Spiritual Practice

Heron PoemThe 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.

Teacher Training and Mentoring

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.

logo22Rasa 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.

Mentoring Program

For teachers looking to enhance their technical skills, authenticity and voice. This program involves:

6 months of mentoring and guidance in which I will:

  • Attend 3 of your weekly classes if you are local. A video of your class can be submitted in place of attendance for non-local teachers.
  • Offer an evaluation of current skill sets and work with you to develop a plan for enhancing what you already do well and improving those areas where you feel weak.
  • Be available to answer questions by email one to two times a week
  • Work with you to create well structured class plans
  • Monthly check-ins either in person or via Skype

I specialize in the following areas:

  • Creating an inspiring theme grounded in real life context and carried throughout the class
  • Effective sequencing
  • Assisting and adjusting
  • Enhancing verbal cues
  • Finding your authentic voice
  • Working with beginners

Program Perks

  • Receive 10% off my workshops and events during the course of the program
  • In-person discussion, Skype sessions and phone discussions count as continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance.

Other Details:

  • Must have completed a 200 hour teacher training program, been teaching for at least 6 months and maintain a consistent personal asana practice. Consistent asana practice defined as 4 x’s a week for a minimum of 45 minutes per practice.
  • In order to provide the most focused and personalized attention possible I only accept 2 mentees at a time.
  • Pricing is offered on a sliding scale from $600 – $800. Payment plans available.

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Online Self-Study





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:

  • You have some yoga experience (even just a little is ok!)
  • You love your weekly yoga class and want to take your yoga practice to the next level.
  • You’re tired of relying on dvds and online videos.
  • Getting to weekly class can be a challenge because of time, distance, or family commitments.
  • You want the skills to stay strong, flexible and vibrant for a lifetime.
  • You have 10 – 30 minutes a day, 3 – 4 times a week to practice yoga.
  • You have access to email and are able to download content in PDF and Mp3 form.

This course is not for you if:

  • You are a beginner or don’t have any yoga experience.
  • Don’t have 10 – 30 minutes a day, 3 – 4 days a week to practice yoga.
  • Don’t have email or are uncomfortable taking classes online.

What People are Saying

100% of past course survey respondants report:

  • I know WHY I practice Yoga
  • I have the tools to design a yoga practice
  • I can adapt my practice to my changing needs
  • I have a set of sequences I feel confident in practicing
  • I no longer need to rely solely on books or videos but can use them as tools to help me practice.
  • I now practice 4 or more times a week!

“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 

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How it Works and What’s Included

  • Three weekly emails for six weeks outlining the elements of a personal practice and offering inspiration to stay on track
  • Practice cards and easy to follow sequences to get you started (Click here for a sample)
  • 3 audio recordings to accompany practice cards
  • Step by step instructions and templates to guide you in designing your own yoga routines (or sequences, as we like to call them in the yoga world)
  • A pose guide
  • Online forum in which to ask questions and share your insights and inspirations

Course Outline

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

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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.

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*Can be added at anytime during the course. Must be used by March 14, 2014.

My Personal Practice Story

No, you don’t have to be able to do this pose to have a personal practice! But, having a personal practice can get you to this pose 🙂 It feels amazing.

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!

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Your Guide: About Melinda

IMG_0513Melinda 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.

Policies and Procedures

Course tuitions will not be refunded once they have begun, as all of the audios and guidebooks are downloadable. I want your full commitment before you begin, as I am fully committed to your progress.

Tuition refunds for online courses and in-person workshops will be issued if cancellation is received 48 hours before the start of a course, minus a processing fee. ** If returning a course at least 48 hours before the course has begun, processing fees are as follows:

  • $25 for courses costing under $100.
  • $50 for courses costing under $350.
  • $100 for courses over $350-$1000.

Cancellations received within 48 hours of the course starting will receive a refund minus 25% of the cost of tuition. No refunds will be issued after a course begins.

Melinda Thomas Hansen and The Householder’s Path will not share your personal information with anyone.

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