Melissa Carroll, E-RYT500 Yoga Teacher, MFA, Reiki Master, Writer
SHADOW + LIGHT Course
For Yoga Teachers
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...
May 2, 2019
Love, sweet love. Can’t buy it. It’s blind. It’s patient, it’s kind. It hurts. It’s a battlefield. It’s a two-way street. It’s a river. It don’t cost a thing. And it comes when you least expect it.
Or, as Charles Bukowski put it, “Love is a dog from hell.”
In this 3-Part...
March 17, 2019
From cave walls to Shakespearean plays to Netflix, humans are a story-making species.
Stories create our cultural myths, which have an immensely powerful influence on how we live, who we love, and what we believe.
Think about what Disney Princesses signal to young kids...