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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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Yoga with Melissa 163 for Abundance, Wealth and Prosperity, Dhana Lakshmi, Lakshmi Series

January 31, 2013 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Props Needed: blocks Yoga Asanas/Yoga Postures: Bridge/Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Cat/Marjaryasana, Tricep Pushups/chaturanga dandasana, Butterfly Pose/Baddha Konasana, Turtle/kurmasana, Frog/Mandukasana, Mountain/Tadasana, Tree Pose/Vrkasana, Palm Tree/Talasana, Eagle/Garudasana, Standing Forward Fold/Uttanasana, Crow Pose/Bakasana, Standing keyhole with kubera mudra, 1/2 Moon Balancing Pose/Ardha Chandrasana, Savasana/Corpse Pose You can leave your ratings, comments and testimonials by clicking here. For more great […]

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How can you increase your ability to balance in poses like tree pose or dancer pose?

August 2, 2012 Melissa's Blog Posts

Donna Roach from Facebook: How can you increase your ability to balance in poses like tree pose or dancer pose? I find that if I am very calm and focussed it helps somewhat. Great question Donna. The key to good standing postures is focus and core stability. I have two videos on this on Namaste […]

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Yoga with Melissa 64, Chakras and Their Archetypes: Root Chakra and Mother Earth

January 11, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 64 is on the Root Chakra and the Archetype of Mother Earth. This is the first of a series of hatha yoga classes on chakras and their archetypes. If you would like to know more about chakras I highly recommend Anodea Judith. For this series I will be drawing heavily from the […]

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Yoga with Melissa Episode 43 : A Review of the Yamas and Niyamas

July 21, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 43 is a review of the yamas and niyamas. The five yamas which determine our outward behaviour in the world are: 1. Ahimsa or nonviolence 2. Satya or truthfulness 3. Asteya or  non-stealing 4. Brahmacharya or balanced living (often interpreted as celibacy) 5. Aparigraha or non-hoarding The five niyamas or personal practices […]

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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 35: Asteya: 3rd of 10 Episodes on the Yamas and Niyamas with Dr. Melissa West

May 27, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 35 is about asteya, translated as non-stealing. In this class we cultivate asteya by practicing generosity. By bringing awareness to the generous, life affirming nature of our breath and the natural generosity of our heart center we are able to open to asteya. This yoga class allows you to bring gratitude to […]

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Yoga with Melissa Episode 28: Special Series on Hindu Deities, Balance with Vishnu with Dr Melissa West

April 6, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 28 is about creating balance with Vishnu. Vishnu is part of a trinity of Hindu Gods with Brahma the creator, Shiva the destroyer and Vishnu the preserver. We begin our class by balancing through nadi shodhana or alternate nostril breathing. We then move through a series of yoga postures or asanas to […]

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Yoga with Melissa 24: Special Series on Hindu Deities Ganesh Remover of Obstacles with Dr. Melissa West

March 8, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 24 is a yoga class on Ganesh the remover of obstacles 🙂 This is the first in a series of classes on Hindu Deities. Let’s dive into the world of Hindu mythology. When practice yoga with and listen to stories of the gods and goddesses we can view them as symbolic representations […]

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