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Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo | Adi Mantra Meaning, Uses and Meditation #sanskritmantra #mantra #adimantra #meditation

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo mantra

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo | Adi Mantra Meaning, Uses and Meditation #sanskritmantra #mantra #adimantra #meditation

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo (also called the adi mantra) is a beautiful, deeply moving mantra.  It’s is often chanted at the beginning of a practice, especially in Kundalini Yoga .  It’s a great way to center yourself and tune in to your subtle body and focus your mind.  It allows us to connect with self-knowledge and the divine.

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Meaning

This mantra asks you to believe in your own internal wisdom; to trust and listen to your inner guidance.  It states that you are your own best teacher and you must trust yourself and your own wisdom.  Another rendition of the translation says “I bow to the Divine Wisdom within myself.”   The mantra also recognizes that everything is one and also means “I bow to the All-That-Is.”

Translation Break-Down

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Ong means subtle divine wisdom or infinite energy; all-that-is

Namo means I reverently bow/greet/salute

Guru means teacher– giver of wisdom

Gu means darkness

Ru means light

Guru means the one who brings you from dark to light

Dev means divine

Namo means I reverently bow/greet/salute

How to use the mantra

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To chant the mantra, sit in easy pose (sukhasana)- cross legged, but with both ankles on the floor.  Bring your palms to touch in anjali mudra (prayer) with your thumbs touching your sternum.  This pose creates a nice base for concentrating on bringing the mantra in.

Typically, Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo is chanted at least three times for past, present, future.  Alternatively, it can be used as a meditation, attaching the mantra to each breath.  Or a mala can be used– moving one bead for each repetition of the mantra.

 

 

 

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Third Eye Chakra (brow chakra, ajna chakra): meditation, mantra, mudra, balancing, asana, and more! #chakras #thirdeyechakra

Third Eye Chakra | Ajna Chakra | Balance, Meditation, Mantra, Mudra, and More

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Third Eye Chakra (brow chakra, ajna chakra): meditation, mantra, mudra, balancing, asana, and more! #chakras #thirdeyechakraThe Third Eye Chakra is called the Ajna chakra in Sanskrit.  It is located between your two eyebrows, slightly above them on your forehead, so it is also sometimes called the brow chakra.  It is responsible for seeing within the self and in the outer world.  This manifests as imagination, insight, foresight, openness, perception, and motivating creativity.  It’s one of the more spiritual rather than physical chakras.

This chakra helps align the concept of “I” or the individual with the whole or the consciousness.  This means this chakra helps you see the interconnectedness of everything and feel free from the self, as part of the whole.

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Imbalance

An under-active third eye chakra leads to a feeling of monotony- like you’re stuck in routine.  This scenario leads to a lack of clarity and perspective.  It can also lead to rejecting spirituality.

An over-active third eye chakra can lead to living in a sort of fantasy– a loss-of-touch with reality.


Balancing Techniques


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Let your creative spirit soar!  Visualize, dream, but don’t completely lose sight of the ground.  Let your mind rest from daily ponderings and wonderings with meditation or a walk in nature, especially under the moon.  Follow your intuition.  Trust it and yourself.

Mudra

Try the Kaleshwar mudra.  With your middle fingers straight, press their finger tips together.  Bring the finger tips of the thumbs together too.  Bend all of the other fingers so that they can touch at the second knuckle.

Mantra

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The mantra associated with the third eye chakra is a classic: aum (or om).  This is the sound of the universe.

Affirmations in English include

  • I trust my intuition
  • I care for my spirit
  • I am connected
  • I am open to inspiration
  • I love myself
  • I see

Asana

Poses where your third eye is pointed toward the Earth like balasana (happy baby), half forward fold (ardha uttanasana), dolphin (ardha pincha mayurasana) and downward dog (adho mukha svanasana) can help.  Other strong poses assosciated with the third eye chakra include shoulder stand (salamba sarvangasana) and hero pose (virasana).

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The third eye chakra is associated with a indigo or dark blue and sometimes blue-purple.  You can harness the energy of this chakra by surrounding yourself with this color- in your clothes and your home.   Also meditating on the color can help.  Try to focus your energy into your third eye and imagine an indigo ball of energy at your third eye.  Eating foods that are this color can help too like blueberries and blackberries, plums, eggplant and beets.  Gems that help this chakra include lapis lazuli, amethyst, azurite, moonstone and clear crystal quartz.  Rosemary, juniper and sandalwood aromatherapy also benefits the third eye chakra.

The third eye chakra is crucial to trusting and believing in yourself.  Intuition and creativity thrive when this chakra is open and balanced.

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Throat chakra: meanings, meditation, balancing, mantras and mudra

Lotus for the Throat Chakra; read more about balancing, meaning, meditation and mantraThe Throat Chakra (or Vishuddha Chakra in Sanskrit) is located primarily in the neck, but also encompasses the shoulders, jaw, mouth, and thyroid.  It is the first of the more spiritual chakras, following the Heart Chakra.  The Heart Chakra is a mix between spiritual and physical chakras, with the definitively physical chakras below the heart chakra and the spiritual chakras above.

The throat chakra is associated with sky blue or turquoise-blue and the element of ether or space.  The throat chakra is responsible for sound and expression through sound.  This chakra is also correlated with all kinds of communication.  It can also be associated with finding your purpose and embracing your individuality. Location of the Throat Chakra; read more about balancing, meaning, meditation and mantra It is also related to creativity and turning ideas into reality.  The sacral chakra, which is responsible for creativity and emotion, is closely linked to this function of the throat chakra.  The throat chakra helps us express emotions and creative ideas.  It also helps us express truth, both in terms of finding our truest feelings and finding the strength to share them.  The throat chakra is sensitive to misinformation or unkind words.  Negativity and lies can quickly disrupt the balance of the chakra.

Imbalance of the Throat Chakra

A blocked throat chakra can lead to feelings of uncertainty, or an inability to find your truth.  It can also cause you to be unable to express that truth if you have found it.  A clear, open throat chakra allows you to comfortably and confidently share your feelings, thoughts and ideas.  A blocked throat chakra can manifest itself physically as a sore throat, head ache, tooth ache, neck pain or thyroid problems.  A blocked throat chakra can also manifest emotionally as shyness, fear, lack of creativity, inability to express yourself, or social anxiety.  On the other hand, excessive throat chakra openness can lead you to become overly dominant or manipulative.

Some of the techniques below can help restore balance to the throat chakra.

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As you prepare to meditate, chant or sing, try this throat chakra mudra.  Interlace your fingers so that the tips come inside the palms.  Connect the tips of the thumbs, reaching slightly up to round the shape of the hands.  Place your connected mudra in your lap, find a comfortable upright seat and then add mantra, meditation or another technique of your choice.

Mantra

To open the throat chakra, try to bij mantra or seed mantra sound, “ham.”  You can chant it aloud or internally.

If you prefer English, you can try the affirmation, “I speak.”  If you have something specific you want to say, thinking about the words or mood you wish to invoke can also help.

 

Other ways to engage your throat chakra

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Singing, crying, chanting, laughing, and talking can also help your throat chakra release blockages and open again.  Allow your throat freedom- release and take on these actions fully– laugh with your whole heart, sing with all of the air and volume you can muster, or weep sob and moan.  It’s only for you.

Also, pranayama like Ujjayi breath can help your throat chakra.

Meditations

Image a blue light in your throat.  Slowly allow that light to emanate out from your throat.  Allow the light to open your airways and your mind.  Allow it to heal you and soothe you.

Alternatively you can imagine releasing your negative feelings on your exhales during a meditation.  Allow yourself to fully feel your feelings, observe them and release them.  Allow yourself to move past feelings that don’t serve you.  Reunite with your truth and your confidence.

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Asana

Asanas that stretch the neck are best for the throat chakra, like gently rolling the neck, camel, shoulder stand and fish pose.

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All things blue are helpful for this chakra.  For foods, try blueberries, blue corn or blue-ish sweet potatoes.

Gems include saphires, aquamarine, turquoise, lapis lazuli and blue topaz.

Also, try wearing blue to encourage throat chakra energy.

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The throat chakra is a crucial spiritual force.  Confident self-expression, creativity, and self-understanding are all critical functions of the throat chakra and great reasons to give your throat chakra some extra attention and love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anahata Heart Chakra: balancing, meditations, mudras, mantras and more

Heart Chakra: meanings, meditation, balancing mantras and mudra

Anahata Heart Chakra: balancing, meditations, mudras, mantras and moreThe Heart Chakra (or Anahata Chakra in Sanskrit) is located in the center of your chest, level with your physical heart.  It is the middle of the 7 chakras, with more physical chakras below and more spiritual chakras above.  It is associated with the color green and the element of air.  The heart chakra is responsible for love, warmth, compassion, generosity, forgiveness, kindness and joy.  This chakra utilizes love as a healing force, also bringing unity to your body, mind and spirit.  It can help us to identify our personal truths.

Balance

A balanced anahata chakra promotes feelings of empathy and understanding, compassion and respect– both toward others and towards the self.  Also, a balanced heart chakra helps you feel connected to life.

An imbalanced heart chakra can lead to feelings of grief, possibly hanging onto old losses or emotional pains.  Fear and ignorance reign over love.  Imbalance can also manifest physically.  Because the heart chakra is associated with air and located in the chest, pain and illnesses can form in the lungs, chest and heart.

An overly open heart chakra can lead to excessive expectations of others socially or romantically.

MantraHridaya Mudra for the heart chakra, as well as meditation and ideas for balancing

To open the heart chakra, try to bij mantra or seed mantra sound, “Yam.”  You can chant it aloud or internally.

If you prefer English, you can embody an affirmation, “I am open to love” or “All love resides within me.”

Mudra

To access this chakra, try the Hridaya mudra.  Place the tip of the index finger at the root of the thumb.  Then bring the tips of the middle and ring fingers to meet the thumb.  Keep your pinkie straight. With both hands in the mudra, place them on your knees facing upward.  You can practice this mudra for up to 30 minutes, while focusing on the chest and heart chakra.  The middle and ring fingers are related to the energy channels (nadis) of the heart.  Closing the circuit with the thumb helps release pent-up emotions from the heart.

Meditations

Find a comfortable seat.  Take a couple of deep breaths to center yourself.  Meditation for balancing the heart chakra as well as other ideas for balancing the anahata chakraThen imagine the world sending you love.  Breath in that love on your inhalation, bringing love to your heart center.  On an exhalation, send that love around your body, letting it spread to every corner of your being, filling you with love.

If your heart chakra is already overly open, you can envision the opposite, pulling love from every corner of your being on your inhalation and on your exhalation, sending it out into the world, sharing it with those who need it most.  If you choose this version remember a candle doesn’t burn out if another candle is lit from it- you can share the love from every bit of your being without losing the love you need for a balanced anahata chakra.

As an alternative meditation, imagine a green light glowing in your heart center.  Let the light ebb and flow- follow it, however it may change, glow or grow.  Focus on it.

Asana

Heart-opening asanas help to open the heart chakra as well.  These are poses like camel, bow, dancer and cow-face pose.

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Green foods like spinach, lettuce, kale, lime, and mint can help harness the energies of this chakra.

Green gems like emerald and jade are good for this chakra.

Finding greenery in plants and out in nature can also be a helpful cure for the heart chakra.

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The heart chakra is one of the most important chakras.  Love is so needed in our world, as are compassion and forgiveness.  Also on an individual level, this chakra is the centerpiece that connects the spiritual and physical.  A balanced anahata chakra is essential for your self and your interactions with the world.

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All About Ganesha: why he’s so popular, how Ganesh can help you, his story, and a mantra you can chant or sing to Ganapati

Ganesha: story, meaning, and mantra

All About Ganesha: why he’s so popular, how Ganesh can help you, his story, and a mantra you can chant or sing to GanapatiGanesha is one of the most popular Hindu deities.  He is also one of the most easily recognizable because he has the head of an elephant.  He is known as the Remover of Obstacles so many Ganesh devotees pray or chant to him when they are struggling but wish to succeed.  Ganesha has 4 arms and rides a mouse named Krauncha.  Ganesh is also the Lord of Beginnings, as obstacles are removed Ganesha helps guide believers down new paths.  He provides prosperity and success.  He is also the patron of arts and sciences.  Ganesha also guards the Muladhara Chakra (root chakra), where kundalini resides.

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Story of Ganesha’s Birth

Parvati created Ganesha to guard her door as she bathed.  When Shiva (Parvati’s husband) returned, he tried to enter Parvati’s chamber, but Ganesha wouldn’t allow it.  Shiva was not accustomed to being disobeyed so he was furious.  In his anger, he beheaded the boy.  When Parvati emerged, she was very upset to find Ganesha beheaded and explained to Shiva that this was their son.  Shiva realized his mistake and sent his men to find a replacement for the missing head– he instructed them to take the head of the first creature they found, which turned out to be an elephant.  He placed the head on the boy’s body and breathed life back into it.  He declared Ganesha to be his son and the leader of all groups of beings (ganas), so he is also called Ganapati.  Shiva also declared Ganesha would be honored first from then on and he is found in front of many temples, guarding the gates.

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Mantra

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha


Om means wake up! (it is also the sound of the universe)

Gam is Ganesh’s bij mantra or seed mantra

Ganapataye is one of Ganesh’s names

Namaha means “it’s not me” or “it’s not mine” meaning praise and credit for success or the outcome of the prayer should be given to Ganesha, rather than the person chanting the mantra

This mantra can be chanted aloud or within as you listen.  This mantra removes obstacles, awakens kundalini, and clears a path to success.

Here’s a Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha Song from a great podcast I subscribe to, “Mantra, Kirtan and Stotra: Sanskrit Chants.”

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Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu/ May All Beings Be Happy and Free. Kirtan mantra chant and personal story

Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu Mantra chant

Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu/ May All Being Be Happy and Freeeeee

Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu/ May All Beings Be Happy and Free. Kirtan mantra chant and personal storyLonger Translation:

May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

My Experience with the Mantra:

You might not be able to tell, but I am singing this as I write.  This beautiful mantra has been stuck in my head for nearly a month now and I don’t mind at all.  It’s a lovely phrase to live by.  There have been a couple of times that I have been in a tough place emotionally (I’ll spare you the intimate details) and when this mantra came back into my mind, it softened my feelings a bit.  I’m not saying I was cured, but it helped me find perspective and a little more love to apply to the situation.

On New Year’s Day, I went to a kirtan/restorative class (what could be better) and we sang this mantra at the end of the session.  Everyone was so calm and so centered, the mantra just flowed through us, joining our hearts into one beautiful song.  I was honestly close to tears and others’ cheeks were streaked with that liquid love.  There’s such a sense of community and unity when a large group is singing together.  It’s really moving.  It’s hard to step back into the regular world untouched by such a moment or mantra, which is probably a good thing.

How you can use the mantra:

Withing you: Perhaps as a meditation or just in a spare moment, try to embody selflessly wanting happiness and freedom for all.  Not just the ones you love or agree with (of course them too), but really, truly, share with all.  All includes you as well so let happiness and freedom shine on you.  Imagine sharing that happiness and freedom with those who need it most.  Imagine others also spreading joy and freedom; know you are not alone.  Feel the happiness and freedom for yourself and let those feelings emanate from you.

Interacting with others in our world: As you move through your day, see if you can spread a little happiness or a little extra love.  It could be as simple as a sharing your smile with someone.  Or trying to see a situation from someone else’s point of view.  Even in your thoughts, you can wish someone well and maybe they will feel your positivity.

Sing it! Singing has a calming effect because you are exhaling more than you are inhaling.  It allows you to release tension, fear, anger and sadness along with your breath.  Chanting mantra is also a form of meditation.  It allows you to focus your mind on the mantra rather than your troubles, worries or to-do list even if it’s only for a moment.  You can sing along silently if you feel uncomfortable singing.  You will still receive the benefits of focusing in and the positive energy of the mantra.  Allow yourself the freedom to enjoy the mantra.

Video in case you want to sing along:

I haven’t been able to find a video of the song that reflects the version that we sang at kirtan that day, but at the moment, I’m also fairly obsessed with the version in this video.  If you’re as taken with it as I am and you want to integrate the mantra into every aspect of your being, you’ll be singing along by the end.

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Solar Plexus Chakra: Power and Will: meaning, meditations, balancing, mantras, mudra, asana. The manipura chakra corresponds with action, choice, power, will and liveliness. #solarplexuschakra #manipurachakra #chakras

Solar Plexus Chakra: Power and Will: meaning, meditations, balancing, mantras, mudra

Solar Plexus Chakra: Power and Will: meaning, meditations, balancing, mantras, mudra, asana. The manipura chakra corresponds with action, choice, power, will and liveliness. #solarplexuschakra #manipurachakra #chakrasThe solar plexus chakra is called the Manipura Chakra in Sanskrit.  This third chakra is associated with the color yellow and corresponds with action, choice, power, will and liveliness.  It’s related to your perception of who you are.  This chakra is also responsible for feelings of self-worth, ego, trust, passion, anger and guilt.  This is where your “gut feelings” come from.  Digestive functions also stem from this chakra.  The solar plexus chakra is located in the stomach area, at your navel or solar plexus.  It is associated with the element of fire.

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Mantra

The bij mantra that goes with this chakra is “rung” or “ram.”  Chanting this mantra can help awaken and ignite the solar plexus chakra.  If you prefer English, you can also chant the affirmation, “I can” or “I do,” either aloud or consciously silently.

 

Mudra

Solar Plexus Chakra: Power and Will: meaning, meditations, balancing, mantras, mudra, asana. The manipura chakra corresponds with action, choice, power, will and liveliness. #solarplexuschakra #manipurachakra #chakrasAs Solar Plexus Chakra: Power and Will: meaning, meditations, balancing, mantras, mudra, asana. The manipura chakra corresponds with action, choice, power, will and liveliness. #solarplexuschakra #manipurachakra #chakrasyou chant the mantra, you can also try the hakini mudra.  Bring the tips of all 5 fingers to touch, with the thumb and pinkie fingers nearly in line with each other.  Hold the mudra in front of your solar plexus as you chant the bij mantra or meditate.  Alternatively, try the rudra mudra, with your pointer and ring finger curled in to meet your thumb and your pinkie and middle finger extended.

Balance

If you solar plexus chakra is properly balanced, you will feel self-confident and secure.  You feel at peace with yourself, your emotions, and your surroundings.  You will feel at home in your place in the universe.  If this chakra is imbalanced with a deficiency, it can lead to weaknesses like indecision, sensitivity to criticism and susceptibility.  On the other hand, an excessive imbalance can lead to anger, competitiveness, and dominating tendencies.  You may not feel like you have control over your emotions if your manipura chakra is imbalanced.

Asanas

The best yoga poses for this chakra fire up the belly/core.  Some examples are poses like boat (navasana) and bow (dhanurasana).

Foods

Yellow foods (eg lentils, bell peppers, yellow pears or apples), yellow crystals or stones (eg amber or citrine), and scents (eg lemon or chamomile) can also help balance this chakra.

Meditation

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Solar Plexus Chakra: Power and Will: meaning, meditations, balancing, mantras, mudra, asana. The manipura chakra corresponds with action, choice, power, will and liveliness. #solarplexuschakra #manipurachakra #chakrasFor a solar plexus meditation, imagine a bright yellow light or fire (the manipura element) burning in your belly.  Think of that fire fueling your power and energizing your passion and self-esteem.  Alternatively, if you need a more serene meditation, you can imagine a flower blooming at your solar plexus, and as it unfolds, allow it to release all of the power, self-worth, and passion you may be missing.

Alternatively, you can find healing through a more concrete fire—like taking a walk in the sun or sitting by a fireplace or bonfire.  Take in the warmth and power of the fire.

To feel whole, powerful, strong and self-confident, it is very important to balance your Manipura chakra.

 

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Sacral chakra: functions, meditation, balance

Sacral Chakra: Feeling and Creativity: meaning, meditations, balancing, mantras, mudra

Everything you need to know about the Sacral Chakra- meaning, balancing, mantra, meditation, asana and moreThe second chakra is the Sacral Chakra, or the Svadhistana chakra in Sanskrit.  It is associated with the color orange and responsible for emotion, sensuality, creativity, pleasure and enjoyment.  It also helps with relating to others.  This chakra is also related to sexuality.  For this chakra, it’s important to connect feelings with the body, mind and spirit.  A person with a well-balanced sacral chakra feels empathy and warmth toward others.  They give in to urges of creativity.

Location and functions

The sacral chakra is located a couple inches below your belly button and in your sexual organs.  It is associated with the water element, which means it should be very fluid, especially with thoughts and emotions.  sacral chakra: location, functions, balancing, meditation and moreImbalances with this chakra can lead to too much or too little emotion or too much or too little sexual energy or desire.

Mantra

The seed mantra associated for the Svadhistana chakra is “Vam” or “Vang.”  Chanting this syllable aloud or internally can help you connect with this chakra and its functions.

Mudra

While meditating on this mantra, there are a couple of mudras you can try.  Make the Shakti mudra by tucking the thumbs into a fist under the first two fingers.
Bring the hands together so the ring and pinky fingers on both hands meet as the second knuckles of the pointer and middle fingers connect in their fists.  shakti mudraYou can hold the mudra in front of your heart or your sacral chakra.  Alternatively, try the dhyani mudra.  Stack your right hand on top of the left in your lap.  Bring the tips of the thumbs to meet so your hands connect in a full circle.

Affirmation

Each of the chakras also has an affirmation.  For the sacral chakra, you can remind yourself, “I feel.”
Think of physical sensual feelings and emotional, rich feelings.  Think of pleasure and creativity.  Feel all of it.

dhyani mudraMeditation

Also, you can try imagining an orange light glowing within your sacral chakra and radiating from it, warming, healing and nurturing your chakra.

Asanas

Hip opening yoga poses also help to balance the sacral chakra.  Lots of stress and tension are held in the hips and opening them relieves the joint and the emotions.  Try poses like half happy baby (ardha ananda balasana), pigeon (kapotasana), cow face pose (gomukasana), wide-angle seated forward bend (upavistha konasana), reclining bound angle pose (supta baddha konasana) and fire log pose (agnistambhasana).

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Orange

Also, surround yourself with orange to help this chakra– try wearing orange, eating orange foods (oranges, squash, pumpkin, etc) and working with orange stones or crystals (orange crystal, tourmaline, opal, carnelian, amber).

 

Balancing the sacral chakra is very important.  Creativity, understand feelings, relating to others are all crucial for being your best self in this life and really knowing yourself.

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Shiva Shambho Mantra- meaning and how to use this beautiful chant or song. Also, information about Lord Shiva and how he can help you #shiva #shivashambho

Shiva Shambho Mantra: meaning, how-to, music, and info on Lord Shiva

Shiva Shambho Mantra- meaning and how to use this beautiful chant or song.  Also, information about Lord Shiva and how he can help you #shiva #shivashambho

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One of my favorite take-aways from Yoga Teacher Training was mantra.  Mantra is the yoga of sound.  There are lots of ways to use it, but this particular post is about a sort of chanted song.  Singing is so healing for every part of your being.  I love focusing my mantra energy toward Shiva, especially in the chant, Shiva Shambho.  I like to sing it alone in my apartment even though I know the walls are thin and my neighbors can probably hear.  I also like to sing it on my motorbike with the wind rushing into my face, sweeping the words up into the universe (though I should be giving my full attention to either driving or Shiva).

About Shiva

Shiva is the transformer.  He is god of destruction and transition or transformation.  He destroys the present moment to make way for whatever is coming next.  He is also the god of yoga and is said to bring bliss.  Shiva is sometimes blue and sometimes has 4 arms.  He loves to dance.  He has a third eye on his forehead and a snake around his neck.  He wears a crescent moon on his head and the Ganga river flows from his hair.  He carries a trident and a 2-sided drum.  He rides a white bull called Nandi.  He often sits on a tiger-skin rug.

Mantra

Shiva Shambho Mantra- meaning and how to use this beautiful chant or song.  Also, information about Lord Shiva and how he can help you #shiva #shivashambhoMy favorite song goes like this:

Shiva shiva shiva shambho

Mahadeva shambo

Shiva shiva shiva shambho

Mahadeva shambo

Mahadeva shambo

Mahadeva shambo

Mahadeva shambo

Mahadeva shambo

Meaning

Shiva shambho means Shiva, “the auspicious one” and acknowledges Shiva as a greater being, beyond our dimension.  This title, Shiva Shambho calls him down to us.  Maha means great, deva means God, Shambho again means auspicious one; so this second line mahadeva shambho means Great God, the auspicious one.

This recording is from us singing at yoga teacher training. I hope you will enjoy mantra as much as we do!

 

Root Chakra: Center of Groundedness and feeling at home in yourself. All about the root chakra: Finding Balance: Meaning, Meditations, Balancing, Mantras, Mudras #rootchakra

Root Chakra: Finding Balance: Meaning, Meditations, Balancing, Mantras, Mudras

Root Chakra: Center of Groundedness and feeling at home in yourself. All about the root chakra: Finding Balance: Meaning, Meditations, Balancing, Mantras, Mudras #rootchakraWhen I was in Bali for Yoga Teacher Training, I saw an osteopath/energy healer.  After much discussion, she told me my root chakra was not aligned, so I needed to work on my feeling of groundedness and my comfort in my body and world.  From this revelation, I decided to learn more about the root chakra.

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Location and Function

The root chakra is also called the Muladhara chakra or the base chakra.  It is associated with the color red.  It’s located at the base of your spine but also includes your legs and feet.  It lays the foundation for harmonizing all of the other chakras.  A balanced root chakra is responsible for a feeling of security, vitality, belonging, support, being centered, balance, and stability.  This chakra helps with that feeling, “I am enough.”  The base chakra is also associated with the Earth element.  For this reason, being in nature can help harmonize the chakra.

Mantra

Root Chakra: Center of Groundedness and feeling at home in yourself. All about the root chakra: Finding Balance: Meaning, Meditations, Balancing, Mantras, Mudras #rootchakra

Root Chakra: Center of Groundedness and feeling at home in yourself. All about the root chakra: Finding Balance: Meaning, Meditations, Balancing, Mantras, Mudras #rootchakra

The mantra associated with the root chakra is LAM, meaning, “I am.”  Ideally, with this mantra, you can use the gnyan mudra by connecting your thumb and pointer finger.  Place your hands in the mudra on your knees, palm down, to add to the effect of rooting to the ground or palm up to harness new energy to help you find you balance your root chakra.

Meditation

A meditation you can do for this chakra involves imagining a red light at the base of your spine and picturing the light pouring and flowing down through your legs and feet, connecting you to the Earth.  This can be done seated or laying down.

Red

Surrounding yourself with red can also help balance this chakra.  Try wearing red clothes, eating red foods (like berries and tomatoes) or using red gems like rubies or corals.

Asanas

When performing your asanas, image rooting down through your base– whatever part of you is touching the mat.  Great poses for the root chakra include Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2), standing forward bend (uttanasana), mountain pose (tadasana), and head to knee pose (janu sirsasana).  In all of these poses, image the Earth is supporting you.

Grounding

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Also, try grounding by walking barefoot, becoming more connected to the Earth.

In tadasana, mountain pose, try rocking side to side- almost to the point where you’re leaning so far to one side that your other leg will lift off of the ground.  Experiment with your balance and find your true center.  Try the same exercise rocking forward and backward.

 

Once you have a firm base rooted in your self and your root chakra, you can start to work on your other chakras as well.  More to come on chakras…

Root Chakra: Center of Groundedness and feeling at home in yourself. All about the root chakra: Finding Balance: Meaning, Meditations, Balancing, Mantras, Mudras #rootchakra