Upcoming Classes

Schedule Changes:

I am no longer teaching 7am morning classes. You can find me, starting October 6, teaching

Sunday 4 pm Vinyasa at NOW Yoga on N. Williams

Thursday, October 31 Sculpt and Flow at NOW Yoga on N. Williams

I continue to sub at Portland Rock Gym Wy’east Studio. Please check the schedule.

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Did you know?

I have practiced yoga since 1998 and have loved every minute of it since then. I have practiced numerous styles with many lovely teachers, only to find amazing teachers each time. Each teacher cares about the students’ practice, and that is a great teacher to me.

Did you also know?

I have been practicing daily yoga for almost four years. This began on my sabbatical to South America. At the time, I was nursing a hip injury. Without daily yoga and practicing the exercises given to me by my Physical Therapist, I could not walk more than 10 minutes without pain. Running was out of the picture. Cycling and swimming were sometimes available. I continue to this day to meditate and move each morning. Before a daily practice, I awoke every day feeling full of rage, yes, every day. I thought that was just who I was, and I was not a morning person. Often awakening each day with rage caused immediate stress and trauma to my mornings, making it difficult to meet my daily functions, like arriving at work on time ready to work. With daily meditation and movement I now wake up excited, or at least happy, and ready for my day. My anxiety attacks are reduced in quantity and intensity, or I can go an entire year with zero incidents. My relationships have become stronger, especially that of mine and my husband.

I share this, because I am curious if you have a daily practice? Or do you have a method to deal with past trauma and stress of the present day? What does that look like to you? Feel free to respond in email to share. I am curious and excited for what works for you.

Finding five minutes each day to be with your breath is invaluable. You have the time. Maybe that time is in the middle of the day or before bedtime, but it is a time that works for you. I also find the free audio meditations on the site below to be useful. Thank you to Jill Knouse for sharing.

https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/mindful-meditations

Please find time for you. By practicing loving compassion for yourself, you may find this compassionate love being shared with all beings in your life. It’s worth a try.

I am here to guide you through a physically, mentally and spiritually healing practice.

 

Previous Posts:

Find space in this season of gratitude.

I look forward to guiding you through this practice. See below for class offerings.

 

Guiding Vinyasa Flow each T, TH morning at 7 AM at NAMASTE ON WILLIAMS.

and

Thursday, August 8, 6 PM Yoga for Climbers

at PORTLAND ROCK GYM W’EAST STUDIO.

 

Friday, August 9, 6PM Flow and Restore

at NAMASTE ON WILLIAMS.

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Check the schedule at

NAMASTE ON WILLIAMS

and

PORTLAND ROCK GYM W’EAST STUDIO

for updates to classes I substitute.

 

Finding Space in the Season of Abundance and Gratitude

It is this season of abundance, gratitude and giving. Observe and acknowledge the significance of this time of year, and the feelings that arrive with that. These feelings can range from pure delight and intense gratitude to immense loneliness or being overwhelmed. It is important to take time to stop, observe and acknowledge. Try the following:

  • See beauty and abundance. Stop to see all of the beauty around you. Acknowledge it. Smell, listen, observe.
  • Practice gratitude. Note one thing you are grateful for each day and write it down.
  • Breathe. Soften to inhale through the nose for a soft count of 1, 2, 3, 4, and exhale gently through the nose for the same count of 4, and if possible close your eyes while doing so. This can be done while at work, in your car before exiting the vehicle for your next obligation, while waiting for the bus or train, pausing on a walk, etc.
  • Find quiet. Seek out a quiet space and allow your thoughts to fall to the background, just hearing these thoughts like the wind in the background, aware but not obsessing. Setting a timer for 1 minute minimum can help, up to as long as you like, suggested 4 minutes.
  • Practice kindness. Be kind to yourself, aware of self-defeating thoughts and turning these into self-appreciative thoughts. This kindness to self will transfer forward in kindness to others. This kindness to others will transfer forward in others practicing kindness.
  • Connect. Know that we are all here connected to one another. Practice listening. Know your tribe is there for good and for bad. We are all hear for one another. If you have been going to a yoga class regularly and always see the same few faces, take a moment to say hi to someone new and show your appreciation. We all need a little more love and support.
  • Peace.

 

Remain quiet.

Discover the harmony in your own being.

Embrace it.

– Lao Tzu

Notes on Embracing Change

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About Erin

Following my first yoga class at the age of 18, I continue to return to the mat, because yoga offers a sense of self-respect and gratitude for my mind, body, and soul, accompanied by a sense of gratitude and respect for the surrounding environment. After 25 years of playing and coaching competitive soccer, my body sustained several injuries. I was able to recover from each injury on the mat; from balancing poses that heal the ankles, to core work that heal the hips. Not only did my physical body heal with a habitual yoga practice, but my mind healed from anxiety. After completing a rigorous ashtanga series, vinyasa flow, or restorative yin class, my mind stills. This enabled me to focus on tasks and reduce anxiety through meditation and to achieve a sense of clarity. Physical movement actually releases endorphins to relieve stress, and the brain’s nervous system repairs itself through meditation. Cultivating respect for the natural environment, including our bodies, permeates in every aspect of my life. 

After participating in a Nicaraguan yoga retreat with Jill Knouse and Krystyn Strother of Yoga Pearl, and opening space in the mind, I knew yoga teaching was my next step. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Jill Knouse’s Elevate Teacher Training, where I gained insight into teaching from my authentic self.

I guide a strengthening vinyasa class focused on joint mobility and weave science with spirituality. I offer a safe space for you to practice strength in the body, clarity in the mind, and awareness of the soul.

Erin Lauer, RYT