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Yoga with Melissa 337 Poetry in Motion, Lost

June 24, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Yoga with Melissa #337 Lost by David Wagoner, from Collected Poems 1956-1976 Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I […]

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Namaste Yoga 326 Awakening to Your True Self Series, The Six Perfections: Morality

April 8, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Morality In our Awakening Your True Self Series we are exploring the Six Paramitas or Six Perfections. The intention behind cultivating the six perfections is for the development of compassion. It is considered a path of the Bodhisattva. Today we are reflecting on the second of the six perfections or six paramitas, sila paramita or […]

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Namaste Yoga 324 Awakening Your True Self Series Doubt

March 25, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Doubt This is the final week with the five hindrances. The five hindrances are common mental states that arise in our practice and lives that can impede our practice. They have been observed and taught as part of Buddhist studies. In teaching about the five hindrances, Sharon Salzberg quotes the Buddha, he says, “Our minds […]

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Today on Living Your Yoga we are Talking about Aversion

March 23, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Talking about Aversion Hi I´m Melissa West and Today´s Living Your Yoga is about the second of the five hindrances outlined by Buddhist studies, aversion. I´m joined today by Jay Forrest host of Spiritual Wisdom with Jay Forrest. Jay´s mission is to inspire you to live a peaceful and happy life by learning to think […]

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Awakening Your True Self Series Aversion Part 3

March 4, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Aversion Part 3 This week we continue with the five hindrances. The five hindrances are common mental states that arise in our practice and lives that can impede our practice. They have been observed and taught as part of Buddhist studies. In teaching about the five hindrances, Sharon Salzberg quotes the Buddha, he says, “Our […]

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Namaste Yoga 319: Aversion or Yoga Poses You Avoid the Most Part One

February 19, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Aversion This week we continue with the five hindrances. The five hindrances are common mental states that arise in our practice and lives that can impede our practice. They have been observed and taught as part of Buddhist studies. In teaching about the five hindrances, Sharon Salzberg quotes the Buddha, he says, “Our minds are […]

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Namaste Yoga 310 Awakening Your True Self Series: Acceptance

December 18, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Acceptance We continue our mindfulness based yoga series with the second letter of Jack Kronfield’s acronym RAIN. Last week we focused on recognition. This week we bring awareness to acceptance. We can ask ourselves, am I free and loving? It is possible to live with freedom and compassion in all areas of your life. Through […]

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Namaste Yoga 309 Awakening Your True Self Series: Recognition

December 11, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Recognition Welcome to a brand new Namaste Yoga series on mindfulness. Mindfulness is a non-judging, receptive awareness. You could view mindfulness as a respectful attention. We tend to go through our days giving attention with reaction, judgment, likes dislikes and we even ignore what is happening. Sometimes we measure our experiences based on our expectations. […]

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Discern: Inner Critic Series | 50 min Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 281

May 28, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Discernment Over the last five weeks we have been on a journey of transforming our inner critic. We have befriended, brought awareness, acceptance, choice and truth to our inner critic. If you have not done Yoga with Melissa 276, 277, 278, 279 or 280, they are prerequisites to this class. This series is cumulative and […]

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Awareness: Inner Critic Series | 1 hour Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 277

May 1, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Awareness If you haven’t practiced Namaste Yoga 276, be sure to go back and practice that class, it is important to carry the attitude of friendliness and loving kindness with us this week. In today’s class we are going to bring awareness to the running commentary in our voices that has become so natural that […]

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