Friday, October 24, 2014

Travel on the horizon

Time feels to be going very fast these days. The days are flying, the nights are flying, and in a week and a half, I'll be flying back to L.A to teach again! I'm looking forward to teaching two new continued education workshops for yoga teachers and teachers in training as well as public classes at Exhale, Venice. The flier for these new workshops is below. With so much yoga being taught these days, its more important than ever to continue learning, grow our skill set, and participate in continued education work. If you have any questions regarding either of these workshops, please contact me directly at jamie@jamieelmer.com

And registration is now open for our 5th Annual Mexico Retreat! Flier is below. This year we have two dates for you to choose from. Each year this retreat becomes more and more special. It is truly a week I look forward to all year. Early registration is necessary as this retreat will fill up. Join us!

If you enjoy practicing at home with streaming yoga classes, try my classes on Yogis Anonymous. There are currently 4 short, accessible practices on their site, and I'll be filming more when I'm in L.A next.



Friday, October 10, 2014

Home is where your heart is....

This phrase popped in to my head a couple of days ago when I was visiting a great friend of mine, Keri. We both drove over four hours from our new homes (mine in CO, her’s in MT) to meet for a night in Casper, Wyoming. Along the way we hit some “traffic” (see sheep picture below), but made it there in time to spend some quality time together. After all, I had to see her six and a half months pregnant! On my way home, the phrase “Home is where your heart is” kept going through my head. I feel like my heart is in so many places, and with so many people. After the past six years of many moves and much traveling, I feel like I have homes all over this country and that my heart is also at home with so many people I love and care about. Our heart can be in many places at once, and it feels good to have connections with places and people outside of my everyday environment. Seeing Keri, a very important person in my life, reminded me, once again, to let people know more often, how I feel about them, how much I think of them and how much I love them. I feel grateful to have people in my life that I care about so much, and that when I’m with them, even in Casper, Wyoming for just one night, I feel right at home.

In teaching news:

I have a new class ready to practice with on YogisAnonymous. Just follow this link for a “Vinyasa flow class without the Vinyasa” (this type of practice will help lessen the strain on your lower back, wrists, neck and shoulders) 







Monday, September 8, 2014

Thank you Oklahoma - Los Angeles is up next!

Thanks, Oklahoma, and The Canebrake's Yoga Barn for having me this past weekend. What a special few days! I'm already looking forward to my next visit. Up next this month is Los Angeles for classes, private instruction and 4 continued education clinics.

With so many yoga teachers certified at only the 200 hour level, its more important than ever for continued education trainings. I'm really looking forward to teaching four continued education clinics next weekend in Los Angeles at The Yoga Loft and Santa Monica Yoga. Please spread the word to friends and contacts you have in the area, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

PUBLIC YOGA CLASSES 
Exhale, Venice:
Fri. Sept. 26th, 10:45 - 12 pm. Yoga Basics
Sat. Sept. 27th, 7:30 - 8:55 am. Open, all levels

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Slowing Down (for today!)

Greetings from Steamboat Springs, CO where we’ve spent more time this summer than originally planned, and happy for every day of it!

Morning on Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs, CO
Its a trailer, its a home, its in a great camping spot, and....


Its also an outside practice room!


Recently, my yoga practice has gone through significant changes. My physical practice used to be filled with “Vinyasas”, strength building poses, and everything that I could possibly think of that was “hard”. Times have changed for me both mentally and physically. My body isn’t the same as it was ten years ago, and my mind and emotions have changed even more. (thank god!) These days, I feel its more important than ever to bring cardio and strength building in to my life, although not through my asana practice, but instead through mountain biking, hiking and outdoor activities. My asana practice is quieter than ever, and that’s hard for me. For so many years, I’ve been drawn towards physical activities that were challenging. The challenge has always made me feel as if I’m being “productive” and really “accomplishing something” (ha!). On the flip side, always practicing in a challenging way is a distraction for what comes up in the quieter times. Recently, I’m craving a quieter practice and meditation. This type of asana practice feels like exactly what I need right now, but does not feel like my nature. What feels “normal” to me, is an internal dialogue like “I’m fine. I can do this. I can handle anything”. This goes along with an asana practice that is based on strength. As time goes on, I realize, I can’t handle anything and everything, and a slower, soften asana practice is showing me that I don’t have to. In the past I felt wimpy and unproductive when I practiced any physical activity that was slower. A softer practice is my daily guide right now in really listening to my instincts, and not simply operating from my usual place of handling everything. We need the gamut when it comes to physical activity,and thankfully, I’m ready to incorporate a softer practice that teaches me more about myself now, and not continue to operate from who I was 15 years ago.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Finding Balance in Steamboat and new videos, "Vinyasa Flow without the Vinyasa"! (finally)



Recently, while teaching in L.A I recorded a couple new short Vinyasa Flow sequences for your at home practice at Yogis Anonymous. Check them out on this link. Breathe, Move, Flow without the vinyasa!
http://pages.yogisanonymous.com/preview/2021

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On the Road Again!

After a couple of weeks in the Denver area, its time for us to get back to the mountains. Once our nervous systems acclimate to space, trees and fresh air, we can only hang in the big city for so long! Time to get back to mountain biking, practicing outdoors and enjoying the Steamboat Springs, CO area. I’m continuing to create and work on my continued education manual and Tobin is wrapping up the finishing touches on our travel trailer. The trailer is now completely off the grid, with solar to give us all the energy we need, including to power the frig, and propane to heat water and cook with. Thanks to Tobin, all the systems are working well! 

I’ll write again soon and give specifics on my up coming travel schedule which includes teaching in L.A, Wagoner, OK, and Seattle.


Enjoy the summer, get outside as much as possible and take time to breathe the fresh air!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Teaching THIS week in L.A and our touring rig

This past weekend I assisted one of my favorite people, Annie Carpenter, at the Wanderlust Festival in Aspen/Snowmass, CO.  It was a really nice few days of assisting, practicing and mountain biking in one of our favorite areas. Here are a few pics of the "rig", our home away from home, as a hot air balloon was launching at 5:45 am. near us!

Now, I'm on my way to L.A to teach for the week at Exhale, Venice (www.exhalespa.com). Hope to see you soon either here, there, or on the road. Here's the Exhale schedule for the week:

Friday, July 11th: 10:30 am.
Saturday, July 12th: 9 am.
Sunday, July 13th: 10:30 am.
Monday, July 14th: 7 am. AND 5:30 pm.
Tuesday, July 15th: 9:15 am.
Wednesday, July 16th: 7 am. AND 5:30 pm.


*E-mail Jamie directly at jamie@jamieelmer.com to schedule a one-on-one session