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Namaste Yoga 319: Aversion or Yoga Poses You Avoid the Most Part One

February 19, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Aversion This week we continue with the five hindrances. The five hindrances are common mental states that arise in our practice and lives that can impede our practice. They have been observed and taught as part of Buddhist studies. In teaching about the five hindrances, Sharon Salzberg quotes the Buddha, he says, “Our minds are […]

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Hypothyroid Help

May 19, 2014 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Hypothyroid Help Today’s question comes via email from Susanne from Sweden. I have some questions too. Do you know if there are any yoga practices for hypothyroid? Much love, Susanne (from Sweden) Hypothyroidism refers to a condition where the thyroid is producing hormones below its normal level. Low levels of hormone production from the thyroid […]

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Yoga with Melissa 109 Vishnu Series: Fish Pose or Matsyasana

December 5, 2011 Beginners Yoga Class
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Yoga with Melissa 109 is on Fish Pose or Matsyasna. Vishnu’s first avatar was as a fish to guide Manu’s arc (with two of every creature) to safety after a great flood. Vishnu is the God of preservation and takes on various avatars to protect the universe as needed. This episode of Yoga with Melissa […]

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Yoga with Melissa Episode 43 : A Review of the Yamas and Niyamas

July 21, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 43 is a review of the yamas and niyamas. The five yamas which determine our outward behaviour in the world are: 1. Ahimsa or nonviolence 2. Satya or truthfulness 3. Asteya or  non-stealing 4. Brahmacharya or balanced living (often interpreted as celibacy) 5. Aparigraha or non-hoarding The five niyamas or personal practices […]

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Yoga with Melissa Episode 34: Special Series on Yamas & Niyamas: Satya, Truthfulness with Dr Melissa West

May 18, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 34 is about Satya or Truthfulness. This is the  second of a ten-class series of yoga classes on the yamas and niyamas. Melissa explores what it means to cultivate satya, or truthfulness in yoga asana and in the larger context of your life. Satya occurs when our thoughts words and actions are […]

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