The Householder’s Path is an invitation to live the spiritual journey by meeting the sacred in every moment through contemplation, listening, daily practice, and hospitality for ourselves and others, even if in that moment one is getting the oil changed, washing the dishes, folding the laundry, balancing the checkbook, practicing yoga, walking in the woods, cooking a meal or enjoying the company of friends and loved ones. By embracing the daily-ness of life we recognize that mutuality of the sacred and the mundane.
This is not easy. That’s why it’s called a practice, a path. Such language implies choice. We chose where and how to place our attention.
Personally, I often fail – by which I mean I forget, get frustrated, depressed, angry, neurotic and resentful. But, there is always the opportunity to begin again. Even more radical is the opportunity to find the Divine within perceived failures of attitude and action. As Christine Valters Painter suggests, this is radical hospitality, to truly welcome ALL parts of ourselves.
Spirit grows and moves along its journey by embracing all aspects of life. Everything you see, do, read and think holds a kernel of the Divine. Everything that exists is pulsing with the sacred creativity of the moment. It is our work to see it.
I am on the faculty and present regular segments in the following teacher trainings.
At InnerLight, our mission is simple: To empower fellow humans to Practice, Teach, and Shine. Whether you would like to teach or simply deepen your understanding and relationship to your practice, InnerLight Yoga School offers students an in-depth, unscripted, and personalized approach to the study of Yoga. We believe that Yoga is more than just poses and mat time and support each student in discovering their own personal Yoga journey through thoughtfully selected curriculum, small class sizes, and abundant personal attention. Experience has shown us that when we dedicate our focus to the individual, we can then collectively and constructively contribute to the greater good of the whole.
Rasa Yoga School ~ Rasa Yoga School is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. We offer training programs that connect aspiring yoga teachers with their capacity to skillfully lead yoga classes and sessions from a well-informed place. Students enrolled in the program will embark upon a remarkable journey that is sure to offer deep and extraordinary transformation on many levels. Each participant will travel through the many different facets of what it means to be a yoga teacher, and how to fully answer this deep calling of the Heart. This program is a wonderful opportunity for students who are seeking to deepen their awareness of their practice, as well as for those who are on the path to becoming yoga teachers.
For teachers looking to enhance their technical skills, authenticity and voice. This program involves:
6 months of mentoring and guidance in which I will:
I specialize in the following areas:
It’s your weekly class. You’re in triangle, or pigeon, or wheel or another favorite pose (savanana anyone!). You feel gooood and you think, “gee I wish I didn’t have to wait until next week to feel this awesome again.” You resolve then and there to start doing some poses at home. Maybe you buy a mat. Maybe you even unroll that mat on the floor in your bedroom or kitchen or office. Then you sit down on the mat and realize that even though you’ve been going to classes for six months, a year, three years, you have absolutely no idea where to start! Practicing at home, on your own, without any guidance feels like a monumental and overwhelming task. So you sit, breathe, maybe sigh, then go to the kitchen for a snack.
Or, instead of grabbing a snack you enroll in an online yoga hub or buy some dvds and practice via video, that’s how I started. (Still grabbed the snack after 🙂 ) But still, something feels lacking. You’ve been doing your poses long enough and you want more. You want to answer that longing inside to have a personal yoga practice.
I’ve designed this 6 – week online guide to lead you step by step through the process of cultivating your personal yoga practice. In just 10 – 30 minutes a day, a few days a week you will get the skills and confidence you need to design a personal practice to last a lifetime. I still want you to keep up with your weekly yoga class – you’re already getting the benefits of having a stellar teacher check your alignment and guide you and your community of yoga friends through an uplifting experience. In just 10 – 30 minutes of personal practice a few days a week you will be able to reduce stress, increase your energy, adapt to your changing needs, stay vibrant as you age, and find your calm center more often.
This course is for you if:
This course is not for you if:
What People are Saying
100% of past course survey respondants report:
“Melinda, I thought the material you put together is wonderful, and I plan on continuing to work through it and build my practice…the resources you have given me give me a clear path how to proceed, and I am excited! Thank you!” ~ Mary
“Through the stress of Furlough, then catch up nursing home surveys, then holidays, and finally preparing for retirement with lots of unknowns, your online yoga class with its practices help bring me back to my big and daily intentions. Also as a supplement to core exercise, it really helps to keep me flexible. I can always tell when it has been too long between practices. The joints always speak.” ~ Patty
“Responses to questions were quick and helpful. I also realized how much more I have to learn as well as how much I learned from this course.” ~ Prefer to Remain Anonymous
“This was a great course to keep my on track with my practice. I will miss my weekly emails, but will adapt and continue practicing!” ~ Prefer to Remain Anonymous
“Melinda’s gift of words, alignment & teaching have transformed not only my yoga practice but my perspective in life. Be ready to be blessed!” ~ Michelette
How it Works and What’s Included
February 3 – March 15, 2014
Week One – Space: Finding Time and Space for Your Personal Practice
Week Two – Earth: The Roots of Your Practice – Intention, Attention and Stability
Week Three – Water: Let Your Practice Flow – Picking Your Poses and Putting them Together
Week Four – Fire: Find Your Passion – Poses, Sequences and Styles of Movement that Light Up Your Heart
Week Five – Air: Expanding Your Horizons – Creating More Personal Sequences, What to do on days you’re not inspired.
Week Six – Seasons of Practice: Adapting your practice to the seasons of your life
Personal Practice Coaching Option*
Want some one on one coaching? This option will give you access to two 30 minute online coaching sessions (via skype) or one 60 minute in person session. We’ll go over the course material, and create a series of sequences that you can use in your practice. I’ll address your questions and concerns and offer guidance for deepening your experience and inquiry on the mat.
*Can be added at anytime during the course. Must be used by March 14, 2014.
My Personal Practice Story
I started practicing yoga on my own with a video when I was 16. For years I dabbled, following one video or book or other. After some time of following the same routine over and over again the former dancer in me took over and started re-arranging the sequences. Then I started going to public classes and bringing home those routines. I took a few private lessons. It wasn’t until I enrolled in a 9 month yoga immersion – nearly ten years after starting yoga – that I really learned how to build my own personal practice. It was phenomenal, but you don’t need to wait as long as I did to get the benefits of a personal practice! Today I love my personal yoga practice. It’s like a loyal friend always there for me when I need it. It keeps me physicall fit, mentally sane and spiritually centered. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Your Guide: About Melinda
Melinda is an experienced E-RYT-200, RYT 500 Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and former Anusara-Inspired Instructor dedicated to the life affirming principles of yoga. Melinda brings a unique and soulful blend of practicality and poetry that empowers students to live brilliantly from the heart by viewing embodiment as a gift & loving the life we are each given. Through in person and online classes, workshops and retreats, Melinda blends ancient wisdom and modern understanding to guide students from feeling stuck, disconnected or uninspired to a vibrant, creative and nourishing daily experience of the sacred in all its forms on and off the yoga mat.