kundalini yoga

Namaste Yoga 298 Focused Living Series: Disciplined Moderation of Energy An Intermediate Level Yoga Class

September 25, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Moderate Energy I hear from you, my students, all the time that staying present, focused, feeling present in the moment, and trying to stay mindful are difficult for you. Many of you have told me that you having difficulty focusing and finding mental clarity. You would like to have more equanimity in your lives, reduce […]

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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 41: Special Series on the Yamas and Niyamas: Svadhyaya

July 5, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 41 is on svadhyaya. This is the second last class in the 10-class  series of yoga on the yamas and niyamas. This class will focus on niyama, svadhyaya (study by and of oneself). Nischala Joy Devi suggests that we can come to know our Divine Self through spiritual texts, nature and introspection. […]

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

June 30, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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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 […]

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

June 14, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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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 […]

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Yoga with Melissa episode 36 : Special Series on Yamas and Niyamas: Brahmacarya

June 2, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 36 is on Brahmacharya, the conservation of vital energy. This yoga class on brahmacharya continues our ten-class series on the yamas and niyamas. Brahmacharya means conservation of vital energy and in this episode we practice cultivating, manipulating, balancing and moving our vital energy through our bodies. The yoga class on brahmacharya starts […]

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Yoga with Melissa 26: Special Series on Hindu Deities, Shakti with Dr. Melissa West

March 21, 2010 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 26 is about Shakti. This is the third in a series of classes devoted to the Hindu deities. This week we connect with the divine feminine through Shakti – universal life force energy. Shakti is said to be the energy that underlies every living thing in the universe, the kundalini that lies […]

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