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​Yoga with Melissa 189​: Yoga for Purification, Durga Series: Maha Gauri.

August 2, 2013 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Maha Gauri: Purifying Intermediate Yoga Practice This week as we come to the penultimate class in our Durga series we take come to Maha Gauri who is the exact opposite from Kaal Ratri Durga. Whereas Kaal Ratri Durga was dark, Maha Gauri is all light. Maha Gauri is means extremely white as she is white […]

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Yoga with Melissa 188, Fearless Yoga: Kaal Ratri Durga, Fire Breathing Goddess, Durga Series

July 26, 2013 Beginners Yoga Class
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Yoga with Melissa Episode 188 Kaal Ratri Durga: A Fire Breathing Benevolent Goddess A fire breathing benevolent Goddess We have reached the most violent form of Durga with Kaal Ratri Durga. She is black like the Goddess Kali, she breathes fire, she has wild and crazy hair, lightening coming from her necklace, she carries a […]

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From Darkness to Light, Durga Series: Katyayani Durga, Yoga with Melissa 187

July 19, 2013 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Durga Series: Katyayani Durga Katyayani Durga is the sixth form of Durga and she is worshiped on the sixth day of Navaratri. She is the daughter of the sage Katyayana. She has four arms. In her arms she carries a sword, shield, lotus and her final hand offers a blessing. Katyayani Durga rides a lion. […]

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Self Nurturing Yoga, Durga Series Skanda Mata Nurturing Mother, Yoga with Melissa 186

July 12, 2013 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Show Notes for Episode 186 She is the mother of Skanda or Kumara Kartikeya in his infant form who would later lead in the war against the demons. She is worshiped on the fifth day of Navratri and on this day the devotee moves to the fifth chakra, vishuddha chakra. The fifth chakra is about […]

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Yoga with Melissa 185, Durga Series, Kushmada: Radiant Joy

July 5, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class
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Kushmanda Radiant Joy Here we are at the fourth form of Durga, Kushmanda, and she resides in the fourth chakra, the anahata chakra, or the heart chakra. She is also worshipped on the fourth day of Navaratri. Kushmanda means: “Ku” = a little, “ushma” = warmth/energy in the form of heat, and “anda” means the […]

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The Discipline of Grace: Brahmacharini Durga, Yoga with Melissa 183

June 21, 2013 Advanced Yoga Class
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The Discipline of Grace Brahmacharini Durga is the second form of Durga who is celebrated on the second day of Navaratri. Brahmacharini means one who practices devout austerity. She is known for her divine grace. She holds a rudraksha mala (rosary) in her right hand and a Kaa – Man (Like Mantra) – Dalu (like […]

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Mountain Pose: Stability, Harmony and Balance, Shailaputri Durga, Durga Series, Yoga with Melissa 182

June 14, 2013 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Intermediate Yoga Class Shailaputri Durga: Stability, Harmony and Balance of the Mountains The first form of Durga is Shailaputri, which means the daughter of the mountains. (putri = daughter, shaila = mountains). In her first incarnation she lived the life as Shiva’s wife and threw herself into the fire as we told the story in […]

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Introduction to Durga Series, Goddess of Protection, Yoga with Melissa 181 – Intermediate Yoga Class

June 7, 2013 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Welcome to a brand new series on the Hindu Deity Durga. : Today I will introduce you to to the Mother Goddess Durga, I know her as the Goddess of protection and over the next 9 weeks we will get to know her different forms. Durga in sanskrit means fort or a place that is […]

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You Are Already Complete: Balancing Masculine and Feminine Energy Yoga with Melissa 179

May 26, 2013 Intermediate Yoga Class
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You’re Already Complete Cultural Conditioning are the social processes by which authority figures such as parents, professors, politicians, religious leaders, peers, and the media define our cultural values, beliefs, ethical systems, and ultimately the way we perceive ourselves in the world. Today we are going to explore the cultural belief that you need somebody of […]

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Aparigraha or Non-Hoarding a 45 Minute Yoga Sequence, Yoga with Melissa 178

May 17, 2013 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 178 Cultural Conditioning Series: Money Can’t Buy Everything an Intermediate Yoga Class : Cultural Conditioning is the social process in which authority figures such as parents, professors, politicians, religious leaders, peers, and the media define our cultural values, beliefs, ethical systems, and ultimately the way we perceive ourselves in the world. Today […]

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