health & Wellness

Monday Mantra - September 16th

“I will feel my feelings but not wallow in it.”

Happy Monday yogis! This week we focus on the feelings and change, with the Harvest Full Moon behind us, new beginnings are here. We tend to push down and try to not feel, the feeling that comes up most we tend to repress like this is grief. Grief manifest itself in many ways, not just the loss of person from death. It can be the death of a part of yourself, a bad habit, or grief anticipated something to happen. It manifest in many different ways, Allowing ourselves to feel without repressing to process but not sitting in it. Allowing ourselves to find movement help us process in change and enjoy where life is moving towards.

On your mat, I invite you to take it slow and feel the movement of each pose, hip openers and finding strength in our hips will give us the openness to feel our emotions but the power to grow forward. Find stillness and allow the energy to flow through your body.

Off your mat, I invite you to take time to sit with your thoughts. This doesn’t have to mean you meditate but allow your some time within thought, maybe while you journal or listen to music, to reflect on what changes have happened and where life is headed next with this energy shift occurring.

-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.

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.

Monday Mantra - September 2nd

“I enjoy a well balanced lifestyle.”

Happy Monday yogis and a happy labor day! In inspiration of this long weekend we had to enjoy our leisure and take the personal time for ourselves. Finding balance in our work and play lives make a difference in our quality of life. Some of us tend to be all play, no work and some all work, no play. In our fast pace culture of always needing to work, I would confidently say we do more all work and no play.

On your mat, challenge your balance and find your center, do the balance postures you don’t like, usually the ones you dislike are the postures you need the most. Get playful and see where you might find some strength. We find ourselves frustrated when we cannot balance, so challenging our frustration with them and find our calm will help us move into this week dividing our work and personal lives so we don’t bring work home with us.

Off your mat, I invite you to make a physical schedule. Use 2 colors and make the list of personal things one color and the list of professional things another color. Compare which you have more of, and see if there is room for you to add more to create a balance. Also ensure when you are living the schedule, not bringing one into the other. Helping us find our mental balance.

-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.

Monday Mantra - August 26th

“My ego is healthy and natural.”

Happy Monday Yogis! This week we expand on our previous weeks intention. We worked on finding our balance between yin and yang, our growth and our self love. This week we discuss this balance in our ego. For each of us this may building our self love, our confidence and help build our ego and light up. And there may be some of us who need to connect with growth, what we need to face, find that humility and find a balance in our ego.

Off your mat, I invite you to have 2 types of conversations. The first one being speaking your mind to it’s true ability with those in your life, Being clear and focusing on communicating your thoughts and feelings as clear as possible. The second one, listen to someone else and instead of interjecting or making it about you and only speaking to reword and reflect the other persons words. Notice which conversation is harder and reflect (maybe journal) accordingly.

On your mat, I invite you to find expression and creativity. Do the weird transitions from one pose to the next, add weird organic movements that don’t make sense. Make your practice a dance to fill your light and balance your ego. Knowing your practice is unique to you and your expression is as unique as each breath we take.

-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.

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.

Monday Mantra - January 7th

“I am willing to step outside my comfort zone.”

This weeks affirmation surrounds around the new year and the concept of “New Year Resolutions” we set for ourselves. We set such high expectations and lots of them. By the end of the year, we tend to drop every single one because they are beyond our ability.

Don’t let this habit keep us from reaching out for these goals. Pick a doable task or a stepping stone to a larger goal and slowly break your comfort zone to success, one micro-step at a time. It takes 21 days to break or build a habit, pick one thing you want to achieve at a time and once you form a habit, move to the next step.

Growth comes with challenge, but it also brings success and better versions of ourselves. We have room to grow everyday, don’t bite more than you can chew or accept things staying the same.

-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.

Product Review - Bellabeat Leaf

Alana (@growbythesun)

 

               I am not a bracelet wearing person typically. This has basically always been the case for me. Really jewelry in general has not always been my thing, though recently that has changed. I saw the Bellabeat Leaf first in a Facebook advertisement. It plagued me, as most ads do. I saw it everywhere. Eventually I decided to Google research and watch some videos of reviews of the item. I oogled over the Instagram pictures of people styling this piece in many ways. I researched for a while until I decided I needed to obtain one.

               The Bellabeat Leaf is an activity tracker that doubles as a fashion accessory. It is marketed towards the elegant, feminine, but active woman who does not find function in typical activity trackers that tend to resemble ankle monitoring devices a la Lindsey Lohan. A real life story: I once asked a woman what was on her ankle. It was her Fit-Bit. She did not like wearing it as a bracelet, and decided to attach it to her leg. She had no idea it looked like she was on a house arrest sentence that allowed her 10 square miles wiggle room. I wish I could go back and suggest something like the Leaf that does not portray her as a van-driving soccer mom who also is being monitored by the authorities.

What really got me for this item is the features. It tracks sleep, steps, time spent actively moving, and monthly cycles. You can enter different activities if the Leaf does not pick it up, such as swimming (this is not waterproof!). You can also adjust your sleep times and add naps if needed! It is capable of gentle reminders in the form of vibrations you can set like alarms through the app. All of these features are controlled by the app on your phone, as there is no screen! *gasp* I know guys, something without a screen! I personally like this. It is less distracting to wear and we do not need everything to be a screen, sometimes it is okay to not.

               I have tested this item on its miles setting. I have been on a few hikes or walks that have milemarkers-the Leaf kept up within .05 of an error margin. I have to say, the sleep function is not always accurate. Though this may be my fault, as I have a habit of sitting in bed for a little (or a lot) and my Leaf usually assumes I am asleep. The monthly cycle setting is accurate to a tee because you enter the information. You tell it the day you start and end your period, and it will log it, predict it next month, and tell you your ovulation prediction.

               The Leaf attracted me initially because of how versatile it is as far as wearing. You may clip it to your shirt or pants, wear it as a necklace, or wear it as a bracelet. When I originally dreamed about this item, I saw myself clipping it most often. Necklace was also a good option. After obtaining the Leaf, I most often wear it as a necklace. I also use it as a bracelet often. I do not typically clip it because I think it is so simplistic and beautiful that I want to display it. I can wear it dressy, I can wear it casually. I found a store on Etsy that makes items specifically for the Leaf, her bracelet options are gorgeous and give you so many more options to wear it as a jewelry piece. Bellabeat came out recently for mala options where you can clip in your Leaf to the mala. They are gorgeous, but the first batch sold out immediately and were also above a price I would personally want to spend on one necklace option right now.

               What I don’t do: wear it to yoga often. It usually does not pick up yoga as an “activity”. You can manually enter it, which is does not annoy me. Wearing necklaces or bracelets in yoga distract me usually. I want to focus on my movements more often than my Leaf hitting me in the face in down dog or sliding around when I am flowing.

Do you use activity trackers? Do you like the screens and technology? Do you have a Leaf or have questions about the Leaf? Contact me on Instagram @growbythesun and let’s chat.