by Stacey


is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. Rest is not stasis but the essence of giving and receiving. Rest is an act of remembering, imaginatively and intellectually, but also physiologically and physically. To rest is to become present in different way, especially to give up on the will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals. To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless we put it right; to rest is to fall back, literally or figuratively from outer targets, not even to a sense of inner accomplishment or an imagined state of attained stillness, but to a different kind of meeting place, a living, breathing state of natural exchange…

From Readers’ Circle Essay, ‘REST’
©2011 David Whyte



by Stacey

StoryAsana: Your Yoga. Your Story.

Only the most wonderful people come to my classes and events, and here is one of them!

Meet Mattice -




Mattice Haynes




Principal Consultant and Lead Facilitator – The Art of Community

Where do you live?

City of Decatur

How long have you been practicing yoga?

7 or 8 years

What brought you to yoga?

Initially, I was looking for a new form of exercise. I had reached a plateau in my fitness and weight loss journey and needed to try something new.

What keeps you coming back?

Yoga has literally opened me up! I feel most like myself when practicing yoga. The sense of peace and the spaciousness created in both my body and my consciousness are undeniable. That’s what keeps me coming back. I neglected my practice for nearly 18 months and nearly every aspect of my life deteriorated, at least in the ways that really matter. I learned my lesson the hard way. Hopefully, I won’t make that mistake again.

What is your favorite yoga posture right now? Why?

Supported bridge! I always hated bridge pose. I have a curvy body and full hips and bridge always seem to challenging as well as uncomfortable for my lower back. Learning that I can enjoy the benefits of the posture with support and without strain has turned it into one of my favorite poses. (Thanks Stacey!!)

What yoga posture challenges you the most right now? Why?

Anything beyond gentle or restorative yoga is a challenge for me right now. I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and my body is also healing from adrenal fatigue. Strenuous activities trigger inflammation and other nuisances due to my condition.

How would you describe yoga to someone who has never done it before?

This is a great question. I’m not sure; it would probably depend on who I was talking to. I think “yoga done right” is a very personal experience so I guess I would just share my experience + encourage them to have an open mind and heart and try it for themselves!

What does your yoga practice mean to you?

It’s my truth! It helps me keep my body, heart, mind and spirit deeply connected and in alignment with each other. My yoga practice is a space of deep reverence for myself, my creator, and others.

When you’re not on the mat, what do you like to do?

Rest, sleep, meditate, listen to music, take walks/hikes in nature, eat, read, travel, spend time with my daughter, family and friends

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Butter Pecan

Your Business Website or Favorite Charity you would like to promote:


What’s your StoryAsana?

Drop me a line (curvyyogini(at)gmail(dot)com) with the subject StoryAsana and I’ll send you the interview questions!


Go Out And Practice.

November 4, 2013

You know, if your body disgusts you now, it will disgust you after you’ve lost 20 pounds, after you’ve toned your abs, after you’ve developed your glutes. If you can’t see your body as an extraordinary feat of biology, by virtue of being alive and having got you here, as having risen to amazing demands […]

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God Says Yes To Me

October 31, 2013

God Says Yes To Me I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic and she said yes I asked her if it was okay to be short and she said it sure is I asked her if I could wear nail polish or not wear nail polish and she said honey she calls […]

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in the forest of your heart

October 31, 2013

…In the forest of your heart, cracks have appeared, so that a new light can pour through. It has come to illuminate the trees and the sweet ones who have taken up residence there. For a moment, you thought your brokenness was working against you, but then you realized that it, too, is a pathway […]

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10 x 10

August 8, 2013

There once was a traveler on a long and pressing journey. Night fell, and he lost his way in the dark of a thick forest. On the verge of despair, he saw a light flickering in the distance. Making his way toward the light, he found a hut in a small clearing. When he knocked […]

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I’m A Face of Carapace!

July 24, 2013

Carapace is a monthly storytelling event where participants get to tell an original, true story without notes to an appreciative, often standing room only audience. Here is an interview by Carapace founder, Randy Osbourne: Face of Carapace

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Your Practice Is Always There For You

June 30, 2013

I run into people all of the time who tell me “I keep meaning to take your class!” or “I’m coming to your class, right after I get through this (fill in the blank)” or “I’m so embarrassed/guilty/ashamed/whatever that I haven’t shown up in your class yet!” I just smile and tell them it’s alright. […]

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