Author Archives: Maggie

Settling into a New Way of Being.

Settling into a New Way of Being.

Hello Dear Yogis,
We have turned the corner in this pandemic, and it is a difficult corner! Now we are in summer, and the pandemic is still very much here, and the country is in upheaval. Darkness has come to light; our country’s racial shadow, corporate greed, climate change denial, is in plain sight and we are in enormous social upheaval. It is good to remember that big change only comes through chaos. We each handle this in the way we are called.
More than ever we need the stabilizing energy of Yoga Practice.
I am so thrilled that so many of you are receiving benefit from the classes that are on offer. The classes are growing, and I receive most heartening and appreciative emails, that energize me to continue to offer more. It seems we will be doing yoga online for a while yet.
Please build your own little yoga space at home, Zoom in, practice and feel so much better! It’s really easier than driving classes.

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My personal life has changed SO much. Chris and I are thoroughly grounded. Our Soul Gypsies Travel business is well and truly at stand-still. No more flights across the world to far-flung exotic cultures. Now we enjoy the memories, and the priceless value we received from those journeys; as well as exotic dishes that are prepared by the two of us in our little kitchen!

It has been a gift to return whole heartedly to my first love, which has always Yoga! I so hope you will join us on Zoom and try a class.

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What just Happened?!

What just Happened?!

April 3rd 2020
Dear Yogis,
The world has suddenly and truly changed! In the blink of an eye, we are confined to our own home shelter. A dreadful reason: the rapidly spreading deadly Covid 19 virus. Yet in spite of the global lock-down, there are extraordinary gifts to be found. It is a time to truly go inwards through reflection, pranayama, yoga practice, deep relaxation as well as meditation and prayer.
I am here with excellent tools to help with anxiety, stress and depression, in a private Zoom consultation online, or by the group classes scheduled for the week.
I, like many other Light workers all over the world, have been preparing many years for this time of great change. My offerings to support you in this intense transition period, are scheduled online.
My home yoga garden studio has been turned into a broadcasting studio, with lights, camera and ‘action’ happening several times a week! Currently we are working with Zoom. We are investigating better platforms for future classes. This too is changing and definitely for the better!
I would love to share my offering with you. The best way to stay up to date is to be on my email list.
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Currently I am sending one email a week with the following week’s program.
All my love and blessings to you. We really are in this together in this time of “correction” or “reset.”
Namaste
Maggie

Wanna go Deeper?

Wanna go Deeper?

 Powerful Pranayama Breathwork Experience

From Fear to Love

Westlake Yogaworks

with Maggie Mellor and Stella Davis

Sunday September 15th 2019

1.30 – 3.30pm

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In this transformational workshop, learn a simple yet powerful pranayama that is not typically taught in yoga classes, and yet can create positive and lasting shifts in your life.

By raising Prana in the subtle bodies, this breathwork technique releases physical and emotional blocks, as well as stubborn mental constructs, and takes you into the celestial realms of Pure Awareness.

Maggie and Stella will guide you into a deeply relaxed and expanded state in a reclined position, using spoken word and evocative sacred sound, including native drum & sound bowls. Leave feeling enlightened!

***Please note: As this class involves breath retention, it is not suitable if you are pregnant, have heart disease, or you are on prescription medication to balance emotional levels.

 

Bring your yoga mat, or camping pad, eye pillow, blanket and bolster. (a few will be available)

 

Some of the reported experiences:

  •   Release of mental, emotional and energetic blockages.
    • Physical release and relaxation of areas of tension or constriction.
    • Profound experiences of love, peace, and gratitude.
    • Experience of expanded states of consciousness.

Living with more Joy!

Living with more Joy!

Discover your Open Heart!

You are invited to my NEW class series at Hillcrest Center for the Arts

November 6th to 27th 2017 at 7:30 – 9:00 pm (4 consecutive Mondays)

 

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  • Are you struggling with the daily barrage of bad news?

  • Is the gravity of our world taking you down?

  • Would you like to be happier?

I would LOVE to share my findings to assist you. We spend four sessions together. We’ll be on chairs, don’t expect a yoga fitness class. Go home each week with a tool to integrate into your life. Easy and light, Let’s increase our mental and emotional fitness to feel better, and help those around us too.

We will practice conscious movement, breath work, mindful meditation, and conversation to reflect on how we can de-stress, reframe our lives and discover more joy.

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These two guys are my heros! Desmond Tutu, suffered hugely at the hands of the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and the Dalai Lama lost his homeland. Both have witnessed unbearable human suffering, yet they are always laughing!  Together they published The Book of Joy! We too can  learn to be happy in spite of everything.

Yoga Nidra Benefit Class

Yoga Nidra Benefit Class

Relax into Bliss

Friday August 26th 6.00 – 7.15 pm

Westlake Yogaworks

Maggie Mellor guides you into the deepest levels of relaxation through Yoga Nidra.

Lying very comfortably on your back,

Awareness is drawn through five layers of consciousness till you hover just above the level of sleep.
This is a profound experience of being aware of being asleep.

By creating and placing your intention at the onset of this inward journey, you shape your destiny.

This is the secret tool of yogis and swamis!

Leave this workshop in awe of the beauty of your Being and the great potential of your life.
This practice is suitable anyone who wants to simply relax deeply.

If you like Shavasana,  you will love Yoga Nidra!

To Register: Email: wisdom@easeintoyoga.com

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Yoga Day Retreat at The Ojai Foundation

Yoga Day Retreat at The Ojai Foundation

Saturday October 10th 2015

9.15 am – 4.30 pm

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Join me for a day of re-connection to Ourselves through Yoga and Nature.

Our home base is the newly completed Council House, a circular structure with a garden on the roof! Here we practice yoga in our circle of friends.  Here we have the conversation about our lives, what we have harvested,  and what we long for. We relax in Savasanah to enter the realm of lucid dreaming sleep to not only to relax our body minds, but also, to rewrite our programming, and create all that we long for.

A hearty  healthy lunch under the shady oaks, a meditation under the ancient Teaching Tree, a beautiful hike through the winding oaks to the top of the hill. Here we enjoy the vistas and a connection to All That Is.

We return to lie in restorative postures, time to reflect, and once more dive deeply into the nidra state, to effortlessly Awaken to our True Nature.   Return home in awe of the inner and outer beauty.

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Please join us for community, yoga and sacred land experience.

Catch the early bird before September 20th for $120. Thereafter $140.  Mostly these yoga days sell out.

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Yoga Nidra Workshop

Yoga Nidra Workshop

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra Workshop

Sunday September 20th 2015 1.30- 3.30pm

Maggie Mellor guides you into the deepest levels of relaxation through Yoga Nidra.

Lying very comfortably on your back,

Awareness is drawn through five layers of consciousness till you hover just above the level of sleep.
This is a profound experience of being aware of being asleep.

By creating and placing your intention at the onset of this inward journey, you shape your destiny.

This is the secret tool of yogis and swamis!

The two hour workshop begins with Restorative Poses to prepare for Yoga Nidra.

Leave this workshop in awe of the beauty of your Being and the great potential of your life.
This practice is suitable anyone who wants to simply relax deeply.

If you like Shavasana,  you will love Yoga Nidra!

To Register:

Yoga Upstairs

Yoga Upstairs, 5308 Derry Ave., Suite K, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

info@yogaupstairs.com

Call: 818 8898018

Cost: $35

Early bird $30 on or before September 6th.

 

 

Date: Sunday September 20th 2015

1.30-3.30 pm

Learn the Secrets of Yogis and Swamis:

Change the course of your life while Relaxing.

Welcome to Ease into Yoga

Welcome to Ease into Yoga

 Living with Intention as a Regular Habit

“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing.”   Jon Kabat Zin.

Yes, everything we do in our day to day living can be intentional, conscious and done with awareness. I love this so much, and yet have to constantly laugh at myself at failing so dismally at being intentional. Does this ever happen to you?  I find myself in the house, retracing my steps in the attempt to remember why I walked into this room. Surely I came here to get something, what though? Ha ha, so much for being intentional.  Yet the moments when I am fully engaged in what I am doing, time does expand, the moment does become vivid and I feel so alive.

This brilliant illumination came to me not in a Himalayan temple, but in my tiny kitchen. The dreaded task of emptying the dishwasher faces me again. Ugh, gotta get ‘r done quickly so I can move on to something more fun.  What if I did this intentionally? What if I took the time to place each plate, glass and piece of cutlery intentionally into its assigned place? Aha, now I am placing my world in order. There is a satisfaction about that, a warm feeling of my breathing and of being productive. This is enjoyable and I feel vividly alive.  I am transformed by simply taking  time, this NOW time, my real life,  and doing the simple task well. I am healing my unconscious habit of hurtling forward to the next thing, totally missing this moment!

Oh that was easy!

 

Weekend Getaway Retreat at La Casa de Maria

Weekend Getaway Retreat at La Casa de Maria

Cultivating Mindfulness in Every Day Life.

This exquisite fully booked weekend is now complete. Everyone went home deeply renewed with more friends, greater love for life and a commitment to live mindfully.  Watch this space for next year’s retreat.

Friday May 17 4.00pm till Sunday May 19 1.00pm 2013

Celebrate Springtime in this beautiful retreat setting

Maggie and Holly Sacks of Insight 3.0 invite you to join them on a weekend retreat. Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, in the present moment, without judgement. Based on ancient, sacred traditions, Mindfulness provides a path to compassion, equanimity, and wisdom.

Cultivating Mindfulness in Daily Life includes setting intentions for the day, mindful breathing,  moving, listening, eating and journaling, plus various forms of meditation, walking the sacred path of the labyrinth, and the optional morning yoga practice.

We will have informational presentations balanced with direct experience practice, as well as plenty of unstructured time for you to be with yourself in the supportive environment.

Nestled in the elegant hills above Santa Barbara, La Casa de Maria provides the ideal sanctuary for what we know will be an insightful and memorable experience for all.

All inclusive cost, shared rooms, Friday evening  to Sunday afternoon   Cost: $ 395.00

This is the Early Bird price. After April 15th, if there is still place, cost is $ 439.00

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You may also pay by check: Maggie Mellor 2553 Ciro Ave., Thousand Oak, CA 91360

More about Holly Sacks

  • Former senior vice president of marketing and corporate strategy at HID Global
  • BA in cultural anthropology from University of California at Berkeley.
10 years ago, I met HollyHolly when she attended my retreat at La Casa de Maria.
Holly took to the practice of yoga, completed  the Yoga Teacher Training, and soon became a practitioner of Mindfulness.
Together she and I have enjoyed hours of engaged conversation, many international journeys and  delight in conscious living. This  has culminated in a partnership in this program Insight 3.0 dedicated to bringing the practice of mindfulness to groups beyond the yoga studios.
More about La Casa de Maria
This beautiful retreat center provides a sanctuary for personal reflection and communal connection. It is situated in the upmarket area of Montecito and borders the luxurious Santa Ynez Estate. Yet the offerings are simple and very affordable.  I have been hosting retreats here for 10 years and never fail to marvel again at the exquisite natural environment tended by the very kind staff and the welcoming of all who love to take refuge. Oh, and the food is great, fresh, healthy and made with love. Special diets are accommodated.
The photos below taken at earlier retreats:

solitary seat at creek

Pacific Ocean views from Montecito