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Beginner Yoga for Balance, Yoga with Melissa 269

March 6, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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Beginner Yoga Balance What is balance? Balance is an even distribution of weight allowing something or someone to remain upright and steady. It can also mean a condition in which different elements are in the correct proportion or equal. To me it is a combination between stability and flexibility. I believe that one of the […]

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Yoga for Beginners | Beginner Yoga: Absolute Beginner 1 hour | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 268

February 27, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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Absolute Beginners Today’s yoga class is designed for the absolute beginner. You can do this class if you have never done a yoga class before in your life. I will give you slow, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and tell you exactly how to get in and out of each and every pose. Detailed instructions […]

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Yoga Melissa 134 Beginners Yoga Forward Folds

June 29, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

Forward Folds In the penultimate class of the beginners series we will be exploring forward folds. Seated forward folds can be particularly challenging for beginners because of tight hips, hamstrings and low backs. Here it is important to take the time to execute proper preparatory poses as we did at the beginning of the series […]

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Yoga with Melissa 132 Beginner Yoga: Backbends

June 13, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

Backbends This week we are practicing yoga backbends. Specifically we will be working up to a backbend called Camel Pose with lots of modifications and options. To get there we will practice lots of side-bends and twists to limber up our spine and prepare it to bend backwards. We will also be opening up the […]

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Yoga with Melissa 131 Beginner Yoga: Inversions

June 5, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

Inversions This week we are practicing inversions. Specifically we are going to do a beginner inversion called Shoulderstand. Inverted Poses should be avoided by people with high blood pressure, eye or ear problems & women who are menstruating. Stop or modify the pose if you feel compression in your neck or pressure in your face, […]

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Yoga with Melissa 130 Beginner Yoga Standing Postures

May 31, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

Standing In the second class of the beginner’s series we explore standing and standing postures. In these postures our feet are connected to the ground and our body is in an upright position. This is the active position we go out into and interact with the world. In this class we will explore what it […]

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Yoga with Melissa 129 Beginner Yoga: Preparatory Poses

May 25, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

Preparation Starting this week we are commencing a new series of classes for beginners. Over the next six weeks we will explore all the facets of a yoga class starting this week with preparatory poses. These are the poses that we use to prepare our bodies to get into the larger yoga postures such as […]

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Yoga with Melissa 123 Ganesh Series: Ganesh’s Cat and the Teachings of Interconnection

April 12, 2012 Intermediate Yoga Class

One day, as a child, Ganesh amused himself by tormenting his pet cat, pulling on her tail, rolling her up and down. After a few minutes of amusing himself, he left the cat and went away. He didn’t give too much thought to what he had done to the cat and went to meet his […]

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Namaste Yoga 117 Beginner Yoga Dancer Pose

February 2, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

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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