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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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Yoga Music

While classical yoga is practiced sans songs, most modern yoga classes have a soundtrack.

And if you're a yoga teacher, you're probably always listening out

for some fresh tunes to inspire your playlist. Here are a few of mine.

75 Minute Flow Yoga Playlist

75 Minute Flow Yoga Playlist

1 Hour Flow Yoga Playlist

75 Minute Gentle Yoga Playlist

90 Minute Flow Yoga Playlist

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On The Yoga Writer Blog

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 says in his classic book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism: "The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality."

I’d long rejected...

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 understanding your conditioning — and the keys to de-conditioning yourself.

In my recent audio guide, I explore how to overcome the 3 biggest myths many of us face, w...

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 Cessna.

Then Timothy Leary came to Harvard. 

Leary introduced him to psilocybin as a consciousness-expanding medicine. According to Ram Dass...

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 like me.

A mudra is an inner communication, one that reroutes your typical thought patterns — which is why it can be a potent tool for shifting your energy.

This m...

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