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Yoga with Melissa 92 Yoga Stories Tree Pose or Vrksasana

December 5, 2011 Melissa's Blog Posts

Yoga with Melissa 92 is on Tree Pose or Vrikshasana. This is the final hatha yoga class in the yoga story series. To finish off our series with will practice with tree pose which is said to be symbolic of birth and death. The seasonal nature of trees promises both death and rebirth. In this […]

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Yoga with Melissa 109 Vishnu Series: Fish Pose or Matsyasana

December 5, 2011 Beginners Yoga Class

Yoga with Melissa 109 is on Fish Pose or Matsyasna. Vishnu’s first avatar was as a fish to guide Manu’s arc (with two of every creature) to safety after a great flood. Vishnu is the God of preservation and takes on various avatars to protect the universe as needed. This episode of Yoga with Melissa […]

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Yoga with Melissa 110, Vishnu Series Tortoise Pose

December 5, 2011 Beginners Yoga Class

Yoga with Melissa 110 is on Tortoise pose or Kurmasana. This is the second incarnation of Vishnu. We will explore the tortoise as a symbol of perseverance with a discerning mind. When has perseverance served me in my life? When I have persevered to my own detriment. This class features postures that open up your […]

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Yoga with Melissa 90, Yoga Stories Ganesh and the Moon

July 16, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 90 is about Ganesh and the Moon. In this hatha yoga class we will practice all the various forms of chandrasana: lunge or anjeneyasana, crescent moon or standing side bend, and ardha chandrasana or half moon balancing pose. The moon poses with the most delightful and hilarious story about our beloved Ganesh. […]

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Yoga with Melissa 89, Yoga Stories: Gomukhasana or Cow’s Face Pose

July 7, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 89, Yoga Stories: Gomukhasana or Cow’s Face Pose. This week our full hatha yoga class reflects on Vishnu’s eighth incarnation as Krishna and his life as a young cow-herder. In those days Krishna was known as Govinda or Gopala. This class will release your ankles, hips, shoulders and chests to prepare you […]

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Yoga with Melissa 88, Yoga Stories, Kurmasana or Tortoise Pose

July 3, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 88 is on Kurmasana, tortoise pose. Kurmasana was Vishnu’s second incarnation. He took the avatar of a tortoise to offer his back for the churning of the ocean to bring out the nectar of immortality. Tortoise pose reminds us of the value of withdrawing our senses from the world to find peace […]

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Yoga with Melissa 87 : Yoga Stories Virabhadrasana with Dr. Melissa West

June 30, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 87 is on the Warrior Poses. In this hatha yoga class we will connect with our inner warriors who bravely battle with the universal energy of self-ignorance, the ultimate source of our suffering. Drawing from the story of Virabhadra who rises up out of one of Shiva’s hairs thrown to the ground […]

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Yoga with Melissa 85: Yoga Stories Nataranjasana with Dr. Melissa West

June 7, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 85 is Natarajasana or Dancer Pose. This hatha yoga class, real yoga for real people, we explore the story of  king dancer pose. In this pose Shiva expresses himself as the cosmic dancer to release our souls from the snares of illusion. Throughout this class we will explore the cycles of death, […]

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Yoga with Melissa 84 : Yoga Stories Trikonasana/Triangle with Dr. Melissa West

June 3, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 84 is on trikonasana or triangle pose. This hatha yoga class explores the story of the “trinity” behind trikonasana. The trimurti of Gods: Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer are mirrored by the trinity of Goddesses Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali. The three gunas will be explored rajas, sattva […]

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Yoga with Melissa 83, Yoga Stories, Lord of the Fish Pose with Dr. Melissa West

May 26, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes

Yoga with Melissa 83 is on Lord of the Fish Pose. There are two versions of fish pose: matsyana, which is the back bending fish, and matsyendrasana, the seated twist. Matsya was the first avatar of Vishnu who saved the great sages, birds, animals and plants from a flood that destroyed the world. Matsyendrasana was […]

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