Author: Melody Lima

Formation: Along the Ganges and Back Again. {Book Review}

  By Melody Lima For many of us, our path is sprinkled with love, discovery, exploration, nature and spirit; as we travel along we experience frustration, clarity, distance and community. In her new book of poetry, Formation: Along the Ganges and Back Again, Tammy T. Stone paints her journey from her childhood in Canada to adulthood in Japan. With six sections/chapters, this book of poetry reads like a novel or a memoir reflecting the author’s inner struggles and triumphs.   Sleep is a story between what you know and what your dreams are for.  p.14.   Sadness take you back, brings...

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Everyone Practices Yoga.

  By Melody Lima   I believe that every body can practice yoga—yoga is for everyone. There is a group of adults with disabilities I teach twice a week. We unroll yoga mats, sit down, breath, do standing poses, laugh, balance on one leg, sit down again, stretch, chant and rest. I teach this class with the same intention I teach all other classes; to share yoga with a community in the hope to make their day a little brighter. Most weeks, my day becomes a little brighter and I learn something new about people and yoga practice. There is...

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Can Everybody Unfold the Yoga Mat?

  By Melody Lima   Several weeks ago, I practiced yoga without my mat. I basically got down on the floor and moved from asana to asana with no reason or goal in mind. I was a bit too lazy to go upstairs and get my yoga mat, so I practiced without it. I thought for a moment, of the consumerism of yoga mats and folks who cannot attain them due to finances, accessibility or in my case—desire. When I completed my practice, I continued on with my day. However, on other days, when I am a bit too...

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The Season of Stillness.

By Melody Lima   The sparkly shine of tinsel doesn’t bring out the merriment in all yogis. As the holiday season becomes more hectic, tensions rise with last minute details to make everything perfect and lines are endless everywhere, it is the perfect opportunity to sit and be still to embrace the season. Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. ~Erich Schiffmann Author of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann offers a way to inner listening not only on the mat during practice...

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Ujjayi Pranayama: What it is & How to Do It.

  By Melody Lima   When I become overwhelmed with tasks, expectations and responsibilities I turn to my pranayama or breathing practice. Pranayama encourages me to be motivated and creates a sensation of calm victory to face challenges head on. Ujjayi pranayama is breathing in and out through the nose while constricting the back of the throat. This creates a sound similar to the sound of ocean waves. With a smooth, focused, slow and gentle approach to inhalation and a steady, unwavering exhalation, Ujjayi can be both energizing and relaxing from the challenges of everyday life. Translated as victorious, Ujjayi,...

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