How to get your groove back

Healing the 2nd Chakra

2ndchakraSwadhisthana chakra is the Sanskrit name for our second energy center and translates to “sweetness” or “sacred home of the self.”

Imagine your mind as still as water in a vast lake.

Breathe in a long, deep breath of inspiration, then let the exhalation go naturally, easily. Repeat this technique for a few moments. Notice how your breath sounds like the ocean waves that are forever crashing upon the seashore. Feel how your body moves. Let your energy take on the physical qualities of water, flowing to fill its container. Breathe in a sense of arriving totally, right where you are.

The element associated with this center is water. The sense is taste and the color is orange.

The key dynamics with the sacral chakra have to do with integration of male and female, sexuality, sensation and feeling, movement, change, balance, emotion, and pleasure. If the root chakra is unity and oneness and the groundedness of being, then the sacral chakra is duality, represented by the two-way street of attachment and aversion, desire and relationship.

Many of us on the planet could use some major balancing and healing of our essential second chakra energy. When our energy is out of balance here, it can show up as sexual repression and frigidity, or over-the-top promiscuity. Our sexuality, if not healed, can cause a range of problems in our physical, emotional, and mental bodies.

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Summer 2017 Weekend Retreats @ Lake Atitlan

Retreat at Lake Atitlan, one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, surrounded by lush flora and fauna, colorful Mayan villages and three volcanoes.

Here are eight great reasons for us to create the time and space in our lives for retreat, whether it be a single morning of silence in our own backyard or a week of yoga in Guatemala:

  1. Unplug from devices and reconnect with the simple perfection of this one wild and precious life, right here and now
  2. Deepen our formal and informal practices of yoga and meditation
  3. Connect with the glory of nature and the elements of earth, fire, water, sky and space
  4. Be empowered by group energy to cultivate with greater discipline and focus
  5. Do our own inner work for the benefit of all beings without exception
  6. Learn more about our mind’s habit-patterns and escapes
  7. Forge bonds with new spiritual friends through laughter, tears, sharing stories
  8. Devote our time, money and energy to holistic healing and self-love

I’m thrilled to announce the following group retreats for the 2017 rainy season —

 

SUMMER 2017

3-Day/2-Night Weekend Retreats
June 3-5 ~ Wellness Weekend @ La K’zona (Saturday to Monday)
June 23-25 ~ Seven Sacred Directions @ Villa Sumaya
July 7-9 ~ Writing Down the Chakras @ Villa Sumaya
July 21-23 ~ The Path of Beauty @ Villa Sumaya
August 5-7 ~ Seven Sacred Directions @ La K’zona (Saturday to Monday)
August 18-20 ~ Writing Down the Chakras @ Villa Sumaya
September 1-3 ~ Seven Sacred Directions @ Villa Sumaya

Themes

Wellness Weekend: Chakra Yoga, Art & Cooking ~ 

Workshops will cover mindful eating, walking meditation, chakra basics, creative practice (writing, visual art, music, etc), incorporating seeds, nuts, ferments, preparing easy, minimally-processed, highly-nutritious and delicious dishes, making sprouts, growing greens/radishes & making delicious green smoothies.

Seven Sacred Directions: Yoga, Ceremony & Celebration ~

We’ll be practicing yoga with a focus on the 7 chakras and 7 sacred directions, celebrating and reflecting with a cacao ceremony and a fire ceremony.

Writing Down the Chakras: Yoga, Meditation & Journaling ~

This will be a weekend to practice conscious being, breathing, moving, relating, expressing, and creating. We will share in the group practices of yoga, mindfulness, meditation, writing and also allow plenty of time for reflection and integration.

General Schedule

Friday arrive & settle in / 4:30 opening circle / 6:30 dinner

Saturday 7:30 tea & fruit / 8am yoga / 9:30 breakfast / 11:00 workshop or ceremony / 1:00 lunch, free time / 4:30 learning circle and practice / 6:30 dinner

Sunday 7:30 tea & fruit / 8:00 closing circle & fire ceremony / 10:30 brunch

To get more info or join one of these sacred circles, please write to Michelle via yogafreedom at gmail dot com!

Namaste~

Get Grounded—The Root Chakra

`Welcome to the inaugural post of a 7-part, 7-month Yoga Freedom blog series, Chakra of the Month!

Although August is nearly drawing to a close, I would like to introduce the root chakra as this month’s energy center.

The root chakra is your body’s security guard. You know when you get sick and literally feel like you are going to die? Or completely overwhelmed and on the verge of a nervous breakdown? That’s your root chakra screaming that it’s seriously out of alignment.

On the other hand, feeling grounded, safe, stable and confident signifies that your ruby red root chakra is spinning healthily and shining like the sun.

Want to learn more about your root chakra and the other 6 main chakra points? Get intriguing information, essential questions, yoga practice suggestions & guided meditations for each chakra in the new eBook, Flow & Flower: a guide to your 7 chakras.

*Use coupon code “yogafreedom108” by August 31, 2013 (Saturday!) to get your copy for just $3.00. (100% money-back guarantee)

100% free bonus: Rock Your Root Chakra Playlist

Authentic Alignment

Take a deep breath
Step onto this diving board
This rectangular springboard into the muddy waters
Where the lotus grow
Lift your arms
Lift your toes
Lift them up to the lord

Take a deep breath
The blood red lotus blossoms
At the spine’s base
Breath balloons all sides of your heart
You are secure

Take a deep breath
Brilliant orange petals open
In the pelvic bowl
Here sits the sacred sensual self
What do you desire?

Take a deep breath
A burst of light
A sunshiny lotus
Powerfully heats
What drives you

Take a deep breath
Into your heart
Green calm compassion. Consider:
Every being was once your mother
Cultivate devotion to all beings.

Take a deep breath
An electric blue blossom
Unfurls at your throat
Release the tension from your teeth
Share to receive

Take a deep breath
Grow taller
Connect earth and sky, sun and moon
Close your eyes
Indigo petals shimmer between brows
Intuit your truth

Take a breath
Deeper still
The ultimate violet lotus appears
Die with each exhale
And be born again
Reinspired

With each inhale
There’s just you, me, this, now
On this mat
On this earth