Monday Mantra - July 8th

“I progress emotionally in the right direction.”

Happy Monday yogis. Even though it’s our least favorite day of the week as the work week starts (if you have a traditional job that is). If you are anything like me, you may be in a place of having an emotional battery far into the negative levels. Allow this weeks mantra to help us process our feeling, release our internal heat so we can stay cool in this triple digit degree weather.

On your mat, take the time to do a full body scan and notice where your areas of tension are held. Depending on if you are a yin or yang nature person. Challenge yourself to use the style that isn’t natural to release this tension. Focus on hips and shoulders to remove these emotions. 

Off your mat, I invite you to do a walking meditation. Take a walk in nature, whether this is the patch of grass in your yard or out by a lake, you decide. Be barefoot and close your eyes to feel the sensation beneath your feet. Here is the hard part, as you do this walking meditation, start by identifying something you love about yourself. Hold it within you and release anything into the earth that does not serve you. Next bring the face of someone who supports you to mind, take a moment and imagine sending them love and kindness. Next identify a loved one and repeat. Continue this with someone you neither like or dislike, a difficult person and finally an enemy. Releasing any negative energy that comes up into the earth and give only room to grow emotionally and mentally stronger. When challenged throughout our weeks, bring these people back to mind to help us grow. 

With that, I wish you luck this week. 

-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.