Vinyasa Flow Fundamentals Workshop with Amelia Andaleon @ The Yoga Fusion – San Ramon, CA!


Amelia Andaleon, yoga instructor @ The Yoga Fusion – San Ramon, California

Sometimes I’m a hobby photography, but, these days I’m mostly a yoga instructor (and mom, wife, cook, etc. etc.) So, here I am, stepping in front of the lens, posing for a flyer for an upcoming yoga workshop. Registration for my vinyasa workshop for beginners in San Ramon, CA is open now!  January 10, 2015 2-4pm $25. Space is limited…register now!  Click here for more information!

(Thanks to my friend Karen for this iPhone5 pic taken in our backyard last weekend. Been loving the gorgeous fall weather in Danville, CA!)

365 Project – 174: About my Journey into Power Level One Baptiste yoga teacher training – Sedona, AZ (June 24, 2013)

Attending the Baptiste Journey into Power yoga teacher training was a huge accomplishment for me. Making the commitment to register was super exciting and the fact that I actually completed the rigorous training is something I’m really proud of, mostly because of my chronic fatigue. My CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) was diagnosed about 6 years ago and since then I’ve been struggling with finding a cause for my tiredness and trying remedies to gain energy in all areas of my life. Power yoga has been a HUGE help over the years, making a positive difference in my life and recently propelling me onto this yoga teacher path. One thing I learned from this teacher training is that I actually DO have more energy than I realized. There’s no way I could have made it through the 15-17 hour days with challenging yoga practices and little sleep without tapping into my unrealized power. Training with Baron Baptiste is more than just learning about asanas or alignment. I discovered how to identify energy blocks and possibly uncovered the root causes of my chronic fatigue. Being back home in Port Angeles, where it’s gray and rainy right now, also made it clear that I definitely feel more energized in the SUN!! Well, it was a heart-opening week full of “aha” moments for sure. I’m grateful for the opportunity for this training and am motivated for more!!!


Outside my Tao Casita


A few of the amazing yogi friends I made during training. 🙂


Slow down and breathe…

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My power yoga playlist

nora-buddhaSeveral of my yoga students have asked about my current power yoga playlist so, here’s a list of the songs which should all be available on iTunes 🙂   Namaste…

Soar (5:00)    Power Music Workout – Mat Pilates PowerMix 2 – Yoga and Pilates Mix
Holocene (5:37)    Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Hidden Sky (7:06) Jami Sieber –    Hidden Sky
Cleopatra in New York (feat. Carol C.) [Zim Zam Mix] (3:32) Nickodemus – Desert Grooves 2
Ja Vidi (5:46) Christophe Goze – Desert Grooves 2
The City (3:54)    Ed Sheeran + (Deluxe Version)
Open Your Eyes (5:38) Snow Patrol – Eyes Open
Porcelain (4:01) Moby – Play
Teardrop (5:31)    Massive Attack – Mezzanine
Fix You (4:55) Coldplay –    X & Y
A Thousand Years (4:45)    Christina Perri    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Pt. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Imagine (3:40)  Jack Johnson – Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur

And, here’s the youtube link for Jack Johnson’s Imagine.  I love this for shivasana…

365 Project – 205: My sweet little buddha (July 23, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/50, Aperture: F/14, ISO: 400

I didn’t ask her to do this pose for me.  Minutes before she was running around making silly faces then she got still and put herself in this peaceful prayer pose.  Fortunately, I had my camera ready to catch this.  I’m definitely printing this photo of Nora and adding it to my shrine where I do yoga and meditate.  OMmmmm…

See more of my 365 Project: Untouched photos from my Nikon D5000 with 50mm lens

Seattle family-friendly weekend getaway ideas

Nora - Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA)

Our family loves small-town life in Port Angeles, WA but, we also enjoy our city fixes which frequently take us across the sound to Seattle.

If you’re visiting the Emerald City, here are some suggestions:
1) Hyatt Olive 8: On average you can get a room (one king or two queens) at this eco, LEED-certified hotel in downtown Seattle for $140. Why we love it:
* walking distance to shopping, pike place market, the monorail (to get to seattle center), movie theaters, and lots of family-friendly and upscale eateries
* it has a saltwater pool and hot-tub
* although I have yet to pamper myself there, it does have its own Elaia Spa to enjoy massages, manicures, facials, etc.
* this is the official hotel for the visiting MLS soccer teams playing the Sounders FC. We JUST missed LA Galaxy’s David Beckham, Landon Donovan, etc. by TWO DAYS! Knowing they were just there was still pretty cool. 😉
* Nora’s favorite eateries just around the corner from the Olive 8:
Blue C Sushi: this retro, asian eatery is entertaining, reasonably priced and for our family satisfies both kids and parents. For Nora, being able to watch the plates go by on the revolving belt is a thrill and grabbing the plates herself makes her feel like a big girl! Nora’s favs: edamame, green beans, chicken katsu and…the mini chocolate eclairs!
The Cheesecake Factory: well, no explanation needed why this restaurant is one of Nora’s favorites!  Surprisingly, you can find some healthy dishes like their lentil soup or choose from several salads. One of my favorites is the Spicy Ahi Tempura Roll.  It’s an appetizer but, it’s enough for an entire meal for me.  Our fav cheesecake which we SHARE: the Red Velvet Cheesecake.  I have to scrape off the half-inch of cream cheese frosting off the top though. It’s a calorie splurge but, once or twice a year…why not?? HEADS-UP: avoid long waits by going at “off-times” otherwise expect to wait at least 15 minutes.


2) Pike Place Market – famous for their flying fish, fresh flowers, abundant produce stands, and artisan goods our daughter’s favorites are:
* Beecher’s macaroni and cheese: grabbing some creamy, rich mac and cheese to go, or getting it frozen to cook up later, is worth the wait. this is Nora’s preferred lunch treat when we’re downtown.
* walk the main drag and enjoy the many buskers performing on the sidewalks. Nora loves this gospel doo-wop group that performs outside the original Starbuck’s:

3) Seattle Center: From the Olive 8 walk a few blocks to Westlake Center and take the monorail to Seattle Center. It’s only a couple bucks for this SHORT “train ride.” In about 5 minutes you’ll get dropped off outside the Center House where you can grab a bite at the food court or head downstairs to take your kids to the Seattle Children’s Museum. Step outside and you can choose from the EMP (Experience Music Project), Space Needle, Seattle Children’s Theater (Nora’s favorite), the Pacific Science Center (and IMAX theaters), and the fountain.
* Nora’s favorite things to do at Seattle Center: having lunch and getting her feet wet running around the fountain. Enjoy the fountain “shows” and music. Maybe bring a change of clothes in the summer if you think your kid will get soaked by the animated fountain.   When possible, we catch a show at the Seattle Children’s Theater.

Nora - Seattle Center (Seattle, WA)

4) Olympic Sculpture Park: Want to escape the crowds and just enjoy the natural beauty of the Emerald City? Just below the Seattle Center you will find the artsy Olympic Sculpture Park with a dog-friendly, walking and bike path along the waterfront. Seattle is abundant with beautiful parks. I am definitely no expert on ALL the parks in Seattle but, two of our other favorites (not walking distance from downtown; both dog-friendly) are:
Discovery Park
The Arboretum – if you love botanical gardens this is the park for you!

5) Urban Yoga Spa: Lastly, I need to plug one of my latest favorite yoga studios. About a 10 min. walk from the Olive 8 is this amazing hot yoga studio and spa. I’ve taken the Power Vinyasa Flow and Hot Hatha classes. A few years ago I indulged in a PVF class followed by a massage (while also escaping a 3 hour Mariners’ game with my hubby and daughter!)  I was a noodle when I walked out of there. For this mama it was the perfect day of pampering! 🙂

There are SO MANY amazing places to visit in Seattle but, I hope you enjoy some of our family’s favorites.  And, if you have some favorite Seattle digs, I’d love to hear about them!  🙂

Photos taken with my LG Verizon cell phone

Snow Globe Shivasana

4 days ago we were in Chile, wearing flip flops and sunblock, and today we stomped around our yard and neighborhood in Sorels and faux-fur-lined parkas. We live at sea level, with typically moderate winters, with few snow days…down low. Not so, this year. The forecast predicts a “Major arctic outbreak…” Winter wants us to know it’s here and, that she’s staying awhile longer.

For sure, I am grateful for our warm, dry house, electricity (we lost power for just a second), being prepared if we DO lose power, a belly full of arroz caldo, and that we avoided the many accidents on these slick roads (one fatality on Hwy 101 at Morse Creek today…so sad.)

Since we ARE safe, warm, and fed, we were also able to enjoy the beauty and the silence of the soft, white blanket of snow. The gently falling snow lured my family to play in our snow globe. Paco, our yellow lab-retriever, went crazy in the snow, diving nose first then rolling around on his back. I swear, he looked like he was smiling and giggling. Nora made snow angels, ran, threw snow balls, and just laughed and laughed.

In one breath, the chill in the air invigorated and energized, then in another, my heart was stilled and my thoughts calmed by the acoustics and the artistry created by the snow-covered landscape. Snow Globe Pranayama.

Post-walk my soul is wearing a sweet, peaceful Buddha smile. Snow Globe Shivasana. I was missing my yoga classes in Chile but, instead I practiced yoga just being in our Port Angeles snow globe. I am grateful for this much needed reminder that I can reach that spiritual insight and tranquillity, right here, where I live, instead of needing a tricked-out zen yoga studio. Thank you Universe – for today’s snow globe yoga practice: Snow Globe Pranayama and Shivasana. I needed that. 🙂

Feb 23, 2011 - Port Angeles in a Snow Globe