Taurus Earth and Sky Above

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Sometimes we recognize the weight of our steps, and our footprints upon our Mother. We, born of the Earth. She, providing, giving and nurturing us with all that we need. Abundance of all life. We receive so much, and yet, how do we give in return?

 

We are working up toward a New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse on April 29th, the day of our next Embodying The Zodiac gathering. Eclipses used to really freak people out, and can still do so at times. This eclipse should be less dramatic than the recent Blood Moon/Lunar Eclipse, but that’s not to say it’s going to be easy. Eclipses rarely are light or easy. But, this one holds great promise for transformation. We could benefit from taking some time to think about how we communicate and what we truly value. This eclipse in Taurus is also a prefect time to break out of old survival patterns and patriarchal conditioning. A great way to do this is to give. Give back and help others and, maybe even ask for help yourself. How can we ourselves be outwardly nurturing like our Mother Earth? How can we give, help and be of service?

At the same time, Taurus/Venus asks us to take time to *injoy* the abundance of all nature through good food, drink, gardening, putting our feet in the grass, hiking, playing, singing and just being in all of nature’s luxury. Reminding us that we already have everything we need.

More on TAURUS at our next Embodying The Zodiac gathering on Tuesday, April 29th from 7-9pm.

In Love With Nature,

Melina

New Restorative Flow Class!

Beginning Thursday, May 8th, I will be adding a new class to my schedule at Shanti Om Yoga in St. Johns.

http://www.shantiom.com

RESTORATIVE FLOW at 7:15pm every Thursday.
Very excited about this class, and about offering more and more classes with a healing focus.

‘Restorative Flow’ classes only differ from basic ‘Restorative’ classes, in that the class begins with slow, gentle movements, moving from one tension relieving pose into the next, while moving toward the stillness of deeper and longer holds in restorative poses. One pose flows seamlessly into the next in a relaxing continuum. Entire class is done on the floor, using as many props as needed to fully support each student.
This gentle and peaceful class offers a calm, restful experience of centering, grounding and nurturing relaxation. Restorative postures offer the body a chance to recharge, and to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, encouraging healing and rejuvenation.
This class benefits all, including those with injuries, chronic pain or illness, or those with limited range of motion. As well as for more experienced students, seeking a contemplative practice, to de-stress, and to incorporate self-healing into their lifestyle. All levels welcome.

 

 

Earth and Sky

I am so grateful to be back-on-my-feet, and back to sharing time and space with those who find themselves in my classes.
More and more these days, my intention is to assist others in finding the healer within. That is what *yoga* is to me. Not showy one armed anythings, while jumping back into blahblahblahsana. Of course there is healing and love in that too. But, I can’t help but to keep climbing up and out of this body.
Our earthbound bodies, transient and somewhat fragile, enduring and often powerful. This *teacher* is just a hand pointing to our hearts, and another pointing to the sky, at the celestial bodies and their infinite power that is so readily available to us All.

Love.

Spring Beginnings

Happy Spring Everyone!

Good News! The knees are healing and I will be back to teaching this Tuesday, April 1st. Myself and Renee Sills will be leading a series called Embodying the Zodiac, from 7-9pm at The People’s Yoga in NE, 2nd studio on 16th and Alberta. I am so very excited about this class, and I will be there to co-teach, with my crutches and chair!

Then, I plan to return to my regular schedule on Friday, April 11th. Teaching my Restorative class at Shanti Om in St.Johns at 4:30pm, as well as my 7pm Vinyasa & Restorative class The People’s Yoga NE 2nd Studio at 7pm.

And, on Tuesday, April 14th at 7pm, I will be offering the first Full Moon Illumination Celebration class at The People’s Yoga 2nd studio! This class will be monthly and include yoga asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation, visualization, and some cosmic conversation.

Exciting stuff! I also plan to add a few more classes to my regular schedule, so stay tuned, and feel free to request new classes, times, ideas etc. I always love to hear from you.

Love,

Melina

New Exciting Workshops and Series!!!

Upcoming Workshops and Series – Spring 2014:

Embodying the Zodiac: A monthly exploration of the movement and the body through each of the 12 signs of the zodiac with Renee Sills and Melina Donalson.

https://www.facebook.com/embodyingthezodiac/info

Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, April 1st 7-9pm (Aries)
Tuesday, April 29th 7-9pm (Taurus)
The People’s Yoga – Northeast Second Studio

Cost: $10 a class or $100 for the year ($9/$99 for members)

“As above, so below” and “as without, so within”. In its Ayurvedic roots, yoga is intertwined with astrology: the ancients understood that the movement of the heavenly bodies influences and affects our Earthbound bodies from the moment that we born. Join Melina and Renee for a monthly series that explores the qualities, physical affinities and energetic expressions of the 12 signs of the zodiac. Each session will include body-centered meditation, breath techniques, visualization and therapeutic yoga as well as the opportunity for you to learn more about yourself and your constitution. No prior knowledge of astrology is required.

For more information to register: http://www.thepeoplesyoga.org

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Full Moon Illumination Celebration with Melina Donalson

Tuesday April 15th 7-8:45pm
The People’s Yoga – Northeast Second Studio

Cost: $10 non members, $9 member price

Every Full Moon has it’s own unique expression, and signals the culmination or fruition of our intentions and decisions coming full circle. It is a time to harness this energy, cultivate light, move forward and continue on our path. Each Full Moon brings heightened awareness, emotion and it brightens dark corners, illuminating areas that need light. Join Melina Donalson, each full moon, for a Full Moon Illumination Celebration.  Asana, movement, mantra, meditation and a little cosmic conversation.

For more information to register: http://www.thepeoplesyoga.org

Surgery and Schedule to change in late March

I will be having Arthroscopic Chondroplasty and Lateral Release surgery done on both knees on March 25th. This has been a long time coming, and I am actually looking forward to having it done.

I will have classes subbed for a few weeks, and then will only be teaching my restorative type classes until completely healed and recovered. Meaning no vinyasa or hatha and flow classes for a while.

But, stay tuned for some very exciting workshops and events!

LOVE.

February is Bring a Friend to Yoga Month at Shanti Om!

 
February is bring a friend to Yoga Month at Shanti! Every class that you bring a new person to Yoga, for the month of February, you’ll earn a free Yoga class! That’s right, so grab a friend, a relative, or coworker and get your next class free. Your choice: gift the class to the friend or take the class for yourself! Bring 4 friends (to separate classes) and receive an extra class. That is 5 free classes!