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Visitors (humans and kittens) in Victoria – Vlog #29

August 22, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Vlog #29 I started the week with Nicci Rea visiting from Kingston Ontario and we filmed a partner yoga class together for our membership community. We went to have lunch at Be Love vegan restaurant. It is always fun to play tour guide in Victoria. Monday evening Trinity and I went out for a walk […]

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Yoga with Melissa 345, Intermediate Yoga How to do Backbends, Poetry in Motion, Heart Opening Yoga

August 19, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Heart Opening Yoga Untitled by Dawna Markova I will not die an unlived life, I will not live in fear Of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days To allow my living to open me, To make me less afraid, more accessible, To loosen my heart Until it becomes a wing, A […]

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Awakening Your True Self Series Aversion Part 2

February 26, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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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 300: The Journey of Awakening

October 12, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Awakening Today we will reflect on our journey of awakening through the story of the Phoenix. We will do this because awakening ironically has as much or more to do with the descending journey as it does to do with the ascending journey. The phoenix is a mythical story of rebirth and resurrection. According to […]

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Namaste Yoga 297 Focused Living, Non-Stealing, Sleep and Play

September 18, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Non-Stealing According to Traditional Chinese Medicine we are born with a fixed amount of energy called, jing chi. As we go through our lives, our jing chi gets used up. Everyday stressors, illness, and substance abuse, use up our jing chi at a more rapid rate. It is incredibly difficult to restore your jing chi, […]

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Namaste Yoga 117 Beginner Yoga Dancer Pose

February 2, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class
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Dance :In today’s beginner yoga class we will go step by step through opening your body up to dancer pose or natarajasana. This pose is particularly important in our culture because we spend a lot of time sitting in chairs and hunched over our computers, cell phones, personal devices, tablets, reading, driving and eating. This […]

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Yoga with Melissa 106 Yoga of Emotions: Love

December 5, 2011 Beginners Yoga Class
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 Yoga with Melissa 106 is on Love. This is the last of a series of hatha yoga classes on emotions. This is a beautiful practice of heart openers in which we appreciate the beauty and grace of unfolding our bodies. Through yoga asana we recognize that beauty is everywhere and always there to be loved. […]

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Yoga with Melissa Episode 33: Special Series on the Yamas and Niyamas: Ahimsa with Dr Melissa West

August 6, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 33 is about ahimsa or nonviolence. This is the first in a ten-class series on the yamas and niyamas as outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. The yoga sutra is one of the most well-known spiritual texts of yoga. The yamas and niyamas are the ethical practices and social observances by […]

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Yoga with Melissa Episode 39: Special Series on Yamas and Niyamas: Santosa, Contentment

June 22, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 39 is a class on santosha or contentment. This yoga class continues our series on the yamas and niyamas to explore the yama or  the personal practice of contentment. This class combines asana and pranayama to cultivate gratitude for our gifts and the gifts in our life. Melissa flies solo for this […]

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Yoga with Melissa Episode 20: The Kapha Dosha with Dr Melissa West

February 7, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 20 is a yoga class to bring balance to Kapha dosha. Kapha is the dominant dosha of winter, it is dark, heavy and damp like winter. When the kapha dosha becomes imbalanced we can experience inertia, sluggishness, depression, lethargy, and fatigue. To bring some energy to this imbalance we will engage in […]

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