Yoga with Melissa 386 Heart Stabilization Series: Cycles

by Melissa West on June 2, 2017

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Those of you who have an ongoing yoga practice will recognize that your spiritual journey is a endless journey of transformation. Today´s hatha yoga is about the cycles on our path. Whether these cycles come from our inner needs or our external circumstances we can respect the changes that these cycles bring about in our lives.

The cycles of our yoga and meditation journey will take us high and low and in and out. Sometimes it will feel like we are riding the roller coaster of the ascending and descending journey. We will experience a beautiful spiritual high and coast for awhile and then descend into the darkest depths. Our spiritual journey directs us on inner and outer cycles as well. There are times when we will be pulled towards our own inner work and other times when we want to be involved in our outer lives.

These cycles parallel the cycles of our bodies from waking and sleeping, to women’s menstrual cycles, our breathing and the cerebro spinal fluid that bathes our brain. In nature there are the cycles of the moon, the tide, day to night, the seasons. Cycles are all around us. There are times when we are called to grow, sustain and let go and we can honour the timing of those cycles in our lives.

Our yoga and meditation practice gives us the ground of calm abiding so that we can clearly see what cycle we are in and accept its spiritual task. Reflect on what cycle you are in right now? Currently I am going through a cycle of inner work spurred on by outer relationships. I am going through a period of clear seeing. During this cycle I can see all the ways I continually turn away from my own pain and hurt and how I contribute the the anger, aggression and drama in my closest relationships. It is a powerful and painful realization and one that is causing much grief, sadness, tenderness, compassion and a desire to pull inwards.

Jack Kornfield says that often we wish our own emotional work was done wo that we could open to the next level. However he urges us to honour the rhythms and cycles of our feelings and emotions as well.

Yoga Postures or Asana: Keyhole or Figure Four Stretch, Luv Vinyasa, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Half Squat, Moon Salutation or Chandra Namaskar,  Janu Sirsasana or Head Beyond Knee Pose, Savasana or Corpse Pose, Kilaka Mudra II

This class was inspired by Jack Kornfield´s A Path with Heart

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

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Today I shared what cycle I am currently experience in my spiritual practice. I would love to hear what cycle you are currently experience in your life in the comments. Are you on an inner or outer cycle, an ascending or descending journey. Let me know.

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Today we focused on cycles. We have a moon cycle group within our membership community that supports you through the moon cycle each month with bi-monthly reflection and supporting yoga classes on the new moon and full moon as well as lively discussions. We would love to welcome you into our yoga community and support you through the cycles of your life.

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  • Sharon Morton-Farinacci

    Thank you for sharing so intimately with us about your cycle of emotion/moon cycle. I think it is genuine and caring how you want us to share our cycles with u, too. I would say I am in an inward cycle a little more so (the waning moon perhaps). The validation and reminders to honor whatever emotional-moon cycle we are in are priceless in a world that can seem so outwardly focused. Thanks and Namaste

    • Dear Sharon, You are welcome. There is something quite tender and soft about the inward, waning cycle isn´t there? Even though it can be difficult to honour them in an outwardly focused world. Thanks for taking the time to comment Sharon. Namaste, Melissa

  • Donna Stone

    Perfect timing on Moon Salutations and cycles. I feel like I’m in the midst of many cycles all at the same time. Not an uncommon feeling in this life. Thank you for the teachings, the cycles, the mudras, the mantras and the beautifully designed class that prepares for the featured pose. Namaste

    • Dear Donna, I had never thought about being in the midst of many cycles at the same time before, but that was definitely true for me right now too. Namaste, Melissa

  • Phyllis Holmes

    Fantastic….cycle of dependant and interdependent cycle linking with just how you were describing in your own universal in connection.
    the moon salutation wow, different and new to me, I will certainly muck up when I teach the class, I love it, I love your mistakes , so natural, unlike other teachers have worked with. so honest..thankyou Phyllis Holmes

    • Dear Phyllis, thanks for taking the time to leave your comments and connect here. Thank you for your practice. Namaste, Melissa

  • Lisa Doering

    Hi Melissa,
    Love your classes and I am so on a inward journey right now. I love my meditation practise. Thank you for your classes I still enjoy them very much. xo

    • Thank you Lisa. Thank you for letting me know about your inward journey. I am so glad you are receiving joy from your meditation practice. Thank you for connecting with me through yoga. With gratitude, Melissa

  • Mary E Williams

    Beautiful class. I am transitioning from the dark side of the moon to the lighter side. Love, love this class. Namaste.

    • Dear Mary, Sending you so much love for your transition. <3 xo Melissa

  • Carla Van de Schoot

    Hi Melissa I was looking for some moon salutations, this lesson was really nice!

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