plank pose

Why Crow Pose?

April 27, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts

Why do Crow Pose? I recently asked my yoga students on Facebook and in our membership community, what yoga pose do you avoid the most. Crow pose came up a lot. Crow pose is definitely one that I avoid too. Although I would have to say, it if for good reason. The flexion required in […]

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How to do Headstand

March 30, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts

Today we will talk about how to do headstand. I recently asked my yoga students on Facebook and in our membership community, what yoga pose do you avoid the most. Headstand came up a lot. First of all, you won’t see headstand in my yoga classes anymore because I believe this is a yoga pose […]

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Namaste Yoga 319: Aversion or Yoga Poses You Avoid the Most Part One

February 19, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts

Aversion This week we continue with the five hindrances. The five hindrances are common mental states that arise in our practice and lives that can impede our practice. They have been observed and taught as part of Buddhist studies. In teaching about the five hindrances, Sharon Salzberg quotes the Buddha, he says, “Our minds are […]

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Do you really have Sway Back?

January 27, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts

Sway Back :Today’s question comes to us from Namaste Yoga member, Darlene. BTW, Darlene has performed some incredibly generous karma yoga for me by cataloguing all our membership videos, so thank you Darlene! Melissa, Joining this community and practicing with you has really brought an awareness of my body to my attention. Now I realize […]

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Yoga with Melissa 193, Benefits of Yoga Series, 50 Minute Yoga for Strength

August 30, 2013 Intermediate Yoga Class

Strength Yoga When you practice yoga you think first of your physical body and the asanas. When you think of strength, you think first of the strength of your physical body. In yoga there is something called the koshas, the layers of your body. The densest layer is your physical body, there are much more […]

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Yoga with Melissa 175 Cultural Conditioning Series “Forever Young” a Chakra Balancing Class

April 26, 2013 Beginners Yoga Class

Forever Young In our culture we carry a set of beliefs, attitudes, norms, and values used to justify the way we, discriminate, subordinate and prejudicially treat people based on their chronological age in our culture. Even in our subculture of yoga the supposed vigor and beauty of youth adorns the covers of yoga magazines over […]

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Weak Shoulders and Weak Wrists in Plank Pose

September 6, 2012 Melissa's Blog Posts

Today’s question comes to us from the membership site from Donna who is finding it challenging to do plank pose because of weak shoulders and weak wrists. So first of all you can do plank pose on your forearms instead of your hands which will give your wrists a break. Secondly make sure you practice […]

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