Namaste Yoga 272 Easy to Follow Beginner Yoga

by Dr Melissa West on March 27, 2015

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Easy to Follow Beginner Yoga :In our culture of busy there is enough to keep up to without having difficulty with following your yoga class. In our yoga class we will question the need to live this way on and off our yoga mats. We will question our assumptions about stress, struggle and effort whether […]

How to Help Back Pain with Yoga

by Dr Melissa West on March 25, 2015

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How to Help Back Pain with Yoga Today’s question comes from Tamara via email. She has chronic back pain. She has been to see her doctor who has through a series of diagnostics determined that she has muscle strain and poor postural habits. Tamara has requested help with a yoga program that will help her […]

Namaste Yoga 271 Step by Step Beginner Yoga Class

by Dr Melissa West on March 20, 2015

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Step by Step : In the age of digital media there can be a desire to skip the stage of beginner and go to the end of the path of mastery. In our culture of image rich mastery it can be challenging to occupy the space of beginner and take things step by step. To […]

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Motivation Today I’m going to share with you three ways to increase your motivation to practice yoga daily. #1 Start small so that you can experience success. Practice every day for just 10 or 20 minutes. Instead of setting yourself up for failure with expectations of a 60 minute practice, keep yourself on track with […]

Namaste Yoga 270 Slow Beginner Yoga

March 13, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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Slow When we asked beginner’s what their biggest stumbling block to learning yoga was, the second most offered response was that beginner classes moved too fast. Today we are talking about and practicing slow yoga. Slow yoga is something we can embody in thought, word, and action. By moving our bodies more slowly in yoga […]

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Five Ways to Increase Your Commitment to Your Yoga Practice

March 10, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Yoga Commitment Today I am going to share with you five ways to increase your commitment to your yoga practice. As Stephen Covey says in the 7 habits of highly effective people, manage yourself first. Focus on the important and not the urgent. Make your yoga practice a priority by putting it on your calendar. […]

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Namaste Yoga 269 Beginner Yoga Balance

March 6, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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Beginner Yoga Balance What is balance? Balance is an even distribution of weight allowing something or someone to remain upright and steady. It can also mean a condition in which different elements are in the correct proportion or equal. To me it is a combination between stability and flexibility. I believe that one of the […]

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5 tips for balancing in lunge pose

March 4, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Today’s question comes to us from YouTube: I am new to yoga, and this is my second video in your beginner series. I enjoy very much how I feel after. However, I did have a difficult time with my balance on the lunges, and even took it back to not such a wide stance. I […]

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Beginner Yoga Classes : Namaste Yoga 268

February 27, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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Absolute Beginners Today’s yoga class is designed for the absolute beginner. You can do this class if you have never done a yoga class before in your life. I will give you slow, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and tell you exactly how to get in and out of each and every pose. Detailed instructions […]

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3 easy things you can do in your everyday life to improve your balance

February 24, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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3 Ways to improve your balance : I recently asked beginners what their biggest obstacle to learning yoga was and a number of people responded, balance. Today I want to share with you three simple things you can do in your everyday life to improve your balance on and off your yoga mat. 1. Take […]

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