Namaste Yoga 264: Clear Your Mind Intermediate Class

by Dr Melissa West on January 30, 2015

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Clear Your Mind We tend to rely on our minds to interpret our experience of the world. Yet our thinking mind interprets the world through cultural constructs that are separate from our true, direct, spontaneous experience of life. We hold thought with great value and yet they are simply interpretations of a collection of cultural […]

Do you really have Sway Back?

by Dr Melissa West on January 27, 2015

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Sway Back :Today’s question comes to us from Namaste Yoga member, Darlene. BTW, Darlene has performed some incredibly generous karma yoga for me by cataloguing all our membership videos, so thank you Darlene! Melissa, Joining this community and practicing with you has really brought an awareness of my body to my attention. Now I realize […]

Namaste Yoga 263: Restore Your Energy Intermediate Class

by Dr Melissa West on January 23, 2015

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Restore Your Energy : Our lives are busy, demanding, challenging, noisy, full of toxins, information overload and non-stop activity. It is not surprising that we feel drained, stressed, scattered and run down. Today’s practice will focus on restoring your energy, but this takes time and focused concentration. Consider this. You spend one hour a day […]

Mentor with Melissa

by Dr Melissa West on January 21, 2015

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Free Content from Mentor with Melissa Course Keys to Self Acceptance and Life Purpose Through Yoga Hello I’m Dr. Melissa West and I developed Mentor with Melissa, a 10 week course for serious yoga students who want to deepen their study of yoga and yoga teachers who want to develop their own philosophy of yoga. […]

Namaste Yoga 262: Make Space

January 16, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Yoga to Declutter : Members: I would recommend you practice this week’s Weekly Challenge prior to practicing this class as it will prepare your fascia for this class and make it easier to practice: On our membership site we practiced a Transitioning into the New Year retreat this year between December 26th and December 31st. […]

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Right and Left Nostrils in Alternate Nostril Breathing

January 13, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Nostril Breathing :Great class Melissa. (Namaste Yoga 252, Beginner Yoga Class on Breath) Your class helped me in centering today. Alternate Nostril breathing had a very calming effect on me.I also noticed that I was inhaling more from right nostril however didn’t have much to exhale from the left. It certainly meant something….how would you […]

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Namaste Yoga 261: Focus Your Energy

January 9, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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yoga for focus : In our culture our attention tends to be pulled out in many different competing directions. Information technology and multimedia fragments our attention flickering from one stream to another moment to moment. Multi-tasking or dividing our attention from one task to another in rapid succession drains our energy. Our wonderful world of […]

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Namaste Yoga 260: Turn Inward

January 2, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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restorative yoga We are coming through a holiday season in Western culture where over consuming and over-activity are part of our daily landscape. Many of us have spent the last two weeks rushing around, staying up late, spending and buying more. Although the festivities can be fun this culturally imposed agenda is at odds with […]

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Namaste Yoga 259: Make Your Belly

December 26, 2014 Intermediate Yoga Class
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yoga sequence for third chakra In Japanese culture a person is not considered an adult until they have “made their belly.” In yoga we recognize this energy center as your third chakra or solar plexus. Your body’s center is also known as your hara or the brain of your cells. What does making your belly […]

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How can I have a stronger back?

December 23, 2014 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Yoga for the upper back Dear Melissa I was wondering if you could point me towards a yoga class that would help increase the strength of my back and eliminate kyphosis. Jarka. Dear Jarka, Thank you for a great question. So first of all, kyphosis is that rounding of our upper back that happens. It […]

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