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Yoga with Melinda: Embrace the Gifts of Autumn

with Melinda Thomas

Thursday, October 27, 2022

3-4 pm Ireland/UK time

10-11am Eastern

7-8am Pacific

Program Overview

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

As we approach mid-Autumn and the Celtic feast of Samhaim the season offers an invitation to open to more subtle aspects of being. In the Celtic tradition this is a thin time. In yoga, we consider autumn “vata” season when the spirit filled energies of air and either are growing more potent. Engage a yoga practice that focuses on the relationship between the subtle and the physical through movement, breath work (pranayama), and meditation.

In our Abbey yoga classes Melinda blends principles of Benedictine and inclusive spirituality with gentle, fluid asanas (yoga postures) for an experience of contemplative movement. Two blocks, a strap or scarf, and a blanket are recommended. No prior yoga background necessary. All bodies welcome. 

The program will be recorded for those register.  We will send a notification when it is available for viewing.

Your Guide for the Journey


Melinda Thomas

Melinda Thomas has been studying and practicing yoga for more than twenty years, and teaching for fifteen. In each of her classes and workshops Melinda weaves spiritual and contemplative themes into accessible, alignment based movement practice. She is the Executive Assistant for Abbey of the Arts providing program, logistical and mentoring support. She is a writer and the author of Sacred Balance: Aligning Body and Spirit Through Yoga and the Benedictine Way. Melinda lives in North Carolina with her son whose room is often littered with LEGOs and who still wants to cuddle.

Visit her website here.


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We offer a sliding scale of 3 fees for payment. The reduced fee for those who have lost their income and the sponsorship fee helps support our ability to offer scholarships. In an effort to keep this program accessible, please carefully consider both your own resources as well as honoring the expense, time, and energy required to run these programs and keep our work sustainable. Thank you!
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Terms and Conditions

Please consider your purchase carefully and review the many free materials we have on our website to make sure the program will be a good fit or get in touch with any questions.

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These videos are made available to registered participants and may also be included in future versions of the program including self-study. If you choose to speak during a recorded gathering, you are giving us your consent to record that contribution. If you prefer not to be seen or heard, you can of course switch off or mute your camera or microphone at any time. Chat sessions are recorded and posted as well. Participation in the chat function is also giving consent to their recording. Breakout groups are never recorded.

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