This is the Christmas Newsletter!
We have 7 weeks to Christmas
Our last class is 19th December returning on 9th January
Our Christmas gathering is on December 6th the last Bird Song gathering of the
year. Sandra will be teaching us how to wrap beautiful Christmas gifts with things found in nature and my garden.
Let me know your coming along.
There will be a cheese and fruit platter to share and Herbal teas 9.30 – 11.30 am
7 weeks is perfect because it gives us the opportunity to spend a week focusing on each of the 7 chakra.
What are the chakra and how are they connected to yoga?
Described as wheels of light, they are the interconnection
of body, mind and spirit.
The science of Yoga & Ayurveda – the science of life begins with teaching us how to understand our health patterns through the elements of EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR & SPACE. That’s the first 5 chakra. Earth
is Base Chakra. Water is Sacral Chakra. Fire is Solar plexus Chakra. Air is the Heart Chakra and Space is the Throat Chakra
The last 2 chakra we focus less on the physical body and focus more on the mind and spirit.
More meditation and less yoga
Third Eye Chakra & Crown Chakra – Wisdom and light,
The chakra are described as radiant points of power which also affect our physical bodies as well as mind and spirit.
YOGA ASANA KEEP YOU AWARE OF YOUR
BODY AND GROUNDED.
The asana correspond to the different elements and chakra.
The earth element and base chakra is the first chakra we focus on, the asana strengthen the feet and up into the lower back while the meditations strengthen your mind.
Our first week begins with the first Chakra (Earth) and when we move up to the higher chakra we still practice yoga asana and breathing to keep us balanced.
Five minutes of sitting in silence is highly beneficial, but an hour of sitting in silence
may drive you crazy! Unless you have spent time strengthening your spine and strengthening and calming your mind. Silence is the 5th Chakra (space) and there is a lot of preparation and practice before you can sit silently and find calm and peace for an hour....5
to 10 minutes is all we would ever pactice in class.
Most of us never open our chakra and may never want too, it takes intense sustained spiritual practice. But we can still use the system to create health and well-being.
do you know which yoga postures to practice for each chakra?
There are many books with this information in. But the names of the postures help you.
Nothing is more stable and strong and connected to the Earth than “The Mountain” asana
The tree is another Earth posture – challenging your balance and stability on one leg.
It’s very common-sense.
We begin with a focus on your breath, your feet and legs, your hips and lower spine. This is the Base Chakra and each
week we gradually move up the body and spine.
Each chakra has wonderful inspiring teachings, their own hand gestures known as Mudra, their own colour, their own wisdom teachings, their own yantra, musical notes, breathing exercises, crystals, marma
or massage points.
It sounds complex but it is very simple once you understand the energy. If you are wanting to practice a class for the solar plexus chakra knowing the energy is fire, what could be more obvious than a gentle sun salutation and
a candle meditation?
IF THIS SOUNDS “AIRY FAIRY” IT IS NOT. ONCE UNDERSTOOD, IT IS COMMON SENSE.
You can easily pinpoint a physical symptom to a chakra imbalance. Lower back issues is the area of the base chakra the asana strengthen
your lower back and the meditations help you relax your body.
Feeling teary and emotional. The water element. The yoga is beautiful, flowing routines, try the moon flow. And the teachings for this chakra remind you to learn to forgive and encourage
you to add more joy to your life by doing more simple things that make you happy.
If you have had/have a chest problem or even recovered from breast cancer, you know that’s the area of your heart and heart chakra. The yoga asana are flowing and
work through your chest and arms improving lymphatic drainage and the teachings encourage you to love and look after your body.
Health will always change but you know the code, the corresponding area, the chakras and can change your yoga
and meditation practice accordingly.
As you become more balanced, healthier in body and mind you experience life differently.
Over time yoga will become a spiritual practice.
Gradually life itself will become a spiritual practice.
I try to share this with you in class.
Wishing you peace