Mindful Mondays – 08/18/14

Mindful Mondays

My second week of my Chakra challenge has come to an end!

In learning to balance my Sacral Chakra, I honestly didn’t feel any differently. I loved the yoga, and sometimes went through them multiple times a day, but didn’t feel any differently. The meditation is still a challenge for me. I am a tad bit upset that this part of the challenge didn’t go as well as the first. On the bright side, my anxiety hasn’t been flaring up! However, I am still angry. It scares me how much anger I have. Just having people bring up memories that make me feel as if my experiences are being discounted, I get extremely angry. Since my anger has been bubbling at the surface in the past few weeks, I am hoping that balancing my Navel Chakra will help. Not only do I hope that my anger will subside, but that I will be able to face someone who I have not faced in over a year. I am supposed to go to court and testify against him, and I am absolutely terrified. I will need courage.

The Manipura Chakra, or Navel Chakra, is located in the stomach area. This Chakra affects the digestive system, and when it is unbalanced you can suffer physically in the form of digestive problems and eating disorders, as well as emotionally. The emotional issues that arise from a blocked Navel Chakra include anger, greed, and envy. This Chakra is believed to govern courage, self-esteem, and willpower. The symbol of this Chakra is a yellow lotus flower with ten petals and the element is fire.

In order to balance my Navel Chakra I will doing a few suggested poses from yoga.com. These include the Boat Pose, Warrior 2 Pose, and Sun Salutations. I will also add in Cat and Cow poses, and Plank Pose.

Rather than doing a simple mantra, I will be doing one a bit more personalized. Hopefully by having a more personalized mantra, I can enjoy meditation more. My mantra for this week is “I am strong. I am capable. I am driven. I am worthy. I will love and respect myself.”

Namaste Y’all,

Autumn

P.S. Just as a reminder, I am by no means an expert. I am not a yoga instructor (although I do hope to become one in the near future), I just read a lot about yoga, meditation, and Hinduism. I am just going through this and sharing my journey.

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Mindful Mondays- 08/11/14

Mindful Mondays

I completed my first 7 days of my chakra challenge!

In this time, I have done numerous sun salutations and I really did see an improvement in my anxiety. Every time that it would begin to flare up, I would just stand for a few moments in mountain pose or run through the yoga asana I posted. After a few moments, peace would return. However, I did begin to see a lot more anger in my daily life. It seemed as if, once I realized what I was trying to hide from, and once I was no longer scared, I seemed to become angry at the people and circumstances that had led me to become this fearful. I loved doing the yoga asana, and would sometimes go through it a few times a day. The meditation, on the other hand, I really struggled with. I also had a bit of difficulty doing the mantra. I am sure that with more practice, I won’t be so awkward and I will begin to reap the added benefits of the meditation, as well as the yoga.

Now I will focus my energies to balancing my Svadhisthana Chakra, or Sacral Chakra. This Chakra is located at the base of the pubic bone. It is associated with creativity, birth, emotional identity, sexual identity, desire, pleasure, and self-gratification. When this Chakra is blocked, we can feel congested or empty inside, and our creativity will suffer. The symbol of the Sacral Chakra is an orange lotus flower with six petals, while the element of the Sacral Chakra is water.

In order to balance my Sacral Chakra, I will be doing a few suggested poses to create my own unique asana. From yoga.com, I will be incorporating the triangle pose, child’s pose, and cobra pose. I will also incorporate the butterfly pose, the pigeon pose, and the garland pose. I am going to aim for posting a photo series of this sequence, or maybe even a video, in order to actually provide you guys with a visual.

The mantra for the Sacral Chakra will simply be, “VAM”.

Namaste Y’all,

Autumn

Mindful Mondays – 08/04/14

Discovering Autumn, Inspiration, Mindful Mondays

First off, I would like to say HAPPY AUGUST! School is around the corner, as is my namesake season!

I have decided to start a 49 day meditation challenge!

I decided one the 49 day length because it would allow me to dedicate a week to each of the 7 Chakras. Every Mindful Monday will be my plan for the upcoming week, and my results and methods from the previous week. I will meditate and do yoga targeted at each specific Chakra.

Chakras are seven points that are believed to be the link between mind and the physical body. Kundalini yoga is the school of yoga that focuses on opening all the Chakras. Enlightenment is attained once energy is flowing all the way from the Root Chakra up to the Crown Chakra.

To start off, I will be balancing the Base, or Root, Chakra. The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine, and governs acceptance, confidence, and security. Resentment and rigidity are two shadow emotions of the Root Chakra. A lotus with four petals is the symbol of the Root Chakra, while the element of the Root Chakra is Earth.

The Root Chakra deals with survival, but can become blocked by fears. When the Root Chakra is clear we feel confident and protected. However, when it is blocked we feel anxious.

I will be following this yoga asana from the Free People Blog

The mantra for the Root Chakra that I will use is simply, “LAM”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excuse the awkward no makeup, hair up, meditation pose. My face looks so uncomfortable, but I promise that I don’t always look like that.