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Monday Mantra - May 6th

"As I forgive myself, it becomes easier to forgive others."

Forgiveness seems to be the thing I tend to struggle with and I know many others that struggle with it as well. We let our ego become so important, we burn bridge after bridge and blame ourselves for all hardships. Have you ever thought that maybe practicing some self forgiveness will make forgiving those around us just a little bit easier.

Off your mat, I invite you to write a list of those people that have hurt you and what they did to hurt you. Hold the paper in your hand, visualize the person and say, out loud, “I forgive _________ for _________ and i release the power it has over me. “ Do this over and over again as this person has a little less power over you, allowing forgiveness for yourself.

On your mat, heart openers, heart openers, heart openers. Not only are these some of my favorite postures, but they will help you build the foundation for creating the energy in your body to begin to forgive those in your life that need some absolution. Forgiveness is the hardest thing one can do and I applaud anyone who even puts the effort into taking the steps towards the action.

-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.


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.


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.


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.


Monday Mantra - April 1st

I am intentional with my words.”

As I work on reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz for what might just be the 100th time. I have decided to plan a baby yoga series around these agreements. The first one being my hardest to follow since I tend to have “foot on mouth” moments, but really, who doesn’t? This week as I work on being intentional with my words, I ask you to join me in following this idea of clear communication, being truthful yet intentional.

On your mat, (well technically off) with your practice, before getting onto your mat, take a walk on the earth. Whether this is dirt, grass or maybe dip your toes in natural water, find a way to feel connected with the earth and plant a seed in your mind of nourishment. Let this connection to earth give you the grounding you need to have an intentional practice. Notice how your practice changes after doing this walking meditation.

Off your mat, I invite you to write things down before having a hard conversation with a loved one. Be honest about how you feel but also express your feelings accurately. Read it out loud to yourself to make sure you are getting your message across in how you feel and not what is wrong with the other person.

-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 - March 25th

I crave new, healthy experiences.”

Spring is here! We are working on slowly coming out of hibernation and getting back into the swing of our outdoor lives. Whether you are a hiker, camper, swimmer or even just playing pokemon go on a summer’s night type, we are beginning to see ourselves reconnecting with nature in ways we couldn’t this winter. We have evolved and see ourselves wanting to pursue new things, let this transitional time be your time to find new experiences and grow into new habits.

On your mat, I invite you to scan your body while practicing, do you notice a pose is “easy” and you could find some extra growth in going a little deeper? Do you find yourself doing the same postures and find room to try something that may have seemed scary before? Crave a new pose but find a healthy limit to challenging yourself.

Off your mat, I invite you to make a list of all the experiences you’ve wanted to try but haven’t taken the action to do quite yet. Find a realistic first step to achieving this experience and work toward one step at a time, a healthy step at a time. Don’t let the what if’s win, and never hold yourself back because of them.

-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 - March 18th

I forgive myself and I forgive those who have hurt me in the past.”

Forgiveness is probably one of the hardest things we can do. When we become hurt, we blame ourselves and struggle to find a place of growth. The sayings go “forgive but don’t forget.'“ and “forgive them for yourself.” But we don’t think about the intention behind the healing component of that need to forgive those who have wronged us in our past and forgive ourselves for letting ourselves be hurt. It’s the intention to heal that matters most.

Off your mat this week, I invite you to make a list of all the people you want to forgive for the things they have done to hurt you. After your list is compiled write down a sentence forgiving each person. This week is the full moon and I invite you to burn each sentence in a fire, whether it’s a fireplace, a fire pit or in a candle, as each sentence of forgiveness burns away, let go of the hurt and allow yourself to move towards healing.

This same idea can move onto your mat as well. As we practice, practice strength poses. This strength building will give you what you need to move forward. A combination of breath and strength postures will be the tool you need to release the hurt and allow the healing to commence.

-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.