Yoga Practice to Unleash Your Creative Spirit Part 2 of 4

Before reading this blog post, please read Part 1

creativity

[kree-ey-tiv-i-tee]

the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations. Originality, progressiveness, or imagination, manifesting in artistic expression.

Do you yearn to express yourself artistically and don’t feel you have the skill? Or do you have a talent that is blocked and unable to express?

For your creative spirit to flow, the Chakras need to be in balance. Although the Chakras run up and down your spine from the Root Chakra at your tailbone to the Crown Chakra hovering just above your head, it is not necessary to start at the bottom and work to the top. Instead attention and care given to each of the Chakras on a regular basis, provides insight into which Chakra may need extra attention at any given time.

In this blog post, we will explore the Root and Sacral Chakras on our journey to balance these subtle energy centers.

Root Chakra:

The Root Chakra, is the energy center related to your sense of security and stability. If you are not feeling grounded or you are feeling insecure whether it is emotionally or physically, the root chakra needs attention.

Security and stability needs to be nourished emotionally, knowing that you are loved and secure in your close relationships with others, as well as with yourself.

Security and stability needs to be nourished physically, ensuring you have a roof over your head, food to eat and the access to resources to provide for your physical needs.

There is a strong correlation between the Root Chakra and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the Basic Needs of safety and physiological needs.

Attending to the physical needs is fairly straight forward but how to attend to these spiritual and emotional needs may not be. Depending on your individual needs, you may need to seek professional help in this area. With or without a professional, the following meditation, yoga poses and foods will aid in balancing the Root Chakra.

Meditation:

Yoga Poses:

Yoga postures can help balance your Root Chakra both physically and emotionally. These Yoga poses are grounding, while you are practicing the postures feel the full weight of your body in your fee and/or sit-bones. Allow yourself to feel gravity pressing you down to the Earth. Through this grounding and connection to the Earth, your sense of stability and security will be invigorated.

  • Warrior Pose I
  • Warrior Pose II
  • Powerful pose
  • Seated with sit-bones connected to the floor

Practice these poses several times per day taking 5 breaths in each pose.

Foods: nourish your need for grounding to the earth with root vegetables and animal protein

Sacral Chakra:

The Sacral Chakra resides just above the sacrum in the pelvic region. This Chakra is associated with water, fluidity, movement, sensuality, joy, pleasure. It is said that we hold trauma in this space. Loosening up both physically by creating greater flexibility in this area will aid in loosening up emotionally and spiritually which leads to greater joy in life.

The following meditation, yoga poses, and foods will aid you in your journey of nourishing and balancing the Sacral Chakra.

Meditation:

Yoga Poses:

Yoga poses will aid in flexibility in the pelvic region which aids in releasing trauma and tightness. Through the physical release, you will experience emotional release.

  • Bound angle
  • Goddess
  • Pigeon

Practice these poses several times per day taking 5 breaths in each pose, sending the breath to the pelvic region.

Foods: Oranges, tangerines, nuts, sweet potatoes

In my next blog post, I will explore the Solar Plexus, Heart and Throat Chakras.

If you find exploring Chakras and creativity intriguing, you may want to sign up for my October 4-8, 2018 Art&Yoga retreat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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