Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

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I walked into the Lotus Room in 2006 for a beginner’s yoga class (that the beautiful @carlitayogi was teaching🥰) and met Val, whom at that time sat with all beginners before class and gave us a little run down of what this yoga stuff was all about. She doesn’t remember this moment, of course, because there were so many of these moments for her: but I’ll never forget as she talked I started to tear up. Something was reverberating deep in me though I couldn’t articulate it: resonance shows up as tears for me. Something was right. Now, I wasn’t ‘good’ at this yoga stuff, with my rigid mind and rigid body. 😂 Luckily, yoga only requires sincerity, not talent. And yoga is in no rush— also good, since I still had a ton of growing up to do. 🙃 Still, from meeting Val and that first amazing class with Carla I was in love with this practice. Who cared if I couldn’t touch my toes? I knew I wanted to learn and teach yoga. 🙏🏼 Fast forward 12 years and I get to teach alongside Val and share this practice with so many sincere, kind, hilarious students. Still can’t really believe it. 🕉 The next 200hr yoga teacher training @lotuspondyoga kicks off in January. Touching your toes not required.

FINAL GRADES ARE IN FOR THE SEMESTER and your neighborhood adjunct teacher is goin’ kayaking 👏 #tampabae #gonekayaking #motherearth #gaia

😍 Pigeon > Swan 😍 @jenoyce_vanzell when you shared your heart in the mountains a part of me broke open. You taught me what compassion-in-action is, what yoga is. 💗

These YTTs sure did learn a lot these past six months 😍 I’m always humbled and flooded with gratitude to be part of the yoga teacher training program at @lotuspondyoga, to be part of this beautiful journey with other soul seekers.

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

14 Days 15 Hours Ago

Grateful to all of my teachers. Every time I teach a big workshop or training, such as the reiki trainings this past weekend, I always have an afterglow of appreciation for all of the amazing folks who’ve inspired me. They’ve held flashlights for me along this wild, winding path. I have SO many teachers and badass magical friends I’m indebted to 🔮💖🙏🏼 (y’all know who you are), but here are three I’m sending love and appreciation for at the moment: . @maggaliciouswilcox who attuned me to Reiki in 2006 (oh hey #jupiterinsagittarius ). Meeting her and experiencing reiki from her was the catalyst. Healing doesn’t happen with a lightning bolt of enlightenment (at least not for me) and I’ve still got a ton of inner work to do, but this was the modality that began to shift everything for me. Yes, I still have anxiety and waves of depression and headaches and self doubt and crankiness and everything else tha t makes one human, but those emotions, thoughts, and patterns aren’t my masters any more. I have the tools to empower myself. . Kelsang Chokyan, who first taught me meditation in 2007. Those weekly Tibetan Buddhist meditation classes first gave me insight into the philosophies that would crack my broken worldviews open. . @larissahcarlson who is one of the finest examples of living her yoga fully on and off the mat. Every time I’m in her presence I learn something new. She taught me pranayama and Ayurveda at @lotuspondyoga, and these practices are so powerful and life changing. I couldn’t help bringing up Larissa’s pranayama trainings this past weekend and encouraging my reiki students to also learn pranayama from her, bc those techniques and heightened awarenesses have amplified my own connection to prana/ki/chi. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. . . . #reikilove #alwayslearning #gratitudeyoga #yogalove #blueridgemountains #healingjourney #meditation

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

18 Days 11 Hours Ago

Monday through Friday I sat in a gray cubicle under beams of fluorescent lights and edited Walmart advertisements, tooling over such creative gesticulations as “5 Minutes till Dinner’s Done!” and “Lose Weight, Feel Great: New Formula!” I made very good money doing this, but I quickly found that corporate life didn’t fit me well. I wasn’t built to sit in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day, propelled by Starbucks and the gleam of company revenue. (No shame if that’s your game. I love you, copywriters 🙌🙌🙌). One morning my coworker buddy leaned over my cubicle, took a swig of his Monster energy drink, and said, “So you really think you can heal people with your hands?” We’d been talking in the break room earlier about yoga and I brought up Reiki. My muscles tightened in defense: “It really works. I know this sounds crazy, but it’s changed my life. See my hands aren’t doing the healing, it’s energy flowing though my hands—“ . At this point my coworkers started to spin around in their office chairs, waving their arms a la Mortal Kombat while making laser noises... . Read the rest of the essay on my website. Link in bio baby bunnies. #reiki #mudra #reikilove #wellnessblogger #amwriting #chakrahealing #dharma #liveyourpassion #healingjourney #badwitch #badwitchesonly #mindbodyspirit #omshantiom #meditation #bepresent #yogalove #floridayoga

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

21 Days 15 Hours Ago

Joseph Campbell said if you want to know what a civilization valued, look to their architecture. In the ancient world the tallest, biggest buildings were the temples and cathedrals and mosques. Then, the most impressive structures became the palaces of kings. Now, our skyscrapers are the most striking buildings in our cities: architectural devotions to commerce. I was blown away when I heard that, because it completely rang true to me. As a culture we are devoted to money. I’m not saying I’m not caught up in the game, too: I am, even though I don’t work a 9-5 and my ego thinks it’s so friggin noble for wanting a cabin in the woods vs a big house in the suburbs. (I also don’t own a tv and my ego LOVES feeling super noble for that too, even though I binge watch me some Netflix without shame)😂 But every once in a while I remember the cosmic joke, and my tension eases up and I laugh. All this to say, holiday shopping makes me feel weird.👾 #omgamganapatayenamaha #rememberyouaredreaming #omshantiom

There’s that saying that goes ‘nothing blooms all year.’ As we lose light each day, the plants are going back down to their roots. Most are not blooming but are in a keen incubation period. Nothing blooms all year, except the human, funny species that we are. In the midst of holiday busy-ness, take some time to come back down to earth. This Sunday from 6-8pm @marygranola and I are offering Yin Yoga & Reiki at @lotuspondyoga — experience deep nourishment with this blend of two beautiful practices. More info and sign up details in bio 💫 #treatyourself #selfcarematters #gowithin

We’ve choked Mother Nature for so long she’s choking us back. The red tide on Anna Maria Island today was awful — the smell of rank low tide (it wasn’t low tide). We started coughing and sneezing immediately. As that old dog Edward Abbey said, “The love of nature is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains is, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” #redtide #keepfloridawild #edwardabbey #naturelover #naturewriting #mamaearth #roamflorida #annamariaisland #reikilove #redtidesucks #healtheplanet #gulfcoast #explore #wanderlust #weareallwalkingeachotherhome

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

25 Days 15 Hours Ago

Repost @dogsbeingbasic

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

27 Days 12 Hours Ago

happy 👏 manatee 👏season 👏

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

29 Days 16 Hours Ago

This Sunday, join me in the magical salt room for Open Heart Yin & Restorative Yoga! 11am-12:15pm, Aluna Wellness on Anna Maria Island. This place is a beautiful little gem for healing. Don’t go to the mall, it’s silly there. Come back to yourself. Only $15! 🔮📿💎

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

27 Days 12 Hours Ago

Happy birthday to this cowboy. Another day in the great rushin’ river. (Alan Watts died on his birthday, so I’m thinking he could be the reincarnation.) 😉💫 #scorpioseason #alanwatts #youreit #themountainsarecalling #gratefulheart #om #rmnp #freshairfriday #goneexploring #travellove #treehugger #goparks #nps #rockymountains #wanderlust #mindfultravel #travelholic #nomadness

Repost @read_herring — join me and other great readers tonight at Mermaid Tavern for Read Herring. Literary escapades commence at 9pm. Free high fives. Free poetry. Not free truffle fries— but still, truffle fries.

In Taoist philosophy, all of physical reality is relative: we know up because we know down, we define day by comparison to night, we say something is tall because we have an idea in our minds about what is short. Everything exists on a spectrum, and nothing is separate from anything else. In this way, Yin Yoga itself -- which is a practice that lives at the intersection of Taoism, Hatha yoga, and Chinese Meridian theory -- can be experienced on a spectrum. This makes Yin Yoga extremely accessible for both beginners and advanced practitioners. The dial can be turned in any direction (this is true for any yogic technique, from asana to pranayama to meditation). The skillful Yin Yoga teacher will adjust the dials on her class to accommodate the needs of her students, while offering opportunities to mindfully explore the edges of the shapes, without force. Join me for a yummy Yin sesh tomorrow at 5:30pm-6:30pm at the @lotuspondyoga to open the hips and the heart during this season of gratitude. . . . . #yinyoga #yogajourney #mindfulness #grounding #vataseason #yogaflorida #meditationinmotion #gomukhasana #shoelacepose #mindfulmovement #dharana #gratitudeyoga #mindbodyspirit #yogalove #santosha #progressnotperfection #taoism #yinyang #yogateacher