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Minnesota — based UX researcher and yoga instructor. You can find me as @megtalla in most spaces!

Exploring Empathy Part 1

Paris at dusk (from Pexels)

I’m 21 years old, on my semester abroad, and slowly making my way up the steps toward Sacré-Cœur on my first night in Paris. It’s dusky. The lights are starting to turn on throughout Paris and, from the height, the sight is literal magic. …

US Forest Service guide on what to do when seeking direction amidst uncertainty (aka lost in the woods)

Forest Service, 1946

A clear head will find itself. If everyone remembered this, there would be fewer reports of persons lost in the mountains and forests, according to United States Forest Service rangers.

Merely being out of sight of others in a strange forest gives many a man the creeps…

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I remember when I first started teaching yoga. I loved teaching, but I also loved the behind scenes work as well. Creating flows, matching them to playlists, refining cues, and on and on and on. I wanted to attract students with my creativity and clever themes.

Slowly, I realized that…

Re-shape your career plans with these motivational reads

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It’s impossible to ignore The Great Resignation. Starbucks has reduced hours, school districts are cancelling bus routes due to lack of drivers, and, if Reddit is a reliable source for the temperature of worker climate, people in the service industry are fed up.

But it’s not just the service industry…

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Hi, hello, and welcome to Yoga Prose, Medium’s home for yoga teachers, students, aficionados, and anyone else looking for resources or inspiration related to their yoga practice. If you’re interested in writing on this broad expanse of possibilities, read on.

As we start on this journey, it’s important to me…

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Yoga lit tends to be fairly predictable. Most lists of recommendations, whether it’s YTT (yoga teacher training) or some kind of thematic book club, can usually by counted on to include the same iconic-yet-somewhat-niche reads. “The Untethered Soul.” “The Alchemist.” Anything by Ram Dass. …

Yoga student in down dog position
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Even as a yoga instructor, I’ve never been very successful at cultivating a really meaningful home practice. I love the studio atmosphere, the rituals and the vibes, and the interaction with the instructors. …

Ode to Otis

Otis the pug

Otis came into our lives by accident. My sister found him on some Craigslist-esque site that technically bans live animal sales, but somehow pet listings proliferated.

“I remembered that I don’t like pugs,” she told me on the phone. I was working at a liquor store at the time, it…

The Office Cringe Bracket

There are literally hundreds of articles and listicles and Subreddits discussing the most cringeworthy episodes of NBC’S The Office. As a fan (of cringe comedy and the show), I was always excited to come across a new one but always displeased to find the same episodes in sightly different order.

Yoga Fresh in Woodbury, MN

I’ve been told by other fitness instructors that teaching yoga is one of the hardest disciplines. You can’t take a quick breath after asking the class to do 20 reps, or level down during a song. You’re present with your class from beginning to end, coaching and coaxing and cueing…

Meghan Hatalla

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