March 12, 2018

I hear this all the time when people talk to me about being too intimidated to try yoga. "I would do it, but I'm just not good at it." The idea of being "good" at yoga is like trying to be good at breathing. We all have full capability of doing it. Sure, you can breathe more

slowly, more mindfully than someone else, but still, every single person can do it. 

Step one: simply showing up is being "good" at yoga. If you are willing to show up for yourself, sit, breath and be present in your body and human experience then you are doing the good work. 

As anything goes in life, consistency is key. No one walked into their first yoga class nailing every single posture, responding to every single queue and having the most peaceful savasana ever. It all takes time, patience and consistency. It is called practice for a reason. You have to continue to show up in order to grow. My most honest advice is to be gentle with yourself. 

I know it can be intimidating to not be able to do certain poses...

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...

July 11, 2016

Let’s not mince words, the 30 day yoga challenge was hard.  It wasn’t hard to prioritize yoga, that sweet feeling of sitting on your mat and knowing that for the next hour it’s just you and a group of people, in this studio moving through your bodies together, that part was juicy and wonderful.  But it was a 30 day schedule challenge and a 30 day laundry challenge and it was a 30 day challenge of meeting my body where it’s at that day, my body, that same body that I was in yesterday, it’s the same body today, as it will be tomorrow, and forever.  When I was practicing only a couple times a week it was easy to to come into class, do all the poses how they feel the prettiest and then walk out the door, but when I was coming in every day the corrections I had been working on and the feelings in my body were right at the forefront of my mind. Straighten instead of hyper-extend, Caitlin, pull down the low ribs, broaden the shoulders, Caitlin, use your core to support and un-arch your low ba...

May 19, 2016

 

 

 

 

The three keys to yoga teaching success are: 

 

1)showing up over and over again

2)offering your whole vulnerable-imperfect-human self

3)channeling the cumulative consciousness of the day so that your offering comes from a tapping into something larger than yourself, rather than the ego.

 

All of the anatomy, cuing, sequencing, Sanskrit, philosophy and even to some extent, the theme weaving, can be more or less taught; but, as I once heard retired Boston Celtics player, Kevin McHale say, "You can't coach effort." And the three keys to success really come from putting in the effort.  It's not easy to show up to classes with only one or two people for a few years, and still bring it vulnerable style, but if you do, those one or two people will come back, and then they will tell their friends, and then they will start coming with their friends, until eventually, your community--those interested in what you have to offer--will grow. 

 

1) Showi...

May 11, 2016

 

 

Deciding to take a teacher training is akin to professing your love to the art and practices of yoga that have already given you so much.  It’s a marriage rooted in curiosity, creativity, experimentation and togetherness.  It’s also a marriage that moves in the world of the unknown, like all unions really. As Rumi so perfectly puts it,  “Out beyond the ideas of right and wrong doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”  This should be printed on the t-shirt of every 200 hour teacher training in Portland, because ideally a teacher training should be that field.  

 

The 200 hour teacher training is a slim doorway to a lifetime of study. It’s a place where we get a chance to expand our minds and hearts, feel into our practice, into our bodies,  and become explorers of Yoga and ourselves without the tethers of right and wrong doing.  It’s a time to question what we think we already know about ourselves and the asana, and delve deep into the places within that have y...

May 5, 2016

I have been wanting to write about this for awhile. I was reminded because of seeing 2 recent social media posts referencing in some way to disagree with the way another yogi is presenting themselves online. Most often I simply read the comment, roll my eyes a bit or huff and move on. But I am feeling more and more concerned with the way that this impacts not only us as a yoga community but as another way to degrade each other and most often, other women. 

 

Here's the deal. I get it. I am just as much of an internet snob as anyone else. I scoff at photos or blogs or posts that seem too "whatever" for my liking. But when I look at where that judgement comes from. Where it really comes from. It is always from some part of myself that feels insecure or excluded or unlovable or scared. It comes from the place in me that says that resources like beauty, admiration, love, affection, prestige, happiness, joy are finite and that if someone else seems to have too much of it,...

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...

April 21, 2016

 

Our foundation is essential to being able to move in the world with a sense of freedom and peace. If we do not feel safe, grounded, steady, there is not the space or energetic prana available to focus on more in depth practices and the subtleties of living an awake life.

A practice utilizing the Chakra system can be one way to start harnessing our attention and focusing our energy towards connection with earth, our bodies, & the world around us so that we can have a life that is more balanced and easeful.

 

Muladhara which translates to root chakra, is the first chakra of the 7 located along the spinal column. It is located at the center of the pelvic floor, is associated with the color red, and the bija (or seed) mantra used for this chakra is the sound LAM. It’s main focus in the body is survival, taking care of one’s self and others, and primal instincts. It’s energetic qualities are stability, preservation, sustainability, balance, and awakening. Emotionally it affects one’s confiden...

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