Ganesh Mudra in Madison

by Dr Melissa West on April 15, 2014

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Ganesha Mudra Today we are in one of my favourite places, Madison Wisconsin. Ever since I woke up this morning, one of my favourite Hindu Gods, Ganesh has wanted to be with me. When I chose my clothes this morning I chose my Ganesh Squeezed Bamboo top, my Ganesh Squeezed scarf, and a Ganesh bracelet […]

Hanuman – Full Moon Mudra

by Dr Melissa West on April 14, 2014

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Mudras Day 1 The first day of our journey is an auspicious time. April 14/15 is a tetrad of total lunar eclipse. It is also a full moon known as a pink moon which refers to our close relationships, love and caring. As if that wasn’t enough it also happens to be Hanuman’s birthday on […]

Namaste Yoga 224: The Eight Limbs of Yoga: Yamas

by Dr Melissa West on April 11, 2014

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A Different Kind of Alignment Beyond the Physical A Different Kind of Alignment Beyond the Physical. 2:28 “By the practice of the limbs of yoga, the impurities dwindle away and there dawns the light of wisdom leading to discriminative discernment.” The practice of the eight limbs of yoga will not bring you anything new, they […]

Can we afford to be non-judgmental?

by Dr Melissa West on April 8, 2014

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Being Non-Judgmental Please don’t take a lot of time explaining this…direct me to a resource if you can. I love the idea of being non-judgemental. But given all the things that need to be changed and challenged in our world today, can we afford to be non-judgmental? Shouldn’t we be involved and take a stand […]

Namaste Yoga 223 Yoga with a Strap: Making a Connection an Intermediate Yoga Class

April 4, 2014Intermediate Yoga Class
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Yoga Straps Class Yoga props like the yoga strap allow you to receive the benefit of the yoga pose without overextending yourselves, thus experiencing greater ease and stability and more connection with your breath in the pose. And yet, a lot of times people hold back from using props such as yoga straps. Perhaps people […]

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What made the biggest difference?

April 2, 2014Melissa's Daily Blog Posts
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Transformation Today’s question comes from Facebook from Michele: Melissa … what would you say has been your most significant change/enhancement toward your beautiful transformation? Giving up sugar? Being sober? Juicing/blending? Surrendering to The Divine? Curious … thanks If you want to know more about my transformation you can listen to me talk about it here: […]

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How to Journal about Your Yoga Practice

March 31, 2014Melissa's Daily Blog Posts
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How to Yoga Journal Today’s question comes from Katie from Facebook Dr. West, I was wondering about your advice on a yoga journal, or yoga book. I want to incorporate knowledge of yoga into my daily practice, and also maybe some way to journal my process. If you could think of anything, that would be […]

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Namaste Yoga 222: Hanuman Brings Karma Yoga to Life

March 28, 2014Intermediate Yoga Class
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Karma Hanuman practiced the yoga of action, karma yoga. He performed all his duties without detachment, offering everything he did to his beloved Rama. Hanuman was completely free from any need for praise or tribute. In the whole telling of the Ramayana, you will not find one incident where Hanuman did something for himself. All […]

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How to create a regular yoga practice

March 26, 2014Melissa's Daily Blog Posts
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Building a Home Yoga Practice Today’s question comes from Hannah from Facebook: I have a question – I’ve been “doing” yoga for several years, but have never been overly consistent. After discovering you on Youtube, I have not only enjoyed the different beginner offerings, but I feel more motivation to truly develop an ongoing “practice.” […]

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Namaste Yoga 221 Hanuman Series: Hanuman the Humble Servant

March 21, 2014Beginners Yoga Class
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Pride Hanuman is the personification of dasya bhava the attitude of the servant. He started his life serving Sugriva, son of Surya (the God of the son) and the ruler of the monkey kingdom. Later in his life he became the humble servant of Rama. It is said that this form of bhakti destroys the […]

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