Foam Roller Magic!

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Don’t worry we’re not sawing anyone in half, or pulling a rabbit out of a hat, or making a bird disappear. Although if you come to this workshop your pain could disappear!

Learn the magic of the foam roller!

  • What: 60 minute foam roller workshop
  • When: Saturday January 22nd, 2022 at 11 am PST
  • Where: On Zoom
  • How: click this link to sign up.
  • Why: Reduce tightness, improve mobility, strength, and balance.
  • How much: free for Fit Club members, $20 for guests

We will be following my trademarked R.O.S.S. method, and incorporate seated, standing, and floor work. To be most successful, you will need a 36 inch, round roller, and be able to easily get up and down from the floor.

This will not be a sweaty “workout” but a movement exploration. You may go at your own pace, and I offer variations, so you can chose the best level for you today.

  • We start with release work, warming up and loosening tight muscles, and facilitating your mind body connection. This is where we will spend the majority of our time today. Juicing up soft tissue, breathing, relaxing.
  • Next up – stabilization and organization to connect to your smaller muscles, and prep you for larger movements.
  • Our short strength program includes a handful of upper and lower body exercises. You learn your most efficient way to accomplish daily activities, like getting up out of a chair.
  • Lastly stretching, and mobilization to help you feel length from your head to your toes.

You will leave feeling relaxed, refreshed, and like you did just the right balance of mobility and strength.

Not sure if this workshop is right for you right now? Give me a call (503) 705-4762.

Free for Fit Club Members, $20 for guests.

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*Fit Club members please note this is a different link than the one we use for our fitness classes.

The January Five

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About the Five: Each month I offer five exercises to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility. To see these in person join an ongoing class, or schedule a private session with me.

  • Leg Circles
  • Plank
  • Down Dog
  • Chair Pose
  • Seated Yoga Twist
Pilates hip mobilization exercise, core strength, economy of movement.
Leg Circles
core strength exercise, full body strength, shoulders, legs.
Plank
Shoudler and hip flexibility, core strength, yoga hamstring stretch, calf stretch, foot stretch
Downward Facing Dog
Leg strength, standing balance, yoga strength exercise, shoulder strength and mobility
Chair Pose
spine twist, hip stretch
Seated Twist

These photos are meant to remind you of work we have done together. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.

If you’d like more detailed information on these exercises, click one of the links below:

Join Fluid’s Fit Club!

Join a class

Schedule a 1:1 with Anne

New Year’s Day Pajama Art Party!

Join us Saturday January 1st at 11 am for our Pajama Art Party!

  • Who: You! And your friends.
  • What: New Year’s Day Pajama Art Party!
  • When: Saturday January 1st, from 11 am – 12 pm PST.
  • Why: Make art, dream about the new year, visit with each other and have fun!
  • Where: On Zoom (your house).


Snuggle up in your most comfortable jammies, robe, and slippers, make your favorite hot beverage, and join us on New Year’s Day!

We color, draw, and visit with each other, and I guide you through exercises that allow you to dream about the year ahead (not fitness type exercises, putting pen to paper).

Email me Anne@FluidPortland.com and I’ll send you the zoom link.

Please share this with your friends!

Free for Fluid Fit Club members. $20 for guests.

Why am I doing this? This week I got to hang out with my girlfriend and her two cute kids. We went for a walk, then did an art project. See my lil Santa?

This took about 15 minutes of me picking out tiny beads, placing them on a board, then ironing it to make this (kind of like shrinky dinks if you remember those from your childhood?). It was so relaxing to hang out with people I love and focus on a non computer related task. It’s just a silly little art project, and yet this brought me so much joy.

If spending time on a child like project and visiting with friendly faces sounds like a good way to spend a Saturday, I invite you to join us!

Moroccan Lamb Stew Recipe

How does a warm, spiced, hearty bowl of stew sound right now?

Have I told you how much I love my crock pot? I use it once or twice a week. It’s a great option for me because I have sort of an unusual schedule. I see clients from 10 to 7, with breaks during the day. I prep meals during my breaks, then our dinner is cooking away while I work, and ready to eat after I wrap my last class.

This type of stew actually tastes better the next day, so it’s great for leftovers.

A note about crock pot cooking, the liquid does not cook out like it would if you were making this on a stovetop. Start with the listed amount of broth, then once its cooking, you can check it to see if you like the consistency. If you’d like it more “soupy” and less “stewy”, add more broth.

You can also make this on the stovetop, in a large stock pot. When you get to step 6, just turn the heat down low, and cover the pot, Check it every thirty minutes or so to make sure it still has enough liquid.

Your whole house is about to smell amazing!

Try this stew and let me know what you think…


Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds lamb stew meat cut onto 1 ½ inch cubes (I found a 2.5 lb shoulder roast and had the butcher cut into cubes). 
  • 2 teaspoons of each: salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin seeds.
  • 1/2 red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil.
  • 1 onion, diced.
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped. 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste.
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar.
  • 2 tablespoons honey.
  • 1  1/4 cups chicken stock.
  • 1, 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained.
  • ¼ cup raisins or dried apricots (chopped).
  • 1 bunch of collard greens, chopped.

Directions:

  1. Rub the meat with all the spices. 
  2. Let it rest, covered, in the fridge for a couple hours.
  3. In a large stock pot, brown meat in oil for 5 minutes, stirring every so often.
  4. Add onion and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add tomato paste, vinegar, honey, and chicken stock, and warm it through (stir it for another minute or so).
  6. Carefully transfer meat mixture to the crock pot and put the lid on.
  7. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  8. Add chopped collards, and garbanzos and cook for another 2 hours.

Serve with cooked couscous or rice.

xoxo

Anne

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Ahi Poke

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Solstice Meditation December 18th

Tuesday December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day (and longest night) of the year.

Celebrate this time with us! Watch the recording of our live solstice meditation from Saturday December 18th.

Our December meditation theme is slowing down, and listening to your intuition. At the end of all of our fitness classes we do a 5 minute guided meditation where sit quietly and ask our internal guide “what do I need right now?”.

If the idea of listening to your intuition seems daunting, no worries, you can strengthen your listening skills just as you would strengthen your biceps, by repetitive practice. Join us for one of our live zoom classes, and do this short meditation with us, or tune in to our 30 minute session on Saturday the 18th.

Why celebrate the solstice?

For ancient cultures, the winter solstice was seen as a time of rebirth, or new beginning, often celebrated with festivals and rituals.

You’ve most likely heard of the German yule log. Did you know about these other mid winter traditions?

Iranians gather at the house of the oldest relative to eat, drink and read poetry, feasting on nuts, pomegranates and watermelon.

In Japan the custom is to soak in a hot yuzu, or citrus fruit bath. This is thought to boost your immune system, so that you will not catch a cold during the winter.

I love rituals that encourage sharing good food with friends and family, and relaxing.


If slowing down sounds good to you right now, listen to our meditation from Saturday December 18th as we sit and contemplate this special time of year.

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