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    1 hour Relaxed and Comfortable Yin | Perfection of Pace | Yoga with Melissa 519

    1 hour Relaxed and Comfortable Yin | Perfection of Pace | Yoga with Melissa 519

    Yin Yoga



    You may have perfectionist tendencies if you have excessive concern with details, you are extremely devoted to work and productivity at the expense of leisure, you are excessively conscientious, you are thrifty, you are inflexible and rigid when it comes to morals and ethics, or you are reluctant to delegate tasks or relinquish control. However, as we have learned throughout this series, perfectionism is the result of the culture and families we grew up in, so we do not need to be perfectionist about our perfectionism.



    This week we will focus on how impatience shows up as one of our perfectionist tendencies. A couple of weeks ago, one of my students told me that when she heard that we were going to be in a pose for 10-15 minutes she thought that is way too long to just rest “I don’t need rest” and she almost got up to fast forward to the more active yoga poses. Impatience shows up in many ways in our lives. It is a rejection of the pace of a given process, because you think it should be unfolding faster.



    This 1 hour yin yoga class will pull and pressurize the tissues of your body and meridian system in a relaxed and comfortable way. This class is part of our perfectionism series. If you have ever struggled with patience, the teachings on perfectionism in this class will open you up in a mindful way to become comfortable and relaxed with waiting.



    We will begin our class with centering and go over the principles of yin, specifically how the principle of staying for awhile relates to patience and the recognition that things unfold in their own time. While you are holding your yin yoga poses for five minutes I will offer strategies for becoming more relaxed and comfortable with patience, from how to be with waiting, to opening to process awareness. In this class you will focus on wide-knee child’s pose, sleeping swan pose (modifications will be given for knee issues), bananasana, broken wing pose and savasana. As always we will close our class with poetry to open us to the the perfection of patience.

    30 min Hatha Yoga Slow Flow | Yoga for Perfectionism Series | Yoga with Melissa 518

    30 min Hatha Yoga Slow Flow | Yoga for Perfectionism Series | Yoga with Melissa 518

    Slow Flow



    This 30 minute slow flow hatha yoga class will use a block to be present and open your awareness to how we are part of the flow of change in the world. The poses will focus on core strength, back strength, and leg strength. Moving slowly through these flowing hatha yoga poses with a block from bridge pose, side plank, boat, lunge, tadasana, warrior one, standing forward fold and reclined twist will remind us that “mindfulness is timefulness” (Pavel Somov).



    Throughout this series on perfectionism we have talked about how perfectionism is often future minded. We imagine a future that is better than your present moment experience. In many ways, perfectionism is a rejection of our present moment experience in an exchange for some kind of imagined better future.



    Time is something that we perceive. It can feel like was have all the time in the world or we can feel like we are racing against time. In our current culture there is a lot of time terrorism inflicted on us. There is a tremendous amount of time urgency created in advertising in order to get you to buy now. Time is presented as running out. All of these things are an attempt to commercialize and commodify your time. I would encourage you to slow down, make peace with time and embrace the ordinary perfection of the present moment.



    Being present means being present in time. Awareness happens against the backdrop of time. We are all part of the flow of change. We experience ourselves in relationship to a world that is constantly in process and movement. When we slow down enough we can notice ourselves being in time.

    30 min Yoga Nidra Meditation for Self Love | Self Acceptance, Unconditional Value & Worthiness YwM 517

    30 min Yoga Nidra Meditation for Self Love | Self Acceptance, Unconditional Value & Worthiness YwM 517

    Yoga Nidra



    This yoga nidra meditation will support you in cultivating self-love and unconditional self-acceptance, worthiness and value. This yoga nidra is part of our yoga series on Perfectionism. I would highly recommend checking out the rest of the series as well as Pavel Somov’s book Present Perfect.



    This guided yoga nidra meditation will support you in letting go of judgment and comparison and open to the acceptance that is available in the present moment. This yoga nidra includes a body scan, breathing, body awareness, sensory awareness and teachings on self-acceptance, self-love, unconditional worthiness and value.



    I want to acknowledge you for taking this time to cultivate self love and recognize your unconditional value and worthiness. Looking after your own well-being from moment to moment, being your own support and companion is a beautiful act of self-love and self-service.



    Not only are you cultivating self love as it is expressed in you and through your day but also your awareness of how it is expressed in each living being in your life. Thank you for taking this time out of your day to cultivate this self-love.



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    Yoga Perfectionism Series

    1 Hour Restorative Yoga for Chronic Fatigue | Yoga with Melissa 516

    1 Hour Restorative Yoga for Chronic Fatigue | Yoga with Melissa 516

    Restorative Yoga



    This restorative yoga class is going to leave you feeling renewed and rejuvenated.



    Chronic fatigue can leave you feeling tired, sleepy, experiencing headaches, dizziness, muscle aches, difficulty making decisions, irritable, moody, difficulty focusing, and low motivation.



    The restorative yoga poses in this class will gently invert your body and bring your body into gentle supported back bends to restore your energy. By letting go of our addiction to compulsive doing, we can rest our seeking mind and find the inner freedom of authentic rest and being-ness.



    Resting deeply through this supported yoga sequence for chronic fatigue will bring back your energy, leaving you feeling nourished, refreshed and whole from the inside out.



    Conscious resting through restorative yoga is self-kindness. It is a way we can offer ourselves unconditional warmth, openness and care.



    Join us for this restorative yoga class which will be deeply healing for your body, mind and heart and rejuvenating on all levels of your being.

    45 min Hatha Yoga with a Block | Choice & Freedom Perfectionism Series | YwM 515

    45 min Hatha Yoga with a Block | Choice & Freedom Perfectionism Series | YwM 515

    Hatha Yoga with a Block



    This intermediate hatha yoga class is a class with lots of options and choices. Some of them will involve fun options with a block inspired by the teachings of Jenni Rawlings. This class will create strength in your back, legs and core and mobility in your thoracic spine, shoulders and hips.



    Perfectionists tend to stay true to their habits and rules. They stick to their routines and they struggle with change. In this class we will attempt to untangle ourselves from the prison of our guilt-tripping shoulds and inject some choice and spontaneity into our yoga practice and by extension into our lives.



    When we make a conscious choice it gives us access to freedom. While perfectionists can be quite productive, ultimately there is not a lot of joy in that productivity. The only value that a perfectionist might see in an activity is a sense of accomplishment. In this way, living can be wasted unless it adds up to something.



    We do not have to forfeit the joy of the journey just to get to the destination. The traditional conscientiousness that is tied to our habits and rules can be replaced with enthusiasm. The heaviness of obligation can be replaced with the uplifting expansiveness of zeal. The more and more we become aware of the choices we have, the more we can discover the freedom that is available to us.



    When we become aware of the options available to us, we start to be aware that we have a CHOICE. CHOICE does three things:



    * Takes us off auto pilot

    * Restores your freedom

    * Gives you an opportunity to change your patterns, habits, rituals and routines



    We are fundamentally free, but we do not recognize this freedom at every turn. We repeat the same patterns over and over again and feel powerless to change them. The truth is, we are stuck in our minds.



    We are free to the extent that we are aware of our options in each moment. The more options we are aware of, the more free we are. When we are stuck in a should, we only see the course of action that is expected of us.



    Acceptable alternatives exist



    Resource: Present Perfect Samov Pavel

    1 Hour Restorative Yoga to Let go of Guilt | Perfectionist Series | Yoga with Melissa 514

    1 Hour Restorative Yoga to Let go of Guilt | Perfectionist Series | Yoga with Melissa 514

    Restorative Yoga



    This restorative yoga class will support you in letting go of guilt and shame through long-held restorative inversions, side bends, forward bends, twists and savasana. You will need all your yoga props including a wall, blankets, a bolster, blocks, yoga strap, eye pillow and sandbags. Don’t worry if you don’t have some or any of these props, modifications will be given.



    When you have perfectionist tendencies you feel intense dissatisfaction and regret after you make a mistake. It feels as though you let yourself and everyone in your life down. You tend to feel self-conscious emotions such as guilt, embarrassment, self-disgust and shame. Those painful emotions tend to linger and cause depression, anger and worry. Not only do those painful emotions linger, but they also prompt perfectionists into compensatory striving to make up for their mistakes and imperfections sending us into a vicious cycle of perfectionism that looks something like this:



    make a mistake -> feel shame -> strive harder to make up for the imperfection -> set a more ambitious goal that is harder to reach -> memory of the past mistake creates performance anxiety -> make another mistake -> feel guilt ridden, withdraw, snap, maybe self-medicate and withdraw again.



    This class will be about post-mistake recover skills and letting go of guilt and shame.



    The good news is that as perfectionists, we can practice post-mistake recovery skills that will allow us to:



    * Be more self-forgiving

    * Learn from what happened without self-loathing

    * Make room for self-acceptance



    Guilt, shame and embarrassment are emotions that we feel when we think that we are under an unpaid obligation. We will feel guilt when we think we did something that we should not have done. We will also feel guilt when we think we did something we should not have done.



    However, whatever you did or did not do was your best course of action at the time. The question remains, why should you feel guilty about your best? Maybe you are feeling guilty because somebody expected you to be more than you could be. The truth is, that nobody is entitled to that expectation. That is someone having an expectation to you not being you. Shame and guilt are toxic emotions. They cause us to hide. At any given moment in time, you are doing your best and therefore you are succeeding.



    Letting go of guilt and shame is a matter of releasing the feeling of UNDUE RESPONSIBILITY. Sometimes your best is not good enough for a successful outcome. You can take the time to recognize that you did the best that you could in any given situation. Once you conclude di dnot do anything wrong, you can let the feeling of undue responsibility go.



    Perfectionists are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and more prone to guilt. So we can make a conscious decision and intention to not taking on guilt trips.



    A guilt trip is when somebody else sells you on a particular should or shouldn’t and then you head off on a journey of GUILT AVOIDANCE.



    Remember that pattern we talked about earlier?



    make a mistake -> feel shame -> strive harder to make up for the imperfection -> set a more ambitious goal that is harder to reach -> memory of the past mistake creates performance anxiety -> make another mistake -> feel guilt ridden, withdraw, snap, maybe self-medicate and withdraw again.



    Just because somebody else thinks you should or should not do something does not mean you must do it. You do not have to take on anybody elses shoulds or should nots and make them into your own.



    If somebody is trying to shame or guilt trip you into doing something or not doing some...

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