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Is getting online making you Grinchy?

The two questions I get most often:

1. What is this UnGrinching thing about?
2. Why can’t I find the online class??

First, The UnGrinching!  

The very first UnGrinching was my attempt to lift my own mood during the holidays. I figured there must be others that could use a little more holiday camaraderie. Like extra yoga challenges, UnGrinchy gift baskets and candlelit restorative classes.

So starting in October that year, I made myself participate more. I dressed up for Halloween. A holiday I despise on many levels. But as it turns out I loved the wig! And I think we handed out peanut butter cups and floss?We added a holiday yoga challenge, we gave away gifts for every day of the 12 days of Christmas! And last year we brought in the Gnome Explosion! This year we created a new Grinchy postcard challenge so be sure to get your card and lift your spirits… and maybe someone else’s too!

Plus you could win some great swag, a grinch basket, yoga passes, our 10 year anniversary Love Yoga quilt and more!

Second, The online classes

We have tried various platforms since March. Five to be exact. We are constantly striving to streamline this experience… for you!

We’ve tried Zoom, Namastream, Youtube, Kajabi, and now Mindbody Online’s own Livestreaming platform.  a
Nothing has been streamlined.
But we’re not giving up.
In fact, we’re embracing the practice even more.
Because the word keeps giving us golden opportunities to practice.
We’re right here with you… in spirit. ; )

Has it really been a Decade?

You guys are probably tired of hearing me gush about how thankful we always are for you. But we are. We really, truly are.  For every one of you. For every teacher. For every breath over the past ten years.

So I’ll skip the gushing for now and tell you…. it feels weird to not be having a big celebration. I didn’t really know how else to celebrate… so I’m going with a slide show for now…. and a big celebration… next year?? That gives us a whole year to plan something fabulous!

So please send us your pics!
Or post them and tag us!

Mom and I have surprisingly few pictures of us together in our love shirts… But here they are: 2010, 2013, 2019 and 2020. I love the SFO pic. We do love San Francisco. Mom worked at Bank of America there. I was born there. And we’ve gone back a few times to visit.  (And when we ARE all able to gather again… we’ll go back and do the SFO Love Yoga Tour!)

Please Post or send us a pic in your shirt! 
(Here’s a few fun hashtags!)
#tenyearsoflove #loveyogastudio #lovestrong
#isurvived2020withLove

New LOVE shirts are on the way with our upcoming annual holiday UnGrinching!

Click here to see the pictures as they roll in!  

So Much Love,
💚💚💚
Suzanne

Silver Lining Moments

Enter your SLM Below…. here’s why:

We volunteered last night and we donated and we cleaned. And here’s what we learned. They didn’t really need us. (This might take a sec to explain).

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See the passage in the above pic? From a wise old guy named T. Krishnamacharya. This is my job. My literal job. To take teachings from ancient practices of yoga and make them useful in today’s world. 🤔

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One might also say my job is to manage a studio that offers physical fitness and mental resiliency via yoga postures and breathing. 💪🏼

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As you can see in the picture… PLANKs are a very small of the practice. (#3 – Asana)

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But you know what my actual job is…?

It’s to be encouraging, comforting, uplifting, and energizing. Because that allows us to be able to elevate our attitudes, (#1&2), take care of our bodies (#3&4) and focus our minds (#5&6) so that we can enjoy the interactions we have in this world (#7&8).

With each other!

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That’s the contribution I want to make in THIS world.

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However…. I was starting to feel hesitant about continually finding silver linings in 2020. Because so many are struggling. So we volunteered at fairgrounds last night to be more helpful. More hands on. And I learned that even during all this chaos… someone who’s down on their luck still realizes that the world keeps spinning. And while they appreciate the helping hand… they also appreciate the encouragement, the possibilities and opportunities.

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So even when others are struggling, hurting or down. Even when it seems perpetually dark… a smile, a laugh, a light, and someone using your first name… is encouraging. (Shout out to the Temp Taker last night – if you see this).

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Someone showing you a silver lining and a possibility… is a relief. Compassion doesn’t mean everyone needs to suffer. Someone needs to be able to light the path.

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So I’m keeping my rose colored glasses on. I’ll continue to be annoyingly optimistic. And I am purposely practicing less plank. (But I won’t throw the baby out with the bath water. You can still plank your little heart out).

 

You can also expect to hear more mantras in meditation, more silver linings in savasana and more focus on LOVE. Because that’s what we do here. We’ve just been fairly quiet about it…. until now 😉

 

Thanks to my trainer last night for encouraging me to keep writing. You’re the inspiration for this one. (It’s those little things).

 

Oh! And they didn’t really need us last night because so many people have volunteered! We stayed til midnight so some of the late, late crew could stay home…. so my Silver Lining Moment: Good people everywhere donating and volunteering.

WTF Update?

So for those of you that don’t know, we’re a little engulfed in smoke from surrounding fires. Some of you are in evacuation prep zones and some have already evacuated. (yes, we’re saying it again… wtf2020?)

And In case you’ve been really out of the loop….

The past few months have been a bit of a roller coaster.  And you know I’m all about making molehills out of mountains… So yes, there’s been some disruption. Some shutdowns, school closures, politics, pandemics and now… wildfires.  I’m not even gonna capitalize those words for emphasis. You feel it.

We are all getting the FULL EARTH EXPERIENCE!

So I want to get my money’s worth and enjoy the ride. And when I step off this ride, I want to look back and think…. ‘TOTALLY WORTH IT!’.

So, here’s how this is gonna go over here at LOVE: 

1.  We are currently open as scheduled and plan to be open as long as it feels safe because we want you to have at least one clean, safe, breatheable place to go if you need it. Most of us live close by and the studio feels clean and clear thus far. If we cancel a class it will show up cancelled in the App and Mindbody and I will also post on social media.

2.  YOU have access to our MBO Online Video Library. We are continually uploading past and present classes.

There might be a few little glitches with our library that we don’t know about cause that’s already happened. But I’m over here walking the treadmill, reading the oldies and watching for any tech glitches that I can resolve.

We’re new to the App thing. We’re new to the wildfire thing but we are NOT new to the EMBRACING CHANGE AND FOCUSING ON THE PRESENT MOMENT. 

So I encourage you to practice with us.  Practice making molehills our of mountains when you can. Practice feeling calm, alert and ready to ride. Practice taking good care of yourself regardless of your circumstances or environment. Eat well, move a lot, connect with others … and yourself.

OKAY, I better pump the brakes while this is still counts as a brief update!

For anyone impacted by fires and smoke, the resources are up and listed all over Linn County, but if you need something or can’t find what you’re looking for… please call me.
I can help. This is my home turf and I know it well and I know people.

For anyone not impacted but feeling stuck at home, jump on in here and practice with us. Or jog in place, or do somersaults, paint the bathroom, Marie Kondo a closet. Please do NOT get sucked down the social media lashing out unless it’s something we can help with.

Much love and safety to all of you,
: )
Suzanne

10 Years . . . and now . . .

A Decade of Love.

I graduated high school and moved out when I was 17. I moved to Santa Clara, California and got a job at Sizzler. I worked there for three days scooping sour cream into those little metal tins. It was disgusting.

But before I got that job I partied for three months like a native Californian.  (which coincidentally, I am. Born in South San Francisco)

So my future wasn’t super clear at this point and my 18th birthday was a blur. All I remember is that I asked my Mom for a bus ticket home… and got it. Happy birthday to me. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Fast forward through brighter days, better jobs, a baby. It and many more birthdays… to TEN years ago this week. I got an early birthday surprise. In August 2010, I completed my yoga teacher training with the expectation that I might teach a couple classes a week where I was working. (Yay, me!). The manager, however, did not like those plans. (Boo, her : (.  They let me go … surprise!

And 9 days later we opened Love Yoga. (Yay, Us!)

I spent the first two days in a little bit of shock. But over the next seven days… I found a space where the landlord (Marc) took a chance on me. I outlined a schedule, made flyers and business cards. Ordered mats, set up utilities, hung up the sign and opened the doors. Another yoga teacher (Marcia) miraculously appeared in the coffee shop next door (Boccherini’s) and offered to teach.

 

And then some of YOU magically appeared. We held our official grand opening 10 days later … on my actual, 42nd birthday. Thanks, Mom 💚

 

Birthdays aren’t always what we hope they’ll be. The more of them I have though the more I realize what a gift it is to be a human being on this planet. I’m not saying it’s always a fun gift… but when your odds of becoming a human being over a walrus, a mosquito, a squirrel Or a cow… are rare… it seems like a pretty good gift.

 

These last nine birthdays though, Have been awesome! We’ve gathered at the studio to celebrate Love Yoga which yes, is an extension of me and my passion for healthy living, connections and feeling good. Feeling Happy, healthy, strong and brave.

 

We’ve celebrated over the years with Dutch Brothers, Ninkasi brewing, Jollymonz pizza, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Homegrown Oregon foods, No Dinx signature shirts, live music, hula hoops, tree pose challenges, cupcakes, little bonfires, Subaru Love and LoveStrong Hikes! And all our fabulous teachers past and present.

Some of you might remember Mara’s baked goods, Maggie’s Strala class, Laura’s Core kicker, Katie’s chakra bowl restorative, Sabrina’s power flow, Kelly and Anna’s yoga/massage classes, just to name a few.

 

Instead of a party this year, we’re getting an APP! A real, legit, Apple store App. It should be ready next week. I’ve been holding off writing because I wanted to have a big reveal! I wanted to I nclude all the links to our new schedule, new app, new T-shirts and some kind of plan for a 10 year anniversary celebration. For some reason the stars didn’t align for that just yet. And many of you have been asking what’s up…. so consider this a brief (😂) update.

 

As you may have noticed recently… We are all living in a bit of limbo. Some have called it a claustrophobic feeling. Some have compared it to Groundhog Day… The movie. LOL. Some are calling it the great pause, others are calling it a vacation and some are caught in a parental nightmare. Whatever this time means to you… It’s not advisable to gather for a big party right now.

 

So I’m in a bit of limbo also… I don’t have a grand anniversary plan. And I’m okay with that. My plans right now are focused on figuring out how to stay connected with you through our online offerings and keeping the studio open and safe.

 

I’m thinking we bump the party to a New Years celebration.

 

I am just so grateful for every single one of you. For each of the last 10 years. For each of these last nine birthdays. Here’s to the next TEN!  (Many of you have asked how it’s going here – that’s another email but for now I can say we are hesitant but definitely optimistic! 😉

 

I’ll try to write again sooner… Hopefully in a few days with all the links to the new app, the new T-shirts, the new schedules, and a new library of 20 and 30 minute classes. Plus new chakra workshops, a mini teacher training (message me directly for this) and more sound meditations!

 

We are upgrading and improving all the time… So if you have any special requests for online classes or studio classes now is a great time to let us know. We are totally open to suggestions and able to create pretty quickly to help keep us all connected, calm, encourages and practicing.

 

Hang in there….

Nobody ever said it would be easy…

They said it would be worth it.

Embracing the Great Outdoors, without cringing

But since you asked….

LOVE YOGA is going OUTSIDE

This Sunday.  9:30am Sign up here
@Bamboo Valley on Hwy 20 just West of the studio.

If you know me… you know I don’t like practicing yoga outside. Because every time I have it’s either been 90 degrees, no shade; or raining; or duck poop in the park got all over the mats, or flies at the beach that wouldn’t let up! Not enjoyable to say the least! Oh! And then there was that one time on the deck at Lumeria where it was absolutely PERFECT. But they’re not available right now.

So the biggest lesson I’ve learned over the past 5.5 months is that…. In life I sometimes have to do things I don’t want to do! PLUS… I’m changing my mind about this because I recently heard something we all know… in a different way.

I learned that as human beings our genetic diversity is made up mostly of bacteria and viruses. And yet 30% of our microbiome has disappeared in recent times. 30% of the microbial genetic information has disappeared and is reported to be directly related to many illnesses and premature aging. Disappeared how you might ask? From a lack of exposure to the elements.

Plus, because of the drastic increase in research being done right now on viruses, it has also been determined that a large percentage of the mortality and morbidity of this (and any) virus is directly related to stress, panic, agitation and sympathetic overdrive.

In otherwords, we don’t have the protective genetic material we were born with and we’re freaking ourselves out about the dangers to our health. Our focus is out of balance.

Sooooo….. getting outside into the elements, regardless of the ambiance ; ) and soothing our freaked out nervous systems is the advice we’ve all heard for decades… but maybe it’s more important now than ever.

So I’m going outside in the elements to soothe my soul. And I’m going to Love it! Come with me. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3fSIRmP. Use your membership or $16 drop in. Limit 20 people.

YOGA 101 Saturday 10:30-11:30 $16 + 2 gifts!
If you or someone you know is fairly new to yoga… We are offering an Intro to Yoga class this Saturday 10:30-11:30am. $16 drop in + two gifts! A LOVE sticker and a full Intro Pass for the next 3 weeks! It’s a great way to get started, ask questions, see demos.

This won’t be a full participation class. You can just come and check it out, see the studio, meet some teachers. NO pressure, NO obligation. Just the facts.
Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3fSIRmP

SEE YOU SOON!
: )
SUZANNE
p.s. We got the glitches fixed in MindBody this week but PLEASE… please if you are having any trouble at all signing in, finding classes, the schedule, the online library… please message me! I can’t fix it if I don’t know there’s a glitch.

Plus MindBody has been overwhelmed by a million yoga studios going online, lol and they’ve had trouble keeping up as well.  So keep trying and please let me know if I can help!

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Masking up for Love

Say Cheeeeese!  It works with Pleeeeease also.  It’s just a way of making you smile so you’ll feel better.  See how easy your mind is to manage??

So when you have your mask on… say cheese. Say please. Say please don’t cut the cheese.  But please DO pleasantly wear your mask at Love.  It’s the law.

Here’s our plan:

1. You need to wear a mask into the studio and anytime you are not on your mat. Once on your mat you may remove it.

2.  As long as we are social distancing, we can still practice together.

3. Teachers will wear masks up until the time class starts.

4. We’ll stay on our mats.

5. If you are exempt from wearing a mask due to a medical condition please message me directly for the protocol. In most cases at this time we will respectfully suggest that you practice with us online for even more self care and protection.

See? No big deal. Not much different than last week. It’s just a little extra protection on your path to bliss!

Think of it like a baseball hat, condoms, seatbelts or sunblock… Just a little extra protection. Perspective right? Speed bumps not road blocks. 💚💪🏼

We love you all for your patience, encouragement and cooperation and collaborations.

Really, Thank YOU.

Summer Dilemmas

Are you in the Summer state of mind yet?  Research shows that our minds crave novelty. While we do appreciate the security of a system or routine… Our minds are always searching for something new.  (Probably why the slinky was invented). Research also shows that we learn and grow with the most potential when there is a sense of urgency (like a time limit) and a specific focus. (Think Rubik’s cube or Boggle).

So if we want to head into a Summer with a new zest for life outside of quarantine and the ability to embrace the new changes we’ve been presented with… it makes sense that we start here. At Love.

Yoga fills our mind’s need for novelty because every experience, every class, every sound is different each time.  Well except for the garbage cans and the grate. Those are still here and as timely as ever.

It also gives us the opportunity to practice embracing change… learning new processes while focusing on small details for an hour or so. As a bonus, we also practice letting go of our expectations. Expectations for better balance, longer planks and a sense of normalcy from PQT. (pre quarantine times).  So I’m prepping for Summer.  I want a 1979, ice cream truck, koolaid popsicles, roller skating, slip n sliding, kind of state of mind.  What’s your Summer state of mind look like? Any favorites from the 70s? Adolescent years? I’m gonna get responses ranging from sock hops to power rangers, I’m sure!

TWO SUMMER DILEMMAS HERE AT LOVE:

1. If you’re practicing with us this Summer, pleeeeeease remember to sign up ahead of time. It’s the only way we know whether to hold, cancel, change or add classes.

2. We wanted to offer a sizzling Summer special … but as you know… we’re still on the 2020 roller coaster. So we modified our memberships for those of you that don’t have one yet!  Save now and get your 3 month Mini Membership!

Just $68/mo because this is a safe and healthy way to ease back into the world. Plus we know your mind and your mat will love it!  Aaaand this includes both in studio and online classes!  Bonus tee shirt if you sign up by the 15th!

We’re back on the mats Friday morning!

FINALLY!! It’s Time to Reconnect with LOVE!  This Friday in the Studio. (Yes, Online classes will continue – also on a modified schedule).

Once you do the following three things, it’ll be just like before. Show up, check in, practice. For now, It’s a smaller schedule than before so please be patient. We’re easing back in for all our sakes.

Please, please read the following and click to our website at the bottom before asking for tech help. (and then find a millenial before calling me… but I’m here for you if you don’t have one! ; ) lol.

It’s a smaller schedule with smaller classes, (limit 12-15). You must sign up and and pay for class before coming. We can’t guarantee you a spot if you just drop by.

You’ll have to do 3 things in order to get into class: Create an account, sign a waiver and register for class.

On the HOME PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE are these three slides:

1. Link to create your MindBodyOnline account.

2. Link to our new state required waiver.

3. Link to our studio and online schedules.

Current Pass Holders: If you have a class pass or membership you’ll be able to sign up as usual. (via MindBodyOnline)

NON Pass Holders:  We hope you’ll join us. Once you purchase a pass you will also have access to our online FaceBook LIVE classes and our Video library of recorded classes.  Plus! If you purchase a full membership, you’ll get a brand new mat!

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:

1. Please wait for doors to be unlocked/propped open approx.15 min. before class.

2. Please bring as few things as possible inside with you.

3. Please feel free to wear a mask or not and be kind and respectful either way.

4. Please wear socks inside the studio when you are not on your own mat.

5. If you have a small towel for any surprise sneezes or throat tickles, you could bring that. I’ll have some on hand you can purchase if you forget.

6. We have new mat bags that will hold everything you need if that helps. They are $35. I have about 8 of them right now.

7. Start practicing your PFE now, because I am in NO mood for critiques of the new process. Pleasant. Facial. Expressions. People. Start practicing ; )

8. If you sign up for a class and it’s full. Please stay on the waitlist even if you make other plans. If you get bumped into the class and have decided not to come, you can always decline and it will automatically go to the next person. But this way we get a better idea of which classes to expand or duplicate first. If you sign up for a class and don’t show, you’ll get charged. We are a small business trying to rebuild just like all our other small business friends. Someone could have had that spot.  *12 hour cancellation notice required.

LOVE LOVE LOVE to you all!
We are so looking forward to practicing with you 💚

Any Non Tech Questions?

I have only ever seen 3 people die

I’ve only ever seen three people die.

My Grandma.
My Dad.
And George Floyd.

It quickly puts things into perspective. Things like Life. Family. Schedules. Masks. Friends. Haircuts. Yoga.

How lucky am I to have the luxury of worrying about the yoga schedule right now. I don’t feel lucky. I feel nauseous. And pissed. And sad.

See I was born in the middle. Middle child. Middle-class family. Middle of the state. Middle of the West Coast. Part Democrat part Republican. Part Buddhist Part Baptist. I can always see both sides of every situation. So It came natural to feel indecisive. Never wanting to upset anyone.

But watching the horror of George Floyd’s murder made everything instantly clear:

This world could be a safer place if we all decide to make it happen. We have to decide to make it happen.

Nelson Mandela said it before me ; )

… “It is in our hands to create a better world for ALL who live in it”.

He also said… “it always seems impossible, until it’s done”.

Today I find myself in the middle again. To reopen. To not open. To mask or not to mask. To go back to the way it was… or to change everything. But I’m more decisive now.

I will never presume to have all the answers. I will never assume I know how you feel.  And I will no longer imagine or pretend that the world I live in … works for everyone.

What I will do is keep practicing because it makes me calmer, stronger and braver. It gives me the clarity to make better decisions. And if you want a safe place to practice, to get out of your house, to get out of your head and into your heart…. I’ll be here creating that clean, open space.

Please remember two things:

  1. Be KIND. Be extra kind if you come here. Things are different. We are all doing the best we can.
  2. His name was George Floyd. Please remember his name. He didn’t have the choice to breathe. He didn’t get to decide. We can. We can sign the petition, donate money, support and follow the leaders in the communities that are fighting for their lives. I can decide to do more. #justiceforgeorge #blacklivesmatter #chooselove

    Sign the petitions, donate, share his story. https://www.justiceforbigfloyd.com/

George Floyd 1974 – 20202

My Dad 1960 and 2008

Grandma 1996-ish?