Over the next few months, I’ll be working on the theme of the Chakras in the yoga classes I teach on Cortes Island. So I thought I would share some information on where your Chakras are in your body, why we care about them, and just some general thoughts on the subject. Each week I’ll dig deeper into each one!
Chakras are energy centres that run the length of the spinal cord in our body. They play a role in our spiritual, emotional, and physical health. The word Chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “circle”. There are 7 main Chakras that are recognized in common practice, two of which are aligned vertically and five others which open horizontally (on both our front and our back even though we tend to focus more on the front openings). Together they form a channel – kind of like a flute with each Chakra like a note on the scale. And this is not far from the truth since each Chakra has its own colour, note, vowel sound and symbol. They also each correspond to an organ, system, and gland in our body.
The first Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is aligned with the earth. And as you can see on the image, the other Chakras move up the spine to the crown of the head, which is aligned with the cosmos and our Higher Self. Keep in mind, these are the main ones only and there is said to be more, both in our physical and ethereal bodies! In Yoga philosophy, it is believed that each Chakra needs to be open and aligned for the energy – or Prana – to flow harmoniously through the body. When they are aligned we feel that we are vibrating optimally, which makes us energetic and connected to our body, mind, and soul and everything around us. The first Chakra I will deepen in my practice is the Anahata (Heart) Chakra which is where we centre ourselves for love, compassion, and harmony!
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This month at Om Studio I will be centering my practice around the theme of the Heart Chakra, which feels appropriate since this is a time of year when many people think about their relationships with loved ones. Now I’m not much for hallmark celebrations, which sometimes feel forced on us, and I also think that we can share our heart all year round… but I do believe in love, compassion, gratitude and harmony!
The Heart Chakra is associated with the body parts and organs that include the heart, the circulatory system, the lungs and the immune system. Since February is the coldest month of the year so far in Canada these all seem very appropriate to work on at this time of year. The energetic association with the Heart Chakra includes love, compassion, giving, gratitude, joy, and relationships.
When this Chakra is balanced, we can feel love and compassion for ourselves and for others. It becomes easier for us to receive love and we are also more generous and our relationships flourish. We also feel in harmony with our body, mind, and soul. The colour associated with this Chakra is green (and also sometimes pink), which as an artist I find very interesting since in colour theory, the colour green represents harmony… wink wink!
Please join me on the mat at Om Studio, Monday to Friday. Doors open at 8:45 am class starts a 9 am for an hour of Karma Vinyasa Flow.
Artwork: Tree Mandala © Paloma Vita 2015 – palomavita-art.com
Karma Vinyasa Flow
Suitable for yogis with some experience with asanas who would like to continue to learn, challenge themselves, and build confidence in their practice. I offer a balanced practice of movement and flow with all the relaxing aspects inherent in yoga. I invite you to join me for a daily class, or as your schedule allows.
February 1st – March 1st
Monday to Friday
9:00 to 10:00 am
at Om Studio @ Manson’s Hall
Cortes Island B.C. Canada
Doors open at 8:45 am so we can start on the hour. Come find your spot and see you on the mat! Please use the back entrance at the top of the stairs.
Modifications, assistances and props all come with, and are very valuable to, your Yoga practice. Each of us are individuals with our unique life experience, and over time, we each developed our own issues but there is no reason to let these obstacles stand in the way of our growth!!!
Side Plank – Vasisthasana
Not my easiest pose as I have my own issues – I am going on 49 this year and have had my share of car accidents, and snowboard and bike wipe-outs, I also inherited degenerative disc disease and carpal tunnel syndrome from years of hairdressing. I have learned that it’s my body, my practice, and my asana! And with a few modifications, I can now hold Vasisthasana using my breath to focus, gazing down instead of up and adjusting my arm to take the pressure off my wrist. The key is to use what we have instead of putting the pressure of being perfect is what makes your practice your own, which makes it more rewarding and represents actual self-care!!!!🧘🏻♀️
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