Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 80: Yoga Stories Series: Lotus

May 6, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 80, Yoga Stories Series: Lotus, is the first in a series of yoga stories classes. In this full hatha yoga class we will practice our way towards the lotus pose by opening your hips. The lotus is a flower that has its roots in the muddy waters and is used as a […]

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Yoga with Melissa 79 : Dharma with Dr. Melissa West

April 29, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 79 is about Dharma: right action and living your truth. Dharma often gets translated as life purpose but I think in our culture that gets read rather narrow mindedly as “career.” Dharma is about the fullest expression of our being, about living the fullness of your uniqueness and passions. What’s more we […]

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Yoga with Melissa 78 Karma with Dr. Melissa West

April 21, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 78 is about Karma. This is the much requested and long awaited hatha yoga class on karma. Although karma is popularly understood as punishment for our sins or rewards for our good deeds, in truth it is much more complex than that. Michael Stone describes karma as a relationship between our actions […]

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Yoga with Melissa 77 Samskaras with Dr. Melissa West

April 14, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 77 is on Samskaras. This hatha yoga class is dedicated to samskaras; the subliminal impressions formed by our thoughts, feelings and actions. According to Nischala Joy Devi, when a thought, feeling or situation arises it will naturally flow into the groove that presents the path of least resistance. Through this week’s practice […]

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Yoga with Melissa 76 : True Self with Dr. Melissa West

April 6, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 76 is on your True Self. This hatha yoga class will focus on coming into direct and immediate experience of our divine nature, our true essence. Drawing from the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras we will practice yoga to free us from the drama, the tragedy and the saga created by our […]

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Yoga with Melissa 75: Kleshas

March 29, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 75 is on the Kleshas. Patanjali refers to as the 5 causes of suffering as the kleshas. According to the Yoga Sutras the mental/emotional causes of suffering are 1) unawareness, 2) egotism, 3) clinging to past pleasure, 4) aversion to past pain and 5) the fear of death. We will explore the […]

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Yoga with Melissa 74: Drishti

March 23, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 74 is on drishti. Drishti means point of focus. It is a gentle gaze outwards that brings awareness inwards. In sanskrit drishti translates as vision, point of view, intelligence and wisdom. The root of the word, “dhr” means to hold, support and keep our mind collected. How perfect is that for our […]

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Yoga with Melissa 73: Bandhas

March 21, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 73 is on the three bandhas. We will be practicing with mula (or moola) bandha, uddiyana bandha and jalandara bandha. These translate as root lock, navel lock and chin lock. The bandhas are muscular contractions that help to focus the mind, channel energy through the body in specific ways and balance the […]

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Yoga with Melissa 72: Sankalpa with Dr. Melissa West

March 8, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 72 is on Sankalpa or Intention Setting. “Sankalpa” means a good intention or resolve that resonates within your core and aligns with your essence. At the crux of living our yoga is living from a place of intention. A good intention will bring you in alignment with the greatest good of your […]

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Yoga with Melissa 70: Special Series on Chakras and their Archetyps, Crown Chakra and your Higher Self

February 23, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa is on your crown chakra and the archetype of your higher self. This is the final hatha yoga class in our special series on the chakras and their archetypes. Your crown chakra has to do with beauty, spirituality, and your connection with the Divine Source. In this hatha yoga, chakra yoga class […]

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