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 Smart Yoga for Stiff people 

Location: Ober Park Vashon Island WA
Time: 5:30PM to 7:00PM
Date: February 7, 14, 21, 28. Tuesday evenings
Fee: 90.00

Therapy is defined as the remediation of a health problem. Preventive therapy is that which is intended to prevent a medical condition from occurring. Supportive therapy is that which increases comfort.

Yoga means to bring together, to “yoke”, to join and unite. Therefore, Yoga Therapy is the joining together and uniting of varied practices that improve health, provide remediation of medical health conditions and that gives support to and increases comfort and well-being.

Yoga therapy is for you if you have chronic pain such as shoulder and low-back discomfort or are experiencing fatigue, low immune function or difficulty with your sleep-wake cycles. These and other health challenges, can be temporary due to stress, overwork and injury. Yoga therapeutics will help to resolve these issues, with respect to each individual.

Ayurvedic Yoga


In this unique 4-class series, you develop from your Vedic astrological chart a personal Ayurvedic yoga practice.

Month One
Lecture: Introduction to Planetary Dosha
Practical: Yoga asana for Vata

Month Two
Lecture: Planetary Dosha from the Astrological Chart
Practical: Yoga asana for Pitta

Month Three
Lecture: Dosha of the Constellations
Practical: Yoga asana for Kapha

Month Four
Lecture: Your Constellational Dosha
Practical: Yoga asana for Tridosha

Each class builds on the next. All props and hand outs are provided. Attendance in this introductory series is required for more advanced Vedic astrology yoga classes.

The Astrological Body


Yoga poses broken down into pain-free, achievable segments. This class is designed to address areas of the body with most stiffness and discomfort such as the low-back, neck and shoulders. Discover immediate relief and improved flexibility.


The guiding principle of Ayurveda is disease prevention through harmonizing the body’s rhythm with nature. One way to create this balance is to align the body’s healing energies through marma massage.

Marma is a Sanskrit word meaning hidden, or secret. By definition, a marma is a juncture on the body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints.

More importantly, marmas are where consciousness meets matter as marmas are intersections between the tissues and prana; where deep silence resides in the body. In Ayurveda, marmas house the doshas providing an immediate treatment protocol via the modality of massage.

In Ayurvedic philosophy, doshas make up a person’s constitution. The trinity includes vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth). Everyone is born in a state of balance, or prakriti. During the aging process, factors such as anxiety, poor diet and sleep habits cause disharmony among the doshas.

Doshic imbalance will block the movement of free-flowing energy in the body, prana. Eventually, blockage and stagnation of prana will set the ground for physical-mental discomfort and disease.

Treating marma via massage moves stagnant prana either by arousing or calming the doshas as each marma has three receiving points that align with the three doshas. It is used to balance the doshas, to increase agni (the digestive fire), for detoxification (reduce ama), as well as to promote energy (vajikarana) and aid in rejuvenation (rasayana).

Melanie combines deep tissue and cranial sacral massage for effective pain relief and stress reduction.

Your nervous system sets tone and awareness everywhere in your body.

If your nerves are on-alert as the result of stress, pain, anxiety, habit or dysfunction, your body will not be able to relax or function optimally.

My work focuses on soothing, balancing and integrating your nervous system and muscular-skeletal processes and is specific and deeply relaxing.

Each session is unique to your needs utilizing the following techniques.

This technique uses slow-static pressure to make your nervous system aware of areas of localized tension (trigger points). Once these areas come back on the radar, your own body will reset it’s tension levels to release the trigger points and the pain they cause.
Craniosacral therapy accesses deep layers of rest and healing in your body and works with your body’s own rhythms to unwind tension and restore balanced alignment. It can be especially helpful for injury or issues in your head, jaw, neck, spine and sacrum as well as emotional or endocrine imbalances.
If your fascia becomes tight or sticky, it will hold you in an uncomfortable position and limit your range of motion-much like sitting in an awkward chair. Myofascia deep tissue technique un-sticks areas of the body locked into chronically painful movement patterns. Yoga and facilitated movement are vital for best outcomes, when combined with structural bodywork

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