Introduction to the Chakras (part 1)


‘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.


“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.


Run//Yoga Retreat.

Run//Yoga Retreat.

Before the holiday season arrives, take time to focus on yourself and re-energize your body, mind, and spirit by joining us on a Run//Yoga Retreat. Set in beautiful Carmel, at ‘The Carmel Valley Villa,’ you may partake in daily yoga classes, scenic runs, and relaxing recovery time in the indoor hot tub and pool. Along with enjoying the great outdoors, you will dine on fresh, local, and wholesome food prepared by San Francisco chef Alison Monuntford of Square Meals. There will also be ample free time for exploring, hiking, or just lazing on the beach.

All athletic ability levels and experience are welcome, however it is required that you have completed at least a half marathon within the past year if you choose to go on Saturday’s guided run. Due to the layout of the Villa, we highly encourage you to bring a friend or partner to share your room with.


The 11+ mile scenic run will be led by certified run coach and ultra marathon runner, Alex Ho. Alex has a passion for taking people out of their comfort zones and leading them on new adventures. So why run the 17 mile drive? It is simply a different way to experience a beautiful place. Half trail and half road, the picturesque coastal run takes you along the historic roadway where we pass the world renown Spyglass and Pebble Beach golf courses. This will be a “no drop” run with multiple stops along the way to enjoy the views. It will be open and available for all, with the goal of enjoying the beauty of Carmel’s popular scenic route while connecting with some new friends over a nice long run.

Jacqui Rowley will head up the daily yoga sessions, incorporating both energizing and restorative principles into her classes. Jacqui’s teaching methodology integrates precise alignment principles and breath into a vinyasa flow sequence that will leave you feeling challenged and restored, without adding unnecessary layers of intensity. Jacqui approaches each class with the group’s needs in mind to create a safe environment to learn, let go and relax.

Fueling our bodies with healthy, fresh and incredibly tasty meals is a big part of this retreat weekend. Chef Alison Mountford uses fresh, local ingredients and will take great care to keep us fed and fueled throughout each day.

Friday – Sunday, November 8 – 10
$650 per person
Space is limited.
Sign up at

Contact Alex at or Jacqui at to register or if you have any questions.

Registration fee includes accommodation, all activities, plus meals and snacks.

New class schedule.

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

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

4.30 – 6.00 at Planet Granite SF

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

4.30 – 6.00 at Planet Granite SF

12.15 – 1.15 at Yoga Tree Hayes

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.

Thanks OMies.



How Real Deal Christians Schooled This Yogini on Love and Forgiveness

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

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.



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.