Monday Mantra - May 27th

“I give myself room for expression.”

Its memorial day, which I highly suggest you giving yourself the time to spend remembering those that are no longer with us, reflect on their influence on you in your life and allow yourself to express how you feel in any way that feels right for you to give such thanks. Always allow yourself to take time for yourself also if you have lost someone close to you that has served. Self-care is equally as important for days like this one.

Off your mat, I invite you to get creative, do something to express your gratitude for those that have served. Light a candle, write a poem, dedicate your yoga practice, do whatever you need to get some creativity flowing and begin to be humble to those no longer with us. Instead if giving you a set idea, I want to let this week come from within you.

On your mat, there may be some energy that is stagnant and not flowing due to this being a mourning associated time. Do some hip openers, preferably yin style hip openers to really get deep into those creases to let go of anything not serving you. Allowing the self care needed to get through the week after this day.

-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.

Shake Your Asana

Happy Friday KYD! This playlist is shorter than most at 50 minutes. 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 recently graduated from UNT 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 - May 20th

"I integrate balance into every aspect of my life.”

Hello one again yogis! Last week we discussed our inner child and allowing that part of ourselves to shine through instead of always being so serious all the time. This week, I invite you to find the balance between being a serious productive adult and living free and happy with as a child. Knowing we can find the center between both feet, the yin and the yang.

On your mat this week, I invite you to do a few things. Divide your practice between the yin and yang, allow yourself to do the power yoga and strength building, but challenge your balance while doing this form of practice, allowing yourself to wobble and possibly fall over a time or two, this will be your inner child, your playfulness. With this, I also invite you to do as much yin in your practice. Slow down, find some restorative poses. This practice will be your adult, the meditator, the self reflection on our internal selves. With both, there will be balance.

Off your mat, I invite you to self reflect when in a situation. Do you find yourself goofing off when trying to put in the work? Do you find yourself being too serious in a fun outing with your friends? Just observe this, don’t judge it, just allow yourself to notice how you handle and maybe allow yourself the room to adjust yourself. Are you to yin? Are you too yang? is there room to be more balanced. Maybe reflect on this in a journal and see how you may change as the week goes on!

-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 - Kristina Nelson

Good morning, KYD, and happy Friday! This month we are highlighting Kristina Nelson. Kristina loves flow arts— she does yoga and hooping. Kristina has been hooping for about a year and a half now and feels so grounded while flowing barefoot in the grass. You can catch her flowing on the square pretty often!

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Kristina started practicing yoga using tutorials online in January of 2018, but had a hard time committing to the practice fully. A friend of Kristina'’s suggested she attend a class in person, and a quick google search led her to Karma Yoga Denton.

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During Kristina’s first in-person yoga class, the connection between breath and movement clicked in her head. This realization changed her yoga practice and drew her in further to the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga.

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Wheel is Kristina’s favorite asana (pose) because of how yummy it feels on her back and because it is a pose she didn’t expect herself to be able to do. It reminds her that she is strong, and that if she keeps practicing, she will feel more comfortable in her practice every day.

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Monday Mantra - May 13th

"I am proud of my inner child."

If you have been in therapy before, you may be familiar with the idea of reparenting. When we become adults, we begin to learn some of the things we were raised to believe, forms of punishment or just habits our parents had that weren’t exactly great for us. Even if you had a parent that did the best they could and had no form of childhood trauma, we could all use a bit of reparenting of habits. The best way to reparent these habits is by identifying habits we don’t like we have and nurture our inner child instead of shaming it for what has been brought into our adult lives. 

Off your mats, I invite you this week to notice how you have a habit of something you don’t like, a moment where you find yourself acting childish or feel like you did when you were younger. Just observe and when this situation arrives, tell your inner child the mantra for this week, nourish the child and focus on why you go back to this age in this moment. Here is an example: When my social anxiety gets really bad, I become 14 year old me, I say dumb 14 year old things that I now know I should not say, but cannot help it. I work to nourish this version of my inner child to break this habit.

On your mat, when you find yourself speaking in a defeating manner about not being able to do a posture, or not getting as far today as you might have the day before, instead of bashing yourself and defeating your inner light, reword and tell yourself you are proud for just showing up on your mat today. Reframe the moment and keep your inner child thriving. 

-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

It’s Friday and we have a new playlist for you guys! Tune in for chill beats and sounds~

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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 - 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.


Food for the Heart - Recipes from the Soul: Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

What a better way to celebrate, than with some Mexican Food.

Experimenting with new foods can be a great way to expand the nutrients provided in your diet, try substituting meat/processed meat alternatives/same old taco filling for this quick and easy whole food counterpart.

Mushroom Walnut Ground “Beef”

Vegan, Gluten-free

Makes 10 tacos OR enchiladas

What you need:

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 cups mushrooms (crimini or baby portabella), roughly chopped

1 cup raw walnut pieces

1/2 cup white onion, roughly chopped

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 ½ tsp cumin

What to do:

Combine all ingredients (except vegetable oil) in a food processor, pulse until walnuts and mushrooms are in small pieces. DO NOT OVER MIX OR YOU WILL MAKE A PASTE.

In a large skillet, over medium heat, add vegetable oil. Cook mushroom walnut mixture until heated thoroughly and browned (as in a shade darker without being black but slightly crispy).

Use as filling in enchiladas, burritos, tacos, etc.

Enchilada Sauce

Vegan, Gluten-free

Makes 3 cups: 12 servings for enchiladas OR 72 servings for tacos

What you need:

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup white onion, roughly chopped

6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped (I love garlic! I typical double the amount in any normal recipe, so adjust to your tasting.)

2 Tbsp adobe sauce

1 Tbsp salt

1 Tbsp black pepper

1 Tbsp smoked paprika

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup tomato paste

2 cups vegetable broth

Corn starch slurry ( ½ corn starch, ½ water)-optional if you want the sauce thicker

What to do:

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add vegetable oil, onion, and garlic.

Sauté until the onion becomes transparent, not browned.

Add adobe sauce, all seasonings, and tomato paste. Mix and cook for an additional minute to enhance all the flavors.

Add vegetable broth and mix thoroughly to ensure no paste chunks. Bring mixture to a boil.

Let the mixture cool for a moment before blending (if you don’t; you will build up too much pressure in the blender and it may explode!).

If the sauce is too thin, add sauce back into the sauce pan and add corn starch slurry (1 Tbsp corn starch, 1 Tbsp water; mixed together), bring to a boil. Continue this process until at desired thickness.

Enchiladas or Taco Assembly

Enchiladas: pairs great with sour cream and guacamole.

Assemble enchiladas by adding 1/3 cup walnut mushroom mixture into a warmed corn tortilla and roll up enchilada, top with ¼ cup enchilada sauce.

Tacos: pairs great with sour cream. Additional fixings such as lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese needed.

Assemble tacos by adding 1/3 cup walnut mushroom mixture into a warmed corn or flour tortilla, add 1 Tbsp of enchilada sauce, add additional taco toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. 

I hope you all enjoy!

-Namaste, Melissa P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MELISSA POINDEXTER

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Melissa Poindexter, RDN, LD

A vegan registered dietitian nutritionist who doubles as a local Denton yogi. Melissa started her yoga journey with Karma Yoga three years ago. Melissa has a passion with working with individuals with special diets by giving education through evidence-based research. When off her mat and out of the kitchen, Melissa also enjoys outdoor activities, scuba diving, and gardening.