Monday, May 4, 2015

Rifle, Palisade, Fruita, Montrose, Ridgway, Telluride, Ouray, Silverton and Durango....oh, and teaching news!

We're on a Spring road trip in Colorado. Mainly to explore the towns in the title of this blog again, get out of Steamboat while its still mud season, and get our legs back as we start mountain biking again. Here are some pics from the trip.......and below is my latest on teaching - its going to be a full summer. I hope to see some of you here in CO, or in another state this season!
Ridgway, CO
North of Telluride where we camped for a night


Silverton - one of our favorite small town stops in CO
Hermosa trial, outside of Durango - now, officially one of my favorite mountain bike trials
View from Hermosa trial
Yoga classes, trainings and special events

Its going to be a fun and busy summer. I'm teaching a weekly class on the schedule at Yoga Center of Steamboat, as well as a few special classes, workshops and trainings for teachers. Please check out the Yoga Center of Steamboat schedule for the class, workshop and training schedule.

Also, we've added a new series of Yoga and Pilates conditioning classes at Storm Peak Brewery. Classes this summer will be on May 10th, May 24th, June 21st, July 5th and July 12th. 11 - 12 pm. $10.00 for class AND a beer. Please arrive a few minutes early and bring your own mat. No experience necessary, but space is limited. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at jamie@jamieelmer.com

Lastly, I'm not only teaching in Colorado this summer, but also in Vienna, VA, Los Angeles, CA and Easton, PA. I'll be teaching my Level 1 PhysioSTRIDE™ training and my Applied Anatomy for Yoga training. If interested, please check my SCHEDULE page above.

Hope to see you soon here or there. Keep breathing deep and enjoying the outdoors!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Mud Season

We're officially in Mud Season. This means, the mountain is closed (no skiing or snow boarding), and its still cold and wet enough outside that we can't be out on hiking or biking trails. What are people to do? As I experienced this morning, they come to yoga! I taught my Yoga and Pilates conditioning class this morning at Storm Peak Brewery - a class I've been teaching as often as possible since living in Steamboat. $10.00 includes class AND a beer. Its a fun thing that brings people together when they're not out on the trails. The Brewery and I are in the process of making our summer schedule for these classes. I'll announce them soon and they'll be on my calendar page of this site.

Last weekend I was in Southern Oregon teaching part of a Yoga Teacher Training at Rasa Yoga Center.  Thanks for having me! We had a fun time in the teacher training and in the public classes. Looking forward to seeing you all in the Fall. Dates are TBA. Here are a few pics from classes at Rasa.






































Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring in the air - get out there!

Its feeling like Spring here in CO. Being able to walk outside without thinking about slipping on ice or slogging through slush has been great. I've even brought my bike out already.  I hope you've been able to get outside and enjoy the warmer temps!

This coming week I'm looking forward to traveling to Southern Oregon for my annual teaching trip at Rasa Yoga Center - I'll be teaching my Applied Anatomy, Posture and Alignment course along with my PhysioSTRIDE™ public workshop. If you're in the area and would like more information on these courses and how to register, visit Rasa's site.

Keep moving, breathing and enjoying the outdoors when you can. Just make sure to wear your sunscreen!


Monday, March 2, 2015

5th Annual Mexico Retreat


Nearly 6 years ago, my friend Mariane called me and asked if I wanted to teach a yoga retreat in Mexico. Mariane owns Rasa Yoga Center (in southern Oregon) and she wanted to hold a retreat at Villa Ananda, an Ayurvedic spa outside of Puerta Vallarta. I said yes, and the rest is history. I’m currently on the plane back from our 5th annual retreat at Villa Ananda and we’re already discussing the dates for 2016. 

This retreat is a week that I look forward to every year. Some participants we’ve had on the retreat for all 5 years. Some participants are new each year. Each year the people and diversity of the participants makes it special and different. I hope to make it a tradition that continues for a long, long time to come.

This retreat has so much to do with the people - the kitchen staff, the staff that keep up the grounds, the ayurvedic therapists and the retreaters are so special each year. Some retreaters have never met me before or been out of the country and take a chance, trust their friend, mom, or wife that they’ll have a good experience. Some retreaters I’ve known and practiced with for years and feel like family. At the end of the day, its about coming together, getting to know each other and trying something new in a special, cared for environment.




This picture pretty much sums up our experience - yoga, rest, great food, water and sun. We’re planning 2016 as I write this. Can you picture yourself here? I’ll keep you posted as to how to sign up as details unfold.

Friday, February 6, 2015

My down side of "living in the moment"

I think I'm fairly good at living in the moment and being grateful. Actually, I know I'm good at these two things. Each day I take time to recognize all that I'm grateful for, appreciate all that I have, small and large. Lately, its come to my attention that in addition to living in the moment and staying grateful, I also need to look at the bigger picture. The 5, 10 and 15 year plan and prepare accordingly. I'm not very good at this part of life. Recently someone gave me the assignment of listing, in different  life categories, what I want. Not based on what I think I deserve, what I think someone else might want for me, or what makes sense financially. Instead, simply listing, what I want. What I want my life to look like in 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, etc.  I get a bit stumped. Not because I don't know, but because I'm so used to thinking of what will make others happy before myself. Stumped because I automatically feel selfish and materialistic when I think of what I want. I'm trying to change this way of thinking. I'm realizing that the less I think about the future, the less of a positive impact I'll have in the future. I'm a very giving and caring person. To give and care for myself and others more, I need to not only be grateful for what I have, but also be setting myself up to give more long term.

These changes aren't going to happen over night in my way of thinking, but I'll be working on it. As I plan ahead, I'll continue to live in the moment and be grateful for all that I have. What a balance this life is!

One of the many things I'm grateful for today is the fact that I'll be teaching a couple of fun events this coming weekend in Steamboat Springs, CO, and next week headed to L.A to teach for two days on my way to Mexico to teach two week long retreats back to back. Yes, I know, life is good.

Here is whats coming up:

Steamboat Springs, CO
Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, February 12th, Exhale, Venice - www.exhalespa.com
2:30 - 3:45 pm. Beginner, Basics Class

*Thursday evening and Friday morning - one on one sessions (if interested in booking a private, please e-mail me at jamie@firstrayyoga.com)










Monday, January 12, 2015

More Adventure Writing! (coming soon)

I’m on my way back to Steamboat Springs after teaching in Greenville, SC this past weekend. It was a REALLY nice weekend. I always enjoy seeing Liz and Brian (we took our first T.T together in 2001 with one of our teacher’s, Max Strom), and of course enjoy the students. A few people told me that they had been following our travels and said they always enjoyed reading about our time and adventures on the boat. One man said, “You need to get back to doing more adventures!” Well, I don’t think that living on a boat is in our near future again, but I’ll try to come up with a good ski story or maybe next month my retreat in Mexico will spontaneously become more entertaining to read about! I’ll try.
In not so adventurous news, an article came out today in Steamboat Today about my Yoga and Pilates conditioning classes at Storm Peak Brewery. Here is the link: http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2015/jan/11/instructor-leads-yoga-and-beer-classes-storm-peak/
Next class is this coming Saturday, January 17th. Later that afternoon on the 17th I’m teaching a continued education workshop for teachers and teachers in training at Yoga Center of Steamboat - Verbal Cues and Hands on Assists. (visit Yoga Center of Steamboat’s site to register)
OTHER EVENTS IN JANUARY
January 23rd - 28th - teaching my Applied Anatomy for Yoga course as part of Max Strom’s 200 hour T.T in Vienna, VA at East Meets West Center - you do not need to be in Max’s training to attend this course. Please visit East Meets West’s site to register.
January 24th - teaching my PhysioSTRIDE public workshop in Vienna, VA at East Meets West Center. Please visit East Meets West’s site to register.
*While in VA I’m available for one on one instruction. Its a great time to get individual attention and to focus on what you need. For example, this past weekend in Greenville people who saw me for privates needed help with SI joint pain, hip pain, a labrum tear, and recent ankle surgery. If you’re wondering if one on one instruction would be right for you, please e-mail me at jamie@jamieelmer.com

Thanks for reading this unadventurous e-mail. You never know what will be around the corner, though……..

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Settling In

Happy 2015 to you all! Its been a busy start to the year here in Steamboat Springs, but I'm grateful for that. The last few years we've traveled and moved around so much. It feels great to be in one place, settling in and getting to know nice people. (the people here in Steamboat continue to surprise me by how nice they are!!!!) 

Each time around this year I feel the pressure to make a big New Years resolution or life change. Instead of putting that pressure on myself, I've simply thought about precisely, what I'd like to focus on each day. The little mantra that keeps coming back to me has been "Go in 100%, without expectations or assumptions". I do have life and teaching goals in mind, but for me right now its about putting myself out there, going in to friendships, teaching events, commitments 100% (if it feels right pf course!), without assumptions or getting caught up in what other people might think of me, what could go wrong, etc. Really, its about being myself and showing up with both my talents and my flaws. We're only 4 days in to 2015, but so far so good! I'll try to keep it up!

Along the lines of teaching events, this Thursday, January 8th I'm traveling to teach again in South Carolina at Greenville, Yoga. Studio owners Liz and Brian and myself were in our first teacher training together with Max Strom, way back when! I'm very much looking forward to seeing them again, working with their students and being in their great space. Fliers are below for both the public workshops and the continued education workshops that I'll be teaching. Private sessions are available. If interested, please let me know by e-mailing me at jamie@jamieelmer.com

Lastly, we have 2 spaces that have opened up for the 2nd retreat week in Mexico at the end of February. In my last few previous posts I've attached the flier for the retreat. If interested, scroll to previous posts and contact Rasa Yoga Center. Its going to be a very special time. Always is! 

Be well. Hope to see you soon!