Last Ride to Guayaquil

by K. Kris Loomis in Ecuador

Leaving Cuenca for good. Destination Guayaquil. Bright colored blocks of laundry flit on roofs and over gardens. Dirty puppies imitate big dogs on side of road and roasting pig, top layer of skin gone, eats eternal apple. Antsy cat on my lap. Mixture of Spanish, French, and Japanese overlap in airport bus. Old man beside […]

To Miss or Not Miss Part Two

by K. Kris Loomis in Ecuador

Last week in my blog I started exploring the things about living in South America I will miss, along with the things I won’t miss after I move back to the states. How crazy is it that what I will miss and what I won’t miss are the exact same things! Here is part two […]

To Miss or Not Miss Part One

by K. Kris Loomis in Ecuador

I began wondering this week if it were possible to miss something and not miss it at the same time. As I prepare to leave my home of the last three years in Ecuador to return to my hometown in South Carolina, I think it is only natural to think about the things I will […]

Maria, Monica, and Juan-John

by K. Kris Loomis in Ecuador

My husband and I are closing in on our remaining time in Ecuador. Unfortunately, one of our last experiences here has been a burglary. The creeps took the usual stuff, TV, computers, cash, phones, appliances, and the unusual as well. For some reason, they saw fit to steal all of my shoes. ALL OF MY […]

Morning Observations in Ecuador

by K. Kris Loomis in Ecuador

Clank. Brown gate cold. Chicken wire snags fingerless gloves. Knit hat soft as I adjust it over ears. Dogs to the left play fighting in exact spot where a dead dog lay for a full day last weekend. Big one is winning even though his back leg is lame. No collars. Little one doesn’t realize […]

The Challenge of an Accomplished Student

by K. Kris Loomis in Yoga

In the yoga world, teachers often don’t know what to do with a student that swims into class being able to do sophisticated arm balances in a sea where the rest of the yogi fish are just trying to breathe. So what is a teacher supposed to do with one of these “accomplished students?” While […]

Your Yoga Toolbox

by K. Kris Loomis in Yoga

  After almost twenty years of practice, I am amazed at how full my yoga toolbox has become. I started collecting yoga tools with my first class, although I didn’t really know how or when to use those tools in my “real” life at the time. That came later. But I believe that consistent use […]

The Evolution of a Yoga Posture

by K. Kris Loomis in Yoga

When I first started practicing yoga I often said, “I can’t do that!” Now, after almost twenty years of practicing, studying, and teaching yoga, I say, “I can’t do that. YET.” Why the “yet” at the end? Because I believe in evolution. Apart from the Darwinian meaning of the word “evolution,” Merriam-Webster defines evolution as […]

A Swimmer’s Meditation

by K. Kris Loomis in Meditation

Several years ago, after finding myself on my own for the first time in over fourteen years, I bought a townhouse. It was a small, two-bedroom townhouse, which was great because I didn’t want to have to take care of a lot of “stuff.” The HOA dues covered all of the outside yard maintenance, and […]

Yoga Found Me. Again.

by K. Kris Loomis in Yoga

Most of us “yoga people” find yoga by seeking it out, by attending classes and practicing the postures. We find yoga by reading books and going to weekend workshops and reading the popular blogs. By following the newest phenom on Youtube or listening to meditation podcasts in the carpool line. There is no shortage of […]

Three Things You Absolutely, Positively Do NOT Have to Have to Practice Yoga

by K. Kris Loomis in Yoga

We’ve all seen them. The “trendy” yoga types. You know, the ones running around town in designer yoga clothes with a cool yoga mat bag slung over their shoulder. If we are honest, sometimes we don’t like those yoga fashionistas with the half double decaf latte in one hand and the latest iPhone in the […]