Monday Mantra - February 25th

“I give myself room to grow.”

One of my favorite quotes I follow when I am trying to learn something new is “The only job where you start at the top is digging a hole.” -Anonymous. Every time someone finds out I am a yoga teacher, I hear the famous words “ I want to do yoga, but I can’t even touch my toes.” Which I usually respond, “Some days, neither can I.” We see yoga as a destination and not a journey of growth; if we aren’t perfect the first time we try, we give up all together.

This week, I invite you to let go of your negative ego and don’t hold yourself back. Off your mat, do something challenging you don’t normally do. Ask yourself, “how can I improve on this?” and work on the steps to slowly growing into the challenge instead of focusing on the end destination.

On your mat, when you find yourself in a forward fold and see yourself unable to touch your toes, instead of finding yourself frustrated, take a deep breath and use that breath to give yourself space to enjoy the journey. We feel more accomplished and successful when we work for the goal instead of a natural. “Yoga is not about touching your toes, its about what you learn on the way down.” -Judith Lasate

-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 - Nicola Connor

The best thing about being a member of the Karma Yoga Denton family is just that— making great friends and maybe even chosen family. New faces are always coming around and quickly turn into friends, although our backbone remains held up by our ‘regulars’. Nic is one of those esteemed ‘regulars’. She has been practicing with us since we were founded by Jessica. Nic started her yoga journey at a gym and quickly recognized she preferred the energy of Karma Yoga Like many of us, she was drawn to yoga for the mental space it provides and maintains her practice for those clear and calming benefits.

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At first, Nic was unsure if she wanted to be interviewed for our blog. She doesn’t like having her photo taken and doesn’t enjoy the spotlight. She spoke with a friend about it and decided she could inspire someone like herself to try yoga. After all, most people are not inspired by the bendy instagram yogis who can overextend their splits.

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Nic’s favorite pose right now (because our favorite poses always change, right?) is standing savasana. It took a minute of thought for her to choose one when I asked her but it was chosen because of its’ grounding effects and keeps her shining smile facing the sun. Nic has been having some difficulty for a few years with family members’ mental health causing strain on her heart. She has so much love to give, and she definitely gives it, but that’s really all a person can do in her situation.

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Nic also uses art as an emotional outlet! She makes beaded jewelry, mixed media collage, and she even does art journaling. You can see a page from her art journaling below and more of her work on her Instagram @njbeadedjewelry. Not only does she create art, she is art. You can feel the creative energy from Nic the second you’re in the same room with her— and not just because of her hair that goes from pink to blue in the blink of an eye! Nic also features her cute pup, Doc, on her Instagram! She takes him everywhere— even to the beach!

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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.