Big things are going on at SoulShine Yoga in 2018! We have new classes, new teachers, and new open studio hours that will make your soul SHINE! We've also got tons of great events, workshops and teacher trainings coming up, so keep checking our weekly blog to stay informed! You won't want to miss 2018 at SoulShine!
WEEKLY WISDOM @ SOULSHINE
The Chakras. What is a chakra? The Sanskrit word Chakra literally means wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to energy centers within the body. There are seven main chakras, which move up the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive.
When chakras become "stuck" or blocked, or we have an imbalance in one (or more), we can experience mental, physical and emotional unrest. Through the practice of yoga, one can start to balance and "clear" their chakras, so as to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with dis-ease in the chakra system.
Every Monday morning, at 9:30a, Erin Wade will be teaching "Chakra Hatha". Each class will focus on clearing and balancing a specific chakra. Check back here, to find out more about the weekly chakra and tips on how YOU can balance your own chakras! (Click here to attend!)
This week, at SoulShine Yoga, we focused on the Root Chakra (Muladhara): The root chakra is associated with Earth, grounding, stability and security. It is associated with the color red and is located at the base of the spine, near the perineum. It is the first chakra that forms in life and it harbors our basic survival instincts and our feelings of belonging here on Earth. There are many reasons the root chakra may get "blocked" or unbalanced; from not having our basic needs met in childhood to lacking a support system in adulthood. Several things can affect root chakra balance, so maintaining a regular practice to keep balance is important!
Some Symptoms of Root Chakra Imbalance: Anxiety, Low Back Pain, Feeling Insecure, Depression, Restlessness, Feeling Abandoned, Co-Dependency, Eating Disorders, Fearfulness.
Things You Can Do for Balance: Meditation on Root Chakra (click here), Eat Red Foods, Wear Red Clothing or Jewelry, Go Outside (preferably barefoot - but wait until it's warm out!), Kegal Exercises, Walking (and other physical activity), YOGA!!!
If you're interested in learning more about chakras, be sure to check back here each week and attend the Monday morning class, if you're able!