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 […]

Daily Differences

by K. Kris Loomis in Yoga

Did you know that you will never again have the exact same body that you have today? Most people get out of bed in the morning and just assume that they will pick up where they left off yesterday, physically speaking, with no discernable differences. But the things that we do on one day can […]

The Comparison Coin

by K. Kris Loomis in Yoga

Flipping the comparison coin is risky business. If the coin lands on one side you could be plunged into the depths of jealousy and low self-esteem. But if it lands on the other side you could be inspired, invigorated, and possibly refocused toward your goal. Is it possible to guarantee that your coin will land […]

The Flexibility Factor

by K. Kris Loomis in Yoga

When it comes to not trying yoga, the king of excuses is “I’m just not flexible!” Oh, I’ve heard other excuses, of course, but I would have become a rich woman by now if I had gotten a dollar for every time I’ve heard that phrase over the years. When people hear that you are […]

A Simple Intention

by K. Kris Loomis in Yoga

Intentions. The road to hell is paved with ‘em. They can be good. They can be bad. We often hide behind them. Sometimes we wear them like badges. They can distract us or bring about laser focus. They can be frivolous or deadly serious. You can even go to prison because of them. As a […]