I felt called to share about verbal abuse because October is National Domestic Abuse month and I know many people who are in or who have been in abusive relationships including myself.
I just finished reading The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans and it was fantastic for understanding, evaluating, and learning how to diffuse verbal abuse and/or have healthy boundaries with people who are being abusive.
Everyone has verbally abused and been verbally abused but there is a huge spectrum on the severity. As a child I was verbally abusive to one of my siblings because I didn't know how to handle my own hurt. It wasn't okay that I did that and once I realized how hurtful I was being I made amends to them.
Some people have been verbally abusive to me and I normalized it until I got emotionally overwhelmed in high school and had to deal with it. Alanon (friends and family of alcoholics and drug addicts), counseling, and yoga really helped me.
A lot of our behavior is inherited from generations of our family not dealing with trauma. My great great grandparents came from Ireland where they were pushed out of their homeland because the English shipped out most of their food so when there was a potato famine thousands of Irish starved to death or left their families, land, and culture to survive. That's how my Irish relatives ended up in New York. Some people are able to adapt and heal well from trauma and some are not. Some of my Irish family members took to the drink and their lives were cut short. So many people in our culture numb themselves with alcohol or other drugs because they don't know how to process old traumas.
It's hard to be a good parent if your own emotional needs aren't met. My parents did an amazing job with us, but no matter how great we parent we always have some challenges that we give to our children. My mom always hugged us because her mom never did. My dad always made sure he was in our lives because his dad wasn't. Our parents are always trying to do better than their own parents.
I believe we are supposed to have challenges in our lives, that the trauma that is passed down to us is one of our greatest teachers. But it can also be our biggest demon if we ignore it. Just like verbal abuse, it's now okay to be abusive or be abused, so how do we recognize it and what do we do about it?
Verbal abuse can happen in so many venues; romantic relationships, family, sports teams, school, church, anywhere there are relationships. Patricia Evans has wonderful questionnaires for each category.
Here are five simple behaviors that reveal verbal abuse:
'1. They can try to take away your independence.
Signs of verbal abuse and manipulation can start off subtly. At first, it may not seem odd that your loved one is jealous when you’re with other friends or family members, but if they’re stopping you from leaving the house without them, you should step back and assess the situation. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a verbally abusive loved one may also monitor your comings and goings. Additionally, they may tell you when you can or cannot leave the house, and even decide what you can wear. This controlling partner may diminish your independence in other ways as well, such as through overriding your choices or controlling your money. Sharing funds or a bank account is one thing, but your loved one should not be making all your financial choices or taking your money from you.
2. They may intimidate or threaten you.
Unfortunately, some of the clearest signs of domestic abuse are the most dangerous. Threats and acts of intimidation from a loved one are unignorable. They are also unacceptable. You should never be in a position in which your loved one makes you feel unloved and unsafe. Even silent intimidation is considered verbal abuse. Body language makes up more than half of all communication, and intimidating body language is a major red flag in a relationship.
If a loved one is following or stalking you; looking at you or acting in ways that scare you; trapping you in your home; or damaging your things by throwing, kicking, or hitting when they are angry, seek help from someone you trust.
3. They pressure you into doing things you don’t want to do.
Coercion is another form of verbal abuse that may not be easily recognizable. Coercive loved ones might convince you that you owe them favors because of your relationship. If this is the case, you should look at the situation objectively and remind yourself that your first obligation is to yourself and your safety. If your loved one is pushing you to make a choice you don’t want to make or forcing you to have sex, know that they shouldn’t be making you do anything that goes against your personal comfort level.
4. They can gaslight you.
Gaslighting is a form of manipulation used to make victims question themselves and their own sanity. If your loved one is gaslighting you, they may tell you blatant lies or say that you’re making up stories or imagining things. This exhausting, dangerous manipulation tactic takes place and grows over time. It might not be something that you notice at first.
We all occasionally feel we’re too sensitive or that we’re doing everything wrong; however, if you’re constantly second-guessing yourself because your abusive loved one questions your point of view, you may be the victim of gaslighting. Ask someone you trust for their objective opinion of the situation and remind yourself that you aren’t always wrong.
5. They can make you feel worthless.
Offensive language and insults are more obvious signs of verbal abuse, but they aren’t the only routes your loved one may take to affect your thought patterns and sense of self. An abusive loved one may offhandedly tell you that you do everything wrong; or that you’re a bad child, significant other, or parent.
In addition, verbal abuse can be the absence of verbalizing. The “silent treatment” is a dangerous tool used to ignore the needs of another person that makes them feel as if they are not worth it.
This individual may also threaten to withhold attention or affection as punishment or humiliate you in front of friends and family. Try to remove yourself from these situations. Be positive about yourself and seek validation and refuge with supportive friends and family.
“It amazes me when education, religion and family values fail to create a human being.” – Anum Sattar
Domestic or verbal abuse can be difficult for a victim to recognize, especially when it has yet to become physical. This is why knowing the signs of verbal abuse is so important. If you or someone you care about is in a potentially abusive relationship, seek out a path to safety.'
f you are realizing that you are in an abusive relationship or just want to improve your self-care then here are some ways to improve your confidence:
1. Realize that you are in an abusive relationship.
Read about verbal abuse and discuss with a counselor or trusted friend.
2. Seek support and receive support:
verbal abuse can slowly erode your self-esteem and the best way to heal that is being in the company of those who remember and recognize our authentic self.Counseling: most insurance covers counseling even state insurance. If you don't have insurance there are many counselors who do sliding scale.
ACOA: Adult Children of Alcoholics 12 Step Program. There are phone meetings and meetings in most cities and towns. Many people who enter abusive relationships grew up in an alcoholic home, so healing from that can help you have a healthier relationship with yourself and others.
Alanon: Friends and Families of Alcoholics and Drug Addicts. There are also phone meetings and meetings in most cities and towns. Alanon is great for overcoming co-dependency and most abusive relationships involve alcohol.
Yoga: commit to 1-5 yoga classes a week. Yoga helps slow the mind and connects us to our higher self. Yoga is also a great place to make good friends.
The longer the pain and negative emotions are bottled up, the more harm the abuse does to you. Being able to talk with trusted friends and family about the experiences you have been through will help you process and heal from the trauma of being verbally abused.
The most difficult aspect of getting support is being able to receive what is being offered. Often trust has been diminished by being with an abuser. Being able to receive love and affection is hard, yet receiving support is essential for healing your wounds.
3. Affirm your value and honor your self-esteem
Reclaim your rituals that increase your connection to yourself such as: journal, pray, meditate, walk alone in the woods or by water, go to church or your temple, sing, dance, make art, or whatever makes you feel connected to your higher self.
Part of affirming personal value is to set healthy boundaries and to stick with them.
What's important with being assertive is knowing what you will choose to do if someone isn't going to honor what you need.
An example would be;
"When you drive fast when it's icy I feel unsafe because it's easy to spin out and get in a car accident what I need from you is to drive slow when it's icy."
If the person you asked this to isn't willing to go slower you have to decide what you will do such as; not be a passenger in their car anymore.
The important part of having boundaries is sticking to them.
4. Forgive yourself, patiently
Recognize and accept personal responsibility for your part: getting into and staying in a relationship with someone who didn't respect you. This is very liberating and helpful for not getting into a future abusive relationship.
Forgiving ourselves can be difficult because we allowed somebody else to treat us poorly, we trusted and enabled their demeaning behavior, and for letting them use and lead us astray.
Patience is required because a little bit heals at a time. When we are blessed with allowing forgiveness a large shift can happen. But our spirit and fullness of heart returns in time.
5. Laugh a lot
Laughter makes the heart smile. Be around people who make you smile, watch funny movies, and be around people who are happy.
6. Empower our willpower
Depression, also known as deep resting, is a normal part of healing from trauma and abuse. To break free of this shadow side comes from within and happens when we are ready. Daily routine, exercise, cleanliness, selfless service can all help in building our willpower. Learning to say no, breaking old habits and establishing new patterns all develop willpower.
Happy September, from Latin, from septem ‘seven’ (seventh month of the Roman Year). I find words fascinating; each one with a whole history. The English language is made up of Germanic, French, Latin, Greek, and even Sanskrit!
Orange through Old French orenge, Medieval
Latin orenge and Italian arancia from Arabic
نارنج naranj, via Persian نارنگ narang and
Sanskrit नारङ्ग naranga-s meaning "an orange
Think of all the stories that make up our language and how events happening now are giving stories to it for future generations; LOL, OMW, will these acronyms be in common conversation in the future?
I love learning. Yoga is similar to languages; the English language branched off from German, French, and Latin to form its own unique flavor. Ashtanga is a rigorous practice that is a series of poses that you do ever morning while Iyengar is a very slow and based on alignment. These two styles came from Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois who both studied under Yoga Master Krischnamaycharya.
Yin Yoga was brought to the states in the late 70's by Paulie Zink, a martial arts champion and Taoist Yoga teacher and practitioner. He taught a synthesis of hatha yoga with a range of disciplines from Taoist Yoga as well as postures, movements and insights he had developed from his training.
I just did a Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Kari Kwinn thanks to all my birthday donations! The training was incredible. What is Yin Yoga you ask? Yin is where you hold 5-10 poses that deeply stretch the muscles and fascia of the body. Yin is so relaxing and gently challenging. By the end of class I feel like I've had an hour massage and my mind has become much slower.
What I love about Yin is the teacher will often assist you with sand bags to help you go deeper or gently apply pressure to acupressure points to help you relax and release.
The purpose of yoga asanas, physical yoga poses, is to help still the mind for meditation.
I did yin yoga for the first time with Lisa Cosmillo at Firefly Yoga in 2015 and I felt so great after. I was so busy in my life and that time that it felt so great to just relax into a few different poses and enjoy silence with a group of yogis.
When I moved to Colorado I felt so anxious and it was hard to breathe, so I went to yoga at Mountain Moon Yoga and only took yin and restorative classes for the first few weeks. Margaret's Yin classes were so nourishing and grounding. Those classes brought me home into my body and helped me adjust to the 9,500 foot gain in altitude. Margaret offers an incredible Yoga Retreat to Peru every year if you want an amazing adventure and to experience some yin and other types of yoga.
What I love about Yin is it's simple yet so deep. I can get into my meditation and my body feels amazing afterwards.
When I moved down to Dillon and started working in Breckenridge I started volunteering at Meta Yoga Studio. The shift I volunteered for allowed me to join the Yin Yoga class every Sunday. Kimberly Ghori taught this class and she was the first teacher who used sand bags, offered massage and acupressure and I was sold. I am always excited for her class. That extra touch just helps me bliss out.
Kimberly inspired me to do the Yin Teacher Training with Kari Kwinn who was one of the best teachers I've ever had and I've done six years of college another year of massage school and multiple massage training's.
Have you tried Yin Yoga yet? What are you waiting for? Yin Yoga is for everyone, it helps you relax, it relieves pain, it helps release old fascia injuries, it slows your mind down, it's nourishing, it's meditative, it's restful and yet increases your energy.
If you are a teacher and want to do a Yin Yoga Training I highly encourage you to try Kari Kwinn. If you want to do a class in Olympia try Firefly Yoga with Lisa Cosmillo. If you want to do a class in Breckenridge try Kimberly at Meta Yoga Studio. If you are in Winter Park try Margaret at Mountain Moon Yoga. I'll be creating a Yin Yoga You Tube video so you can try it at home also!
Thanks again for all your love and support! I hope I'm that for you all too. Many of you encouraged me and donated so that I could attend the Yin Training and I hope to return some of the gems I learned.
I've been in Dillon and Breckenridge, Colorado for most of July and August and it is beautiful here! They have free movies outside on Sunday evening and it's so fun to get snacks, blankets, and watch the sunset while enjoying a movie with the community. Have you tried watching a movie outside this summer? I encourage you to try it.
I love to explore. My boyfriend and I went to Aspen for our first time and I fell in-love with this town; it's filled with delicious cafes with outdoor seating, beautiful mountains surrounding, and surprisingly not that many tourists. There is art everywhere and a lovely town center.
I work five days a week in Breckenridge and it's such a beautiful town. There are more tourists here then any other mountain town in Colorado, so it's not a secret, but it's beautiful and filled with yummy food.
This is Arlo, my cousin's baby. He is enjoying his yogurt. Haha, I just had to share this picture because he is so funny and cute.
A friend took us out on his sailboat on lake Dillon. The sunsets up here are incredible. I live right next to this lake.
There are so many hiking trails nearby so I try to take a hike at-least once a week.Linda came and visited me on her journey to climb multiple 14ers.
Linda started doing yoga with me over ten years ago and we have always stayed in-touch. We took the ski lift up to the top of Breckenridge and we really enjoyed the view.
I've started teaching yoga again at Meta Yoga Studio in Breckenridge and I'm going to start organizing a Colorado Yoga Retreat this winter. I'll send more information soon. I'm sure you have surmised that I decided to stay in Colorado for another year or so.
Have you made time to go on an adventure or vacation with your loved ones? If so what did you do? If not, what where would you like to go and with who?
I love hearing from you all, please drop me a note and let me know how you are.
I'm back in Colorado after a month in the Northwest and I thought I would share some of the highlights ; ) Of course it was you all; friends and family are the honey of life.
This is my little-big brother, Trevor. He is one of my favorite people in the whole world. We got to hang out at his sweet place in Seattle and catch up on my first night home. It's funny because he is 34 now and I was always obsessed when we were little about how one day we would be in our thirties and how weird that would be.
I visited my best friend, Shauna, in Olympia and we went to music night at Boston Harbor. We have seen or talked to one another every week for the last ten years even when I lived in Hawaii and Colorado.
This is my Abundant Buddy and incredible friend, Amanda (and her pup, Riley)! We talk every week about our dreams for our lives and businesses and we help one another achieve our goals. She graciously let me use her massage room and stay with her at her goddess home for a whole month! We had so much fun. Check out her blog..it's super inspiring.
My favorite coffee shop in Olympia is Bar Francis because the coffee is amazing and all the people there are so wonderful. It's like the 90's in there... everyone just talks to one another.
This is Jacks, another bestie. We played college soccer together, traveled through Central America, lived together, both did AmeriCorps, were on Maui at the same time, and we love to visit one another whenever we can.
This is my mom, Patty. She has inspired a lot of who I am; she did the Peace Corps, traveled all over the world, biked the coast of Australia, is always volunteering; currently at the animal shelter, and is always up for fun.
I've known Sue since I was born. We've been on a million adventures together and she always comes and visits me. I always call her when I need advice. Actually, at the end of college I decided to go to the sauna to think about what to do with my life, and guess who was in there; Sue! She suggested Amercorps and that's what I did for the next two years.
This is the house my sisters built! I helped put up the roof and I cleaned the windows ; ) It's available on airbnb if you want to stay there when you are in Portland. 3001 SE 62nd Ave, Portland $135/nightThis
is Sue's twin, Sam and her daughter Maya. They are toasting to the house being finished. Sam is a counselor and a good one, I often get her advice too.
This is my dad, Chris. This picture is actually from a couple years ago, but we did steal my dad and take him to Portland to finish up my sister's house while I was home. My dad is my biggest cheerleader; he encourages me on everything I do. He also took me to Europe when I was sixteen and that ignited my thirst for travel.
Most of you know Leslie, my oldest sister, because we used to put on yoga and detox retreats together. Leslie has always gently pushed me towards my dreams; she encouraged me to move to Maui to go to school, helped get ready to move to Colorado, and let me live with her when I needed to re-group. This is her youngest son, Finny.
I'm excited to tell you that I will be in Olympia Thursday, May 31st until Monday, June 4th. I will be offering a few services and am organizing a community dinner at Anthony's.
Thursday, May 31st
(extra time for massages during sivasana, but you can leave at 1 if you have to go back to work)
421 Water Street
Dinner at Anthony's Hearthfire
Let's talk story and catch up!
Thursday, May 31st
5:00- 7:00 pm
Let me know if you can come and I'll reserve a spot for you (hit reply to this e-mail and let me know you are coming).
1016 San Francisco Ave NE Olympia, Wa 98506
This is my favorite space for massage and my dearest friend is blessing us with using it.
Saturday, June 2nd
10:00am- 4:00 pm
Sunday, June 3rd
10:00 am- 4:00 pm
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& $5.00 off if you book before May 5th, 2018
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I grew up with a big family which meant that we often couldn't afford what many smaller families could afford such as; skiing or snowboarding all winter. I was blessed with generous friends who would let me borrow their gear, stay at their cabins, and I would sneakily get my ski pass by asking people who were leaving for the day if I could have their pass and board from one or two until closing.
I've always loved snowboarding. I remember my friend, Danny, and I went for our first time when we were fourteen. We were fearless and went so fast down the first run when suddenly we realized we had no idea how to stop, so we ended up doing a dozen tumbles until finally we came to a stop (luckily it was a soft powder day).
It's funny how so many of us give ourselves glass ceilings; "oh I can't do this or that because it's too expensive, too hard, too..." but most of the time this isn't true. I never thought I could ski and/or snowboard everyday until I met people who were just like me who were doing just that. People think it's so expensive, but it's not if you are willing to do it in a creative way; share rides to the mountain and/or work at the mountain, buy a pass early, buy used equipment, and bring your lunch/dinner.
I love pushing past my own glass ceiling, how about you? Mountain towns are in dire need of employees and if you work for the mountain you can have cheap employee housing and a free pass to the mountain or you can always find deals on the internet or maybe money is not issue at all, but just your fear of trying something new..you can do the tiny bunny hill or cross country ski or...
Buying a pass is cheap if that is your main recreation for the winter:
$749 for the season
10 times = $74 /day of fun
20 times = $37/day of fun
30 times = $24 / day of fun
$699 for the season
10 times = $69/ day of fun
20 times = $34.95/ day of fun
30 times = $23/ day of fun
Season Pass for:
*$199-219 depending on if you buy early
*Less than $37/day
Epic Local Pass
Is there something you always wanted to do? What is it? What's your plan to get there? How can you "outsmart can't"? May you blast through your own glass ceiling ; ).
I hope your spring has been abundant with love, laughter, and joy. I've been in Colorado for five months now and I'm really enjoying the sunny sky, dry air, beautiful mountains, adventurous and playful people, the wildness, and the beauty. I'm starting to get used to the thin air (9,000-12,000 feet up), except when I run or hike hard I get winded a lot quicker. My skin has finally adjusted to this ridiculously dry air or maybe I'm finally drinking a lot more water. And I've figured out how to layer my clothes so that I can adjust with the 10-50 degree weather changes in one day.
I'm currently doing massage at Simply Massage in Breckenridge, Colorado. This little town has great restaurants and has wonderful skiing. I got a free Epic Pass for working at Simply Massage which enables me to snowboard at all the local mountains. The snow has been a little light this year and I've been a little snowboard shy so I've only been up once, but I plan on making it up a few times a week before the season ends, usually around the end of April.
It's been fun massaging people from all over; Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Bermuda, England, Columbia, Puerto Rico and so many other places. I love learning about different states and countries and hearing sweet accents. I didn't realize Bermuda was in the Atlantic, I always thought it was in the Caribbean. I've never met so many people from Nebraska, Kansas, or Oklahoma..they have all been really nice (but I am massaging them).
Colorado reminds me of Maui because you can easily drive to a warmer climate and different terrain in just an hour! The picture is me above Boulder, Colorado (I'm doing the peace mudra with my hand and not the other one you are thinking of). It was in the twenties up in the mountains and in Boulder it was in the 50's and low 60's. Denver can reach 70 degrees anytime in the winter; Denver's weather should be called Surprise Weather because one day it will be 30 degrees and the next it will be 70! I love it. I've started doing Karma Yoga at Meta Yoga Studio which allows me to get free yoga. Have you heard of Karma Yoga?
Karma Yoga is where you volunteer to clean, check-in students, and sell products for a few hours a week at a yoga studio in exchange for free classes! I'm going to start teaching, but sometimes I love to be in the shadows and just do yoga with everyone and of course chat with everyone as they come in the studio. www.metayogastudios.com
I will be flying back to Washington at the end of May and I'll be offering two days of massage and teaching a yoga class with a potluck after. I will send out details as the time comes closer. I'm excited to see you and my kitty, Nana (I haven't seen her in 5 months).Thanks for supporting me in my journey! I always love getting little notes of how you are and asking me questions ; ) I hope to hear from you soon or see you when I'm in Olympia!
What are you doing that makes you feel alive, vibrant, excited to wake up in the morning? It's important to have something to look forward to every day even if it is lunch, a walk, a movie, seeing a friend, or a lot of activities. I can remember being 12 and making waffle mix the night before and picking out my outfit for school so I could just roll out of bed, wear my cute clothes, and eat delicious waffles before school.
When I lived in Olympia my favorite thing was yoga every morning at the Yoga Loft, coffee with friends at Bar Francis, and riding my bike while listening to good music. In Colorado I look forward to long walks with my cousins' dogs, coffee with friends, and simply living slow and enjoying the beauty and joy of the people and place around me.
Yoga is more than just a workout or stretching, it is a way of life. The purpose of yoga is to come back to ourselves; to remember that we are always whole, connected, and have a deep well of peace that lives inside us. I practice yoga all day, everyday. Spirit is always giving me chances to practice my yoga. Spirit will have a driver follow 5 feet behind my car while I'm driving on the highway to test my patience; will I get angry or will I slow down and let them pass? I practice my yoga when interacting with an angry co-worker, do I react to her anger or show her more love and ask what she needs?
In the bigger picture I use my yoga to help me make decisions; work has been very slow in Winter Park because this has been one of the driest winters in ten years so do I stay here and work a little or apply to work in other places? I've also been dating someone who I really adore and he lives an hour and a half away. So, in yogic philosophy we are encouraged to follow our intuition and what flows. I love the community, my cousins, and the beauty of Winter Park and Tabernash, but spirit is guiding me to Dillon and Breckenridge. I applied for a job at a beautiful spa, Simply Massage, in Breckenridge and I was hired the next day. They are so fun, friendly, pay well, and are super busy. So, I took the job. www.simplymassage.com
I am going to be working in Breckenridge at Simply Massage Tuesday-Friday and In Winter Park at Bella Vita and Mountain Moon Yoga on Saturdays. Since It has taken me longer than usual to really find my rhythm here I decided to postpone my retreat In Colorado to the spring and move my retreat in Maui to next year, but my Detox Retreat in Washington is set for June.
I've had one lovely yogini student/ friend, Viki, come visit and we had a blast ; ) I hope more of you visit. Her friend gave her oxygen since we are 9,000 feet up. I couldn't get that picture to load so this is us on Maui, Viki is dedicated to Blissful Life Retreats ; ) We have been to Big Island, Maui, Kauai, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Orcas Island together. Traveling, yoga, and friends is one of my favorite parts of life. I hope you can join us on our next retreat here in Colorado.
I cannot believe I have been in Colorado for three months now; it feels like I have been here for so long and yet also like I just got here. I caught the cold-flu that has spread across the country in less than two weeks. I usually don't get sick unless I have one or two other issues in my body and I did; I have a wisdom tooth coming in and I ate Mc Donalds. I eat really well most of the time so when I don't it is always a little hard on my system. I could tell when I finished my chicken nuggets and french fries that my body was upset and the next day I got a fever, sore throat, achy body, and slowly a stuffy head then congested lungs.
I love sharing what has helped me:
So much has happened since I've moved to Colorado! I wanted to share more of my adventure with you, but sometimes when life doesn't go as planned I hide away but the truth is I feel better when I connect and share.
Leaving Olympia was so hard and beautiful. I'm wearing socks and a jacket from my friend, Becky, who came over to my house with a basket of winter clothes for me to shop from. I'm wearing really warm Sorrel boots I bought from a gift certificate given to me by my yoga students/friends; Lindy, Barb, and LouEllyn. I have a cozy hand made sweater from my friend/yoga student, Peggy, and a homemade scarf my friend, Donnette, and I have warm mittens from my yoga student/friend, Hilarie. I was tipped extra and gifted books and clothes and money for my trip and transition to Colorado. You all helped me move here and your love surrounds me. My mom gave me a hat she bought in Iceland and I think of her whenever I wear it (haha, she told me to think of her when I wore it). I think of you all quite often and send my love and prayers.
Sometimes we have an image of how our lives will look but then they take a detour. Devil's Thumb Ranch is amazing in many of their ideals with sustainability but they had very little integrity and treated me very poorly. I was very disappointed with how they treat their employees. I no longer work there nor would I ever recommend anyone to work there until they change their policies.
But don't worry I got a wonderful new job at Bella Vita Day Spa doing massage and
I'm now teaching yoga at the most wonderful yoga studio called Mountain Moon Yoga. The owner of the studio is one of the best teachers I have ever had! She has a theme for every class and makes it: spiritual, emotional, and physical. I always leave feeling transformed.
I'm going to have a Colorado Yoga Retreat here in February 15-18th, details coming
COLORADO YOGA RETREAT
May you be happy,
My Journey from Olympia, Washington to Winter Park, Colorado
I I hope you are enjoying the fall! I've moved to Colorado for the fall, winter, and spring. I did a DNA test with Ancestory and found out that the majority of my ancestors were nomadic: 33% Viking, 49% Celt, 11% Italian. Since I was a child I've dreamed of traveling and living all over the world. It didn't help that my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents told magical stories such as; adventures of biking through Europe, staying in castles, traveling by canoe down the amazon.. I love seeing new places, meeting new people, and learning new ways of being and doing things. I also love returning to my homes to share what I've learned and nourish my relationships.
I wanted to live in another place for a while, but spirit kept me in Olympia. My life coach encouraged me to see Olympia as a spirit and what I saw was this old woman who loves everyone; she has a big fire and enough food and music for everyone. The original name for Olympia is Cheetwoot, where the black bears gather. Grandmother Cheetwoot is like a black bear; furry, loving, she takes care of all her cubs, and she also hibernates in the winter.
I love Olympia! I moved to Olympia as this free spirited 19 year old who had no idea what I believed in or who I was. At Evergreen I studied spirituality, yoga, history, psychology, dance, music, history, theater, and so much more. I fell in-love with myself through studying yoga, spirituality, and wellness. I followed my heart after college and did my yoga teacher training with Joanna Cashman. I was blessed to have taught at over ten different state and county offices, Saint Martin's University, many yoga studios, gyms, churches, parks, and senior centers. I was given such a rich education I wanted to share what I had learned.
Giant evergreens filled with moss
Feminine energy nourishing and holding
Drips and drops turning the earth into an eden of green
Harbors full of sailboats and house boats
Seagulls dropping clam shells
Rain-boots and wet clothes because who needs an umbrella
Rich salty air that fills you with tree spirit
Dirty and grimy, clean and cute, fancy and unique
Incredible coffee with endless laughter
Tender hearts who care too much
Visionaries, feminists, anarchists, activists, artists
Hope for everyone
Mud, water overflowing, creeks, rivers, bays, more mud
Grey skies for weeks and months
Incredible summers with perfect weather
Loving community trying to care for everyone
Logging trucks towing logs to be shipped to China
Seals, eagles, otters, blue herons, salmon
Food co-ops, yoga studios, organic restaurants
Love filled with knowledge, friendships, abundance,
healing, growth, and strength
I bow to you, jewel of the Salish Sea,
thank you for helping raise me
Olympia, I love you! I will be back in May or June but until then If you want a massage I encourage you to contact Ingrid Abbate. She is my favorite massage therapist and she will do the 4 massages for $260. www.roserootmassageandbotanicals.com
I have so much to say about my journey and being in Colorado, but I will leave that for the next e-mail. All I will say is I have to drink three times as much water, use lotion (what is that?), pace myself (I'm 10,000 feet above sea level), layer (it was -5 the other morning and then 50 degrees in the afternoon), and adjust to the fact that it is sunny almost everyday! What!? It is often cloudy for part of the day and then the sun comes out for the rest of the day..I really enjoy it, thus far. I do miss the lushness of Olympia, my people, the coffee, and the sound.
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love." -Rumi