How to Protect Yourself from Thinspiration Disguised as Yoga



Originally posted on YogaBeast:

Have you noticed? Spring is the time of year when some people go on wood-chip diets and others try to sell you weight loss shakes made of hooves.

Is there an undercurrent of Thinspo masquerading as Health behind certain promotions put out by your gym or local yoga studio?

Be skeptical about words such as fitness, slim down, lighten, wellness and bikini season when they’re being used to sell you yoga. Hammer, don’t hurt ’em, but discern.

Recognize. This kind of marketing does harm. It cheapens the sublime bearing that yoga can have on our lives.

Flip that biscuit. Don’t settle for anything but real gravy.

You might have to get a little macho, as in:


1. Courageous, potent, robust, lusty and vibrant. Okay then. These words stick to your ribs. Sounds like yoga.

From what my teachers have passed on to me, yoga is a practice of sustainability…

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Wild and Still

I have spent way too much time in hospitals lately. I have endured enough radiation, I just may be glowing in a whole new and weird way. I am so ready to move forward, through and beyond this disruption in my body. But at the same time, I must listen and pay close attention to the subtlety of it’s warnings, whispers and language. For me, this Spring is a time for stillness and introspection. Usually it’s been a time for opening, blooming and reaching up and out. Down time has never come easily for me. I am one who initiates, manifests and moves, wild and wolf-like. Exploring, seeking and experiencing. My astrology teacher calls me a “hyper-aware, sensitive, athlete, warrior”. …and hey, this is Spring right?!


Spring or not, I am now one who sits, sleeps, rests and processes slowly and deeply. At times I wonder if this is the only way I would ever learn to slow down. Stillness has never come easily. I have always had an inner fire that wants to move, needs to move. An Aries stellium that is much like a writhing, kicking, jumping, running, spaz of a child that always hated nap time.

Now, when this body cannot move as much, or as fast or as powerfully. Here, with a body that at times feels broken, tired and crumbling. I am left in stillness. In stillness I could choose to fall, give up and allow this mortal challenge to take my power and spark away. Or, I could simply slow down, stop, listen, breathe the stillness, cry, laugh, cry again and exhale, and move on in another way. In and with stillness.

My physical life and practice has changed so much. I recently began a Yin Yoga, therapeutic training which is teaching me all about slowing down, and how powerful stillness can truly be. I immediately began to find my power again in the slow process. I am also finding it in the iron of my body. I have gone from a few downward dogs and floor work only, to holding horse stance for several minutes at a time. Holding a 5 pointed star stance for several minutes. Holding through the initial fatigue until the muscle recruitment happens. In this I am once again finding connection to my practice.

For those of you out there who are also dealing with chronic illness, pain, fatigue and so on. Or, for those of you who simply want to be stronger, physically, mentally, energetically. I offer this practice to you as well. It’s not necessarily my usual energy medicine practice, but then again, it totally is. As we head toward Taurus this month, this simple stance can help you find your center.

Horse Stance;

Stand with both feet wide apart, and bend both knees until you feel your thighs working. Place both hands on one top of the another, just below your navel, between the 1st and 2nd chakras. Or, if you need support or help with balance, you can use the back of a chair to rest your hands on.

Bring your awareness to that low navel point, then deep into the body to the dantian, dan t’ian, dan tien or tan t’ien point. Imagine a spherical shape there at your core. It may look or feel like iron. Hold for several minutes.

Then, move your awareness straight up into the center of the heart, and notice the feeling and quality there, Hold for several minutes.

Then, move your awareness up to the third eye, then go deeper into your head, about 3 to 3 1/2 inches behind the 3rd eye, to the inner eye. Notice the quality of the inner eye. Hold for several minutes.

Then feel all three points connected as you slowly drop back down to the lower navel,  tan t’ien center. Feel your body strong, powerful and connected. As you slowly release the stance and open your eyes, and try to stay connected to that low navel, center point.

You have a strong and healthy body.

You have a strong and healthy body.

You have a strong and healthy body.

Oceans of Love,


Energy Medicine for Cardinal Spring Fire!


Energy Medicine Tips for Spring!

Originally posted on embodiedastrology:

With Aries we begin again. The cycle continues. The snake’s tail is forgotten again, and it’s head moves forward. It’s eyes are wide open and ready. Aries is that forward moving energy, marching onward and upward. But in order to begin anew with strength, clarity and presence we need to start fresh.

Spring is a great time for flushing our meridians and ridding our body of any old energies that may be stagnant or blocked. It’s a time to create new habits, and energy loves new habits, because energy wants to move. Flushing liver meridian is a simple and powerful exercise the help move energy through, and strengthen Liver Meridian.

To flush a meridian, we first must trace it backwards one time, then we trace it forward three times. Tracing backward helps clear it, then tracing forward helps to flush and strengthen it. (tip: the only meridian we never flush or trace backward is…

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2nd Sundays at Kenton Wellness Cooperative in North Portland!

Energy Medicine Yoga with Melina

-Intro to the Meridians

Sunday, April 12th from 10-11:30am



Join Melina each month on Second (2nd) Sunday’s for Energy Medicine Yoga at Kenton Wellness Cooperative


In April 12th’s class we will learn to trace all 14 Meridians in the body. Meridians are energetic pathways in the body that coincide with vital organs. By finding and tracing these pathways, we are able to help manage our body’s energy, for increased wellness and vitality. Class will also include some gentle yoga.


Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary!

$10 drop in and class cards welcome



Donation-based Energy Medicine Sessions!!!



Melina is a graduate of Eden Energy Medicine’s Foundation Program, and is enrolled in the EEM-CP (Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner) program. She is currently offering Energy Medicine sessions in and around the Portland area. Sessions may include energy testing, acupressure, meridian work, chakra balancing/clearing, therapeutic touch and more. For a limited time, Melina is currently offering these sessions on a $20 minimum, donation based/sliding scale. This minimum covers rental of treatment room and anything you decide to pay above that is your choice. Each session ranges from 60-90 minutes.

Melina currently offers Energy Medicine sessions at the following locations:

the Float Shoppe at 1515 NW 23rd Ave

*Contact Melina directly for scheduling a session and more information: 503-432-0521 or