Chakra 101

Chakra energy work is something I like to pay attention to and incorporate in my practice and teachings. If you aren’t already familiar with the chakras, here’s a quick and simple guide to the seven major concentrated energy centers:


Root Chakra

Located at the base of the spine, this chakra energy center represents grounding, thus the name! It is attributed to survival instincts, physical strength, and reproductive organs. Root chakra is associated with the color red and Earth element.

Sacral Chakra

Located below the lower back or naval, this chakra energy center represents independent power and metabolism. It is attributed to the emotional self, trust, and the spleen. Sacral chakra is associated with the color orange and Water element.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Situated between the chest plate (sternum) and navel, this chakra energy center represents ego, passion, and growth. It’s associated with sexual energy, adaptability to change, and adrenals. Solar plexus chakra is attributed to the color yellow and Fire element.

Heart Chakra

In the center of the chest, this chakra energy center represents love, and so the name! It’s guided by acceptance, social relationships, and the heart organ. Heart chakra has the characteristic of the color green and the Air element.

Throat Chakra

At the base of the neck, this chakra energy center accounts for communication. It’s guided by creativity, sounds and language, and the thyroids. The throat chakra is characterized as the color blue and the Ether element.

Third Eye Chakra

Between the eyebrows, this chakra energy center represents wisdom. It’s associated with intuition, awareness, and the pituitary glands. The third eye chakra is attributed to the indigo light and transcends elements.

Crown Chakra

At the top of the head or beyond, this chakra energy center represents thought. It’s attributes include spirituality, intelligence, enlightenment and the pineal organs. Crown chakra is characterized as purple/white light and transcends the elements.


Personally, I like to envision each chakras attributed colors swirling from the rooted ground to its coupled energy center and flowing out the crown of the head as white light. Play around with the energy flow! I’ll be on the lookout for resources if you want to know more…

What teaching has taught me

I’m in the early part of my yoga teaching journey, but I’ve already learned so much. I substitute teach once or twice a week at an amazing new studio. I also have taught/volunteered yoga at a health clinic for special populations. Each class brings new challenges, rewarding moments, and lots of learning curves.

During this holiday season, I am grateful for the life I am building for myself. It’s been a year since I started my yoga teacher training. I’ve learned how to teach chair yoga, sensitive verbal cues to avoid touch, grace under pressure and so much more. Cheers to the swiftly approaching New Year.

Thank you for reading! Namaste.

Lemonade

Lemons out of lemonade!

Sometimes life throws you curveballs, a minor setback or a major life crisis. One can seem like a mountain to one person, the other may feel like a molehill — just a minor setback. No matter the situation, keep going and persevere! You have come so far in this world, don’t give it up over a squirt of citrus — make lemonade!

Namaste.

Self love is self care

No matter what you go through

Your pain is your pain;

No matter what you smile with

Your joy is yours.

It took me a long time to recognize the importance of self love. Finding yourself is a lifelong process, and I practice loving myself for all that I am — the good, the bad, and the idiosyncratic.

What I discover each day is that I can always strive to make a better choice or a better decision. I fall down, but I get back up; I cry one moment, but I laugh about it later.

I found self love by taking better care of myself. No matter what you practice, I invite you to work on self care. I have faith that you will find a deepening of self love in the process.

Prana Mudra

Today I felt sick, mentally and physically exhausted.

But I rested myself to the yoga mat and practiced where I was. I found energy in the prana mudra, my breath moving in and out of each asana, and my acceptance of myself for where I was today.

I am grateful for my life, but the past can creep up, the heartache and hardships resurface, and I sometimes sense that the wonderful things of today are not deserved by me.

And so I remind myself, good, bad, or indifferent, that nothing is perfect, stationary, or forever. I bring myself back to the present. And I remember how far I’ve come and how hard I’ve worked to get to where I am today.

My New Trifecta

I know who I want to be, who I choose to be, and who I am. I have faith that I can maintain these important moral codes for myself. I am in control of my destiny. And I love the ride of life now that I can walk confidently upon steps unwavering. Being true to myself feels good, powerful, and honest: I wish everyone finds their truth and walks down their own paths as well, finding beauty in what makes you uniquely you.

National Yoga Month

September is a special time of year.

It begins the start of Autumn, and what better way to greet the beauty of the Fall than with National Yoga Month?

Yoga is an around-the-year practice. But there are ways to welcome the seasonal changes through our asana and breath work.

I recommend turning inward in your practice and setting intentions for what you wish to let go as the year begins it’s close. As the leaves change and float to the ground, let the thoughts and actions you wish to leave behind fall as well.

With love and light,

Joanna

Standing Split

I like to switch up my yoga practice with new and old sequences I’ve written. Today, I grabbed an early one I wrote for Standing Split pose, or Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana (in sanskrit).

Using blocks to prop myself into a deeper pose, I thought about how grateful I am to have my daily practice and to maintain mindfulness beyond the mat. There have been times when I haven’t been able to focus or bring play to the mat.

In my yoga practice, I am grateful for what I have accomplished from teacher training and beyond.