Movement Mission

I have been enjoying my 3x a week Core Conditioning Classes at Pacific Edge even more than usual!  I really love sharing movement from the center,  inviting students to create action from  the center, core of themselves,  be it a plank, a squat or a towel sider!

After 8+ years of teaching Core Classes 3x a week, I have really had to continually research and evolve my  understanding of what this meant: Core  and how best to be educational, motivating and engaging in inviting others  to dig deep and do sometimes  not fun exercises.   Let’s be honest,  the # of folks who truly enjoy core work are not a lot…

I do know that we move in multiple directions and that is what happens in Element Core Classes.  Stand, sit, on belly, back, side, twist, bend, extend… move it!

How can we move it,  and really deeper & connect to  our stability and strength of our structure? And Have it be FUN?!    This is what I have figured out after all this time exploring.

Come to class and see what happens.

Take a look on over at the The Core Shift  facebook group, let me know what exercises you might want to see…  don’t worry – blanket plankets and towel slides are coming – this is just the start of what I am going to share.  Videos of 20 min. Element Core  with multiple exercises, to give you variety and  get you moving from your action center!

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it is about the push-up

seriously, when I think about the one thing I do most often, it would be a push-up, mixed with some down dog actions, sort of like a sun salutation.  and a push-up in another sense as well.

I found that if I need to blow of some steam I get on the floor and do some push-ups.  Wide arms,  narrow arms, fast action, super slow,  as many as possible or just 3.  Sometimes I hang out in down dog, and bend/straighten my arms here.

the past few weeks found me deep in with  5th annual Divine Play AcroYoga Festival at the Oregon Convention Center. I was the managing director , also taught a full Friday Intensive and a few classes over the weekend. I was  a little bit busy. I was managing/ juggling the divine puzzle details & making decisions quite frequently.

and in the mornings I did push-ups. And the better push-ups were down at night.  A few nights I did some  serious wiggle action with down dogs and push-ups combined.

turns out the sitting still sometime works. But movement works for me to get the flow, fluid. I do strange detail work, and movement reminds me why.

sharing movement/push-ups with people at Divine Play was amazing. And exciting to see  the growth & various developments of  acroyoga. Co-sharing  AcroYoga, AcroYoga Mtl,  AcroSage, AcroRevolution,  Acro Asanas, AcroYogis Annonymous,  YogaSlackers,  Rose City Acro Ninjas and YOU!!    plus  many more lineages /styles/flavors.

all of us doing push-ups. full bodied lifting up of  each other and ideas, moving the practice of sharing movement onward and upward.  Thank you!!



AcroYoga and Africa Yoga Project

Work honestly, meditate every day, meet people without fear, and play.” Baba Hari Dass

Africa Yoga Project invites you to join February 2015 on a 10 day journey to experience fully being in community with others in Kenya! This adventure opens the door of empowerment through community action via AcroYoga. You will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with new and veteran Africa Yoga Project teachers to rejuvenate and bring shine to the community outreach classes with the gift of touch and accessible AcroYoga flights. AcroYoga blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a practice that cultivates trust, playfulness, and community. You will work in small groups of base, flyer, spotter to develop roots and establish foundations. You will learn and share these skills in the AYP community. You will develop skills of sensitivity and strength. We will share ways to feel healthy and bright in our bodies. We will celebrate the action it takes to create the world in which we choose to live. A world where we empower one another by being of service, by sharing our passions and holding the space for greatness.

Come with us February 2015 Roots to Rise with AcroYoga and give yourself the gift of adventure!

follow the link to sign up!

rust be gone part 3

earlier this year I took a leap of faith and did something scary. I went to an Adventure Race Training Camp & did an adventure race. It was a leap because part of AR is mountain biking,  which really scared me.

Thus began the training. I faced  ( and continue to face) my biggest fears around mountain biking, falling down and getting up. roots- rocks- (reggae) downhills- gravel -sand -single tracks- turns-

Fast forward from March- I have now become completely obsessed about mountain biking- roots-rocks-downhills-gravel-sand-single track-speed. Taking out demo bikes weekly to get in long rides;  (thank you Santa Cruz Bikes!) while I save up for my bike.

I  find myself laughing at myself as  I love it so much and I was so afraid.  I want to ride all the time. I am discovering so much nature! I have started teaching yoga & core at mountain bike events. Mountain biking has really made its way into my life.  I had no idea when I said yes to the camp, that a entire new aspect would open up like this. I am learning a lot, every time  I feel so stoked to have all else fade away, dropping in completely to the moment.      meditation in motion.

lungs limbs heart brain Gratitude!

Face your fears. what is on the other side can shift your life.  walk right into the place of oh shit~! no way! and  say hell yes!

heading to teach yoga/stretching/core at Mendocino Mt. Bike Madness – come join in!

on the road following the path of yes!

20140406072400Summer /Fall  Travel Teaching Dates

AYFit Training Camp- Sydney,  Austalia June 6-9th

Mountain Bike Oregon- July 18-20th

NW Summer Camp Out Oregon   July 24-27th

Wanderlust Whistler, BC  with Deven Sisler   July 31st-August 4th

Mountain Bike Oregon- August 15-17th

Divine Play AcroYoga Festival Daylong  Friday, October 10th with Katie and Yuki

AYFit Oregon October 15-17th

Breitenbush Hotsprings Retreat October


Suffer Well- post adventure race camp

April 25th-27th- Team YogaSlackers Adventure Race Training Camp &  Smith Rock Spring Sting !   The team of Chelsey, Jason and Daniel  were amazing at being professional  & fun, while working with us all at the appropriate skill levels &  finding our edges to nudge at. More than generous with all their personal skills/knowledge, years of learning, generous in sharing stories and lending out loads of amazing gear!   Interval/base line training, basic-to not so-basic mountain bike skills, nutrition, navigation,  pack rafts/ water, team dynamics and roles, gear, bike maintenance,  we covered a lot  of things in the two days pre-race.

Things that stand out as bonus awesome:  mountain biking at night!  all girl team, paddling  the river like I was surfing with Amy & Mallory, falling down and getting up aka: learning mountain biking

if I can get myself lost, I better get myself found. Maps, compass and observation of where you actually are and where you are going…… the less stuff you carry the better, decide if you are riding clip-less or flat pedals in advance,  after the race, eat 3 dinners in one night and wake up  in the morning, at 5:45am ready for breakfast #1 ….

wow- can I say it was fun! if you think that walking across a river with a mountain bike before attempting to ride uphill, or pack-rafting in water that was a little to cold for some, while looking for check points marked with orange tape is fun, than hell yes, it was  awesome fun.

movement meditation- focus on the task at hand- keep moving with your team

repeat?  another one of these AR things?  I am thinking to do another one of these 8 hour adventure races, closer to home, 7 weeks from now, (June 21st)  really feel the inspired commitment and desire to  continue to suffer well, & move a little faster!    I have until May 31st to sign up and will just continue training in case I decide yes ( gots a few details to work out, like  getting my own mountain bike…. )   &  will be a different team…. sounds like the start of an adventure.

gratitude is where its at!

Thank you to Bend Racing, JandC Training, Team YogaSlackers, Chelsey, Jason, Daniel,  Deven, Barley Corn Cooks,   TEAM BABS!!  Betty & Blaze, AR Camp awesome folks, Smith Rock State Park, Ellsworth Bikes, Toesox,  Prana, Fleet Feet and all the amazing support of the Smith Rock Spring Sting.

check out  and get moving

photos:    (thank you for the amazing photos!  )



and I continue to train- (rust be gone part 2)

Next week I will be driving to Bend, Oregon for a new adventure as the Team Yogaslackers Spring Training Camp and Adventure Race  is starting to feel like it is soon.  (April 25-27th)

I would tell you more but really all I know about it is that I have been running and biking and running and biking ……….. &  it is in Smith Rock,  there is some water involved,  and  I  still have not found my compass.

I am really enjoying the challenge thus far of keeping up on the “daily” and  the extra running!!   ( and even more so while co-teaching an AcroYogis Anonymous Retreat)  and the rust removal system is starting to work.  I feel a little less challenged in my running and am more & more curious about this weekend of camp I am going to.

alarm of nature sounds wakes me to get up and run- The early morning air, the solo time to connect with me, the forest, the earth under my feet all before breakfast and  full days of training/ playing with amazing acroyogis!   trail time was a secret blessing this past weekend – got me out in the old-growth of Breitenbush, running to run, listening to my breath and the sound of an owl.

and now to do a little more planking…

patience compassion gratitude


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