10.24.2006

Updated Class Schedule

Dear friends --

Here is my updated and current class schedule, effective as of 10/30. I've had to cut my schedule back a bit and introduce a little more balance into my own life... it's tough to take my own advice sometimes, but I've finally done it!

Note: all classes are members only except for the Golden Bridge Yoga class on Sunday.

Yoga:
Mondays, 6:00-7:00 a.m., 24Hour Fitness Hollywood
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., 24Hour Fitness West Hollywood
Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., 24Hour Fitness West Hollywood
Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., Gold's Gym Downtown LA
Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Golden Bridge Yoga

Cycling:
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 a.m., 24Hour Fitness La Cienega
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 a.m., 24Hour Fitness Hollywood
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m., 24Hour Fitness West Hollywood
Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 24Hour Fitness West Hollywood
Saturdays, 8:00-9:00 a.m., 24Hour Fitness La Cienega

See you in class!

T.

10.11.2006

Teaching Beginners

I think it's important for anyone who teaches any subject — any teacher — to continually strive to expand one's knowledge and perspective. And in my case, that means I'm often a prominent question-asker in classes and seminars, and in the virtual world, I frequently submit questions to experts. And lucky for me, the Yoga Journal gods smiled upon my most recent question and gave it to Maty Ersatzy (formerly of YogaWorks) to answer. See the full answer here.

A great excerpt:

Students who attend beginning classes have shown up to learn, and to learn in the right way. Therefore don't be afraid to teach all aspects of yoga. This is a good place for you to play with aspects of your teaching that may be harder to deliver in flow classes. These students will likely be willing to go more slowly, and they are happy to receive instructions. They tend to have fewer preconceived ideas.

Right on, Maty. Kind of an obvious point, but such a great reminder. Thanks for the advice.

Lots of love,
Tanja

10.01.2006

Les Photographs


This is my favorite shot from the whole trip. The change of seasons is as dramatic and clear as it possibly could be.

This was from last Sunday afternoon in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris.

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Also in the Tuileries, I happened upon this man feeding the birds.


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Monday in London, Diana and I went to the Tate Modern, which I enjoyed as much for the art as for the structure itself. The building looks like an old Weimar Germany factory, but it's been modernized in some cool, unexpected ways. This shot captures a great moment on an escalator in the Tate.


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Thursday afternoon in London, I went through the British Museum, which has a hugely impressive collection of culturally significant artifacts from all over the world (of course, we could get into a whole other discussion about how the British stole those artifacts during colonialism and whether they should give them back to their respective countries, but I'll save this for another time).

The picture below is a Mayan Sun God, made well before colonialism, or before any visitors had arrived from Europe (and many millenia after anyone from Asia could have come over via land bridge).


What's most striking is the hand position. I looked at it and immediately thought it was a statue of a Bodhisattva, or a Hindu avatar, but it's clearly not. How interesting that completely separate cultures at different times produced religious effigies so strkingly similar.... there must be something to this....

Finding New Appreciation

Hello dear friends --

I'm back! And I have to say, I'm SOOO excited to be back.

London and Paris were beautiful (I will try to post some pictures), and it was wonderful to see my friends over there, especially my dear friend Diana, who lives in London and whom I only get to see every few years.

Going on this trip was definitely taking a step out of my milieu. With the exception of my trip to Berlin to see family two years ago, all of my vacations over the past four or five years have been outdoor activity related (hiking, climbing, skiing), and this was just time to relax a bit (not too much!), and see a lot (and of course eat a lot!).

I'm so glad I went. It gave my mind a little jog every time I tried to cross the street in London and had to think about which way traffic was coming from (yes, I admit that most of the time I just looked both ways, and once I almost got smacked by the bus). And all that French made my brain hurt... though I finally got my French back proficiently, just in time to get on the train back to London.

But what was amazing to me about this trip is how much it made me appreciate everything that I have in my life at home. Staying with friends, experiencing different cities -- of course I felt gratitude for being lucky enough to get to go out and see these things. But I also felt HUGE gratitude for what I have here that I got to come home to.

A simple but comfortable apartment. An amazing boyfriend. Yoga students who challenge and inspire me every single day. Fresh organic produce. SUNSHINE! Smoke-free restaurants. Mountains you see from the city. Free bathrooms. Affordable everything. Strangers who smile. The Pacific. Great friends I'm so fortunate to have found. And lots more.

I am so lucky -- I found exactly the perspective shift that I was looking for. And that shift made me see just how happy I am to be at exactly this point in my life, exactly where I am. It's something I don't think I could have seen if I had never left. I could not have asked for a more wonderful vacation outcome than that.

Regular class schedules resume today (Sunday, October 1), so come see me. I'll be so glad to see you!

Love and gratitude to all,
Tanja