Yoga with Melissa 79 : Dharma with Dr. Melissa West

by Melissa West on

Yoga with Melissa 79 is about Dharma: right action and living your truth. Dharma often gets translated as life purpose but I think in our culture that gets read rather narrow mindedly as “career.” Dharma is about the fullest expression of our being, about living the fullness of your uniqueness and passions. What’s more we have multiple dharmas at multiple times during our lives. In this hatha yoga class we will practice yoga asana as a way to be more fully you in each posture. We will draw on the story of the Bhagavad Gita and Arjuna’s quest to live his truth as our inspiration.

The class begins with a reading and teachings from the Bhagavad Gita. From there we go into some gentle backbending and hip opening from locust and cobra pose. We come to gate pose and downward facing dog to open up your side body and your hamstrings. Plank pose will develop your core strength. When we come to standing we will practice tree pose, warrior two, side angle pose and chair pose. We come back down to connect with our humility in rabbit pose, then zig zag pose and bound angle pose. We finish our hatha yoga class with a mudra for courage.

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