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Monday Mantra - October 14th

“My fears will not stand in the way of my goals.”

Happy Monday and Happy Indigenous People’s Day! Today holds mixed feelings for people with some claiming it as one holiday and others another holiday. With fears of erased voices and the hunter full moon last week, this week we focus on releasing our fears and standing strong in our goals, allowing achievements to happen.

On your mat, practice power poses. Anything that allows you to take up your full space on your mat and make you feel powerful. This can be whatever it means for you, some examples could be warrior poses, goddess, star, wide leg fold, dancer etc. find your power on your mat to remove and scare off any fears of any postures,

Off your mat, take a moment to notice if you have something on your to do list that you keep pushing to the bottom because you are afraid to approach it. If nothing comes to mind, maybe making a list of things you need to do and start at the bottom and work your way up the list.

-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 - October 7th

“I approve of myself.”

Happy Monday yogis! Today is the first day where it actually feels like fall is approaching us. If you are anything like me, it brings joy of cool weather but also may have seasonal depression creeping around the corner. Instead of dismissing these feelings coming up and pressing them down, have some compassion for yourself and allow yourself to be express yourself fully. Giving ourselves permission to not always be upbeat will allow us to have a better relationship with ourselves and others. Taking note of the relationship we build with ourselves to understand the relationships we have with others in our lives. Taking care of ourselves is hard, we want to consume ourselves with taking care of others. Take this week to find acceptance and approval for who you are and where you are in your journey.

On your mat, finding a heart opening and closing practice. Allowing the opening part to open ourselves to our full range of emotions and being compassionate with any you may not want in the body, knowing we have this feeling for a reason. Allowing the closing part of the practice to give you space to find some reclusion and reflection, like a big self love hug. Moving back and forth between the two to give you a sense of balance.

Off your mat, take yourself on a romantic date. Do everything you would if you were getting ready to impress someone else. Spend the time telling yourself all the wonderful things about yourself, generating self love, doing the things you love and find comfort and love in being alone for an evening. Reflect on any challenges you face and any discomfort that surface. I always suggest journaling about these experiences to see where we have room to find more comfort in the discomfort.

-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 30th

“I surrender to the natural flow.”

Happy Monday yogis! The new moon in Libra from this past weekend has many of us feeling stagnant and in a position where we find ourselves working too hard for too little of an outcome. Ask yourself what area in your life has been put at a stand still and decide whether it is the right time to find movement. Do you consider yourself a do-er or a be-er? What areas in your life do you need to slow down and just be and where do you need to find productivity?

Off your mat, I invite you to do a two day exercise to help you determine where you you need to adjust to being a do-er and where you need to just be. Spend one day consciously doing as little as possible, don’t make a to do list, just find comfort in the stillness and silence of just existing in a space. Notice any discomforts and take note if you have too much of the do-er mindset. The second day, spend it by acting on your impulses, without making a time schedule, just filling your day with things that come to your mind in that moment that need doing, notice any discomfort and take note if you have too much of a be-er mindset . Journal about this experience and work within yourself to find a healthy balance between being and doing.

On your mat, this week is a bit more open ended. All of our practices range dramatically, maybe notice what type of practice you find yourself doing in repetition and surrendering to doing a different practice for this week. If you have a heavy yang/heated/physical yoga practice, take time to practice more cooling forms of pranayama (Ex. shitali) and try a more meditative practice and stillness. Same goes if you have a heavy yin/cooling/meditative practice, take time to practice more heated forms of pranayama (Ex. Kapalabahti) and find yourself having a faster pace practice with movement. Surrender to the natural rhythm of balancing the heath and the cool, the yin and the yang, and the doing and the being.

-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 23rd

“I let others know how I am really feeling.”

Happy Monday yogis! This week we continue to dive into our emotions. We put the work in last week to open our eprange of feeling within ourselves and this week we process and grow, one of my newest pet peeves as I dive more into yoga philosophy is the idea of “good vibes only”, “stay positive” etc. We were given a full range of emotions to help us process life. It’s similar to how we have pain receptors to express when to pull away from a burning stove, to not cause physical damage to our physical body experiencing our ideas of “negative” emotions do the same for our mental/emotional bodies.

On your mat, this week I invite you to close your heart and throat chakra off with forward folds. Protect your heart and allow it to express its full range of emotions to yourself and find healthy ways to express those feelings on your mat. Use the physical body to communicate your true feelings.

Off your mat, pay attention to your words and thoughts this week, make a list of every time you either think something bad towards yourself, find yourself holding back how you feel will talking to someone else, or overall pushing down true feelings due to good vibes only. Evaluate how by expressing these feelings, the change that may occur in your interactions with others and yourself.

-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 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.