yoga poses for beginners

Beginner Yoga How to do Warrior One and Warrior Three, Yoga with Melissa 157

December 21, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

Yoga with Melissa 157: Beginner Yoga Warrior I and Warrior III Props Needed: Yoga Mat, Yoga Blocks, Yoga Strap Yoga Postures/Asanas: Knee to chest/Apanasana, 1/2 happy baby/ Ardha Ananda Balasana, lunge pose/anjaneyasana, Balancing Table with Arm Leg Reach, Chair Pose/Utkatasana, Warrior I/Virabhadrasana I, Warrior III/Virabhadrasana III, Happy Baby/ Ananda Balasana Thank you for leaving your […]

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Beginner Yoga, How to do Triangle Pose, Yoga with Melissa 156

December 15, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

Props Needed: yoga blocks, yoga strap Yoga Poses/Asanas: reclined side bend, supta pandangusthasana/reclined hand to toe pose, keyhole stretch (figure four or thread the needle stretch), gate pose/parighasana, lunge pose/anjaneyasana, forward folding triangle, parsvottanasana, Triangle Pose/Trikonasana, Matseyndrasana/seated spinal twist Thank you for voting me Canada’s #1 Yoga Teacher, 2012 Best of Canada Awards Thank you […]

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Yoga with Melissa 153 Beginner Yoga: Mountain Pose and Tree Pose

November 22, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

Props Needed for Today’s Class: Yoga Mat, yoga strap, tennis ball Optional Props: Blanket for Savasana if you get chilly, eye pillow for savasana, bolster, blanket or pillow for behind head in savasana if you need it Yoga Postures/Asanas: savasana (corpse pose), keyhole stretch (figure four or thread the needle stretch), supta pandangusthasana (reclined hand […]

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Yoga with Melissa 148, Shiva Series: Yoga for Calming Anger, Shiva and Kali and our True Self Beneath Ego Identification

October 18, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

In today’s story, Durga is invoked to battle a demon called Taktabija and his armies. Durga comes to this battle with her feminine warriors called the Matrikas, also known as the Mothers. As the battle began, the Matrikas destroyed the armies of Raktibija, while Durga concentrated on Raktabija himself. As the legend goes, whenever Durga […]

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Yoga with Melissa 145 Shiva Stories Seeing the Divine Within

September 29, 2012 Yoga with Melissa Episodes

The day that Shiva and Parvati were to be married finally arrived and all the Gods came to Mount Kailash to accompany Shiva on the procession to Parvati’s family home. As the procession arrived at the family home, Menaka, Parvati’s Mother rushed out, saying, “Let me see Shiva! Let me see the son-in-law that my […]

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Yoga with Melissa 144 Cycles: Beginnings, Middles and Endings Shiva Series: How Shiva Came to Life

September 19, 2012 Yoga with Melissa Episodes

At the beginning of time there was water everywhere. There was no beginning and no end. Out of the water Vishnu manifested himself in his form lying on the “Sheshnaga” coils of snakes, floating on the water. While Vishnu was sleeping, a lotus flower sprouted from his navel, it had many petals and shone like […]

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Yoga with Melissa 143 – Shiva Series- Introduction

September 8, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

With Yoga with Melissa epiosde 143 we are introduced to the Hindu God Shiva which means auspicious one. Shiva is the destroyer and transformer among Trinity of Gods including Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver. He is the ultimate yogi who lives the life as an ascetic meditating in Mount Kailash. As a householder […]

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Yoga with Melissa 142 Keepin’ it Real Yogi Letting Go

August 31, 2012 Intermediate Yoga Class

The final attitude that Jon Kabat Zin presents in his book Full Catastrophe Living for mindfulness is letting go. In many Buddhists circles this quality is described at non-attachment. There are many thoughts, feelings and situations in our minds that we want to hang on to. If they are pleasant we try to prolong them. […]

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Yoga with Melissa 140 Keepin it Real Yogi Style Non-Striving

August 15, 2012 Yoga with Melissa Episodes

Non-Striving We continue our series Keepin it Real Yogi Style with Jon Kabat Zin’s attitudes for mindfulness as explored in his book Full Catastrophe Living. This week’s attitude for mindfulness is: non-striving. Jon Kabat Zin reminds us that almost everything we do we do in our life, we do for a purpose; but in yoga […]

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Yoga with Melissa 139 Keepin it Real Yogi Style Trust

August 7, 2012 Yoga with Melissa Episodes

As we continue our series of yoga classes on Keepin’ it Real Yoga Style we arrive at Jon Kabbit Zin’s fourth quality for mindfulness: trust. When teaching Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy yoga I ask my students, what would it be like to experience your body as a wise teacher? In a culture where we have […]

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