yoga for focus

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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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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Namaste Yoga 312 Awakening Your True Self Series: Non-Identification

January 1, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Non-Identification We continue our mindfulness based yoga series with the final letter of the acronym RAIN. This phrase was first coined by Michele McDonald and has since been used by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. I first used the acronym RAIN in Namaste Yoga 211 in the Hanuman Series on Taming Your Monkey Mind RAIN […]

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Namaste Yoga 304 Focus Through Self Reflection

November 6, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Self Reflection Members Practice 20-29 mins in the Intelligent Core Class First Nischala Joy Devi translates the second book 44th verse of the yoga sutras on swadhaya as “Sacred study of the divine through scripture, nature and introspection (swadhaya) guides us to the Supreme Self.” Nicolai Bachman translates swadhaya this way, “by observing oneself in […]

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Namaste Yoga 302 Focused Living Series Inner Santosha and Contentment

October 23, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Inner Contentment In our culture our attention is so often pulled up and outside of ourselves. We look for happiness and satisfaction outside of ourselves. Even our self-care practices have an external focus. Contentment requires focus as it is an internal practice. As Sara Avant Stover reminds us, no amount of external pampering can nourish […]

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Namaste Yoga 301 Focused Living Saucha, Simplicity and Continual Refinement

October 16, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Simplicity This week we arrive at the niyamas, the inner facets of the eight-fold path of yoga. The niyamas allow us to continue our journey inward so that we can uncover our True Nature. We begin with saucha which Nischala Joy Devi translates as simplicity and continual refinement so that you can see your True […]

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Yoga with Melissa 299 Focused Living Letting Go

October 2, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Letting Go Throughout this focused living series we have been focused on creating a life of less, but better. This aligns perfectly with the fifth yama of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras aparigraha. Often this yama focuses on letting go of material possessions and that will definitely create space in your life. However with this series we […]

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Namaste Yoga 298 Focused Living Series: Disciplined Moderation of Energy An Intermediate Level Yoga Class

September 25, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Moderate Energy I hear from you, my students, all the time that staying present, focused, feeling present in the moment, and trying to stay mindful are difficult for you. Many of you have told me that you having difficulty focusing and finding mental clarity. You would like to have more equanimity in your lives, reduce […]

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Namaste Yoga 297 Focused Living, Non-Stealing, Sleep and Play

September 18, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Non-Stealing According to Traditional Chinese Medicine we are born with a fixed amount of energy called, jing chi. As we go through our lives, our jing chi gets used up. Everyday stressors, illness, and substance abuse, use up our jing chi at a more rapid rate. It is incredibly difficult to restore your jing chi, […]

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Namaste Yoga 296 Focus and Your Personal Truth

September 11, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Personal Truth The second yama of the five yamas in Patanjali’s yoga sutras is satya and speaks about truth. In fact, most often this sutra is discussed in terms of right speech and speaking the truth. Today I would like to interpret this sutra as a practice of coming to know your True Self and […]

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