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!

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!