self-acceptance, self-esteem and self-love

by Dr Melissa West on July 23, 2014

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Self Love Dr West is there a yoga that helps with self esteem, self acceptance. and self love.   I am 49 years old and have never felt acceptance or approval of myself.  Getting older it get worst, because I feel like everything is going away. Dear Lisa Thank you for your question. There are a […]

How can yoga help with COPD?

by Dr Melissa West on July 21, 2014

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Yoga and COPD First of all I am not a medical doctor, but a yoga instructor with a Ph.D. in communications and cultural studies with an interest in research, so it is most important to seek permission from your medical doctor first before engaging with any sort of exercise program if you have COPD. COPD […]

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Letting Go In today’s class we will cultivate the courage to bring acceptance and grace to the change and transformation that inevitably arises in our lives when asked to let go. We will do this through yoga postures that invite letting go, but also through the warrior postures to plant the seeds of courage in […]

Postpartum Guidelines and Postnatal Yoga Suggestions

by Dr Melissa West on July 14, 2014

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Postnatal Yoga Suggestions Hi Melissa, My name is Lorena and I  live in Munich  Germany. I wrote to you before, regarding issues with hip pain during pregnancy. Now I have a question about postpartum yoga. Are there any specific exercises that you recommend which would be good? I think probably slow and steady would be the […]

Namaste Yoga 235 Imperfect Perfection Yoga Stories 2, Guru Mantra: Vishnu

July 11, 2014 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Imperfect Perfection The focus of this week’s class is on Vishnu’s incarnation as Krishna and his conversation with Arjuna that in taking a human form he could only be 15/16th perfect. We will reflect on our imperfect perfection as human beings and bring loving kindness, compassion and perfection to our imperfections. This week we will […]

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Kriya Yoga Question

July 7, 2014 Melissa's Daily Blog Posts
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Series of Kriya Dear Melissa, I’m an Italian fan of yours and I’d like you to suggest a good manual of kriya yoga; in particular I’m interested in physical exercises. Thanks a lot. Silvia Dear Silvia I am not familiar with kriya yoga myself. However, my friend Premadasa Gangadeen is a student of kriya yoga […]

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Namaste Yoga 234 Yoga Stories 2, The Guru Mantra Brahma’s Story of Creation, The Manifesting Current of the Chakras.

July 4, 2014 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Manifesting through Yoga This week we will continue with the Guru Mantra. gurur brahma gurur visnu gurur devo mahesvara guruh saksat parambrahma tasmai sri gurave namah The guru is Brahma, The guru is Vishnu The Guru is Shiva (Devo Mahesvara) The guru is nearby and the guru is everywhere To the guru I offer, all […]

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Meditation for Tinnitus

July 2, 2014 Yoga Questions and Yoga Answers
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Meditation Question Today’s question comes to us from Tessa from the UK: I have a new challenge/question for you! I am doing more of the meditations and chants now. I think that if I did it more regularly it might help me put up with tinnitus. Is there any evidence that meditation and chanting is […]

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Namaste Yoga 233 Yoga Stories 2, The Guru Mantra, Lessons Everywhere

June 27, 2014 Melissa's Daily Blog Posts
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The Guru Mantra The second class in our yoga stories series is the guru mantra. This mantra also focuses on the Hindu God’s Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Today we will focus on how these gurus of creation, preservation and destruction show up in all areas of our lives. We will reflect back on our own […]

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Neck Position in Camel

June 25, 2014 Melissa's Daily Blog Posts
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Camel pose help Hi Melissa, What is the best position for the head/neck in camel pose?When in full camel,is it ok to let the head rest back or is it better to tuck the chin? Namaste, Michelle Dear Michelle This is a question of what feels better in your body. You can elongate your neck […]

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