Melissa Weber is an E-RYT, 200 RYT. You might also know her as YogiStoned. Her yoga inspired clothing company took root and shape at the first ever Barefoot & Free, due in part to the aligned goals and energies we shared in utilizing the practice and teachings of yoga as a path to finding your true, authentic self.
What you might not know about Melissa is that she has been teaching yoga for the past 8 years, in studios as well as private. You’ll find her at Namaste in Royal Oak, one of the oldest and most respected studios in Metro Detroit. Melissa heads up the Asana Lab for Namaste Yoga Studio 200 Hour YTT Program, providing training, guidance and inspiration through asana for yoga practitioners who wish to become teachers or simply have a desire to deepen their practice.
Social Media: @yogistoned
Class Offerings: Nidra Flow
Let’s drop into a deep state of rest together with a Nidra Flow. Our practice will begin slowly by building heat in the body with a 45 minute slow flow sequence, then we’ll cool and calm with a 45 minute yoga nidra meditation. Yoga Nidra (or a yogic sleep), is an ancient and powerful systematic meditation technique that takes you through the “pancha maya kosha” pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness.
Yoga Nidra will drift you into the space between awake and asleep. As the waves of your active mind still, you’ll sink into deeper, restorative brainwave activity to find whole-body healing, reflection, and relaxation. You will feel leaving yogistoned. Yoga nidra offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions (samskaras). A samskara can be used as an intention within the yoga nidra practice. You might come knowing what you would like to work on. Falling asleep is okay too, as you will still receive benefits while the unconscious mind is absorbing the practice.
In this Nidra Flow, you will:
- Create a relaxed yet aware state of mind
- Find deep, restful sleep and relaxation in the body
- Increase dopamine release up to 65%
- Balance your nervous system
- Improve your health and well-being
What you will need:
- Eye mask or eye covering
- A bolster or rolled blanket under your knees
- A blanket or small pillow for your head
- Depending on weather, warmer clothing or blanket
- A willingness to surrender and let go
How long have you been practicing? 13 years.
Interesting fact about yourself: I’m a writer and creative director in advertising, with a 30 career that began in Toronto. I’m also a Canadian citizen.