November full moon intentions

This full moon in November is known as the frost moon, or the beaver moon; as at this time of year the cool fresh frosty mornings begin to lead us into winter, and traditionally this is the time that furs would be sought out to warm us through the next few months.

This full moon will be spectacularly bright due to its current proximity to us (only Decembers moon will be brighter this year), and is in the earth sign of Taurus, promising to shower us with abundance.  Indeed the number 11 in numerology is sacred, representing divinity, rebirth and a higher consciousness. 

 

Yet this moon also holds another name, the mourning moon. Last months full moon energy began our reflection upon endings with the natural shifting of cycles into autumn, yet this month we asked how these cycles move into us personally.  

The primary theme for November is the turning of the soil, and asks us to dig deep, and to see what it is that we have been neglecting beneath the surface. To turn up, to inspect and to feed our ground in preparation for new seeds to be planted. 

As we turn the soil of our lives, we are not only uncovering elements we have turned away from, but also real gifts that we had forgotten we were blessed with. We are given the opportunity to turn our attention and to direct our nourishment, both to the new, and to the deserving old, as we begin to prepare for new journeys ahead. 

Shar's Diwali Treats

1/2 tin condensed milk
200g desiccated coconut
8 cardamom pods crushed ( use seeds only )
Small pinch saffron soaked in 1tbsp of warm milk for 15 mins


To coat
50g desiccated coconut
25g chopped pistachio
Pinch of Himalayan salt


Mix together condensed milk coconut, cardamom and
Saffron milk together .

Tip into a non stick pan and stir over medium heat for5 mins.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Roll into balls or shapes and roll / sprinkle in coconut and pistachios .

Chill before serving

Immerse Yourself in The Light of Lights

The Hindu festival of Diwali is observed during the last two days of the dark half of Kartik (October-November).

 

The Sanskrit term Diwali simply translates to “a row of lights”

 

There are several alleged origins to Diwali. Some believe it’s a celebration of the marriage between Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu however, on the same day Krishna killed the demon Narakasura and Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after overpowering the demon King Ravana. In neighbouring Bengal, the festival is dedicated to the Goddess Kali.

 

Irrespective the overall theme is universal: the day celebrates the power of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

 

Preparations for this five-day celebration include paying off old debts, cleaning the home and buying new clothes. It’s also a custom to buy gold. Homes are lit from outside with many ghee lamps to invite prosperity. Fireworks are lit and people unite regardless of colour, creed or caste. Sweet treats are offered and a vegetarian banquet is laid.

 

Having been fortunate enough to witness this illuminating festival in Delhi in 1993 it remains one of my favourite Hindu festivals that I continue to observe here in the UK. It’s a festival that is celebrated not only by Hindus but also Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs throughout the world.


What does Diwali mean to me?

For us here in the UK Diwali falls during autumn- a time for trees to shed their leaves as the nights draw in and we have time to reflect.

I take this opportunity to prepare for the approach of winter, take stock of the year so far, the knowledge that I have gained and the lessons learnt to date. For me this year has been a truly testing one, yet Diwali permits me the time to reflect on just how much I have achieved. I am grateful for the experience both good and bad  and the love and compassion from my tribe that allowed me to survive the darkness and come back into the light.

Love & light

Shar

Full moon in Aries

This Thursday 5th October we have a Full Moon in Aries; the Hunter Moon. This particular lunar energy will help us come face to face with the obstacles that are holding us back. Our mind is so powerful that often the obstacles that come before us are manifestations of the fear that lives inside. Sometimes obstacles are necessary as they allow us to weigh up what we really want and don't want, also what we are willing to do for our goals to become reality. Obstacles also help to direct us on our path.

When you believe in something, when your heart’s desire is beating strong, all fear looks small in comparison. This is again where the power of our heart and mind can be something we use to overcome fears we may hold onto. 

With this focus we realise that we all have that inner strength and require a level of balance within to gain clarity. There was a perfect quote I read this morning from a blog I love...

“Our inner experience is what informs our outer experience, so by practicing inner stability and balance, we are not only advancing our own personal growth, but being of service on the planet at the same time" 

(Thank you mysticmamma.com

 

 

A practise for this Full Moon:

Using Palo Santo (hopefully our members have some left from last month!) it's qualities align well with the vibration of Aries. Burn this to cleanse and take a seated crossed legged position. Inhale a full breath and exhale in bramari for 8 repetitions, each time filling your heart with knowing your mind and trusting yourself.

Autumn Chestnut and Beets Salad

This seasonal salad is packed with a punch of earthy goodness. You'll need;

 

For your croutons; 3 slices crusty sourdough bread and a little olive oil. (Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Dice the bread and toss with olive oil in a small roasting tin. Add salt and pepper, then bake for around 12-15 minutes until brown and crisp.)

 

For the salad itself;

Lamb's lettuce (approx 70g)

Cooked chestnuts (approx 200g. Purchase as a pack or roast yourself!)

Cooked (not pickled!) beetroot. (approx 200g.)

One apple, thinly sliced.

(Optional) 5 slices of serrano ham.

 

And for the dressing: dice 1 small red onion and mix with 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, then leave for 10 mins. Mix 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard and 4 tablespoons of walnut oil with salt and pepper and whisk until slightly thickened. Stir into the onions, then pour over your salad!

Roasted Roots Soup

This nourishing soup is supercharged, and super simple, plus once everything is chopped and peeled there is very little to do!

Start by frying the onions until soft (approx 5 mins), then add them to a large pan, add in all the vegetables (chopped and peeled of course!) bring to a simmer and leave with the lid on for a good 3 hours. Blend the soup to your preference and serve with an added spoonful of greek yoghurt and a sprinkling of coriander. 

 

Ingredients:

Carrots (approx 3 large, chopped and peeled),

Celariac (1, chopped and peeled),

Two leeks, (halved, then chopped),

Swede (1, chopped and peeled),

Onion (1, small. chopped and peeled),

Vegetable stock (1.5 litres),

and, plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

 

To garnish greek yoghurt and fresh, chopped coriander. 

October Abhyanga.

As the natural world begins to shift towards a time of retreating and regrouping, try this Ayurvedic daily self-care prescription, the Dinacharya, to reinspire your self care practice and stave off that cold weather lethargy;

 

Step 1. Wake up before dawn!

This might seem like a tricky starting point but according to Doshic theory between 6am and 10am is the time of the Kapha aggravation. If we don't get up before this period we are subject to the kapha qualities of sluggishness and lethargy. 

 

Step 2. Wash the night (and your previous day) away!

Splash cool water over your face seven times. This cooling element is said to prepare the body for a calm and collected day, whilst the seven splashes represents to integration of your 7 chakras. 

 

Step 3. Scrape your Tongue, and Clean your Teeth.  

Before taking a drink ayurveda recommends you scrape any sort of white coating on the tongue off as it represents undigested toxins in the body. You can purchase tongue scrapers online, or alternatively, most modern toothbrushes will have a textured pattern on the back of the brush designed to clean the tongue with. 

Oil pulling can then be used to clean the teeth and detox the body, as the fat enzymes absorb bacteria and mucous to be expelled. (for a guide to oil pulling CLICK HERE.)

 

Step 4. Give yourself a massage! 

We all know the benefits of a good massage, yet it has probably never even crossed our minds that we would be able to gift those benefits to ourselves! If you know your dosha you can choose an oil to suit: To balance vata use ginger, cardamom, or orange; for pitta sandalwood or lavender; and for kapha eucalyptus and rosemary.

For a simple routine;

  • Start by massaging around the eyes and over the face including the ears.
  • Massage both the front and back of the neck and only as far as is comfortable to reach without strain the upper part of the spine.
  • Massage the arms and hands, using long sweeps over the muscle and circular movements over the joints.
  • Massage over the heart and the abdomen in a clockwise, circular motion.
  • Massage the legs, using the same movements as the arms
  • End with the feet.

For an extra invigorating effect lightly and quickly brush the skin. The aim here is to stimulate lymphatic movement which requires only a light touch, and always brush in the direction of the heart. This also has the added bonus of brushing in the oil.

 

Step 5. Meditate.

Whether for you that means some time sitting silently with yourself, or the moving meditation of a yoga practice... time to be with yourself with the simple aim of connection and of natural recalibration will reap amazing rewards throughout your day. 

 

Step 6. Shower.

You are calm, you are collected. You are oiled and invigorated. Now, enjoy a shower and the rest of your day!

Oil Pulling?

This ancient practice rooted in ayurveda can be a wonderful addition to your daily routine. Oil pulling is best carried out first thing, on an empty stomach whilst the body is still in its naturally detoxing mode. Here's how: 

 

First and foremost; select a high quality, cold pressed oil. We love THIS coconut oil, infused with peppermint. Not only does it taste and smell good but it is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and packed with enzymatic properties. 

Take approximately a teaspoon of oil in the mouth, and swill for a minute of 3 minutes, but ideally upto 20 minutes. Make sure you don't swallow any though!

Spit the oil back out; ideally into a tissue and then into the bin as the oil itself can sometime block delicate drains as it solidifies once cool.

Rinse the mouth with warm, slightly salty water. Again here a high quality salt is important; pick a natural rock or sea salt. 

 

If it feels necessary, you can then brush the teeth with a natural toothpaste. Then, go about your day feeling fantastic!

 

 

...on cultivating peace in yoga practice.

I used to associate the idea of 'peace' with the notion of escape. A nonspecific removal of myself from the current circumstances of my life. 

It wasn't that my circumstances were at any point particularly horrendous, but just that there was some element that was jarring and unsatisfactory. An element that was challenging and exhilarating perhaps yet simultaneously exhausting. I have always considered myself to be rallied by challenge, yet there is a point that this no longer holds out, and I need to step away from the cognition and the understanding of it all. 

I would long for 'peace' for escape, into the vastness and quiet of nature. A lake to swim, a forest to explore. And perhaps it is because of our tendency to positively bias our memories, I would seek that literal retreat, remembering the last time I gazed down at the path I had just climbed as my heart pounded and then settled slowly; or else I would watch documentaries about communities that live removed from all the modern physical and mental clutter I had crowded myself with and felt overwhelmed by. 

 

And then I would get there... to some lake, or the base of some gnarly track as the rain began to drizzle and I would feel at once free and exhilarated and terrified! Totally terrified. And in the same way that I would doubt myself sat at the computer, I would doubt myself as I climbed into my gear. I would be undeniably confronted by my smallness, by my fragility. My impatience. My ego. Mostly, most probably my ego. 

There is a popular analogy of meditation as slipping beneath the ripples on the surface of a lake; a beautiful analogy that describes the sensations of immersion, and of subversion. The muffled quiet that is uncomparable to any noise we experience in our daily land-based, oxygen dependent existence. It conveys the sense of simply being in something vast, yet simultaneously supported. We feel held in that gentle compression of the water. We have a sense that we are operating beyond our normal axis of operation. We wish for a moment that we could stay there forever... and for a moment it is easy to do so... but then the urge to breathe begins to build and eventually we must re-emerge. A cacophony of rippling water and earthy sounds and we are back on that edge of vigilance and of fear of the darkness beneath us, that only a moment ago felt like home. 

Perhaps this is the biggest challenge of meditational practice. That moment when we must return to the surface. The moment that we are presented with the inherent emptiness of idealized escapism as a proxy for peace. We see that our deadlines haven't changed and perhaps we begin to feel foolish for thinking we could carry that sense of achievement and clarity triumphantly back with us.

Worse still, as our practice deepens and we begin to experience more profound and deeper levels of ourselves we begin more keenly aware of our neurosis and the greater range of our human experience that at some point became arbitrarily categorised as good and bad, tolerable and intolerable, and we deny ourselves any further progress for fear of what may be underneath. There is a saying (whether it's true I dont know), that one of the primary reasons for a fear of heights, is just how powerful our curious mind is...what would it be like to jump? And we don't trust ourselves. 

But now I'm mixing metaphors... lets go back to our lake. 

We long to be in it... submerged. Held. Quiet. Endless. Untouched by the surface world. We have surpassed the fears and the trepidation of the surface. Of the unknown and dive willingly from our outer worlds into our inner. Whether it is a seated practice, or interwoven into the flow of our yoga asana, we are in our lake. And we want it to live up so badly to our static ideal, yet more often than not it doesn't. We had that first taste of serenity in the absorption of the challenge of the balance of virabhadrasana 3, yet now we float there with ease and our mind is free to roam again. And if we can hold that energy there, after the physical resistance has shifted, then it is here that the magic of our practice begins to unfold. 

We are all familiar with the term karma; our accumulated and collected deposit of energy that lurks in our root and risks cycling us through the same unenlightened existence lifetime after life time. Yet above that, in the second chakra we hold our Samskara, or our 'colourings'. They are the thoughts (vrittis) judgements and the assumptions that overlay, and underlie our understanding of the world around us, that we have become so attenuated to that we cannot see them or how they limit us. How we respond to them, affects then how they are proliferated through the rivers of our body. 

Enlightenment is often associated with the notion of vanishing into thin air, or becoming totally transparent, and perhaps, that understanding has its roots here. Importantly for my personal practice, is that the idea of resolving these samskaras is not a path of transcendence but a path of acceptance and understanding. Whilst our thoughts are still 'coloured' (klishta vrittis), as with tinted lenses, they change in some way our view. Our process then is to understand them so that they become uncoloured thoughts (aklishta vrittis), that yes, are still a part of our world and our experience of living now, but that they do not change our incoming perception. We can literally, so to speak, see through them. We become transparent. It is the proverbial mud churned up in our entry to the lake settling again to reveal the true nature of the bottom of the lake, and the middle and the above. It certainly isn't a comfortable process, it isn't even a linear process, and perhaps the end of it is more elusive than we can imagine whilst no maps of the route exist, only of the terrain and all the possible roads you might go down. It isn't often a dramatic and sensational route, but rather a steady and determined trudge.

We do not become peaceful by means of escape, or of disconnection and apathy. Rather, we attain peace through understanding how we obscure our innate peacefulness. 

Perhaps then it is better to describe peace alongside equanimity, and equilibrium. More even than understanding that we are the calm and central 'I' in the middle of a storm, but that we can courageously continue the journey of searching for the eye of the storm, with the knowledge that primarily that journey is about getting out of our own way on that route, or letting go of everything that pulls us back into the maelstrom. Of finding that vastness, and that quiet, and that acceptance and that peace within us, and of learning how to resist the urge to take hold of everything that pulls us out of it and into the mundanity and judgment of daily life, until maybe one day that fantastic memory of swimming backstroke in a lake with the blue sky above and crystal clear darkness beneath is no longer separate from our daily life. 

 

--- so, for the International Day of Peace, an intention, not of fantasising about a glorified, static and frankly fictitious state... but an intention. An intention of being brave enough, and humble enough and patient enough to continue on the journey towards rediscovering what it is to exist in peacefulness, and emanate peacefulness and embody peace (at least most of the time!)

 

Vegan Date & Walnut Cake

1 cup of chopped pitted dates 

1 cup of chopped walnuts 

( I bought whitworths already chopped and mixed together )

1/2 cup oil ( I used coconut oil )

2 cups of water

I/2 cup of sugar 

1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon 

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt 

2 cups of spelt flour 

 

*Sieve together flour and baking powder and soda 

Sieve a second time 

*place all other ingredients in a pan stir well and simmer for 30 mins till it becomes gel like 

*leave to cool for 2 hours ( very important ) 

*pour cooled wet gel into flour mixture and combine 

*Place in greased loaf tin or 9 mini loaf cases 

*cook in preheated oven at 360 / 180 gas mark 4 for about 50 mins or until an inserted skewer comes out clean .


This cake is deliciously moist and keeps for over a week in an airtight container

Ayurvedic apricot and lentil soup ( suitable for Kaphas) .

100g dried chopped apricots 

100g lentils ( I used half green half red )

Veg Stock 1litre

2tsp cumin powder 

2 potatoes 

Juice of 1 lemon

Chopped parsley 

 

Cube potatoes and throw everything except the parsley in a pan simmer till lentils are cooked .

Season and garnish with fresh parsley.

 

This soup is healthy, totally fat free and suitable for vegans! A great warming dish as the autumn nights start to get a little cooler. 

Preparing for a Yoga Mala

As we lead up to the YogaMatters North East Yoga Mala this Saturday a few questions keep popping up!

 

Here's a little post to help put your mind at ease...

 

 

 

1) How do I know when I've done all 108?

Easy... we'll be counting for you! After we've opened with a short meditation to unite our focus, and some chanting to wake up our energy, each of the four teachers will be leading you through 27 salutations. Each 27 will have a distinct theme that is presented all around the world as many other tribes join the Global Mala project... read more here https://globalmalaproject.squarespace.com

We will then conclude the practice with a guided savanna and some time to socialise! (Plus all attendees will receive a free gift from YogaMatters!)

 

 

108 that sounds like a lot! Will I be able to do it? 

Yes! 108 might sound like a lot of sun salutations, but for those with a regular practice it will not feel too dissimilar in difficulty to a standard 90minute class.

 

What happens if I need a rest?

That's absolutely fine! The most important thing is the communal moving of energy. We will be teaching several different variations of the salutations with modifications for all. You are welcome to rotate through the modifications as necessary to keep your body feeling good!

 

If to continue with you integrity you would like to take one or two (or ten!) rounds in child's pose then all we ask if that you continue to follow the visualisation of the movements and breathe in sync with the group.

 

 

Can I bring water in?

Yes of course. Water will need to be in sealed bottle, but bring as much as you like! We do no recommend bringing in food however as there will not be opportunity to eat it throughout. Make sure you have a good breakfast (this is our favourite!) and have a banana or your favourite pre-yoga snack on hand for before you step on to your mat.

 

 

Should I prepare an intention?

If you would like to! The Mala is a powerful meditative process, and is a wonderful opportunity for you to work deeply with personal intentions if you have them, alongside the global intentions we will be sharing on the day.

 

 

Anything else we should know?

The cost is £5, with proceeds going to support work by the Phoenix Prison trust, bringing yoga to prisons across the U.K. And you can sign up HERE

 

See you on the mat soon! 

Overnight Oats

Gluten free rolled oats

Almond milk

Seed & Nut mix

Dried cranberries

Goji berries

Coconut flakes

Honey

Large orange

1 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of almond milk, juice of half and orange mix together.

Add half teaspoon full of honey, mix.

Then sprinkle of coconut flakes, 1 teaspoon of goji and cranberries, 1 heaped dessertspoon of seed and nuts mix.

Mix all together, then store in fridge overnight.

Serve with a heaped spoonful of natural yogurt.

 

 

 

 

Gluten free rolled oats

Almond milk

Seed & Nut mix

Dried cranberries

Goji berries

Coconut flakes

Crunchy Peanut butter

1 large banana

Cacao nibs

1 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of almond milk.

Sprinkle of coconut flakes, 1 teaspoon of goji and cranberries, 1 heaped dessertspoon of seed and nuts mix. Soak overnight.

To serve slice banana and layer on top of the oat mix with a dessertspoon of crunchy peanut butter and a sprinkle of cacao nibs on top.

Autumn Cleansing.

Palo Santo, literally meaning “holy wood”, is found throughout Central and South America and is used in much the same way as White Ceremonial Sage is used in North America; to combat negative energies and to cleanse spaces and people. Palo Santo comes from the same family of tree (Burseraceae) that includes frankincense and myrrh. So sacred is this tree, that its harvesting is protected by the Peruvian government. Only branches that have naturally fallen may be harvested, with the wood reaching its highest potency 4 years or more after it has fallen. 

The use of Palo Santo is different than many other smudging materials as it is fragrant in its raw form and therefore does not necessarily need to be lit to feel its benefits, although it often still is for ceremonial purposes. The rising smoke of the lit sticks has been used for centuries, dating back to the Inca period and is believed to enter the energy field of ritual participants to clear misfortune, negative thoughts and to chase away evil spirits. It uses also extend to inspiring creativity, evoking protection, infusing blessings and bringing both love and good fortune. 

Regarding physical healing, Palo Santo has been said to relieve symptoms of common colds, stress, headaches, anxiety, inflammation and in its oil form supports the nervous system. 


How to use Palo Santo to cleanse a space.

  1. Light your Palo Santo stick; once the stick has caught fire allow it to burn for about 30 seconds and then gently blow out the flame leaving the stick smouldering. 
  2. Start by the front door (or main entrance) and from there walk clockwise through the space letting the smoke reach each corner. For a specific effect you can add an intention to this process and hold it in your mind as you move through the space.
  3. When you are finished, place your Palo Santo stick in a fireproof container. The glow at the end of the stick will eventually go out on its own. Unlike an incense stick which will burn out completely after lighting it, your Palo Santo wood may be relit many, many times. One stick can probably be used 20 times or more.

The Joy of Leading A Yoga Mala

One of my teachers once described the process of yoga meditation as a little like running for a train. At first, there is effort…a distinct effort filled with frustration and doubt, even a sense that perhaps it really isn’t even really possible to catch the train. And of course, there are many trains that simply get missed, leaving you standing on a platform somewhere that isn’t where you were hoping to end up.

Yet with just enough effort expended, the timing just right, and perhaps a little bit of luck, the moment will arrive when finally you leap on to the train and can relax totally into the fruits of your effort… your onward journey supported by some complete and external momentum.


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A Total Eclipse...

Our universe has always been a source of immense wonder to me, and eclipses are a particularly rare and beautiful treat! 

Despite the fact that eclipses are essentially the blocking of the sun's light, and it may seem like this moment of temporary darkness would have negative connotations, the reverse is true. Rather a Solar Eclipse is like an amplified New Moon and offers the chance of transformation as we have an opportunity to break out of the viewpoint we currently hold, and appreciate the light anew. Sometimes these realisations can be challenging, yet they will make their benefits known soon enough. 

 

Sadly, the total eclipse will not be visible from the UK, though we will be able to see a partial eclipse just before sunset – provided the skies are relatively clear.  The eclipse will start at around 7.30pm and will peak at 8.04pm in London and 7.58pm in Edinburgh and will last for around 40 minutes. If you have the opportunity try to catch it. The ancients believed that during a Solar Eclipse the light of the Sun would give way to the darkness in order to be transformed.

This momentary darkness was believed to be highly spiritual as it would allow the Sun to return even brighter and more energetic in the sky. An energetic reboot for us all!

These changes may not be visible immediately as this Eclipse has a veil like effect that can shield us from seeing the full story. It is often not until the energies have settled down that the full truth can emerge and clarity shows. Although we can struggle with change, allowing ourselves to accept and sit with it will be the best thing we can do for our own energies. Be cautious to avoid miscommunication and take time out to check your own patience.

Over the next few mornings on waking breathe deeply and give your body and mind a few extra minutes to stretch, if you have the time warm up with some seated postures, and sun salutations, and finish with a good 5 minute savasana.

The Power of Wheel

Everything in life is cyclical. Our bodies operate on a series of cycles. Our planet exists through a series of cycles... scale right up to the universe as we know it and again we see a series of cyclical motions.

 

Eternal recurrence is a concept that describes the universe as a self contained energy that will continue to recur and recur in a self-similar form infinitely. 

 

In yoga we talk about the wheel of karma or the residual energies that determine how our next cycle will take form. It isn't so much that we can accumulate good and/or bad karma and as such are subsequently rewarded and/or punished in the next cycle, but that we all have a certain amount of karma to clear, certain lessons to be learned, and certain obstacles to overcome and that until those energetic prints are changed we will be destinated to re-live them in a self-similar way, potentially infinitely. However, once we are able to change that print then our course changes, our next cycle, our next orbit operates around a different axis. 

 

Of course a cycle doesn't have to be a lifetime. Is there someone who pushes past you at the bus stop week after week? Until you make some adjustment to the exchange it will always continue to happen. These rules apply to all your interactions.

 

... so you are maybe thinking, well this article is about wheel? And it is! 

 

Before karma is karma, it rests dormant as samskara in the root chakra. A samskara is most simply described as a potential karma. An unconscious habit. Something that if left unattended may become a self-sustaining pattern; or an eternal recurrence. 

 

Part of our yoga practice is to bring these unconscious samskaras, into our conscious awareness, such that we can move the energy from our lower, more base chakras upto the higher chakras, removing that limiting imprint and allowing us to move forwards through the cycles of our life.

 

Any posture that begins to take us to our edges will begin to reveal these samskaras, we see our impatience, our irritabilityWe see our pride and our fears. And perhaps we also begin to see how those same things show up in our daily life, and how by challenging them on the mat, we change our capacity of it. 

 

One of the many benefits of wheel, or Chakrasana is its ability to break through the knots that bind energy in the lower chakras,  granthi bhedena. Granthis are formed from the accumulation of many of these behaviours and cluster in particular points through the spinal column (more about this in an another post to come!)

 

Chakrasana creates a bridge between each of the chakras, that allows energy to flow uninterrupted through them all, whilst the strength of that flow pierces, or unties the various blockages. Chakrasana most powerfully opens our heart centre, which opens us up to the capacity to transform from a place of love and compassion, ensuring that our new cycle originates from a place of authenticity and embodiment.