This spring at Soulstice we’re embarking upon an intentional exploration of our Chakra System… the subtle energy centers and currents that exist in all of us and act as crossroads for our physical, emotional and spiritual selves.
We each possess seven major chakras that run from the base of our spine (the Root Chakra) to the very top of our heads (the Crown Chakra.) Each chakra emanates at its own frequency and is associated with different organs, elements, emotions and consciousness. These subtle energies influence how we communicate, feel secure, express love and experience our unique life. The health of our chakras affects how we think, feel and experience relationship with both our self as well as others.
Over the next six months, we invite you to join us as we focus and practice on one chakra each month ~ one by one until autumn of 2019, when we will arrive fresh, clear, balanced and more vibrant in every way. Dedicating yourself now to a new level of self-care, conscious awareness and focused journey has the potential of benefiting you for the rest of your life — join us!
Mind/Body practices like meditation, yoga, massage therapy, energy work and acupuncture all help your chakras maintain health and balance. Other lifestyle activities that promote chakra balance are unplugging from all electronics and spending time in silence, nature, near an ocean or body of water, gardening, walking barefoot and connecting with the earth. A nutritious, alkaline and plant-based diet also helps optimize your chakra system with organic, colorful fruits and vegetables, antioxidants, herbs and vitamin-rich foods. Natural elements like gemstones and crystals each carry their own energetic frequency and vibration and can also assist in chakra balance and vitality.
This month we invite you to join us in balancing and fortifying our Second Chakra, also known as our Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana.). The Sacral Chakra is located slightly below the belly button and energetically corresponds with our feelings of creativity, sensuality and our emotional body. An optimized Sacral Chakra means we will have a sense of ease and flow to our lives, a sense of purpose, meaning and connection, and an ability to experience pleasure and joyful sensation.
How do you know your Sacral Chakra is out of balance?? Common physical symptoms are hip or pelvic pain, abdominal discomfort, bloating or constipation. Mentally you may feel agitated, hopeless, jaded or an inability to see the positive. Emotionally you may feel fearful, overly inhibited, anxious or self-involved. Are you able to connect meaningfully with others? Are you able to feel and express healthy empathy and compassion? Can you cope with change and transition with trust, grace and acceptance? Are you able to recognize and witness your emotions, possessing a balanced self-awareness? A lack of intimacy or deep personal connections, social isolation and generalized fear or worry are also signs your second chakra is out of alignment.
How to Balance your Second Chakra:
Feed your Body: Swimming, dancing and yoga poses (also known as asanas) encourage balance to your energetic systems. Three poses in particular — Bālāsana or “Child’s Pose,” Natarajasana or “Dancer’s Pose” and “Parivrtta Trikonasana” or “Triangle Pose” — support Sacral Chakra vitality and restoration. Warm baths, steams and cold plunges are all nourishing to the second chakra.
Nutrient-rich, cleansing foods like microgreens, arugula and cruciferous vegetables, oranges, carrots, organic fibers, figs, cinnamon and turmeric are wonderful additions to your daily diet. Omega-rich fats like salmon and walnuts especially support the second chakra. Be sure to drink, be near and bathe in plenty of pure, filtered water — very balancing for this chakra! Apply pure essential oils to your bath, massage or diffuse into your surroundings. Enjoy a Bergamot EO Aromatherapy add-on at Soulstice this month, especially chosen for its ability to support Sacral Chakra balance.
Join us in Sausalito for movement and awareness classes including yoga, Qigong and Feldenkrais, and nourish your body with a blissful massage therapy treatment.
Feed your Mind: Expose yourself to undiscovered music and creative arts... Give your mind the gift of space and silence every day with a period of meditation, contemplation and reflection. Inspire and nourish your brain by reading and learning; our favorite author this month is Elizabeth Gilbert— pick up her amazing book on creativity “Big Magic” at both Soulstice studios. Lastly, join us for our beautiful meditation class offerings, including iRest Yoga Nidra, BodyMind Alchemy, the Practice of Presence, Chakra Clearing Meditation and Mind/Body Journeys in Sausalito.
Feed your Spirit: Gemstones and crystals can have a healing effect on your home, workplace, and even while you drive! Each stone has its own properties and vibration — this month we’re featuring the gorgeous Obsidian. Place one of these lovely stones or spheres next to your bedside, office or tuck into your purse; enhance your connection to your emotions and creativity while neutralizing electromagnetic frequencies.
Join us for specially curated weekend workshops and mini-retreats to nourish and nurture your Second Chakra… explore and reserve by clicking: HERE.
How will you feel once your Sacral Chakra is in balance?
A sense of peace, ease, effortlessness and optimism
An enhanced feeling of creativity, passion and imagination
Your life will naturally include more laughter, joy, beauty and pleasure
You’ll experience a deeper connection and recognition of your emotions
You will feel more connected to other people and better ability to express your feelings in a healthy manner
You’ll experience more emotional stability, a sense of independence, and warm, sincere interpersonal relationships
We invite you to join us along the way of our Chakra Journey as we focus and develop our energetic systems to their most vibrant, balanced and beneficial states — see you soon on the mat, table or cushion!