Yoga Reminders, Life Truths

This morning during poolside yoga (it’s my new thing), I found myself getting lazy and slouchy in a few poses. Without Amy or Rebecca or other teachers at Downtown Yoga Memphis to remind me to keep my chest raised and heart lifted, self-correction is up to me. And so: I found this mantra as applicable to…

Down Dog After 12 Days

I haven’t been to a yoga class since June 9th. That’s TERRIBLE but a necessary reality as I undertook a massive change (one I, quite frankly, underestimated). The last 12 days have been marked by scattershot nutrition, living in a disarrayed apartment, and hours upon hours of drive time. Getting to the yoga studio, or…

The 2nd Chapter: Stronger

The last time I wrote about my yoga practice, I was on the cusp of a hip aggravation that had begun affecting my left knee and lower back. That was April 17th. Today is May 1 — a new beginning of sorts. To mark the fresh start of a new month, this post is about…

One Connected Problem

Today, 15 years into a fantastic, desk-bound career and nine days before the 14th anniversary of my 25th birthday, well, my body is messing with me. I need a massage and a heating pad. I also need yoga, and fortunately I have it at Downtown Yoga Memphis. I’ve seen three different teachers in the last…

Surrendered Moments

Recently, my yoga instructor, Amy at Downtown Yoga Memphis, began a class by telling us it was OK to “surrender.” And because she knows her studio can sometimes be full of Type A’s and skeptics, she went on with the context: Surrendering is not about giving up or giving in. It’s about being exactly where you…

Two Months of Physical Healing from Yoga

I’ve been practicing yoga steadily now for about two months (and here’s why). I’m not consistent with how often I go every week — like everyone, I sometimes have scheduling challenges or just don’t feel like I can squeeze one more thing into that day. Still, I’m at the studio a minimum of twice a…