Fire in the Belly: The 3rd Chakra

“Fire is the spark of life that ignites will to action. Fire is the spark between Shiva and Shakti…” Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life.

Color: Golden Yellow

Seed Syllable: RAM

Element: Fire

Rules: Digestive System, Agni (digestive fire)

Planet: Sun

The 3rd chakra is the space from which we make manifest the watery dreams of the 2nd chakra. Students who will benefit from work with this chakra are those who have difficult making decisions and taking action. Physically, students who are prone to digestion issues and coldness will also find 3rd chakra focus of great benefit.

Here are some yogic suggestions to embrace the 3rd charka and your inner fire:

Asana

– Surya Namaskar (sun salutations)

– Virabhandrasana I, II & III (warrior poses)

– Trikonasana (triangle)

– Dhanurasana (bow)

Pranayama

– Bhastrikia

– Breath of Fire (Kapalabhati)

Bhandas

– Uddiyana Bhanda

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Unlocking the Heart: The Fourth Chakra

” Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston

Unlocking the heart chakra can be very powerful work to explore in your asana practice. As a bodyworker, I often find that this is a place that people physically manifest energetic holding and body armoring. Tight shoulders, neck and chest can be signs of a heart chakra in need of some work. For many, getting into chest openers will unlock old wounds and heartache that have been buried in the muscles and so I invite students to work as deeply as they feel comfortable.

The heart chakra is ruled by the air element and so exploring different types of pranayama are also excellent gateways to the 4th chakra. Furthermore, as the ribs, sternum and chest start to expand with heart chakra focused work, the deeper the breath will become and the more effective the pranayama.

Color: Emerald Green

Seed Syllable: YAM

Element: Air

Rules: Heart, Hands

Planet: Venus

Here are some yogic suggestions to embrace the heart chakra:

Asana

Matsyasana (fish pose)

Uttana Shishosana (happy puppy pose)

Setu Bhanda Sarvangasana (bridge pose)

Sphinx Pose

Pranayama

Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)

Bhandas

Mula Bhanda

Jalandhara Bhanda