All tissues require stress.  You stretch cells in your body to change the factors they produce that will change your body with patience and dedication. 

Yin Yoga is one of my favorite ways to do so.  I believe it is best to practice yoga in a group setting in addition to a personal practice. Being in a group facilitates friendships, share group energy, gets you away from  your own distractions at home.  It doesn’t matter whether you are currently flexible or not. My classes are definitely all levels and all ages (early teens to 80 year olds thus far!).  The changes I see in the students are far reaching with dedication.

*I think* the most important goal of Yin Yoga is to practice being present and find peace within yourself.  Range of motion is huge too, and that will continue to increased with a dedicated practice. I won’t go into the myriad of benefits here. 

I teach Yin Yoga at Vivify Hot Yoga in Rio Rancho NM.  I would love to be part of your yoga journey.  The setting an ambient room with quiet music. I try to keep it light-hearted.  There is nothing to fear and much to be gained. Namaste,


Standing Bow with the Sandia mountains.  Not a Yin Pose, but Yin will facilitate this one if you feel so inclined.  


Things that currently piss me off (in random order)

  • The sound of Shot-Clocks and Squeaking Tennis Shoes.  (which will become more relevant in very near future, holy hell….)
  • Having to chose between walking dogs and going to yoga this morning (of course the annoyingly cute Basenjis won out)
  • Missing house keys – that turn up on someone else.  Case of mistaken identity.  It happens.  I recognize I should shut the F*ck up and be grateful that they were found after an hour of looking (which gets back to why no yoga class today).
  • Being reliant on other people for transportation.  I feel so !#$!@$!@$ helpless.  I live in the !@#@$# sticks, so public transportation is not an option.  Walking on back roads with 50 mph speed limit seems unwise and unpleasant.
  • Walgreen’s.  I don’t trust their automated line for a second anymore, so I waited for 23 minutes listening to their dreadful on-hold music loop of 15 seconds.  Ears are still ringing.  Was I a really bad person in a previous life or something?
  • The necessity to find a new PTA job thanks to stupid neuritis.


What I am GLAD about is that WordPress seems willing to let me post pictures today.  After several days of failed attempts.  I was almost prepared to cancel my subscription.  But for whatever reason, the CyberGods smile upon me.

So I will leave my bitchfest there, for now.  I have someone willing to take me to Walgreen’s.  I will try and remember that mine is a charmed life.



Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

So you like creepy statues. I regret that I said anything about i, that was most ahimsic on my part.  Mea  culpa. We are all entitled to prioritize and admire what does it for us.  So sorry Universe.

I’ll admit I’m super stressed about mid-terms this week. So I’m reactionary.  I question if I’m on the right path.  I like a lot of things about school.  And it looks like I get to do a rotation in an out-patient clinic and not in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.  So that is pretty exciting! I just wish that I could teach yoga full-time and still be financially secure.  I know that is what I’m awesome at (lol, I have a long way to go)

Yet once again the universe is reminding that life is precious and there are no guarantees.  One of my fellow HS classmates died this week of cancer.  I send his family the best of blessings as they heal.  He died way way way too early.  I didn’t know him well, but I considered him a cool guy and I know his friends loved him dearly.  Blessings Russ.

Ok, here are today’s pictures post a very fun 6 a.m. class.  Then I MUST STUDY FOR TODAY’S MIDTERM!!!!.

Starting this week out right!

Just got home from a great class by Derek at Vivify Yoga Studio.  I really like this studio a lot – and being there made me happy thinking about subbing there Saturday.  And I finally met Lisa, one of the owners.  Liked her a lot, not surprised in the least on that 🙂

Catching my breath before cleaning up.  I’m teaching a private class at 11:30, very stoked about that.  Until then I really ought to weed my garden.  And slather love on the sweet Basenjis.  I pretty much raced out the door this morning so I have many morning belly rubs to dole out

Here’s the pictures on my last download.  Yesterday messing around on the porch and this morning taking shot for #yogagivesbackchallenge for today and tomorrow.

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Gotta love Friday!

I really enjoyed hanging out with the dogs in the yard this morning.  It was nice and mild – but it is gonna be a hot one again.  I actually enjoy the heat, as long as I can retreat into my A/C house and car.  Currently 72, but it is going to be in the mid 90s.  The Basenjis are bound to be nice and lazy while I clean the messy crib.


I am teaching a private class over the noon hour, errands and hopefully I’ll make it to a yoga class at 5.  I could really use it, I’ve been too busy teaching and taking care of the pups the past two days to actually get on my mat and PRACTICE.  A yoga instructor *has* to practice lest risk teaching get stale.  So even if I can’t make it to class, I will be doing a serious practice in my home studio.  I also have to do my IG challenge shot for #yogagivesback.

Here are a few more pictures from this morning

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also yesterday’s shots at Exhale (really fun class, gosh I love teaching there)

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On that note, off to water the containers outside. Unlike Seattle, container plants require daily watering.  It is so much drier and hotter….. 🙂  If I could just teleport my kids here…. life would be pretty stellar.


Yoga Fun at Perfit

Hooray!  🙂 I am teaching two classes at Perfit today

9:30-10:30 a.m.  Non-heated Yoga

6-7 p.m. Hot Vinyasa Flow

Please join me for some yoga fun!

Here are a few shots I took yesterday at Perfit


I just accidentally hung up on a call back from Travelocity.  How I wish I could turn back time and hit “accept” rather than “decline”  🙁  I have to cancel my planned trip to WA in early July – the kids will be out of state so no point in going that particular weekend.  I now hope to be back in late August, which seems awfully far away…

anyways, I have made another request for a call-back.  Super duper annoyed with self.

Teaching Yoga at Exhale at noon.  I am already eagerly watching the clock 🙂  Teaching is certainly the highlight of my day, which is otherwise all about making a myriad of phone calls.  If you know me, you know I don’t care for phone calls.  I would much rather deal with texts and emails, but these are of the phone call nature.  So class sounds Mighty Preferable.  Oh well.  Into each life a little rain must fall.

Got a nice picture with Romeo this morning.  He was begging to go on a walk, so he tolerated kisses


Ms Zena has been a love sponge today as well.  She found me working at my desk, pawed at me for attention.  When I sat down to pat her she climbed into my lap and fell asleep.  It was very sweet but my coffee was annoyingly out of reach.


Post Morning Walk (it is nice and warm outside already, easy to wear them out)


Great Start to Saturday

Just got home from a class at Vivify Yoga

I really liked the vibe there.  Good teachers, pretty studio.  It is also conveniently located, I will definitely be going back there, they offer a variety of classes.  Michelle was great 🙂

So my Saturday has started out right.  It has been raining a lot the past two days and Scarlett the Prius looks likes she’s be off-roading so after I shower I might have to address that. The problem is we live on a dirt (atm mud) road so in may be pointless.  But seriously, she looks NASTY.

I’ll leave it there for now, I need to clean up.  But I was just so happy about my morning class that I had to share, immediatamente.


handstand splits

handstand splits

Hope on this Friday morning…..

I worry a lot.  About anything, everything.  I really credit my yoga practice to a large extent for my ability to function in this crazy world.  Of course having wonderful family and friends helps a lot too 🙂

Today I’m worrying that no one will show up for class.  It is a new time slot, I’ve no idea if there is interest in a 6:15 a.m. class at The Studio Space.  But nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?  So I will go, and if it is just me, so be it…. I will still practice and I always enjoy my practice.  6:15 a.m. is a die-hard time.  I think it is a FABULOUS time to practice – it makes the rest of the day so much more pleasant.  But it does take a lot of effort to drag oneself out of bed, to be true.

I am more confident that people will come to the Sunday Yin class at 4:30 p.m.  What a way to wind down the weekend, gear up for the following week. We’ll be all stretched out by 5:45, with plenty of time to go home, make dinner, etc. and later on sleep like a good baby….. Yin is exceedingly beneficial.

On that note, it is time to meditate and get ready for what the day is going to bring.


Tulips and vase from one of my dearest students (and friend) 🙂


Well, I will be starting to teach Power and Yin Classes at The Studio Space starting this Friday!  I’m really excited about the prospects.  I’m going to make a point of getting to know a lot of ABQ yogis and build these classes asap! 🙂  I’m extremely grateful to be given a chance when I’m so new to the community.  🙂


Here’s few shots from yesterday and today.  The pups were kicked out of the house for the majority of yesterday as we were having a media system put in place.  They were NOT pleased about it, they like to come and go as they please.  But today all is forgotten; unlike humans dogs really don’t hold grudges 🙂