Post image for Yoga with Melissa 351 : Building a Strong Immune System from the Inside Out

Strength At this time of year it is not unusual to feel run down worn out, and exhausted. Our schedules are filled to the brim and it is possible that our self-care suffers. In this class we are going to focus on strengthening our physical bodies and strengthening our immune system in preparation for winter. […]

The Secret to Relaxation

by Dr Melissa West on September 28, 2016

Post image for The Secret to Relaxation

The Secret to Relaxation Today we welcome Jeff from Think Vitality to talk to us about the secret to relaxation. It is simpler and easier than you think 🙂 Qigong breathing or diaphragmatic breathing is incredibly important to invoke a relaxation response. Dr. Herbert Benson was the first to name the relaxation response in the […]

Video Blog from Victoria British Columbia : Vlog #34

by Dr Melissa West on September 26, 2016

Post image for Video Blog from Victoria British Columbia : Vlog #34

Yoga Vlogger Welcome to a new week. I started my week with some yoga lesson planning. Thank you to all of you who are voting for what class you want next 🙂 I walked to our community center and signed up for Qi Gong classes and then picked up some ingredients for a warming rice […]

Post image for Yoga with Melissa 350 Back to School Yoga: Yoga is Not Stretching, Yoga for Flexibility

Yoga for Flexibility Dr. Steve Gangemi who is on a mission to stop mindless stretching reminds us that “Yoga is not sanskrit for stretching” Yoga connects us with our physical body, but also our mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual bodies. I think I am preaching to the choir now when I say yoga is so […]

Why is Savasana so Important?

September 21, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts
Thumbnail image for Why is Savasana so Important?

Savasana Important? Today’s question comes to us from Kim via Instagram. Kim wants to know, Why do we do savasana at the end of every yoga class? Great question Kim, thank you so much for asking. Savasana or Corpse pose serves two important purposes in my opinion. Firstly, savasana is a time for you to […]

Read the full article →

The Art of Disappearing for a Day: Vlog 33

September 19, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts
Thumbnail image for The Art of Disappearing for a Day: Vlog 33

Pacific Marine Circle Route We began our week filming Yoga with Melissa at Government House. I started back to yoga classes this week with my yoga teacher Carly Forest. I have been integrating letting go of tension into my yoga practice on and off my mat and so it really stood out to me when […]

Read the full article →

Yoga with Melissa 349: Back to School Yoga, Yoga for Your Spine

September 16, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
Thumbnail image for Yoga with Melissa 349: Back to School Yoga, Yoga for Your Spine

Yoga for Spine Everything I learned about the importance of my spine I learned from my teachers at Esther Myers Yoga Studio. Your spines is your structural, nervous and energetic core of of your body. Esther Myer says, “When you connect with your spine, you are connected to the core of who you are, where […]

Read the full article →

Warm Ayurvedic Stewed Apples for Autumn

September 14, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts
Thumbnail image for Warm Ayurvedic Stewed Apples for Autumn

Ayurvedic Stewed Apples Welcome to Yoga Lifestyle with Melissa 🙂 As we come into the Autumn season vata dosha can be disturbed. Autumn is a season of transition and change and is dry, rough, windy, and erratic, just like vata dosha. According to Ayurvedic medicine, like increases like, so it is a time of year […]

Read the full article →

Getting Personal with Huge Physical and Emotional Shifts: Vlog 32

September 12, 2016 Vlog
Thumbnail image for Getting Personal with Huge Physical and Emotional Shifts: Vlog 32

Getting Personal I started my week with my good friend Jeffrey Chand from Qi Gong for Vitality we had so much fun creating new videos for you on Labour Day Monday. We give you a really good tip about keeping tiger balm out of your nose. Thursday morning we filmed Yoga with Melissa 348 at […]

Read the full article →

Back to School Yoga Spare: Grounding Intermediate Yoga : Episode 348

September 9, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
Thumbnail image for Back to School Yoga Spare: Grounding Intermediate Yoga : Episode 348

Grounding Intermediate Yoga We resist embodiment and we remain outside of our embodied experience. We are disassociated from our bodies, their sensations, aliveness, pain, joy, pleasure. This summer with the explosion of pokemon go we became floating heads attached to screens hunting our next acquisition. Our energy has recoiled into our heads for a completely […]

Read the full article →