"Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it." - Vincent Van Gogh
Ah the Chakras.
Such magical power centers, and the space from which we create our existence.
Have you heard of the chakras?
It is commonly recognized that there are 7 main chakras, while Kundalini Yoga recognizes an eighth.
They start with the first chakra just below the base of the spine, and run up the physical body to end just above the crown of the head with the seventh chakra. The eighth comprises all of the first seven and creates your aura.
They cannot be seen with the eye, nor do they live directly on your spine. They live in the realm of subtle energy. BUT, they do tend to line up with nerve ganglia that you CAN see.
I wont go into the deepest of details, but the first chakra, Muladhara, corresponds to all things foundational of your being. Your right to exist, your physical space, your physical safety.
The second, Svadhisthana, the one that we work with the most in today's class, resides in your lower abdomen and pelvic region, and corresponds to emotions, creativity, feeling, and sexuality. It's your right to feel.
Third, we have Manipura, which resides in the solar plexus. This is your power center. Your will power, core values, self-esteem, ego identity. This is your right to act.
Fourth, the heart, Anahata. This chakra lives, unsurprisingly, in the heart center and controls everything having to do with love. Not just romantic love, but platonic, familial, self, etc. All relationships stem from here. This is your right to love and be loved. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be love in return." Now tell me what movie that's from!
Fifth, Vissudha, the throat chakra. Expression dwells here. Your voice. But also the expression of your creative ideas. This is your right to speak and be heard. So if you notice you have a small voice, or lots of throat issues, it might be worth looking into where you feel you're not being heard in your life.
Sixth, the third eye, Ajna, pronounced Ahg-nya. This is the space above and between the eyebrows, and is the seat of intuition. Knowing that you know. It's also where your imagination comes from. This is your right to see.
And finally, the Seventh, Sahasrara, which I always struggle to pronounce. Your crown chakra, located just above the crown of your head. This is where you connect with source, whatever that means to you. Wisdom, knowledge, and spiritual connection. Your right to know.
The beautiful thing about these energies is that they don't have to be tied to any sort of religion or belief system. They exist. By whatever name you call them. That understanding is a powerful thing.
Finally Finally for real, as noted in Kundalini Yoga and according to Yogi Bhajan: “The Eighth Chakra is located in the aura. the magnetic field generated by a human being that surrounds him or her up to nine feet in every direction. The quality of the aura reveals the personality in the projection of power or the depression of defeat.”
Ok, I know that was a lot. I love everything having to do with the chakras, and always love learning more. And I thought it beneficial to at least share these basics, before we move on to the class!
Which is mostly about the second chakra, Svadhisthana, but also includes the lower triangle, which is the bottom three chakras.
You can't really work with one without affecting the others.
So, without further ado! Let's get into the class!
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