March 2, 2018

We have all felt it.

The frantic turning and spinning. Searching for solutions. Rushing from one place to the next. Feeling overrun, overdue, underfunded, and out of answers. There’s breathlessness, nervousness, irritation, lashing out, hiding out, sleepless nights, and crabby mornings. At some time or another, most everyone has felt this way. Maybe it was a big life transition like a new baby or a new job. Maybe its planning your wedding or your parents are ill. Maybe you’re ending a relationship. The reasons why we get to the place vary but the symptoms are pretty universal.

--- ANXIETY ---

AKA: stress, stressed out, nervousness, restlessness, agitation, worry (and more)

Let's pause here and differentiate between an anxiety disorder or mental health diagnosis and what I am addressing here. What I am referring to would be categorized as common emotional stress and the challenges that most people experience in living busy modern lives. I want to distinguish this because without defining th...

December 14, 2017

“Intimacy is the result of a choice to let someone see into your heart and live there with you. You can love your neighbor enough to rescue him from a burning building, but that doesn’t mean the two of you will ever have an intimate relationship. To experience genuine intimacy, both people must choose to trust, be vulnerable, and invest in each other all they have.”

-Spiritual Intimacy by Alice Smith

My mom sent me this quote. I had been upset because my neighbor had just lost their home to a fire and I wanted to do more than I could and I felt both heartbroken and guilty about passing the baton to friends of theirs who could be supportive in a way only close relationships can offer. My husband had received them and called the fire department on the night their house caught fire and they fled across the street to our home. It was surreal and tragic and traumatic and also a moment of genuine love of another. Them to each other for being alive. Us to them for being able to shelter them in...

February 27, 2017

When I was a small kiddo, my sister and I were dropped into dance classes. Very quickly I became fascinated at what the human body was capable of doing. These little humans (the same age as me) could flip and twirl and MOVE their bodies in ways I had never even thought of attempting. That fascination has led me by the hand throughout life.

Just recently, I enrolled in a throwing workshop. When I told one of my friends about it, she perked up excitedly and said “Cool! A pottery class?” Nope. A martial arts workshop utilizing physics to throw humans with very little effort. Nevermind that I had absolutely no experience in throwing anything, made of clay or bones. For me, the intrigue was in learning new ways to move my body. It was exhilarating. I’d attempt a throw maybe 3-10 times incorrectly. It would feel awkward, heavy and clunky, like a wheel out of alignment. Then, something would change! All the bones and joints would line up. The mind and breath would line up and the result was...

July 27, 2016

I can still remember the day I decided I was going to join the group of teacher trainees at Love Hive yoga. The day was hot and I was rushing to make a morning yoga class (i know…counterproductive), I was having a hard time finding the temporary studio that Audra and Jessica were teaching in and I was seconds away from driving home and crawling back into bed. I was driving in circles when I finally spotted other yogis headed into a back building, I quickly parked my truck and ran into the studio (2 minutes late) where I was met with Audra and her unwavering kindness and gratitude for my being there for her class. What I realized as soon as I entered that studio was that I was one of many people who wanted to be a part of love hive and their special and unique little community that Audra and Jessica were fast building. The class was filled with exactly what you come to yoga to feel, dharma talk that had you thinking for long after class has ended, singing, sweating, laughing, and so muc...

May 4, 2016

 " Okay, okay, ladies, now let's get in formation, cause I slay
Okay, ladies, now let's get in formation, cause I slay
Prove to me you got some coordination, cause I slay
Slay trick, or you get eliminated "

 

So we are nominated as one of the top 5 yoga studios in Portland, Oregon by Willamette Weekly and we are pumped. The mantra being chanted is we came to SLAY! So get out there and vote y'all (here's the link: 

http://wweek.secondstreetapp.com/l/BOP-Voting-2016/Ballot/HealthampWellness) Ok. Shameless self promotion done. Now onward to the rest of this blog. 

 

In all seriousness, even being included on this list means so much to me and Audra Carmine. We have poured our heart and soul into this community and business and would do it all over again everyday because we feel like it is our calling. I love this song by Beyonce for lots of reasons. It may seem like the idea of slaying is not very yogic but I disagree. This idea is not new. This is the entire premise of The Bhagavad Gita, a cal...

April 28, 2016

Can I just start by saying how rad the community of Love Hive is?  I mean, in general, community is rad.  The desire to connect with other people is strong within all of us, even if the level and style of connection we desire varies between us. We’re all looking for others with whom we share a common ground of philosophies, intentions, interests and joy. In Sanskrit we call this "Sangha".  The sangha at Love Hive in particular is really special to me, because it is with you lovely folks that I found a connection that actually contributed to healing a physical health problem.  Check this out…

 

I moved to Portland about 2 years ago from the area of Detroit, Michigan where I had spent the whole 27 years I’d been alive.  I had friends I'd grown up with, I'd only ever really practiced yoga at my home studio where I was trained as a teacher, and I was really close with my family.  I came to Portland knowing pretty much no one - no friends, no yoga sangha, no ties to the communi...

March 28, 2016

Geoffrey Taylor is a highly experienced Ashtangi yogi and is bringing us the wealth of his practice with an upcoming class, Ashtanga Flow, starting April 11th. Check out this interview we did with him to learn a bit more about him and his yoga journey. 

 

Tell us a little bit about how you first discovered Ashtanga Yoga and how long have you been studying & teaching Ashtanga influenced yoga?

I first discovered this form in my home state of AZ in 1996. It came to pass after my mother had given me a book by BKS Iyengar, for which I am forever grateful. Inspired, I went to the local bookstore and found an Ashtanga manual. And that got me practicing. This was a time and a place before the proliferation of Yoga in the U.S.  I soon started going to every workshop or training that I could find. In 2001 I started traveling to Maui to study with the amazing community of senior teachers there. I spent the next few years focused on Ashtanga studies and teaching only Primary Series. 

 

Who were so...

July 31, 2015

 I am writing this for the me out there that was longing but unsure. The me out there, that 9 years ago ached for something that felt like I wasn't good enough to actually have. The me that was broken and scared and hurting but was also being saved by the practices of Yoga. The me out there who felt discouraged by yogis who seemed to have some sort of supernatural power of calm and grace that I did not even remotely know how to tap into. This is for the me out there who was given the message multiple times that I needed to fill in the blank with some thing that I didn't have or hadn't done first before I could teach yoga. The me out there that thought that I could not possibly deserve a spot in a teacher training let alone actually end up teaching.  

 

When I finally worked up enough courage to take a training, the common rhetoric was that yoga teacher trainings were not really about becoming a yoga teacher. That they were about all of these other things. I...

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