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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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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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Backbend Yoga Sequence | Gratitude Series | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 289

July 24, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Backbends : We know from Namaste Yoga, that the stories of the Hindu pantheon and Hindu mythology are no strangers to gratitude and spirituality. When Ganesh was challenged by his brother to a race around the universe, instead he showed his devotion to his parents by circling them, saying, you are my entire universe. Hanuman […]

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Befriend: Inner Critic Series | 50 min Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 276

April 24, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Inner Critic : Over the next eight weeks we are going to befriend, bring awareness, discover the choices we have, look at the truth of discern and learn how to flow with our inner critic. Your inner critic is a bit like a mirror that shows you a distorted reflection of yourself. It is that […]

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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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Yoga with Melissa Episode 19: Hip and Heart Openers with Dr. Melissa West

February 1, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Hip and Heart Openers In episode 19 of Yoga with Melissa, you will be lead through a series of hip and heart openers. The yoga class begins with some gentle movements to release your spine. Poses such as lunge, warrior I and natarajasana open the front of your hips, leading into a series of backbends […]

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Yoga with Melissa 18: Facing our Fears in Winter with Dr. Melissa West

January 24, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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In this episode of Namaste Yoga we will explore Traditional Chinese Medicine’s dominant organ of winter, kidneys, and their corresponding emotion, fear. Melissa encourages you to explore the theme of fear in your life from fear of the unknown to those general ongoing worries. Physically this practice opens the hips, the groin, and the heart […]

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