Category Archives: Chakras

#MondayMeditation: Ra Ma Da Sa

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I’ll be honest: I’m exhausted. All the hate, turmoil, and fear gets me all riled up and agitated. I want to be loving, open, a kind always but it’s hard to do at times. To help me feel more healed and focused this week, I’m going to use one of the mantras we have learned in my teacher training. It’s simple and is lovely.

Ra Ma Da Sa

Sa Say So Hung

Meant to be sung for 10 minutes or more, it is a healing mantra for yourself, anyone who needs it, or the world. It all depends on who you hold in your heart while repeating it or listening.

 

In peace and light,

Debra

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#TuesdayTunes: You Can Love Yourself

It’s February and that means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While I think celebrating love is something we need to do more often, my problem with Valentine’s Day is its focus on defining love in relation to being in a romantic relationship. Love is universal and should be celebrated as such. We can start by remembering that we are worthy of love and this song is one of my favorite reminders of that.

Enjoy!

Peace and love,

Debra

#MondayMeditation: Heart Chakra

I am love

In yoga, the heart is the seat of wisdom and love. Know that you are loving and you are loved. Meditate today on the mantra: I am love.

Peace and love,

Debra

#MondayMeditation: Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra mantra

Winter is a time when we often spend more time than normal indoors due to weather and shorter days. We often feel stuck in a rut. To help get rid of those feelings, try meditating on the sacral chakra (svadisthana) to help yourself feel more creative. So find a comfortable seat or reclined position, focus on the space between the pubic bone and belly button, and repeat the following mantra: I am creative. I am confident. I am at secure.

Peace out,

Debra

#TimeOutTuesday: Root Chakra Meditation

Root Chakra mantraIf you’re feeling a bit unstable and unsettled this time of year, you’re definitely not alone. Meditate on the root chakra (muladhara) to help yourself feel more grounded. So find a comfortable seat or reclined position, focus on the base of the spine, and repeat the following mantra: I am grounded. I am strong. I am at peace.

Peace out,

Debra

 

National Rose Month

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June is National Rose Month. The rose is commonly known as the symbol of love but the true meaning of a rose is dependent on its color. I thought it might be a fun exercise to see look up the symbolic meaning of each rose associated with the chakra colors.

Root chakra (muladhara) – red – love, beauty, courage, respect, passion

Sacral chakra (svadhisthana) – orange – desire, enthusiasm, creativity, fascination

Solar plexus chakra (manipura) – yellow – joy, friendship, welcome back, new beginnings

Heart chakra (anahata) – green – vitality, healing, self-respect, well-being

Throat chakra (vishudda) – blue – the unattainable, the impossible, mystery

Third eye chakra (ajna) – violet* – love at first sight, enchantment

Crown chakra (sahasrara) – white – purity, innocence, youthfulness, sympathy

*often indigo instead

Namaste,

Debra

 

 

National Frog Month

April is National Frog Month. Frogs are an important bellwether species for our planet — when frogs are healthy and abundant, an ecosystem is healthy. There a number of actions that both children and adults can do to help build awareness and improve the environment.

In honor of National Frog Month, I wanted to share one of my favorite yin yoga poses (second only to dragon pose for me). Here is more information about frog pose.

Frog (hold 3 to 5 minutes)

Contraindications

  • Bad back: use support
  • If there is any tingling in the fingers, take hands wider or extend one arm at a time

Getting into the Pose:

  • From all fours, spread the knees as wide as possible and sit back to heels
  • Arms can be at your side or stretched overhead
  • Rest chin or forehead on floor

Modifications

  • Can separate the feet as wide as the knees
  • Hips can come up and forward if the stretch is too intense
  • Support chest on bolster

Benefits:

  • Stretches groin, hamstrings and back
  • Aids digestion and eases cramps

Meridians & Organs Affected:

  • Liver, kidney, spleen, urinary bladder

Joints Affected:

  • Hips, lower back, shoulders

Chakras Affected:

  • First (muladhara)
  • Second (svadhistana)
  • Third (manipura)

Coming Out:

  • Come to child’s pose or slide forward onto belly, bringing legs together

Counterposes

  • Child’s pose
  • Apanasana

With joy,

Debra

National Wear Red Day

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The first Friday in February is the American Heart Association‘s National Wear Red Day, part of their Go Red for Women campaign. Heart attacks and strokes cause one out of every three deaths of women annually. It’s a day that’s especially poignant to me because my mom and her mom and sister have cardiovascular disease. Their experiences with heart disease and cancer led me to obtain Yoga of the Heart certification.

Education and healthy living can help prevent some incidents or reduce the effects of cardiovascular disease. Yoga can be part of a healthy lifestyle, whatever your current fitness level. Please note: you should always check with your doctor before beginning any fitness regimen. Yoga teachers and styles run the gamut from vigorous and fitness-oriented to quiet and meditative, so doing a little research and trying different classes can help you find what works best for you.

photogrid_1486141601211.jpgOne of my favorite heart-opening poses is anahatasana, or heart-melting pose.The anahata, or heart, chakra is the balancing point between our lower level and higher level chakras. It associated with love and compassion and making decisions based on our higher self.

Note: If getting down on the floor isn’t accessible to you, you could do this pose seated in a chair. To do the seated version, sit toward the forward edge of a chair with the spine straight, hold on the back of the chair with your hands close to the seat, and arch the back and lift through the heart.

Anahatasana

Contraindications

  • Bad neck
  • Tingling in hands

Getting into the Pose:

  • From hands and knees, keep the hips directly over the knees
  • Walk the hands forward and pivot shoulders so head comes between the arms (upper body is in the same position as in downward-facing dog)
  • Allow chest top drop toward the floor
  • Hold 2 to 5 minutes

Modifications

  • If shoulder pain, walk hands wider than shoulder distance apart and/or rest chest on a bolster
  • If neck pain, support the head with a folded blanket or block
  • For knee pain, blanket underneath
  • Toes can be tucked under for stability
  • For more intensity, rest chest and/or chin on floor (looking up between the hands)

Benefits:

  • Stretches middle and upper back
  • Opens shoulders
  • Softens heart

Meridians & Organs Affected:

  • Urinary Bladder
  • Stomach and spleen lines
  • Heart and lung meridians

Joints Affected:

  • Upper back and neck
  • Lower spine
  • Shoulder/humerus joints

Chakras Affected:

  • Fourth

Coming Out:

  • Walk hands back under shoulders or slide forward onto belly

Counterposes

  • Child’s pose
  • Cat/cow
  • Downward facing dog
  • Sleeper

Sources: Paul Grilley, Yin Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice; Biff Mithoefer, The Yin Yoga Kit: The Practic of Quiet Power; and Bernie Clark, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy & Practice of Yin Yoga

Peace and love,

Debra

Re-Post: Music for the Crown Chakra

I was going to post about National Pie Day but it really didn’t seem so important. Instead, I’m re-posting from my week of covering the crown chakra. We need to remember that even when we disagree, we are all one.

Original post:

This is another week of rather mellow songs. but that seems rather fitting. The crown chakra is all about recognizing a higher power, recognizing that we are all connected, and enjoying the beauty of peace and acceptance. So here we go, no further explanations this week (hope you like Keb’ Mo’).

Much love,

Debra

#FunFriday: Crown Chakra

This is another week of rather mellow songs. but that seems rather fitting. The crown chakra is all about recognizing a higher power, recognizing that we are all connected, and enjoying the beauty of peace and acceptance. So here we go, no further explanations this week (hope you like Keb’ Mo’).

Much love,

Debra

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