February 2017

January 2017

Compassion as a Daily Practice On & Off the Mat

By | 2017-01-28T10:35:42+00:00 January 28th, 2017|blog, Featured, Wellness, Yoga, Yoga for Everybody|

Compassion is a practice similar to asana, pranayama and meditation. We can improve the shapes we put our physical body into for optimum health and functionality.   By Melody Lima   As a yogi, when contemplating compassion I instantly hear the definition of ahimsa---non-violence in the present moment toward all beings. Recently, I [...]

November 2016

Politics & Pratyahara: Getting through the Election with Yoga.

By | 2016-11-04T08:46:03+00:00 November 4th, 2016|blog, Featured, News & Politics, Yoga for Everybody|

    By Melody Lima As the external essence of the current Presidential election penetrates my senses, and as the experience becomes more astonishing, disturbing, embarrassing and surreal, I find myself turning inward. Pratyahara is the fifth limb in the Eight Limbs of Yoga outlined for us in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. As a withdrawal of [...]

September 2016

March 2016

Everyone Practices Yoga.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:24+00:00 March 31st, 2016|blog, Featured, Yoga, Yoga for Everybody|

  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 [...]

January 2016

December 2015

The Season of Stillness.

By | 2016-10-14T07:49:02+00:00 December 25th, 2015|blog, Featured, Yoga, Yoga for Everybody|

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 [...]

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

By | 2016-10-14T07:49:09+00:00 December 10th, 2015|blog, Featured, Yoga, Yoga for Everybody|

  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 [...]

November 2015

Grounded in Native American Roots.

By | 2016-10-14T07:49:35+00:00 November 24th, 2015|blog, Featured, Yoga, Yoga for Everybody|

  By Melody Lima   It was during my first teacher training when I was first introduced to the science of Ayurveda. It all made sense to me; living your life based on your dosha, or biological energy found throughout the body and mind, providing every an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment, the elements [...]

Aparigraha: To Receive with Gratitude.

By | 2016-10-14T07:49:42+00:00 November 11th, 2015|blog, Featured, Yoga, Yoga for Everybody|

  By Melody Lima   It is a quiet, peaceful, reflective time. For me, it is my favorite time of year: the sweet spot between Halloween and the December holiday frenzy. It is gratitude time. When we look at Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Yama---Aparigraha---is the non-attachment or freedom from obligation, to receive with gratitude. Before we [...]