Monday Mantra - February 25th

“I give myself room to grow.”

One of my favorite quotes I follow when I am trying to learn something new is “The only job where you start at the top is digging a hole.” -Anonymous. Every time someone finds out I am a yoga teacher, I hear the famous words “ I want to do yoga, but I can’t even touch my toes.” Which I usually respond, “Some days, neither can I.” We see yoga as a destination and not a journey of growth; if we aren’t perfect the first time we try, we give up all together.

This week, I invite you to let go of your negative ego and don’t hold yourself back. Off your mat, do something challenging you don’t normally do. Ask yourself, “how can I improve on this?” and work on the steps to slowly growing into the challenge instead of focusing on the end destination.

On your mat, when you find yourself in a forward fold and see yourself unable to touch your toes, instead of finding yourself frustrated, take a deep breath and use that breath to give yourself space to enjoy the journey. We feel more accomplished and successful when we work for the goal instead of a natural. “Yoga is not about touching your toes, its about what you learn on the way down.” -Judith Lasate

-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.