Poetry In Motion

Yoga with Melissa 346 Poetry in Motion The First Step

August 26, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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The First Step Start Close In by David Whyte Start close in, don’t take the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don’t want to take. Start with the ground you know, the pale ground beneath your feet, your own way to begin the conversation. Start with your […]

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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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Yoga with Melissa 344 Poetry in Motion Body Awareness

August 12, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Body Awareness “TWO COUNTRIES” by Naomi Shihab Nye Skin remembers how long the years grow when skin is not touched, a gray tunnel of singleness, feather lost from the tail of a bird, swirling onto a step, swept away by someone who never saw it was a feather. Skin ate, walked, slept by itself, knew […]

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Yoga with Melissa 343 Poetry In Motion Paradox

August 5, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Paradox by Jeff Dickson The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less […]

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Yoga with Melissa 342 : Poetry in Motion : New Beginning

July 29, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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For a New Beginning by John O’Donohue In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness growing inside you, Noticing how you willed yourself on, Still unable […]

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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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Weekly Yoga with Melissa West Episode 340 Poetry in Motion: So Many Gifts

July 15, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Gratitude So Many Gifts by Hafiz There are so many gifts Still unopened from your birthday there are so many hand-crafted presents that have been sent to you by God. The Beloved does not mind repeating, “Everything I have is also yours.” Please forgive Hafiz and the Friend if we break into a sweet laughter […]

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Weekly Yoga with Melissa West : Poetry in Motion: Episode 339 Be Danced

July 8, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Be Danced We have come to be danced not the pretty dance not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance but the claw our way back into the belly of the sacred, sensual animal dance Jewel Mathieson Weekly Yoga with Melissa West 339 Poetry in Motion: Be Danced we have come to be danced. […]

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Weekly Yoga with Melissa West 338 Poetry in Motion: Holding on and Letting Go

July 1, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Holding on and Letting Go “Embracing, We Let Go” by Yahia Lababidi Perhaps, we are negotiating not just with one, but always two -who share the same soil, it is true- one who lives, another who is dying A shift in balance begins to take place once a love of silence is confessed its roots […]

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Yoga with Melissa 337 Poetry in Motion, Lost

June 24, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Yoga with Melissa #337 Lost by David Wagoner, from Collected Poems 1956-1976 Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I […]

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