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.

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.

Wanderlust 108 Boston for Yoga Lovers

I attended the Wanderlust 108 festival today in Boston and I can’t even express to you how awesome it was. It was supposed to rain all day and the bright sun came out giving a lovely glow all around the festival. The festival was held at the DCR Hatch Shell, which is where the Boston Pops perform on 4th of July. The setting could not have been more glorious and the energy was so positive and uplifting.

So let me go way back to before this festival came to town.  I was debating whether I was going to go.  I am a HUGE fan of Yoga with Adriene on Youtube and I follow her on Instagram and Facebook.  There was a post on her Instagram saying she was coming to Boston.  Wait!!!  What??!!  She’s coming HERE!!!  The post also said that if you emailed her “Find What Feels Good” peeps you would be put into consideration for a free ticket to the festival.  So after hyperventilating (not really), I sent off an email saying how much I loved Adriene and how she is the reason I got into yoga.

Well, I got an email back saying I was being offered a ticket.  Wow!!!  Not only was Adriene coming to Boston, but she gave me a ticket too.  So I headed down to Boston early this morning with me, myself and I.  I knew it was going to be a good day when I met some yogis in the parking garage and we all walked over to the festival together.  I checked in AND got a FRONT ROW SPOT for my mat.  Yesssssss!!!!

MINDFUL TRIATHLON

This was billed as a “Mindful Triathlon”, the first and only one ever.  The first leg of the triathlon was a 5k run/walk, which I couldn’t participate in because I have some hip issues.  If I did the 5k, I wouldn’t have been able to do yoga and yoga was my reason for being there.  While most people were 5k-ing, I visited the Kula market, which had lots of free samples, food, yoga inspired clothes & jewelry and the Adidas souvenir tent.  You didn’t even need to bring any food because there were so many free samples, including Late July and Yasso frozen yogurt.

YOGA AND MEDITATION

Adriene did a 75-minute yoga class, which was so awesome.  I love her style and have done many of her Youtube videos at home so it was the perfect flow for me.  She is very knowledgeable and also very funny so I appreciated her addition of little jokes here and there.  Adriene is compassionate and accepting and wants everyone to be comfortable in their practice no matter what level they are at.  After her class, there was a 25 minute meditation by Enrique Collazo.  It was a perfect ending to the practice with the breeze blowing off the Charles River.  Just perfect!!!

MEET AND GREET

After the meditation, Adriene made sure to take pictures and talk with all her fans.  She was humble, loving and just downright awesome.  So glad I got to interact with her.  If you haven’t experienced a Yoga with Adriene class, click here.  You will not be disappointed.

The Wanderlust 108 festival will be visiting Brooklyn and Washington, DC in September along with many worldwide locations.  If you love yoga, check it out.

Farmers Market: Yes Please!

I have been struggling a little with adding a nutrition post to my blog.  Then it hit me…Farmer’s Market!!  There is one near my Saturday morning workout class so I thought, perfect!  The weather is beautiful and I need some fresh produce.  Something to look forward to after a tough workout.

location

My local Farmer’s Market has a lovely location right on a lake.  There is a nice breeze and lots of trees so even if it’s a hot day, it is comfortable walk around the market.  This particular Farmer’s Market has fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, dog treats, fish, coffee, pasta, jellies as well as a few craft tables.  There was also live music.

goodies

When I go to a Farmer’s Market, it is usually to buy items that are healthiest for me.  However, there are so many yummy baked goods that it is hard to resist.  I bought some homemade bread, which I felt was the least unhealthy of all the baked goods that were offered.  If I was told that I could only have one type of food for the rest of my life, I would probably choose bread.  So delish!!!

fresh produce

I truly did stop at the fresh produce table first.  I just love all the bright colors and selection that is offered.  My son loves strawberries so I got him a pint of those.  I also got red lead lettuce and the biggest zucchinis I have ever seen.  I will be using those for zoodles later today.  This particular farm also offered beets, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, many types of squash, basil plants and some other greens.  They had samples of their raspberries and they were so good.

The prices at Farmer’s Markets aren’t always the cheapest, but they are reasonable for what you are getting.  There is no middle man when picking out your produce.  The produce is picked, put on a truck and then you buy it…pretty simple process.  I just love the colors and outdoor atmosphere of shopping at a Farmer’s Market.  It makes me want to bring a bottle of dressing and make a salad right there.

Local Harvest is a great tool to find the Farmer’s Market nearest you.  Just enter your location and it will tell you where and when you can visit your closest Farmer’s Market.  Give that a resource a try…you may be pleasantly surprised by how many markets you find in your area.  Happy, Healthy Shopping!!