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Yoga with Melissa 135 Beginners Yoga Putting it All Together

July 11, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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All Together :In the final class of the Beginner’s Series we will put it all together: breathing, grounding and spinal elongation. This class will include postures that lengthen your spine, open up your breathing and focus on grounding. Throughout the class you will bring attention to your breathing, your connection to the ground and the […]

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Yoga with Melisssa 133 Beginners Yoga: Twists

June 22, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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Twists This week we are working with twists. Twists are beneficial for releasing tension both physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Twists increase the spinal flexibility and thus are often used as preparatory poses for backbends and other yoga postures. Twists are stimulating and are known to create heat or fire in your body and […]

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Yoga for Beginners | Beginner Yoga for Concentration 1 hour | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 274

April 10, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Focus :When we asked beginner’s what their biggest obstacles to learning yoga was many of them answered focus. Laura says, I’m a beginner among beginners and my big huge stumbling block is staying focused! My mind always runs to other thoughts while I’m practising. Kerri says, I think my biggest challenge is slowing my mind. […]

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Beginner Yoga for Flexibility | Yoga for Beginners 1 hour | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 273

April 3, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Flexibility When we asked beginner’s what the biggest obstacle to learning yoga they faced, many of them responded with lack of flexibility. The great news is that you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. You practice yoga to become flexible. As adults, we are confined to chairs, desks, couches, cars, public transportation and […]

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Easy to Follow Beginner Yoga, Yoga with Melissa 272

March 27, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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Easy to Follow Beginner Yoga :In our culture of busy there is enough to keep up to without having difficulty with following your yoga class. In our yoga class we will question the need to live this way on and off our yoga mats. We will question our assumptions about stress, struggle and effort whether […]

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Step by Step Beginner Yoga, Yoga with Melissa 271

March 20, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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Step by Step : In the age of digital media there can be a desire to skip the stage of beginner and go to the end of the path of mastery. In our culture of image rich mastery it can be challenging to occupy the space of beginner and take things step by step. To […]

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Yoga for Beginners | Beginner Yoga SLOW 1 hour | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 270

March 13, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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Slow When we asked beginner’s what their biggest stumbling block to learning yoga was, the second most offered response was that beginner classes moved too fast. Today we are talking about and practicing slow yoga. Slow yoga is something we can embody in thought, word, and action. By moving our bodies more slowly in yoga […]

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Yoga Melissa 134 Beginners Yoga Forward Folds

June 29, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class
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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
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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
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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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