Yamas

Yoga with Melissa 365 Moving at the Speed of Our Bodies: Inner Balance and Abundance

January 6, 2017 Advanced Yoga Class
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Balance and Abundance Yoga with Melissa 365 Moving at the Speed of Our Bodies: Inner Balance and Abundance Brahmacharya and Aparigraha As we come into the New Year we enter a time when we have excessive expectations from our body. We want extravagant gains financially, professionally, and for our lives in general. We desire unreasonable […]

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Namaste Yoga 301 Focused Living Saucha, Simplicity and Continual Refinement

October 16, 2015 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Simplicity This week we arrive at the niyamas, the inner facets of the eight-fold path of yoga. The niyamas allow us to continue our journey inward so that we can uncover our True Nature. We begin with saucha which Nischala Joy Devi translates as simplicity and continual refinement so that you can see your True […]

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Yoga with Melissa 299 Focused Living Letting Go

October 2, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Letting Go Throughout this focused living series we have been focused on creating a life of less, but better. This aligns perfectly with the fifth yama of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras aparigraha. Often this yama focuses on letting go of material possessions and that will definitely create space in your life. However with this series we […]

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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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Namaste Yoga 297 Focused Living, Non-Stealing, Sleep and Play

September 18, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Non-Stealing According to Traditional Chinese Medicine we are born with a fixed amount of energy called, jing chi. As we go through our lives, our jing chi gets used up. Everyday stressors, illness, and substance abuse, use up our jing chi at a more rapid rate. It is incredibly difficult to restore your jing chi, […]

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Namaste Yoga 296 Focus and Your Personal Truth

September 11, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Personal Truth The second yama of the five yamas in Patanjali’s yoga sutras is satya and speaks about truth. In fact, most often this sutra is discussed in terms of right speech and speaking the truth. Today I would like to interpret this sutra as a practice of coming to know your True Self and […]

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Yoga for Concentration 50 min | Drishti & Ahimsa | Yoga with Melissa 295

September 4, 2015 Intermediate Yoga Class
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Nonviolence Welcome to a brand new series on Namaste Yoga. When we asked you what your biggest obstacle to practicing yoga, many of you spoke of interruptions and distractions, putting your yoga time first before other demands. Some of you spoke about how your mind is full of other things, a lot of you talked […]

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Beginner Yoga for Discipline, Yoga with Melissa 275

April 17, 2015 Beginners Yoga Class
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Yoga Discipline When we asked beginners what their biggest obstacle to learning yoga, many of them responded discipline, motivation and commitment to practice yoga. Well today’s class is all about connecting to your internal discipline. In yoga we call this tapas. Tapas translates as practice causing positive change and it requires discipline and effort. It […]

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Eating Seasonally and Eating as a Yogi

December 2, 2014 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Eating as a Yogi Hi Melissa, I notice very much how my diet changes with the seasons. I follow seasonal foods with veg boxes and what I harvest in the garden, but my instincts pick out different meats, dairy and grains at different times of year too. Are there different suggestions for the doshas as […]

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Ahimsa and One of our Guiding Principles

August 14, 2013 Melissa's Blog Posts
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Ahimsa The first yama of yoga is ahimsa, non-violence or put in a more positive way is loving kindness. One of the guiding principles of our lives and the ways we try to run Namaste Yoga is “promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.” This is an ethic that we can come […]

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