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Yoga is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual practice developed in India more than 5,000 years ago.  It was designed to prepare the body for meditation by enabling a person to remain seated for long periods of time and to “open” the body so that energy could flow freely through the body during meditation.

Yoga poses are called asanas. Practicing these asanas help us to improve our discipline of the mind, body and breath. They also help us to be more conscious of ourselves and others, the environment around us.

We learn to be a more balanced individual.  We learn to create balance between exertion/pushing and, surrender/allowing… between movement and stillness.  We  move into a more optimal state, we have better balance as a human being.

The word asana means “ease” in Sanskrit.  Through the daily practice of yoga, the mind, body and spirit reach a state of relaxation and ease, that help stimulate the circulation of Prana, or life force.  This increase in Prana, or life force produces a feeling of wholeness, integration, and personal purpose.  When we have a sense of our own unique  personal purpose,  we feel deeply connected to all of life and ourself.   We are able to live in a higher frequency of joy, peace, excitement, and contentment.  Now doesn’t that sound like good stuff?

If you’re interested in a 3 night Retreat near Half Moon Bay, a corporate yoga group session, a one-on-one private session: healing your body  issues like scoliosis, bunions, knee issues, lower back issues, or you have an anxious monkey mind… email me, I can help.


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You are a wild woman, right?!  You are independent, self accomplished, stable, self assured, healthy, self aware and a fairly emotionally stable female.  So, you ask yourself, *Why then, do I need to meditate?*  And, *Who actually has 20 minutes to meditate, to sit in quiet reflection every morning and every evening for that long?*

Well I do, and I am here to inspire you and let you know, you can too!  Hi, my name is Melissa Redd, I am the founder of Redd Coaching and PURE Health Retreats.  I have served my community as a Life Coach for 13 years and I have been in the retreat business for 2 years.  I am a meditation teacher and I meditate.  I received my training with Gil Fronsdale at Insight Meditation Center ( in Redwood City, and I put in the actual time, sitting on a pillow, sitting on a chair, or sitting in my meditation nook in my apartment, practicing meditation, practicing silence, practicing grounding.

I can go into the scientific and well documented benefits of meditation such as:

  • Stress Reduction (a decrease in the harmful hormone cortisol, a decrease in the inflammation response of the body)
  • Controls Anxiety (after 8 weeks of meditation, studies show reduced symptoms of phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and panic attacks).
  • Emotional Health (changes in brain activity – the brain shows increases in positive thinking and optimism).
  • Enhanced Self Awareness (developes a stronger understanding of self and how you grow into your best self).
  • Lengthens Attention Span (increases the strength and endurance of your attention).

Healthline, Scientific Based Benefits of Meditation, 7-5-2017

That is all cool and super important, but what I feel is even more relevant is having the practice of meditation in your tool box when you are faced with a personal crisis, when you are faced with a life challenge that is completely colossal and out of your control.  When you are NOT feeling like a Wild Woman, but a helpless CRAZY woman.  THAT is what JUST happened to me last week.  I was faced with a colossal personal crisis.   These are the times when your meditation practice is instrumental, so that you do not have a literal panic attack.

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Melissa Redd purple 1, 4, 2014

Hello Friends,

My mission for you is to be able to decrease the stress, difficulties and trauma in your life, and become more peaceful, productive and happy!

Today we are going to talk about self-care in other words, self love.  I am going to give you 5 tips, that if you put them into place this morning and make them NEW DAILY habits/ (RITUALS), you are going to feel amazing!

Prime yourself each morning with a technique I call “Priming.”
1. Wake up with GRATITUDE, think and visualize 3 things your are truly grateful for.
2. Wake up and say, “Yes, what am I going to CREATE today?” You have the power to create and design your day!
3. Old story, if you are feeling negative, know it is your “Old Story” coming up. Give it 30 seconds, then drop it.
4. Do for another. Ask yourself, “What am I going to do today to help another? Help to relieve Universal suffering.
5. STATE. If you are in a negative state, do a “shake- it off” ritual to change your body and yourself into a POSITIVE STATE. You can also quickly watch a funny joke on YouTube. This will make you laugh, raise your vibration and instantly put you in a POSITIVE STATE. (more on this later:).


Warm Regards,
Melissa Redd

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Learn to release negative emotions, improve hip strength, improve hip opening, and improve hip function.

The Center Splits – Samakonasana

1.  Stretches the hips and groin area

2.  Provides strength to the hip joint and cures pain in that region

3.  Releases deeply stored up negative emotions such as fear, guilt and sadness

There are so many reasons to do hip-opening poses: Supple hips can ease back pain, give you a more agile gait, and even improve circulation in your legs. But there’s a more subtle benefit to hip openers, too: We hold stress and negative emotions—such as fear, guilt, and sadness—in our pelvis, says  “You know your junk drawer at home?” she asks. “The pelvis is like the body’s junk drawer. Whenever you don’t know what to do with a feeling or experience, you put it there.”  Says, Stephanie Snyder.

Snyder designed the following sequence to move your ball-and-socket hip joint through its full range of motion. When you do it regularly, you may see improvement in the rest of your practice, since the pelvis is the foundation of alignment in many poses. Here are some things to remember as you do the sequence. Take your time with opening your hips, because hip ligaments are strong. “Don’t push yourself,” Snyder advises. “Be receptive to the breath moving into the pose.” If you have a knee injury, modify the seated poses by straightening your bottom leg, and practice poses on your back. At the same time, don’t avoid difficulty. People often dread hip openers because they are such a challenge. “Don’t look away from tight places,” Snyder says. “Be present without judgment. You can really make this a delicious practice.”

Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard Pose)

From Down Dog, step your right foot between your hands to a lunge position. Bring both forearms to the floor inside the right leg. Keep your inner left thigh lifting and resisting. As your left heel reaches back, your heart opens forward to create length in your upper back. You can modify the pose by bringing your back knee down or placing your forearms on a block. Stay for 8 breaths. Switch sides.

Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose), variation

From sitting, stack your right knee on top of your left. Your feet should be in about the same place on either side. Keep your feet active. Inhale to lift and lengthen you spine. You can stay here or you can fold forward by reaching your arms in front of you and resting your head near your knees. Keep rooting your sitting bones into the earth as you allow the front of your hips to soften into the body. Stay for 5 to 8 breaths. Switch sides.

Frog Pose

From all fours, bring your forearms to the floor. You can put a blanket under each knee for padding. Widen your knees, one at a time, as far apart as possible and bend them so that your thighs and your shins are at 90-degree angles. Flex your feet. Keep your front ribs in, your waist long, and your tailbone down. Take 5 to 10 long, deep breaths through this challenging and effective hip opener.

Have a wonderful week! And get a cat nap in!
Warm Regards,
Melissa Redd, YogaKitty