Yoga with Melissa Episode 38: Special Series on the Yamas and Niyamas: Sauca with Dr. Melissa West

by Melissa West on June 14, 2010

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Yoga with Melissa 38 is about sauca, cleanliness, the first yama. This class is part of our ten-class series on the yamas and niyamas. This week marks the first week we enter into the niyamas which are in a sense, the internal yamas. Whereas the yamas are about our relationship to the the world, niyamas outline a way of taking care of ourselves on a personal level. The niyamas begin with sauca, pronounced sh-ouch-a, and means cleanliness. In this episode of Yoga with Melissa we will focus on cleaning the internal body with asana or yoga postures. We will use pranayama including extended exhalation and kapalabhati pranayama or skull shining breath to cleanse the body. We will also focus on clearing our emotions and thoughts in order to be able to observe the pure light of our spirit.

We begin this class on sauca with kapalabhati pranayama to cleanse your body internally. From there we come into some reclined twists to cleanse your organs. Garland pose helps to encourage elimination for more cleansing. There are kundalini yoga movements in here to encourage the flow of lymph to keep your body healthy and strong. Shoulderstand and Fish pose help to clear your throat and heart chakras. The class ends with a mudra series to tune deep into your internal body.

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