Entries by Melissa Rusk

Why Yoga for Cancer?

“Life happens while you’re busy dreaming” A dear friend of mine, Kelly, came face to face with reality, and life, in the fall of 2017.  I remember the day her husband, one of my closest friends, told me they found cancer in her colon, and she was going for more tests.  I will never forget […]

Daily Mindfulness – Why/What/Where/How?

Cambridge Dictionary – “The practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.” Lifehacker – “Mindfulness has many synonyms. You could call it awareness, attention, focus, presence, or vigilance. The opposite, then, is not just mindlessness, but also distractedness, inattention, and lack of […]

Restorative Yoga – What and Why

The antidote to stress is relaxation – Judith Lasater You lie there not doing anything, just being—something most of us feel too guilty or strung out to do on our own. – Unknown We live in a ‘do’ and ‘go’ world, where we are always connected, moving, and many times, competing.  Many of us judge ourselves […]

Meditation – why/what/where/how?

Have you ever been frustrated with a piece of technology, like your phone, computer, home wi-fi or cable? And after numerous attempts at trying to ‘fix’ it, you end up shutting it off for a few minutes, walking away… then come back to turn it on and magically, it works? Meditation is similar, but the technology impacted […]

What if….

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, or know folks who do, for the purpose of improving themselves or learning a new skill.  And as we know, read, or learn via others, most of those resolutions are discarded well before the end of January. Many times the effort is too great, life gets in the […]

1000 Hours of Teaching Yoga

As many of our tribe knows, via social media and/or attending my restorative yoga class on November 30, I recently reached the HUGE milestone of teaching 1000 hours of yoga, advancing my certification to an experienced yoga teacher at the 200 hour level of certification (E-RYT200).   This is yet another certification for me, with many […]