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.


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?

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 parents. I don’t have a photo of the three of us handy to share. My dad’s name is Robert and my mom is Susan. They’ve been married for 34 years.

They always made sure that I had everything I needed and a lot of the things that I wanted. They came to my sporting events and my school functions. My mom was always very involved with volunteering at my school when I was younger.

It’s really hard to know exactly what to say about your parents because I inevitably talk more about myself than I do about them as individuals. I think a lot of people do that with their parents though. It’s difficult to see them as someone other than your mom or dad. At least it is for me.

I can share some facts about each of them.

My dad played rugby for twenty plus years and has taken up dart ball with a group from his church. They play against other local churches. He’s very into his stats. We talk about baseball and other sports a lot.

My mom loves antiquing and is great at baking. She’s always assigned dessert Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other family gatherings. She’s also really into crafts and making things.

They are both great people and have been great parents to me. They deserve a lot of the credit for how I turned out.

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 convenience meals.

I heated up a frozen lasagna today for lunch and it was great.

I’m trying to do more actual cooking with whole ingredients because I feel like the food tastes better and I feel better after eating. But sometimes a convenience meal is just nice on days that are hectic or days where you just want to curl up on the couch and read.

Another favorite convenience meal of mine is Just Crack and Egg for breakfast. I buy the protein blend that has the cheese, bacon, and sausage. All I do is add an egg, mix it all up, and microwave. Yes, I could make an omelette for breakfast. But everything is already portioned out so I’m not eating too much cheese, as is my wont, and it takes under 2 minutes.

To be fair, just about anything can become a convenience meal with a little bit of prep work. Making chicken enchiladas? Make a double batch and freeze some. I should get better about planning ahead like that so that I can have the convenience of simply throwing something in the oven and the good feeling of eating well.

But today is not that day.

Today I have a piping hot frozen lasagna and I am thankful.

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 grateful for sore muscles because it means I challenged myself. Yesterday I taught two yoga classes and I did a short video on my own. I feel it today.

I am not trying to glorify “pain is weakness leaving your body.”

That’s absolutely not what yoga is to me.

For me, being sore like I am today reminds me that I did something kind for myself yesterday. I believe an important component of self-care is physical exercise. To be sure, I know I gained physically from the yoga I did. I also know that I gained mentally and spiritually, which are other parts of self-care and also represent what yoga means to me.

There is a huge difference between going so hard that you develop an injury and feeling a little sore from working muscles you usually don’t. I’m explicitly talking about the second type of sore. Yoga is not about pushing yourself to the point of injury.

What are you thankful for?

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 little bit of levity today…

Today I am grateful for my joggers. One of my friends mentioned that she practically lives in hers. I was slightly skeptical, but I purchased a pair.

Today is the first day I’ve worn them. It was the perfect day for them.

Yesterday was 75 and gorgeous here in Oklahoma.

This morning when I woke up, it was 33 and falling. I believe the low for tonight is 10. These numbers are both a hard pass for me.

I’m teaching three classes today, so I’m pretty much just living in my yoga clothes.

Luckily I had my joggers, which I was able to put on over my yoga leggings. After class, I wore them to Starbucks. I like that they’re more substantial than yoga leggings, so I feel less awkward running errands in them. Plus I’m warm and comfortable.

I’m actually planning on asking for another pair for Christmas.

It’s the little things.

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 yoga poses that I love. I wrote the other day about the poses that I hate, so I wanted to counter that with a little love.

Let’s see… some of the poses I love…pigeon, wide legged forward fold, lizard, child’s pose, and tree.

I love the stretch that comes with the first three. Especially wide legged forward fold. I could clasp opposite elbows and just hang for quite a while. It’s the best way to get my back to relax and uncrick.

Child’s pose is a great way to rest and a great way for me to connect to my breath. It’s a reset button for me. It’s like making a little cave with just me in it. I can be alone with my thoughts or alone with no thoughts. It’s a comforting posture for me.

What I love about tree is that every day is different and each side is different. Some days I can balance like a rock star, other days I’m can’t stay vertical. And sometimes my left side is better than my right, other times they’re roughly even. I also love that you can put your arms in so many different positions. I usually prefer heart center, but sometimes I’ll mix it up. I like to remind my students that every tree is unique, so we all have our own expression of tree.

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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 warm weather. It’s been really cold here lately. At least in my opinion; I’m not truly happy unless I see temps over 75. I know some places get it much worse than Oklahoma does. And I know some people like the cold weather. I don’t understand them, but they have the right to their opinion.

It’s supposed to be warmer today, in the 60s, so that’s quite an improvement. I’ll probably spend a bit of time this afternoon on the back porch, while Joan Didion runs around and burns off some energy. Maybe we’ll grill something for lunch. I’ll definitely open the windows and let the fresh air in the house.

Steve and I love spending time on our porch, just chillin, enjoying the fresh air. We used to sit out there a lot more, but have been overrun with mosquitoes the past couple of years, even with bug spray and candles. We also love having the windows open to let the breeze and air in.

I work from home when I’m not teaching yoga and the early darkness and being cooped up really gets to me. As a result, I appreciate any opportunity to get a little fresh air.

What are you thankful for today?