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Connection: Yoga for Energy | How to Boost Energy | 1 hr Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 266

February 13, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Connect with Your Energy Members I recommend you practice this before this class: Hand Connective Tissue Class: click here When we re-establish our connection with the life energy inside of ourselves, our scattered, exhausted Self comes to wholeness again. Instead of allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed or entertained by outside stimuli, we have the choice […]

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Protect Your Energy | 50 minute Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 265

February 6, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Preserve your Energy There are three aspects to your energy: the quantity of energy you have running through your system, the quality of your energy and the content of your energy, that is the programming or message of your energy. Each person’s energy has a specific content, for example, you can watch a film that […]

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Yoga with Melissa 233, Surya Namaskar Sun Salutation Yoga, Guru Mantra, 50 min, Yoga Stories 2

June 27, 2014 Beginners Yoga Class
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The Guru Mantra The second class in our yoga stories series is the guru mantra. This mantra also focuses on the Hindu God’s Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Today we will focus on how these gurus of creation, preservation and destruction show up in all areas of our lives. We will reflect back on our own […]

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Nada Yoga: Om, Yoga for Hips, Yoga Stories 2, Yoga with Melissa 232

June 20, 2014 Advanced Yoga Class
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Free Yoga Class on OM The first class in the Yoga Stories 2 series begins with the sounds of OM. OM is made up of three sounds A, U and M which represent Brahma the God of beginnings, Vishnu the God of preservation and Shiva the God of endings. When you chant the sound of […]

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Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 230: Eagle Pose or Garudasana, 50 min yoga class, Dhyana: The Eight Limbs of Yoga

June 6, 2014 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Continuous Meditation The seventh class in the eight limbs of yoga series is about dhyana or meditation. Dhyana arises naturally out of the sixth limb, dharana, a gentle awareness. The difference between the two is that dhyana is continuous. In this class we will use eagle pose to generate a continuous focus and as a […]

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Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 229, Yoga for Hips, 1 hr Hatha Yoga Class, Dharana: The Eight Limbs of Yoga

May 30, 2014 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Yoga for Hips The sixth class in our eight limbs of yoga series will focus on dharana which translates as concentration. It is as if everything in our series has led us to this point. Through the yama and niyama we develop a reverence for ourselves and all living beings in the world with whom […]

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Yoga with Melissa 226, Third Limb of Yoga: Asana, 8 Limbs of Yoga, How to do Lotus Pose Safely, 1 hr Yoga Class

May 9, 2014 Beginners Yoga Class
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Ease and Steadiness in the Restless, Churning Waters of Life. Yoga Sutras 2:28 “By the practice of the limbs of yoga, the impurities dwindle away and there dawns the light of wisdom leading to discriminative discernment.” The practice of the eight limbs of yoga will not bring you anything new, they will simply remove what […]

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Yoga with Melissa 221, How to be Humble, 50 min Intermediate Yoga Class, Hanuman Series

March 21, 2014 Beginners Yoga Class
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Pride Hanuman is the personification of dasya bhava the attitude of the servant. He started his life serving Sugriva, son of Surya (the God of the son) and the ruler of the monkey kingdom. Later in his life he became the humble servant of Rama. It is said that this form of bhakti destroys the […]

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Yoga with Melissa 191 What is Hatha Yoga? Including the Benefits of Hatha Yoga.

August 16, 2013 Intermediate Yoga Class
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What is Hatha Yoga and its Benefits? What is Hatha Yoga? Over the next several weeks we will be exploring Hatha Yoga and its benefits. Ha means sun and tha means moon. Ha is masculine, heating, expanding and strengthening. Tha is feminine, cooling, contracting, and flexible. We need both in our practice to create balance. […]

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Chaturanga Dandasana Tutorial with Special Guest Teacher Lisa Kerr

July 9, 2013 Melissa's Blog Posts
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How to do Chaturanga Dandasana Today I have a special treat for you. One of the requests that we often get is questions on how to do chaturanga dandasana. Since I am not an Ashtanga Trained Yoga Teacher nor has chaturanga dandasana been part of any of my yoga teacher training I have brought in […]

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