Monday Mantra - June 3rd

"I am comfortable being in my power.”

Happy Monday Yogis! Can you believe its already June? With the heat getting warmer, I thought for this week we could match the external heat by generating some internal heat, right in our core, Our solar plexus chakra is the center of our power, our ego, our heat and drive in life. When we discuss ego, many times we associate it with negative ego, the super-ego. What we are mentioning today is the ego that allows us to power through and take up space.

On your mats this week, really begin to use the core. Find some twist, do the core strengtheners you usually skip, really generate the heat in your core to let that power build. Do strong poses, challenge yourself and find poses that allow you to really express yourself. Don’t be afraid and don’t hide from your strength. Incorporate pranayama to realize the excess heat, sighing out the energy and allowing it to leave your internal self and become an external force.

Off your mat, I invite you to start your day with some chamomile tea. Chamomile is great for unblocking powerless feelings in this chakra and settling the stomach. Make this a morning ritual! Every morning, whatever beverage I start my day with, I do it with intention. I take my finger and make 3 circles clockwise on the rim of the cup and say “You are the tool, I am the fire, fill this cup with all I desire.” Do this with your cup of tea before drinking it and watch how as the days this week pass, your power strengthens.

-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: Chick'n Salad

As the weather warms up, the outside activities begin, including picnics. This is a perfect simple recipe to share at your next outdoor activity.

Chick’n Salad

Vegan, Gluten-free

Makes 10 sandwiches

What you need:

1-29oz can of chickpeas

1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise

2 Tbsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp soy sauce (to make gluten free use tamari or liquid aminos)

1 tsp black pepper

1 Tbsp dill

1 Tbsp garlic powder

6 pickle spears, chopped (medium dice)

1 small apple, chopped (medium dice)

1/2 medium onion, chopped (medium dice)

1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (omit to make nut-free)

1 Roma tomato, chopped (medium dice)

1 lemon, juiced

Toasted Bread

Leafy green such as lettuce

What to do:

Combine chickpeas, mayo, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and seasonings in a food processor; pulse until chickpeas are in small pieces, you want to have some chunks of chickpeas.

Add walnuts, apples, pickles, onion, and tomato to processed mixture, mix until all ingredient are evenly incorporated.

Assemble sandwich by toasting bread, adding 1/2 cup of chickpea mixture, and a leafy green such as lettuce or spinach.

-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.

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.