Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sacral Chakra

Have you ever noticed what happens when you try to ignore an issue? It gets bigger and more obvious and annoying until you decide to to something about it! So this was happening to me and I couldn't figure out why. And then tonight I clicked.

It's mostly sacral chakra stuff. I realised that I've been putting off adding the sacral chakra practice to my blog. Why is that? Is it because I've subconsciously been avoiding looking at those issues? Not wanting to finish what I've started? Well who knows but I'm not avoiding any longer! Enough already.

The sacral chakra is orange and related to issues around relationships, passion, creativity and the integration of opposites - eg male/female, yin/yang. It's about being able to have intimacy but also appropriate boundaries. If blocked or congested you might have problems connecting to others, feeling intimacy or have a block to your creativity ... you might not be able to finish the things that you start.

  • Can I be close to others - am I able to express intimacy?
  • Can I express my creativity?
  • Am I able to start and finish tasks?
  • Am I comfortable with my boundaries?

You might like to choose one or more that jumps out at you and reflect on or write your responses. Then slowly and mindfully work through each of these asanas, with five breaths in each. They have a hip opening effect. Pictures if needed.

Yoga Postures

  • Warrior pose II (virabhadrasana II) - a side lunge with arms outstretched parallel to the floor
  • Triangle pose (trikonasana) - legs are wider than hip width, point one foot away and the arm on the same side goes down to meet the foot (don't over stretch) - the other arm stretches directly upwards (so that your arms are in a straight line)
  • Fan pose (prasarita padottanasana) - feet are still wider than hip width, feet parallel. Start with hands on hips, breathe in and look up, breathe out and move down towards the floor. Take hands off your hips and touch the floor allowing the head to hang down
  • Seated wide angle pose (upavista konasana) - sitting down with legs stretched out to the side and arms outstretched in front of you
  • Seated spinal twist (ardha matsyendrasana) - start with your legs in front of you. Bend one leg and place the foot over the top of the other leg so that you start to move into a twist. Hold your knee with the opposite arm and twist with your other hand behind you

Sit in a crossed legs position. Bring hands out to the sides at a lower angle to the base chakra meditation, elbows bent, with the palms of the hands facing each other. Hands are at a 60 degree angle, facing outwards. Bring hands closer together without touching, like a clap, tensing the inner organs at the same time. Release, and move back to the starting position.

Chant/mantra: Ek ong kar sat gur prasad (says to listen to this on a tape but try chanting it and then doing chop movement and chanting it again when hands come back to start position?)

Mantra meaning: There is only one Creator who is realised by His grace

And of course a Kinesiology session is always a good way to work on chakra issues.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! We are kindred spirits. My sacral centre has been shut down for years, and it's only just waking up. Powerful stuff. Uncomfortable, too, some of the time.