Added by on August 6, 2013 In the second class of the beginner’s series we explore standing and standing postures. In these postures our feet are connected t…




  • PotholesInMyLawn 7 years ago


  • Johnnyonthespot516 7 years ago

    I woke up this morning terribly groggy from a late night adventure.
    I decided to try to work myself out of it with your video!
    It was a good wake up solution!
    I definitely heard a few bones crack so probably needed the extra work!
    I tell you chavasna (sp?) at the end felt better then eating chocolate cake!
    I always feel a foot taller after watching your videos Melissa!

  • Johnnyonthespot516 7 years ago

    It is always a pleasure! In fact I am almost inspired to do a series of my own Yoga videos! I’ve had this strange idea about Cooking and Yoga but lol not sure how that would pan out!

  • maestrososa 7 years ago

    Hi!! I can’t believe I Have stood up during the whole class! I have always thought it is too tired for me to stay on my feet for a long time, but I could relax in the standing poses!! 🙂

  • MsKsills 7 years ago

    I have just started your yoga classes. They make me feel so good afterward. Thank You for allowing me to release my tight, hard muscles and achy bones!

  • MrM wilson 7 years ago

    I’ve only tried a few of the yoga postures. But I have found that have deeper more peaceful meditation when i have. I’m an activities co ordinator on a mental health unit in the UK.
    I’m hoping to incorporate some gentle yoga postures into my exercises classes…..and maybe more appropriate attire….I split my trousers last week.

  • randy thill 7 years ago

    Perfect class to get my body back into yoga after a hip and knee injury. I found I could do more than I thought possible due to your gentle coaxing. I do love your sessions and hope I can become more flexible through them and regain mobility. Thank you for being here!

  • ellenfworth 7 years ago

    I loved this class–especially the variety of doing standing versions of some poses usually done on the ground. And as in the first class, I learned some new things by using my “beginner’s mind” and really listening to your verbal cues. Thanks Dr. Melissa! Namaste–Barbara L.

  • UFGatorMel 7 years ago

    It was nice standing the whole time for a change. I really loved the thoracic spine movements as they made me feel so much more open. I’m very much enjoying the Beginner’s Series. Thank you.

  • Marietta Chilton 7 years ago

    Standing the whole class, a total departure from our routine, but change is good! The “trip” inside my body felt different when on my feet — when on my back, the awareness of each body part is more evident; maybe the contact with the ground? Good class to gain steadiness in body and spirit. Definitely, swinging the leg while standing on the block helped release the hip joint. The breathing exercise in this class is such a tension releaser. My feet were tired but it was a great class. Namaste

  • nadine_ab 7 years ago

    The thoracic spine movements were incredible, I can really feel it open up, I had never even been aware of it before! These classes are great 🙂 Keep up the amazing work! Can’t wait for the next class!

  • Melissa West 7 years ago

    That’s great news Nadine. I’m so glad to hear that 🙂 I’m so glad you are enjoying the classes. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Let me know how you enjoy the other classes as well. Thank you for your yoga. Namaste, Melissa

  • Melissa West 7 years ago

    It was good to get out of the usual samskara! That block swing hip release is fabulous to release your hip joint, you can do it on your stairs at home. Sorry your feet got tired, I can totally understand that. Tired feet in the name of crazy creativity! lol! Thank you for your yoga! Namaste, Melissa

  • Serenity12121000 7 years ago

    Thank you again Melissa for this wonderful class and teaching some of the allignments ( spreading all the toes while in Mountain pose and in Chair pose to put the weight on the heels). I have done yoga in a yoga studio in Reston , Virginia. It was wonderful however there were very few beginner classes and allignment classes because of which the prinicpals were never clear. It was more of what I saw is what I did.Thanks for inculcating the minute details , it just helps! Namaste! Class 11 🙂

  • Melissa West 7 years ago

    Dear Serenity
    Yay Class 11 🙂 There is something quite satisfying about counting isn’t there? I’m glad you found the alignment cues helpful. I love teaching beginners classes because they give people a place to start. So happy to hear that the principles are coming through clearly. Thank you for your comments. Namaste, Melissa

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