The Place of Yoga in Healing with Melissa McLaughlin
For our 33rd episode, I sat down with Melissa McLaughlin. Melissa is yoga and meditation teacher here in the Bay Area, but also has a background of Personal training, so her classes are grounded in exercise science and anatomy. She has experienced many different challenges and used yoga as part of her healing process. We recently sat down to talk about life and I was amazed by her journey so I thought it would be interesting to sit down and talk about it on the podcast.
5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS OF THIS EPISODE
1. Healing is a recognition of your own wholeness. You're not doing yoga to make yourself more perfect. You're doing yoga to realize that you are already perfect and whole, as you are.
2. Yoga is not the medicine or the solution to the problem, but it affects the way you experience and face the challenges, and it helps you body to allow any healing you need to have to unfold.
3. Look for a teacher that inspires you, encourage you to modify as you need, empowers you, doesn't take credit for your self-development and helps you take responsibility for your own choices and healing.
4. Move at a pace that allows you to pay attention to the subtlety of your breath and your body, to get off auto-pilot.
5. Progression and variability is the best way to stay physically safe in your yoga practice.
QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THE EPISODE :
Our subject of today is yoga and healing, can you tell us a bit more about the challenges you faced in the last few years and your journey through that healing process.
What does healing mean to you in the context?
Do you think yoga helps because it affect the way you see challenges or helps your body to allow the healing to take place
How can listeners know if the class, the teacher or the format is the right fit for them, the right container that would allow their healing to take place?
How can yoga help us feel embodied, reconnect to ourselves and be able to listen to the messages of our body?
What’s the role of the nervous system in healing, and how can we tap into that aspect through yoga?
Physically, how can students stay safe and how can teacher offer a safe practice?
Anything else you’d like to add before we wrap it up? One take away you’d like people to leave this conversation with?
Where’s the best place for people to find you?
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ABOUT OUR GUEST OF TODAY
Melissa McLaughlin is a San Francisco Bay Area yoga teacher and American College of Sports Medicine certified Personal Trainer. Her yoga journey began in 2008 when she discovered and fell in love with the Sivananda Yoga lineage. The blend of simple yoga postures, breathing practices, and devotional chanting resonated deeply with her curious, philosophical nature.
After years of dedicated practice with some of the West's most senior yoga teachers, Melissa took her first formal teacher training where she became fascinated with the structure of the human body and went on to intensively study Western Exercise Science and Anatomy which deeply influences the way she approaches teaching asana. You can find her teaching weekly classes throughout Marin County that are both accessible and challenging and leave plenty of time for stillness and reflection. On her teaching Melissa believes, “My job as a teacher is to share the tools of this practice with clarity and accessibility and create enough space for the magic of yoga. My sincere hope is that this practice encourages you to listen to, find confidence in, and seek guidance from your greatest teacher, you.”
Learn more about her here :
Her Website : www.melissamclaughlinyoga.com
Instagram : @melissamclaughlinyoga
** Edited and mastered by Alexandre Saba