Thursday, December 23, 2010

Art of Sequencing - Volume Two Seasonal Vinyasa

"At some point, one reaches a personal tipping point and begins making new resolutions, maybe just once a year, to break out of the old habits and try to reclaim their personal power. If your pattern is to make annual New Year’s resolutions (and then promptly forget about them), I suggest you try a year of seasonal resolutions—biweekly or bimonthly experiments that will give you a reasonable window of time to witness the subtle and gross effects of your labor, as well as more than one chance every 365 days to initiate change."

To read more about making seasonal changes, pre-order your copy of my upcoming book, Art of Sequencing - Volume Two Seasonal Vinyasa, today and receive free shipping!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pre-Order Your Copy of Art of Sequencing - Volume Two Seasonal Vinyasa

I am pleased to announce that my second book, Art of Sequencing - Volume Two Seasonal Vinyasa is on its way to the printing press. Order today and receive free shipping within the continental United States. You can expect to receive the book by the end of January, just in time to kick off your seasonal resolutions.

If you enjoyed the Art of Sequencing – Volume One, you will love the second volume, which is filled with new ideas on how to support you in enriching your experience of life by staying healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

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Art of Sequencing - Volume Two Seasonal Vinyasa introduces you to Ayurvedic daily routines, seasonal rituals, nutrition and mindfulness, and a broad range of practical Western lifestyle tips to help the modern yogi or health-minded individual reduce dis-ease and nurture a state of wellness. These are complemented by extensive yoga asana sections including twenty-five of my class sequences, applicable for all levels of skill and ability. To give context to these modern wellness offerings the book takes you on a journey into India's history and culture and explores Eastern philosophy. This thoughtful and insightful book celebrates the art and science of yoga as a way to rediscover the body’s innate wisdom and the vitality that comes from living in balance from season to season.

Table of Contents:
Chapter One: Roots of Yoga
Chapter Two: Seasons of Life
Chapter Three: Kriya Yoga
Chapter Four: Nutrition and Mindfulness
Chapter Five: An Introduction to Ayurveda
Chapter Six: Nature and the Four Seasons
Chapter Seven: Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga
Chapter Eight: Popular Asana Requests
Chapter Nine: Yoga at the Wall
About Melina Meza
Index of Sun Salutes and Modifications
Appendix: Recipes

Book Details:
The book includes over 450 asana photos and twenty-five unique asana sequences for beginners, intermediate, or advanced students and teachers. Art of Sequencing-Volume Two Seasonal Vinyasa is spiral bound, allowing for easy use during practice.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Winter and Ayurveda Part 3

Winter is Nature’s time to hibernate and retreat. It’s an active resting phase, an important cycle to honor in order to replenish one’s self after the summer heat and fall harvest. In the winter when wet, dark, and cold qualities increase externally, they also increase internally, because “like increases like.”

In Ayurveda, winter is the season associated with Kapha and all the imbalances associated with the earth and water elements. No matter what your Prakriti (individual constitution) is, seasons will have an effect upon your dosha.

The Kapha qualities outside can make you feel heavy and lethargic and/or pull you towards foods that promote weight gain or the use of recreational drugs and alcohol to cope with depression, stress, and the winter blues; here we again see the precept “like increases like.” It’s not easy to break out of this cycle, but it is possible.

Here are a few ways to maintain health in the winter:
•If you want to decrease Kapha, minimize sweet, sour, and salty foods and increase foods that are pungent (like ginger), bitter (like coffee and turmeric root), and astringent (like chickpeas and goldenseal) to ensure good digestive fire.
•Wear bright colors like red and orange if you live in cold, dark climates and struggle with depression.
•Reduce your commitments. One way to do this is to practice saying “no” to invitations when your gut tells you to. This practice helps you build healthy boundaries with yourself and often leaves you with quiet time to be alone.
•Eat your biggest meal in the middle of the day (e.g., at lunchtime), which is Pitta time, when your solar energy and digestive juices are most active.
•Have a light dinner (soups are great for this meal). Eating a large meal before bedtime can interfere with sleep as well as contribute to weight gain.

To learn more about this, stay tuned for my upcoming book, Art of Sequencing - Volume Two which will be available for purchase in January 2011.