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Yoga videos and Yoga Membership Site with Dr. Melissa West. Canadas 1 FREE One Hour Weekly Online Yoga Show. Yoga videos and yoga downloads.

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    Allowing Inner Joy Yin Yoga | Yoga with Melissa 626

    Allowing Inner Joy Yin Yoga | Yoga with Melissa 626

    Allowing Inner Joy Yin Yoga





    In this 30 minute yin yoga class we will open your heart to allow inner joy by pulling and pressurizing the tissues of the heart and small intestine meridians. This yin yoga class is a great chest opener for the heart chakra. You will not need any props for this yin yoga class.



    Yin Yoga Sequence to Allow Inner Joy



    Bananasana 5 mins

    Sphinx Pose

    Thread the Needle

    Sphinx Pose

    Thread the Needle

    Seal

    Savasana 5 mins



    (All holds are 2 mins except where noted)

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    Yoga Nidra for Inner Joy | YWM 625

    Yoga Nidra for Inner Joy | YWM 625

    Yoga Nidra for Inner Joy





    Inner joy is a spontaneous upwelling that arises when we are rested, and our minds are quiet and spacious. Through yoga nidra we can sink deeply into our unconditional hearts and become absorbed by our inner joy over time.



    Practices like yoga nidra are a quiet act of opposition that let go of the external demands of striving and achieving and advocate for a resting of our minds, bodies, and spirits. When we let go of the struggle to achieve happiness outside of ourselves, inner joy is a wellspring that naturally becomes our more frequent companion. When we are no longer seeking happiness through doing more, achieving more, and accumulating more, we can relax and be saturated in the joy that is right here right now when it chooses to grace us with its presence.



    Members I have an audio download in our membership that you can listen to absolutely anytime and anywhere in your earbuds.

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    10 min Morning Yoga to Leave You Full of Joy | YWM 624

    10 min Morning Yoga to Leave You Full of Joy | YWM 624

    10 min Morning Yoga





    In July I will support our members in sympathetic joy with our monthly calendars, daily yoga connection, and live yin class on sympathetic joy. We have something super special coming up in August so be sure to subscribe.



    This quick 10 minute morning hatha yoga stretch and flow will leave you full of joy. We will start lying on our mats and release our necks with 10 Tigers Running Through the Forest, which will leave our necks and our scalps so happy! From there we will focus on keeping our guts happy with knee to chest pose.



    When we come to kneeling we will release our spines and open up our hearts with some flexion, extension, sidebending and backbending in cat pose and gate pose. This will leave our spines happy and joyful.



    In lunge pose we will focus on happy hips by parting yin and yang and further releasing our spine and psoas.



    When we come to standing we will do some shoulder flossing with a yoga strap, breath of joy and dancer pose. All these poses will leave you full of joy.



    We will round out our practice with easy twist, circulating our joy with fountain pose.



    Remember to subscribe to the channel because I have something super exciting coming for you in August!

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    Radiating Joy Sunrise Morning Yoga Qigong Fusion YWM 623

    Radiating Joy Sunrise Morning Yoga Qigong Fusion YWM 623

    Morning Yoga Qigong Fusion



    In July I will support our members in sympathetic joy with our monthly calendars, daily yoga connection, and live yin class on sympathetic joy. We have something super special coming up in August so be sure to subscribe.



    This qigong yoga fusion flow will begin with cultivating the energy with a heart massage and getting the energy flowing through the heart and small intestine meridians.



    From there we will move into warrior one pose to do prayer wings to warm up our spine and open our hearts to joy even further.



    We will cleanse and release stagnant energy with arm swings in chair pose and come into tadasana to circle the radiant joy with a joy facial. Stepping back into warrior one, we will part the clouds to clear the way for radiant joy.



    In Goddess Victory Squat we will circulate joy with cloud hands to calm our mind and clear our emotions. The lotus flow will continue to circulate the joy through our bodies and radiate joy out into the world. Big Bear Circulates the moon together with chair pose, allows us to circulate the joy that we have cultivated in the class.



    We will finish our class by gathering and storing our radiant joy for our day.

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    30 min Yin Yoga for a Compassionate Heart | Yoga with Melissa 622

    30 min Yin Yoga for a Compassionate Heart | Yoga with Melissa 622

    Yin Yoga





    This 30 min yin yoga will open your heart and pressurize the tissues of your heart meridian to create the conditions for compassion and self compassion to naturally arise within you. This 30 minute yin yoga class will focus on your upper body, fire element and is great for your posture as well.



    We all innately embody compassion. We have been taught to take refuge in our minds, and to not embody the heart space of the body. What is most fundamental in our lives is love. Compassion is when we meet some internal or external suffering. With compassion, there will be a felt sense of tenderness in our bodies.



    In yin yoga we are not trying to get somewhere or get over anything. We are interested in allowing the felt sensation of gentle pressure of the qi in our bodies to be our compassionate guide through our class.



    Yin Yoga Sequence



    * Fish Pose

    * Half Heart Melting Pose

    * Broken Wing Pose

    * Fish Pose



    Props Needed: 2 blocks

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    Non Sleep Deep Rest for Beginners (NSDR) | Yoga with Melissa 621

    Non Sleep Deep Rest for Beginners (NSDR) | Yoga with Melissa 621

    Non Sleep Deep Rest for Beginners



    In this non sleep deep rest I will gently guide you through a body scan to help you relax, reduce stress and fall asleep more easily.



    Non-sleep deep rest, or yoga nidra, is the kind of rest you get when your body is in a relaxed state, but your mind is still awake. NSDR involves slowing down your brain wave frequency, similar to what happens during sleep, only that in this case you're awake.



    Non sleep deep rest is a very easy guided meditation that you do lying down. It will take you into deep non-REM delta wave sleep while you are completely awake and aware. It is deep awareness, stillness, rest and relaxation that you can do at any time of day or night. Think of it like a relaxing body scan.



    Non sleep deep rest is recommended by Stanford neuroscientist and researcher Dr. Andrew Huberman. According to Dr. Huberman, non sleep deep rest can put the body in a restorative state, similar to sleep. I feel grateful to have been listening to Dr. Huberman’s podcast for several years and to have heard him lecture here at University of Victoria here in Victoria BC.

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