Svadhisthana

WHO wants to talk about SEX?!
 
Well, we will touch on that ūüėČ but the sacral or svadhisthana chakra is really about emotional balance and intimacy. 

Located below the navel and centering around the reproductive organs this chakra is the seat of creativity, truth and the understanding and acceptance of ourselves.

A balanced sacral chakra allows us to live presently, feel fully, understand those feelings and express our emotions freely without loosing control.

Signs that you might have a blocked sacral chakra can include:

  • detachment
  • isolation
  • anxiety
  • loneliness
  • low libido
  • lack of creativity

While signs of an overactive sacral chakra can include:

  • feelings of being consumed by your emotions
  • escapism as a means to avoid life
  • obsessive affection that isn‚Äôt returned
  • engaging in inappropriate expressions of sexuality
INTIMACY
Sex plays a significant part in intimacy.  But as anyone who has had a one night stand knows, sex does not equal intimacy.

Intimacy can be difficult for those with a blocked sacral chakra. I think all of us at one time or another have felt the fear of opening up.¬† Why is that?¬† Is it because the sky will fall and the whole world will end in a storm of hell fire if we get hurt?¬† No.¬† People get hurt all the time and the earth still spins and¬†most of the time…¬†nobody¬†dies. (lol)¬† Real intimacy is so difficult because opening up means showing yourself to another as well as yourself.¬† The greatest gift we can offer is the knowledge of self.¬†

A relationship can only be as deep and honest as we are with ourselves.  Intimacy necessitates great trust both in ourselves and our partner.  In order to be accepted by another we must first know and accept ourselves.  This is why we seem to find self growth most often in the light of intimate relationships. Our partner acts as a mirror reflecting ourselves back at us.  This mirror can allow us to see ourselves clearly and a strong presence of mind allows us to not blame the mirror for what we see if it is unfavorable.  


 Emotional

Reacting vs. responding is another clue that our sacral chakra might need a little love.

Emotions and our reactions to them may seem beyond our control.¬† But this isn’t the case.¬† Our emotional responses are the result of conditioned response.¬† Things that have happened to us in the past mold how we will respond to similar situations in the future.¬† Ever heard of the term “baggage” ?¬†
Since the brain is unable to distinguish between real or imagined events the emotional and physical responses that accompanied an initial encounter (like trauma) are experienced all over again every time we revisit them.  This repetitive rehashing of events cements a coupling of emotional response with that event.    And if left unchecked throws us out of balance and affects future relationships. 

A balanced sacral chakra allows us to respond to our present circumstances (whatever they are) freely without the hindrance of past influences.   We can put down the baggage, so to speak, and free ourselves.  This degree of separation allows us to live fully in the present, experience fully anything that comes our way (both good and bad) and then move on.  

Healing your sacral chakra

If you feel like your sacral chakra could use a little attention here are a few things you can do.

Muladhara

1st Chakra: Courage

In my last post we discussed the chakras in broad terms; wheels of energy where our inner channels cross. Now that we have a basic understanding of what they are in general and how they effect our well being, let’s dive a little deeper and discuss the individual properties of each chakra.

Starting with the root chakra or the Muladhara chakra. This 1st chakra lies at the base of the spine and is the main source of our sense of stability and security.   When life is out of control and our most fundamental needs aren’t being met a balanced root chakra allows us to stand firm in the face of adversity and weather the storm.  

A lack of balance in the root chakra can manifest itself as issues with the legs, feet and eliminatory organs.  The root chakra is our foundation and if it becomes compromised then our entire journey becomes unstable. 
Our yoga practice provides us with the opportunity to find the balance required for the strong foundation needed to carry us through this life.  Paying attention to our breath, rooting down through our limbs more firmly and addressing and reflecting on what our wants and needs are help to awaken the energy within the root chakra. 

Put it into practice:

Go deeper, start to strengthen your root chakra with me in my FREE 5 day grounding series, where we will practice and discuss a new topic each day to strengthen our emotional foundations.

Meditation for Beginners

The Science of Chakras

Modern science is finally starting to catch up…

The body consists of numerous systems.  Most of us are familiar with many of them like the cardiovascular system, digestive system, immune system and nervous system.  But what about the parts of us that lie outside of the physical realm?  Our energy? Our essence? Our soul? We can all feel it but until relatively recently modern science offered little to no insight, leaving us with only ancient eastern teachings, that for many, are hard to swallow.

Eastern philosophy defines this intangible system as a central main channel known as the sushumnah nadi running vertically from the sacrum to the top of the head.  And two smaller channels on either side called the pingala, on the right and the ida on the left which weave around the central channel at seven key places known as the chakras.  These nadi /energetic pathways act like the vascular system but instead of carrying blood cells they carry our life force or energy, known by yogis as Prana.  When we are out of balance at any of the seven principle chakras, where the right and left pathways cross the central channel, it restricts the flow of prana and hinders us, manifesting as stress, anxiety, aches and pains. 

The practice of yoga helps to de-kink and unclog these restricted points by finding balance in each of the chakras. Eastern philosophy says that¬†the external physical work of yoga postures¬†effects our inner channels,¬†through which prana (our life force) and our thoughts travel.¬† The physical practice of yoga¬†loosens up choke points in these inner channels, where they twine around each other and form the circular-shaped ‚Äúwheels,‚ÄĚ or chakras in tune with our emotions.¬† ¬†Through meditation and asanas we remove any blockages within these channels allowing ourselves to access the various chakras.¬† When energy can¬†flow freely through our inner channels¬†we can fully engage with all of these points and enlightenment is obtained.

For some this might sound ridiculous.¬† Vocabulary like prana, life force and inner channels sounds like a bunch of hokey bullshit.¬† Right?¬† Well let me sing you the same song to a different tune….

In her revolutionary research Dr.¬†Candace Pert discovered the use of neuropeptides and their role in controlling the body’s¬†¬†autonomic systems as well as memory creation and storage on the cellular level throughout the entire¬† body.¬†

She found that when emotions are blocked by stress, denial, trauma or repression it prevents the flow of neuropeptides and diminishes the autonomic processes that are regulated by them.  This results in any number of problems with blood pressure, digestion, immunity, behavior etc..  Thus, she demonstrated the significant role our feelings play in our health, as well as our behavioral response to sensory input.  A collapse in just a few simple feedback loops can upset the entire body and disrupt our health and behavior.

Now it may just be the coincidence of the millennia but when Dr. Pert mapped out the neuropeptide receptor dense areas along the spine responsible for receiving, storing and recalling emotions, it matched perfectly with those of the chakras and prana described by yoga masters for thousands of years. 

I, personally,¬†don’t believe in coincidences. and¬†instead see it as empirical evidence corroborating a story that until now we had only circumstantial evidence for.¬† Like detectives uncovering the smoking gun Dr. Pert has put forth the physical evidence corroborating “my clients story your honor”!¬† Whether you call it prana or neuropeptides emotions affect/ control our health and behavior!

Two different languages, one simple Truth.¬† The mind and body are parts of the same whole, each affecting the other in a symbiotic relationship.¬† A process, if cultivated, we can consciously impact.¬† Therefore…
Your health, well being and the ability to heal your body lies entirely within your control.

The Secret to Handling Stress

You want to know the secret to effectively handling stress?  The secret to handling stress is taking responsibility for ourselves. 

Or more specifically acknowledging that how we feel is a choice and taking it upon ourselves to see the positive.  

Now, I know a lot of people will say bad stuff happens and I can‚Äôt control how that makes me feel or act.  But the truth is that while you have no control over a specific event, say a natural disaster? You do have the power to decide how you will respond to it. And in that choice all the difference is made.

For those that live in the blame space; “they made me angry, there is never enough time, the earthquake ruined my life”. Their lives often seem out of control, scary or hopeless. They spend a lot of time overwhelmed and upset when faced with a challenge.

And it’s no surprise. Because when we place blame we give the person or circumstance control over our lives.  Blaming gives our power away but acknowledging our own part in the play takes that power back.

Only by taking responsibility for our feelings, our circumstances do we have any real control over our lives. Instead of blaming the clock for ticking and not getting our work in on time we can, for example, reevaluate our processes develop better time management and make our deadlines.

By taking responsibility, we become capable problem solvers and therefore when presented with a difficult situation can competently navigate our way to a solution rather then becoming overwhelmed and bogged down in negativity.

Taking responsibility allows us to take life in stride, handle our problems more easily and navigate life’s many challenges with confidence and grace.

Gratitude

Above all gratitude gives us the strength and steadiness required to weather any storm.

When we have gratitude the world isn’t so scary or hopeless. We can’t feel alone when we have gratitude for the people in our lives. Nor can we feel poor when we are grateful for everything we have.

With gratitude in our hearts we are capable of seeing the abundance of our lives.

Kunda – what- ee?

Kundalini!

Officially my new favorite thing. It’s funky, it’s weird, it works!

Basically a moving meditation, this practice concentrates on activating and releasing the energy of the chakras or energy centers of the body. Beginning at the sacrum and moving upwards to just above the crown of the head, this practice acts to remove emotional blockages allowing us to access the various chakras and their energies.  When energy can flow freely we can engage fully with these energy centers and enlightenment is obtainable.

For some this might sound ridiculous.  Vocabulary like enlightenment and chakras sound like a bunch of hokey B/S.  Right? 

Well, let me sing you the same song to a different tune….

In her revolutionary research Dr. Candace Pert discovered the use of neuropeptides and their role in controlling the body’s  autonomic systems as well as memory creation and storage on the cellular level throughout the entire  body.  She found that when emotions are blocked by stress, denial, trauma or repression it prevents the flow of neuropeptides and diminishes the autonomic processes that are regulated by them.  This results in any number of problems with blood pressure, digestion, immunity, behavior etc..  Thus she demonstrated the significant role our feelings play in our health as well as our behavioral response to sensory input.  A collapse in just a few simple feedback loops can upset the entire body and disrupt our health and behavior.

Now, it may just be the coincidence of the millennia but when Dr. Pert mapped out the neuropeptide receptor dense areas along the spine responsible for receiving, storing and recalling emotions, she found that it matched perfectly with those of the chakras described by yoga masters for thousands of years. 

I, personally,¬†don’t believe in coincidences. and¬†instead see it as empirical evidence corroborating a story that until now we had only circumstantial evidence for.¬† Like detectives uncovering the smoking gun, Dr. Pert has put forth the physical evidence corroborating, “my clients story your honor”!¬† Whether you call it divine energy or neuropeptides, emotions affect/ control our health and behavior!

Two different languages, one simple Truth.  The mind and body are parts of the same whole, each affecting the other in a symbiotic relationship.  A process, if cultivated, we can consciously impact. 

Soooooo…
Screw the apple! A smile a day keeps the doctor away!

How are my yoga friends?!

Hey!

It’s been a long time.¬† You’ve been on my mind lately so I thought I’d take a minute to say “hi” and see how you are doing.¬† What’s new in your world?¬† How’s the family?¬† How’s your health?¬†

Things have been crazy here.¬† We were without power for 36 hours last week during the storm but we, and the house, are just fine.¬† #superherohusband.¬† It was also my birthday last week and while we didn’t go out the day of because of the storm, my husband took me to the symphony and dinner with friends that Saturday.¬† Yes, this is Texas and you can be fighting to survive the elements one day and attend the symphony the next.¬† LOL

The family is doing well.¬† We have all managed to get through the last year without getting sick #onlybyGod’sgrace.¬† And now most of us are vaccinated.¬† Everyday is a step closer to spending time with people again.¬† I don’t want to sound like a creeper… but I miss touching people!¬† I’m looking forward to the day when shaking hands is a polite greeting again and not an assault lol.¬† Or to offer adjustments to my yoga students in person, in a real classroom!

Anyways, hope you are doing well.¬† ¬†And if you ever need a little TLC I’m still doing my regular yoga class on Saturdays at 11:30am.¬†¬†HealingHausYoga.com¬† Hope to see you soon.

With love and gratitude,
Melissa Harland



Continue your yoga journey.  

Join us for class.
Saturdays 11:30am
No need to join class live.¬† I’ll send you the recording to enjoy at your leisure.
HealingHauseYoga.com

Gourmet Guru

Take your practice to the kitchen!

Join us, at 11:30am Saturday January 9th for a fun and tasty online workshop.  This workshop  will feature a traditional 30 minute physical practice followed by an Ayurvedic cooking lesson, where we will be preparing a recipe that demonstrates some of the basic Ayurvedic concepts.

Yoga isn’t just an exercise routine but a way of life.¬† Take the first step in incorporating your yoga practice into your daily life by attending our first ever Gourmet Guru workshop!¬† ¬†A 30 minute online yoga class will be followed by an online cooking class in which we will prepare a delicious and easy to make vegan¬†dish.¬†¬†

To sign up for class, and receive the recipe we will be preparing, click Here or visit HealingHausYoga.com, go to the schedule tab and select the class labeled Gourmet Guru.  Cost is $20/person.  Unable to make the live class? No worries!  Everyone registered for class will receive the recording and will have access to it for 7 days.

In the mean time, here is a list of the ingredients you will be needing.

  • 1 Tbls olive oil
  • 1 medium red cabbage (2 to 2 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled and grated
  • 1 1/4 cup apple cider viegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbls tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbls organic brown or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 2 tsp white sesame seeds

*note: for the sake of time I will be utilizing an InstaPot. However, you DO NOT NEED an INSTAPOT in order to participate.

Kindness Matters

NICE PEOPLE CAN’T BE TRUSTED!



“Wait, what? Holding doors open and helping old ladies across the street doesn’t make me untrustworthy!” You’re right it doesn’t, but neither does it make you nice. It makes you a¬†kind person.¬† There is a big difference between nice and kind.¬† Today let’s explore these differences and how there is no place for “nice” in our lives, as we continue our discussion on¬†Satya or Truthfulness.¬†



Like the KIND Bar boasts ”¬†It’s nice to remove artificial ingredients, but kind never had to.”


¬† ¬† What’s wrong with being nice?¬† Well, like the slogan suggests, nice is artificial whereas kind is real.¬† The innate difference between nice and kind is that at the root of niceness are feelings of inadequacy and the need for approval or validation from¬†others. Nice lacks honesty.¬† Nice¬†is an illusion.¬† It is a false image¬†imposed by what we think others want to see.¬† Nice lies to your face because it’s afraid of you.¬† Nice hides the truth in fancy little¬†boxes only letting you see what it wants you to.
 

 Kindness, on the other hand, is a commitment to honesty without harming others and stems from a place of benevolence and love.  Kindness comes from our unique essence and speaks to the moment from a center of truth.  Kindness asks us to live from a place where there is nothing to defend and nothing to hide.  

The practice of Satya (truthfulness) and Ahimsa (non-violence) naturally culminate in kindness. There is no need for “nice” when you have kindness.¬† Honesty to ourselves and to others while resolving to do no harm provides us with the basic framework for building happy, competent and meaningful lives.¬† ¬†Trust in the truth, do no harm and the rest will fall in place.¬†

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