we got to show them how the pants looked on real women.
I got to spend a few hours with some amazing women. I made some new friends while networking and having a little fun.
Athleta is not the only brand that I wear … Continue reading
A year ago today I left the corporate world.
(Tomorrow will be the year anniversary of my first day of FUNemployment.)
A lot happened to lead up to my decision. And I won’t go into details here why I did. But it was time for me to go. (I have talked about it somewhat in the past if you want to read undoing with new chapter and pursuing happiness and finding your paradise.)
I am not talking badly about those in the corporate world. I understand it. I lived it for more than 15 years. Because of it I am able to live the life I do now.
There were advantages to working in the corporate world. It afforded lots of amazing travel; ease of living in the Bay Area; lots of three-day weekends; a lifestyle I enjoyed; shopping for clothes, shoes and purses when I wanted; us able to donate a considerable amount of money to charities (and Uncle Sam); not living paycheck to paycheck; me the opportunity to work with many great people and learn a ton; and making some friends for life …
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And just like that, it’s September.
The month of September is National Yoga Month.
According to Yoga Health Foundation, September is National Yoga Month (a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services) designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle.
I am parterning with Athleta in Washington Square in Portland as a YogiFit Pro. I will be at Athleta on Friday, September 18th from noon to 2 p.m. to answer questions about yoga. (I will likely have a little bit more information to share about this event soon.)
According to the site, Athleta is a retail store, which outfits female athletes with the ultimate performance apparel and gear while: Inspiring an active lifestyle. Motivating others. Tapping into our collective power as a group.
The studio I teach at, Turtles Yoga & Wellness, has some fun stuff planned during this month as well.
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At some point in my yoga practice I assumed I had mastered Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog).
The great thing about yoga is that we keep practicing and learning and deepening.
When my teacher Richard starting working with me on my Downward Facing Dog in December 2013 he helped me to stop pushing too deep into the pose in an unhealthy way in my upper body. He also helped me to feel more length in my spine.
Richard took the middle photo of me after some adjustments were made in class one evening. The pose started to feel differently in my body.
The bottom photo shows me pushing too far in my arms, pressing my chest toward the floor and my head is hanging. My back is rounded and not as long as it could be.
The top photo I have a long spine, length and space in my back.
I’ve been teaching yoga a little more than a year now. I tell my students that I want them to have a nice long Dog.
It is not necessary to get your heels to the mat, especially if it means you shorten your Dog to get your heels on the mat.
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