Are You Communicating Effectively?

Apparently the theme for me this week is communication. On Tuesday I watched an excellent PSU lunch and learn webinar with Leeza Steindorf, on Nonviolent Communication. Then today I came across Kate Hanley’s podcast How To Be A Better Person, and the episode – Confrontation Nation: We Can’t All Be Right. The common thread I noticed was being curious, and letting go of the idea that one of us is right and one of us is wrong.

Uh oh, this ain’t going well.

Have you had a conversation with someone who disagreed with you, and if so how did it go? Were you listening to understand, or waiting for your turn to speak (or yell!) at the person?

While I have yet to master these concepts, I truly believe in their power, and am continuing to practice using them to help me improve my communication skills.

This week I challenge you to think of someone you have a difficult time communicating with. Can you put yourself in this person’s shoes, to see where they are coming from, hear them, and feel what they are feeling? Message me if you would like a practice buddy.

Now this is a happy couple!

If you’d like the PSU NVC webinar slides, email me and I will send you the file.

Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood) Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She wants to to be happy and healthy! Her motto for Fluid Fit Club is “Creating A Culture Of Healthy Movement” and she invites YOU along on this journey!

meditation workshop

Meditation Workshop Saturday August 1st At Noon

Reduce anxiety, calm your nervous system, and learn easy to use self soothing techniques that help you get control of your breath and your thoughts. Often, we can’t control what’s going on in the world, but we can control how we react to it. A good place to start is with your breath. If I am feeling stressed, taking a big deep breath buys me some time, and gives me some space to figure out my next move, and think about what I should (or shouldn’t) say.

What does stress feel like in your body? Does your stomach ache, do your eyes dart around, does your heart race, does your jaw tighten up? Noticing body sensations is another great step in taking control of your body and mind.

Join me Saturday August 1st at noon as safely and gently explore these sensations, and play with breathing techniques and short guided meditations. This is a great workshop for those new to meditation, or those of you experiencing sleep issues (or, anybody feeling stressed to the max right now).

Click this Zoom link to join us. See you soon!

Meeting ID: 812 8135 3988S

Passcode: 212008

*FREE* Meditation Workshop This Saturday At Noon

Are you suffering from anxiety, stress, or sleep issues? during stressful times when things feel out of control I like to focus on what is under my control. I can control my breath and my thoughts (well, most of the time)

This Saturday, in lieu of our weekly interview we are going to sit together. Please join us for five or ten minutes, or stay for the whole class.

We will go through simple breathwork exercises, guided meditation, and gentle movement. you will feel calm, centered, and relaxed heading into your weekend.

  • Meditation workshop
  • Saturday June 20th
  • 12 pm
  • No experience or equipment necessary

Click this link to join us.

Meeting ID 856 2194 7304

Meeting Password 875675

Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She offers weekly Pilates, yoga, Barre, Energy Flow and R.O.S.S. classes, and one on one strength, balance, and flexibility sessions.

Moreland Farmers Market Reopens Wednesday May 20th!

The Farmer’s Market is back! Wednesdays, from 2-6 pm. Still near Wilhelm’s, this year they have moved one block north on SE 14th Avenue between SE Glenwood St & SE Claybourne. Click here to read the market’s safety guidelines. You may walk up and shop – treat this shopping experience as if you are at the grocery store, no sampling, no hanging around, get your veggies and move along buddy! You also have the opportunity to preorder and pick up via the drive thru. Is anybody else cracking up that they have made a healthy drive thru? I love it!

I have been getting out and about a little more, and here are my top picks this week:

Reed Canyon. Looking for a quiet, in town nature walk where you may see birds, otters, or salmon? Reed has posted signage directing everyone to move in one direction around the creek, and to stay far away from each other. I was there Tuesday at 5 and it felt safe, and not too crowded.

Westmoreland park is another good choice, with wide walking paths and plenty of space.

Now, back to yummy food. We’ve mostly been hitting up the food carts on the weekend, (I can only eat my own cooking for so long) this feels like a safe way to support local businesses. I just found out that my favorite gumbo cart, Matt and Memere’s, has moved over to 35th and Powell in a pod where the old Original Taco House was (and right next door to DiNicola’s) so if your crowd can’t decide what to eat, you’ve got your choice of gumbo, gyros, fried chicken and jojos, or spaghetti and meatballs all at one location!

Eric was super excited to see Laughing Planet on Woodstock has reopened. They have their quarantine game down! You place you order and pre-pay online. They have tables set up just inside the door with your bag stapled shut, clearly labeled with your name, and a receipt taped to the outside showing the exact contents of the bag. You grab your food and head out the other door. I didn’t come within sneezing distance of another human the whole time. So if you are looking for a healthier option for burritos, bowls, and salads check them out (I usually pick the daily special and have never been disappointed).

I hope that you are doing what you feel is best for you and your family right now. If that means hunkering down at home, you have made the right choice. If you feel comfortable exercising outdoors, you have made the right choice. If you feel safer wearing a mask while doing so please do.

And lastly, these are my top pics based on where I went in the past week or so, not paid endorsements. I have no connection to these businesses, other than I like their food and their people, and wanted to share these places with you. If you have favorite places you’ve been going to lift your spirits, I’d love to hear about your quarantine adventures!



Create An Amazing Experience for Your Students!

“Improve Your Online Teaching Skills” Workshop Sunday May 24th

Who: Dance teachers (This class is geared towards movement teachers, but the skills you learn will translate to any online instruction.)
What: 90 minute workshop that will immediately improve your teaching skills!
When: Sunday May 24th at 1:30 pm PDT
Where: From your home, or wherever you are teaching your online classes.
Why: To improve your skills, your students experience, and your bottom line.
How much: Donate the amount you like – from $5 to $25.
How: Join us on Zoom by clicking this link. And here is the meeting id and password:

Meeting ID: 868 0722 7398
Password: 469319

If you feel this class is beneficial, you may pop some dough into my paypal “tip jar”.

The video classes have been great, you’re doing an excellent job showing the moves from different angles and all, I haven’t had any trouble following along. I’m really grateful you’re able to do these, it’s been a lifesaver. 

Testimonial from S.H., Portland, Oregon

Goals of this workshop:

Improve your online teaching techniques to improve your client’s experience! To do this you need to learn new skills. This is not just a switch to video; this is a whole new way of teaching. You are responsible for creating an oasis for your people – a safe, loving, warm, learning environment where your clients get a break from their stressful day – and create relationships with others in class. When you do this, your students are excited about your classes, they tell their friends, and they can’t wait to come back! You fill your classes and make more money!

The number one thing I have learned from zooming, is the importance of clear verbal cueing. In fact I recently had a client have a technology issue and we did an entire session over the phone! What do you do when your client can’t see you very well, say they are tuning in on their phone or iPad?

It is your responsibility to be able to teach them using your words. We will be using breakout rooms, so you can practice your verbal cuing (including the “positive sandwich”) with each other.

Who do you know who teaches dance classes? Have you (or a family member) taken a dance class from a studio, either here in Portland, or elsewhere? I have developed a brand new program that I am excited to share with the dance community, and I need your help.

Would you be willing to introduce me to a dance instructor?

This could be any type of dance, from ballet, ballroom, bachata, salsa, swing, Jazzercise, or Zumba (to name a few). Teaching classes virtually is a whole different animal than teaching in a studio. I want to share my tips for success with other instructors.

You can help me in two ways:

1. Forward this post to your instructor.
2. Share this post on social media.