Yogis of Karma - Kristina Nelson

Good morning, KYD, and happy Friday! This month we are highlighting Kristina Nelson. Kristina loves flow arts— she does yoga and hooping. Kristina has been hooping for about a year and a half now and feels so grounded while flowing barefoot in the grass. You can catch her flowing on the square pretty often!

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Kristina started practicing yoga using tutorials online in January of 2018, but had a hard time committing to the practice fully. A friend of Kristina'’s suggested she attend a class in person, and a quick google search led her to Karma Yoga Denton.

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During Kristina’s first in-person yoga class, the connection between breath and movement clicked in her head. This realization changed her yoga practice and drew her in further to the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga.

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Wheel is Kristina’s favorite asana (pose) because of how yummy it feels on her back and because it is a pose she didn’t expect herself to be able to do. It reminds her that she is strong, and that if she keeps practicing, she will feel more comfortable in her practice every day.

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Monday Mantra - May 13th

"I am proud of my inner child."

If you have been in therapy before, you may be familiar with the idea of reparenting. When we become adults, we begin to learn some of the things we were raised to believe, forms of punishment or just habits our parents had that weren’t exactly great for us. Even if you had a parent that did the best they could and had no form of childhood trauma, we could all use a bit of reparenting of habits. The best way to reparent these habits is by identifying habits we don’t like we have and nurture our inner child instead of shaming it for what has been brought into our adult lives. 

Off your mats, I invite you this week to notice how you have a habit of something you don’t like, a moment where you find yourself acting childish or feel like you did when you were younger. Just observe and when this situation arrives, tell your inner child the mantra for this week, nourish the child and focus on why you go back to this age in this moment. Here is an example: When my social anxiety gets really bad, I become 14 year old me, I say dumb 14 year old things that I now know I should not say, but cannot help it. I work to nourish this version of my inner child to break this habit.

On your mat, when you find yourself speaking in a defeating manner about not being able to do a posture, or not getting as far today as you might have the day before, instead of bashing yourself and defeating your inner light, reword and tell yourself you are proud for just showing up on your mat today. Reframe the moment and keep your inner child thriving. 

-Namaste, Michi P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MICHI POINDEXTER

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This passionate knowledge seeking teacher, started their yoga journey with karma a few years ago and after falling in love with the community of yoga completed their 200hr Teacher Training at Yoga from the Heart. They have been a Dentonite since 2014, graduated from TWU and runs community groups. With their trauma-informed certification, they emphasize trauma healing by sharing healing techniques to take yoga off the mat. Aside from yoga, they enjoy outdoor activities, reading and mix media art.


Shake Your Asana

It’s Friday and we have a new playlist for you guys! Tune in for chill beats and sounds~

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: NASH BAYOUD

I have been practicing with Karma Yoga for about 5 years, and completed my 200hr Teacher Training at Inspire Yoga Denton in 2017! I am currently a senior at UNT and will graduate in May with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Health Promotion. The yoga classes I lead are mostly slow flow and always beginner friendly. I love music— I make the playlists I use in class for a relaxed flow and post them on our blog.

Monday Mantra - May 6th

"As I forgive myself, it becomes easier to forgive others."

Forgiveness seems to be the thing I tend to struggle with and I know many others that struggle with it as well. We let our ego become so important, we burn bridge after bridge and blame ourselves for all hardships. Have you ever thought that maybe practicing some self forgiveness will make forgiving those around us just a little bit easier.

Off your mat, I invite you to write a list of those people that have hurt you and what they did to hurt you. Hold the paper in your hand, visualize the person and say, out loud, “I forgive _________ for _________ and i release the power it has over me. “ Do this over and over again as this person has a little less power over you, allowing forgiveness for yourself.

On your mat, heart openers, heart openers, heart openers. Not only are these some of my favorite postures, but they will help you build the foundation for creating the energy in your body to begin to forgive those in your life that need some absolution. Forgiveness is the hardest thing one can do and I applaud anyone who even puts the effort into taking the steps towards the action.

-Namaste, Michi P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MICHI POINDEXTER

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This passionate knowledge seeking teacher, started their yoga journey with karma a few years ago and after falling in love with the community of yoga completed their 200hr Teacher Training at Yoga from the Heart. They have been a Dentonite since 2014, graduated from TWU and runs community groups. With their trauma-informed certification, they emphasize trauma healing by sharing healing techniques to take yoga off the mat. Aside from yoga, they enjoy outdoor activities, reading and mix media art.


Food for the Heart - Recipes from the Soul: Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

What a better way to celebrate, than with some Mexican Food.

Experimenting with new foods can be a great way to expand the nutrients provided in your diet, try substituting meat/processed meat alternatives/same old taco filling for this quick and easy whole food counterpart.

Mushroom Walnut Ground “Beef”

Vegan, Gluten-free

Makes 10 tacos OR enchiladas

What you need:

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 cups mushrooms (crimini or baby portabella), roughly chopped

1 cup raw walnut pieces

1/2 cup white onion, roughly chopped

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 ½ tsp cumin

What to do:

Combine all ingredients (except vegetable oil) in a food processor, pulse until walnuts and mushrooms are in small pieces. DO NOT OVER MIX OR YOU WILL MAKE A PASTE.

In a large skillet, over medium heat, add vegetable oil. Cook mushroom walnut mixture until heated thoroughly and browned (as in a shade darker without being black but slightly crispy).

Use as filling in enchiladas, burritos, tacos, etc.

Enchilada Sauce

Vegan, Gluten-free

Makes 3 cups: 12 servings for enchiladas OR 72 servings for tacos

What you need:

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup white onion, roughly chopped

6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped (I love garlic! I typical double the amount in any normal recipe, so adjust to your tasting.)

2 Tbsp adobe sauce

1 Tbsp salt

1 Tbsp black pepper

1 Tbsp smoked paprika

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup tomato paste

2 cups vegetable broth

Corn starch slurry ( ½ corn starch, ½ water)-optional if you want the sauce thicker

What to do:

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add vegetable oil, onion, and garlic.

Sauté until the onion becomes transparent, not browned.

Add adobe sauce, all seasonings, and tomato paste. Mix and cook for an additional minute to enhance all the flavors.

Add vegetable broth and mix thoroughly to ensure no paste chunks. Bring mixture to a boil.

Let the mixture cool for a moment before blending (if you don’t; you will build up too much pressure in the blender and it may explode!).

If the sauce is too thin, add sauce back into the sauce pan and add corn starch slurry (1 Tbsp corn starch, 1 Tbsp water; mixed together), bring to a boil. Continue this process until at desired thickness.

Enchiladas or Taco Assembly

Enchiladas: pairs great with sour cream and guacamole.

Assemble enchiladas by adding 1/3 cup walnut mushroom mixture into a warmed corn tortilla and roll up enchilada, top with ¼ cup enchilada sauce.

Tacos: pairs great with sour cream. Additional fixings such as lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese needed.

Assemble tacos by adding 1/3 cup walnut mushroom mixture into a warmed corn or flour tortilla, add 1 Tbsp of enchilada sauce, add additional taco toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. 

I hope you all enjoy!

-Namaste, Melissa P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MELISSA POINDEXTER

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Melissa Poindexter, RDN, LD

A vegan registered dietitian nutritionist who doubles as a local Denton yogi. Melissa started her yoga journey with Karma Yoga three years ago. Melissa has a passion with working with individuals with special diets by giving education through evidence-based research. When off her mat and out of the kitchen, Melissa also enjoys outdoor activities, scuba diving, and gardening.

Karma Dama - Paripurna Navasana

Paripurna Navasana (Boat)

Karma is known for its nomadic tribe take on yoga, but without a studio, we are limited when it comes to teaching our students about the use of props to help get deeper into a posture or make a challenging pose more obtainable. The Karma Dama blog will show you ways to guide your body into postures you can practice at home.

Props are expensive and before I invested the money in them myself, I got creative and found household items that I could utilize as props, plus it fuels this fun idea of a home practice. Here are some of the things I use:

Block- thick hardcover book, I usually put a rubber band around the book so it doesn’t come open mid-use.

Strap- If you aren’t a tie wearer, a belt also works. I personally prefer a tie because if I need a long strap, I can tie multiple of them together.

Blanket- you don’t need a fancy yoga blanket to utilize a blanket in your practice, your favorite one around your home would do just fine.

Bolster- Bolsters come in many different sizes, luckily so do household pillows, find a pillow (or 5) that you like and can use for a bolster.

Chair- many people may not be familiar with yoga chairs but you can utilize them for inversions and arm balances. Find a sturdy chair in your home and ONLY PRACTICE WITH IT ON CARPET or all chair legs on the mat. No yogis sliding around on tile or wood floors.

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Hello once again yogis! This month, we will be doing a pose that many come to despise when a teacher cues for it. Yet, I will teach you a fun way to get into this posture in a way that can teach your body how to balance yourself before adding in your core to hold you up. Some good poses to warm your body up prior to this pose may include: forward fold with peace fingers to big toe, downward facing dog, cobra, forearm plank, plank crunches, and triangle. How that we are warm up, let’s get into boat!

Begin by getting 2 straps!

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tie the straps together, creating one very large loop.

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Strarting in staff pose, place the loop around your rib cage and around the balls of your feet. tighten or loosen the strap till you feel secure.

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Shift your weight back and begin to lift your feet off the ground. You can keep your knees bent or try to straighten them out in your expression. Rock back and forth and find your sweet spot to find your balance.

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Maybe after doing this pose with the strap, remove the prop and try it without and engage the core. Do some cool down postures like bridge, pigeon and reclined twist to cool down after this practice.

Go forth and play yogis!

-Namaste, Michi P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MICHI POINDEXTER

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This passionate knowledge seeking teacher, started their yoga journey with karma a few years ago and after falling in love with the community of yoga completed their 200hr Teacher Training at Yoga from the Heart. They have been a Dentonite since 2014, graduated from TWU and runs community groups. With their trauma-informed certification, they emphasize trauma healing by sharing healing techniques to take yoga off the mat. Aside from yoga, they enjoy outdoor activities, reading and mix media art.


Monday Mantra - April 29th

"I have skills and talent."

As I reflect on the last affirmation, inspiring this weeks blog, “always do your best.” it made me think about the things that hold us back from putting in the one hundred percent effort into the things we go for, if we go for them at all. The thing that holds us back tends to be the negative thought “I am not good enough.” Therefore, this week, we are retraining our brains and go for what we deserve.

On your mat this week, I invite you to get playful with your practice. Do a balancing pose centered practice and allow yourself to find that edge and fall a few times. Get back up, find that edge again and fall. Knowing where your edge is and having the nerve to get back up and do it again, until you find that edge and can wobble will help you find the strength you need to practice this affirmation off your mat.

Off your mat, I invite you this week to do something you know you will fail at. Asking a stranger for one hundred dollars, ask for a bite off a strangers plate at a restaurant, etc. Asking questions that you know will resort in failure, make obtainable goals seem like nothing when you go to approach the situation instead of never going for it at all.

-Namaste, Michi P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MICHI POINDEXTER

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This passionate knowledge seeking teacher, started their yoga journey with karma a few years ago and after falling in love with the community of yoga completed their 200hr Teacher Training at Yoga from the Heart. They have been a Dentonite since 2014, graduated from TWU and runs community groups. With their trauma-informed certification, they emphasize trauma healing by sharing healing techniques to take yoga off the mat. Aside from yoga, they enjoy outdoor activities, reading and mix media art.


Shake Your Asana

I hope everyone had a great week! This week’s playlist is 56 minutes of pure ease and relaxation— with a touch of groovy ass fun.

Enjoy!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: NASH BAYOUD

I have been practicing with Karma Yoga for about 5 years, and completed my 200hr Teacher Training at Inspire Yoga Denton in 2017! I am currently a senior at UNT and will graduate in May with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Health Promotion. The yoga classes I lead are mostly slow flow and always beginner friendly. I love music— I make the playlists I use in class for a relaxed flow and post them on our blog.