Entries by Melissa Rusk

And here we are…

“Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama.” – Ram Dass Last Sunday, I stepped into an unknown world, full of fears and concerns, media cycles constantly crashing into another, and people hurting and scared. I’d been sequestered on a yoga/meditation retreat, without knowing all that […]

Take a moment…

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time — past and future — the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing […]

Grounding – The Science Behind Going Barefoot

“Because sometimes lying under trees and walking barefoot on the earth is the most spiritual thing you could ever do in your life “ –Unknown There’s nothing better than kicking off my shoes and socks, and walking around barefoot.  Be it a yoga studio, my home, my courtyard or patio, I just love the feeling all […]

Can I get an OM?!?!

What is OM?  Why do yogis chant it?  How do you practice it and what is the secret sauce of it? · Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions · Coming from Hinduism and Yoga, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power […]


“Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.”  Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois I practice yoga EVERY DAMN DAY – just like the hashtag on social media says.  I also teach yoga classes, public and private.  My teaching is not my personal practice, nor is my daily practice my teaching – for the most part.  Each influences the […]

Walking in Circles ….a Labyrinth Meditation

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.  With each step, the wind blows.  With each step, a flower blooms.” – Thich Nhat Hanh When I was at Duke Integrative Medicine in June, I was pleasantly surprised to see a labyrinth on campus. The setting was […]

Yoga Bliss, Yoga Euphoria…

“If you consciously let your body take care of you, it will become your greatest ally and trusted partner” – Deepak Chopra Yoga bliss, yoga stoned, yoga euphoria, that drool worthy feeling after transitioning from a pose or from a yoga class.  If you’ve ever experienced it, you know how mind-blowing it feels both physically […]

Deep Breaths… and Obnoxious Sighs

“Take a big inhale, filling up the belly, expanding the side ribs… and release it with a long obnoxious sigh.” Familiar words to you?  If you said yes, then you’ve likely taken one of my yoga classes.  If you’ve heard it in my yoga class, there is a chance you’ve also heard the logic behind […]

Riding the Wave at Duke Integrative Medicine

“What a long strange trip its been” Jerry Garcia I was fortunate to embark on a learning adventure at Duke University Integrative Medicine in June, completing the Mindful Yoga for Cancer Professional Training course. Lead by Kimberly and Jim Carson, myself and 7 wonderful ladies had the journey of a lifetime.  Seriously – a drool worthy professional […]

Restorative Yoga – The Science Behind the Stillness

“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’re always connected, moving, and competing.  Many of us judge ourselves by a list of accomplishments and/or returns.  It’s hard to disconnect or […]