Entries by melissa

Yoga for Menopause

Menopause is the time where many of us transition from the reproductive to post reproductive stage of life. The term menopause is classically defined as the 12 months after we have our last period and then we are considered post menopausal (there is evidence that suggests menopause can last longer than 12 months so use […]

Did you know? Yoga Therapy can Reduce Pain in the Muscles and Joints

Pain in the muscles and joints can be due to an old injury (herniated disk for example), compensation for a body structure (scoliosis for example), habit (sitting incorrectly at a computer for example), or stress (lifting the shoulders to the ears for example). We can also have pain with no diagnosed cause. How does yoga […]

iRest Yoga Nidra

Upcoming Yoga Nidra Events: May 5, June 9, July 24 @ Yoga Garden Pittsboro, 6 to 7:15 PM. Zoom and in person options. Sign up here. May 17 @ Dogwood Studios (The Parlour), 11:45AM to 1:00PM. Sign up in person. Sign up via Zoom. 12 minute sample practice below. In the live class we’ll dig deeper […]

Wellness While Traveling

Travel can be unbalancing. Planes, trains, taxis, and changing time zones can leave some of us feeling ungrounded and knock off our circadian rhythms. It’s especially frustrating when we are either trying to relax during a vacation, enjoy a family visit, or get things done during a work trip. No matter why we are traveling, […]

Did you know? Yoga Therapy can help with depression

Depression comes in many forms. It can be mild or severe. We can feel it physically with the breath feeling shallow and the abdomen, chest, and shoulders tight. We can feel it emotionally with experiences ranging from lack of direction and purpose to grief, sadness, low-self-esteem, helplessness, and acute clinical depression. Depression is sometimes accompanied […]

Loving Kindness Meditation

I’ve been thinking about kindness and the idea of defaulting to kindness? What if every time we were hard on ourselves, we didn’t overthink it, we just told ourselves it was ok  – ok that we forgot to be somewhere, that we forgot to do something, that we said something we regret. What if every […]

Did you know? Yoga Therapy can help with IBS

IBS can cause cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. It often a chronic condition. Yoga therapy can be a great adjunct to professional treatments.  Working out my studio in Chapel Hill, NC and on Zoom, I help people with IBS using movement, breathing, and/or meditation practices. Why and how does yoga therapy help? Food […]

5 Minute Meditation Practices

From now until January 1, I’m going to be posting a new 5 minute every day. You can do the meditations in order or you can mix them up. If you find one that you love, keep doing it. If you want to mix it up, do that. I’m hoping this is fun and an […]

Joint Freeing Series

Our bones come together at the joints but we don’t always move our joints in their range of motion everyday. In honor of our joints, I’m sharing a yoga practice called The Joint Freeing Series. It is one of my favorite practices because it builds awareness of the joints and muscles; relieves joint pain and stiffness; […]

Prana Nidra Meditation

Today I am sharing a 25 minute Prana Nidra Meditation. Prana Nidra is a type of Yoga Nidra where we focus on breath. Where a traditional Yoga Nidra asks us to notice the sensations of our body, our breath, our thoughts, our intellect, and our joy, Prana Nidra focuses solely on the breath. We practice Prana […]