Seventh chakra affirmations…As you now know, from reading the first and subsequent instalments of these chakra posts traditionally the yogic system holds that there are 7 chakras, or energy centres in the body. These are arranged vertically from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Chakra is the Sanskrit word for ‘wheel’, and these centers are perceived as spinning wheels of energy. Today we arrive at the crown of the head, cerebral cortex, which is, if you are doing a headstand, where you place your head down (as opposed to the forehead). Called the Sahasrara chakra, the colour associated with it is purple.
The affirmation here is “I am connected to all. I am part of all.” Concepts associated with this energy centre are awareness, and expanded consciousness, spirit, intelligence and divinity; our connection with our higher self. Naturally, if you are lost in worry and over-thinking, this is going to present an imbalance here. Meditation, on the other hand, will promote harmony. If you tend to ‘space out’ just to be clear, this is also an imbalance. the process is one of expanding your notion of self, but also, staying grounded in your body and in the present moment.
Today we bring our attention to the third eye chakra…If you are just joining in, we have been meditating, or, bringing awareness to each of the energy centres, this stemming from an original blog I wrote about chakra balance.
third eye chakra
The third eye chakra is also called the Ajna chakra and the colour associated with it is royal blue. These energy centres are sensitive and fluctuations or imbalances can occur through external stressful circumstances, long stored physical tension or limited self- concepts. The sixth centre involves the areas of the eyes and forehead, along with that, intuition, dreams, memory, vision, imagination and visualization. I have a few practices that work with this centre on my Yoga Mind Cd.
The meditation today is “Be aware that your intuition is your ability to know, recognize and sense all that you need to enjoy a happy, balanced and fulfilled life”. The under functioning in this centre is manifest in an inability to be in touch with one’s instincts, an insensitivity to the subtle environment, and misperceptions (doubt for example). If you are someone who pushes the limits on your mat, for example, without listening to the whisper of the body to pause or stop, this is another example. If you are having lots of nightmares, this too could be an indication of unrest in this centre. A quiet mind, a Yoga Mind, is a rested and aware one…
“just for today do not worry,
just for today, do not anger
Honor your parents, teachers and elders
Earn your living honestly
Show gratitude to every living thing”
What is reiki energy? Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. It is ‘done’ by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy“, (called Qi or prana) flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.
I have practiced this for many years, and sometimes introduce some self-healing into my yoga classes. It is usually deeply relaxing. This state of relaxation is what promotes healing. I have one track on my Yoga Mind cd, that uses some of the healing principles and healing energy so that you, the practitioner, can learn to enter this deep state of calm and thus access the benefits of the modality. When you are relaxed, and in a non-stressed state, you are more at one with the “universal healing energy”, which is expressed by the above principles. For practitioners and participants, this relaxed state is key and one that should be practiced regularly.
what word jumps out?
good energy is a by product of practicing yoga
Learn to walk tall ~ a healthy posture nourishes a healthy attitude
Ever wondered about the Chakras? My latest post for the LOLE love blog explains in depth ~ read on or Click here
what do you do mid-afternoon to refresh your energy?
What is the energy you are bringing into asana ? Is your breath hard or soft ? You can do a challenging posture but still soften the energy you bring to it.
The essential natural breath is soft; click here to practice