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Monday Mantra - July 15th

“I fill my own cup before I fill others happiness.”

Happy Monday yogis! I hope everyone is surviving this retrograde with ease. To build on this transition from last weeks intention of releasing the things from us that don’t serve us giving space for ourselves, this week we will build the needed tools to fill our own cup before giving everything we have to others. We cannot give to others if we are running on empty.

On your mat, find yourself doing a deep hip strengthening practice as we opened our emotions last week, these hip strengthening postures will allow us to take the openness and build strength to hold our own weight and fill ourselves with self love and happiness also focus on a meditation practice, scanning the body and begin to identify your own emotional level.

Off your mat, begin to determine what is considered self care, what may be the line of too much care of over consumption and where we could actual use community care. Finding these balances of when to take care of ourselves and when to hold space for others will allow us to in turn communicate with those in our lives and take where we need and give when we have something to give.

-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.


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.


Monday Mantra - July 1st

“I choose to be free of energy-wasting doubts.”

Can you believe we have found our way into the second half of this year as we enter July. With Fourth of July coming up and mercury in retrograde, I felt it may be important to acknowledge the strengths we hold as individuals and letting go of the thoughts that fill our mind.

We can practice this energy wasting release on our mats this week by doing a practice with some quick flowing postures. Stir up the energy and break apart all those tight areas not serving us. Another thing to do is try an inversion, any inversion! Just get the blood flow to the brain and quite literally, change your perspective.

Off your mat, I invite you to further this idea of living in the moment, take one day at a time, put down the technology and actually live in your life. Take your time and don’t rush to new things. Take your shoes off and walk through the grass, go to yoga, just exist to release without clinging onto anything in particular that doesn’t serve you.

-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.


Karma Dama - Dhanurasana

Dhanurasana (Bow pose)

Karma is known for its nomadic tribe take on yoga, but without a studio, we are limited when it comes to teaching our students about the use of props to help get deeper into a posture or make a challenging pose more obtainable. The Karma Dama blog will show you ways to guide your body into postures you can practice at home.

Props are expensive and before I invested the money in them myself, I got creative and found household items that I could utilize as props, plus it fuels this fun idea of a home practice. Here are some of the things I use:

Block- thick hardcover book, I usually put a rubber band around the book so it doesn’t come open mid-use.

Strap- If you aren’t a tie wearer, a belt also works. I personally prefer a tie because if I need a long strap, I can tie multiple of them together.

Blanket- you don’t need a fancy yoga blanket to utilize a blanket in your practice, your favorite one around your home would do just fine.

Bolster- Bolsters come in many different sizes, luckily so do household pillows, find a pillow (or 5) that you like and can use for a bolster.

Chair- many people may not be familiar with yoga chairs but you can utilize them for inversions and arm balances. Find a sturdy chair in your home and ONLY PRACTICE WITH IT ON CARPET or all chair legs on the mat. No yogis sliding around on tile or wood floors.

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Today, we have a simple prop set up for you but it is nothing less than a challenging pose. We will discuss bow pose (Dhanurasana). This is a great heart opener, back strengthener and front hip/ quad stretch. Prior to navigating ourselves into this posture, some good warm up poses to try would include, bridge, cobra, reclined hero, upward facing dog, and locust pose. Ensure your body is nice and warmed up before getting into this posture.

To start, take a rolled up blanket and place it on the floor. Come into spinx pose, ensuring we use our elbows aligned with our shoulders are palms flat on the mat. Try to get the blanket under you in a comfortable spot but also where it is giving you light without compressing your low back.

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Start by reaching one hand straight in front of you, thumb faced up, flipping the hand and reaching back for one side. Kick the foot into the hand to get a little lift on this side. After a few breathes here, switch sides.

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When you feel balanced and secure, do one side and allow the other to follow. The blanket will assist you, not allowing you to dump into your low back and support you enough where you can find some extra lift. This should hopefully get you just a little bit further into your bow pose.

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After you try it with the blanket, take a childs pose to counter this intense stretch. If you are feeling bold, try this without the blanket and observe the difference.

Go forth and play yogis!

-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.


Monday Mantra - June 24th

“Today, I choose to create magic, not excuses.”

Happy Pridenton week! As some, but not all of you can tell, yours truly is a genderqueer pride loving gay. As we welcome in pride week with our queer yoga class on the square, I thought we could spread some magic with our intention this week. Pride is about shining our true selves, standing up for those not ready to be out, have less privilege in the community and most importantly, ourselves.

On your mats this week, I invite you to be expressive, be true to who you are and do the practice that creates magic inside of you. Depending on who you are, this can be the one posture we despise or the pose that makes us the most confident. Find small accomplishments on your mat, even if it’s just getting on it, instead of excuses why you can’t, so you can face the world knowing you are leaving a trail of glitter in your path.

Off your mat, I invite you to stand up for yourself and others. You see someone putting you down, stand up! You see someone discriminating someone else, stand up! Don’t make excuses for why you can’t stand up for yourself and others. Pride is activism and the love that is cultivated this week will help us power through.

-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.


Monday Mantra - June 10th

"I live my life for myself.”

Happy Monday Yogis! There has been a lot of weird energy in the air lately. Gemini season brings lots of chaos for everyone, besides Gemini’s. SOOOO if you aren’t a Gemini, it may be a good time to recenter and focus on what you need right now instead of over stretching yourself by trying to give to others. We think that focusing on ourselves in selfish, but we cannot give anything to others if we have drained ourselves completely.

This week, I invite you on your mats to focus on scanning your body and taking note of what areas need some love. For many of us, this tends to be our hips and shoulders. This is the area we hold our stress, so do some heart and hip openers, take it easier and do pranayama in your practice this week. (Maybe come to the pranayama workshop this Saturday to learn some Breath Control).

Off your mat, do the “treat yo self” thing. Buy that pint of ice cream, take that extra long bath, tell people no when you have no energy to give and most importantly, give yourself the time to recharge. This last one I hope you take this beyond this week especially but highly focus on it this week. These things allow us to grow the self love we need to nourish ourselves to then be able to spread that love to others. Have a great week yogis.

-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.


Monday Mantra - June 3rd

"I am comfortable being in my power.”

Happy Monday Yogis! Can you believe its already June? With the heat getting warmer, I thought for this week we could match the external heat by generating some internal heat, right in our core, Our solar plexus chakra is the center of our power, our ego, our heat and drive in life. When we discuss ego, many times we associate it with negative ego, the super-ego. What we are mentioning today is the ego that allows us to power through and take up space.

On your mats this week, really begin to use the core. Find some twist, do the core strengtheners you usually skip, really generate the heat in your core to let that power build. Do strong poses, challenge yourself and find poses that allow you to really express yourself. Don’t be afraid and don’t hide from your strength. Incorporate pranayama to realize the excess heat, sighing out the energy and allowing it to leave your internal self and become an external force.

Off your mat, I invite you to start your day with some chamomile tea. Chamomile is great for unblocking powerless feelings in this chakra and settling the stomach. Make this a morning ritual! Every morning, whatever beverage I start my day with, I do it with intention. I take my finger and make 3 circles clockwise on the rim of the cup and say “You are the tool, I am the fire, fill this cup with all I desire.” Do this with your cup of tea before drinking it and watch how as the days this week pass, your power strengthens.

-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.


Monday Mantra - May 20th

"I integrate balance into every aspect of my life.”

Hello one again yogis! Last week we discussed our inner child and allowing that part of ourselves to shine through instead of always being so serious all the time. This week, I invite you to find the balance between being a serious productive adult and living free and happy with as a child. Knowing we can find the center between both feet, the yin and the yang.

On your mat this week, I invite you to do a few things. Divide your practice between the yin and yang, allow yourself to do the power yoga and strength building, but challenge your balance while doing this form of practice, allowing yourself to wobble and possibly fall over a time or two, this will be your inner child, your playfulness. With this, I also invite you to do as much yin in your practice. Slow down, find some restorative poses. This practice will be your adult, the meditator, the self reflection on our internal selves. With both, there will be balance.

Off your mat, I invite you to self reflect when in a situation. Do you find yourself goofing off when trying to put in the work? Do you find yourself being too serious in a fun outing with your friends? Just observe this, don’t judge it, just allow yourself to notice how you handle and maybe allow yourself the room to adjust yourself. Are you to yin? Are you too yang? is there room to be more balanced. Maybe reflect on this in a journal and see how you may change as the week goes on!

-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.