“Okay, can we do one more picture? I want to do a yoga pose.” It was raining at the SMU at Taos campus. A steady cleansing rain had popped up throughout my stay. I had been there about a week and it was magical. It was my second time at the writing retreat and it … More The Wow of Change
I’ve just returned from the mountains. No, literally, I’ve just returned from a week-long writing fellowship in the Carson National Forest and it was so delicious. I’m a writer (as you know) and it was great to get away and work on my writing for a while. I needed the space to continue on one … More A week away. A yogi dream.
The white cloth is placed over my eyes and blocks out what little light is left in the studio. My yoga teacher (and mat sister) has turned on the soothing music, My body melts into the hardwood floor. After a challenging practice, I am rewarded with my favorite pose — Shavasana. Called corpus pose, it’s … More Things I think about while in Shavasana
I had practiced before my first vinyasa in years. The practice was so that my body remembered what it was like to be in down dog, adho mukha śvānāsana. For a bit, it felt strange even though I knew I was doing it right. The form was correct and yet it took a while for … More The trauma you bring to the mat
Okay, so I’m going to admit something now that I’m not proud of. I was going to skip a yoga event because the nap I was taking was way too delicious. I’m glad I make myself get up and go because the Melanin Yoga Project’s Rooftop Yoga event was so worth the ending of the … More Melanin Yoga Project, the #YogaWakanda I didn’t know I needed.
I bought a new mat. Let me make this clear. I’m not replacing my beautiful lovely mat from Manduka. (Goodness these folks can make a mat!) I purchased a lightweight eKO Superlight mat because… I’m traveling soon! Continuing my yoga practice while I’m gone is important to me. Since I just restarted my practice, I … More New mat, new adventure…Manduka’s eKO Superlight
I had the best intentions. I really, really did. My goal was to take my yoga practice seriously and go to my nearest yoga studio often. I even purchased a Groupon to help me. Pero, no. It didn’t happen that way. This is how it happened. I made lots of excuses. The studio is too … More Starting my journey a little late
And here we are. A new adventure. First off. That picture of that person doing an awesome yoga pose is NOT me. It will be one day but, alas, not today. So let me start off by telling you who I am. Hey, my name is Icess. I’m a writer, teacher, and all around regular … More Hello, world!