Topic: Chakras

Date:

December 27, 2017

Topics:

Chakras, Opinion, Philosophy, Yoga Theory

Dharma: I am a Door...

Albeit a narrow one.  This entry is, in a way, about my Dharma the way I see it, or my purpose in Life, and in another way, about Chakra One, which governs our ability to feel sustained by our environment, to be provided for by the universe, to feel that we have a right to be here.  By examining these things I feel aligned with the Universe, and I invite you to conduct a similar analysis of your Dharma and see how it aligns with the larger scheme of things. Let's begin with Chakra...

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Date:

June 17, 2017

Topics:

Chakras, Opinion, Philosophy

Balance Yin and Yang

Visualize the human body as a little microcosm, just like the rest of the universe, with its duality of male, female, Yin, Yang, Right and Left, etc.  Visualize the landscape of your bones, the oceans and rivers of your fluids, the winds of your breath, the different climates of warmth and coolness.  It helps to think of the body this way when we use our Asana to bring more balance to the little world that we are. The Chakra system is a great representation, among other things, of...

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Date:

May 6, 2017

Topics:

Chakras

The Self at the Core of Things

In my mind the Core has been transcending the muscles, the bones, the body and becoming more about the energy of the Third Chakra, Manipura.   I feel it in my own being.  Since I have started to cultivate an awareness of "the core" in my own practice my perspective on who I am has also been changing.  The energy of this Chakra is a powerful one - it is able to cripple an individual and limit their view of themselves, and for years I have been suffering and struggling to find a s...

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Date:

April 1, 2017

Topics:

Chakras

My Life Through the Chakras

The process of Svadyaya, or self-study, is never complete, not in a single lifetime. I may be teaching other Yoga teachers now (I am about to teach a Chakra Immersion Workshop), but I am still learning about myself. After teaching a six-hour chakras workshop last weekend for Yoga teachers in training, I am again inspired! Not only did the workshop come together in a lucid, structured, complete way, so did my own understanding deepen of the way my soul has been evolving. Chakra One - physi...

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Date:

July 1, 2016

Topics:

Chakras, Opinion, Philosophy

Close Your Eyes

Group Yoga classes are, actually, a recent phenomenon, if you take into account Yoga's five thousand year history.  In the West, where the cost of private Yoga classes make it prohibitive for some, group classes have become the norm.  Even in India, group Yoga classes have taken off and are very popular.  However, initially, Yoga was an individual practice, performed alone, or with your guru's instruction. In a large group, there are dynamics that are quite unique.  For ...

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Date:

June 20, 2014

Topics:

Chakras

Chakras Six and Seven - Ajna and Sahasrara

Chakra Six, Ajna , governs our intuitive ability and the way we learn and improve intellectually.  It is not necessarily associated with the number and types of diplomas or IQ, but rather our intuitive ability to see what is illusory, and what is not.  And hence comes the first sign of blockage in this chakra – illusions distort our perceptions.  We cannot see clearly, and eye disorders can be a physical manifestation of this energetic state.  Chakra Six m...

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Date:

June 14, 2014

Topics:

Chakras

Chakra Five - Vishuddha

Chakra 5 , Vishuddha, is about our ability to communicate effectively.  This is our voice.  What we say reflects how the other chakras are doing.  Not only that, it also governs our ability to listen effectively.  When 5 th chakra is in good balance, we have a more even input (listening and taking in information) and output (communicating effectively).  Many of us take in far more than we put out, while others talk and never listen to anyone else.&n...

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Date:

June 3, 2014

Topics:

Chakras

Chakra Four - Anahata

 Chakra Four, Anahata, is about compassion and the ability to be in a relationship.  Before one can be in a good relationship with another, one must learn to be a relationship with themselves.  We must learn to love our self, to be compassionate towards self, non-judgmental toward self.  When we judge self and others we cannot be in an unconditional love relationship.  We must also learn how to protect our selves when we open our hearts to others.&nbs...

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Date:

May 30, 2014

Topics:

Chakras

Chakra Three - Manipura

Chakra 3, Manipura is probably the most vulnerable among all the chakras in our energetic body.  It is about self-will and being empowered - from the inside.  Located in the Solar Plexus, this station of the soul’s journey up the stream of evolution is meant to teach us self-worth and self-referencing – meaning that you base your own value not on what others are saying or thinking about you, but on what you yourself decide is right or wrong, without infringement o...

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Date:

May 27, 2014

Topics:

Chakras

Chakra Two - Swadishthana

Chakra Two, Swadishthana, is located in the lower abdomen, and governs fluids in the body, joints, especially hip and knee joints, as well as emotions of all kinds.  Especially damaging to the second chakra are emotions of shame and guilt, and since there is plenty of that going around no wonder this chakra is so out of balance for many of us.  Stability and openness of the pelvis can be a serious issue, but also if one feels emotionally unstable or stuck, it can contribute to t...

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Anna Mikheeva has been practicing Yoga for eighteen years and holds a 700-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification.  As a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a Yoga Alliance Registered teacher at the 500 level, her goal is to help her students discover the joy of every movement and breath.

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