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Yoga with Melissa 351 : Building a Strong Immune System from the Inside Out

September 30, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Strength At this time of year it is not unusual to feel run down worn out, and exhausted. Our schedules are filled to the brim and it is possible that our self-care suffers. In this class we are going to focus on strengthening our physical bodies and strengthening our immune system in preparation for winter. […]

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Yoga with Melissa 350 Back to School Yoga: Yoga is Not Stretching, Yoga for Flexibility

September 23, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Yoga for Flexibility Dr. Steve Gangemi who is on a mission to stop mindless stretching reminds us that “Yoga is not sanskrit for stretching” Yoga connects us with our physical body, but also our mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual bodies. I think I am preaching to the choir now when I say yoga is so […]

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Yoga with Melissa 349: Back to School Yoga, Yoga for Your Spine

September 16, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Yoga for Spine Everything I learned about the importance of my spine I learned from my teachers at Esther Myers Yoga Studio. Your spines is your structural, nervous and energetic core of of your body. Esther Myer says, “When you connect with your spine, you are connected to the core of who you are, where […]

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Back to School Yoga Spare: Grounding Intermediate Yoga : Episode 348

September 9, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Grounding Intermediate Yoga We resist embodiment and we remain outside of our embodied experience. We are disassociated from our bodies, their sensations, aliveness, pain, joy, pleasure. This summer with the explosion of pokemon go we became floating heads attached to screens hunting our next acquisition. Our energy has recoiled into our heads for a completely […]

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Back to School Yoga: Science Class: How to Breathe, Intermediate Yoga Class, Yoga with Melissa 347

September 2, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Yoga Breath Why is breathing, mindful breathing and yogic breathing so important to our overall health? In our day to day life we experience extended periods of stress, over thinking, exercise, breathing deficiencies and because of this our blood becomes acidic. If your body is acidic you might experience headaches, light-headedness, cognitive issues, confusion, sleepiness, […]

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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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