Monday Mantra - September 9th

“I use my voice intentionally.”

Happy Monday yogis! This weeks intention may prompt for a little personal research if you aren’t someone that dives deeper into language, yoga asana or anything related to this topic. This week we focus on the intention of being active versus passive. I find myself often getting into conflicts with the people in my life because of not using my active or passive voice in the right context. Similarly, we do this on our mats all the time. We want to get as far as possible in our postures so we force ourselves by using our hands, elbows, props, gravity or whatever we can to push ourselves further for flexibility instead of finding the strength in the pose.

Off your mat, this week I invite you to be intentional with how we use our voices to communicate with those in our lives. Are we being too passive and not asserting our wants, needs, desires? Or are we being too assertive and need to find a humbling way to approach our words? Find that connection between our solar plexus and throat chakra. Start the week by journaling, see how you word your sentences and take note of what you need in your communication. Then as the week goes on, pay attention to how you speak about your internal world to the external existence of your voice and how others take your words into action. If you are unclear of an active or passive way of speaking, a quick google search may aid this intention.

On your mat, we practice passive posses in general classes constantly. So this week, I invite you to find the active form of some postures, you may find this makes them more challenging. Finding our range of motion without using an external force to push us into posture is not only a humbling act, but our muscles need the strengthening to support those ligaments we aim to stretch out. Prevent injury and find the heat in your body. Again, if we aren’t super familiar with this, a google search, or showing up to a karma class will further this practice of active and passive.

-Namaste, Michi P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MICHI POINDEXTER (They/Them)

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.