Listening To Understand Workshop

Do you avoid conflict?

Would you like to feel more connected in your relationships?

Do you have trouble expressing yourself during difficult conversations?

Often during an argument, we are planning what we are going to say next, instead of truly listening to the other person.

If you would like to develop the skill of listening to understand, join us Saturday June 19th for a 60 minute Zoom workshop.

I’m teaming up with Relationship Coach Kristen Mira to offer tools that will help you to navigate communication and conflict better. This one hour online workshop will set you on the right path to experience greater understanding and feeling more understood in your relationships. This workshop will help you to feel more confident, grounded and connected while navigating conflict, whether that’s in your most intimate relationships or with your boss, or coworker.

We will sit for a moment to get centered, then Kristin will offer tips on how to listen to understand. You will have an opportunity to practice these tips in a low stakes environment (with your Fluid friends).

Leave with a new understanding of why truly listening to understand is important, and know how to stay calm and centered in real world, stressful situations.

Click here to sign up today!

The June Five Exercises

About the Five: Each month I offer five exercises to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility. My hope is that you will go through these on your own or with me three times a week. Some moves (like this month’s tai chi twist) you could do every day.

  • Tai Chi Twist
  • Side Step
  • Step Up
  • Calf Raise
  • Single Leg Deadlift

This month we focus on legs!

I suggest you hold a weight in each hand for single leg deadlift. This also works well with a band under your back foot, making this a “closed chain” exercise. Can you go through one minute of each of these right now?

These photos are meant to jog your memory about the exercises we have done together. Please use your best judgment as to how suitable these are for you right now.

Thai Chi Twist

Side Squat

Step Up

Calf Raise

Single Leg Deadlift

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

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Schedule a 1:1 with Anne

Spring Green Soup

We just got back from an impromptu getaway to northern Idaho. My girlfriends and I cooked and ate lots of delicious food, including this spring green soup. 

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This bright, herby, veggie soup is a snap to make. I know I say this about a lot of my recipes, but this one is SO EASY! All you have to do is chop one leek, and the fresh herbs (they are going to get pureed so no need to worry about precision), sauté your veggies for a few minutes, then blend everything together. If you have an immersion blender it will come in handy here. If not you can puree the soup in a blender, or Vitamix, just be very careful when transferring hot soup from the pot.

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Try this recipe and let me know what you think…

Spring Green Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 leek, while and light green parts chopped
  • 2 tsps. sea salt
  • 3 cups of chicken stock
  • 5 cups fresh spinach (about 6-8 oz.)
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen green peas (12 oz.)
  • 1 cup plain (unsweetened) Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice (1/2 of a lemon)

Directions:

  1. Heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add leeks and salt and saute for 5 minutes, or just enough to soften the leeks. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add peas and spinach and cook 3-4 minutes, or until spinach is wilted. Turn off soup and let it sit for a minute.
  2. Carefully transfer soup to a blender (or use an immersion blender right in the pot). Add yogurt, parsley, mint and lemon juice and blend until the soup is smooth.
  3. To serve, garnish with a few sprigs of mint, a squeeze of lemon or a splash of olive oil. Can be served warm or chilled. Enjoy!

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Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers this recipe to tickle your taste buds. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.

Pilates core strength exercise

May Five Exercises

About the May Five: Each month we work specifically on five exercises to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility. I include these in my classes and training sessions, and my hope is that you will go through these on your own at home. Some moves, like this month’s baby bear, you could do every day. In fact, you could baby bear in bed!

  • Baby Bear
  • Criss Cross
  • Roll Up
  • Deadlift
  • Tricep Extension

Our first exercise is everyone’s favorite, Baby Bear! This is a capital “L” LAZY move. Not always easy to do (to be lazy that is). My goal is to reclaim this word, so that we view being lazy as a positive thing. Really do try to release any tension in your back, neck, and hips, and let yourself roll side to side as if you were a baby being rocked to sleep.

My second favorite move this month, is Deadlift. If you have ever watched an older relative struggle to get out of a chair and thought “well I’d like to avoid that if possible”, this is hip hinge exercise is a good move to master. This is the basis for our squats (aka going from seated to standing). 

I do have a couple clients I meet with in person, but as of May 2021 most of my classes and training sessions are on zoom. This pandemic experience has been so interesting, as I notice the differences in how I train my clients virtually.

Deadlift has been the most challenging exercise to cue on Zoom. While this is a very simple move, it ain’t always easy. Watch this video above of yours truly talking you through this move, and as always, if you’d like specific one on one guidance, give me a call (503) 705-4762.

If you’d like to do these moves with a lovely group of friendly faces, come to class! We would love to have you!

Please use your best judgment as to how suitable these are for you right now.

Baby Bear
Criss Cross
Rollup
Deadlift
Tricep Extension

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

*LIVE* Interview With Jenna Roberts – How Do You Listen to Your Intuition?

What does the word intuition mean to you?

Do you feel you have an inner voice guiding you?

Have you ever ignored your spidey sense, then later regretted it?

Whether it is telling you “no, get outta here”, or “this is the correct path, proceed”, your intuition is always telling you something, your task is to listen and interpret these messages.

Check out our recent interview with Jenna Roberts to learn how you can use your inner guide to help you make the best choices around food, shopping, even dating.