Introduction to the Chakras (part 1)

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‘Chakra’ is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel. They spin on their own axis and in relation to the amount of energy in the system.

Chakras are sometimes referred to as lotuses, which is a great way to bring to life the force of the Chakra system.
The lotus blooms upon the surface of the water, but is rooted deeply in mud far below the surface.  This has come to represent the human condition. Just as a lotus, the chakra can be closed, in bud, opening, or blossoming, either active or dormant.
Just as everyone has a physical body, so too do we each have a subtle body. The Chakras bridge the physical and subtle matter.
Physical body:
Each of the Chakras correspond to a physical system and the related organs.
Base Chakra: relates to large intestine and rectum, it shares responsibility of the kidneys with the sacral Chakra.
Sacral Chakra: relates to the reproductive system, ovaries and testes, the bladder and the kidneys.
Solar plexus Chakra: relates to the liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen and small intestine.
Heart Chakra:  relates to the heart and arms.
Throat Chakra: relates to the lungs and throat.
Brow Chakra: relates to the brain.
Crown Chakra: not related or limited to one specific part of the body, but rather to the whole being.
There is a relationship between the condition of the Chakra and the relating physical organs. For example, dysfunction of the reproductive system will often manifest with obvious physical symptoms, such as disrupted menstruation. This will then be mirrored by disruption to the related energy network and chakra itself.
Traditionally, each of the chakras are also related to a major gland.
Base: adrenals
Sacral: ovaries in women, testes in men
Solar: pancreas
Heart: thymus
Throat: thyroid and parathyroid
Brow: pituitary gland
Crown: pineal.
The endocrine glands play an important part in our everyday health and well-being. The hormones released into the bloodstream govern all aspects of growth and development, therefore dysfunction by any of the endocrine glands will have a serious effect on the physical body.

Apple Tree.

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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with it’s yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples fall around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you have tasted as many as you could.”

~ Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum.

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New class schedule.

I am so excited to announce that I have added more public classes to my teaching schedule.

Monday:
12.15 – 1.15 at Yoga Tree Hayes
7.30 – 8.45 at Bernal Yoga

Tuesday:
4.30 – 6.00 at Planet Granite SF

Wednesday:
12.15 – 1.15 at Yoga Tree Hayes
7.30 – 8.45 at Bernal Yoga

Thursday:
4.30 – 6.00 at Planet Granite SF

Friday:
12.15 – 1.15 at Yoga Tree Hayes

Saturday:
11.15 – 12.30 at Planet Grainte SF

I still have space in my schedule to come to your office and teach, and I have a couple of slots available for private sessions.

Be in touch for further information or any questions.
jacquirowley@gmail.com

Thanks OMies.

 

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How Real Deal Christians Schooled This Yogini on Love and Forgiveness

jacquirowley:

A wonderful lesson in love and forgiveness from the talented Katie Silcox.

Originally posted on Katie Silcox:

Yoga-mat-carrying-chics could learn something from bible-carrying chics. I should know. I got schooled by some sassy, suit-wearing lady-preachers this past year when I moved back down south to Virginia, land of the notorious Bible Belt.

A few months back I had a big ole’ fat case of the poor-me’s. A mind gremlin had actually wrapped her slimy webbed palms around my head and heart. She was ruthless, loudly blaring things into my heart space that made me wanna’ give up on my dreams and get in bed with a box of Chex-mix and a block of cheese.

Luckily, my mama (Vera) was around to pull me out of funk-city, dragging me kicking and screaming to a bible study. The last time I had been to bible class I was wearing MC-hammer pants, braiding friendship bracelets and listing to Toni Braxton. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled at the prospect…

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Anxiety and Delight.

Anxiety and laughter are really the same phenomenon, but seen from different points of view.

Shudders of horror, and shudders of delight.

Tears of grief, and tears of joy.

They are the same shudders and the same tears, but they have a completely different meaning.

Life is a matter of oscillation and vibration.

The question is, How are you going to interpret that?

Is it tremble, tremble, tremble

or laugh, laugh, laugh?

~Alan Watts.

 

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Being kind in unkind times.

I am currently feeling the contradiction of intense, difficult and uncomfortable feelings of hurt and betrayal of my trust and paradoxically the sense of immense gratitude, love and peace with my own ability to remain open in a world filled with people that do mean things or operate from a place of greed and selfishness.
If the human heart is inherently gentle and kind,then how do we cope with a world that seems so harsh and mean?
How does one remain open, warm and gentle as we move through a world that is hard, cold and sometimes very difficult. How do we move through this difficulty without ourselves becoming difficult and hard? Where do you find the strength to remain open and vulnerable so it sets the stage for the people in your life to feel comfortable to do the same?
The answer to these questions and all questions involving personal struggle, is “Intention.” Your heart is called to, and invited to begin each day with the intention to be kind, to be open, to give and receive  love, to be gentle and caring to yourself and others.
We will fail, we will slip up and fall down, that is inevitable!  But if we do not initially intend for kindness in our lives, we will never fully give or receive kindness.
It may, at times feel impossible not to match the reckless and selfish behaviors of the world with the same, or greater level of selfishness. But ‘an eye for an eye will leave everyone blind’.
The practice of Intention invites you to pose the question: Am I able to create harmlessness, even when my life is painful or someone has harmed me?
There is only one way out of a destructive cycle of harm causing harm, and that is with the intention to be kind, to forgive yourself for your decisions and to consider forgiving others in the role they played in hurting you.
We, of course need to follow our highest intentions with our highest actions. Intention is not a passive practice, but instead we must consciously choose to align our behavior and our words with our intentions.

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