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"Yoga Extras:" Resources for : Fri 5/3-Tue 3/7, 2024

I am creating these "Yoga Extras" blog posts for those of you resonating with the public yoga classes & Yoga Teacher Trainings I am leading. Inside of these blog posts you will find extra resources that support our weekly class theme. The weekly classes I guide are themed according to the season & collective energetic "weather"--This is of course influenced by many things; for instance, not only national and global events but how masses of people are feeling about and reacting to those events. It is also influenced by space weather (see & the current movement/placement of celestial bodies ie: the sun, moon, planets, nodes, stars, etc. You can find me teaching currently at Black Swan Yoga (North-Anderson) in Austin, TX. I am on the schedule as "Erika K." Mention this webpage for a free class.


Text 561-703-9150 (or email with your email if you would like to get your name put on the growing waiting list for this potential fall training. You will then receive further information in the occasional video & copy newsletter with further information.

P.S. See the last 3 or so blogs for some preliminary info. on this training.



Thank you to the many of you who have sent love and kitty-well-wishes to Pauntoufle. I don't know how much time the two of us have left together in the physical but we are spending as many moments together as possible.

The reading that is guiding the energy of our classes this week is short but connected and powerful. I've been thinking about it a lot, & have had a strong and otherwordly experience recently by simply "paying attention" like Mary Oliver instructs the reader to do in her famous three lined poem: Instructions on Living a Life. Writing prompts are at the bottom of the blog for those of you who resonate and want to integrate the medicine of the words Mary has offered us. I look forward to a good week together and thank you again for your abundant kindness.

The second video is a quick update on where my thinking is at with the QYTT. xo

PS, I'm going to begin to add extra videos to my newsletter. If you would like to recieve that, add your email on the "Landing Page" tab at the top of the homepage of

Love, love.



Click the image below for the music from this week's class:

For this week's reading, see below:

Below are writing prompts based on the above reading. If you resonate with the reading, I highly suggest writing to get to a deeper truth within yourself about how you can bring Mary's instructions into your actual life.

  • Write a reflective essay on a moment in your life when you felt deeply connected to nature, drawing inspiration from Mary Oliver's emphasis on the importance of paying attention and being present in the natural world.

  • Imagine yourself as a character in one of Mary Oliver's poems. Describe a day in your life through the lens of her poetic style, focusing on the small moments of beauty and wonder you encounter.

  • Create a series of haiku poems inspired by Mary Oliver's instructions for living a life, capturing the essence of simplicity, gratitude, and mindfulness in each verse.

  • Write a short story about a person who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after reading Mary Oliver's "Instructions for Living a Life." Explore how their perspective on life changes as they integrate her wisdom into their daily experiences.

  • Develop a set of personal mantras or affirmations inspired by Mary Oliver's teachings. Reflect on how these guiding principles can shape your mindset and actions as you navigate life's challenges and joys.

  • Write a letter to Mary Oliver expressing how her poetry has impacted your life and influenced your understanding of the world around you. Share specific moments or lines from her work that resonate deeply with you.

  • Imagine hosting a dinner party with Mary Oliver as the guest of honor. Write a dialogue between you and her, discussing the themes of nature, spirituality, and the human experience that are prevalent in her poetry.

  • Craft a series of journal prompts inspired by Mary Oliver's instructions for living a life. Encourage introspection and self-discovery as you explore topics such as gratitude, wonder, and the pursuit of authenticity.

  • Write a poem inspired by a favorite quote from Mary Oliver's "Instructions for Living a Life," exploring its meaning and relevance in your own journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

  • Create an illustrated journal entry depicting a moment of quiet observation and reflection in nature, inspired by Mary Oliver's invitation to "pay attention, be astonished, tell about it." Share your observations and reflections through both words and images.

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