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Morning Hatha Yoga

Beginner I

This beginner hatha yoga class is a nice way to wake up and start your day, if you only have half an hour to spare. Melissa goes at a nice pace, spending enough time in poses to create a good release, and emphasizing alignment and breath. You will love the way you feel after doing this class!

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Gitti
Gitti
April 25, 2022
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This is an absolutely wonderful morning practice. I have not taken one of Melissa's classes for quite some time - this is a keeper. Thanks!

Kiz
Kiz
April 18, 2022
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It's been a minute since I've practiced. Love the gentle guidance Melissa gives!

thames90@gmail.com
thames90@gmail.com
October 1, 2021
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5
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great for an out of shape newbie (me), she explains enough so I can do things properly but not so much that I am confused or become more focused on the words than the practice

terkalin
terkalin
May 15, 2021
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Ah, such a great gentle but deep stretchy practice after a work week of sitting too long! Thanks, as always. You're the best!!!

Francine P
Francine P
October 16, 2020
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This yoga session is so great to come back too. It balances and relaxes my muscles as I do Senior Fitness classes to keep my muscles strong. Thank you Melissa

Namaste

taylorharmony1993@gmail.com
taylorharmony1993@gmail.com
October 4, 2020
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When I was attending University, I really wanted to try yoga for it's exercise, as well as, stress-relieving benefits. I was discouraged after attending a "beginner" yoga class there. The lady teaching the class raised her voice and sounded more like a drill instructor throwing out discouraging statements if a student's form was not correct or if they couldn't hold a pose long enough. Needless to say, it was not an enjoyable experience. I decided to give it a go again at home by myself in a less hostile enviornment. I came across one of your videos and it completely turned things around for me. Not only did I discover a love for yoga, but I was actually good at it as well. Better than I thought I could be. Thanks for your words of encouragement and non-judgmental style. You'll always be my favorite yogi.

jsevelius
jsevelius
September 15, 2020
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Such a great way to wake up! These classes are such a gift during the shelter in place due to COVID - the balance of the mental and physical, strength and relaxation, all feel so important. Thank you!

EmBe
EmBe
August 28, 2020
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Thank you for the excellent spoken instructions in this class. I use a small iPad with a speaker and depend on a teacher’s verbal guidance for my practices. Even though I preview a class, I still find the spoken instructions are important.
I appreciate the outdoor beach setting for this class. Because of Covid-19, I wasn’t able to find any outdoor yoga classes in my area this summer. Thank you for taking the time and effort to film outdoors.

grdinacm@uc.edu
grdinacm@uc.edu
June 14, 2020
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Good class but will have to start watching without sound because you sometimes talk too much.

Delster
Delster
April 22, 2020
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Hi Melissa,

I have been doing some of your classes for a few years now from Dublin, Ireland. Now that my kids are at home, you have become their favourite teacher! 'Choose Melissa Mum, I like her!' is what they sing as I log on to do a class:) Thank you for your classes and I hope that you are keeping well.)

Laura Paquet
Laura Paquet
November 9, 2019
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What a great class! I love your instruction, Melissa. So clear and calming.

Keita
Keita
October 1, 2019
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Sooo good.... you are a wonderful teacher Melissa

PeacefulRN
PeacefulRN
September 1, 2019
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9/1/2019. Delicious all-over stretch; perfect for my low-energy and sore muscles. Great any time of day. Thank you!

Pam Palmer
Pam Palmer
June 28, 2019
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Wonderful class Melissa!!! My body was all cranky this morning, but after your class, I feel so relaxed. Thank you so much!

terkalin
terkalin
June 11, 2018
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Great routine when you only have about 35 minutes. Love Melissa's detailed instruction on form while encouraging you to do what feels right for your body. Nice stretching, poses and gentle lunges are just my speed to warm up for the day. I also like the way she encourages us not to go too swayback when doing the hamstring forward bend stretch move.

Shira Salingre
Shira Salingre
May 15, 2018
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I really enjoyed this one. Melissa, I love how you make everything straight forward and simple to understand and taking the time for adjustments. Thank you!

Nyamyj
Nyamyj
February 18, 2018
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Perfect! Just what I neededto get back after taking a dayoff from a tender lower back. I feel so much better and less stiff. Just enough but not too intense. Great directions. Namaste

Shira Salingre
Shira Salingre
February 17, 2018
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After not doing any yoga for over a month, this was the best way to go back into it! I love how I don't have to look to see what to do as you explain everything so clearly (and I'm not even a native English speaker). Thank you so much! Namaste.

jennMann1
jennMann1
August 25, 2017
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I really enjoy this class and the sound of the waves helps me with deep breathing. Melissa is a great teacher and helps me get the most out of each pose.

anniebell
anniebell
August 22, 2017
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Perfect- just what I needed this morning. Thank you so much.

jozefien
jozefien
June 24, 2017
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Hi Melissa,
when you finish the practice with 'thank you for joining me', I always have to say, thank you so much for teaching me!
I love this class, especially on days when waking up is not easy

stephleest
stephleest
June 20, 2017
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I woke up feeling like a crumpled piece of paper - my shoulders misaligned, my back and hips feeling knotty and tight - and this class made me feel much better. My body had a lot more movement and flexibility halfway through the class. I can feel a big difference between my first and last few breaths. Thank you Melissa!

Trudywalker5@gmail.com
Trudywalker5@gmail.com
April 27, 2017
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Meliss what a gift you have been blessed with teaching yoga to all of us in our homes around the world . I do so many of your classes I feel like you are my friend and I am truly grateful for you and all that you bring to this hurry up world . I love the setting and sound of the water and now I feel ready to work !!!
Peace

clacaresse
clacaresse
April 18, 2017
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Awesome! My favorite flow yet and Melissa is the best. She explains clearly and offers good modifications.

anitaalegrett
anitaalegrett
April 12, 2017
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This one was great. I'm a newbie to yoga and I loved this class. Helped me relax and balance a lot. Thanks!

tinazzina
tinazzina
March 22, 2017
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Lovely class and the sound of the sea is very soothing and relaxing!

Rnfromjmu
Rnfromjmu
February 12, 2017
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Great class to prepare the body for the day! This is a new favorite.

The pace and pose types are Ankylosing Spondylitis friendly and helpful for those of us with significantly restricted spinal mobility. The cues regarding paying attention to what you are feeling in your neck as you choose positions is a great help in making sure not to push too far.

Amyrinthe
Amyrinthe
January 29, 2017
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This was my first yoga practice since having surgery almost six month ago. It was a perfect amount of challenge and a wonderful reintroduction to my practice. Feeling very grateful! :)

Danieka Erasmus
Danieka Erasmus
December 14, 2016
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I bought this video about a year ago, but recently my computer crashed and now the downloaded video is gone along with all my other files. How do I get the video again? I can't find anything in my orders?
Thanks!

Wienerle
Wienerle
September 7, 2016
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I have not done yoga or anything involving flexibility in a long time. It felt great to get back into it. Thank you! :)

hferris140
hferris140
September 7, 2016
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My first time with this practice and it was just perfect! What a nice gentle way to start the day.

miriam.weber33
miriam.weber33
September 4, 2016
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Thank you for this wonderful wake-up class. I was smiling throughout it. Ready to start my day now!

squammymommy
squammymommy
September 3, 2016
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Wow, this is the best one yet! I love the ocean sounds, and the flow between poses is very smooth. I feel absolutely wonderful, and ready for my busy day.

kheughan
kheughan
August 27, 2016
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This practice really stretches my body. I feel so good afterwards. Thank you, Melissa.

beest
beest
August 16, 2016
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the right amount of stretch, twists, and heat to start my day, all with great breathing cues and a smile. thank you!

Deborah Cook
Deborah Cook
August 11, 2016
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I've wanted to get my 19-year old son into yoga for awhile and this video was an excellent introduction for him. Excellent for me too, as I hadn't practiced or done much else in terms of flexibility, for some time. I really felt the stretches.

karlailona
karlailona
July 28, 2016
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Loved it, perfect start for a slow morning! For a moment I was almost sure I´m at the beach surrounded by waves too... :D <3

ahimsandy
ahimsandy
July 13, 2016
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A sweet, delightful practice. Cues are clear, direct, and helpful. I'm getting back into my practice after a two year hiatus and this class was the perfect combination of engaging, centering and relaxing. Thank you for offering this class!