December 8, 2017

“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.” The Bhagavad Gita

In the midst of the most recent dissolution of my marriage, to my husband of 13 years, (I’m going to pause you all here and say how terrifying it is to write these words and make them public, but I am doing it anyway, because I love you. More on that another day), I have taken to walking my dog for long periods of time in the cold-windy weather listening to Oprah Winfrey’s Supersoul Conversations podcast. As soon as I press play and hear Oprah’s rich, familiar voice say, “I believe the greatest gift we can give ourselves is time, “ I start to cry. I watched Oprah devotedly as a child, and then again as an adult while I nursed my newborn children. The sound of her voice touches my heart in such a way that I feel vulnerable and immediately undone, which happens to be exactly what I am seeking right now. I am on a quest to keep true to my purpose as a joy...

August 27, 2016

You will find it time and time again, the people who are really into yoga are the people who have (or have had) a lot of problems. Most of us don't walk around in a light filled bliss bubble and then say "hey, I'm going to go do a bunch of uncomfortable things with my body and see what happens". Maybe the first entry point varies. You got intrigued by yoga because a friend introduced you or you were curious, or you found a book, etc. But as many a yogi story goes, both in ancient mythology and modern times, we get super into our practice when the shit hits the fan. Why? Because yoga works! We practice, we feel more present, more clear, more free, and we can go back to those same problems with a bit more spaciousness and clarity. 

Ok.... so fast forward 5 years, 10, maybe 20 and eventually we land in the place where the rubber hits the road, we gotta put our money where our mouth is or our feet are, or roasters are returning for roasting. Or something like that. We have to see if al...

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 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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