Namaste Yoga 275 Beginner Yoga: Discipline

by Dr Melissa West on April 17, 2015

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Yoga Discipline When we asked beginners what their biggest obstacle to learning yoga, many of them responded discipline, motivation and commitment to practice yoga. Well today’s class is all about connecting to your internal discipline. In yoga we call this tapas. Tapas translates as practice causing positive change and it requires discipline and effort. It […]

Namaste Yoga 274 Beginner Yoga Focus

by Dr Melissa West on April 10, 2015

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Focus :When we asked beginner’s what their biggest obstacles to learning yoga was many of them answered focus. Laura says, I’m a beginner among beginners and my big huge stumbling block is staying focused! My mind always runs to other thoughts while I’m practising. Kerri says, I think my biggest challenge is slowing my mind. […]

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Clear Your Mind in Victoria Today I am going to show you my top 3 favourite places to clear my mind in Victoria and some of the best techniques for how to clear your mind in each place. My Number Three #3 top place to clear my mind in Victoria is Kitty Islet looking out […]

Namaste Yoga 273 Beginner Yoga Flexibility

by Dr Melissa West on April 3, 2015

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Flexibility When we asked beginner’s what the biggest obstacle to learning yoga they faced, many of them responded with lack of flexibility. The great news is that you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. You practice yoga to become flexible. As adults, we are confined to chairs, desks, couches, cars, public transportation and […]

How to Build Strength with Yoga (especially if you are overweight)

April 1, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Tips for Plus Sized Yogis Today’s question comes from Michelle via email. She says: My gosh, I just love the Goddess Victory Squat you do (upper and lower body toning is exactly what I’m looking for)! Can you recommend any other positions like this (hopefully, without having to get on the floor, or perhaps that […]

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Namaste Yoga 272 Easy to Follow Beginner Yoga

March 27, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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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 […]

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How to Help Back Pain with Yoga

March 25, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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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 […]

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Namaste Yoga 271 Step by Step Beginner Yoga Class

March 20, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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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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Three Ways to Increase Your Motivation to Practice Yoga Daily

March 18, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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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 […]

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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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