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Yoga with Melissa 172 Cultural Conditioning Series: Addicted to Busy

April 6, 2013 Beginners 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. The second perception we are going to deconstruct is our addiction to busy. This is another one […]

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Yoga with Melissa 149 Shiva Series How Shiva Got his Blue Throat, Yoga to Release Your Neck

October 26, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

Yoga with Melissa 149 is a hatha yoga class to release your neck in preparation for shoulderstand. The story of how Shiva got his blue throat and the churning of the ocean of consciousness is such a great story. It reminds us that when we come to the meditation cushion or the yoga mat and […]

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Balancing Yoga with Cardio

October 12, 2012 Melissa's Blog Posts

Hi Melissa. I’m wondering if you can offer some advice on balancing cardio with yoga practice in any given week – just in reference to the general pursuit of good health? Thanks! I would say you want to get in cardio three times a week in the general pursuit of good health. Remember to have […]

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Yoga with Melissa 116 Ayurveda Elements and Doshas: Earth

January 12, 2012 Intermediate Yoga Class

Yoga with Melissa 116 focuses on the Ayurvedic Earth Element and the Kapha Dosha. This is a vigorous yoga practice designed to bring balance to the solid, dense earth energy of the kapha constitution. This active practice will help to build movement and heat creating harmony for those with strong kapha constitutions. This class was […]

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Yoga with Melissa 115, Vishnu Series, Lakshmi

January 5, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

Yoga with Melissa 115 is on Lakshmi. During the last hatha yoga class in a series on Vishnu, we will focus on Lakshmi, the Goddess of Abundance. The concept for this class came from Danny Arguetty’s book, Nourishing the Teacher: Inquiries, Contemplations and Insights on the Path of Yoga. Instead of focusing on lack in […]

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Yoga with Melissa 114, Vishnu Series, Buddha

December 23, 2011 Beginners Yoga Class

Yoga with Melissa 114 is on Vishnu’s incarnation as Buddha. This continues our series of hatha yoga classes on Vishnu’s avatars with his ninth incarnation as Buddha. In this incarnation Vishnu came to remove suffering from the world. In this practice we will focus on the shared Buddhist and yogic concepts of mindfulness, letting go […]

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Yoga with Melissa 113 Vishnu Series, Krishna/Gopala

December 22, 2011 Beginners Yoga Class

Yoga with Melissa is about Vishnu’s Vishnu’s eighth incarnation as Kirshna, the friend and teacher who delivers the Bhagavadgita to Arjuna. Krishna is a symbol of devotion, love, and pure joy. Through the Bhagavadgita Krishna shows the way of karma yoga and bhakti yoga. In this class we will focus on Krishna’s young days as […]

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Yoga with Melissa 112, Vishnu Series: Ram

December 21, 2011 Beginners Yoga Class

Yoga with Melissa 112 is on Ram. In honor of Vishnu’s incarnation as Ram we will be practicing gentleness, affections, friendliness and tenderness in this hatha yoga class. Together with his wife Sita, Ram was known as an example of faithfulness, steadfastness, incorruptibility and honesty. In honor of Ram we will practice bow pose and […]

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Yoga with Melissa 108 Vishnu Series: Garudasana or Eagle

December 5, 2011 Beginners Yoga Class

Yoga with Melissa 108 is on Garudasana or Eagle Pose. Over the next eight weeks we will embark on a special series of hatha yoga classes related to Vishnu, the Hindu God of Preservation. The Hindu God’s give us an opportunity to reflect on their qualities, trials and tribulations within our own personal experiences in […]

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Yoga with Melissa 106 Yoga of Emotions: Love

December 5, 2011 Beginners Yoga Class

 Yoga with Melissa 106 is on Love. This is the last of a series of hatha yoga classes on emotions. This is a beautiful practice of heart openers in which we appreciate the beauty and grace of unfolding our bodies. Through yoga asana we recognize that beauty is everywhere and always there to be loved. […]

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