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A Balance of Darkness & Light For Good Rest

Nov 26, 2013 in blog, Featured | 1 comment

A Balance of Darkness & Light For Good Rest

by Nischala Joy Devi. November 24, 2013 It seems that so many people these days are hungry for some good sleep. Our hectic, fast-paced lives often keep us from taking the time to set the stage for truly refreshing and healing sleep. But being aware of your sleep environment is vital to get the rest you need. Have a balance of darkness and sunlight filling your bedroom. We sleep deeper and longer when there is darkness. How much more difficult it is to get up in the dark on winter mornings then on bright summer mornings. In the dark, we...

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The Secret Power of Yoga Book Review

Nov 17, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

The Secret Power of Yoga Book Review

by Danielle Fowler Devi, Nischala Joy. The Secret Power of Yoga: A Women’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras. New York, Three Rivers Press, Random House, Inc., 2007. An innovative, readable and insightful commentary of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. Written from a feminine, heart-centered perspective this book is revolutionary, if not controversial. Devi has broken the mold of traditional, scholarly approaches of understanding the Yoga Sutras and has invited the novice into the world of Yogic philosophy. Anyone can read, understand...

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Sleep Well with the Maya Koshas

Nov 15, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Sleep Well with the Maya Koshas

by Nischala Joy Devi. November 14, 2013. If we investigate sleep through the subtle bodies, or Maya Koshas, we understand that there is much more to sleep then putting the head down on a soft pillow. Accessing and acknowledging these five subtle aspects takes us into the deep and restful sleep we need to achieve optimum physical, emotional, and mental health. Doing a few minutes of deep relaxation, physical poses, breathing, imagery, and meditation before bedtime assures us of a deep and peaceful rest. We can retreat back into our center and...

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Experiencing OM

Nov 3, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Experiencing OM

by Nischala Joy Devi November 2, 2013 OM is the sacred mantra of divinity. It is chanted and revered as the sound from which all other sounds resonate. , awakening universal consciousness. In this way, it is the guru of sounds, invoking the Divine Consciousness in every sound. A sacred sound must pluck the strings of our hearts in order to unite our entire being. Often we are accustomed to repeating the same prayer with our mind and heart engaged elsewhere. When that happens, the prayer is only given lip surface. The real grace comes when we...

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Prana: The Universal Energy

Oct 24, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Prana: The Universal Energy

by Nischala Joy Devi. October 23, 2013. Let’s talk about prana, the vital energy. Inhabiting and surrounding each cell of our physical body and is the universal energy called prana (this energy is named qi in Japan and chi in China). Everything in the natural world has a field of energy surrounding and circulating through it. At different times the quality and quantity of prana may vary. For example, a tree in winter would have less circulating prana than a tree in springtime. There is more energy needed for a tree to flower then to...

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What Is Active Imagery?

Oct 10, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

What Is Active Imagery?

by Nischala Joy Devi. October 9, 2013. Recently, someone wrote in with a question, asking, “What is meant by active imagery?” In active imagery we formulate an action to work directly on an area in need of healing and, with concentration, we project that image to do the task. In choosing an active imagery tool for yourself it is helpful to base it on the stronger of your sentences. If possible, it’s good to combine the senses. For example, I may see a color and also feel its quality—as in a blue, cooling light or a warm, yellow...

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Keep Your Heart Light

Oct 4, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Keep Your Heart Light

by Nischala Joy Devi. October 3, 2013. In ancient Egypt, after death, the heart was removed from the body to be measured against the weight of a feather. If the heart was found to be heavier than the feather’s weight, the person was considered not ready for admission to heaven. The scale, although normally the measure of physical weight, was thought to reveal the degree of emotional heaviness held in the heart. The lighthearted were presumably permitted entry through a special ritual, as their physical heart was given a place of honor in...

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Start The Day Relaxed & Limber

Sep 23, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Start The Day Relaxed & Limber

by Nischala Joy Devi. September 23, 2010. The time of day for practice of the yoga poses, asanas, can be determined by the busyness of your schedule. Early morning seems to work well for many because the day’s activities are not yet in full force. The mind is calmer, and the lists for the day have not yet begun. Having the recommended empty stomach for the practice is also easier at this time. The poses may look better later in the day, when the body naturally has more flexibility; yet, the effect of doing them earlier can actually help...

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Asteya: Never Miss An Opportunity to Give

Sep 14, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Asteya: Never Miss An Opportunity to Give

by Nischala Joy Devi. September 14, 2013.   Asteya: Abiding in generosity and honesty, material and spiritual prosperity is bestowed. -The Yoga Sutras This wonderful teaching from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Asteya, is one of the ethical teachings of yoga. Asteya encompasses not only generosity with money and giving of things, but also generosity with time and giving from our hearts. As we start to bring Asteya into our lives, we can see ways in which we are less than generous or  subtle ways that we “steal” by not being...

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Imagery: All Things Are Possible

Sep 7, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Imagery: All Things Are Possible

by Nischala Joy Devi. September 7, 2013. A great story of healing came from a dear friend who was out for a walk on a wintry day. She stopped in the library; and, by the time she departed, the weather had turned to freezing rain and sleet. Putting her coat over her head to protect her from the elements, she proceeded to dash across the street. The oncoming car’s windows were a bit foggy, and my friend’s coat was gray. When the car finally stopped, Mary was down on the ground, unable to move her legs. The confusion that followed was...

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Ahimsa: Love & Reverence for All

Aug 31, 2013 in blog, Featured | 1 comment

Ahimsa: Love & Reverence for All

by Nischala Joy Devi. August 31, 2013 Embracing reverence and love for all (Ahimsa), we experience oneness. Yoga Sutra II:35 Most often this exalted virtue of Ahimsa is translated simply as “non-harming” or even “nonviolence.” Again, we visit the idea of placing a “non-” in front of a negative trait telling us what not to do instead of how to espouse our true nature. It implies that we are “inherently” violent and that mischief may be lurking somewhere in the background of our minds. You may even feel insulted by the...

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Meditation to Withdraw the Senses – Pratyahara

Aug 22, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Meditation to Withdraw the Senses – Pratyahara

by Nischala Joy Devi. August 21, 2013. Our senses are wonderful tools, but they can also pull our attention here, there, and everywhere. The yogic practice of pratyahara, withdrawal of the senses, helps us have control over them and use them well, rather than being distracted by them. Here is a guided meditation to help experience the senses and draw our awareness inward. This is a profound relaxation practice for bringing in all of the outward sensual consciousness. We begin with the physical body, then move to the breath, thoughts, and...

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Natural Vitality with Balanced Food

Aug 15, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Natural Vitality with Balanced Food

by Nischala Joy Devi. August 14, 2013. Sattwic, or balanced, food brings vitality and health to the body and peace and joy to the mind. It is food that is simple, tasty, and as close to its natural form as possible. When food is natural, we eat less of it; our bodies are nurtured and satisfied, and our minds are in harmony. Balanced foods satisfy our need, not our greed. They allow us to stop when we are physically satisfied without coaxing us. Do you remember the famous commercial challenging us to try to eat just one potato chip, knowing...

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A Meditation: Dissolving the Five Kleshas

Aug 7, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

A Meditation: Dissolving the Five Kleshas

by Nischala Joy Devi. August 7, 2013. In last week’s blog post, I talked a bit about the kleshas (the veils over the inner Light) and why dissolving them will bring us full awareness of that Light. Here is a guided mediation that can help dissolve those kleshas. Take your time with each of these steps and see where they take you. Find a comfortable position, either lying down on the floor or on your bed. Place your right hand on your lower belly and your left hand on your heart. Observe your breath. Is it deep and regular? Shallow and...

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Dissolve the Veils Over Your Inner Light

Jul 31, 2013 in blog, Featured | 2 comments

Dissolve the Veils Over Your Inner Light

by Nischala Joy Devi. July 30, 2013. There are five veils, kleshas, that cover the light of the Divine Self, obscuring it from recognition. When we become aware of them, the veils dissolve one by one, and the Divine Light within is seen again. Dissolving the five kleshas, or veils, brings forth the radiance of the Divine Self. The five kleshas are: Avidya: innocence of our Divine nature Asmita: undue trust in the individual self Raga: excessive fondness of fleeting pleasures Dvesa: excessive avoidance of unpleasant experiences Abhinivesah:...

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Pick a Technique You Love

Jul 11, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Pick a Technique You Love

by Nischala Joy Devi. July 10, 2013. When we are choosing tools for work or play, we must take the time to select the correct size, shape, texture, and level of use. I may like the look and feel of advanced skis; yet, if I am a beginner, the skis designed for beginners suit me best. When selecting food for a special meal, we prefer food that is tasty as well as nutritious. It is with that same consciousness that we embrace a meditation technique. Today, there are many great techniques to choose from. The goal of any technique is to keep the...

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Yoga Therapy Today (IAYT) Interviews Nischala Joy Devi

Jul 9, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Yoga Therapy Today (IAYT) Interviews Nischala Joy Devi

By Kelly Birch Nischala Joy Devi is an internationally respected yoga teacher, well known for her heart-centered approach to spirituality and scripture. She was a monastic disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda for over twenty years and was educated by yoga masters in India and worldwide. She developed the yoga protocols for Dean Ornishʼs Program for Reversing Heart Disease and co-founded the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, which culminated in the creation of her Yoga of the Heart® certification course for teachers and health...

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Unlocking the Secret Power of Yoga -An Interview with Nischala Devi

Jul 7, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

By Integral Yoga Magazine Nischala Devi’s book, The Secret Power of Yoga, reinterprets Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras for our modern times and from a woman’s perspective. She views the path of Raja Yoga as a path with eight facets that are interconnected and interwoven. In this interview, she shines a light on the five yamas, illuminating what can happen when we live our lives according to our divine essence and higher nature. Integral Yoga Magazine… Read...

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Healing Relationships Keynote Address 2013

Jul 6, 2013 in Audio | 2 comments

IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy) sponsors the Symposium on Yoga Therapy & Research (SYTAR 2013) A keynote address by Nischala Joy Devi “Knowledge can make you a therapist -Intuition will make you a healer.” 48 Minutes Click Here to Listen or Download. Other Audio offerings by Nischala Joy...

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The Eye of the Beholder: Gazing Meditation (Tradak)

Jul 3, 2013 in blog, Featured | 1 comment

The Eye of the Beholder: Gazing Meditation (Tradak)

by Nischala Joy Devi. July 3, 2013. Each evening after a very stressful day working at a medical clinic, I joined hundreds of other people in making the pilgrimage to watch the sunset at the ocean. We would leave our cars and worries in the parking lot and jog to a front row seat on the rocks or on the beach. For several minutes we seemed to be united in body and mind, sitting in stillness and gazing at this daily miracle of beauty. After the last ray had dissolved into the sea, leading us into another night, the unity of the gazers would...

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A Ring to Soothe a King

Jun 26, 2013 in blog, Featured | 2 comments

A Ring to Soothe a King

by Nischala Joy Devi. June 26, 2013. Sometimes life feels like a rollercoaster. We have joy. Then we have sadness. But joy is certain to come again. It can seem that we are simply puppets, buffeted back and forth by all the changes. Yet, yoga provides great tools to help us stay steady, calm and peaceful during times of celebration and times of sadness. One of those great tools is meditation. There was once a great and mighty king who had all the riches in the world. Nothing was beyond him in the physical sense; yet the king was unhappy. He...

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Your Two Hearts

Jun 19, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Your Two Hearts

by Nischala Joy Devi. June 19, 2013. Women are graced with what is often referred to as the “womb heart.” It relates to the “beating heart” through intuition and feelings. This legacy of love is so powerful that it is able to sustain a new life. The beating heart and the womb heart each hold the sacred essence of consciousness. The capacity of our “beating” heart expands greatly as we experience infinite love; the overflow feeds us and others. To my joy, I found one ancient attempt in the Old Testament of the Bible to express...

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The Pure Crystal of Your True Self

Jun 11, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

The Pure Crystal of Your True Self

by Nischala Joy Devi. June 11, 2013. A great and mighty queen once granted an audience to a man who immediately began to ridicule the queen’s way of governing the country. After a polite amount of time, she began to speak, interrupting his rant. “How would you react,” she said with kindness, “if you brought me an enormous basket of the finest fruits and I said, ‘No thank you. I am not interested in keeping your gift.’?” A bit startled, the man stammered, “It would distress me to think that you did not like my...

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Comb Your Energy Daily!

Jun 5, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Comb Your Energy Daily!

by Nischala Joy Devi. June 5, 2013. Taking a deep breath is like combing the energy all around us. When we first awaken in the morning and go to the mirror, our hair may be sticking out in all directions. We all learned early in life to take a comb or brush and smooth it down, allowing the hairs to go more or less in the same direction. Then we feel satisfied and look and feel a little more in control (at least of our hair!). Breathing practices do the same thing with our energy field. We align and “comb” the energy; it becomes smoother,...

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Can We Heal Ourselves?

May 29, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Can We Heal Ourselves?

by Nischala Joy Devi. May 28, 2013. We often hear the phrase “You can heal yourself.” But, what happens when the person tries everything but doesn’t get well? Then she or he feels guilty, feels a failure in some way. Another common statement is that we cause our own disease. That’s not a healing suggestion at all! Imagine how many suffering people feel burdened and discouraged when they hear something like that. Both of these are a misinterpretation of a very high philosophy. A high philosophy can be misunderstood when...

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Balancing Universal Energy, the Gunas

May 22, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Balancing Universal Energy, the Gunas

by Nischala Joy Devi. May 22, 2013. As the universal energy flows into our physical, emotional and intellectual bodies, it divides into the three gunas. Guna is a Sanskrit word that means attributes of nature. Each chakra has these three attributes of nature within it. Who we are is made up of three attributes of nature. The state that we call “balanced” is, in Sanskrit, called “Sattwa.” Something or someone in this state of balance is called “sattwic.” When we’re peaceful and everything is going...

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Bring Positive Power to Your Affirmations

May 15, 2013 in blog, Featured | 1 comment

Bring Positive Power to Your Affirmations

by Nischala Joy Devi. May 15, 2013. Our words and verbal expressions are powerful imagery. Affirmations have become a well-known way to inspire us to positive imagery. There is an ancient yogic technique called Pratipaksha Bhavana that simply means, “to cultivate the opposite.” If you are fearful and want not to feel that fear, cultivate courage. If normally critical, cultivate understanding. When we begin carefully to choose words and phrases that help to promote the positive, the negative automatically lessons. For instance, you...

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The Power of Imagery

May 8, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

The Power of Imagery

by Nischala Joy Devi. May 7, 2013. Imagery, our inner guidance, allows us to create and experience. It is the language of the mind. The mind speaks in images and then translates those images into words. When we listen to words or concepts, we interpret them in ways we are familiar with or that we can understand. We can practice positive imagery as a means to allow the mind and body to mobilize all available resources that assist in the healing process, creating an intention that brings about positive physiological and psychological responses,...

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Balancing the Chakras

May 1, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Balancing the Chakras

by Nischala Joy Devi. April 30, 2013. When you experience something like a wedding or take another uplifting, joyous, major step in your life it brings your awareness into the higher chakras. When you experience something that’s focused on a higher chakra, when you’re in that consciousness, you might not identify it. You’re just feeling it. When it’s over or it starts to change, we notice it again. We all have times when we experience this. So, when we talk about someone being a spiritual being, please don’t think it is just one...

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Bhakti: The Heartfelt Path

Apr 24, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Bhakti: The Heartfelt Path

by Nischala Joy Devi. April 23, 2013. One of the sweetest yoga practices is Bhakti Yoga—the yoga of devotion, the yoga of love. Unlike many of the practices that tend toward precise instructions, there is no right or wrong way to love. Each one of us, in our own way, can express our wholehearted love of the Divine and of creation. Often, as we tread lightly on the glorious path of Bhakti Yoga, the heart embraces the Divine in external form. It is always interesting for me to speak to individuals who are both of the same faith about their...

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