For many years, Melanie Murray has been teaching yoga and chakra classes and workshops at MoveStudio. Tomorrow, she’ll be teaching a Kundalini Yoga Workshop focusing on the fifth chakra and clairparlance. Never heard of clairparlance? Neither had I! So I talked to Melanie to learn more! Allow me to introduce you to Melanie Murry.
- Lisa Carmen Olson
Lisa Carmen Olson: Hi Melanie! Tell us, please, how yoga showed up in your life. How did you discover it as a personal practice?
Melanie Murray: I started when I took a yoga class for ballet dancers at an American College Dance Festival. It was literally like a duck finding water and realizing yoga was in my cells and I was discovering something I knew somehow intrinsically. I felt immediately at home in my body after that first class like I had never experienced, even having danced for 35 years.
LCO: What has yoga done for you?
MM: Yoga has given me a body/spiritual practice and connection. Being a highly emotional person, it grounds me in my physical form and brings equanimity to my emotional body.
It has given me a platform to share my relationship and devotion to Source with others.
LCO: You’ve recently begun teaching your chakra workshops from a Kundalini angle. How did that transition happen for you?
MM: When I moved to Austin and bega taking Kundalini Yoga classes, I noticed how different I was feeling in my power center, the third chakra, after the class. I also began to feel more clarity of mind, ability to focus and an increase in my intuition which I could directly attribute to the meditations and kriyas (yoga exercises) from Kundalini class.
I was having a health issue with my immune and hormonal system and Kundalini yoga was helping me get stronger and clear out the negative energy I had been unable to discharge through Hatha Yoga.
LCO: Can you tell us about Kundalini Yoga and how it applies to the chakra system?
The chakras are part of our spiritual anatomy, they interface with the Nadis or energy pathways of our body. Kundalini Yoga is a system to balance the prana and apana (positive and negative energies) in the body, thus improving the function and health of the body/mind/soul. So Kundalini Yoga uses the chakra system as a focus for the tools of the kriyas (physical yoga exercises) to move energy through the body and chakras for health and spiritual awakening.
What the heck is clairparlance?
Here’s a clue!
The chakras are seven solar systems to our physical body and actually store and distribute prana (life force) for our growth and development as a human and spiritual being. The chakra system is not just about interfacing with our spiritual nature. It provides energy to achieve things in life and assimilate our experience to make meaning that helps to direct our focus and goals in life. For example, my ability to heal my hypo-thyroid condition or disintegrate a breast cyst came as a result of listening to the symptoms my body was giving me physically and tuning into the chakras and working to clear imbalances through Kundalini Yoga practices specific to these chakras and physical areas.
LCO: Tell us about your upcoming fifth chakra workshop at MoveStudio. What does clairparlance mean to you?
MM: Clairparlance is the ability to speak truth in the moment, something like channeling Source. It feels like being a court reporter only for Source. I literally feel the flow of communication through my crown chakra. It involves translating through words, without thinking about what you are going to say. When you study something enough to know it, incorporate it, then let go of managing information, you can open as a channel for the flow of the universe.
In the workshop, we will do a practice to help you clear your throat chakra and develop the capacity for Clairparlance. The gift of Clairparlance comes through practicing speaking the truth and not hiding who you are to please others or remain safe in mediocrity.
LCO: How will students benefit from this workshop?
MM: Through the physical practice of Kundalini yoga, they can heal their bodies and develop or increase their intuitive connection to their higher spiritual nature and Source. The throat chakra practice, in particular, clears the thyroid and parathyroid glands of negative energy that collects through our inability to speak up for ourselves or tell the truth. Part of our growth as a human involves increasing our self-esteem as we take risks to be more authentically who we are, without filtering ourselves due to fear.
LCO: How do you stay moving, even when/if you are not in the mood?
By watching for life balance. Things like my diet, the amount of work vs. play, managing my emotions through self-expression and speaking up when things are not working, and addressing challenges, with an eye for balance. And understanding the relationship between doing yoga and feeling so much better afterward, even when I don’t feel physically well when I wake up. My work as a therapist requires me to be present with others. Yoga helps me to be present with the fullness of my being, all of me.
LCO: Tell us about you- a snapshot of your life, who you are, what you love, and what you are about.
MM: I am on a pathless path of self-discovery which includes all of my being, not just the personality, although that is part and not to be denigrated. In my search, Yoga, and particularly Kundalini Yoga, is an important tool for exploring my spiritual bodies and for facilitating a relationship with Source. I love my life, I help people connect with more than the personality level and I help free them from the burdens that clog up their spiritual and physical bodies my through work with the chakras.
I believe part of my gift is to be a bridge to Source. I have always loved nature, I felt from a very early age that trees were my spiritual friends. I would lie in the woods and merge into their energy fields. I did not know at the time that was what I was doing, it just came naturally, an affinity with the subtle level of creation. I guess God put me here to be a translator for the Subtle levels of Reality!
I have a wonderful partner in life, a beautiful son and a step-daughter soon to make me a grandmother. I have a spiritual community in Austin at the Church of Conscious Harmony and a private practice as a therapist. Life is indeed very good!
It’s not too late to grab your spot in Melanie’s Fifth Chakra Kundalini Yoga Workshop: Clairparlance, at MoveStudio tomorrow, Saturday 5/12. Learn more here.
June 2 workshop with Melanie…
6th Chakra, Open Your Intuition
Clairvoyance: Learn to See with Your Third Eye
Learn more about Melanie here.