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…

My Devotion to Spring

Spring is my most significant time of year. April is my time of reflection and evaluation. As a Taurus, it’s the time when I check the box on one more year of seasoning and experiences while I blow out my birthday candles. And then May. Pure delight. Coming out of the drabness of winter, May…

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…

Noticeable Progress in My Yoga Practice!

First, I’ve been getting some thoughtful and helpful feedback about these blog posts from other yoga students — and folks in general — so I wanted to say THANK YOU for every time you take a moment to tell me what you liked and what more you want to read. Second, I attended Classical Hatha…