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!








Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Gratitude

Years ago, each day, I would write a gratitude list. It was formal, in a notebook, a kind of ritual. Well, life changed, and years later, I was out of the habit of this simple, yet great practice. Recently, before getting out of bed each morning, I've started reciting the things I'm grateful for again. Its a potent way to start the day, in the mindset of just how much I have to be grateful for. Tis the season to remember all the good around us. May we keep up this practice and mindset in the new year, too!

Along the lines of gratitude, I'm looking forward to and excited for my 2015 teaching schedule. In the very near future, I'll be teaching classes and workshops in Steamboat Springs, CO, as well as Greenville, SC. Below is information and fliers on my up coming teaching schedule. To see my entire schedule (thus far) for 2015, please visit my "schedule" page.

Happy holidays to you and your's. We have a lot to be grateful for!

*THIS WEEK in Steamboat Springs, CO:
Monday, December 22nd, 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Pilates Mat class at Yoga Center of Steamboat
Tuesday, December 23rd, 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Intermediate Vinyasa Flow at Yoga Center of Steamboat
Friday, December 26th, 9:30 - 10:45 am. Intermediate, Slow Flow at Yoga Center of Steamboat

*Next class at Storm Peak Brewery is scheduled for Saturday, January 3rd. 11 - 12 pm. $10.00 for the Yoga and Pilates conditioning class AND a beer. Please arrive a few minutes early, wear comfortable clothing a bring a mat. All levels welcome and no experience necessary! (if you have any questions regarding the class, please e-mail me at jamie@jamieelmer.com)

*January 3rd, Hips, Hamstrings and Hip Flexors: relieving lower back pain
This workshop is open to all levels. 3 - 5 pm. at Yoga Center of Steamboat Please visit their site for the full description and to register

*I'm back teaching at Greenville Yoga in Greenville, SC this January. Below are fliers for the two Public workshops and the two Continued Education clinics I'll be teaching.
*Lastly, we have 2 spots left for our 5th Annual Mexico Retreat at the end of February. I'm so happy that this year, because of the amount of interest we've had, we're holding 2 retreat weeks instead of 1. The first week is full, but the second week has 2 openings. The flier is below. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at jamie@jamieelmer.com. Its going to be a very special couple of weeks!







Monday, December 1, 2014

Seattle, Steamboat and Ski Season

We've had a slow start to our season here in Steamboat, but its early and we're hopeful. First ski day was last week. Hoping for more snow in the forecast soon!

This coming weekend I'll be teaching at YogaSmith in Seattle. A great studio run by my good friend, Joel. I'm teaching 2, all levels workshops - TrueCore and Learn to Breathe. Flier is below. Spread the word to your Northwest friends and family!
Time has flown since moving to Steamboat Springs. Just yesterday it seems it was the beginning of summer! I feel so grateful to be in this beautiful place, with incredibly nice and interesting people. I'm also very happy to be teaching more locally, in addition to my travel teaching schedule. Please visit my schedule page to join me for classes, workshops and events here in town, around the country and in Mexico. See you soon!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Seasons change fast!

I taught in Los Angeles last weekend. It was abnormally warm. Two days later, it was negative 7 en route from the mountains in to Denver. I think its safe to say, its officially winter here in the Rocky Mountains!


I'm looking forward to the winter season. I'll be teaching 4 special classes at Storm Peak Brewery here in Steamboat Springs - www.facebook.com/StormPeakBrewing - as well as traveling to Seattle to teach at YogaSmith the weekend of December 6th (flier is below). Lastly, we have just a couple more spaces available for out 5th ANNUAL Mexico Retreat coming up in February. Its going to be a very special week. The retreat flier is also below. If you have any questions about these up coming events, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at jamie@jamieelmer.com. Stay warm and I'll see you soon!