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May 15, 2022 Dr. Melissa West
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Vagus Nerve Qigong Exercises for Emotional Regulation 1. SHAKE THE TREE  2. PALMS MASSAGE at HEART  3. SWIMMING DRAGON  Shake the Tree - Releases sympathetic activation, that feeling of anxiety or anger, the need to fight or flee which will bring you into ventral vagus activation and a feeling of resilience, connection and safety.  Palms Massage at Heart - Rotate Palms at heart. When we are feeling emotionally regulated we feel safe to connect within, with our pets, with people, nature and...
Topics: vagus nerve massage, simple massage for vagus nerve, vagus nerve exercises, yoga with melissa vagus...
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May 4, 2022 Dr. Melissa West
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1. Vagus Nerve Breathing Exercise for Relaxation The vagus nerve does pass through the diaphragm which supports breathing This diaphragmatic stimulation regulates your vagus nerve and stimulates your relaxation response. 2. Sounding A E I O U while rolling down through spine The vagus nerve is connected to your vocal cords and the muscles at the back of your throat. Singing, humming, chanting and gargling can activate these muscles and stimulate your vagus nerve. 3. Neck and shoulder rotations...
Topics: vagus nerve exercise for relaxation, vagus nerve massage, simple massage for vagus nerve, simple...
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Apr 19, 2022 Dr. Melissa West
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Spring can be a disturbing season with wild fluctuations of energy surging through nature. There is a strong momentum created by spring Qi. Spring bulbs thrust up through barely thawed ground. In humans the qi rises as well, moving up into the chest where it stimulates the liver with fresh vitality. Rising qi carries with it the potential for problems.This rising liver qi influences irritation, resentment and bitterness If the liver contains any stagnant blood and metabolic waste, which is...
Topics: self massage, qigong for anger, liver massage, gallbladder massage, liver organ meridian massage,...
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Apr 10, 2022 Dr. Melissa West
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Vagus Nerve Massage for Insomnia 1. Eye/Neck Magic for Safe Sleep  2. Golden Bamboo to Release the Day  3. Visceral Massage for Vagal Tone and Deep Sleep  If the ventral branch of the vagus nerve is not functioning properly it is not uncommon to have difficulty sleeping.  Eye/Neck Magic for Safe Sleep  80% of the fibers of the vagus nerve are afferent sensory fibers - which means they bring information from the body to the brain. When we do an exercise like this and improve our breathing...
Topics: vagus nerve massage for insomnia, simple massage for vagus nerve for insomnia, simple facial...
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Mar 27, 2022 Dr. Melissa West
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Vagus Nerve Massage for Stress & Anxiety Relief  1. PEACEFUL CALM  2. DOORWAY TO THE SOUL  3. POOL OF WIND  Peaceful Calm - Stress and Anxiety causes hearing loss, reduced hearing and changes the range in which you can hear. Normal conversations are harder to hear and high pitches are easier to hear.  Doorway to the Soul - Your eyes are connected to your entire nervous system. Because we spend so much time on our electronic devices it strains our eyes and drains the corresponding organ...
Topics: vagus nerve massage, simple massage for vagus nerve, simple facial massage for self regulation,...
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Mar 20, 2022 Dr. Melissa West
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1. Purification and Rejuvenation  2. Savasana is the most important pose followed by Tadasana 3. Off the mat is as important as on the mat 4. Skeletal Structures limit your Poses, but Spiritual Friendship is Magical 5. The Buddha is the Sangha - Thich Nhat Hanh 6. Yoga is More than Your Body 7. The Ordinary is Extraordinary 8. Yin and Restorative Yoga are Incredibly Powerful 9. Trauma Informed Yoga is the Bomb 10. Your Nervous System Needs to Feel Safe for Change to Happen 
Topics: yoga at 49 versus yoga at 23, what I’ve learned from practicing yoga for over 25 years, I...
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Mar 13, 2022 Dr. Melissa West
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Stress and anxiety have an upward moving energy like butterflies that start in the stomach and move upward to the heart mind. These simple qigong, acupressure and self massage movements will ground and root your emotions, sending them down to the ground and calm your mind. They are simple and easy to do. You will find them soothing and calming for your mind.
Topics: self massage to calm your mind, qigong to calm your mind, acupressure to calm your mind, self...
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Feb 13, 2022 Dr. Melissa West
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Would you buy a $2,390 yoga mat from Louis Vitton? How about A Gucci one, a bargain at only $500! Chanel’s luxury yoga mat offers a safe and comfortable workout for the price of $3, 304 Or you could slum it with Karl Largerfield for $200 USD or Valentino for $356 USD. I had no idea that luxury designer yoga mats existed, did you? Maybe your yoga mat is looking a little shabby and you are looking to upgrade. Would you upgrade to a luxury, designer yoga mat? Or are you looing for something more...
Topics: yoga mat, yoga mat review, yoga mat strap, Louis Vuitton yoga mat, designer yoga mat, expensive...
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Feb 5, 2022 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video I share with you 26 yoga poses I don’t do anymore. This video is honestly quite embarrassing. I couldn’t believe that there are over 20 poses that have been dropped from my yoga practice and yoga teaching over the last 25 years. This video opened my eyes to some of the trends in yoga as well as why they got dropped in the first place. It has me thinking about some of the ways that I can reintroduce the yoga poses that I actually love and find value in. Let me know in the...
Topics: dangerous yoga poses, yoga poses you should not do, yoga poses that are bad for your body, yoga...
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Feb 3, 2022 Dr. Melissa West
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This is a quick emotional release using qigong techniques that are simple to do and easy to remember. You can repeat these movements any time you are feeling excess emotions such as impatience, restlessness, sadness, grief, depression, anxiety, irritation, frustration and anger. Allow these simple movements that you can do anywhere to transform pent up emotions that are trapped in your body so that your emotions can flow with ease.
Topics: qigong, emotional blockages, emotional release, qigong for emotional release, qigong for emotional...
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Nov 20, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video my friend Matt Depuis and I are going to share with you some of our favourite heart centered yoga teachers who are sharing their yoga on YouTube that you may not have come across because they are “smaller” channels. These are teachers that are generously sharing their teachings on YouTube on a regular schedule, that have good sound and lighting and are offering high quality instruction. In this video we will share why we enjoy their teaching and we hope that you will check...
Topics: Yin yoga with matt, yoga with melissa, claire renee yin yoga, zen yin yoga with michelle, flow with...
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Oct 13, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Abdominal massage is one of the best ways to solve constipation. You can do it right before you go to bed and right after you wake up in the morning. Usually you will feel the need to clear your bowels after doing this abdominal self-massage for constipation.    1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor   2. Rub your hands together until they are warm    3. Take your first two fingers (index and middle) and make clockwise circles around your navel   4. Now...
Topics: constipation, constipation home remedies, constipation relief, constipation massage, constipation...
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Sep 29, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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PART 2  What has been the most challenging part of your YouTube journey? Did you get discouraged at some point and how did you overcome it? Greatest Gifts? What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned about YOURSELF over the last 12 years?   Congratulations! What kept you so persistent over the last 12 years?  Does Tim practice your yoga videos? Does Trinity practice your yoga videos?  Is there a comment or some feedback that stands out in your mind over the last 12 years?  What do you do...
Topics: YouTube Anniversary Q & A, ask me anything, yoga with melissa, melissa west yoga Q & A,...
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Sep 22, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Carolynne teaches empaths and sensitive souls how to create a collaborative relationship with their bodies through cozy, accessible yoga and self care practices in order to live a life filled with less doing and more being. She is a fellow Canadian who strives to offer a safe and welcoming space for people who might have felt discouraged by lack of options offered in other classes. She releases weekly either yin or gentle hatha with the intention to leave you feeling calmer, grounded and a...
Topic: How To Create Intention
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Sep 21, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Why did you start doing YouTube?  Do you still remember the first class you taught?  What was your favourite filming location ever? (Brenda Bohun)  When did you feel you found your style? (yogastanya)  How do you always guarantee to renew your content (keep it fresh). Did you ever think about the positive impact your videos would have on people? 
Topics: YouTube Anniversary Q & A, ask me anything, yoga with melissa, melissa west yoga Q & A,...
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Aug 25, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video Sharlene Anders, creativity coach, and I will discuss yoga rituals to deepen your yoga practice.  What are yoga rituals?  When should I practice yoga rituals?  How can I deepen my yoga practice with ritual?  How can I start and end my yoga practice with ritual?  Why are yoga rituals important?  How your yoga practice can become more sacred through ritual. Morning yoga rituals to start your day. In this video we will offer you 8 yoga rituals beyond lighting a stick of incense...
Topics: rituals for yoga, yoga ritual, morning yoga ritual, evening yoga ritual, what are yoga rituals,...
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Aug 24, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Celebrate our twenty five year wedding anniversary with this sit down, casual Q & A with us from the beaches of beautiful British Columbia. When did we meet? What was your first opinion of me? When did you know I was the one? How long did it take to plan the wedding? When did we get married? How long have we been married? How did you propose? How many children did I want before marriage? What does my family think of you? What does my friend think of you? What is my worst habit? What is my...
Topics: husband wife tag questions, twenty five year wedding anniversary Tim and Melissa West, twenty five...
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This video is about manifesting friends in the world of post-pandemic friendship. If  you are looking to recover your post-covid friendships or how to reconnect with your friends after you’ve grown apart in the 2020, 2021 years of coronavirus, then you are going to love my guest Andrea Schulman who teaches people about consciousness, spirituality and the law of attraction. In this session, Andrea and I talked about the impact of covid-19 on friendships and how to rekindle friendships after...
Topics: post pandemic friendship, manifesting friends after the pandemic, recovering friendship post...
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Jul 18, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video I will take you through a day in the life of the writing of my forthcoming book The Elemental Self: Five Element Yin Yoga. A lot of you have been asking me when my book will be coming out, so I thought the best thing to do would be to film an update. This update is vlog style and I will show you exactly where I am in the writing process, you will even get to see what I was writing on this exact day.  I finished an incredibly rough draft in August of 2020. Since then I have been...
Topics: book writing update, five element theory, five element theory traditional chinese medicine, yin...
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Jul 14, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Nature’s Chef Tipi is hosted by Nature’s Chef Tom Kral. Tom is a private chef who forages from the land and sea just outside of Sooke B.C.  Upon arrival we were greeted with a wild, foraged charcuterie board and tepid tea infusion. This appetizer to hold us over until dinner was foraged from the land and the sea. It featured smoked bison jerky, fresh snap peas, young radishes and mustard flowers from the garden, smoked trout from the lake, pickled bull kelp from the ocean, lentil flatbread...
Topics: where to eat Victoria BC, where to eat Vancouver Island, glamping Victoria BC, glamping Vancouver...
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Jun 30, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Top 5 Little Known Yoga Channels You Need to Follow Summer 2021  In this video my friend Matt Depuis and I are going to share with you some of our favourite heart centered yoga teachers who are sharing their yoga on YouTube that you may not have come across because they are “smaller” channels. These are teachers that are generously sharing their teachings on YouTube on a regular schedule, that have good sound and lighting and are offering high quality instruction. In this video we will...
Topics: Yin yoga with matt, yoga with melissa, bea yoga and well being, Karling Dallyn yoga, chocolate...
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Jun 16, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Fire element is the most yang of all the five elements. It is outward and expansive. Fire element people get their energy from being with other people. Today we are going to talk to one of my yoga students, Magdalena, who recently participated in one of our membership challenges and courses. Magdalena has a lot of fire and earth element in her. She will share with you how she approached the fire element course and brought balance and harmony to her fire element.  “I am approaching this...
Topics: five element theory, balancing fire element, five element theory of traditional chinese medicine,...
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May 26, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This video is an unboxing and review of the RENPHO Back Massager with Heat, Shiatsu Rolling Chair Massage Pad for Full Back Shoulder Neck, Height Adjustable, Massage Cushion with Heat for Full Body Fatigue Relief for Relax. The portable massage chair combines shiatsu, kneading, rolling,vibration and heat functions to help you eliminate fatigue, stress and relieve muscle pain. The neck height is adjustable. The back and neck massage chair features 4 unique neck massage modes that offer deep...
Topics: chair massage pad reviews, chair massage pad with heat, chair massage pad, renpho chair massage...
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May 19, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Kim Ashton and I met in a Yin Yoga Facebook group over a discussion about 5 element theory. Kim does something fascinating called: Qi Food Therapy.  In this interview we will talk about 5 element theory and the energetics of food.  I will ask her:  What is food energetics?  What is food therapy?  How does food energetics and food therapy affect our emotions?  How does five element theory intersect with food?  We also talk about anxiety, insomnia and racing mind and how food can help to...
Topics: yoga with melissa, food therapy food energetics and emotions, food therapy, food energetics,...
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May 12, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Today on Yoga Lifestyle with Melissa I am going to be interviewing an incredible human being that I discovered on YouTube through my love of oracle and tarot cards. Stormie Atlantis drew me in through her honest and raw authentic expression.  So today I am going to talk to her about:  Never have I ever Tarot on Arcane Panda  How to be authentically yourself?  How to be authentic on YouTube?  How to be authentic and confident?   How to be authentic as a leader?  How to be authentic as an...
Topics: yoga with melissa, Stormie Atlantis, elf improvement, self esteem, authentic self, how to be...
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May 5, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video I am going to be talking about which is better: minimal cues yoga class vs. yoga classes with instruction.  These are my thoughts and experiences on what is a minimal cues class, who they are for, when they are beneficial, why they are beneficial and why you would want to practice them. I am also going to talk about the place of yoga classes with instruction.  This video will cover:  What is a minimal cues yoga class?  Who is a minimal cues class for? Who should avoid minimal...
Topics: minimal cues yoga, minimal cues yoga meaning, minimal cues yoga intermediate, yin yoga minimal...
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Apr 28, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video I share with you a more holistic approach to preventing constipation with yoga, one that focuses on the physical, mental and emotional bodies. There are physical postures that support us in preventing constipation and when we combine them with mindful intention and support for our mental body the healing potential of yoga is quite inspiring.  In this video I will talk about some of the mental and emotional reasons why constipation happens and how the mindful aspects of yoga can...
Topics: how to prevent constipation with yoga, yoga with melissa constipation, how to prevent constipation...
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Apr 21, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Today’s video is about setting healthy boundaries for a balanced heart. A few weeks ago I released a social media post about tending to our “gates” Do you tend to your gates? Where in your life have you left your gate unintentionally open so that perhaps unconsciously energy is unintentionally flowing in and out without you even being aware of it? I’m talking about creating and maintaining secure boundaries within yourself that clearly express when you want to open your gate and when...
Topics: how to set healthy boundaries, setting healthy boundaries, how to set healthy boundaries for a...
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Apr 14, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this short video I am going to share with you how to clear your mind with yoga. I will show you  which yoga poses work best to clear your mind. We will explore both the best types of yoga postures and the best yoga pose to clear your mind. This short demonstration with a yoga pose to clear your mind will help with brain fog and will cleanse your mind with a yoga pose.  
Topics: how to clear your mind with yoga, how to clear your mind which yoga poses work best, how to clear...
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Apr 7, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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We live in a world of noise, excess information, and overwhelm. We are often overloaded , with too much of a good thing and our bodies, minds, emotions, energy and spirits cannot possibly adapt. The result is anxiety, insomnia, poor memory, confusion, brain fog, difficulty poor concentrating and a hard time prioritizing what is important to us.  In this video I am going to show you a simple and quick 3 minute guided breathing exercise that will support you in clearing your mind. The result...
Topics: how to clear your mind with breathing exercises, breathing to clear your mind, breathing exercises...
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Mar 27, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this interview I have the honour of interviewing Norman Blair, author of Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga. I know Norman Blair as a yin yoga teacher and author of one of my most beloved and used yin yoga books: Brightening Our Inner skies. I personally go between 2 yin yoga books - Sarah Powers Insight Yoga and his Brightening Your Inner Skies. Of course, Sarah Powers wrote the forward for his Brightening Your inner Skies.  What I love about Norman Blair is the way that he embodies...
Topics: norman blair yoga, norman blair yin, norman blair yin yoga, norman blair yin yoga training, norman...
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Mar 25, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video my friend, and fellow yin yoga teacher, Matt Depuis and I are going to share with you some of our favourite heart centered yoga teachers who are sharing their yoga on YouTube that you may not have come across because they are “smaller” channels. These are teachers that are generously sharing their teachings on YouTube on a regular schedule, that have good sound and lighting and are offering high quality instruction. In this video we will share why we enjoy their teaching and...
Topics: Yin yoga with matt, yoga with melissa, mellomrom yoga, the yoga gypsea, yoga with sarah j collins,...
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In this video I share 5 tips for transitioning from beginner to intermediate level classes:  1 Foundational Knowledge of Yoga Poses 2 Knowledge of How to Modify Yoga Poses 3. Knowledge of Props and You have Yoga Props you can use 4. Ability to look after yourself - avoid injury 5. Inner Sovereignty
Topics: how to get to intermediate level yoga from beginner level yoga, how to transition from beginner...
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Mar 4, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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We all have masculine and feminine energy within us. In order to balance our masculine and feminine energy it is helpful to spend some time cultivating our divine feminine energy. It is no secret that most of our lives are spent in our masculine energy: focused on productivity, logic, actions and results.  This is why I have recently spent a lot of time awakening the divine feminine energy in my own yoga practice and bringing those qualities into my teachings more and more.  When we take the...
Topics: yin yoga to cultivate your divine feminine energy, how to cultivate your divine feminine energy...
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Feb 17, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this short video I will explain how vibrating massage balls work to reduce symptoms of delayed onset muscle soreness and how they create a neurological response to help increase range of motion. Both of these benefits of using massage balls and vibrating massage balls could be of interest to yogis. I have shared the link to the references I have used below. I will also show a technique to change the pattern of tight pec minor muscles that come from rounded posture and screen time as well as...
Topics: massage ball shoulder, massage ball pec release, vibrating massage ball shoulder, vibrating massage...
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Feb 10, 2021 Matt Depuis
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In this video my friend Matt Depuis and I are going to share with you some of our favourite heart centered yoga teachers who are sharing their yoga on YouTube that you may not have come across because they are “smaller” channels. These are teachers that are generously sharing their teachings on YouTube on a regular schedule, that have good sound and lighting and are offering high quality instruction. In this video we will share why we enjoy their teaching and we hope that you will check...
Topics: Yin yoga with matt, timberlake yoga, nourished natasha, yin yoga garage, laura ga yoga, yoga with...
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Feb 3, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Yoga Mudra for Constipation: Mahatrika Mudra  Today I am going to show you how to do the mahatrika mudra to relieve pelvic congestion and constipation. So if you have abdominal cramping, are straining to have a bowel movement, or feel as though there is something preventing you from having a bowel movement stay with us for this simple and natural way to relieve your constipation. I don’t want you to be uncomfortable or in pain.  How long should you practice this mudra for? You are going to...
Topics: Yoga mudra for constipation relief, yoga mudra to relieve constipation, constipation relief yoga...
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Jan 27, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video I am going to talk to you about balancing the yin and yang energies in our daily yoga practice. What is yin and what is yang and why would we want to think about balancing them in our daily yoga practice.  We tend to live in a yang dominant culture. One that values competition, goal-setting, being in action, focuses on performance and growth, and moving towards peak experience. When yang is at its fullest expression bigger is better and we are in an expanded state. Yang tends to...
Topic: Yin Yang Principles
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Jan 20, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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3 Ways to Let Go of Perfectionism in Your Daily Yoga Practice  3 mindful and supportive ways that you can organically breathe into your life that will allow you to let go of perfectionism as easily as you exhale.  1. Become aware of the ordinary moments in your body 2. Make choices that support your well-being 3. Make space for uncertainty In our membership community, I created a brand new 10 minute Daily Yoga reset that will support you in letting go of the inner pusher and perfectionist so...
Topic: Let Go of Perfectionism
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Jan 14, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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How to Start and Maintain a Daily Yoga Practice  53% of my yoga students say their goal for their yoga in 2021 is to start or maintain a daily yoga practice. This is over becoming more flexible or stronger with a yoga practice.  In this video I will share with you 3 tips for starting and maintaining a daily yoga practice that are different from other YouTube videos. We will not talk about creating a physical space, but the mental space required for a yoga practice. We will talk about the...
Topic: How to Start and Maintain a Daily Yoga Practice
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Today we are going to talk about three things you want to do daily to improve your balance with yoga.  #1. Activate Your Vestibular System. This is just a fancy way of saying engage your inner ear. Your inner ear sense information about motion, equilibrium and spatial orientation. This information is collected in your inner ear by the utricle, saccule and three semicircular canals.  Your utricle and saccule detect gravity, that is information in a linear orientation, as well as linear...
Topic: Daily Yoga for Balance
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Dec 16, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Eye Yoga Doesn’t Work - The Way You Think it Does  So many people want to know how to improve their eyesight with yoga. When it comes down to improving our vision at home naturally we want to know:  Will it really work? How long will it take to work? Will I be able to get rid of my glasses? Will I be able to get rid of astigmatism?  So first of all, let’s look at my scope of practice. I am a yoga instructor with a Ph.D. in communications and cultural studies. Which means I can show you...
Topics: how does eye yoga work, does eye yoga work, how does eye yoga improve your vision, eye yoga to...
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Dec 9, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This video is about how to develop, commit and maintain a daily yoga practice in a way that is kind, compassionate and sustainable.  Over the last couple of months I’ve completely failed to commit to and maintain and daily yoga practice. Maybe you’ve been through periods like this in your own yoga journey. In this video I am going to share with you the road to my recovery and how the act of failing at keeping my yoga practicing going has actually been more helpful than keeping my yoga...
Topics: how to start a daily yoga practice, how to develop a daily yoga practice, how to commit to a daily...
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Dec 2, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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What to do on Vancouver Island: Tofino and Ucluelet  I know we are all on lockdown right now and I don’t know about you, but for me, it is causing my mental health to suffer. For the next few weeks in BC we have been asked to stay in place in our own cities. We went on this family trip before that mandate was in place.  A few nights ago, Tim asked me to imagine where I would like to go in the future. Because of the increased restrictions my mind had gone into a fixed mindset. Just the...
Topics: what to do on vancouver island, tofino vancouver island, tofino bc canada, where to stay eat and go...
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Nov 19, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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If you do this one thing before your yoga poses for constipation your constipation will be relieved with much greater ease.  You probably already know the yoga poses that will relieve your constipation, the poses that will put pressure on your colon, the poses that will twist your colon and the poses that will relax your colon. But do you know the secrets that yogis have been using every morning prior to doing their yoga that helps to aid with elimination in addition to yoga?
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During the pain phase of frozen shoulder there have been 3 things that have helped me most with the pain. I thought I would share them with you here today.
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You Won’t Believe the Wildlife We Saw on Our First Day in Jasper National Park  Join us on our road trip from Victoria B.C. to go camping in Wapiti Campground at Jasper National Park.  Our trip begins at Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal in Victoria BC with a short crossing over to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Vancouver BC. We had a short stop at Harveston Mill in Chilliwack BC to meet on of my yoga students for lunch.  We also stopped in Merrit BC for the night to rest.  Our first beautiful...
Topic: Jasper National Park Vlog 1
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Oct 21, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Yoga and Poetry: Poetry as Meditative Practice  I received some wonderful questions on my YouTube channel the other day from Jessica. She asks:  I’m curious how you read poetry. I borrowed a Mary Oliver book from the library and started reading it. It doesn’t impact me the same way they do when you read them in class. Any tips? Flip open to a random page? Read from start to finish ? Thanks, Melissa. These are great questions. How do you read poetry so that it comes alive? Why does it come...
Topic: Reading Poetry
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Oct 14, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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What is an Emotional Release in Yoga? What do you do when you have an emotional release in yoga?  When I trained with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy as a yoga therapist, yoga teacher and group facilitator my teacher and mentor there, Elissa Cobb explained all about how emotions get held in our bodies. In fact I trained for several years as a yoga therapist, yoga teacher and group facilitator on how to help people to release emotions that were held in the body.  In this video I am going to talk...
Topic: Emotional Release in Yoga
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Oct 7, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Do you have a daily yoga practice? What styles of yoga do you practice each day? Hatha yoga? Yoga Flow? Yin Yoga? Restorative Yoga? Yoga Nidra? Qigong?  Do you follow yoga series or how do you create a flow for your practice through the week?  In this video  I shared with you how I recommend reducing overwhelm when it comes to creating a balanced daily practice for yourself, but I know we have a lot of wisdom and experience in our community.  So how do you create your daily yoga schedule?...
Topics: Daily Yoga, How to plan a daily yoga practice
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Sep 25, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In today’s vlog we are going on an adventure: a guided tour of Horne Lake Caves, just north of Parksville on on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It is approximately a two and a half hour drive from Victoria B.C. Our guide was so knowledgeable and hilariously entertaining as well. We climbed deep down into the depths of the earth and learned so much about life forms that haven’t even been discovered yet. The rock formations were absolutely gorgeous. At one point we all turned our head...
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Sep 7, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Discovering Nelson BC and the Kootenays Summer 2020  In this vlog, using Nelson B.C. as our base we take a little roadtrip around the Kootenays. If you love West Coast scenery then you are going to love this travel vlog. Join us as we drive through the mountains, beside Kootenay Lake.  Our first stop was beautiful Coffee Creek.  Fletcher Falls was our next destination: the falls and the view of Kootenay Lake was spectacular there. From Fletcher Falls we moved on to Kaslo. Unity Bridge, just...
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Sep 2, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video I will share with you one of my favourite creams to strengthen the boundary of your skin to repair and prevent eczema before I show you a qigong mudra flow to strengthen the boundary of your skin and a mudra to relieve dry skin and eczema.  A few months ago, in the middle of March 2020, at the beginning of COVID, I experienced probably the worst outbreak of eczema I’ve ever had on my right hand. I literally thought I was going to lose a layer of my skin.  According to...
Topics: qigong for skin health, qigong for eczema, qigong for lungs and large intestine, qigong for metal...
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Aug 31, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this vlog we take you along for the 12-13 hour drive from Victoria B.C. to Nelson B.C. This includes our ferry crossing from Swartz Bay terminal in Victoria B.C. from the Tsawwassen terminal in Vancouver.  The scenery through the mountains is incredible. We get to drive through Manning Provincial Park, the Okanagan Valley, Osoyoos. The Okanagan valley is known for its fruit. We stopped and got lots of peaches and cherries for eating. Coming from the island we were overwhelmed by the heat...
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Aug 27, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Come to Dance Class with Me! How Awkward? In this vlog I am going to take you behind the scenes of Marvin’s Afro Dance class at Studio 4 Athletics in Victoria B.C. This is the gym that Tim and I lift weights at several times a week. In addition to personal training and working the front desk, Marvin teaches this dance class once a week. When he invited Tim and I to come we of course said yes! The class was super fun and had a wonderful community vibe. Marvin and his friends made dancing easy....
Topics: Dance class vlog, dance class workout, dance class Victoria B.C., studio 4 athletics, afro dance...
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Aug 26, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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2 Ways to Relieve Constipation and Back Pain with Yoga Stretches If you suffer from constipation and back pain, I am going to show you two yoga stretches in this short video to relieve your constipation and your back pain. Constipation is anything less than three bowel movements in a week. The blockage in your colon puts pressure on your lower back and can cause back pain in addition to the constipation you are experiencing.  There are simply yoga stretches that you can do to relieve both the...
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Aug 19, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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If you have tight hips and you experience knee pain when trying to sit cross legged for yoga or meditation then let me let you in on a well known secret. In the yoga and meditation world, we use props to support our joints so that we don’t experience pain. When ungloo reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to try out their triangle shaped blocks I said yes because the videos on this channel where I talk about knee pain and how to sit cross legged are extremely popular. Here are the links...
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Are You Still Making this Constipation Mistake? Even if you are doing Yoga?  I have been offering viewers of this channel constipation yoga exercises on this channel since 2013. The youtube videos that I have filmed to relieve constipation with yoga are some of my most popular videos. Which leads to the question, are we getting at the root cause of constipation? Maybe there is something that is happening before the yoga that is contributing to the constipation that it is time to address.  In...
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Jul 15, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Do Yogis Need Massage Guns? Fitindex Massage Gun Review Bonus: How to Use Massage Gun for Sciatica If you are wondering what massage gun to buy or which massage gun is the best, I have a great massage gun for you today. I will talk about how massage guns work, who they are good for. In this video I will talk about when to use a massage gun. I will discuss the massage gun versus a foam roller or massage balls. I will talk about who should use a massage gun. I will speak about the effectiveness...
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Jul 9, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video I am going to share with you 5 techniques for increasing the effectiveness of any mudra. Mudras are basically yoga postures for your hands that facilitate the flow of energy in the subtle body to a specific end. Sometimes they are used to enhance meditation, sometimes they are used to improve some kind of physical ailment such as back pain or menstrual cramps. Mudras can also affect our mental or emotional well being such as calming anxiety or for focus. Mudras can give us more...
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Jul 1, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this short video I am going to show you a qigong inspired movement to open up your shoulders and increase their mobility using a yoga block. This movement is part of a longer class for ventral vagus activation that focuses on playful movements like this as an advanced technique for learning.  This fun movement intentionally moves your shoulders through their full range of motion and will help to gently restore their range of motion. It is a fun, but challenging exercise that also works the...
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In this video I am going to show you how to use a massage ball similar to Jill Miller’s courageous ball to stimulate your vagus nerve so that it is easier for you to speak your truth with a full and resonant voice.  Hi I’m Melissa from Yoga with Melissa. One of the most amazing things I have learned in the past year is the power of the vagus nerve. It is part of our autonomic nervous system that supports our response to stress. Basically we used to believe that there were only 2 sides of...
Topics: connective tissue release for vagus nerve, how to speak your truth and have a more resonant voice,...
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Jun 17, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this short video I am going to share with you a simple qigong healing sound technique to allow you to simply and easily release anger, frustration, irritation and resentment. This is a simple and easy technique that will allow you to release anger in a healthy way slowly over time. The effects of this practice are cumulative. When you practice this simple technique every day for just one to two minutes a day you will notice that over time your experience of anger, frustration, irritation and...
Topics: how to release anger frustration irritation and resentment, let go of anger and resentment, dealing...
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Jun 10, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this video I am going to show you a simple technique that I often use at the beginning of my yoga practice that relaxes my neck and shoulder muscles but has a welcome side effect, it clears my mind. Every time I use this technique at the beginning of my yoga practice I notice that it clears my mind quickly and easily, that my mind feels more clear and that it helps to calm and quiet my mind. No more brain fog. It is simple and easy. It feels super good and it takes almost no time at all. It...
Topics: How to clear your mind, how to clear your mind of negative thoughts, how to clear your mind before...
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Jun 3, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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4 tips for how to learn beginner yoga 1. FIND A TEACHER THAT  RESONATE WITH  I cannot emphasize this enough. I love the quote, “You may be the ripest, juiciest peach and the world and some people still do not like peaches.” There are so many yoga teachers in our world and this is a great thing, because chances are if you didn’t like one there will be another that will suite your personality better. Each yoga teacher has a different way of delivering their yoga depending on their own...
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May 27, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Can I practice yoga everyday if I am a beginner? In this video I am going to offer  five tips and some important guidelines about the frequency of yoga practice if you are a beginner.  Listen to Your Body Most importantly, listen to your body. If you are feeling any pain or not feeling well in any way, remember it is ok to take some time off. It is not ok to push yourself in yoga. The no pain no gain thing does not apply in yoga.  Take a Break  Even though it is a 30 day yoga challenge,...
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May 20, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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So what is new moon yoga? This is a good question! How do the moon phases relate to our yoga practice? When we align our yoga practice with the phases of the moon we can bring awareness to the ebbing and flowing energy that is within us and all around us in nature. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, so too does our energy. When we align our practice with that waxing and waning energy then we are in harmony with the flow of energy rather than fighting against it.  The new moon is a time of...
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May 18, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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A few months ago, I released a series of classes for our members with some booty bands but it ended up being a real hassle because the bands were slipping all over our yoga pants. Today I have no slip fabric booty bands to share with you that will stay in place while you are doing your yoga, especially when you wrap them around your legs.  Today we are going to practice 3 exercises with the booty band to strengthen your glutes. These include some classic movements from yoga as well as some...
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May 13, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Right now we are in a great time of uncertainty with the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus. This uncertainty has left me feeling destabilized to say the least and many of you too. In this video I will share with you some of the insights and discussions we have been having around the uncertainty due to covid-19 in our community.  Over the last few weeks I have been connecting with a lot of my students through live yoga and meditation classes with lots of time for us to speak about our...
Topics: dark moon yoga, restorative yoga, yoga with melissa restorative yoga, melissa west restorative...
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May 6, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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The plan was to go to Ladysmith to go for a hike, but it was raining buckets, so we decided to enjoy a day out and get some cinnamon buns and go for lunch in Ladysmith. The views were gorgeous on the Malahat because we were continually driving through the clouds, Our first stop was old town bakery. After Old Town Bakery, we went across the road to Wild Poppy Bistro which is entirely gluten free! Wild Poppy Bistro is an amazing place. I absolutely fell in love with this cute bistro. Their food...
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Apr 29, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Join us on this super cool adventure as we head out to one of my favourite places on Vancouver Island, Metchosin, to pick up my sourdough starter. You will get to meet lots of friendly animals on their farm: Blue Dog Farm Metchosin. She directed us to Nookta Rose Milling in Metchosin, a small mill to get the flour for the bread, which was beyond cool! We got some einkorn flour, an ancient grain which many people are able to digest more easily even if they are allergic to wheat. My friend...
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Apr 22, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This is a short vlog to show you behind the scenes in the making of the 30 day beginner yoga challenge. We both loved making the challenge because it gave us a positive focus during the coronavirus pandemic and it allowed us to make a positive difference in the world. Having a project that we can offer out in the the world with joy, gratitude and love helped us to stay grounded.  Our location was an hour drive outside of Victoria B.C. close to Metchosin. Because we live on an island where...
Topics: how to start beginner yoga, yoga with melissa, 30 day beginner yoga challenge, 30 day yoga...
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Apr 8, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Currently we are experiencing a world pandemic with the coronavirus in our world.  What I have noticed in connecting with my students is an outpouring of love and generosity and a desire to do something to make a difference to the covid-19 outbreak. In this video I am going to talk a little bit about the discussions we have been having and how self-sacrifice is not sustainable.  Now, more than ever, even though the media is sensationalist in its reporting, we are tuning into the preciousness...
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Apr 1, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Maybe you have heard of full moon yoga or full moon yoga rituals, but you aren’t too sure what the full moon has to do with yoga or what the benefits of full moon yoga even are? One of the things that has been most interesting to  me in my practice recently is how the constantly changing energy of the season, the moon, and the day affect us.  On the full moon it is a time of, well, fullness. Especially during these times, we are experiencing the intensity that the full moon represents...
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Mar 4, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In our fourth and final vlog of the San Francisco California series we visit the University town of Berkley. We started our visit with some super yummy food at a tiny little restaurant. It was so good and fresh and full of flavour. Shannon and I visited her daughter’s alma mater, Berkley and Shannon had a spiritual awakening in the library. You will see our reverence for education, learning and books come alive in the library. It seems the sky is always bright blue in San Francisco. Perhaps...
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Feb 26, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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As yogis we spend a lot of time stretching out our hips but in reality we actually need to be spending time strengthening our hips. In this video I am going to show you how to test if your hip is weak and a hip strengthening exercise that is part of my progressions for preparing for malasana pose video.  Today I am going to show you how to test if your hip flexors are weak and then show you one way to strengthen your hip flexors that I use in the malasana prep class that I filmed for our...
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Feb 20, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Welcome to our third travel vlog exploring San Francisco. In this vlog we share a beautiful location in Coyote Hills where we filmed a slow flow hatha yoga for Yoga with Melissa and a Qigong Yoga Fusion for Water Element for our Yoga with Melissa Members. Once we were able to finish our filming we spent some time exploring San Francisco.  We visited the Painted Ladies, drove through the many hills of San Francisco. We drove through windy Lombart Street. I love the tall beautiful palm trees. We...
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Feb 12, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this short video I am going to share with you a shoulder stability exercise using the mini bands that is a fantastic way to prepare for dolphin pose. This rotator cuff exercise using the same flexion of the shoulder movement in dolphin pose creates the shoulder stability needed for dolphin pose. So when you flex your shoulders in dolphin pose, having done this rotator cuff preparator pose, your shoulders will be stable and less prone to injury. This is just one of the preparatory...
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Feb 5, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Travelling to new places to film always sounds so exciting. Especially expansive beach locations with the ocean in the background. What could be better? This past January, we traveled to the San Francisco Bay area to film for our Yoga with Melissa channel and our membership community. We did some sightseeing in San Francisco, visited the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presido and Trinity enjoyed her time shopping on Haight Street. Anytime we do outdoor filming we expose ourselves to the challenges of...
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Jan 29, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this short video I am going to share a chest opening yoga pose using a mini band that is an excellent purvottanasana or reverse plank/upward plank prep pose. This chest opening movement is one that I often use in my yoga classes, but adding the mini-bands is something unique because it takes our shoulder joint through an active assisted range of motion, specifically extension. It is supporting your joint in moving behind you (the direction it will go in purvottanasana) while the mini band is...
Topics: How to prepare purvottanasna, how to do purvottanasana step by step, purvottanasana for beginners,...
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Jan 22, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this short qigong yoga fusion video I am going to demonstrate a short qigong inspired movement that I have shown you before to release neck tension but this time for a different reason. This movement will not only stimulate your kidneys to improve your essence energy, it will also support you in your ability to hear and listen deeply to your own inner wisdom.  This movement that I am going to share is part of a longer qigong yoga fusion class for water element kidney and bladder meridians....
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Jan 15, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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We started off 2020 with a trip to Northern California to do some filming for my main channel, Yoga with Melissa and our membership community. We stayed with one of my dear friends in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our first full day in California we took a day trip to Monterey Bay for some filming. On our way to Monterey Bay we drove through the mountains,  down Highway One and stopped in Santa Cruz at Cafe Gratitude for lunch. My favourite part was the Brave Immunity Boosting Shot! Perfect for...
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Dec 18, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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For those of you following our channel for awhile you will know how much we love camping. One of the things that was a challenge this past summer was puddles in our tents. We have talked about buying a teardrop trailer, but more recently we settled on converting a toyota sienna minivan because of the economics and longevity of toyotas. We found an inexpensive toyota sienna on Vancouver Island where we live close to Victoria and we were able to purchase it for $450.  In this vlog we will share...
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Dec 11, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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This week we were looking for an easy hike close to Victoria BC. We decided to head out to Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. Our energy has been kind of low (because winter), so we were looking for a hike without too much incline and one that wasn’t too long either. We decided on Roundtree loop. The signs were kind of confusing. I think we were meant to go to the right rather than straight, so the beginning of our hike was a gravel road and not too deep in the forest. This trail was not marked at...
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Dec 4, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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This intermediate qigong flow focuses on the earth element and spleen and stomach organ systems. Just like the stomach and spleen are central to our digestion and lie in the middle of our body, the earth is the source. Mother earth is our stable, grounded connection that supports and nourishes us.  Your stomach is the most yang of all the organs and is responsible for nourishment of all the other organs. Your stomach is an organ of reception. Your stomach receives not just food, but also...
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Nov 28, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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In this vlog, Tim and I set out planning on going to Mystic Beach but changed our minds and decided to head to Sombrio Beach because we had not vlogged Sombrio beach for you before. Sombrio Beach is a little tricky to get to because the surfers like to keep it a secret and often take the signs down. Sombrio Beach is close to Sooke, China Beach, Mystic Beach and Botanical Beach. You can find it on google maps, but look it up before you go, because there is no cell service in the area. Access to...
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Nov 21, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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This past week we spent three days filming the first 6 of 14 classes of a Yoga for Perfectionism series for the Yoga with Melissa channel. This is something that is called batch filming in the industry. We thought we would take you behind the scenes and show you what is involved in filming hatha yoga classes, yin yoga classes and restorative yoga classes for our Yoga with Melissa channel, from coming up with the idea for a series all the way to publishing the one hour yoga video for you on...
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Nov 13, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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This intermediate hatha yoga flow for digestion was designed to break the cycles of bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea that are common with irritable bowel syndrome. The gentle flow of this hatha yoga class is designed to restore motility of your gut, calm your nervous system and open your awareness to reduce stress and high levels of anxiety.  Twists and side bends will help to release tension around your abdomen, while twists and backbends will put gentle and appropriate pressure on...
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Nov 6, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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Today we are talking about How Mudras work - those gestures or mystical positions of your hands - actually work. The benefits of yoga mudras in your hands are immense when it comes to your body, mind, emotions, energy and spirit, but how do they actually work? How does bending, crossinging, extending, and touching your fingers with other fingers to form mudras engage and influence your body, mind, emotions, energy and spirit? In this video I will answer those questions about how mudras work and...
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Oct 30, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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This is a short beginner hatha yoga class for digestion. My beginner yoga classes focus on simple, easy to follow hatha yoga poses, with step by step instructions and lots of modifications. These beginner classes are actually for beginners and will not leave you frustrated because they are too hard or difficult to follow. With six simple hatha yoga poses I will guide you deeply into your digestive system and the process of PERISTALSIS which is a wave-like squeezing motion that will nourish the...
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Oct 16, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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In this short advanced myofascial release practice for your digestive system, we will use a 9” inflatable ball to take a journey through your digestive system.  The journey begins by stimulating your diaphragm and diaphragmatic breathing to bring more oxygen to your digestive organs so they can more effectively digest nutrients and allow your diaphragm to massage your digestive organs so that they can work more effectively.  From there we will stimulate the small intestines are where you...
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Oct 9, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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Sep 18, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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This short beginner myofascial release for your digestive system is essentially a self-massage for your digestive system that you can do anytime. Just five minutes in the morning will free you up your entire body for the day ahead and address stress and toxicity before they even had a chance to settle into the tissues of your body. I personally love this practice to set the pace of a new day so that I can go into my day with openness and acceptance to all the situations, emotions and people I...
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Sep 12, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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This short beginner diaphragmatic breathing class for digestion will activate your parasympathetic nervous system known as your rest and digest. It will help you avoid constipation, acid reflux and IBS. It will balance your alkalinity and reduce inflammation. It will detoxify your body by supporting your lymphatic system.  Your diaphragm separates your thoracic organs from your abdominal organs. Its fluid mobility with breath is incredibly important to optimal digestion for two reasons, #1 it...
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Aug 26, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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Back to school can be an incredibly stress-inducing, anxiety provoking time of year. What kind of yoga is the best to reduce overwhelm, overthinking and the crazy busy schedules of back to school. In the rest of this yoga video I am going to explain why I love yin yoga most for back to school, how it can help you slow down, be more gentle and kind with yourself, release accumulated stress and tension from your body, practice mindfulness and offer yourself the space to be present to your...
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This restorative yoga class for busy-ness is a deeply nourishing and healing antidote to the busy-ness that consumes our daily lives.  The attention economy means that our lives are often guided from the outside in, rather than the inside out. It generates a frenetic pace and busy-ness that leads to a disconnection and estrangement from ourselves.  Restorative yoga allows us to meet ourselves where we are and how we are. With the props and the support of the ground, we can create a cocoon...
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Aug 5, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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In this short video we will share the top ten places to ride your electric bike in Victoria BC. Thanks to Ride the Glide for the electric bikes for the day!  Bonus: China Town and Tan Alley 10. Craigdarach Castle 9. Government House 8. Beacon Hill Park 7. Ogden Point 6. Fisherman’s Wharf 5. Parliament Buildings 4. Royal B.C. Museum 3. Emily Carr 2. Fairmont Hotel 1. Inner Harbour Join us for this fun-filled, action packed electric bike tour of one of Canada’s most bike-friendly cities,...
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Aug 1, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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This month on the Yoga with Melissa Lifestyle channel we will be focusing on breathing exercises, the best yoga poses to grow taller, breathwork for digestion and how to improve your digestion with yoga. Let’s break all of that down a little bit more.  On my main channel, Yoga with Melissa, I have been offering short 10 minute breathing exercises, belly breathing, or diaphragm breathing to help relieve anxiety. This month, I will answer the question, What breathing exercises are good for...
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Jul 29, 2019 Laura G
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The wall is a versatile prop, especially for working on posture. We spend so much time during the day looking down and reaching forward that we tend to develop rounded posture. This can even cause us to appear shorter. Using the wall as a prop helps us to stack the body, open the chest and bring the head over the shoulders. We can also use the wall as a place to create traction and decompress the spine. This practice starts with posture work in mountain pose at the wall. We will use a block on...
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Jul 24, 2019 Dr. Melissa West
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This short video explains how to sit cross legged without your legs or feet falling asleep. It answers the question, why you get pins and needles in your legs and feet when you sit cross legged in meditation on the floor. I will show how to set up your sitting meditation on the floor so that your legs and feet no longer fall asleep. The posture of meditation is foundational for an open and clear mind in meditation so you are doing the right thing by asking the question and taking care to sit...
Topics: how to sit cross legged without legs falling asleep, how to sit in meditation without legs falling...