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Yoga with Melissa 359 Yoga for the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Yoga to Help Fight Violence Against Women November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Together we can take our yoga off our mats to create a culture that rejects violence as a way to deal with problems. Through our yoga practice we cultivate the resources to speak up against […]

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Yoga with Melissa 341 Poetry in Motion Wild Geese

July 22, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Mary Oliver Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. […]

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Yoga with Melissa 336: Poetry In Motion: Our Deepest Fear

June 17, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Our Deepest Fear Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, […]

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Why Crow Pose?

April 27, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Why do Crow Pose? I recently asked my yoga students on Facebook and in our membership community, what yoga pose do you avoid the most. Crow pose came up a lot. Crow pose is definitely one that I avoid too. Although I would have to say, it if for good reason. The flexion required in […]

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Yoga with Melissa 188, Fearless Yoga: Kaal Ratri Durga, Fire Breathing Goddess, Durga Series

July 26, 2013 Beginners Yoga Class
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Yoga with Melissa Episode 188 Kaal Ratri Durga: A Fire Breathing Benevolent Goddess A fire breathing benevolent Goddess We have reached the most violent form of Durga with Kaal Ratri Durga. She is black like the Goddess Kali, she breathes fire, she has wild and crazy hair, lightening coming from her necklace, she carries a […]

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Yoga with Melissa 185, Durga Series, Kushmada: Radiant Joy

July 5, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class
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Kushmanda Radiant Joy Here we are at the fourth form of Durga, Kushmanda, and she resides in the fourth chakra, the anahata chakra, or the heart chakra. She is also worshipped on the fourth day of Navaratri. Kushmanda means: “Ku” = a little, “ushma” = warmth/energy in the form of heat, and “anda” means the […]

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Over the Moon Pose, Chandraghanta Durga Series, Advanced Hatha Yoga, Yoga with Melissa 184

June 28, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class
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The Courage to Open to Serenity and Peace: Intermediate to Advanced Yoga Class The third facet of Goddess Durga is ‘Chandraghanta’, who is worshipped on the third day of Navaratri, for peace, tranquility and prosperity in life. Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form the Goddess Parvati. After getting married to Lord Shiva Goddess Mahagauri started […]

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Yoga with Melissa 161 Lotus Pose, Lakshmi Series: Aadi Lakshmi, Intermediate/Advanced Level Class

January 18, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class
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Intermediate/Advanced Yoga Level Class Props Needed: Bolster, Blocks, Strap, Wall Yoga Asanas/Yoga Postures: Supta Baddha Konasana/Reclined Goddess Pose, Windshield Wiper/Knee Sways, Supta Virasana/Reclined Hero Pose, Bhadrasana/Butterfly, Janu Sirsasana, Cradle Stretch, Adho Mukha Svanasana/Downward Facing Dog, Kapotāsana/Pigeon, Utkata Konasana/Goddess Victory Squat, Ardha Matsyendrasana/Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Gomukhasana/Cow’s Face Forward Fold, Agnistambhasana/Fire Log Pose, Padmasana/1/2 […]

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Yoga with Melissa 82 : Utkata Konasana with Dr. Melissa West

May 18, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 82  Utkata Konasana, Goddess Victory squat. By discovering the stories of Hindu Goddesses Lakshmi, Parvati, Annapurna, Saraswati, Kali and Durga we discover the personal, archetypal qualities of the Goddess that exist within all of us. This class is not only for women. Hatha yoga translates as ha = sun, tha = moon. […]

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Yoga with Melissa 65, Chakras and Their Archetypes: Second Chakra and the Goddess Archetype

January 18, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 65 is on the Second Chakra and the Goddess Archetype. Here we continue our series of hatha yoga classes on the chakras and their archetypes. Your second chakra is related to the Goddess archetype. By connecting with your second chakra and your Goddess archetype you delight in abundance and thoroughly enjoy life. […]

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