Karma Dama - Paripurna Navasana

Paripurna Navasana (Boat)

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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Hello once again yogis! This month, we will be doing a pose that many come to despise when a teacher cues for it. Yet, I will teach you a fun way to get into this posture in a way that can teach your body how to balance yourself before adding in your core to hold you up. Some good poses to warm your body up prior to this pose may include: forward fold with peace fingers to big toe, downward facing dog, cobra, forearm plank, plank crunches, and triangle. How that we are warm up, let’s get into boat!

Begin by getting 2 straps!

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tie the straps together, creating one very large loop.

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Strarting in staff pose, place the loop around your rib cage and around the balls of your feet. tighten or loosen the strap till you feel secure.

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Shift your weight back and begin to lift your feet off the ground. You can keep your knees bent or try to straighten them out in your expression. Rock back and forth and find your sweet spot to find your balance.

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Maybe after doing this pose with the strap, remove the prop and try it without and engage the core. Do some cool down postures like bridge, pigeon and reclined twist to cool down after this practice.

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 - April 29th

"I have skills and talent."

As I reflect on the last affirmation, inspiring this weeks blog, “always do your best.” it made me think about the things that hold us back from putting in the one hundred percent effort into the things we go for, if we go for them at all. The thing that holds us back tends to be the negative thought “I am not good enough.” Therefore, this week, we are retraining our brains and go for what we deserve.

On your mat this week, I invite you to get playful with your practice. Do a balancing pose centered practice and allow yourself to find that edge and fall a few times. Get back up, find that edge again and fall. Knowing where your edge is and having the nerve to get back up and do it again, until you find that edge and can wobble will help you find the strength you need to practice this affirmation off your mat.

Off your mat, I invite you this week to do something you know you will fail at. Asking a stranger for one hundred dollars, ask for a bite off a strangers plate at a restaurant, etc. Asking questions that you know will resort in failure, make obtainable goals seem like nothing when you go to approach the situation instead of never going for it at all.

-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

I hope everyone had a great week! This week’s playlist is 56 minutes of pure ease and relaxation— with a touch of groovy ass fun.

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 and post them on our blog.

Monday Mantra - April 22th

"I can think and speak for myself."

One of my personal goals as of recently is to work on being clear with my communication, therefore those around me cannot make assumptions about what I mean, how I feel or what I am doing. On the other side, I try to ask questions and not make assumptions about others. Making assumptions leaves only room for us to hurt ourselves and hurt those we care about. Communications seems so easy to do, but in reality, we are raised to not communicate our feelings, so its much more challenging that it seems.

On your mat this week, i invite you to start your practice by reducing your anxiety, allowing yourself a clear flow of communication with your mind, body and spirit as you practice yoga this week. How do you do this? Try a tapping, my personal favorite is thymus tapping. Use your fingers to tap on your sternum, collarbone, sinus, or thumb (the list is endless). breathe and repeat to yourself this affirmation.

Off your mat this week, I invite you to do this technic of tapping and then use the reduction of anxiety to have a conversation in a situation where you made an assumption of someone else, and where someone else made an assumption of you. Allow it to be small, we don’t have to take on the large conversations, bite sizes create the movement to move forward.

-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 - Brandi McDuff

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! Woo, glad I got that off my chest. This month we have chosen Brandi McDuff to highlight! She brought her precious pup, Jamm! (yes, with an exclamation mark, ‘cause that’s how she lives her life), and we went on a nice walk at North Lakes Park amongst the wildflowers.

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Brandi is a bit of a Wonderwoman. She has worked for around 10 years in medical records and currently works at a non-profit OBGYN. She has three degrees including a masters in Library and Information Science. She loves the library and finds solace renting their foreign movies and TV shows.

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Brandi has been doing yoga for almost two years now. Like many of us, she started by taking classes on YouTube, seeking a way to stretch after lifting weights at the gym. She quickly discovered that yoga had a calming ability, so she started doing it before bed to help her sleep. Brandi was referred to KYD by a friend and her first class with us was our free, 6pm class on the square. Well, it was during the winter so it was at Andy’s. She said she had some anxiety before coming, like we all do before our first public class.

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Brandi’s favorite pose is pigeon!! Having tight muscles is so common for those of us with anxiety and pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) is so good for anxiety— stretching the psoas major muscle helps open up those tight hips and make way for deeper stretching. She keeps coming back to the practice to maintain her anxiety, a common and important intention.

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Monday Mantra - April 15th

I remember, all is temporary.”

We go through life with this up and down rollercoaster, never stopping. We have our high points, which feel like utopia, but we also have our low points which seem to last forever. We flow through life with no stops on this up and down ride. Our breath is never the same breath in this moment as the last one, as the next will be. We can use this pranayama to help us navigate the temporariness in this moment and move into the next whether its cherishing what we have in this present moment or accepting it and letting go to move into the next.

On your mat, this week I invite you to try to practice a continuous breathing. Inhale fully, expanding every corner of your lungs, and the moment you feel you cannot expand further, exhale every bit of stale breath. Between inhales and exhales, do not hold your breath, do not pause, the moment you finish inhaling, begin exhaling. By working this continuous breath with no hesitations, we allow ourselves to live completely in the moment.

Off your mat, I invite you to examine where between the peak and valley, you stand in life. Find a moment to accept where you are and appreciate the temporariness of this moment. Whether it is at the top of utopia or the valley of struggle, accept this moment and know, it will give you the strength you need to concur the next wave in the movement of life.

-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 a very chill, 1 hour collection of songs. It features some of my favorites: St. Beauty, Sevdaliza, Sonder, SZA, Allan Rayman, Tash Sultana, and Ivy Sole.

Enjoy your weekend!

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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.

Monday Mantra - April 8th

I am not the center of the universe.”

Many of you may have read this weeks affirmations and immediately thought “what the heck are they thinking, that is negative, not affirming” but, as I mentioned last week, I have been rereading the four agreements and the second agreement is Don’t take anything personally. Now, the major way we end up taking things personally is by only thinking of something from our perspective. If I am subbing a yoga class and someone comes, sees me teaching and leaves, I have a tendency to take that personally, when in reality, that person may not know my teaching at all, but are a creature to habit and want the same teacher. It has nothing to do with me, and it is my job to detach myself from that hurt I feel initially and see the situation from the others perspective.

On your mats this week, I invite you to have a practice of forward folds and heart closers. These poses like humble warrior, seated forward fold and shoulder stand are poses we need to stimulate the heart and throat chakra in ways we need to be humble to our fellow humans.

Off your mats, take this week to reflect on how this action of letting go of your ego and seeing how a situation may be different when you see it from someone else’s eyes. When you have conflict with someone, truly listen and breathe through the things they say that may cause you to react. Maybe even put this affirmation on your fridge to remind you throughout the day to be humble.

-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.