Shiva

What are the Five Bhavas?

June 20, 2019 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Five Bhavas? Bhakti yoga is a yoga of the Hindu tradition that offers a total surrender and faith to God and develops our capacity to love. It is said when realization is reached on this path of devotion that you will love all and hate none. It is not about generating love for personal gain. […]

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What is Bhakti Yoga?

June 19, 2019 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Bhakti Yoga Bhakti Yoga is said to be the fast track to enlightenment. In this video I will explain what bhakti yoga is and how my practice of it has evolved over time. Bhakti yoga is a yoga of the Hindu tradition that offers a total surrender and faith to God and develops our capacity […]

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Yoga with Melissa 144 Cycles: Beginnings, Middles and Endings Shiva Series: How Shiva Came to Life

September 19, 2012 Yoga with Melissa Episodes

At the beginning of time there was water everywhere. There was no beginning and no end. Out of the water Vishnu manifested himself in his form lying on the “Sheshnaga” coils of snakes, floating on the water. While Vishnu was sleeping, a lotus flower sprouted from his navel, it had many petals and shone like […]

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Yoga with Melissa 143 – Shiva Series- Introduction

September 8, 2012 Beginners Yoga Class

With Yoga with Melissa epiosde 143 we are introduced to the Hindu God Shiva which means auspicious one. Shiva is the destroyer and transformer among Trinity of Gods including Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver. He is the ultimate yogi who lives the life as an ascetic meditating in Mount Kailash. As a householder […]

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Yoga with Melissa 85: Yoga Stories Nataranjasana with Dr. Melissa West

June 7, 2011 Earlier Yoga Episodes
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Yoga with Melissa 85 is Natarajasana or Dancer Pose. This hatha yoga class, real yoga for real people, we explore the story of  king dancer pose. In this pose Shiva expresses himself as the cosmic dancer to release our souls from the snares of illusion. Throughout this class we will explore the cycles of death, […]

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Yoga with Melissa 30: Special Series on the Hindu Deities, Kali & Surrendering to Change with Dr. Melissa West

July 22, 2010 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Yoga with Melissa 30 is about Shiva and Kali. You’ve probably seen that image of Kali standing triumphantly over Shiva with her tongue sticking out and wondered, what is that all about? In the thirtieth episode of Namaste Yoga we will explore the relationship between Kali and Shiva through various stories and interpretations. We’ll allow […]

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