The Unexpected Beauty of Divorce

In late 2014, when my then-husband Drew and I separated and divorced, it was horrible. And it felt a lot like dragging myself, broken and bleeding and full of grief and self-doubt, through the bleakest and most desolate valley I have ever encountered. But what I didn’t realize was that I was tilling the soil of my life so that all of the beautiful things I’d been wanting to plant could finally grow. Divorce is hard.  And it’s ugly.  But it can be beautiful too.

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Katherine Block
Why You Don't Need Yoga

This might seem like a really weird blog coming from a yoga teacher (and someone who thinks yoga is a seriously powerful practice), but guess what? You don’t NEED yoga.  And anyone who tells you that you do is probably trying to sell you something.

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Katherine Block
New Year's Resolutions: A Cautionary Tale

The New Year often brings lots of talk about resolutions, particularly those involving weight and diet. A couple of years ago, I tried the wildly popular Whole 30 "lifestyle.” I felt AMAZING. My skin looked radiant. I had so much less joint and muscle pain. My digestion was on point. And, yes, I lost weight. But that’s not the end of the story.

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Katherine Block
Strong Medicine

This summer and early fall were HARD, you guys.  So eventually I got really vulnerable and told the truth about what was going on and how I was feeling to my family and my friends. And then I tried really hard to do more of what made me happy and less of what didn’t.  I made a list and a plan of things I should start doing differently.  And guess what?  It mostly didn’t help a whole lot.  Here’s what did…

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Katherine Block
A Love Letter

Today is my first anniversary of marriage to my husband Austin (a total dreamboat and the great love of my life) and this journal entry — if I’m honest — is partly a love letter to him and partly me telling YOU about a really important lesson that he helped me learn.  This one’s a bit long, so grab a cupcake and settle in…

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Katherine Block
Nice for what?

Kind is great. But nice?  For me, nice means keeping quiet and staying small.  Not having any needs, boundaries, opinions, or desires.  Meeting expectations and making everyone happy all the time. Always saying “yes” and never saying “no.” Prioritizing everyone else’s voice above my own. But recently I asked myself, “Nice for what?” And it changed everything.

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Katherine Block
#summerofself

Spring has been more than a little rough for me personally, so over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about what would need to change in order for me to feel less like a stressed-out, over-caffeinated hamster running a frantic marathon on a wheel that won’t stop spinning.  And this is the crazy idea I came up with...

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Katherine Block
All I want is to be true

A couple of years ago, I read a Facebook post by the amazing Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) in which she asks readers to sit with the line "I'm tired of being good. Now all I want is to be free." Liz told us all to just notice, with a gentle curiosity, how our insides responded to those words.

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Katherine Block
Is your self-care just escapism?

Real talk — a lot of times the way that we talk about and practice self-care veers into the realm of escapism. Little "treats" that we allow ourselves as a reward for slogging through days, weeks, and sometimes even years that feel so depleting, endlessly arduous, and painful that we have no choice but to retreat from the world for a while.

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Katherine Block
Befriending my body

A couple of years ago, I realized that I think other women’s imperfections are take-your-breath-away beautiful. Crow’s feet, gray hairs, stretch marks and scars, overly rosy cheeks, pores, the light and shadow of human skin, outer thigh dimples, “age spots” and freckles. Not beautiful in a “your flaws are what make you unique and that’s beautiful” kind of way.

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Katherine Block
Scars

A couple of days ago, I was talking with a client about scars. She'd just had surgery and a well-meaning someone, probably trying to preemptively console her, told her not to worry about her scar and that she would always be beautiful — no matter how it healed.

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Katherine Block
Making friends with this pitch-black heart of mine...

“He just had this golden heart.” Driving home one-day several years ago, I heard a woman being interviewed on NPR use these words to describe her nephew, a soldier who had died in Afghanistan. Instantly, I felt a pang of shame and longing lance through me because I knew, without reservation, that my heart was not golden.

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Katherine Block
So, what’s with the name?

Little Dipper Yoga and Therapeutic Bodywork officially began in June of 2015 and, since before I really even opened up shop, I’ve had more than a few people ask me, essentially, “What’s with the name?” The answer to that question starts with a seed that was planted 5 or 6 years ago.

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Katherine Block