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Yoga with Melissa 185, Durga Series, Kushmada: Radiant Joy

July 5, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class
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Kushmanda Radiant Joy Here we are at the fourth form of Durga, Kushmanda, and she resides in the fourth chakra, the anahata chakra, or the heart chakra. She is also worshipped on the fourth day of Navaratri. Kushmanda means: “Ku” = a little, “ushma” = warmth/energy in the form of heat, and “anda” means the […]

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The Discipline of Grace: Brahmacharini Durga, Yoga with Melissa 183

June 21, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class
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The Discipline of Grace Brahmacharini Durga is the second form of Durga who is celebrated on the second day of Navaratri. Brahmacharini means one who practices devout austerity. She is known for her divine grace. She holds a rudraksha mala (rosary) in her right hand and a Kaa – Man (Like Mantra) – Dalu (like […]

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You Are Already Complete: Balancing Masculine and Feminine Energy Yoga with Melissa 179

May 26, 2013 Intermediate Yoga Class
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You’re Already Complete Cultural Conditioning are the social processes by which authority figures such as parents, professors, politicians, religious leaders, peers, and the media define our cultural values, beliefs, ethical systems, and ultimately the way we perceive ourselves in the world. Today we are going to explore the cultural belief that you need somebody of […]

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9 Modifications for Pigeons Pose

May 21, 2013 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Today’s question comes to us from David and he requested another video like the one we did on Bow Pose where we showed lots of modifications and options. This video will show you lots of modifications for pigeon’s pose and options for changing up the pose if you have trouble with it. Props Needed – […]

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Aparigraha or Non-Hoarding a 45 Minute Yoga Sequence, Yoga with Melissa 178

May 17, 2013 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 178 Cultural Conditioning Series: Money Can’t Buy Everything an Intermediate Yoga Class : Cultural Conditioning is the social process in which authority figures such as parents, professors, politicians, religious leaders, peers, and the media define our cultural values, beliefs, ethical systems, and ultimately the way we perceive ourselves in the world. Today […]

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Back Pain Relief for a Bulging Disc

April 17, 2013 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Hi Dr. West. I’m 19 years old and I have 2 bulging discs in my back. I do your yoga videos faithfully but I’ve noticed I can’t find any to help back pain. Is there something you would recommend? Today’s Question comes from Alexa in Louisiana Thanks a bunch from down here in Louisiana 🙂 Dear […]

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Yoga with Melissa 169 Abundance of Nourishment, Lakshmi Series

March 17, 2013 Beginners Yoga Class

  Show Notes: Yoga with Melissa 169 Ashta Lakshmi is the form of Goddess Lakshmi who is named for “Dhanya” which means grains. This form of Lakshmi will ensure that we get all the wholesome nutrients and minerals we need for a healthy body, mind and spirit. Today we will focus on the part of Dhanya […]

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Beginner Yoga Warrior II and Side Angle Pose: Yoga with Melissa Episode 158

December 28, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class
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Beginner Yoga Warrior II and Side Angle Pose Props Needed: Yoga Mat, Yoga Blocks, Yoga Strap Yoga Postures/Asanas: keyhole (figure four), cat/marajaryasana, plank pose/Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana, Wide legged standing forward fold/prasarita padottanasana, Side Bend/ Ardha Chandrasana, Warrior II/Virabhadrasana II, Side Angle Pose/Parsvakonasana, Happy Baby/ Ananda Balasana, Savasana/Corpse Pose Thank you for leaving your ratings, comments […]

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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 for men

November 14, 2012 Melissa's Blog Posts

Today’s question comes to us from Robert from YouTube Should I be doing anything different as a male? I feel my upper body is okay with some of these things, but my legs hurt even trying to stretch. Just years of not doing it I suppose. Dear Robert, that is a great question and no you […]

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