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Sacred Circle Sundays| Session 2 Muladhara| Sound and color| Shakti Rising

Sacred Circle Sundays|  Session 2 (Continuation of Session 1 )

 

UNDERSTANDING COLOR AND SOUND CONNECTION

Color essentially is a wave traveling thru space and depending on its wavelength we see its color. The color associated with Muladhara Chakra is RED. Wavelength of the red color is between 625 to 740 and it vibrates at 400-484MHZ (sound). Between the wavelengths and vibrating frequencies lies information in reference to levels of physical\ mental\emotional\spiritual wellbeing. Root Chakra with its slow wavelength  is dense and heavy connecting us to Earth.

Root Chakra reminds us of our deep connection with Earth, we come from earth, we are made of Earth, and we go back to Earth.

So much of our life is lived in our heads/mind, with mind controlling and spinning our lives. Constantly either living in the past or predicting the future, without acknowledging or living in the “Now”

Root Chakra is the foundation of our Energy Body. Muladhara is the seat of the Kundalini, the hidden energy in all of us, it is the seat of Shakti.

The four petals of the chakra ( each with its own letter/ sound) represent four significant functions of mind, intellect, consciousness, and ego. They also represent four human goals,

  1. Dharma (righteousness)
  2. Artha -(wealth earned in a righteous way)
  3. Kama (Ethical Desire)
  4. Moksha (liberation)

Yoga Asanas for Muladhara

Hero’s Pose| Virasna

Tadasan| Mountain pose

Warrior two| Virbhadra Asna 2

Recommended Activity

Rub essential Oil of your choice in your palms, with intention inhale deeply 6 to 8 breaths. Find crystal for Muladhara that speaks to you :), hold it in your palms and step out in to your garden/yard bare feet. Take a little stroll, find a spot where you can see or witness a tree. Find a comfortable stance, take time to dig your feet ,heel, and toes into the soil. Close your eyes, and let your awareness travel to your root chakra. Keep your awareness here, as you stay with your breath

Chakra Alchemy (by Cynthia)

Root ~ Muladhara

Signifies

Connection to survival instincts ~ Core need for survival ~ Security and livelihood

You can balance your mind, body, and spirit by aligning your seven chakras with the help of essential oils.

  • Inhale from the bottle; diffuse; or place drops in your hand, rub together, and inhale
  • Rub over unbalanced areas of the body

Ylang Ylang ~ The Inner Child

Helps in releasing emotional trauma from the past.

Dispels negative emotions: joyless, stressed, over-analyzing, sad, disconnected from inner child

Promotes positive aspects: playful, free, intuitive, emotionally connected, healing, joyful, innocent

Supports: low libido, infertility, hormone imbalances, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat/palpitations, adrenal/mental/heart fatigue, loss of will/apathy, anxiety, frustration, stress, fear, hair loss, colic/stomachache, emotional balance

Frankincense ~ Truth

Reveals deceptions and falsehoods.

Dispels negative emotions: abandoned, spiritually disconnected, distant from father, unprotected, spiritual darkness, misaligned

Promotes positive aspects: enlightened, loved, protected, wisdom, discerning, spiritually open, connected to father

Supports: cancer/tumors, seizures, trauma, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, brain injury, depression, wound healing, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, sciatica, back pain, headaches, immune system, cellular health, emotional balance

Cedarwood ~ Community

Brings people together to experience the strength and value of community.

Dispels negative emotions: inability to form social bonds, lonely, feeling separate from the human family, antisocial

Promotes positive aspects: emotionally connected, belonging, supported, social bonds, sociable, community oriented

Supports: ADD, ADHD, psoriasis, eczema, anxiety, stroke/seizures, urinary tract/bladder infection, gum issues, acne, emotional balance

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

 

Honor your Body| Resolutions| Aradia Fitness Loudoun

Aradia Fitness - Loudoun, Northern Virginia Pole Dance Studio

Honor Your Body

Honor Your Body, we have reached the beginning of a new year – a time of reflection and rebirth. This is the time that we set our intentions for the rest of the year through the making of resolutions. Unfortunately, these resolutions can sometimes be unkind toward ourselves, focusing on perceived flaws. Or they can be unrealistic – setting ourselves up for disappointment, which is also unkind. I’d like to take the month of January to discuss realistic resolutions, that come from a place of respect and compassion for ourselves and for our bodies.

Self Love

Self love is important to me, and I know that it is important to Neelam, which is one of the reasons I was drawn to Aradia as an instructor. I’m very happy that this blog series can find a home here, where people are passionate about breaking cycles and healing.

 

For our next resolution topic, I’m going to discuss how to HONOR YOUR BODY.

 

At some point in the future, we may be able to upload our consciousness to the cloud, and never have to worry about bodies again. But until then, we are stuck with them, so we might as well make the best out of the situation.

 

Our body is our vehicle, it takes us from place to place and allows us to perform tasks. It also keeps us alive, and provides pleasure through senses.* We only get one, so let’s respect it and take care of it. 

 

  • Your body is not a problem to be fixed. Thinking of it as such does a massive disservice to this wonderful creation and puts you in a negative and oppositional mindset. Your body is your partner, not the enemy. That is not to say that you shouldn’t ever work towards change – change is natural! Work towards whatever makes you happy and healthy – but work with your body, not against it. And don’t think of the end state, whatever that goal may be, as the only acceptable or worthy state. Appreciate every stage of the journey, and know that bodies are constantly in a state of change. Hour to hour, day to day, and year to year. 

 

  • Treat your body with compassion and respect, the same way you would want yourself to be treated. It’s part of you isn’t it? We can consciously develop healthy attitudes towards our body by actively thinking of the things we appreciate about our bodies – what they can do physically, the sensations they give you, the way they look. Take some time to think about those things, and mentally thank your body. Even better – treat your body while you do it. Take a nice bath, massage a sore muscle, rub in some nice lotion (we polers know how to appreciate lotion day) – whatever it means to you to treat your body to something nice. Once you are in the habit of thinking positively about your body – take it to the next level and look at it in the mirror while you do it. Appearance is often where we get the most hung up, so being able to appreciate your body while looking at it is a really big step. And being able to appreciate the way your body looks? I wish that for you, more than anything.

 

  • Take care of your body – keep it healthy and meet its needs. Part of loving something is taking care of it. Giving it fuel that makes it feel good and run well (see previous blog on intuitive eating), giving it rest that it needs to recover, keeping all the parts moving well and feeling good, keeping it clean and sanitary. I’ve come to think of these things as less of a chore and more of an act of care for something I love. And when you take the “have to” out and put the “want to” in, it becomes more enjoyable, requires less mental effort, and frees you from some stress. Which leads into my last bit of advice:

 

  • Find a way to move your body that brings you joy. Exercise should not be a punishment. That mentality will set you up for painful behavior cycles and disappointment. I don’t even call it exercise anymore, because of all the negative associations I’ve grown up with. I just call it moving my body or physical activity. It should be fun, something you want to do, a treat for yourself and your body. It should make you feel healthy, strong, and empowered. Try out everything, even if it’s new or scary, until you find the activity that does it for you. We have plenty of options right here at Aradia for you to try.

 

Progress, not perfection – and self compassion, always.

 

*I understand that disabilities and chronic illnesses affect these statements and create a more-complex-than-average relationship with bodies. I’d love to hear from people who struggle with these issues on how they handle honoring their bodies.

 

Lady Curvicorn

 

Aradia Instructor Lady Curvicorn has spent years researching self compassion and intuitive eating, and has used that experience to create a list of compassionate New Year’s Resolutions. We will be sharing her blog series with you throughout the month.

 

Intentions Making Resolutions|Aradia Fitness Loudoun| Pole Dance Studio NOVA

Intentions and Making ResolutionsAradiaFitnessLoudoun

Intentions and Making resolutions, we have reached the beginning of a new year – a time of reflection and rebirth. This is the time that we set our intentions for the rest of the year through the making of resolutions. Unfortunately, these resolutions can sometimes be unkind toward ourselves, focusing on perceived flaws. Or they can be unrealistic – setting ourselves up for disappointment, which is also unkind. I’d like to take the month of January to discuss realistic resolutions, that come from a place of respect and compassion for ourselves and for our bodies.

Self love is important to me, and I know that it is important to Neelam, which is one of the reasons I was drawn to Aradia as an instructor. I’m very happy that this blog series can find a home here, where people are passionate about breaking cycles and healing.

Intentions and making resolutions: Eat Intuitively

The second resolution I’d like to discuss is EAT INTUITIVELY. What does that mean?

“Intuitive Eating is an approach developed to help people heal from the side effects of chronic dieting. An intuitive eater is defined as a person who makes food choices without experiencing guilt or an ethical dilemma, honors hunger, respects fullness, and enjoys the pleasure of eating.” – Be Nourished

I have personally suffered from eating disorders and health problems as a result of toxic diet culture, and discovering the intuitive eating movement was a life saver (literally) for me. We often make resolutions about healthy eating, but forget what healthy means. Mental and emotional health are part of our health, too, and they directly contribute to physical health. Also, wellness and diet culture promote a lot of ideas, fads, and trends about what is “healthy”, making it hard to keep up. And the information is often contradictory, or flat-out incorrect.

So I’d like to propose that you stop listening to the internet, and start listening to your body.

Intuitive Eating has 10 principles, which you can read about here. I’m going to talk about what’s worked best for me, in my own words.

Eat Only when Hungry

Learn to listen to your body. Hunger is your body’s way of telling you that it needs fuel, don’t ignore it. Conversely, wait until you are actually hungry to eat, not just because it is a scheduled meal time. This may mean that you are eating at unusual times, and that’s okay.

Stop Eating When Satisfied

We often interpret “full” as a stuffed, uncomfortable, lethargic feeling. When really we should feel satisfied and energetic. Learn to identify what satisfied feels like, and stop there. Even if it means you are hungry again in a few hours.

Savor Your Food

Take the time to really savor and enjoy your food. What does it look like? Smell like? Taste like? Eat without distractions, like television, so that you can really stay in touch with how your body is feeling. Try not to eat in a rush, or when stressed, which has negative effects on your digestive ability.

Reject the Concept of “Good” or “Bad” Food

Food is fuel, there is no moral value attached. Instead determine – how does this food make my body feel? Does it make me feel sick and tired? Or energetic and strong?

Honor Your Cravings – Food shouldn’t make you feel guilty or naughty, or that you’ve cheated or splurged. If you have a craving, satisfy it. Food restriction leads to negative mental effects and overeating. It is better to fully enjoy one scoop of your favorite ice cream, than to binge on diet food and snacks without ever feeling satisfied (and then probably going for the ice cream afterwards, anyway).

Progress, not perfection – and self compassion, always.

Lady Curvicorn

Aradia Instructor Lady Curvicorn has spent years researching self compassion and intuitive eating, and has used that experience to create a list of compassionate New Year’s Resolutions. We will be sharing her blog series with you throughout the month.

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