Friday, July 24, 2015

Coming Up in the next week........

(For Jamie's complete Yoga and PhysioSTRIDE™ teaching schedule, please visit her "schedule" page on this website)

*Steamboat Springs, CO - Sunday, July 26th, Practice at the top of the Gondola with Jamie, 10 - 11am. $10.00 suggested donation. (Gondola ride not included)

*Steamboat Springs, CO - Wednesday, July 29th, Beginner Yoga with Jamie, 10:30 - 11:30 am. Yoga Center of Steamboat

*Steamboat Springs, CO - Thursday, July 30th, All Levels Yoga at the Botanic Park with Jamie, 9 - 10 am. ($10.00 suggested donation)

*Steamboat Springs, CO - Thursday, July 30th, Align and Flow Yoga with Jamie, 12:15 - 1:30 pm. Yoga Center of Steamboat

*To schedule a private Yoga or PhysioSTRIDE™ session with Jamie, please e-mail her at

Monday, June 15, 2015

Look up, please

Good morning! Its beautiful here in Steamboat Springs, CO on this Monday morning. After two straight weeks of rain, the river is flowing, the mountains are green and we can be outside again and take advantage of this gorgeous area.

Its been a while since I posted a blog here on my home page. Since I last wrote I've visited the DC area where I taught my Level 1 PhysioSTRIDE™ training, we've moved and been to and from Boulder and Denver a couple of times. While traveling, the piece that struck me most was the fact that wherever we go these days, folks are on their smart phones non stop. In airports, walking and looking down. In cars, driving and looking down. Crossing streets and on sidewalks looking down. And, in restaurants, sitting at a table with one, two or three other people and looking down at their phone, or periodically checking it since they have it out and on the table. This has become a broken record topic of our time, but are we really more connected with all of our technology, or less? In some ways, of course we're more connected when it comes to the amount of communication is at our fingertips. But, I feel that there is a time and a place to use this technology. While crossing the street is not one of those times. While out at dinner is not one of those times. While in a public class, like a yoga class, is not one of those times. There is a time and a place for most things. Smart phones seem to have infiltrated our every moment and look to me like they've become the exception. Let's change that as things progress even further down the technology trail. We need to know when to put it away. If you're walking in a busy airport terminal, please look up so you don't bump in to me. If you're crossing the street, please look up so you're not hit by a car. And if we're out at a meal or having coffee together, please look up and put it away so that we can connect face to face.

Besides the obvious factor of being "present" with who you're with or your surroundings, and not drowning in i phone land, I'm very curious about the long term postural effects this will have on us. The inevitable rounded shoulders, forward head and overly flexed neck and upper back. And then, people wonder why they're shoulders, neck and upper back are sore. Humans have developed in to beings that are meant to be upright and have our eyes forward, not down at a screen. I feel like its inevitable that most people will be using technology more and more. I also hope that in this evolutionary process we take the time to do physical activities that counter balance "technology posture". Get outside to stretch your eyes. Walk backwards after sitting at a desk or in a chair (my personal favorite "go to" remedy for many things), or doing chest, shoulder and neck stretches.

I'm certainly not anti technology. In fact, we ordered new phones yesterday since our's are on their last leg. Its going to cost us our first born for the phones, but we ordered them non the less. Technology is fun and certainly useful. We just need to make sure that for each moment we're looking down at our phones, or at our computers, we ideally take an equal amount of time putting our phone down to look out, look up, open our chest and stretch our eyes. Especially while crossing the street.

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

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 -
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