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 they feel so much better after class.

Since I go with themes someone will tell me they are in the service industry and the feet sequence was helpful or they hurt their back earlier in the week and the low back practice made them feel better or the neck sequence felt so good for their strained neck.

Sometimes I have people telling me about an issue in their body that may or may not have anything to do with the sequence I just taught and they want advice.

I can give them advice on poses they can try to help with the issue(s) in the body or poses they might want to avoid. But that’s all I can do. I am a yoga teacher, not a doctor.

But if I don’t know I am honest about that. If it’s something I think I can do … Continue reading

Starting the conversation …

I’ve been struggling to get my thoughts together. And make sense of my words. I feel hopeless, sad, angry, my heart hurts …

Last week I was in my regular Wednesday morning yoga class where I get to be a student.

As class started my teacher mentioned the recent ugly, violent events taking place in our world. She talked about how many of us feel at a loss of what we can do.

It was the first time I had cried over the the night club shootings at an Orlando night club, two black men who were shot by police, one in Minnesota and the other in Louisiana, and the sniper Dallas police shootings. (It’s scary how many more ugly, violent things have happened since last Wednesday.)

Class was physically challenging. But in the challenging poses we were encouraged to look and find comfort. The practice was not about getting into the pose but about being in the pose.

With all the ugliness lately, which includes hate speech, I feel like I am losing hope.

THE CONVERSATION

But like my readers, who are also likely wondering, as a good, kind, open-minded, loving, caring person I want to know, what can I … Continue reading

Yoga in the Park

I am excited to announce that next month I will be teaching Yoga in the Park.

I will be teaching two yoga class(es) for all levels.

If adults want to bring their kids along that is welcome. But children must be accompanied by an adult.

Details below:

THE WHAT: Yoga in the Park with Ann
THE WHERE: Evelyn M. Schiffler Memorial Park, SW Erickson Ave., Beaverton, OR
THE TIME: 6-7 p.m.
THE DAY(S): Tuesday, August 9 and Tuesday, August, 23
THE PRICE: Suggested donation of $5 (but no one will be turned away)
WHAT ELSE: Bring your yoga mat. Be dressed for a yoga class. Clothing should be comfortable.

Feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy after class and hang out.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at ann@gofitgirl.com.

a.m./p.m. yoga

am pm yoga

Over the past week my yoga theme was a.m./p.m. yoga.

One of my yoga students recently asked me if I could teach poses that could be done first thing in the morning and some poses that could be practiced right before bed.

What a great idea!

And a.m./p.m. yoga was created by me.

A morning practice can help to encourage mindful breathing and gentle movement, which can help begin your day with ease and joy.

A practice before bed can ease you into a restful night with a quiet yoga practice focused on deep breathing to calm the mind and release physical tension.

A calm, relaxing and Restorative practice before bed helps the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and relax) to kick in.

An evening practice can help calm the mind and relieve tension in they body. A soothing practice can be an effective natural sleep remedy.

I gave my students stick figure drawings of the sequence I taught. Though in true Ann fashion in most of my classes I ran out of time and had … Continue reading

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

Yoga Day Portland

Yoga Day Portland

Tuesday, June 21 is Summer Solstice.

There will be a huge celebration at Pioneer Square, Portland from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Yoga Day Portland is for everyone. Its a great opportunity to try yoga for the first time, restart your practice, get inspired to go deeper while celebrating the first official day of summer.

Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the benefits of yoga and community coming together for peace-within & peace-without.

The free event will include: all-levels yoga classes, giveaways, workshops, meditation tent, kids yoga and crafts, healthy food and snacks, yoga fashion show, music, dance party, etc.

I will be in the Yoga Athleta Fashion show at 11:45 a.m.

For more information, check out the Yoga Day Portland website.

Partnering with Athleta in June

Athleta June Studio of the Month

Turtles Yoga & Wellness (a studio where I teach) and Athleta Washington Square are partnering as June Studio of the Month.

On Saturday, June 11 from 8-9 a.m. I am teaching a FREE yoga class.

See Facebook invitation here.

After my yoga class I am inviting friends and students to join me for a quick coffee at the Starbucks in the mall.

Come first for some fun and fabulous free yoga. And after for some coffee and a chat (before I head out for my second yoga class that day).

The other Turtles classes are also on Saturdays: June 4, June 18 and June 25 (all those classes will be from 9-10 a.m.)

Athleta Fashion Show

Tuesday, June 21 is Summer Solstice, first day of summer!

It’s also International Yoga Day Portland. It will be a world-wide celebration of International Yoga Day in Portland.

International Yoga Day was inaugurated by the United Nations on December 11, 2014, and signed by 177 countries, including the United … Continue reading

Practicing heart opener

Recently my yoga theme was for the desk jockey, a person who sits at a desk.

One of the poses we practiced in the sequence was the heart opener over the blocks, aka supported fish pose (pictured to the left).

So many of my students love this pose. They love how it makes them feel. I love it as well.

This pose reverses the negative effects of our poor posture when we sit at a desk, pound away on a keyboard, sit in the car or on public transportation during our long commutes, look at our smart phone or tablet, etc.

The heart opener is a baby backbend and puts our body into extension (we are usually in flexion–think hunched over computer back).

We open our chest, spread shoulder blades, open the collarbones and take stress out of the low back. Having the block behind our shoulder blades reminds us where backbends should come from, behind our heart center, not the low back or the neck.

The muscles, ligaments, veins, etc. are tight in the neck, chest, shoulders, upper back because of our sitting culture. This pose helps to stretch these tight/overactive muscles, making them longer and more supple.

Many people have … Continue reading

My second awesome newsletter

My second newsletter came out last Thursday (May 5).

I am reposting it for my GFG! readers right here.

If you would like to sign up to receive future newsletters in your inbox, you can go right here to enter your e-mail address.

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Dear friends,

Thank you for your interest in my newsletter.

If you didn’t receive the first newsletter (this is only the second) you can click here and read it on my blog. (The first one went out on Friday, April 15.)

There was one broken link in my first newsletter, which took you to my blog post called Going Bone Deep. The link should be good this time around.

Some of you told me you didn’t get the first newsletter. Likely one of two things happened, either I got your e-mail address wrong or the newsletter went into your Spam/Junk folder.

You will either be getting this newsletter once or twice (or even zero times–but then you won’t even know it). After I send it out I am going to follow up with an e-mail. This will let me know who’s e-mail I have incorrect. And if I have it correct it will alert you that … Continue reading

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 were advised to write a letter to ourselves to read in a year, which I did.

I wrote to myself on May 9, 2014 with instructions on the envelope that I could open the letter on May 8, 2015 or later. I opened that letter May 8, 2015.

I read the letter a year ago (and wrote about it here) and wrote myself a second letter to be read on May 8, 2016 or later.

I opened that letter last night and am posting today (May 9, 2016).

I stated intentions in my second letter (with some edits) to the following:

Dear Ann–now a yoga teacher with almost two years of teaching. DONE