Introduction to Crown Chakra Sahasrara

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for circular wheels of energy, which are in and around our bodies. The 7 chakras line up in the center of our bodies. Chakras 8 through 12 are connected to the soul, the divine and the cosmos (www.energymuse.com).  The Crown Chakra is the 7th chakra.

Crown Chakra

 

Sanskrit name: Sahasrara

Association:  higher state of consciousness, deeper peace about life, transcend the ego

Imbalances: confusion, unfocused, inability to function practically

Symbol: one thousand petal lotus

Color: Violet

Element: thought

Location: top of head

Healing Stones to balance, heal and cleanse the crown chakra: amethyst, charoite, quartz, howlite, lepidolite, selenite

Essential Oils to support the 7th chakra: lavender, rosewood, frankincense, galbanum, gurjum, sandalwood, spikenard, rose, cedarwood, jasmine, myrrh, neroli, helichrysum

Organs connected to 7th chakra: pineal gland, nervous system, pituitary gland

Strengthening the 7th chakra:   corpse pose (Shavasana), Tree Pose (Vriksasana), head stand (Sirasana), Half Lotus pose

Allie Van Fossen: 7th Chakra practice

Yoga with Adriene: Yoga for Concentration and Mental Focus

Introduction to Third Eye Chakra Ajna

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for circular wheels of energy, which are in and around our bodies. The 7 chakras line up in the center of our bodies. Chakras 8 through 12 are connected to the soul, the divine and the cosmos (www.energymuse.com).  The 6th chakra is the third eye chakra.

Third Eye Chakra

Sanskrit name: Ajna

Association:  intuition, foresight

Imbalances: headaches, dizziness, depression, addictive behavior, eye problems

Symbol: Om inside an inverted triangle within a circle with 2 lotus petals

Color: indigo

Element: light

 

Location: forehead, between eye brows

Healing Stones to balance, heal and cleanse the third eye chakra: agate, kyanite, cordierite, labradorite, lapis lazuli, larimar

Essential Oils to support 3rd eye chakra: vetiver, rosemary, angelic root, frankincense, cypress, sandalwood, bay laurel, patchouli, clary sage, marjoram, helichrysum, juniper

Organs connected to 3rd eye chakra: eyes, cerebrum, pineal gland, ear, nervous system

Strengthening 3rd eye chakra:   Child’s Pose (Balasana), Head to Knee Pose (Janu Sirsasana), Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana)

Yoga with Adriene: Yoga for Concentration and Mental Focus

Allie Von Fossen: 3rd Eye Chakra flow

 

Introduction to Throat Chakra Vishuddha

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for circular wheels of energy, which are in and around our bodies. The 7 chakras line up in the center of our bodies; the throat chakra Vishuddha is the 5th chakra.   Chakras 8 through 12 are connected to the soul, the divine and the cosmos (www.energymuse.com).

Throat Chakra

Sanskrit name: Vishuddha

Association:  communication, self-expression of feelings, truth

Imbalances: lack of control of speaking, not being able to listening to others, fear of speaking, quiet voice, telling lies or not keeping secrets,

Symbol: a lotus with 16 petals with an inverted triangle in the center

Color: blue

Element: ether

Location: throat

Healing Stones to balance, heal and cleanse the throat chakra: amazonite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, aquamarine

Essential Oils to support this chakra: sandalwood, jasmine, neroli, ylang ylang, rose, frankincense

Organs connected to this chakra: thyroid, respiratory system, teeth, vocal chords

Strengthening throat chakra:   baby cobra pose (Bhujangasana), supported fish pose (Matsysasana), shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana), Legs Up Wall Pose (Viparita Kirani)

Yoga with Adriene Truth Practice

Allie Van Fossen: The Journey Junkie Vishuddha yoga flow

 

Introduction to Heart Chakra Anahata

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for circular wheels of energy, which are in and around our bodies. The 7 chakras line up in the center of our bodies. Chakras 8 through 12 are connected to the soul, the divine and the cosmos (www.energymuse.com).   This post is about the Heart Chakra Anahata

Heart chakra

Sanskrit name: Anahata

Association:  deep bonds with others, sense of caring and compassion, feelings of self-love, generosity, kindness, respect

Imbalances: painful or negative emotions, diseases of the heart, inability to give or receive love

Symbol: lotus with 12 petals with a six pointed star in the middle

Color: green

Element: air

 

Location: chest

Healing Stones to balance, heal and cleanse the heart chakra: rose quartz, jade, green calcite, green tourmaline, green aventurine

Essential Oils to support heart chakra: lavender, rosemary, frankincense, ylang ylang, sandalwood, hyssop, rose, marjoram, jasmine, Melissa, neroli, chamomile

Organs connected to heart chakra: thymus, heart

Strengthening heart chakra:   practicing self-love and self-respect; gratitude journal; random acts of kindness; yoga poses: Cobra (Bhujangasana), Cow Face (Gomukhasana), Eagle (Garudasana), Camel (Ustrasana), Fish (Matsyasana), Cat (Marjaryasana), Upward-facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

Yoga with Adriene Heart Practice

Allie Van Fossen: The Journey Junkie Anahata yoga flow

 

 

Introduction to Solar Plexus Chakra Manipura

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for circular wheels of energy, which are in and around our bodies. The 7 chakras line up in the center of our bodies. Chakras 8 through 12 are connected to the soul, the divine and the cosmos (www.energymuse.com).   The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra Manipura.

Solar Plexus Chakra manipura

Sanskrit name: Manipura

Association: human consciousness, seat of words, center of friendship and personal power, “gut feelings”

Imbalances: low self-worth, inability to set or keep boundaries, being co-dependent, lack of self-control, depression, anxiety, addiction

Symbol: lotus with 10 petals to represent 10 pranas; inverted triangle in middle to represent awakening and unfolding

Color: yellow

Element: Fire

Location: between navel and solar plexus

Healing Stones to balance, heal and cleanse the solar plexus chakra: amber, citrine, lemon quartz, yellow jasper, yellow tourmaline, Tiger’s eye

Essential Oils to support solar plexus chakra: rosewood, rosemary, frankincense, sandalwood, rose, myrrh, chamomile

Organs connected to solar plexus chakra: stomach, liver, pancreas, digestive system, adrenal gland, large intestine

Strengthening solar plexus chakra:   Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I pose), Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II pose); eat bananas, sunflower seeds, yellow peppers and cheese; go outside in the sunshine

Here are yoga videos from 2 of my favorite yogis:

Solar Plexus Yoga: Allie Van Fossen

Third Chakra Yoga: Yoga with Adriene

Introduction to Sacral Chakra Svadhisthana

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for circular wheels of energy, which are in and around our bodies. The 7 chakras line up in the center of our bodies. Chakras 8 through 12 are connected to the soul, the divine and the cosmos (www.energymuse.com).

Sacral Chakra svadhisthana

Sanskrit name: Svadhisthana = one’s own abode

Association: connection to and acceptance of others and new experiences; sexuality; creativity

Imbalances: chronic low back pain, reproductive issues, UTIs, addiction, lack of creative energy

Symbol: a lotus with 6 petals and a white crescent moon in the middle

Color: orange

Element: water

Location: pelvic area

Healing Stones to balance, heal and cleanse the sacral chakra: orange carnelian, citrine, amber

Essential Oils to support sacral chakra: ylang ylang, sandalwood, clary sage, rose, jasmine

 

Organs connected to sacral chakra: ovaries, testes, womb, kidneys, urinary tract, skin, spleen, gallbladder

Strengthening sacral chakra:   yoga poses: wide-angle seated forward bend (Upavistha Konasana), One-Legged King Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana), Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana), Full Boat (Paripurna Navasana), Chair (Utkatasana) (www.chakras.info); relaxing near bodies of water, wading in water and showers/baths, drinking water; eat oranges, melons, coconuts and cinnamon

Allie Van Fossen: The Journey Junkie sacral chakra yoga flow

Introduction to the Root Chakra Muladhara

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for circular wheels of energy, which are in and around our bodies. The 7 chakras line up in the center of our bodies. Chakras 8 through 12 are connected to the soul, the divine and the cosmos (www.energymuse.com).  I am starting with the root chakra muladhara and will then do a post for each of the chakras.

Root/Base/First Chakra

Sanskrit name: Muladhara

Association: physical and spiritual energy, grounding, safety & security, family loyalty, foundation

Imbalances: lack of energy, eating disorders, insecurity, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, lack of sex drive, foot and/or leg pain

Symbol: lotus with 4 petals; triangle in the center pointing down signifying grounding to the earth

Color: red

Element: Earth

Location: base of the spine near coccyx

Healing Stones to balance, heal and cleanse the root chakra (place on chakra area while meditating): garnet, red jasper, red calcite, smoky quartz, obsidian, hematite

Essential Oils to support root chakra: rosewood, rosemary, sandalwood, cedar, clove, ginger

Organs connected to root chakra: vertebral column, feet, blood, legs, teeth, skeleton

Strengthening Root Chakra:   walk barefoot on dirt, grass, sand; sit and rest your back on a tree; Yoga poses: Shavasana, Tadasana (mountain pose), Virabhadrasana 1 (warrior 1)

I am a big fan of the Journey Junkie and she has put out a yoga flow for each chakra that I will share with each post.

Allie Van Fossen: The Journey Junkie Muladhara yoga flow

I am reading Wheels of Life, which is a great book that discusses the 7 chakras.  It seems to be the “bible” of chakras (affiliate link).

Yoga Journey Update

I know that you have been sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting for my yoga journey update.  I am sorry that it’s been so long.  You can now carry on with your life because the update is here.  LOL!!

yoga mat

1 – I absolutely love my Yohola cork yoga mat (affiliate link).  There is nothing that I don’t like about this mat.  It is slip free and I mean NO slipping whatsoever.  Mine has beautiful watercolor designs, which I absolutely love.  They are made in SC, USA.  I can’t say enough about them.  I actually have 2 now; one that I leave at home and one that I take to the studio.  I own both of the Aura mats below:)

slow flow

2 – Slow flow is my jam.  I haven’t tried an all levels flow, but I love my slow flow and Yin classes.  Add essential oils and it is heaven!!

yoga with adriene

3 – Yoga with Adriene is the bomb-diggity of online yoga classes.  Her videos are what got me started in yoga.  I met her at Wanderlust in Boston and she was the sweetest soul with the best energy.  I can’t say enough about her.  She is currently doing a yoga tour called Find What Feels Good.  Love, love, love her!!

yoga studio

4 – I thought that I would be practicing yoga at home forever.  I then got a job as the social media liaison for a local yoga studio and my payment is unlimited yoga classes.  I am so glad that I put myself out there and started to do studio classes because I LOVE it and I’ve met a lot of great people.  Starting my practice at home and getting comfortable was key to my success at the studio.

a never-ending journey

5 – A yoga journey NEVER ends.   You will always be on a path of learning, growing, strengthening and discovering.  That is one of the things that I love about it because even though it is an ancient practice, I am learning and discovering new things every time I hit the mat.

5 Things You May Not Know about Buddhist Philosophy

I have been doing a lot of soul-searching the last 6-7 months. My yoga and meditation practices have been a game changer.  I have also been writing a lot of blog posts on Upwork, particularly posts on alternative and complementary therapies.  Currently, I am writing some posts for a blog that discusses Asian medicines and Asian meditation.  I just finished one about Buddhist philosophy and I found it fascinating.

1.  Buddhism in not a religion.

Many people may call Buddhism a religion, but Buddhists do not consider it to be a religion.  They feel that it is a philosophy and way of life.  They do not worship the Buddha.  Expressions of gratitude are given to the Buddha for bringing his philosophy and Noble Truths into the world.  His statue ‘reminds people to “strive to develop peace and love within” themselves’ (www.buddhanet.net).

2.  many people follow an organized religion and buddhism.

Since Buddhism is a very tolerant, accepting belief system.  It teaches people a “way of life that leads to true happiness” (www.buddhanet.net).  People can be Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim…any religion and still follow the tenets of Buddhism.  It recognizes the moral teachings of different religions and adds upon them with the 4 Noble Truths, the Noble 8-Fold Path and the 5 Precepts.

3.  many people live by the all or some of the 5 precepts and don’t even know it.

The 5 precepts are:   1 – not to take the life of anything living, 2 – not to take anything that is not freely given, 3 – abstain from sexual misconduct, 4 – refrain from untrue speech and 5 – avoid intoxication because it means losing mindfulness (www.buddhanet.net).  Living by all of these may seem extreme to some, but many people live by some of them.

4.  the buddha, siddhartha gautama, was born into a royal family.

Siddhartha lived in the lap of luxury, but came to realize that money and luxury doesn’t buy happiness. He left his royal family to journey through studies of various religious teachers and meditation.  Enlightenment occurred after a night of sitting and meditating under the Bodhi tree.

5. the laughing buddha is not the founder of buddhism.

Siddhartha Gautama is what some people may call the “skinny buddha” and he was the founder of Buddhism.  The “laughing or fat buddha” was a Chinese monk name Pu-Tai who lived over 1000 years ago.  He is known for his kindness and giving nature and was given the title, “Buddhist saint” (www.oddlyhistorical.com).

I loved learning about Buddhist philosophy because it really resonated with me. Personally, I am not a big fan of organized religion, but I understand why many people find comfort and faith in those religions.  I love that Buddhism is accepting and tolerant, which I feel is so important in the world today.

Be The Person That Your Yoga Mat Thinks You Are

I just love that quote!!!  So true…when we are on our yoga mats we are thinking positive, healing, profound thoughts that we hope will follow us off the mat and into our everyday life.  Since starting my yoga journey, I have definitely benefitted from my practice.  I do feel calmer and more centered, but I also have had the summer off so I’m sure that is part of it too.  Here are some thoughts that I try to carry off the mat.

*ALWAYS MAKE TIME FOR SELF-CARE…YOU CANNOT POUR FROM AN EMPTY CUP.
*JUST BECAUSE OTHERS ARE COMPLAINING OR SEEING EVERYTHING WITH A NEGATIVE MINDSET DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW THEIR LEAN.  IF YOU ARE AT PEACE, GO WITH IT AND SEE JOY IN ALL SITUATIONS.

 

*I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS ONE ALL SUMMER.  WHENEVER I WOULD SEE SOMETHING THAT ANGERED ME OR BOTHERED ME, INSTEAD OF THINKING OR SAYING A JUDGMENTAL THOUGHT, I TRIED TO SEE THE GOOD IN THE SITUATION OR HAVE EMPATHY FOR THE PERSON OR PEOPLE.

 

*THIS HAS BEEN PHRASED IN DIFFERENT WAYS…ANOTHER QUOTE THAT IS SIMILAR TO THIS IS ENERGY FLOWS WHERE YOUR ATTENTION GOES.  IF YOU THINK POSITIVE, JOYFUL THOUGHTS… THAT IS WHAT YOU’LL MANIFEST.  IF YOU THINK NEGATIVE, JUDGMENTAL THOUGHTS, THAT IS WHAT YOU’LL MANIFEST.

 

When I’m at my yoga classes, this is the beautiful mat that I use.  I just got it and I LOVE It.  It is a Yohola cork mat.  Talk about no slipping!!!  I sweat a lot even though it’s not hot yoga and my hands DO NOT SLIP!!!  It is so great.  This company is in South Carolina and they have a green, sustainable business with great products.  This is the design that I got on my mat, but there are others to choose from.  There are also mats with no design and there are different thicknesses and types to choose from.  I got an Aura mat, but I emailed them because I wasn’t sure if it was the right one for me because my hands sweat so much.  They got back to me with a recommendation.  If these seem like the mats for you, click here (affiliate link) to explore the wonderful world of Yohola Yoga.  You receive a 10% discount with this link:)

If you order a mat, have a mat you love, practice on the grass…no matter how you yoga, I hope that you live your life off the mat with all the joy, calm, love and focus that you have on your mat.