Monday Mantra - June 24th

“Today, I choose to create magic, not excuses.”

Happy Pridenton week! As some, but not all of you can tell, yours truly is a genderqueer pride loving gay. As we welcome in pride week with our queer yoga class on the square, I thought we could spread some magic with our intention this week. Pride is about shining our true selves, standing up for those not ready to be out, have less privilege in the community and most importantly, ourselves.

On your mats this week, I invite you to be expressive, be true to who you are and do the practice that creates magic inside of you. Depending on who you are, this can be the one posture we despise or the pose that makes us the most confident. Find small accomplishments on your mat, even if it’s just getting on it, instead of excuses why you can’t, so you can face the world knowing you are leaving a trail of glitter in your path.

Off your mat, I invite you to stand up for yourself and others. You see someone putting you down, stand up! You see someone discriminating someone else, stand up! Don’t make excuses for why you can’t stand up for yourself and others. Pride is activism and the love that is cultivated this week will help us power through.

-Namaste, Michi P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MICHI POINDEXTER(they/them)

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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-sensitive and reiki training, they emphasize trauma healing by sharing techniques to take yoga off the mat. Aside from yoga, they enjoy outdoor activities, reading and mix media art.


Monday Mantra - June 10th

"I live my life for myself.”

Happy Monday Yogis! There has been a lot of weird energy in the air lately. Gemini season brings lots of chaos for everyone, besides Gemini’s. SOOOO if you aren’t a Gemini, it may be a good time to recenter and focus on what you need right now instead of over stretching yourself by trying to give to others. We think that focusing on ourselves in selfish, but we cannot give anything to others if we have drained ourselves completely.

This week, I invite you on your mats to focus on scanning your body and taking note of what areas need some love. For many of us, this tends to be our hips and shoulders. This is the area we hold our stress, so do some heart and hip openers, take it easier and do pranayama in your practice this week. (Maybe come to the pranayama workshop this Saturday to learn some Breath Control).

Off your mat, do the “treat yo self” thing. Buy that pint of ice cream, take that extra long bath, tell people no when you have no energy to give and most importantly, give yourself the time to recharge. This last one I hope you take this beyond this week especially but highly focus on it this week. These things allow us to grow the self love we need to nourish ourselves to then be able to spread that love to others. Have a great week 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 - June 3rd

"I am comfortable being in my power.”

Happy Monday Yogis! Can you believe its already June? With the heat getting warmer, I thought for this week we could match the external heat by generating some internal heat, right in our core, Our solar plexus chakra is the center of our power, our ego, our heat and drive in life. When we discuss ego, many times we associate it with negative ego, the super-ego. What we are mentioning today is the ego that allows us to power through and take up space.

On your mats this week, really begin to use the core. Find some twist, do the core strengtheners you usually skip, really generate the heat in your core to let that power build. Do strong poses, challenge yourself and find poses that allow you to really express yourself. Don’t be afraid and don’t hide from your strength. Incorporate pranayama to realize the excess heat, sighing out the energy and allowing it to leave your internal self and become an external force.

Off your mat, I invite you to start your day with some chamomile tea. Chamomile is great for unblocking powerless feelings in this chakra and settling the stomach. Make this a morning ritual! Every morning, whatever beverage I start my day with, I do it with intention. I take my finger and make 3 circles clockwise on the rim of the cup and say “You are the tool, I am the fire, fill this cup with all I desire.” Do this with your cup of tea before drinking it and watch how as the days this week pass, your power strengthens.

-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: Chick'n Salad

As the weather warms up, the outside activities begin, including picnics. This is a perfect simple recipe to share at your next outdoor activity.

Chick’n Salad

Vegan, Gluten-free

Makes 10 sandwiches

What you need:

1-29oz can of chickpeas

1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise

2 Tbsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp soy sauce (to make gluten free use tamari or liquid aminos)

1 tsp black pepper

1 Tbsp dill

1 Tbsp garlic powder

6 pickle spears, chopped (medium dice)

1 small apple, chopped (medium dice)

1/2 medium onion, chopped (medium dice)

1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (omit to make nut-free)

1 Roma tomato, chopped (medium dice)

1 lemon, juiced

Toasted Bread

Leafy green such as lettuce

What to do:

Combine chickpeas, mayo, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and seasonings in a food processor; pulse until chickpeas are in small pieces, you want to have some chunks of chickpeas.

Add walnuts, apples, pickles, onion, and tomato to processed mixture, mix until all ingredient are evenly incorporated.

Assemble sandwich by toasting bread, adding 1/2 cup of chickpea mixture, and a leafy green such as lettuce or spinach.

-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.

Monday Mantra - May 27th

“I give myself room for expression.”

Its memorial day, which I highly suggest you giving yourself the time to spend remembering those that are no longer with us, reflect on their influence on you in your life and allow yourself to express how you feel in any way that feels right for you to give such thanks. Always allow yourself to take time for yourself also if you have lost someone close to you that has served. Self-care is equally as important for days like this one.

Off your mat, I invite you to get creative, do something to express your gratitude for those that have served. Light a candle, write a poem, dedicate your yoga practice, do whatever you need to get some creativity flowing and begin to be humble to those no longer with us. Instead if giving you a set idea, I want to let this week come from within you.

On your mat, there may be some energy that is stagnant and not flowing due to this being a mourning associated time. Do some hip openers, preferably yin style hip openers to really get deep into those creases to let go of anything not serving you. Allowing the self care needed to get through the week after this day.

-Namaste, Michi P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MICHI POINDEXTER

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

Happy Friday KYD! This playlist is shorter than most at 50 minutes. 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 recently graduated from UNT 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 20th

"I integrate balance into every aspect of my life.”

Hello one again yogis! Last week we discussed our inner child and allowing that part of ourselves to shine through instead of always being so serious all the time. This week, I invite you to find the balance between being a serious productive adult and living free and happy with as a child. Knowing we can find the center between both feet, the yin and the yang.

On your mat this week, I invite you to do a few things. Divide your practice between the yin and yang, allow yourself to do the power yoga and strength building, but challenge your balance while doing this form of practice, allowing yourself to wobble and possibly fall over a time or two, this will be your inner child, your playfulness. With this, I also invite you to do as much yin in your practice. Slow down, find some restorative poses. This practice will be your adult, the meditator, the self reflection on our internal selves. With both, there will be balance.

Off your mat, I invite you to self reflect when in a situation. Do you find yourself goofing off when trying to put in the work? Do you find yourself being too serious in a fun outing with your friends? Just observe this, don’t judge it, just allow yourself to notice how you handle and maybe allow yourself the room to adjust yourself. Are you to yin? Are you too yang? is there room to be more balanced. Maybe reflect on this in a journal and see how you may change as the week goes on!

-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.


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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