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Day 25 Portland-Yoga Pearl-Tiffany Cruikshank

Yoga Pearl

Yoga Pearl

Was it excitement or flat out fear that had us sleepin’ with eyes wide open, knowin’ the morning was bringin’ the YoYos a likely to have a “heels over head,” class at  super-star studio, Yoga PearlTiffany (Viehman) Cruikshank, International Teacher Trainer, “arms length of credentials”  super- star Instructor and, judging from her photos, would be star of Cirque de Soliel, was about to rock the YoYos world in her advanced Sunday class.

Tiffany Cruikshank

Tiffany Cruikshank

Bright smilin’ charisma oozin’, Tiffany, started the class announcin’ something about workin’ on a “Tick Tock.”  Confused, The YoYos whispered…what’s a tick tock?  This class of returning Tiffany loyalist turned around in unison and answered firmly….”you don’t want to know”!  It was fight or flight… and the flight part was soundin’ pretty good – if not for the charm of this gifted teacher and courage of this fearless crew, we may have run to the safety of the “around the corner” world-famous Powell’s Books to bone up on tapas- the niyama of fiery discipline-consistency.  Lesson learned…we were stayin’ in it.  Over the course of the next 1 ½ hours of usin’ straps, ‘n blocks, ‘n breath, Tiffany helped us open things we didn’t know we had, and learn things we didn’t know to ask.

Dancin' Tiffany

Dancin' Tiffany

Step by step, the “made it look so easy” Tiffany, sequentially opened each body part while buildin’ to that  flowin’ pinnacle – Wheel to Handstand to Downward Dog…and back again…Tick Tock!

Now, you may think the YoYos felt frustrated  and wanted to cry just because they kept fallin’ on their butts and collapsing on the floor when some others  in this room  looked so pretty floatin’  in and out of this advanced pose requiring both super-strength and gumby-like qualities, but it just aint so. This remarkable teacher made us believe in our YoYo bones that if we came back to this class, week after week, that maybe we could do something close to that tick tock thing…or a myriad of other things… or maybe just get a whole lot stronger and definitely a whole lot smarter about a whole lotta different aspects of yoga.  After all, if this class of super-consistent yogis learned so from this super knowledgeable teacher…then why not a YoYo?

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