Advanced Yoga Class

Remember Who You Are, 45 min Hatha Yoga Class, Hanuman Series, Yoga with Melissa 216

February 15, 2014 Advanced Yoga Class

Remember Hanuman liked nothing more than to romp through the forest. In his calmest moods Hanuman would swing from tree to tree marveling at the diversity of flora and fauna he came upon. In his more mischievous, more tumultuous moods Hanuman’s activities ranged from comic to somewhat destructive. He would grab elephants by their tusks […]

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​Yoga with Melissa 213​, Yoga for Strength and Power (45 min), Hanuman Series

January 24, 2014 Advanced Yoga Class

Power & Yoga Hanuman is a mystic being that is half-human and half-animal, a type of God in the Hindu pantheon known as a Kimpurusha. Kimpurusha means ‘ is it human’ referring to being superhuman. Although Hanuman is super strong, his strength came from the repetition of the powerful mantra Rama. This mantra is said […]

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Yoga with Melissa 208, 1 hr Yoga Practice to Purify Your Energy, Benefits of Yoga Series

December 13, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class

Purification Yoga Chapter Two Verse Four of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika says, “The vital air does not pass in the middle channel because the nadis are full of impurities.” Our pranic (energy) body is made up of thousands of wire-like structures that conduct shakti called the nadis. Nadi is a flow of energy. It is […]

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​Yoga with Melissa 207​, 1 hr Hatha Yoga Practice for Balance, Benefits of Yoga Series

December 6, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class

Balance An Intermediate to Advanced Practice Today’s class continues our Benefits of Yoga Series and today’s benefits is balance. We are going to be discussing the balance between your internal and external world with the bridge between those worlds being your breath. With your inhalation you connect with your external world. Pause and you hold […]

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Yoga with Melissa 190, Yoga Super Powers! Durga Series, Siddhidatri Durga

August 9, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class

Yoga Super Powers! Siddhidatri Grants Yogi Superpowers We have reached our final class in the Durga series with Siddhidatri Durga, the Goddess who removes ignorance, gives knowledge and makes each soul pure. Siddhi means true realization of God. Siddhi also refers to an unusual skill or ability. Siddhidatri means one who enables devotees to realize […]

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

July 5, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class

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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Over the Moon Pose, Chandraghanta Durga Series, Advanced Hatha Yoga, Yoga with Melissa 184

June 28, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class

The Courage to Open to Serenity and Peace: Intermediate to Advanced Yoga Class The third facet of Goddess Durga is ‘Chandraghanta’, who is worshipped on the third day of Navaratri, for peace, tranquility and prosperity in life. Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form the Goddess Parvati. After getting married to Lord Shiva Goddess Mahagauri started […]

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

June 21, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class

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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Fear of Failure: A 50-Minute Intermediate to Advanced Hatha Yoga Class: Yoga with Melissa 176

May 2, 2013 Advanced 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’s theme comes from Lisa Bloss and she suggested we look at our need to win or […]

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Yoga for Creativity, Lakshmi Series: Goddess Shashti, Yoga with Melissa 167

March 1, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class

Show Notes for Yoga with Melissa 167 Yoga for Creativity, Lakshmi Series, Goddess Shasti An Intermediate – Advanced Yoga Class This week as I reflect back on episode 166 of  Yoga with Melissa, Santana Lakshmi and the abundance of fertility, I am looking back on the theme of creativity. Many of us struggle with creativity, […]

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