November 14, 2011

Ajna Chakra (Third Eye)

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Ahh…the powerful Ajna chakra is our focus this week. This is located in the space between the eyes, and this energy center controls our sight, smell, intuition, perception and some hearing. We often use the phrase “I see” to also mean “I understand”, and with a well-balanced Ajna chakra, we are able to see even beyond what the eyes take in. A strong intuition, imagination and clear perception of reality is focused here.

Physically, any imbalance with this energy center, may manifest as poor eye-sight, sinus issues, problems with the inner ear, mental disorders, and nervous system ailments. Eye asanas, and mindfulness practices can help to balance energy here in the body.

In classes this week, we will be practicing eye asanas, and a mandala-style physical practice to challenge our perception. So, come join the fun!

November 7, 2011

Vishuddha Chakra (Throat, Purification)

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This week’s practice brings us to our throat energy center. This is where our sense of expression, and listening is centered. We can bring balance to our bodies energy at the throat by maintaining awareness of the breath at the throat area at each moment throughout the day.

With a well-balanced throat chakra, we allow truthfulness to guide us in both speech and action, and have awareness of our self-expression in all ways. We can speak, and we can really listen. Balance is the key. As so lovely stated by Shirdi Sai Baba: “Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?”

The repetition of mantras is helpful in guiding balance to the throat chakra, as well as surrounding yourself in the bright color of blue. We are filling our classes this week with deep breathing techniques, creating awareness of all of the muscles in the throat, the jaw, neck, and mouth. Allow your voice to be felt and heard!

November 1, 2011

Anahata Chakra (Unstruck Heart)

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The heart chakra is at the center of the main chakras, and is the balancing point for the system. This energy center governs our interactions, as we either reach out to hold, or ward off the world around us. It is here that our sense of compassion, empathy, love and inner peace is balanced.

With the element of air, the heart chakra strives to bring balance between external stimuli and internal emotions. Through focus on this area, we have awareness of our ability to give and receive love, to accept ourselves as we are, as well as to accept others and all sorts of situations. Within this acceptance, we understand that everyone has their unique direction in life and embrace their uniqueness without judgment, but rather with loving kindness.

Join us this week, as we practice balancing the Anahata chakra through loving-kindness meditations, heart opening asanas and back bends. They are oh so delicious for the body, acting as natural mood-lifters!