March 15, 2020

Feeling anxious, worried, or overwhelmed?

You're not alone.

Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, fear & insecurity only increase feeing ungrounded.

That's why this Grounding Yoga Flow can be so helpful: the movements are designed to help you settle nervous energy, releas...

February 3, 2020

In Part 1, I share my personal ego trap on the yoga journey, which is actually a very common experience for most spiritual aspirants, whether you're into Occultism, Catholicism, or slapping on a pair of yoga pants and a mala and feeling superior to others...

...the root...

January 29, 2020

Hi, my name is Melissa and I’ve been a Yoga Asshat. ​​

It's because my ego sure does love to feel superior.

Like an eel, my ego found a sneaky way to slip itself into modern spiritual culture — under the carefully crafted guise of humble spirituality.

As Chogyam Trungpa s...

January 24, 2020

We are a myth-making species.

How you see yourself and the world around you is largely influenced by the myths you were told growing up ("Money doesn't grow on trees" or "Somedayyyy my prince will come" — sung in a Disney Princess voice).

These myths are the keys to unde...

December 27, 2019

Ram Dass (1931-2019) was a brilliant mystic, teacher, and psychedelic pioneer. 

Yet before his awakening in 1961, he was Richard Alpert: a psychology professor at Harvard. He followed society's rulebook and attained all the requisite money, status — even his own Ce...

December 19, 2019

The Cupful of Blessings Mudra

In the yoga tradition, a mudra is a hand gesture known as an energetic seal: using these seals can direct, energize, or soothe your prana (life-force energy). 

We use our hands all the time to communicate — especially if you're Italian...

December 12, 2019

Tell me, friends, does this meme resonate?

(If you’re awkward & excited raise your hand.)

Do you get a little awkward when receiving a compliment or unexpected gift?

Like maybe you’re both excited and yet strangely shutting down, saying things like, “Oh no, you’re too ki...

July 28, 2019

All emotions are energy: think of the sheer potency of anger or lust, or the divine radiance of compassion and gratitude.

It’s easy to get swept away in the power of "lower" emotions, such as anxiety, worry, jealousy, frustration, self-doubt, rage...

...and when you...

July 11, 2019

This quirky detail in nearly every movie can help you tap into your full power.

In screenwriting, movies are almost always broken up into three acts. This narrative arc was developed by Aristotle 2,400 years ago, and we still use it today. 

The fact that this three-act n...

May 16, 2019

Ever feel like there’s just not enough time? 

In the morning, do you wake up to an alarm clock?

Do you get satisfaction from checking things off your To-Do list?

Do you live by your Google calendar?

When someone asks you how your day was, do you spout off a list of what yo...

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About Melissa

Writing has always been my first love. Finding inner peace has always been my deepest wish. Through mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and writing, I fuse these practices to help others connect to their own creative spark and the peace that exists within.

I am the editor of the essay collection Going OM:

Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat (Viva Editions 2014), featuring a foreword by Cheryl Strayed, and the author of two poetry chapbooks.

 

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