Yoga with Melissa Episode 40: Special Series Yamas and Niyamas: Tapas with Dr. Melissa West

by Melissa West on June 30, 2010

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Yoga with Melissa 40 is about the third niyama tapas. This yoga class continues our 10-class series on the yamas and niyamas with the third niyama or personal practice, tapas. The root of tapas, tap means to heat and so the asana practice is about creating heat to cause positive change. This is a vigorous class that involves both kundalini and hatha yoga. Kundalini kriyas are used to give us the power to maintain a course of action and the ability to break habits and create new ones. This class requires austerity and zealous commitment to staying with a challenging and sometimes uncomfortable practice while always honouring the well-being of our bodies.

The yoga class begins with a kundalini kriya that will build core strength. Boat pose or navasana is another yoga pose in this class that builds core strength. When we come to standing we practice the warrior poses. We finish the yoga class with a kundalini kriya for the third chakra.

 

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