Monday Mantra - February 18th

“I have the right to see.”

Living in s society surrounded by gaslighting and “fake news.” Whether its from our president, strangers, social media algorithms or even those we are close too, we struggle to allow our third eye to guide us into seeing the truth. Our third eye holds our knowledge and gives us those “gut feelings” when we know something is wrong.

I challenge everyone this week, off your mat to have a genuine conversation with someone different than you, then reflect on what you experience and notice how this person may have opened your mind to even the smallest perspective shift. At the end of the day, go with your gut feeling and your core morals but allow yourself to take in new knowledge.

For a practice on your mat, close your eyes, imagine a bright light coming into the center of your head through the crown. On your inhale the light grows in size, on the exhale it comes through your third eye, allowing your thoughts to become actions. Use your other senses to observe reality and begin to see with your mind, see with your third eye instead of only trusting our physical sight.

-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.


Shake Your Asana

Happy Friday, Karma Yogis! This playlist is very relaxed and is perfect for a slow flow yoga class or just to chill to in the evening. Enjoy some genius music by: Khalid, Disclosure, Solange, Chloe x Halle, Cleo Sol, GoldLink, Frank Ocean, and John Mayer.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: NASH BAYOUD

I have been practicing with Karma Yoga for about 5 years, and completed my 200hr Teacher Training at Inspire Yoga Denton in 2017! I am currently a senior at UNT and will graduate in May with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Health Promotion. The yoga classes I lead are mostly slow flow and always beginner friendly. I love music— I make the playlists I use in class for a relaxed flow and post them on our blog for everyone.

Monday Mantra - February 11th

“I am one with humanity.”

Striving to find balance between individuality and connection with others is one that many of us struggle with finding. We either feel so unique, we cannot make connections with those around us (I personally feel this way) or we feel so like the crowd, we cannot find our own footprint in this world with 7 billion other individuals.

This week, i invite you to identify one thing about yourself that makes you unique to this world and one thing that helps you find connection to your peers. When you find yourself having low moments throughout the week, whether you need some individuality or need some connection, revisit these qualities about yourself.

Meditate on the idea of connecting with humanity and find some peace of mind, knowing you deserve both connection with humanity and individuality.


-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.


Karma Dama - Hanumanasana

Hanumanasana (Splits)

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, I will demo for you how to utilize a blanket, 2 blocks and a bolster to allow you to get into full splits without pulling a hamstring or tension on your knees. This supported pose works best on tile or wood floors.

A suggestion of doing a few forwards folds, hip circles and other hamstring/hip opening warm ups is advised prior to getting into this posture.

Start in a low lung, placing a blanket under your front foot, a block for each hand and your back knee on a bolster, like so…

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Hang out here for a moment, maybe rock back and forth for a moment to warm up the hip and hamstring.

Next, bring your hands on top of the bent knee and breathe deep into the front of the back hip.

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Once you feel comfortable in your front hips stretch, shift your hips back coming into half splits. Flex your front foot and try to bring your heart to your toes, not your head to your knee. Allow adequate time to breathe and let your hamstring release.

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Once your hamstrings have given you some space, allow your front foot (on the blanket) to slide, slowly, allowing yourself to come into full splits.

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Hang out here and breathe for a few breathes and then switch sides.

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 - February 4th

“I am grateful for the great relationship with myself and others.”

Entering February we all have love on our minds but we have tunnel vision focusing on external romantic love. Those without ideal views of love in their life, tend to feel lonelier than ever as Valentines Day approaches. This week, regardless if you have romantic love in your life, take time to examine other forms of love that you do have.

All love starts with loving yourself and then cultivating good relationships with platonic individuals in your life and then finally romantic love. Generate love for yourself first, once you love yourself fully and only then can you find yourself generating love for others.

Use this affirmation this week to find gratitude for those in your life instead of focusing on the couples around you. Maybe start to plan a self care trip alone to do something for yourself that you love. Be grateful for everyone around you but always be grateful for yourself first.

-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.


Shake Your Asana

Hello, Karma Yogis! This week’s playlist is 55 minutes of chill music for a relaxing class or event. It features an old song by SZA and a duet with SZA and Willow Smith that i just can’t get enough of! The song Backwood by Ari Lennox was the first one I added to this playlist— and how it got its’ name. You will also hear Syd— one of my favorites— and Lo Fang— a musician that I saw open for Lorde at the Southside Ballroom back in 2014. Enjoy!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: NASH BAYOUD

I have been practicing with Karma Yoga for about 5 years, and completed my 200hr Teacher Training at Inspire Yoga Denton in 2017! I am currently a senior at UNT and will graduate in May with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Health Promotion. The yoga classes I lead are mostly slow flow and always beginner friendly. I love music— I make the playlists I use in class for a relaxed flow.

Monday Mantra - January 28th

“I feel tremendous confidence that I can do anything.”

One of the biggest things holding us back in life is our fear. Fear is the demon to our Sacral chakra. The Sacral chakra is the source of our creativity and emotional expression. As we discussed last week, allowing ourselves to express ourselves fully, similarly, we cannot allow fear stop us from our creative path.

Like a trapeze artist, releasing their previous bar, flying through the air with full confidence that next bar will be waiting for their grasp. Similarly, we must have the confidence in ourselves to let go of our comfort with confidence of our next step on our journey. You won’t fall, but if you hold the bar too long out of fear, you will miss the opportunity all together.

This week, I challenge you to believe in yourself, let that Solar Plexus chakra shine and move forward with the confidence you need to take that leap.

-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.


Yogis of Karma- Kyleen Hjembo

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January Yogi of Karma: Kyleen Hjembo

I was born and raised in East Texas, and my Texas roots run deep, but I went to college in New York City and lived in that area for 17 years. My first experience with yoga was in Socrates Sculpture Park, where some generous, anonymous donor gave a grant that blessed the park with free outdoor yoga classes every Saturday in the park during the warmer months. Unlike the dance classes I'd taken in college, or the workout classes I'd taken at a gym, I never felt judged at these yoga classes, even though I couldn't always do the poses. Living in miles and miles of concrete, I craved Saturday mornings on a towel in the grass looking out at the river and learning yoga. I was always sad when the season ended, but I couldn't really afford to join a yoga studio. When I moved up to Greenwood Lake, NY, I was hopeful that someone might offer outdoor yoga classes; but that didn't start up until a few months before we moved, and I was working Saturdays at the time so I only managed to squeeze in one class. Around that time, a friend introduced me to Yoga With Adriene on YouTube, which I really enjoy; but there is something very different about the energy of a class with other yogis and an instructor to lead and guide you. I was hopeful that I might be able to find a yoga studio that I could afford when we moved to Texas, so the first time I saw Jessica leading a yoga class on the square, I was elated! I waited until the class was over and then asked her about the class, and she invited me to join. Since then, I have learned more yoga poses than ever before, and I'm looking forward to getting stronger and more flexible. I even bought my own yoga mat, finally! Most classes, my intention is "Trust Yourself", which has helped me not only strengthen my practice but also be more confident in the work I do. My husband and I continue to fall more and more in love with Denton, and Karma Yoga Denton has been a huge part of that for me.