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Journey Thru the Chakras, Week 3 of 7 with Lisa Ware

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Journey Thru the Chakras Part 3 of 7 Sacral Chakra, Svadhisthana with Lisa Ware Yoga 4 Love

Foods_ Affirmations and Themes for the Chakras with Lisa Ware 18-02

 

Enjoy a series focused on your energy centers combining Lisa’s two passions: Reiki and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Learn through the practice of yoga and some breakdown/ lecture time about the colors, yantra meditation, crystals, foods for the chakras + positive affirmations and Sun Salutations specifically for each chakra.
Begin the series with the Root Chakra and end the 7th week focusing on Transformation and Ascension with the Crown Chakra!
Each week’s flow is designed to activate, balance and connection to breath through Mind, Body and Spiri Starting with breath work (pranayama) and setting your intention for the chakra energy center, Starting with breath work (pranayama) and setting your intention for the chakra energy center. Learn and feel in new ways, connect with our natural Prana (the body’s chi, ki or energy). Learn to awaken all of our energy points (chakras) with some new and many traditional techniques and poses. Specific Sun Salutations for each chakra (Surya Namaskar). Learn how certain Warrior series activate direction of energy (Prana Vayus). Experience delicious twists, beginner and advanced back bending and an intro to basic inversions. All Yoga 4 Love Signature sequences are chosen to stimulate and balance each Chakra center. Come to one class or all 7!

All learning is experienced during a flowing yoga practice, with a beautiful blend of Hatha and Vinyasa infused with the transformative yin energy of Reiki Healing Therapy.

Finish this class with Reiki and guided meditation during a lovely final relaxation (Savasana).

Journey through the Chakras 7 Week Series with Lisa Ware is especially dedicated for Lent and the Easter Season.

Lisa Ware, E-RYT500
Reiki Master Teacher

 

YouTube Video with Lisa Ware for Solar Plexus Chakra:
 
 

Solar Plexus Chakra

Sanskrit Name:
Manipura
 
Bij Sound:
RAM
 
Mantra:
OM MANI PADME HUM
Meaning:
  • I am the jewel within the Lotus, my highest Self carries all these jewels as divine qualities within.
  • My deepest adoration to the Lotus of the Master
  • My adoration to the Master of the Jewelled City. The Lotus is the symbol for beauty, clarity, wisdom, bliss and spiritual awakening and directly corresponds precisely to the qualities of the Manipūra Chakra.
A symbol of the Manipūra Chakra is the ten-petalled Lotus blossom. The petals represent the ten Prānas (currents and energy vibrations) that are regulated by the Manipūra Chakra. Prana has two meanings: Firstly, it is the all-pervading energy that fills the entire Universe (with the capitol P), the Cosmic Mother who nourishes our soul . Pranic energy streams through all objects and all living beings and is colored by their qualities. The second meaning of prāna is the self, within our human energy system.
Here we are talking about Prana in the first sense – life force, vitality, that we absorb with the oxygen that we breathe and the food that we eat. The ten Prānas are divided into five Prāna-Vāyus and five Upa Prānas.
The five Prāna Vayus are: PRĀNA, APĀNA, UDĀNA, SAMĀNA and VYĀNA. Prāna is responsible for inhalation, Apāna for exhalation, Udāna for ingestion of food, Samāna for digestion and Vyāna for circulation and nervous system.
There are two basic functions within the human body, the reception of energy, Prana, and elimination of waste, Apāna. The energies of Prāna and Apāna meet at the Manipūra Chakra. They represent the two basic functions of giving and receiving, expansion and contraction, assimilation and elimination. Both forces should be able to function freely and disturbances or blockages in the flow of these life force energies lead to illness and dis-ease.
Prāna is the receiving life force that enables and controls the supply of natural energy to the body. Its seat is in the upper body. Through this Prāna we receive oxygen, which is essential for life, and the literal life force that exists within the air we breathe.
Apāna is the releasing energy, or downward flow that brings about detoxification through excretion, secretion and exhalation. Its seat is in the lower abdomen. If Apāna Vāyu cannot flow freely then it results in toxicity within the body. Illnesses or dis-ease that affect the lower abdomen, intestines, kidneys, urinary tract, legs are resulting from a disturbance of Apāna Vāyu.
 
Element:
Fire
Fire Meditation: Tratak candle gazing meditation
Our human mirror reflection to the Sun, Surya
Essential Oils/Incense:
Nag Champa, sandalwood incense; Juniper, Bergamot, Peppermint, Chamomile, Fennel/Caraway/ORange/Marjoram blend in bath
 
Breath Work/ Kriya, Cleansing Action:
 
Nauli Kriya: for tutorial see YouTube video skip to (min. 41:40)
Uddiyana Bandha with Ujayii Breathing in standing cat and cow; belly rolls with spiral hip movements to massage internal organs and increase Tapas, internal fire.
 
Transformative Eating Meditation
 
Mudras:
Agni Mudra; hands in fists with thumbs extended to the sky, resting on the knees in simple seated position.
 
Surya Namaskar for Solar Plexus Chakra:
Starting Posture; Samasthiti with Anjali Mudra
Reach up and fold fingers; Crescent Stretch right, then left, repeat
Forward Fold
½ Lift
Forward Fold
Reverse Swan Dive
Starting Posture
Warrior 1 Right Foot back
Warrior 2 with Agni Mudra and RAM chant 5 times, 3 rounds
Reverse Warrior
Side Angle, modified with forearm on thigh with Agni Mudra
Warrior 2 with RAM chant
Warrior 1
Repeat same side; moving thru Warrior series one breath per movement
Mountain Pose
Forward Fold
½ Lift
Reverse Swan Dive
Starting Posture
Repeat other side
 
Repeat adding in Low Lunge
Flow thru a few times, adding in RAM whenever it feels right.
 
Additional Starting/Finishing Poses;
Beginning:
Child’s Pose
Sukhasana with meditation using agni mudra or Tratak candle gazing
Plankasana to Rounded Plank for heat building and core activation
 
Middle of practice with Prana high:
Belly Rolls (Nauli Kriya, above)
 
Optional in Solar Flows:
Triangle; Trikonasana
Chair; Utkatasana and Twisted Chair; Parivrtta Utkatasana
 
Finishing Poses:
Half Lord of the Fishes; Ardha Mytseyansasna with Uddiyana Bandha
Seated Meditation with Agni Mudra thumbs facing down
 
Crystals:
Agate with yellow banding, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Pyrite, Aventurine, Topaz
Blue Sapphire to soothe anger and agitation
For heart chakra support: Green Jasper, Jade
 
Feeding Your Solar Plexus Chakra
Theme: Directing, Self Worth, Encouragement, Self Love.
Affirmation: I DO
  • Gluten free granola and Grains: pastas, breads, cereal, rice
  • Flax seeds, sunflower seeds, foods high in healthy fats
  • Clean organic dairy: non homogenized milk, hard cheeses, greek yogurt
  • Spices and herbs: ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel
  • Raw Cacao: dark chocolate helps with mental clarity and causes the body to release serotonin (the feel good hormone). The flavonoids in cacao have been shown to improve blood flow to the brain and the magnesium. Raw cacao helps to relieve stress and promotes relaxation.
  • Purple foods: grapes, blackberries, blueberries, eggplants, purple kale, purple cabbage and purple grapes, purple sweet potatoes.
  • Omega 3-rich foods: salmon, sardines, walnuts, flax seeds and chia seeds all contain high levels of Omegas. Omegas from plants and clean, sustainable fish and non-harmful fishing practices are hard to come by. When eaten they are great for boosting brain power and balancing the third-eye chakra. I recommend the Omega Blend by Juice Plus+. It is sustainable and clean, all derived from 100% plant-based sources to get in all these important Omega 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9’s daily.
Affirmations:
  • I offer up my negative qualities to the fire of transformation
  • My enthusiasm empowers me to achieve great things
  • I claim my power and accept responsibility for every part of my life
  • My healthy appetite for adventure equips me to enjoy challenges
  • My relationships are filled with courage, openness and confidence
Recommended Reading:
Chakra Balancing Kit by Anodea Judith
Crystal Healing by Simon and Sue Lilly
The Chakras by C. W. Leadbeater
Chakra Meditation by Swami Saradananda
18/03
Sources:
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