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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

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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Let Compassion Take The Driver’s Seat

Apr 16, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Let Compassion Take The Driver’s Seat

by Nischala Joy Devi. April 16, 2013. The word “compassion” is such a beautiful word; soft and gentle, it is comprised of two parts: com, meaning “with,” and passion, meaning “any intense emotion, either pleasurable or painful.” Many times it is difficult to know which aspect of passion we are feeling, and sometimes we clearly encounter both at the same time. Compassion is a form of infinite love, in that nothing can affect or limit it. It is extolled as a virtue for the very few, but is it? Women seem to have a natural gift for...

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Meditation: A Tool for Total Transformation

Apr 9, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Meditation: A Tool for Total Transformation

by Nischala Joy Devi. April 9, 2013. I was talking with a friend about the thought waves in her mind, explaining that all these little waves do not allow clear reflection; so whatever we see becomes distorted. She chuckled and said, “Come with me.” We drove to the ocean. The sea was stormy. She pointed and said, “That is my mind–not a lake with ripples, but an ocean in storm. I feel like I have no control over my mind or my life.” Trying to transcend or master the thoughts of the mind is, for many of us, more like trying to control...

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Meditate With Your Breath

Apr 3, 2013 in blog, Featured | 2 comments

Meditate With Your Breath

by Nischala Joy Devi. April 2, 2013. Our own breath provides a beautiful meditation. When we observe the breath, we begin to join the outer world with the inner world. As the waves gently come onto the earth and return to the sea, so our breath enters the body and then returns to the world. Our breath naturally flows in and out about 16 times a minute—back and forth, in and out, gently and evenly. We often use the word “inspiration” to mean something that comes to us from a higher place. To inspire is also to breathe in. To...

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Chakras and Colors

Mar 26, 2013 in blog, Featured | 2 comments

Chakras and Colors

by Nischala Joy Devi. March 26, 2013. Of the many books and theories of chakras, very few agree on the chakras’ characteristics. While most agree that they do exist in the subtle, it’s from each individual’s own vibrational field and from where we perceive that we define them. 
One of the confusing points for many is: What are the colors? Some say there is an internal and, also, an external color. It depends on how they are perceived with the physical eye and how they are perceived with the inner eye. Also, the more...

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Keep Your Mind Calm, Your Heart Open

Mar 19, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Keep Your Mind Calm, Your Heart Open

by Nischala Joy Devi. March 19, 2013. There is a wonderful practice in yoga that is a simple and direct way to keep our minds calm and our hearts open. It is called pratipaksha bhavana. It means to make an unpleasant or unwanted thought or attitude into the opposite. With that yogic mental tool, we can take thoughts that prey on our minds and turn them in a different direction, a positive direction. How often during the day do unwanted thoughts or feelings pop up to disturb your calm? Some days there might be too many to count! When we are...

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Women’s Natural Gift: The Heart of Yoga

Mar 14, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Women’s Natural Gift: The Heart of Yoga

by Nischala Joy Devi. March 14, 2013. Our story as women is filled with seers, healers, and visionaries who formed an integral part of society. But most of them were not scholars or intellectuals; they were mostly unassuming people, living ordinary lives while exhibiting extraordinary powers. Their wisdom was derived from their very humility and open mindedness. Very often, these women were tapping into their intuitive powers to heal or make awe-inspiring prophecies. Simple women reached into other dimensions as easily as stirring the soup or...

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Are Your Chakras Really Closed?

Mar 6, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Are Your Chakras Really Closed?

by Nischala Joy Devi. March 5, 2013. Can we really survive if our energy source is cut off? It seems unlikely. Yet many people talk about a chakra being closed. Usually this means that the energy from that whirling vortex is in a tamasic (dull, lazy) state and moving very slowly, almost to the point of not moving at all. When that happens, we are not accessing the information that is being given to us. When the chakra begins to spin at a higher vibration, the energy moves more freely; and we are, then, able to access that precious...

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Heaven & Earth Chakras

Feb 27, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Heaven & Earth Chakras

by Nischala Joy Devi. February 26, 2013 When people refer to the seven chakras, they usually start from the base chakra (Muladhara) and move up. The Muladhara is typically called the first chakra. This way of approaching the chakras is based on the premise that we are earth beings, human beings, who are put here to strive to become the divine beings that we are told only a very few are able to become. So, we therefore descend to the bottom; and, from there, we struggle to claim our divinity. That is more or less a typical way of looking at...

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Yoga’s Secret Power

Feb 20, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Yoga’s Secret Power

by Nischala Joy Devi. February 19, 2013. For growing numbers of harried Americans, a single step into a yoga class begins a transformative journey into the vast world that unites body, mind, and spirit. The physical part of yoga practice has become a gateway to the true ancient spiritual discipline. It’s not unusual for someone to enter yoga class just to try some good stretching but soon find herself wanting to go deeper into exploration of that profound peace that touches her consciousness, even in a simple yoga asana class. Once we...

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Have You Seen Your Chakras?

Feb 13, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Have You Seen Your Chakras?

by Nischala Joy Devi. February 12, 2013. Have you ever seen your own chakras? Most of us, at least in our everyday lives, are not aware that we are seeing chakras, seeing energies. We give them unusual names because we think they are extraordinary things to see. In actuality, we just don’t have the focus of vision to see them properly. It’s not that they are so extraordinary; it’s just we tend to keep our focus on other areas. Imagine this scene: Walking along the street, you are focused on looking down at the beautiful...

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Learning to Play the Chakras

Feb 6, 2013 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

Learning to Play the Chakras

by Nischala Joy Devi. February 5, 2013. A worn and abandoned violin lay on the table at a local auction. The humiliation of being given the price tag of $50.00 seemed to make it even less attractive. The auctioneer tried to encourage the bidding to start. “Who will buy this wonderful violin? Surely, someone could take it home and fix it up.” Still, the room was silent. From the back of the room came a man who seemed to match the condition of the violin—tattered and shabby in appearance, strong in determination. He gestured to...

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Healing with the Chakras Meditation

Nov 28, 2012 in Audio | 0 comments

Healing with the Chakras Meditation

Meditation Guidance by Nischala Joy Devi Buy Now: Physical CD $12.00 | Digital Download $9.95 In the Healing with the Chakras Meditation, Nischala Joy Devi guides the listener to the heart and experience of understanding the chakras. Woven through this meditation, we experience imagery, color and the five senses, plus awareness of the organs and glandular systems, which the chakras govern. Healing with the Chakras Meditation allow us the experience of deep rejuvenation. Enhanced by the use of Bija (seed) Mantras and Mudras, Healing with the...

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Yoga of the Heart®

Jun 18, 2012 in Videos | 0 comments

Yoga of the Heart®

Adapting Yoga for Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Life Threatening Diseases This comprehensive program is a certification course offered for Yoga Teachers and Health Professionals teaching the general population who would like to share Yoga with people living with heart disease, cancer and other debilitating diseases. It is also useful for people with family histories and/or risk factors. Learn more about the full program...

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Audio-Book, The Secret Power of Yoga

Jun 10, 2012 in Audio | 1 comment

Audio-Book, The Secret Power of Yoga

Read by: Nischala Joy Devi A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras! In The Secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi guides the listener to the heart and spirit of Yoga by offering a commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras that emanates from an intuitive, feminine, heart-centered approach. Unlocking the secrets of this sacred text, The Secret Power of Yoga views consciousness as residing not only in the mind, but re-establishes the ancient wisdom that recognizes the essential role of the heart. Woven throughout this 6 CD,...

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BHAKTI Yoga: Interview with Nischala Joy Devi

Jun 5, 2012 in Audio | 0 comments

By Drishti Point. Listen to Drishti Point’s first interview in our Yoga Sutras Series with renowed yoga expert Nischala Joy Devi. In this first interview, Nischala Devi speaks about writing her book The Secret Power of Yoga: A Women’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras, and the path of Bhakti Yoga. In this beautiful interview, Nischala Devi answers questions about devotion, kirtan, prayer, and how to open the heart. Click here to...

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KARMA YOGA: Interview with Nischala Joy Devi

Jun 3, 2012 in Audio | 0 comments

By Drishti Point. This is the second of our Drishti Point Series on the the Yoga Sutras with renowed yoga expert- Nischala Joy Devi. In this second interview, Nischala Devi speaks about Karma and Karma Yoga. She explains what is karma, how it works, and the various types of karma- agami, parabda, and sangita. In this wonderful interview, Nischala Devi uses everyday examples that will help listeners to understand karma, and use this understand to enhance how we interact with the world in our everyday lives Click here to...

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