Each week, I’ll post discussion prompts here in our Patreon community. We’ll also discuss the book during our community chats on September 9 and 23. Yoga Rising is available in paperback and e-book options through most bookstores.
If you have suggestions for future books, send me a message or drop them in the comments below.
Y’all, I can’t think of a better way to end our week than with Heather Small’s Proud.
I’m keeping it simple today, so please leave a comment and let us know one thing you are proud of this week. As for me, I’m proud of myself for getting a new sign up system for my live classes figured out (in addition to starting a new semester and leading a yoga challenge this week lol). It’ll go live in September, but you can get a sneak peek here.
I hope you all have a great weekend, and for those of us on the Gulf Coast… stay safe!
Y’all – this post has literally been an all day production! Our theme is to go with the flow and find your edge without going over and technology sure helped me practice that! Needless to say, this post is finally up.
Today, I offer you two flow sequences that move through standing on two legs to balancing on one foot. I hope you have as much fun practicing these sequences as I did filming them. These are among my absolute favorite postures! Leave a comment and let us know which poses you tried and how they made you feel.
Or if journaling is more your speed today, I offer you the prompt, “how do you know when you on the edge?”
Today’s theme is simple: rest. Take 5, 10, 15 minutes, maybe even an hour, and allow your mind and body to rest.
There’s no practice video, but honestly, you don’t need me to tell you how to rest. You already know how to do that! If you need some inspiration, you can revisit some of the practices from earlier this week. On Sunday, we practiced heart-opening restorative poses, and on Tuesday, I offered some restorative inversions. You can also try one of these practices.
Journaling can also be restful. And today, I’ll offer you two prompts. The first is “my top 3 self-care practices are…” take time to list and describe each one. Our second prompt is a little more creative. Take a mental vacation and plan a restful long-weekend getaway. Where would you go? What would you do? What sort of treats would you allow yourself?
Leave a comment and let me know how your practiced resting today or share your response to the journal prompt(s) with us!
I usually start to feel frazzled on Wednesday and that’s especially true this week! Meditation is a powerful tool that allows me to reconnect with myself and let go of expectations.
Today, I offer you a short meditation practice that I often use with my sociology students. This practice is an opportunity to notice things that you might overlook as you are going about your day. As always, this challenge is truly yours – so if you’re not into guided mediations, feel free to meditate independently.
Journaling is also a powerful tool for becoming aware of one’s self and experience. Today’s prompt is “What is one thing that you learned this week?”
Yesterday, I started the Race & Equity in Yoga Training led by Kelley Palmer. Kelley is an amazing teacher and I already learned so much in just one day of the training! One thing that’s really standing out to me is how well she demonstrates what good teaching is. She invited us to practice svadhyaya with some writing exercises. I loved them so much that I used them with my graduate students last night!
I hope you’ll leave a comment and tell us about your mediation practice or about something that you learned this week.
Thank you all so much for following along in this challenge! I’ve loved reading your comments and getting to know you better. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out the #fatkidyogaclub
Is it cliche to say it feels like the world has been turned upside down?
I love, love, love practicing inversions. For me, it’s exhilarating to go upside down and see the world from a different perspective. Ironically, it’s also soothing to practice a gentler inversion like legs up the wall (or chair).
Today’s theme is simple, take a few moments to physically change your perspective. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a handstand! As I show in this video, I also enjoy wide-leg forward folds and legs up the chair.
Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite inversion is and how this practice went for you today.
If your not feeling like going upside down today, you can take some time to write about a time when you changed your perspective about someone or something and how that changed your relationship/experience.
Y’all this challenge has got me feeling nostalgic!
Growing up, one of my favorite things about back to school time was shopping for new clothes and picking out the coolest outfit for the first day of school. It was an exciting time, but shopping wasn’t always fun.
As a fat kid, I rarely got to wear the clothes that I wanted to. I was always relegated to the “husky” section and had to settle for what fit. By the time I was in high school, shopping had lost it’s charm altogether. I spent hours following my friends around the mall and waiting for them to try on clothes why I tried to avoid the question, “can I help you find something?”
“No – you don’t carry my size.” I’d say, trying to end the interaction quickly to avoid further humiliation. Sometimes the sales person would inquire about my size, and assure me that “our sizes run big” but more often than not, they’d tell me to look for extended sizes online. I didn’t realize the lasting effect fatphobia in the fashion industry had on me until recently. It wasn’t just that I felt ashamed of my body or that I couldn’t wear the same clothes as my friends. I didn’t get to develop a personal style.
RuPaul says “you’re born naked and the rest is drag.” But my drag has been exactly that. For most of my life, I’ve settled for what fit or what I was expected to wear. But no more. As a fat-queer grown up, I’ve committed to finding a personal style that allows me to feel strong and confident in ways that I’ve never experienced before. And that brings us to today’s theme…
Practicing yoga has taught me the power of radical self-love. That I am worthy, and dare I say, perfect just as I am. Today, I’m inviting you to practice some yoga postures that make you feel tall and strong. In this video, I suggest mountain pose, tree pose, or warrior 1, but of course you’re welcome to practice any posture that is calling to you.
Leave a comment and let us know which poses empower you to feel tall and strong. Or, for today’s journal prompt tell us about your favorite piece of clothing or an outfit that makes you feel confident.
Don’t forget to share your practice on Instagram with #fatkidyogaclub and #backtoschoolyoga
Today’s the day, y’all! We’re kicking off our seven-day challenge!
I love starting a new school year. It’s a time of excitement and optimism, and I can’t wait to meet my new students. But things are different for many of us this year. If you’ve got school-aged children, you may be weighing the decision to keep them home or send them back to the classroom. If you’re an educator or work in schools, you may be feeling a sense of dread as you try to imagine what your classroom will look like this year. Personally, I’ll be telecommuting and teaching my university classes via Zoom. It won’t be the same, but then again it never is.
It’s important to approach new experiences and opportunities with an open heart and mind. Often, our expectations will prepare us for one type of experience that may or may now come true. And it’s a real bummer when your expectations and reality are at odds with one another. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t want to have a good time, instead, I’m inviting you to consider how you can have a good time even when things don’t go how you thought they would!
In this video, I share three variations of my favorite chest-opening yoga posture, supported fish. In yoga communities, “chest-opening” and “heart-opening” are often used interchangeably. This is because the Anahata (heart) chakra is located in the chest. Additionally, if you’ve studied Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, you are likely familiar with Sutra 1.2 “yogas chittavrittinirodha” or yoga is restraining the churnings of the mind-stuff (Chitta). What is mind-stuff you ask? It’s often described as our “lower-mind”, our internal monologue, or even our feelings. For me, chest opening practices are an invitation to open my heart and mind to new possibilities.
To try the variations in this video you will need a blanket or towel, yoga blocks, and a bolster (or alternatives). BUT – and I cannot stress this enough – you don’t have to practice supported fish today! You’re in control, so you might try another back bending posture that you LOVE instead. This yoga challenge is an invitation – an elective if you will.
So, before I ramble too much more… the journal prompt for today is:
What are you looking forward to about the new school year (or this challenge)? What is one thing you are committed to learning more about in the next few months?
Please consider leaving your response in the comments below. If journaling isn’t your thing, consider leaving a comment to tell me which posture(s) you practiced and/or which of the options I provided was your favorite!
Also, please feel free to play along and share your practice on Instagram with #fatkidyogaclub and #backtoschoolyoga!