Vishuddha Throat Chakra

Throat Chakra - Center of Expression

The Throat Chakra

The first of the three more spiritual or 'Higher Self' chakras is the Throat Chakra. Like the physical nature of the throat, the Throat Chakra deals with communication and expression of ideas, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It is our center of expression in terms of vocalizing truths. Generally, this chakra begins to develop later in life, as one becomes more comfortable expressing their ideas, opinions, and thoughts to others.

In Sanskrit, the Throat Chakra is referred to as the vishuddha chakra. The chakra relates to the thyroid glad, upper lungs, and the respiratory system. While it primarily deals with our ability to communicate, it also is considered to be linked directly to our dream state. Tibetan Hinduism uses this chakra to access the dream state, and further develop the faculty of lucid dreaming. Beyond this, the chakra is also involved in physical and emotional nourishment (think of swallowing food).

Symptoms of an Unbalanced Throat Chakra

  • Habitual lying
  • Difficulty communicating or feeling of insecurity when expressing oneself
  • Nervousness
  • Sore throat, congestion, nasal problems
  • Voice loss
  • Thyroid problems
  • Jaw pain

Element, Color and Sense Associated with Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra is associated with the element of Akasha, or pure ether. All sound produces Akasha, and sometimes the Throat Chakra is stated as being associated with the element of "sound" because of this. Reflecting on the above, consider the connection between vocalizing truths, opinions, and creativity and the phenomenon of sound. The throat uses physical structures to produce sounds and words, which form the basis for our communication.

The Throat Chakra is also associated with the color blue. Because the Throat Chakra deals with open communication and clarity, one way to conceptualize its relation to blue is the instance of clear skies – open and bright blue. Blue is related to devotion, health, infinity, and calm.

As with Akasha, the sense most often associated with this chakra is associated with the sense of hearing. More specifically, however, this chakra is associated with the more intangible sense of honor and integrity. It's concerned with not only the vocalizations of our thoughts and feelings, but also with the honesty and frankness behind these vocalizations.

Tips for Balancing the Throat Chakra

  • Surround yourself with the color blue, like being under a blue sky
  • Practice throat and vocal exercises – try being loud!
  • Focus on asanas that work on the upper body (shoulders, upper back)
  • Meditate and still your mind, and focus on listening to your inner thoughts
  • Acknowledge and record your opinions openly
  • Practice the mantra Ham

In the next section, we'll continue to move up the body to the Third Eye Chakra and finally to the Crown Chakra.

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Anahata Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra - Connection and Love

The Heart Chakra

The fourth of the seven major chakras is the Heart Chakra, which serves as a center of emotional and physical well-being and love. This chakra is a powerful force of connection, flowing energy in both directions and unifying body, mind, spirit and matter. This area manifests both our human self and our True self. It is the core of our being, and the source of our feelings of love and virtuous emotions.
The first three chakras deal primarily with physical connections to the world. They're often considered the chakras of matter – they link us to some of the most fundamental energies of the universe, from survival to love to self-confidence. The latter three chakras begin to deal with more spiritual, intangible elements of life. Between these groups, though, there is a transition chakra: the Heart Chakra.
The Heart Chakra is called the Anahata chakra in Sanskrit.  It encompasses the heart and lungs, and the chakra itself exists within the chest, just above the heart. This chakras deals primarily with pulsating vital energy out of the body, affecting empathy and dispelling callousness and anger. Rather than requiring energy to be put into it, the Heart Chakra provides a presence of empathetic energy – a energy that proactively connects us to others.

Symptoms of an Unbalanced Heart Chakra

  • Apathy and faithlessness
  • Distrust and difficulty to commit
  • Asthma or breathing problems
  • Upper back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Premature aging

Element, Color and Sense Associated with Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra deals most with the element of air. Like air, the Heart Chakra deals with a free flowing (or congested) emittance of energy within the body and other chakras. Air is associated with openness and free flowing energy. It is an element that deals a sense of expansion, freedom, and breath. On the one side, when our Heart Chakra is in balance, our love is able to flow smoothly and openly. On the other, when constricted, energy is suffocated, like that of breath, and growth is stymied.

The Heart Chakra is most often associated with the color green (though some practices associate the left side of with heart with red, the right side of the heart with green, and the center as pure white). Green is a color of harmony, growth, abundance and nature. Green works to revitalize the nerves, offering new energy outward to renew and fresh the sense of vitality.

Because of its association with connection, the Heart Chakra is often associated with our sense of touch. Touch through the skin is a fundamental connecting experience for people – it is through touch that people are healed and that compassion and love are communicated (consider hugging, kisses, or holding hands). It is through touch that our internal energy can be vibrationally communicated.

Tips for Balancing the Heart Chakra

  • Engage with the element of air – listen to it or allow yourself to be overcome by a breeze
  • Surround yourself with the color green
  • Practice and reflect on empathy and your caring for others
  • Practice the mantra Yam
  • Practice yoga poses that open the chest
  • Indulge in touch: get a massage, give someone a hug, or make a connection to someone

As you begin to work through balancing your Heart Chakra, you're able to move your way up to the next chakras. Follow with us in the following three parts of our series to learn more about these chakras, and how to continue your journey of balancing and connecting these pools of energy.

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Manipura Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra - Personal Power Unleashed

The Solar Plexus Chakra

The third of the seven major chakras is the Solar Plexus Chakra. As we've moved up the body from the foundation of our pranic flow, we begin to see more "complex" levels of energy in this chakra. In of the chakra being composed of more basic energies of survival and pleasure, but Solar Plexus Chakra begins to deal with the energy of fulfillment and sense of awareness and control. It relates to one's personal power and your inner authority.

This chakra is called Manipura in Sanskrit, and it's position is just above the Sacral Chakra, about two inches above the navel at the diaphragm of the body. Here, this chakra connects us to discipline, desire and gut instincts. It affects the sense of power and comfort one has with their surroundings, and when it is out of balance, the chakra can affect our sense of certainty.

Here are some symptoms of an unbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra:

Symptoms of an Unbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra

  • Weak concentration
  • Poor memory
  • Uncentered, uneasy feeling
  • Food allergies
  • Skin conditions (acne, eczema)
  • Indigestion

Element, Color and Sense Associated with Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra is most associated to the element of fire. Consider the idiom of having "fire in your eyes." Beyond temper (somewhat unrelated), this is an example of one's sense of personal power. It's a feeling drive and a sense of purpose and control. Usually, when one has fire in their eyes, there's little that they'll allow to get in their way. This relation to fire deals with one's presence within themselves.

Because of its hot, changing nature, the Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the color yellow. The color represents vibrance, youthful, optimism and energy. At the same time, like a hot yellow sun, the color represents knowledge and wisdom. It's connected to introspection, intellect and guided autonomy.

Due to its deep connection to wisdom and knowledge, it corresponds greatly to our sense of sight and the action of movement. It  is "the center of etheric-psychic intuition," which is a type of knowing based on a specific sight we carry with ourselves.

Tips for Balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra

  • Bask in sunlight
  • Start a bonfire (safely) and sit around it with friends
  • Talk a walk in the sun
  • Practice mantra Ram
  • Meditate and practice metacognition (think about how you think)

In the following section, we'll begin the transition from the physical based chakra to the spiritual based chakras. Here, we'll start by exploring the Heart Chakra, the passageway between these two zones of energy.

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Chakras Overview

The Chakras: An Introduction and Overview

Among some of the most fundamental questions we ask ourselves is "What am I?" and "How do I exist?" These questions force us to consider mass, energy, and existence as a whole. What strings tie our universe – and us – together?

In Hindu and Yogic traditions, chakras, nadi, and prana play important roles in answering this question. These deal precisely the energy that exists within and outside us, and they form the neural system that bonds our health and wellbeing to the universe.

What are Chakras

Chakras are centers of energy that exist within our bodies. In total, there are 114 chakras that operate in the body. Each manifests itself in the subtle body, a part of our being that exists beyond the physical structure of our cells and body parts. These vortexes of energy connect us to the non-physical energy of the universe, and are connected in our bodies through pathways or channels calls Nadi.

Through these channels, prana –the life energy of the universe – flows.

Imagine a long stream which, at different parts, contains pools of water. The stream starts at the top, and on several different levels, the water runs down, creates a pool, then run off down to the next pool, and so on and so forth.

Just as this stream may be blocked at certain parts, making pools overflow or become moldy and diseased, so can our chakras. When the stream is blocked, the flow of water is disrupted in all following pools. Like chakras, these pools are linked, and when one chakras becomes unbalanced, physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences occur.

The Chakras from the Beginning

Generally, there are seven chakras that are most important to Ayurveda: the Root Chakra, the Sacral Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, the Heart Chakra, the Throat Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra, and the Crown Chakra.

In the following articles, we'll explore each of these chakras, what they mean, and how to balance them. It's important to understand that of the seven main chakras, three are physical and three are spiritual/metaphysical, with the fourth – the Heart Chakra – serving as a plane of connection between the two. Generally, it's advised to start from the ground up when balancing one's chakras, beginning with the the Root Chakra.

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Muladhara-Root-Chakra

Root Chakra - Understanding and Unblocking

The Root Chakra

Chakras exist within us as streams of energy. They dictate emotion, feelings of fear and adequacy, insight, love, and all complex and simple emotions, thoughts, and tendencies. The Root Chakra is our first chakra and deals precisely with stability, our sense of center, and our feeling of comfort. This is our grounding chakras, linking us directly with the physical world that our bodies exist within.

In Sanskirt, the Root Chakra is called Muladhara. It physical operates (imagine a vortex or wheel of energy) at the base of the tailbone, in the place of the first three vertebrae, the bladder and colon. It's consideration the foundation of being – the seat of our energy and the beginning of our pranic flow.

Here are some symptoms of a blocked or unbalanced root chakra:

Symptoms of Unbalanced Root Chakra

  • Loneliness and insecurity
  • Lack of confidence
  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Digestive/excretion problems (excessive constipation)
  • Lower back pain
  • Impotence

Element, Color and Senses Related to the Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is most related to the element of earth – a literal and figurative association with grounding. It's from this "basic" chakra that we derive our survival center. The feelings of fight or flight, courage, and resourcefulness all find home in the chakra. In the same way the ground is the foundation of the earth, this chakra is the foundation of our being.

The Root Chakra is often associated with the color red (usually with a yellow square center). Red symbolizes life, vitality, endurance, and appetite – the very drivers of our survival and existence as beings within the universe.

The Root Chakra is also associated with the sense of smell. Because of this, it's often encouraged to focus on this sense when balancing the chakras, by cleansing your space, refreshing the aroma, and utilizing aromatherapy to clear your mind and spirit.

"By meditating thus on Her who shines within the Muladhara Chakra, with the luster of ten million Suns, a man becomes Lord of speech and King among men, and an Adept in all kinds of learning. He becomes ever free from all diseases, and his inmost Spirit becomes full of great gladness. Pure of disposition by his deep and musical words, he serves the foremost of the Devas." - Purnananda Sawma

Tips for Balancing the Root Chakra

  • Use aromatherapy to cleanse your space. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are a few good examples.
  • Focus on yoga asanas (poses) that focus on grounding your body
  • Take a walk in nature
  • Meditate while sitting on the ground
  • Practice the mantra Lam

Next up, we'll cover the second chakra or Sacral Chakra.

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Svadhisthana-Sacral-Chakra

Sacral Chakra - Connection and Sexual Health

The Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra is the second of the seven major chakras. Located just above the Root Chakra, the Sacral Chakra deals primarily with our ability of acceptance, connection, creativity, and sexual health. It deals with our sense of enjoyment and pleasure. This chakra continues the physical link of the Root Chakra, and is one of the three physical, matter-based chakras in the body.

In Sanskirt, the Sacral Chakra is called svadhisthana. It is located in the lower abdomen, just below the navel. This position connects it our sense of abundance and well-being. It can greatly affect the physical energy of the body, and when it falls out of balance, one can feel lethargic, tired and mundane. This chakra is often called the "Seat of our Emotion."

Here are some symptoms of an unbalanced Sacral Chakra:

Symptoms of Unbalanced Sacral Chakra

  • Low libido
  • Addiction, dependency issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Kidney problems
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Intestinal, gall bladder, and spleen health issues

Element, Color and Sense Associated with Sacral Chakra

This chakra primarily deals in the fluid, changing nature of the water element. Like water, it reflects an every changing, malleable energy. This is also represented in its connection to mood, which inevitably varies at times for all people. Though this chakra is connected deeply to the root chakra, this difference in element can greatly affect how you balance your chakra.

The Sacral Chakra is associated with the color orange. Orange reflects a feeling of openness and changing (consider the changing tones of color in the fall – almost all pass through orange). Orange energy is also very sensual, and is able to transform mundane energy into more powerful, bright energy.

This chakra is primarily connected to our sense of sexuality. Because reproduction is a fundamental process of life, identifying and understanding your sense of sensuality and pleasure helps grow you emotionally. The Sacral Chakra also finds connection with our sense of taste. Eating bright, colorful foods (like citruses) can inspire the feeling of the Sacral Chakra and provide a balancing affect if you feel the chakra is out of order.

Tips for Balancing the Sacral Chakra

  • Take a trip to a lake or river
  • Spend time near or in the water
  • Practice positive affirmations – "I love life" and "I know that I deserve goodness and joy" are two examples
  • Practice mantra Vam
  • Practice fluid, changing yoga poses
  • Hula hooping, spinning, and other motion driven exercises stimulate this chakra

In the following section, we'll look at the Third Chakra – the Solar Plexus Chakra.
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Prayer Flags

The History of Tibetan Prayer Flags

The Tibetan Empire, at its height, reached its influence as far south as Bengal and as far north as Mongolia. In the centuries that have passed, the country has been in and out of turmoil, with ever changing borders and conflicts around its autonomy persisting even today. Modernly, the geographical Tibet is part of the Peoples Republic of China, and the Tibetan government (in exile) operates from the mountainous region of Dharamsala, India.

Despite the centuries of changes and conflict, one defining tradition in Tibet has remained: it's dedication to spirituality. Largely influences by Buddhism, the people of Tibet still cherish and hold to their traditions, and people around the world still flock to the region for sources of spiritual wisdom, like that of the Dali Llamas.

When thinking of Tibet, there is one symbol that usually come first to mind:  the multi-colored Tibetan prayer flags. This nearly ubiquitous symbol in Tibetan culture is both beautiful and mysterious – you may even hang the flags now and wonder about the complete meaning behind them.

So what does these prayer flags stand for?

A Long History and Important Purpose

It has been recorded that the tradition behind the prayer flags originated some 2000 years ago, when the local people made flags to honor the nature gods of Bon, a distinct shamanistic religion, but with teachings, terminology and rituals that resembled Tibetan Buddhism. This was during a time of pre-Buddhist Tibet, and the practice was also recorded in China, Persia and India.

The purpose behind the prayer flags dealt primarily with what the region's spiritual leaders were most concerned with – the life of all beings. In fact, the Tibetan word for prayer flag is Dar Cho, which means "to increase life, fortune, health and wealth" (Dar) "of all sentient beings" (Cho). These prayer flags were messengers and mediums of this mission. They drew attention to the subject, they harmonized with the environment, and they were intended to increase the happiness and good fortune of all beings around them. These flags were displayed across mountain passes, on homes, and throughout locales, all with the intention of fulfilling this mission.

The Elements and Their Healing Power

The significance of the Dar Cho begins with their colors – blue, white, red, green and yellow – which directly related to the five elements.

They used blue for sky or space, white for air or clouds, red for fire, green for water, and yellow for earth, and in the same way the flags were balanced with these colors, the portrayal of the elements where meant to balance the world around them. One example was their use in healing ceremonies – when properly displayed around a patient, the elements represented by the colors help create an atmosphere of balance and tranquility, easing ailments and helping shamans treat disease.

The flags also were meant to appeal to the natural elemental gods that encompass the world. When provoked, these natural gods caused disasters, disease, famine, and turmoil. By flying the prayer flags, it was hoped that the elements would be balanced and please the elemental spirits. It was a form of offering meant to pacify nature and invoke the blessings of the gods.

The Spread of Mantras, Spiritual Information and Solidarity

The purpose of Dar Cho goes beyond healing and spiritual protection as well. Inscribed and printing on the flags were also sutras, and the flags were a way for people to spread the prayers of their religion and keep themselves focused on their own practice. For example, some flags were covered in specific mantras, or words that would be repeated over and over again as a form of meditation. By stringing the prayer flags around a home or spiritual spot of significance, practitioners would be reminded of their inward practice.

Modernly, many prayer flags are imprinted with a number of different things, from mantras to poems to intricate symbols, and beyond their spiritual significance, they're a great way to support the Tibetan people and their culture. These flags not only represent a part of their culture, but they represent a solidarity one shares with the people who have been exiled from their home and country


An Ode to Spring

3 Simple Ways to Conquer Spring

Spring is a transformational time of the year. The world awakens the the warmth of a new year, and slowly the dreariness of winter meets the warming, longing days of summer. It's also a transformational time for your body, mind, and spirit. It's in this time of renewal that your body reflect the energy of the world. You shed the weight (literal and figurative) of the long winter passed, and you prepare yourself for summer: a time of relaxation, warmth, and comfort. There's much to do this season.

Now in the month May, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the change. Perhaps you have yet to complete all your seasonal tasks, or feel behind in work – and summer is just around the corner. For a time of transformation, this is natural.

If you're feeling swamped, there are a number of traditions that help ease the transition. Let's look at 3 simple ways to welcome the Spring season, and how they work with our practice as yogis:

1. Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a near ubiquitous practice across the world. Though it's usually queued by the Spring equinox, now is still a good time to take a moment to step away from work, school, and commitments, and simply cleanse the area around you. It's encouraged you cleanse deeply. Spend the extra time cleaning the corners and crevasses of your space (including your yoga space). Compost old food, wipe down the inside of your refrigerator, take those extra items out of your living room, brush the cobwebs out of the garage, clean the restroom completely.

Remember that your spaces in life often carry their own aura about them. Spatially, these areas hold particular vibrations and energies, manifested by real things, like dirt, germs, dust, and clutter. By cleansing these elements, their energies are smoothed away, and openness and cleanliness are allowed to take root. This helps equally cleanse your mind, and will better enable you to think clearly during this time of transition.

2. A Spring Mantra

We've talked about mantras before, and how they work to center the mind on a particular thought. Mantras are tools that help us tune our mind and being to a particular idea and energy.

For Spring, consider what this transformation of energy means for you. You need to take root in the season and in the new soil of this year. In many ways, the root chakra is what you need to open and renew.

One powerful mantra to help focus on this idea is as follows:

Om Gam Ganapataye Namah

Here's a link to hear it in person.

This is one of the mantras of Lord Ganesh, remover of obstacles and the master of wisdom and knowledge. Practice this mantra if you feel like your sense of mind is blocking you from realizing the transition of this season. Focus on each part of the mantra and clear your mind of the thoughts, burdens, and demands you feel. Visualize your path forward not as a series of specific tasks but as a realization of the result in time.

3. A Spring Cleanse

Still groggy from your heavy eating and drinking over winter? This may be what's holding you back from transitioning the physical feeling of the new season. A great way to overcome this is with a spring cleanse.

It's not suggested you jump right into a heavy detox, but rather take incremental steps to cleanse the body by eating cleaner, more wholesome foods (less processed, no alcohol, no substances). You can also try reducing your intake of foods, in a diet-fast combines. In Ayurveda, the mono-diet fast is a simple one that combines the base level of food to help encourage complete processing and the cleansing of the gut. For five days, eat one cup of kitchari for each meal:

"To make kitchari, double rinse 1 cup each of basmati rice and yellow split mung dal (beans). Add the rice, dal, and a small handful of chopped cilantro leaves to 6 cups of water and bring to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then reduce the heat to low and cook partially covered for 25 to 30 minutes. Each kitchari garnished with freshly chopped cilantro and a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter) three times and day for five days to cleanse your body and mind."

Transform with Spring

After you've worked through each step, reflect on the new sense of being you carry with you. Focus on the specific timbre and harmony of body with the world around it – do you feel the sense of the season in your space, mind and body? If you're still feeling caught up or stymied by the transforming energies around you, try to identify the source and continue to work at retuning it. With time, you'll fully realize the transformation of the season.


How Nature Heals

Are you feeling tired? Stressed? Fatigued? Socially exhausted? It may be a matter of your environment, and that includes your home, office, car or that screen that captures your attention each day.

Nature deprivation is a condition caused by a lack of exposure and interaction with nature. Think hours of time spent in front of a TV, computer screen, or smartphone. These mediums are no doubt intoxicating in their nature, providing clever stimuli that capture our attention for long periods of time. This is exacerbated by isolated living conditions in urban environments.

In time, this can lead to depression, decreased immunity, higher risk of death*, a lack of empathy and a lack of altruism.

While the first three relate directly to your own health, the latter two provide a stark suggestion for how you interact with the world: a negative, selfish mentality that can deprive you of healthy relationships with those you care most about.

(*Seriously. A 2011 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology titled “Screen-based entertainment time, all-cause mortality, and cardiovascular events: Population-based study with ongoing mortality and hospital events follow-up” found that time in front of a screen was associated with a higher risk of death, independent of physical activity.)

Beating Nature Deprivation

The solution: spend more time in nature.

And this isn’t just a rationale that should be applied to justify that once-a-year camping trip or a one time jog through the neighborhood, but spending more time in nature (and pairing that with physical activity), has increasing shown a positive result in evidence-based studies.

Nature Deprivation

In the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology, several studies suggested that just a short time of exposure to nature on a daily basis was enough to significantly boost vitality, lower stress levels, and "energize" social interactions.

Why? Because humans have a natural connection to the natural world. People show a greater sense of connection with the natural world, and that translates into positive physiological effects, like increased energy, productivity, and resilience to physical illnesses.

And this isn’t just due to the physical activity that is often associated with being outdoors. In the Journal, studies included five different experiments with roughly 600 people involved, all around college level in age. Studies included real and imagined environments of nature, and while participants by and large saw positive effects from emersion in nature and nature like scenarios, one study directly saw an energizing effect by the actual presence of nature.

Richard Ryan, lead author and professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, went as far as to say “Nature is fuel for the soul.”

Spend At Least 20 minutes in Nature Each Day

The simplest way to benefit from nature is to simple enjoy it as much as possible. At a minimum, it’s suggested you spend at least 20 minutes in nature each day. This can easily be accomplished, and when you weigh the benefits, it’s easily justified. Increased productivity and clearer thinking can come directly from a walk, so don’t ever think of it as wasting time – you may actually be saving time in the long run by getting more quality work done faster!


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Take Root in Yourself

The month of June is well upon us. Spring season is taking charge of the atmosphere, warming us inside and out and bringing more light with each coming day. The rainy storms of April and May have saturated the land, giving it the much needed drink before the long warmth of summer. June is truly the manifestation of the new season: the blooming of color, life, and rebirth.

Take Root this June

Just as we've observed the transition of the season and how that has grown the life around us, observe the transition within yourself. Take root in your changes and in your growth. Reflect on how you've realized your potentials, and truly embraced yourself and your inner energies.

As the life outside begins to take root, take a moment to do so in yourself. Taking stock in yourself and owning your actings, behaviors, and words provides the insight and reflection needed to continue your path or make changes to push it in the direction that is right for you. Ask yourself how you've aligned with your goals. Take time to meditate on the direction in life you seek to pursue, not because you feel you should, but because you are naturally drawn to it. Find your inner center, and put down your roots.

Rooting Yourself as a Yogi (and How We'll Help)

Rooting yourself means connecting deeply to your Muladhara or Root Chakra. This is located at the base of your spring – it is the gateway to some of your deepest connections in life, including the connection to your body, the environment around you, and the Earth as a whole.

To ground yourself and balance this chakra, it's critical to employ both spiritual and physical means. Meditation serves as a connection to both a higher spiritual plane and as a connection to the Earth and world around you. Meditation requires a deep trust of your surroundings, as well as a trust in a higher power. This links you directly to your root chakra.

You can also employ asanas to help align and balance your root chakra. Some asanas Sukhasana (Easy Pose), and move into asanas such as Balasana (Child's Pose), Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior One), and Setu Bhandasana (Bridge Pose). Each pose help clear streams of energy connected to your root chakra and will help discipline your sense of grounding and rooted strength.

This June with Yogi Surprise

This month, we'll focus on grounding and rooting ourselves in the season. You'll discover inspirational goodies that help encourage a stable, strong center. You'll also find complements to your ongoing growth as a yogi and transition into a simpler, more humble being.

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