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Nov 26, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This restorative yoga class to calm your nervous system will support your parasympathetic nervous system, in particular healthy ventral vagus and dorsal vagus activation of your nervous system so that you leave feeling “zenned out, ” meditative and contemplative.  Props Needed: Bolster, 2 blocks, blanket, yoga strap, eye pillow 
Topics: restorative yoga nervous system, restorative yoga with props, restorative yoga with bolster,...
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Nov 19, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Here are 4 yin yoga poses for gas and bloating. These yoga exercises will pressurize the colon or large intestine. They will also lengthen the large intestine or colon to relax it so you can release the gas and bloating. This is a yin yoga class with long five minute holds.
Topics: yoga for gas and bloating, yin yoga for gas and bloating, yoga for gas relief, yin yoga for gas...
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Nov 12, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Yoga with Melissa 596. Join Melissa in another beautiful location on Vancouver Island to practice yin yoga to boost the immune system with these 4 yin yoga poses that will support you in boosting your immune system this autumn season. Immediately boost your immune system with simple yin yoga you can do for real people just like you. This is an easy 4 yin yoga pose sequence that you can follow along with senior yoga teacher Melissa West, Ph.D. while she demonstrates how to pull and pressurize...
Topics: yin yoga poses for lungs, yoga poses for lungs, 4 yin yoga poses for lungs, yoga poses for lung...
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Nov 5, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this restorative yoga class for grace we will focus on the receptive qualities of grace such as yielding, opening and flowing with all of life. By resting deeply in our bodies and experiencing the sensations without effort, force or trying we can yield to the healing qualities of grace. Allen Snapp says that “grace needs to be the air we breathe and the atmosphere we live in.” In this restorative yoga class, grace will be the air we breathe and the ground that holds us. Join us for a...
Topics: restorative yoga for grace, restorative yoga melissa west, restorative yoga youtube, restorative...
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Nov 5, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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One of my students told me that if physical therapy clients were given 5 or more exercises by their physical therapists that there is no chance they will do them. However if physical therapists give their clients 4 exercises, not only will they do them, but they are much more likely to do them multiple times a day.  This sparked an idea in me to prepare classes that were only  4 poses in length and see what they did not only in my motivation to prepare them as a teacher (it went through the...
Topics: yoga poses for lower back pain, 4 yoga poses for lower back pain, 4 yin yoga poses for lower back...
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Oct 22, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This 30 minute yoga nidra sleep meditation for deep rest. Yoga nidra powerfully heals and restores your body on a physical level giving you an opportunity for deep rest in reclined meditation. This yoga nidra is designed to give all parts of your body deep rest. All the organs and systems of your body from your ventral vagus nervous system, your heart, your lungs, your kidneys, your liver, your brain and rest and rebuild.  It is a deep rest meditation that will guide you for 30 minutes into a...
Topics: yoga nidra, yoga nidra sleep meditation, yoga nidra sleep, yoga nidra meditation, yoga nidra 10...
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Oct 22, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This 30 minute yoga nidra sleep meditation for deep rest. Yoga nidra powerfully heals and restores your body on a physical level giving you an opportunity for deep rest in reclined meditation. This yoga nidra is designed to give all parts of your body deep rest. All the organs and systems of your body from your ventral vagus nervous system, your heart, your lungs, your kidneys, your liver, your brain and rest and rebuild.  It is a deep rest meditation that will guide you for 30 minutes into a...
Topics: yoga nidra, yoga nidra sleep meditation, yoga nidra sleep, yoga nidra meditation, yoga nidra 10...
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Join special guest, Sherry Zak Morris, who specializes in Yoga for people with movement limitations, chronic conditions and age-related degeneration. Today's Chair Yoga class is focused on Improving your Balance.  Balance is one of the first things that degrades as we age and it is something we can improve with practice.  A special thanks to Dr. Melissa West of Yoga with Melissa for sharing this video on her channel.  Come on over to Sherry's YogaJP's channel and enjoy a Beginner Yin Chair...
Topics: chair yoga for balance, senior yoga, chair yoga, chair yoga for seniors, yoga for 50, chair yoga...
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This 30 minute hatha yoga class will unblock your throat chakra and support you in following your truth. It is a 30 minute hatha yoga sequence that is suitable hatha yoga for beginners or hatha yoga for intermediate. This hatha yoga class is a that yoga level 1 or hatha yoga level 2.  The hatha yoga sequence includes:  Supported fish pose with blocks Neck and Shoulder Release Cat Pose with Lion’s Breath Thread the Needle Eagle’s Pose with Options and Modifications Wide Legged Standing...
Topics: hatha yoga for beginners, hatha yoga intermediate, hatha yoga class, hatha yoga flow, hatha yoga...
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Sep 25, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Slow down and align with the autumn season with this restorative yoga sequence for fall. These autumn restorative yoga poses will prepare  you to restore for winter’s long rest. With readings and poetry from John O’Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte and Melissa West’s forthcoming book: The Elemental Self | Five Element Yin Yoga you will be soothed in fall restorative yoga poses while slowing down to prepare for a season of hibernation. 
Topics: restorative yoga for autumn, restorative yoga for fall, yoga for autumn season, yoga for autumn...
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Sep 17, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this yoga nidra for letting go, I will lead you in a guided meditation through the layers of your body into a calming sleep-like state. Your brain waves will let go of mental activity such as problem solving, thinking and decision making. Your brain waves will slow down to the deeply relaxed theta state associated with sleep while still maintaining a trace of awareness. This form of meditation will allow you to let go of physical tension and emotional stress by calming your nervous system....
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Sep 3, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this yin yoga practice for letting go I will provide you with yin yoga poses for letting go alongside yoga quotes for letting go. The quotes for letting go will support you in letting go of the past, letting go of fear, letting go of resentment, letting go of shame, letting go and moving on. While you are in your yin yoga poses for five minutes at a time I will read you beautiful, meaningful and moving quotes and poetry on letting go.
Topics: yin yoga for letting yoga, yoga for letting go, yoga poses for letting go, yin yoga poses for...
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Aug 27, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this meditative restorative yoga class for self worth we will allow beautiful quotes about self worth to wash over us as we deeply rest and let go into our restorative yoga poses for self worth. These self worth restorative yoga quotes will act as self worth affirmations in the context of a restorative yoga class. Consider this a self worth meditation in the setting of a deeply restful restorative yoga class. We will explore the meaning of self worth as we rest into a sequence of yoga poses...
Topics: yoga for self worth, yoga poses for self worth, restorative yoga for self worth, restorative yoga...
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Aug 20, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In this 30 Minute Yoga Nidra for rejuvenation, I will guide you through a body scan that will leave you feeling re-energized when you are depleted.  Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation that helps with insomnia, anxiety, stress, adrenal fatigue, ptsd and so much more.  Through this guided meditation I will lead you into a form of conscious sleep where you will be physically, mentally and emotionally relaxed and yet aware.You will move through your waking state, travel through the dreaming state...
Topics: yoga nidra for rejuvenation, 30 minute yoga nidra, 30 minute yoga nidra full body scan, melissa...
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Aug 13, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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In just 15 minutes I will take you through an easy and doable yoga sequence to strengthen your abdominals. These are beginner yoga poses that will help you strengthen your core. It is designed for women and men over 40.  This is a 15 minute yoga routine that you can do daily as a great way to strengthen your back and core. Contrary to the instagram six pack models, your core muscles are not just pretty muscles. They help our back to stay strong and they also support us in having good posture...
Topics: beginner yoga poses for abs, beginner yoga for flat belly, beginner yoga for flat stomach, beginner...
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Aug 4, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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If you suffer from lower back pain, these 4 hatha yoga poses for the lower back can provide you with lower back pain relief. Back pain can be caused by a number of things from the shapes our bodies take sitting long hours in cars or in chairs hunched over our computers and laptops, strained muscles and ligaments from lifting heavy objects or a sudden movement during a sports activity, to whiplash damage from a car accident. No matter the cause, back pain can be debilitating and it can be...
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Jul 23, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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I learned recently from one of my students that if physical therapy clients were given 5 or more exercises by their physical therapists there is no chance they will do them. However if physical therapists give their clients 4 exercises, not only will they do them, but they are much more likely to do them multiple times a day.  This sparked an idea in me to prepare classes that were only 4 poses in length and see what they did not only in my motivation to prepare them as a teacher (it went...
Topics: 4 yoga poses for hips, 4 hip opening yoga poses, yoga for tight hips full hatha yoga class, 4 yoga...
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I learned recently from one of my students that if physical therapy clients were given 5 or more exercises by their physical therapists there is little chance they will do them. However if physical therapists give their clients 4 exercises, not only will they do them, but they are much more likely to do them multiple times a day.  This sparked an idea in me to prepare classes that were only 4 poses in length and see what they did not only in my motivation to prepare them as a teacher (it went...
Topics: 4 yoga poses for rounded shoulders, yoga poses for rounded shoulders, best yoga poses for rounded...
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Jul 9, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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We are living with a lack of energy. Our minds are tired from overthinking. The sensory overwhelm from screen time is exhausting. In just 10 minutes you can experience the restorative quality of sleep while resting back and allowing yourself to be guided through a full body scan. Yoga nidra will allow you to reclaim your energy by giving your mind a rest and decreasing sensory input.  This simple reclined meditation is deeply nourishing and revitalizing. By bringing awareness to your breath...
Topics: yoga nidra, yoga nidra meditation, yoga nidra melissa west, yoga nidra 10 minutes, yoga nidra sleep...
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Jul 2, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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You loved my last pick a card yoga class and I loved creating it. Today I am creating a pick a card class with the Urban Crow Oracle and the Earthbound Oracle. Links to where you can purchase these decks are below.  Same as before, there will be 3 piles each one represents a different yoga class. Tae a few moments to center yourself and focus on the three card piles. Choose the pile that you resonate with the most and then click on the time stamp in the description for your yoga class.  These...
Topics: pick a card yoga, hatha yoga for beginners, hatha yoga intermediate, hatha yoga class, hatha yoga...
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Jun 30, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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If you have never practiced yoga or restorative yoga before, are recovering from an illness or an injury or are looking for an awesome way to relax then restorative yoga is a great way to practice yoga at home on YouTube. Drawing from a simple sequence of easy supported yoga poses you will be whisked away into deep relaxation so that your mind can enter into a calm oasis of peace and ease. This introduction to restorative yoga will include restorative yoga poses to reduce your lower back pain,...
Topics: restorative yoga for beginners at home, restorative yoga for beginners youtube, restorative yoga...
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Jun 18, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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I learned recently from one of my students that if physical therapy clients were given 5 or more exercises by their physical therapists there is no chance they will do them. However if physical therapists give their clients 4 exercises, not only will they do them, but they are much more likely to do them multiple times a day.  This sparked an idea in me to prepare classes that were only  4 poses in length and see what they did not only in my motivation to prepare them as a teacher (it went...
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I learned recently from one of my students that if physical therapy clients were given 5 or more exercises by their physical therapists there is no chance they will do them. However if physical therapists give their clients 4 exercises, not only will they do them, but they are much more likely to do them multiple times a day.  This sparked an idea in me to prepare classes that were only 4 poses in length and see what they did not only in my motivation to prepare them as a teacher (it went...
Topics: morning yoga to start your day, morning yoga, morning hatha yoga, morning yoga stretch, 4 best yoga...
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Jun 4, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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I learned recently from one of my students that if physical therapy clients were given 5 or more exercises by their physical therapists there is no chance they will do them. However if physical therapists give their clients 4 exercises, not only will they do them, but they are much more likely to do them multiple times a day.  This sparked an idea in me to prepare classes that were only  4 poses in length and see what they did not only in my motivation to prepare them as a teacher (it went...
Topics: 4 yoga poses for a fresh start, yoga for a fresh start, yoga with melissa, apanasana, knee to chest...
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Many of my students are experiencing the fatigue and general malaise of receiving the covid vaccine. Some are less fortunate and have long haul coronavirus symptoms. The overwhelming symptom of receiving both the vaccine and long haul coronavirus is fatigue. Restorative yoga is a perfect style of yoga to bring compassion and kindness to the fatigue in your body.  If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms from your vaccine such as chills, fatigue, joint pain, headache, and muscle aches,...
Topics: yoga for coronavirus recovery, yoga for covid 19 patients, yoga for covid 19, yoga for covd 19...
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May 21, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This 30 minute yin yoga sequence is a full and complete yin yoga class that will support you in letting go. This mindful yoga will guide you into deep yin yoga stretches that will support your relaxation and release symptoms of anxiety as well so that you can surrender to your inner flow.  This yin yoga class will support your full body with the use of props including bolster, blocks, blanket, yoga strap and eye pillow. 
Topics: yin yoga, yin yoga beginners, yin yoga hips, yin yoga props, yin yoga class, relaxation, yin yoga...
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May 14, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This hatha yoga full class on youtube will get you up and moving. It is a class that is appropriate for beginners with lots of modifications but will also challenge intermediate level yogis as well. This is a great guided hatha yoga practice that will bring joy to your morning practice and one that you could practice daily as well. Melissa West is a trained hatha yoga teacher and is known for her hatha yoga videos here on YouTube. You are going to love this hatha yoga sequence which will...
Topics: hatha yoga for beginners, hatha yoga intermediate, hatha yoga class, hatha yoga flow, hatha yoga...
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May 7, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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Today I am coming out of the spiritual closet with one of my favourite glimmers - oracle cards! You may or may not have seen the pick a card videos on YouTube. One of my favourite channels is Teacup Tarot. It got me thinking, why not create a pick a card yoga class. Basically there will be 3 piles each one represents a different yoga class.  These hatha yoga sequences are suitable for level 1 or level 2, beginner or intermediate level hatha  yoga students. The first two classes are more hatha...
Topics: pick a card yoga, hatha yoga for beginners, hatha yoga intermediate, atha yoga class, hatha yoga...
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May 1, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This 60 minute yin yoga sequence with minimal cues will get into your hips, shoulders and upper back. It is a deep stretch that is calming and will provide you with stress relief. Over 60 minutes we will give you a deep stretch in your upper and lower body through this yin yoga wall sequence. Consider this a full body yin yoga sequence that is deep stretch for your upper and lower back using the wall. At the same time it is gentle yoga at the walm that will leave you feeling calm and relaxed. ...
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Apr 23, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This full length guided yoga nidra/sleep yoga for anxiety and insomnia will help you let go of anxiety and stress to experience a deep inner peace and calm for a night free of insomnia. Through the practice of yoga nidra we can surrender the ceaseless running of the restless mind, let go of the accumulated tension in the body, stop, let go of controlling the uncontrollable and rest into our body's own well-being for deep night’s sleep.  When we are caught up in a cycle of anxiety, we are...
Topics: yoga nidra for anxiety, 30 minute yoga nidra for anxiety, yoga nidra guided meditation, yoga nidra...
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Apr 16, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This 30 minute yin yoga class for your fire element and small intestine meridian will pull and pressurize the tissues of your upper back, shoulder and neck supporting you in clearing your mind. By pulling and pressurizing the deep tissues of your upper back, shoulders and neck you will be stimulating the flow of chi along the energy pathways of your small intestine meridian which will leave you with a clear mind.  Your small intestine meridian starts at the outside of your baby finger and runs...
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Apr 9, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This 30 minute yin yoga class for your fire element and small intestine meridian will pull and pressurize the tissues of your upper back, shoulder and neck supporting you in clearing your mind. By pulling and pressurizing the deep tissues of your upper back, shoulders and neck you will be stimulating the flow of chi along the energy pathways of your small intestine meridian which will leave you with a clear mind.  Today’s class is a 30 minute minimal cues yin yoga to clear your mind. There...
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Today’s class is a 60 minute minimal cues yin yoga to support you in coming home to your heart and taking a mental break. There will be no instruction except to cue you to come in and out of the yin yoga poses. In this class I assume you have knowledge of the yin postures and the principles of yin. You will be holding your yin postures for 5 minutes. Modifications and Options will be given, but briefly to honour minimal cues.  Props Recommended: bolster, blocks, eye pillow, blanket, yoga...
Topics: melissa west yin yoga, melissa west yin yoga minimal cues, heart opening yin yoga melissa west, yin...
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Mar 19, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This is a 30 minute, real time yoga class on how to use a yoga strap. In this class we will use a yoga strap or a yoga belt and I will demonstrate several yoga strap yoga exercises that are suitable for yoga beginners to intermediate yoga practitioners.  The focus will be on using the yoga strap in yoga postures to release your hips and hamstrings. So we will be using the yoga strap for hips stretches and we will be using the yoga strap for hamstring stretches. Additionally I will be using the...
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In just 10 minutes I am going to offer  you 3 yoga breathing techniques to support you in purging inner anger, rage, frustration & resentment.  These simple and easy to perform yoga breathing techniques will support you in releasing anger when it feels stuck inside you. According to traditional chinese medicine, anger resides in our liver and so we will spend extra time with  yoga breathing to release anger from our liver organ for when anger feels stuck inside our bodies. This is a 10...
Topics: 10 minute Yoga Breath to Purge Inner Anger, Rage, Frustration & Resentment, yoga breathing...
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This is the perfect yoga class to gently guide your beginner yoga practice to the intermediate level. In this yoga class I will show you several tips and tricks for taking your beginner level yoga practice to the intermediate level. There are simple ways to progress your yoga practice and in each pose I will show you how to deepen, advance, elevate and take your practice to the next level.
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Today’s class is a 60 minute minimal cues yin yoga to release the day. There will be no instruction except when to come in and out of the yin yoga poses. In this class we assume you have knowledge of the yin postures and the principles of yin. You will be holding your yin postures for 5 minutes. Modifications and Options will be given, but briefly to honour minimal cues. Props Recommended: bolster, blocks, eye pillow, blanket
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Feb 19, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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This is a short, simple and uncomplicated yoga sequence that will allow you to release anxiety with yoga breathing and movements. By moving your spine in all directions you will open up your thoracic spine and lungs so that letting go of your breath on the exhalation will become even easier. Then we will focus on a “sigh of relief” to let go of anxiety. For this class you will need a chair.
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Today’s class is a Yin Yoga Sequence for a 😄 Happy😄 Liver Organ System  Welcome to Yoga with Melissa, 🥰 Real Yoga for Real People 🥰 Today you are going to need a blanket, blocks,  and an eye pillow I want to let you know that the teachings that I am sharing today are coming out of my forthcoming  📖 book 📖 The Elemental Self: 5 Element Yin Yoga. I know many of you are also teachers and take inspiration from these classes and I would ask that if you do so, to let your...
Topics: yin yoga for a happy liver, yin yoga for liver meridian, yoga with melissa yin yoga, yin yoga for...
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Feb 5, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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30 minute Yin Yoga for Self-Compassion | Yoga with Melissa 559  In this short yin yoga class for self compassion we will practice child’s pose, broken wing pose, heart opening pose and savasana to offer ourselves self compassion. We will begin with the principles of yin with a focus on self compassion. We will find an appropriate edge in a way that brings the qualities of self compassion. We will soften with self compassion so that there is a tenderness as we ease into the expression of your...
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60 minute Yin Yoga to Cultivate Your Divine Feminine Energy | Yoga with Melissa 558  This 60 minute yin yoga class is about cultivating your divine feminine. You are going to need 2 blocks, a blanket, an eye pillow and a yoga bolster.  We all have masculine and feminine energy within us. In order to balance our masculine and feminine energy we need 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...
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Jan 21, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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20 minute Daily Eye Yoga Class | Yoga with Melissa 557 This is a 20 minute, real time yoga class that you can do daily for your eyes. These six exercises will  reduce the eye strain that we experience from staring at our computer screens for hours on end and focusing on objects that are close in.  Eye yoga also stimulates your vagus nerve. When we mindfully practice eye yoga, we are actually stimulating the ventral vagus nerve and sending a message to our brain that it is okay to relax.  So...
Topics: Daily Yoga for Eye Yoga, eye yoga exercises, eye yoga to improve vision, eye yoga to improve...
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Jan 15, 2021 Dr. Melissa West
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30 minute Daily Yin Yoga for Constipation | Yoga with Melissa 556 In this 30 minute daily yin yoga class I am going to teach you the best yin yoga poses for constipation relief. If you experience bloating and cramps due to constipation, this short yin yoga sequence will help to relax your colon and then put pressure on your colon to move the feces along. This is the best yin yoga for digestion and constipation. If you have gastric constipation or constipation due to IBS, then these yin yoga...
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For this 30 minute daily restorative yoga for stress relief you will need a bolster, 2 blocks, a blanket, an eye pillow and a yoga strap. This short restorative yoga class is perfect to practice daily for stress management, anxiety relief and depression. It is short enough to put on every day so that you can release the daily stressors of life. These restorative yoga poses will slow you down and relieve the tension that comes from the accumulation of stress and anxiety in just 30 minutes.
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Whether you are dealing with back pain, a back injury or want to keep your back healthy, Chair Yoga can help! Join Sherry Zak Morris, a Certified Yoga Therapist who specializes in helping people gain back mobility, as she guides you through safe and effective movements that will support and nourish your spine and its supporting structures. Hi, I’m Sherry with YogaVista.TV. I am grateful to be a guest once again on the Yoga with Melissa YouTube channel. Today I share a Chair Yoga class that is...
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Dec 11, 2020 Yoga with Bird
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Gentle Yoga for Relaxation from Yoga with Bird | Yoga with Melissa 553  This is a 20 minute gentle yoga routine to help you find relaxation from special guest Yoga with Bird.  In this restorative style yoga class we will explore gentle movements and stretches that you can do anytime you feel stressed, anxious or simply need a bit of mind and body restoration. Restorative yoga styles are especially great to implement into your evening routine to help you sleep better throughout the night. For...
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Dec 4, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This guided meditation was inspired by my own experience with chronic pain and was specifically designed to bring compassion and kindness to those of you who are going through the physical and emotional challenges of dealing with pain. Pain is a normal part of our human experience.Globally it is estimated that about 1 in 5 people or 1.5 billion people worldwide experience chronic pain.  This meditation is designed to bring acceptance, relaxation and softening to the experience of pain in your...
Topics: meditation for pain relief, meditation for pain, yoga with melissa, yoga with melissa guided...
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Dec 2, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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60 min Restorative Yoga for Immune System | Yoga with Melissa 551 This 60 minute restorative yoga class for your immune system will focus on 3 primary organs of your immune system: your thymus, lymph nodes and your spleen.  Your thymus is located behind your breastbone above your heart. Your thymus is responsible for T cells which move through your body and continually monitor the surface of your cells for changes. We will practice restorative backbend to stimulate your thymus glands.  Your...
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By giving our attention to the simple but profound miracle of our body we can pause to surrender our day before falling asleep. This guided gratitude sleep meditation will allow you to fall asleep with gratitude each night.  Through this guided meditation you will be given a moment to pause and reflect on your day. Each listening will deepen your reverence and appreciation of the simple things in your life that you may have previously taken for granted. Gratitude will light up what is already...
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Nov 13, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this 10 Minute Yoga Nidra, I will guide you through a body scan that will leave you feeling relaxed yet energized.   Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation that helps with insomnia, anxiety, stress, adrenal fatigue, ptsd and so much more.  Through this guided meditation I will lead you into a form of conscious sleep where you will be physically, mentally and emotionally relaxed and yet aware.You will move through your waking state, travel through the dreaming state and enter into a deep sleep...
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Nov 6, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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30 minute Yin Yoga to Relax | Yoga with Melissa 547  Today’s class is a 30 minute yin yoga class to relax. For this 30 minute YouTube yin yoga class you will need a folded blanket and 2 blocks.  This 30 minute yin yoga class is designed to support you in slowing down so you can feel your embodied sensations, emotions and allow relaxation to unfold.  The yin yoga class begins with a centering so you can slow down and breathe, feel the always present support of the earth and the sensations...
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Relieve Frozen Shoulder Pain & Exhaustion | 60 min Restorative Yoga at the Wall One thing about having a frozen shoulder this time around is the constant pain. It has meant that lying down on the ground is less accessible and legs up the wall is mostly out of the question.  Or is it?  What I have learned from having frozen shoulder for second time is that the way I recovered the last time is not necessarily the way I am going to be able to recover this time.  If any of you have frozen...
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Oct 23, 2020 Sherry Zak Morris
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Everyday functional movements require shoulder mobility that we may take for granted. In this class, we will explore your range of motion in every joint.  Sure it is always nice to feel the power of a strong Warrior 2 pose, but Yoga also helps us to go about our everyday activities with less aches and pains. In Yoga class, we get to move in different ways so that our joints stay limber and our muscles stay strong. Here's some shoulder love for those every day movements! And of course we...
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30 minute Modified Hatha Yoga Class for Frozen Shoulder. These are 7 Poses You Can Do Right Now, no matter how much pain, stiffness or lack of mobility you are experiencing.  My name is Melissa, I have been teaching yoga on YouTube for the past 11 years. I am going to do something I have never done before. I am going to teach without a script or a plan and share with you my process for yoga practice when I come to my yoga mat. This class is not going to be for people who do not want to hear...
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Yoga Nidra to Calm Your Mind, Soothe Your Heart & Rest Your Spirit In this yoga nidra you are going to move from alpha to theta to delta brainwave states to calm your mind, soothe your heart and rest your spirit.  Today you are going to need a yoga mat, blanket, bolster, and eye pillow.  There will be no close out today so that you can sink into the inner temple of your calm mind, heart and restful spirit, so thank you for subscribing, liking before watching and leaving the comment, ¨My...
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In this class we will focus on bringing mobility to our stiff joints through yoga. We will take familiar yoga postures like bridge pose, knee to chest pose, cat pose, lunge pose, mountain pose, warrior one pose, triangle pose, and forward folds to bring mobility to our stiff joints. We will focus on mobility of our ankle joints, knee joints, hip joints, spine, wrist joints, and shoulder joints through this 30 minute yoga class.  In this series we will focus on simple mindfulness practices that...
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7 Irresistible Restorative Yoga Poses for Instant Calm at Home Join us LIVE to Celebrate our 11 year anniversary on YouTube with this 60 Minute Restorative Yoga Sequence that you can practice at Home on YouTube.  This 60 minute restorative yoga class will bring you to instant calm with a sequence of 7 irresistible restorative yoga poses. The restorative yoga poses will use yoga props including the wall, a bolster, blocks, blankets, eye pillow, and a strap. This restorative yoga sequence...
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This 30 minute Hatha Yoga for Large Intestine will include Yoga & Simple Mindfulness Practices for your Everyday Life and is episode 540 of yoga with Melissa..   This is a new series where we will focus on simple mindfulness practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to calm your mind and sweep the dust from your heart.  On our mats we will reflect on something that we do everyday in our day to day lives. During our practice time I will give you a contemplation that you can...
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30 min Heart Protector Flow | Yoga and Simple Mindfulness Practices for Everyday Life | YWM 540  In today’s class we are going to protect our hearts with a qigong inspired yoga flow along with a simple practical tip to be present to your heart with an ordinary everyday task.  This is a brand new series where we will focus on simple mindfulness practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to calm your mind and sweep the dust from your heart.  On our mats we will reflect on...
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60 Minute Restorative Yoga Sequence This restorative yoga sequences will allow you to focus on your breath. Breathing in and breathing out. You will be able to cherish moments of being-ness and let go of doing. Through this class we will be inspired by Lorin Roche’s translation of the Radiance Sutras.  A lot of you have asked what happened to verse 3 of the radiance sutras in this series. I have been saving it for a restorative yoga class. In this 60 minute restorative yoga sequence we will...
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This 60 minute yin yoga for spinal flexibility will focus on side bends and twists. If you have back pain and back stiffness, you are going to love this class. Because our spine supports our nervous system, this class will also release stress and tension. This is a wonderfully gently yin yoga sequence that will be of benefit to your whole spine including your thoracic and lumbar spine.  This is part of our Radiance Sutra Series inspired by Lorin Roche’s translation.  Over the next several...
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In this simple hatha yoga chakra flow yoga class we will begin by grounding through the root chakra with a bridge pose flow. Once we are grounded we will release the stuck qi in our pelvis with a pelvic flow. We will be spending some time in a gate pose flow to open up your solar plexus chakra and your heart chakra. Options will be given in a chair and standing if you have knee issues. From standing we will release your neck with some lateral rotations for your throat chakra and do a standing...
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Jul 17, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Deeply Nourishing Meditation | Radiance Sutra vs. 4 | Yoga with Melissa 535  This yoga nidra focuses on verse 4 of Lorin Roche’s translation of the Radiance Sutras. I recommend having an extra blanket underneath you and one to pull up overtop of you because your body may cool over the course of this reclined meditation. An eye pillow can help you relax your eyes more as well.  This deeply nourishing meditation is part of our radiance sutra series. Remember there will be an audio download...
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This 30 minute hatha yoga for radiant and energetic posture focuses on energizing your spine. It is part of our Radiance Sutra series based on Lorin Roche’s translation. This class will focus on verse 5. Throughout the class we will use breath and movement to release your spine. There are some fun variations on cat pose, Goddess Victory Squat, downdog and pigeon, warrior one, and easy pose. Plan on feeling the energy move through your released spine and neck. I personally loved the way we...
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30 Minute Purification Yoga Flow This 30 minute yoga flow class includes classic hatha yoga, hatha yoga twists and qigong inspired influences including swimming dragon to clear your mind and purify your body to experience your radiance.  Over the next several weeks our yoga practice is going to be inspired by Lorin Roche’s translation of the Radiance Sutras. I highly recommend you purchase this book. The radiance sutras are 112 techniques for enlightenment through everyday lived experience....
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30 min Yoga Breathing Exercises For Stress  This 30 minute hatha yoga class will open your body to breath. We will focus on releasing your spine in twists and sidebends to open your body to deeper and more organic breathing patterns.  Over the next several weeks our yoga practice is going to be inspired by Lorin Roche’s translation of the Radiance Sutras. I highly recommend you purchase this book. The radiance sutras are 112 techniques for enlightenment through everyday lived experience....
Topics: breathing exercises for stress and anxiety, breathing exercises for stress management, breathing...
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Jun 28, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Are you ready for an unconditional love fest? This 60 minute yin yoga class will guide you through a journey of yin yoga complete with poetry and quotes to inspire the innate unconditional love within you. We will pull and pressurize the tissues of the heart meridian which run along the inside of your arms and the center of your torso throughout this class. Expect heart openers like supported fish pose, melting heart pose, and also seal or sphinx. However I will also include some twists to...
Topics: yin yoga for unconditional love, yin yoga for heart meridian, yin yoga love, unconditional love yin...
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Jun 19, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this 30 minute hatha yoga class we will ask ourselves what it would be like to offer ourselves love without conditions, in other words, unconditional love. We will practice poses for our heart chakra, to open our chest and bring mobility to our shoulders. Our hatha yoga class will begin with a centering to bring awareness to the support of the earth, our breath and our body. Then we will focus on shoulder mobility and stability as well as thoracic mobility in cat pose.  When we begin to...
Topics: Hatha yoga for unconditional love, hatha yoga for heart chakra, hatha yoga love, unconditional love...
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Jun 12, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Is it possible to love yourself in a way that is free from all conditions? Free from the striving and expectations. Are you running on the hampster wheel of feeling incomplete, searching for something outside of yourself, some achievement, some accolade, some experience, some relationship which will bring you to some future where you imagine you will be more loveable? Do you judge yourself harshly when you make mistakes? Do you manipulate yourself into some kind of unachievable perfection? What...
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Jun 4, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This 30 min yin class will pull and pressurize the tissues of the liver and gallbladder meridians and the urinary bladder meridians to support you in being easy with yourself during difficult times. Throughout the class we will review the principles of  yin in an in depth way as an additional way of drawing in tools to go easy on ourselves. This yin yoga class will have five minute holds and will use props. You will need a blanket, a strap and a bolster.  Because of the kindness of your...
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May 30, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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In this one hour restorative yoga class for self regulation I will teach what it means to find regulation and resilience in a time of uncertainty. Teaching from polyvagal theory we will cover ventral vagus activation, sympathetic mobilization and dorsal immobilization. Drawing on the teachings of Stphen Porges and Deb Dana, we will contemplate ways that we can savor and deepen the times that we are already in ventral vagus activation. We will ask ourselves how we can discharge energy when we...
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Connect with your center with this 30 minute grounding hatha yoga class. This hathat yoga class will combine breath and hatha yoga asana to help you find your inner foundation. It will support you in letting for of restlessness and will return you to calm and centered ground, so that you can support yourself, your family and your community.  This class will combine grounding postures like bride pose and standing postures like tadasana, warrior one and goddess victory pose with grounding breath...
Topics: yin yoga, yoga with melissa yin yoga, yin yoga full class, yin yoga class, yin, yin yoga youtube,...
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May 13, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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I saved one of the best classes of the whole 30 day beginner yoga challenge for last. Beginner yoga for joy is a super fun hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free yoga class. There is happy baby pose, clapping and singing in warrior two, breath of joy, Goddess victory squat, a beautiful flow from standing and a gorgeous poem in savasana by Mary Oliver.   The poem is: Joy is Not Made to be a Crumb by Mary Oliver You can do this class if you have never done a yoga...
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May 13, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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The penultimate day of our 30 day beginner yoga challenge is a yoga class for abundance. All the beginner yoga poses in this class are hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free. This is another one of my favourite classes in the series. You will feel like you are immersed in abundance in this class! The simple heart opening beginner yoga poses in this class will open you to your abundance in all forms, an abundance of love, material wealth, understanding, healing,...
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This beginner yoga class for heart radiance is a prop free and inversion free yoga class. It is day 28 of our 30 day beginner yoga challenge. This is another one of my favourite classes from the series. It is influenced by my love of five element theory and the fire element. The poses are simple beginner yoga poses and include easy heart openers like bow pose, cat/cow, lung pose, a variation of camel pose that is simple accessible and cobra.  We will finish in savasana with a poem called: All...
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May 11, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This short 10 minute beginner yoga class is perfect to boost your energy. All the poses in day 27 of our beginner yoga challenge are hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free. We will start with some dead but pose to wake up your fire in your energy center. Cobra building will open your chest and invite breath into your lungs, energizing you.  Breath of joy is an invigorating breath that strengthens your legs and brings energy to your body, mind and spirit. In warrior...
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This beginner yoga class will help you to release stagnant energy. It is a hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free yoga class. This is day 26 of our beginner yoga challenge. The next few classes are some of my favourite of the whole 30 day challenge. They are qigong inspired flow. This one will help you to release depression, stress and anxiety, and mood swings. From there we will promote better flow of energy in body, increase your vital life force energy, improve...
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May 9, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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No yoga mat? No problem! This beginner yoga class is a hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, inversion free and mat free class! This is day 25 of our beginner yoga challenge. We will start with a seated centering. If you are in a park you can lie down on the grass, or sit on a park bench. From there we will do boat pose to strengthen your abdominals. If you have back problems, please take an abdominal curl instead. :) Most of this class is done standing with tree pose, warrior two,...
Topics: no mat beginner yoga, beginner yoga no mat required, 30 day beginner yoga challenge, day 25...
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May 8, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Join us for a 10 minute quick beginner yoga class. This is a hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free class. It is day 24 of our beginner yoga challenge. We will start with a short centering to transition you from the busy-ness of your day to your yoga class. From there we will release your spine and back with some bridge pose. Keyhole stretch is a great way to release your hips. We will strengthen your core and obliques with a modified side plank pose. When you come...
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This 10 minute beginner yoga class is a simple full body yoga flow. Day 23 of our beginner yoga challenge is a hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, inversion free, and prop free beginner yoga class. We will start with a centering to feel the flow of our breath and  tension flowing out of our body. From there we will do a bridge flow followed by knees to chest pose with some flowing movements to release your low back. In chair pose you will rotate in a flowing way to release your low back....
Topics: simple full body yoga flow for beginners, beginner yoga simple full body flow, 30 day beginner yoga...
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May 6, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This 10 minute beginner yoga video with a strap is a hand free, wrist free, knee free class. It day 22  of our 30 day beginner challenge. If you do not have a yoga strap, no big deal. You can use a man’s necktie or the strap from your bathrobe.   Straps can create a sense of stability and support so that you can let go more fully in your body. The yoga strap is a great way to extend your limbs and create a connection. If you cannot reach a part of your body on your own, you no longer need...
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May 5, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This is an easy beginner yoga class for the morning. Day 21 of our 30 day beginner yoga challenge is a hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free. We will begin with a centering to wake up our body with some breathing. Rolling open into a twist will also open up your thoracic spine and breathing and release tension from your back. Bridge pose will strengthen your legs and glutes, open your chest and heart and create flexibility in your spine. In crescent lunge pose you...
Topics: easy morning beginner yoga, beginner yoga for easy morning, 30 day beginner yoga challenge, day 21...
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May 2, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This beginner yoga class for digestion is day 18 of our beginner yoga challenge. All the beginner yoga poses in this class are hand free, wrist free, knee free, and prop free. We will begin this class by tuning into our digestive system and allowing it to relax and soften. Knee to chest pose will release constipation by pressing on the ascending and descending colon. Bananasana will lengthen and relax your digestive system. When we take the time to attend to our digestive system with yoga we...
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May 2, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This full body beginner yoga class is a prop free and wrist free yoga class. It is day 19 of our 30 day beginner yoga challenge. We will begin with some centering to connect with our body and breathing. As we continue to rest back we will move our hips to release tension and then come up to lunge to further release our hips and hamstrings. Our standing posture today is warrior two with some interesting side bending to open up your thoracic spine. A wide legged standing forward bend will release...
Topics: Full body beginner yoga, yoga with melissa, beginner yoga melissa west, absolute beginner, beginner...
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May 2, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 18 of our beginner yoga challenge will leave our beginner yogis feeling relaxed. All the beginner yoga poses in this beginner yoga class for relaxation are hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free. We will start this relaxing yoga class with a centering followed by some knee sways to relax your hips.  Knee to chest pose will relax your low back and then hand to big toe pose will relax your hamstring muscles. When we ome to standing side angle pose will open up...
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This beginner yoga class for strength and flexibility is day 17 of our beginner yoga class. All the beginner yoga poses in this yoga class for beginners are hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free. After a short centering to transition from your day we will start by opening up your hips with keyhole stretch. Modified side plank will strengthen your core and obliques. Modified plank will strengthen your core. We will come to standing to practice high lunge with a side...
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Day 16 of our 30 Day Beginner Yoga Challenge is a Beginner Yoga Class for Neck and Shoulder Pain. All of these beginner yoga poses for neck and shoulder pain are hand and wrist free, kneeling free, inversion free, and prop free. We will begin with a centering to bring awareness to your neck and shoulders and to soften that area of your body with mindfulness. We will stay in a reclined position to do some yoga neck releases including one of my favourites called 10 tigers running through the...
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Apr 28, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 15 of our beginner yoga challenge is a beginner yoga class on how to breathe. This beginner yoga class is an inversion free and prop free yoga class. We will begin with some reclined centering to bring some awareness to breath movement in your belly.  Throughout the class we will open up your thoracic area with side bends and gentle backbends. Our poses today are bananasana which is a side bend. In cat pose we will circle our ribs to bring awareness to your diaphragm. We will do a simple...
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Apr 28, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 14 of our beginner yoga challenge is a yoga class for posture which is kneeling free, prop free and inversion free. This beginner yoga class has many beginner yoga poses to open up your chest and strengthen the muscles along the back of your body to improve your posture. We will begin with bridge pose to open your chest and strengthen your glutes and legs. Locust pose is another pose that strengthens your back body while opening up your chest. Boat pose will strengthen your core and...
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Apr 26, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 13 of our 30 Day Beginner Yoga Challenge is a quiet yoga class to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.  This beginner yoga class is a wrist free, prop free class. We will begin with a centering and focus on your exhale to help you release into deep relaxation and sleep. Relaxing poses like wide knee child’s pose will help you to deepen your rest. We will practice a moon channel breathing to help invite in deep sleep. A standing forward fold will invite relaxation and a reclined twist...
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Apr 26, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 12 of our 30 Day Beginner Yoga Challenge is a 10 minute gentle beginner yoga class that is hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free. We will begin with some centering to bring awareness to our breath with one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart center.  Some eye yoga will release the tension from your eyes, giving you some relief from screen time. Gentle yoga poses like knee to chest pose, easy twist and butterfly pose will release your low back. There...
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Apr 26, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This short 10 minute yoga video will provide you with simple stretches and yoga poses to strengthen and stretch your back for back pain relief.   Today’s 10 minute yoga class is designed for the complete beginner. You can do this class if you have never done a yoga class before in your life. I will give you slow, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and tell you exactly how to get in and out of each and every pose. Detailed instructions will be given for even the most basic poses and...
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Apr 23, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 10 of our 30 Day Beginner Yoga Challenge is a wrist free, hand free, knee free, prop free, and inversion free class yoga flow class. After a short centering we will stand up for a standing warrior flow where we will part the clouds to clear stagnant emotional energy from your heart and your mind. This will also help to clear any obstacles ahead of you so that you can manifest all that you intend for your life. The movement will also open up your intuition. From there we will do one of my...
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Apr 23, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 9 of our 30 Day Beginner Yoga Challenge is an inversion free, and prop free yoga class to practice balancing poses. In this class we will slowly begin to build our balancing poses. We begin this class by centering and focusing on the balance of the flow of our breath in and out through our nostrils. From there we warm up our spine with some cat and cow pose. From table top position we practice some balancing arm/leg reaches. In gate pose I will offer you some balancing options. When we come...
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Apr 23, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 8 of our 30 Day Beginner Yoga Challenge is a wrist Free, Hand Free, kneeling free, inversion free, and prop free yoga routine for beginners. We will begin by centering with a breathing exercise to sense your own vitality. From there we will do some modified side planks and then come up to standing and continue to open up your side body with palm tree sways. Continuing standing we will do a little flow from side angle to reverse warrior. Our backbend today is bow pose which will stimulate...
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Apr 21, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 7 of our 30 Day Beginner Yoga Challenge is a hand free, wrist free, kneeling free, inversion free, and prop free yoga class. It is a full body stretch that will start with some centering to connect with your breath, body and the earth. Our first stretch will be for your hamstrings and then your hips and glutes. Next up will be your low back with knees to chest and a twist. When we come to standing we will do some stretches to release your upper back, followed by some additional stretches...
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Apr 21, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 6 of our beginner yoga challenge is an inversion free and prop free class that is a perfect way for you to practice in the morning. This beginner yoga class for the morning starts with a breath practice to energize your morning. There is some shoulder release to wake up your shoulder joints. Bridge pose will strengthen your glutes and open up your hips. We will open up your side body and breathing with some gate variations. When we come up to standing we will practice breath of joy which is...
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Apr 20, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 5 of our beginner yoga challenge is a basic yoga for beginners. This is a hands free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free yoga class.  We will begin our beginner yoga class today with some pelvic mobility rocking our hips front and back and side to side, followed by some knee sways. Keyhole stretch will stretch your outer thighs and glutes. When we come to standing we will open up your psoas/hip flexor muscle. Our final beginner yoga pose is bound angle pose to get...
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Apr 19, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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Day 4 of our beginner yoga challenge is a basic yoga for beginners. This is a hands free, wrist free, kneeling free, prop free, and inversion free yoga class.  This class contains simple yoga poses for beginners, beginning with knee to chest pose to release your low back and keyhole stretch to release your hips. Boat pose will strengthen your core and the variation we practice in this class will connect you with your heart. Tree pose is a balancing pose we practice today, with lots of options...
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Apr 18, 2020 Dr. Melissa West
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This short 10 minute beginner yoga to increase flexibility will focus on releasing stiffness in your neck, shoulders, upper and lower back, hips and legs.  It is a wrist free, inversion free, and prop free class. When we are flexible in our bodies we are flexible in our minds, our emotions can move freely through us. We are not rigid with our thoughts, we can find new solutions to problems.   We begin our class with knee to chest pose combined with a neck release to release our low back. In...
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