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10 Reasons to Rock Your World With Pair Work

February 26, 2017

When I first started practicing Hatha Yoga 26 years ago, my teachers always included at least two or more opportunities to pair up with a fellow yoga student in class in order to explore a given posture more deeply.  I’ve always been comfortable working in pairs.  If there was someone I knew in class, I’d make eye contact with that person as soon as the teacher started suggesting pair work.  If I didn’t know others in class, I tried to find someone with a similar height.  Sometimes it just worked out that I got paired with a 6′ tall guy and all was well!


Today, the trend is not to do pair work in class.  There are many reasons for the trend and it may have to do with a popularity in a flowing faster paced yoga class where there is no time to pair up, or because instructors are afraid of students getting injured, or some yoga students might not like to touch people they are not married to (or real-life partnered with), or they may be fearful of germs, or disgusted by sweaty hands (their own sweaty hands or the sweaty hands of others).

Fran and Rick on the beach at Ocean Shores

Fran and Rick on the beach at Ocean Shores

At any rate, I do less and less pair work in my classes (and no pair work at all at OmCulture and Seattle Athletic Club) as I try to fit in with the times, with what is needed and desired in a Hatha yoga class, and would like my students to be comfortable.  However, I do love pair work and, as a result, am devoting a whole workshop to Pair Work on Sunday, March 5 at the Seattle Gym at Queen Anne in Seattle (1-4pm).

Having fun at Little Renaissance

Having fun at Little Renaissance

Pair Work is a fun way to explore and strengthen Hatha Yoga postures.  Not only can we improve balance, stretch more deeply, and strengthen muscles, but we can also build confidence, motive and inspire each other, and, at the same time, laugh and have fun.  In my workshop, you will be guided safely into a variety of all-level poses.

Skye and Grace

Squared Up: Skye and Grace

10 Reasons to Rock your World Via Pair Work:

  1. Learn to let go
  2. Enhance your balance
  3. Go deeper in your yoga poses
  4. Concentrate on lengthening and grounding
  5. Pair Work will give you the confidence to go beyond perceived limitations
  6. Increase your sociability
  7. Pair Work produces oxytocin
  8. Reduce anxiety
  9. Add to your sense of adventure
  10. Improve self-awareness and trust

Live in the Seattle area and looking for a fun all-levels Hatha Yoga workshop to do?  SIGN UP for next Sunday’s Hatha Yoga Workshop with Fran here.

Ursula and Drew at the 2014 Sicily Hatha Yoga Retreat

Ursula and Drew at the 2014 Sicily Hatha Yoga Retreat



June 18, 2013

I know that I have not been blogging much these past two weeks.

Last week was a very emotional week for me.  We sold our condo (closing date is July 18th) and moved to Ocean Shores yesterday which means last week was my last week of teaching a schedule of classes I have known for many many years.  It was a week filled with gatherings with friends, garden parties, and time for my students to shower me with their gratitude! I felt so loved and appreciated.

I held it together fairly well all week, but at one point, I lost my composure when MaryAnn Kuchera read the following words aloud at Seattle Athletic Club:

Fran is a speaker of many languages.  She has taught us the language of our bodies and its subtle energies.  This work has changed all of our lives.  For this we are grateful.  I will thank her by growing my personal practice and expanding my heart.  Taking the seeds she has sown and growing great new gardens of joy and beauty out in the world.

Though a speaker of many languages, tears and overwhelming emotions choked out all my words that moment as MaryAnn spoke to my heart on behalf of the class.  I think, in life, every human being wants to make a difference, to have a positive effect on the people we encounter every day. It is what I want! Well, my friends and students certainly made me feel I have been doing my work well.  I will make every effort to continue to do my part, via teaching yoga and being a good person, to help sow many more gardens of JOY and BEAUTY in the world!

Thankfully, Seattle is only a two and a half hour drive from Ocean Shores and I will go back to Seattle twice a month as of July 8th to teach alternating Mondays (full day) and one morning class and a private session on Tuesdays.  I will also offer workshops in Seattle one weekend a month.  But still, I will miss my friends and students terribly.  I will miss seeing everyone on a regular basis.  My work, teaching yoga, is my life.

Making this big change is like stepping out into a great unknown.  Everything and anything can happen.  I move into this new space somewhat fearfully, somewhat bravely.

OH, and YES, I will continue to host retreats here at our sanctuary and home, Little Renaissance (and in Isssaquah and other lovely places, including hosting retreats abroad).

I found these inspiring words printed on the last page of my journal and thought I would share them:

Live with intention.

Walk to the edge.

Listen hard.

Practice wellness.

Play with abandon.


Chose with no regret.

Continue to learn.

Appreciate your friends.

Do what you love.

Love as if this is all there is.

-mary anne mbl radmacher

Below is part of last week week in pictures (I write “part” because I wish I had photographed every class and every festivity). Photos include teaching at Continental Place, a garden party at Simone’s with a group of yogis from class, a visit to Dunn Gardens arranged by Simone for all of us, dinner at Toulouse Petit, a treat by Marilyn, Koren and Dayna for me, a party at Kelley and Jack’s, Father’s Day at Geoff and Jan’s cabin in Home, Washington with Rick’s family, Vasiliki’s birthday party at the Tyee Yacht Club, and brunch with Brent and Riza.  TURN UP THE VOLUME and let the rhythms of West Africa move through you:

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