Mindfulness Meditation with Melissa - Monday 5:30-6:15pm No experience necessary. Come sit in a beautiful, peaceful space and learn the elements of mindfulness meditation. This science-based, secular (non-religious) practice teaches us how to pay attention by becoming more purposefully present in our own lives in order to live life fully and participate in our own health. Mindfulness can be described as being in the moment, and the present moment is the only place we are ever truly alive. Mindfulness Meditation has MANY benefits and with consistent practice can lead to decreased resting heart rate, improved immune function, increased energy and mental functions. In addition to other therapies, it has proven to be helpful with stress reduction, pain management, anxiety and depression, ptsd and so much more. I was first introduced to meditation and body scan techniques as a teenager in order to help with anxiety and stress during those tough years. I have used these same techniques into adulthood and am looking forward to sharing them with you. While meditation can take many forms, I will work with you on finding a comfortable sitting position, breathing techniques, body scan and visualization.
Yin and Yoga Nidra with Melissa - Monday 6:30-8pm No experience necessary. Yin and Yoga Nidra with Melissa combines the quiet yet energetic elements of Yin Yoga followed by the inward process of Yoga Nidra. The practice of Yin Yoga allows us to go a little deeper into our body as we move into each posture and hold up to five minutes. These are usually done seated or lying down with props. The purpose of holding these poses longer allows us to get into the fascia, the connective tissue that allows us more flexibility. In order to do this, we must “tune in” to our body, become aware of sensations and you may even enter a meditative state with each pose which is the perfect prelude to Yoga Nidra (Deep Healing Relaxation). Our final pose, Savasana, will transition us into the practice of Yoga Nidra where I will systematically guide you through your body allowing deep relaxation and healing to occur physically and mentally. A Sankalpa (intention or personal resolve) may be used during the practice to inspire health and wellness in mind, body and spirit. Yoga Nidra is helpful for stress reduction, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and can bring about a general sense of well-being and peace.
I was introduced to yoga in 2003 when I purchased my first yoga mat and video and practiced off and on until my practice deepened and I was called to and completed a Yoga Alliance Accredited 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in April 2018. I have also been practicing meditation with body scan techniques since I was 13. I found that these methods greatly reduced stress and anxiety common in teen years and continued using these techniques into my adult life. Now, I practice meditation and Yoga Nidra every evening in order to restore my body, mind and spirit. I love the energy and flow of Vinyasa yoga and also the deep relaxation that Meditation, Yin and Yoga Nidra offer. Come practice with me to experience the many benefits of wellness that Yoga can provide. My other passions include volunteering, working with youth outdoors, hiking, canoeing and back-country camping. In addition to guiding you through vinyasa flow and meditative states at Yoga One, I also guide clients and groups in wilderness adventures and yoga retreats.