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  • The Third Niyama: Tapas15:42
    The Third Niyama: Tapas

    Vidya Heisel

    The third Niyama is Tapas, which means self-discipline. It also translates as 'burning' which can be looked at in a few different ways, including a burning passion for leading a spiritual yogic life.



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  • The Second Niyama: Santosha07:02
    The Second Niyama: Santosha

    Vidya Heisel

    The second Niyama is Santosha, which means contentment. We can look at this Niyama in a couple of ways; to practice contentment with who we are and what we have, and to practice the Yama of Aparigraha, or freedom from greed.



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  • The First Niyama: Saucha17:30
    The First Niyama: Saucha

    Vidya Heisel

    The Niyamas are observances, the first of which is Saucha, which means purity. Both of cleanliness of the body and the space of around us, and purity of thoughts, intentions and behaviour.



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  • The Fifth Yama: Aparigraha09:43
    The Fifth Yama: Aparigraha

    Vidya Heisel

    The fifth and final Yama is Aparigraha, which means 'freedom from greed'. This is one of the key tenants of Buddhism; that we are suffering because we are full of desire. Our ego is always needing or craving something, but our true self is already whole. More things does not necessarily fulfil that hole inside of us!



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  • The Fourth Yama: Brahmacharya20:24
    The Fourth Yama: Brahmacharya

    Vidya Heisel

    The fourth Yama is Brahmacharya, which means celebacy. Traditionally in India, young men would choose between being a wandering yogi or a householder, but today it is acceptable to practice a spiritual life and yoga, and be a householder. But how is this Yama relevent to our lives today in the West when celebacy is not a common way to live?



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  • The Third Yama: Asteya08:12
    The Third Yama: Asteya

    Vidya Heisel

    The third Yama is Asteya, which is non-stealing. This means we should not be taking for oneself other people's time, objects and ideas. Vidya also explores the idea of not coveting what others have and being dissatisfied with what you do have, and how we can practice the opposite of that.



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  • The second Yama: Satya11:59
    The second Yama: Satya

    Vidya Heisel

    The second Yama is Satya, or truth. In this talk, Vidya explores this yama and how we can interpret it as a means to be vulnerable, be our true selves and see the world subjectively.



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  • The First Yama: Ahimsa15:32
    The First Yama: Ahimsa

    Vidya Heisel

    The first limb is Yama, and this limb is divided into five restraints. The first of which is Ahimsa, or non-violence. Vidya talks through what non-violence means and how it is practiced.



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  • Introduction to Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga14:40
    Introduction to Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga

    Vidya Heisel

    In this philosophy talk series, Vidya will explore Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga. The goal of this eight-step path is to reach enlightenment. Watch this introductory video first to get an overview of the eight limbs, including the history, context and meaning, and how they can relate to our life today.



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  • Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath) Tutorial13:09
    Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath) Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    A seated pranayama, or breath-work class on Kapalabhati, otherwise known as skull shining breath. This breath is fabulous for awakening, creating alertness and as an enlivener – as a pick-me-up, maybe instead of your morning coffee or before a vigorous yoga practice. This can be used anytime you need to feel more alert, and can also be used during yoga poses as well. Warning, if you start to feel dizzy, please do return to your normal breath.



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  • Alternate Nostril Breathing18:56
    Alternate Nostril Breathing

    Vidya Heisel

    A pranayama practice, breathing technique called Nadi Shodama, with is a very relaxing and cleaning breath. This alternate nostril practice is wonderful for helping the body to relax and will help to cope with anxiety or stress, and can even help with sleeplessness.



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  • An introduction to Ujjayi/Victorious Breath21:01
    An introduction to Ujjayi/Victorious Breath

    Vidya Heisel

    A pranayama practice of Ujjayi Breath (victorious breath). Ujjayi breath is normally practiced with ashtanga or vinyasa classes, but can also be practiced as a seated pranayama. This breath-work class is perfect for those who are seeking to improve their breath-work for their yoga practice, or if you'd like to simply work on the breath as a tool for meditation or as a tool to slow your breath down to soothe your nervous system.



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  • Guided Meditation With Vidya21:28
    Guided Meditation With Vidya

    Vidya Heisel

    Find the perfect equilibrium between relaxation and alertness in this guided meditation. A perfect start for beginners to meditation, or for more seasoned practitioners.



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  • Arm Balancing Flow 53:49
    Arm Balancing Flow

    Vidya Heisel

    A lovely, swift-moving Advanced vinyasa yoga flow class with a focus on arm balancing. Allthough we open hips, hamstrings and the shoulders ready to arm balance, you'll be surprised that if you're not yet ready to arm balance, or you don't want to do so today, if you visualse them, this can have a wonderful effect!! Enjoy! You will need a blanket.



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  • Scissors Pose (Eka Pada Koundiyanasana) Tutorial08:09
    Scissors Pose (Eka Pada Koundiyanasana) Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    Move through deep twists and side crane as preparation and then find the arm balance scissors pose, Eka Pada Koundiyanasana. This pose requires strength and flexibility, suitable for stronger, more advanced practitioners. You may find that a block will help you.



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  • Tripod Headstand To Crane Tutorial11:13
    Tripod Headstand To Crane Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    A short tutorial to help you practice the tripod headstand to crane pose transition. Starting with hip stretches then some strengthening with plank pose, this class shows us how to transition from tripod headstand to crane pose. You'll need a stable, freestanding tripod headstand for this tutorial.



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  • Dragonfly Tutorial14:50
    Dragonfly Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    A short tutorial to help you to perfect your dragonfly pose. This is a twisting arm balance. You'll start with some hip opening to warm the body through and prepare for the balance. You will need a folded blanket to use as a crash mat!



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  • Step By Step Into Flying Pigeon16:20
    Step By Step Into Flying Pigeon

    Vidya Heisel

    A tutorial to show you the best way to approach, work toward and a step by step guide into Flying Pigeon, or Eka Pada Galavanasara. With preparation poses to help to improve your hip flexibility and balance and then showing you how to arrive into Flying Pigeon both from the ground, and as an advanced variation, from headstand. You will need a folded blanket. Practise with care!



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