Monday Mantra - July 22nd

“I maintain healthy boundaries.”

Happy Monday yogis! If you are anything like me and the talk about what boundaries are either a new concept to you, or maybe this is the first you are hearing of it at all (which no judgement if it is). So let’s talk for a moment about the difference in healthy and unhealthy boundaries. You can have healthy boundaries with people where you don’t give people ALL your energy and you don’t allow others to pressure you into doing things you are uncomfortable with. Setting those healthy boundaries if “this is where I am, what I am comfortable with.” and so on. Unhealthy boundaries are always keeping people at arms length, giving others ZERO of your energy or time. It is up to us to find the balance without having too few boundaries and having too many. I am still on this teeter totter of finding the medium, which it forever a work in process.

On your mat this week, I invite you to have a practice around closing your hips and your heart. find yourself tucking inward, hugging yourself, giving yourself closure. Nurture your own growth on your mat, and say encouraging things, especially when you find yourself falling out of a posture or not going as far into the pose. instead of beating yourself up over it, find the language to nurture your body and find healthy boundaries and limitation in your posture. You’d be surprised how quickly the way we talk about our yoga practice seeps into our lives.

Now, if you read these regularly, you’ve probably figured out by this point that I am a list maker. So for this week, off your mat, I invite you to make a list. As short or as long of a list as you’d like of all the boundaries you want to set with different types of relationships, platonic, romantic, professional etc. As the week goes on and you find yourself in a comfortable spot, speak your truth to these individuals, then write it down, so you can establish that boundary for future encounters. This is something you can take past this week alone, its a never ending list making and scratching our ones we found are too extensive.

-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 in 2015 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 now runs community outreach 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.