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 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?

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 stepdaughters, Sydney and Sophie.

This photo is a couple of years old, but it’s what I had available.
From left to right: Steve, me, Sydney, Sophie

The above photo is one of my favorites. On a complete and utter whim (after a bit of bourbon) I thought it would be fun to get dressed up and have a photo taken. Our neighbor kindly came over to take a few pictures.

They are truly remarkable young ladies. Completely different from each other. But both a lot of fun. Sydney is a junior in college and Sophie is a junior in high school. They are both really into choir. Sophie even does gigs around town, playing her ukulele and singing.

Movies, books, and TV shows have, I think, done a really bad job with blended families. They portray all of the drama and bad stuff, and sometimes it winds up being all right in the end. That could not be further from my experience. I was completely braced for impact, but from the beginning these young women have welcomed me into their lives.

It’s a lot of fun having them around. Especially for the holidays, though I’m sure it’s stressful for them zipping back and forth to do stuff with both their dad and my family and their mom and her family. But we make it work. For me, I come from a small family, so it’s nice having more people around. Plus, Sydney and Sophie will play and sing a couple of Christmas carols for us (I may have told them that they have to sing for their meal).

It’s difficult to know what else to say because I obviously want to respect their privacy. I’ll leave it at blended families are good and I got lucky by gaining two sweet stepdaughters.

What are you thankful for today?