Yoga with Lori

Mindfulness in yoga and in life

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As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


A short one today…

Today I am thankful for my yoga mentors.

I encountered each of them at different points in my yoga journey. I’ve had the great fortune to take classes with each of them and I learned a lot. I feel like I’ve incorporated something from each of them in my own teaching style.

I am lucky to have such a wealth of mentors to learn from.

What are you thankful for today?

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am thankful for la dolce far niente–the sweetness of doing nothing.

I’m fortunate to be having one of those days today.

I don’t have to go anywhere or really do anything until much later. I am making lunch (chicken enchiladas), but I feel like the whole day is wide open and I enjoy cooking, so it doesn’t feel like a chore. I have a couple of items I want to accomplish, like writing a few blog posts, but otherwise I’m free to relax.

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Today I am choosing to fill that time with finishing a book (The Hours by Michael Cunningham). It probably won’t take me all day to do, but I have no concrete plans for that remaining time.

That’s what I love best about days like today. I have the luxury of not being busy. I think there’s a tendency in the present day to attempt to fill all time with doing something that seems productive.

But, let me tell you, you need to indulge every once in a while in la dolce far niente! I’m not saying to shirk responsibilities. Do what you have to do, but don’t always strive to fill every moment of every day with something.

Take some time to just enjoy doing nothing.

What are you grateful for today?

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am grateful for music.

Music can be a great emotional outlet. I can always find a song or a playlist to go with my mood, even if the music becomes secondary to another activity, like reading or cooking or writing. Music can enhance or bring about a particular mood. If I’m feeling mellow, I’ll listen to some jazz. If I’m feeling combative and angsty, I’ll crank up Green Day’s American Idiot. If I want to feel cheerful (and it’s the right time of year), I’ll listen to Christmas music.

I think music helps form a connection between people. There are songs I remember singing along to with my parents when I was a little kid (“Baker Street” with my mom and “Sunset Grill” with my dad). When a Rolling Stones song comes on, Steve or I will say, “Hey, we’ve seen this live,” which calls back the really cool opportunity we had to see the Stones at the Indianapolis Speedway shortly after we started dating.

I have a subscription to Spotify and I love it. I have an internet friend, Heather, who is way more knowledgeable about music than I and she has made all of these fantastic playlists that I return to over and over. Because I work from home when I’m not teaching yoga, I am constantly playing one of her lists. I play Spotify lists when I teach yoga and they each create different moods for the class whether that’s energetic or contemplative or just sorta going with the flow.

What are you grateful for today?

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have to use sustainable products.

In the past few years, I have been making a concerted effort to live more sustainably. I take my reusable bags to the grocery store almost every time and when I don’t, I ask them to use as few bags as possible (unfortunately, they don’t always listen and I cringe). I take my own cup to the coffeeshop. I stopped using plastic straws or buying paper towels.

But some of the biggest moves toward sustainability have been in my personal routine. I bought a set of reusable cotton pads to use instead of cotton balls. I purchased reusable menstruation products. This past week, I unexpectedly received a reusable makeup remover cloth. I got the makeup remover cloth in my winter FabFitFun box and, after the super soft blanket, it was the item I was most excited about in the box.

I love finding new ways to incorporate sustainable products into my life and into our house. (If you use sustainable products, what are some of your favorites?)

I get a good feeling knowing that I’m doing something good for the environment by using these products. There is definitely typically an upfront cost, but when I look at the savings over time of using cloth towels on messes instead of paper towels, it’s totally worth it to me. And I’m thankful that I have the ability to make that decision.

It’s definitely not always convenient. And I’m not perfect with it. But I try to get it right more often than not and I think that will make a difference in the long run, especially as more people make the switch too.

What are you grateful for today?

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am thankful for my new favorite snack–mini brie bites with sourdough toast.

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Trader Joe’s in Tulsa. I was fortunate to be able to walk up and down every aisle, looking at as much as I could take in. Definite sensory overload!

One thing I knew to keep my eye on was the mini brie bites. I’d never had brie before, but I love cheese, so I decided to give it a shot.

I am so glad I did! But I wish I had bought about ten more packages of them so that I wouldn’t run out.

It’s great as a stand-alone snack or as part of what I call a “small plate” dinner–bread and cheese, salami, roast beef with horseradish, maybe some fruit, maybe some black olives.

It’s simple, but it feels elevated. (I’ve clearly seen enough Master Chef)

What are you thankful for today?

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am thankful for the opportunity to teach yoga.

I’ve turned to yoga a number of times over the years when life just got out of control or bordered on it. Sometimes that meant doing a video at home. Other times that meant finding a class to attend regularly.

Somewhere along the way, the idea of getting certified to teach implanted itself in my brain. But it was always labeled “someday.”

Interestingly, back in May, I was asked where I saw myself in five years. I had no idea. I’ve learned that life is just too unpredictable to have any sort of idea that far out. As I grasped for any sort of answer, only one thing came strongly to mind–I want to get my yoga teaching certification at some point.

A month later, I found an online program to get certified.

Prior to enrolling, because I live in a small town and the yoga community it small, I asked around a bit to make sure I’d have places to teach if I got certified. I found two: the local studio and at my friend’s venue.

I love it.

I love everything about the opportunity to teach yoga, from researching and planning sequences to learning more about yoga philosophy and how to teach to getting to the studio early to get set up. Not to mention the actual act of leading students through asanas.

I know I still have a lot to learn about teaching, but I can feel myself improving. I learn from my students just as much as I do from outside reading on how to teach.

This is the first job that I’ve ever had where I felt a sense of fulfillment and completion. I enjoy what I do, so it doesn’t feel like work, which means I’m willing to spend more time on it. I am so happy that I am able to add this blog as an extension of my yoga teaching.

What are you thankful for today?

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


A short entry for today…

Today I am thankful for couch naps.

There’s something so refreshing about a nap on the couch in the middle of the afternoon! Probably because they’re usually unplanned. It’s just serendipitous.

I’ll grab a light blanket, maybe throw on a pair of socks, and curl up on couch to read, then I find myself unable to keep my eyes open. Couch nap! I wake up some time later rested, feeling like a million bucks.

For me they’re another of life’s little pleasures.

What are you thankful for today?