Solar Plexus Chakra – Transformation, fire & personal power

 

Greetings!  Welcome to week three of my exploration of the chakras from a yoga and artist perspective.  Chakras are,  according to yogic belief (take it or leave it),  centers of energy throughout our bodies that have specific themes in our lives – physical,  emotional,  spiritual – and can be worked with to bring balance,  awareness and personal growth.  WOO HOO!

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The Sacral Chakra: Passion, creativity, intimacy + blockage

If you’re feeling bored sometime, google search images for “Lion’s Pose” and have a laugh … (see pic below). I tossed this posture into my chakra-centered yoga class series as a way to bring a sense of playfulness to our 2nd chakra practice: the sacral chakra.  Lion’s pose stretches the muscles of the face and tongue as well as stimulating the platysma,  a thin,  rectangular-shaped muscle in the front of the throat.  Plus,  it feels totally silly and ridiculous.  Will come back to this in a second.

Lion's Pose / Sihmanasana

Lion’s Pose / Simhasana

Chakras,  for those of you just tuning in,  are centers or wheels of energy in the body according to yogic belief.  These centers of energy are said to help to regulate the body’s processes: immunity, organ function and emotion.  Take it or leave it,  think it too new-agey or “woo woo”,  I think that even if we don’t “believe” in chakras,  we can still bring intentions,  practices and rituals to our daily life to help open up mental blockages,  burn through baggage,  evolve emotionally and transform physically.  Meditation,  exercise,  practicing an instrument,  learning a new language,  therapy,  clean eating,  these are all ways we can grow as human beings.  Think of this blog as a little nudge in the direction of opening up your creativity and letting some fun in for once!

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MONEY! And one full year of being an entrepreneur …

“I want candy. I want money.  I want my mommy.  I want my daddy.” – Mary Bue

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I want candy. I want money. I want my mommy. I want my daddy. – Mary Bue

Full disclosure:  I am a bit of a self-help junkie.  What does this have to do with MONEY??? I’ve been geeking out over a crew of super inspiring self-help-ish entrepreneurs and in the past week many signs from those thought-leaders have been pointing to getting intimate with my MONEY.  I’m reading Money: A Love Story by Kate Northrup – the subtitle is “Untangle your financial woes and create the life you really want.”  In tandem,  another huge inspiration of mine is Marie Forleo and in her latest TV show she interviewed Eat, Pray, Love sensation Elizabeth Gilbert,  and there were some serious nuggets of wisdom surrounding money.  More on these ladies a bit later.
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Music for music’s sake

“What we are really saying is that music, once considered an important science,  is now merely a form of entertainment,  classified by elite snobs as “cultured” or “uncultured.”  If it could be packaged in little plastic containers and eaten with a spoon,  they would do it.  In fact,  they are probably working on it right now.”  – EUGENE CHADBOURNE

I’m reading a fantastic book speaking to many many qualms about the music biz – called I Hate the Man Who Runs This Bar by Eugene Chadbourne.  This book is hilariously busting through a lot of my despair and cynicism about trying to “make it” in the music business.  He said music used to be part of the quadrivium:  arithmeticgeometrymusic, and astronomy – “preparatory work for the serious study of philosophy,” – a curriculum outlined by Plato’s The Republic.  Music was a valuable tool of measurement,  specifically to look at “the classical subject of harmonics, in particular the study of the proportions between the music intervals created by the division of a monochord” according to wikipedia.  😉

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The order of songs

In a late-summer-storm-weather-coming-in, tourist-obstacled, Lake Superior moment I ran into my friend Gaelynn Lea who was busking on Duluth’s lakewalk.  I was out for a stroll with one of my besties,  Sara Alexander (fab music teacher & musician based in Virginia, MN) and we started gabbing it up w/ Gaelynn.

Gaeylnn busking on the Lakewalk on Sunday of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival 2015 (in the pink hat),  Sean Roderick (seated),  Aleasha Hladilek (red tanktop) & HUMANOID

Gaeylnn busking on the Lakewalk on Sunday of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival 2015 (in the pink hat), Sean Roderick (seated), Aleasha Hladilek (red tanktop) & HUMANOID

Gaelynn, violin teacher,  insurance rep and recording artist told us about her new project: an instrumental, violin looping album that she just got done recording at one of my favorite spots –  Sacred Heart Studio – with engineer Jake Larson. [I was just in there doing some work last week when a truck lost its breaks and crashed through the wall … but that’s another story entirely].

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How many bands are you in?! Let’s talk about side projects

Photo by Scott “Starfire” Lunt

My teenage self always thought musicians that had side projects were the coooooooolest. I still do, because I still feel like a teenager.

In this blog I’m going to talk a little bit about some famous and/or regionally known local bands and their side projects (as well as my own!) and how these projects give participating musicians voice to the other, perhaps more wild, sides of their personalities.

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Interview w/ luthier Curren Effinger – building instruments, determination + a “guitar toss”

I had the pleasure of interviewing driven young luthier and musician Curren Effinger about his passion for building instruments,  his single-pointed focus and smashing his first guitar into bits.  Curren has just graduated from the Guitar Repair and Building program at Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical in Redwing, MN and can be found at his website www.curreneffinger.com

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