Yoga this Week – March 3, 2013

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.

Elisabeth Kubler Ross

The Third Chakra – Manipura – Jewel of the Navel

  • Color – yellow
  • Physical Location – solar plexus
  • Purposes – mental understanding of emotional life
  • Spiritual Lesson – acceptance of your place in the life stream. (self-love)
  • Mental and Emotional Issues – self esteem, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, self-image fears, fears of our secrets being found out, indecisiveness
  • Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra– personal power, personality, consciousness of self within the universe (sense of belonging), knowing
  • Seed Sound – RAM

      Greetings dearest yoga students,

This week’s study takes us to the third chakra located in our solar plexus, the Manipura.  This chakra is deeply associated with the relationship you have with yourself.  It deals with self-esteem, personal power, knowing who you are and trusting in your intuition or “gut feeling” to guide you into manifesting your desires and dreams.   How we feel about ourselves determines the quality of our life and how successful we will be in our relationships, our work and our own capacity for self healing.  A balanced third chakra will guide us to our own unique gifts and the work that both gives you pleasure and supports those around you.

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott

Carolyn Myss describes an element of the Third Chakra in her book Anatomy of the Spirit  as “While we measure our own success in terms of our personal comfort and security, the universe measures our success by how much we have learned”.    The Manipura Chakra is associated with the element of fire, and is meant to transform and challenge us to find our inner strength and connection to our individual higher power when dealing with the world in which we live.  The color yellow, like the sun,  is also associated with warmth and healing.  When we truly find our own personal power, although it will likely take us to new cycles of learning and challenges, it creates a beautiful inner strength that both supports us and nurtures us from the inside.  Fuel your inner fire by repeating the mantra, “RAM” as your read the words below  connecting to that area below your rib cage an around your navel, the Manipura.

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anais Nin

Yoga this Week

Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with 11am Meditation to follow

Wednesday 11am – Therapeautic Yoga – This session is full and required prior registration

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)

Happenings

Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture for this Wednesday, March 6th has only one spot left.  Even if you have experienced this healing session before, each time you receive the treatment, you will continue to receive many benefits that address where you are in your life at present. This session is beginner friendly. No prior yoga experience is necessary. https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

ShaktiPath Kirtan – March 10th – 530-730pm at the Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon.  Come bring your beautiful energy and chant with us!!! Click on the link to pre-register http://www.yogadarshanacenter.com/shaktipath.html

**Yoga Jam Saturday March 16th 8-930am**This class will be intentionally challenging on all levels. A free flowing fast-paced vinyasa sequence set to rockin’ playlists with holdings of some adventurous poses and free style flows mixed in for fun.  Class Cards will be honored – $12 Walk In Fee – Currently three spots left.

Restorative Friday Yoga will be on March 22nd – $15 for session/$12 for Seniors – Currently four spots left.

(Please sign up for the monthly workshops at your earliest convenience)

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.

Janis Joplin

Love, peace and yoga,

Amy

Amy

Perri RYT500 Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr 631-839-0644 http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com

Yoga this Week – February 23, 2013

Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.

Vincent Van Gogh

Svadhishthana (sva = vital force; adishthana = seat)

Element: water   Colors: orange   Sense: taste   Mantra: VAM

Location: situated at the base of the pubis between the genitals and the sacral nerve plexus

Deals with: emotional identity, creativity, desire, pleasure and self-gratification, procreation, and personal relationships

Governs: sexual organs, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine, auto immune system

Psychological and Emotional Issues: irritability, shyness, guilt, blame, sexual obsession, power, money, control, lack of creativity, morality

Balanced Chakra: feeling compassionate, friendly, intuitive, vital, sexual, satisfied, prosperous, having a sense of belonging and humor

Hari Om Dear Yoga Students,

The Svadhishthana Chakra is about relationship. If our sacral chakra is balanced we can trust, feel free and allow ourselves to be deeply connected to others in our life. It is the seat of creativity, procreation and sexual energy. Its element is water which when allowed to flow freely, no forcing and no holding back, guides us down the river of our life. All of life is movement; relationships ebb and flow, children grow, our bodies change with each passing year as do the people, places and things around us. Connecting to the vital force of our Svadhishthana chakra allows us to flow moment to moment, open and receptive to our emotions allowing us to meet each passing day with creativity, confidence and truth.

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.

Alfred Adler

Try this Meditation to Balance the Svadhisthana Chakra

Put your hands in your lap, palms up on top of each other. Left hand underneath
the right hand. The tips of your thumbs touch gently. Visualize the location and
color of the Sacral Chakra.
Chant the sound VAM  and silently say:  I trust as I open myself to others. Creative, sexual and emotional energy flows freely.  I express my true nature with confidence.

Classes this Week

Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to Follow Class

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

(Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have changed)

Therapeutic Yoga Begins this Wednesday at 11am….watch for your email under separate cover

Happenings

Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture for March 6th still has two spots left….even if you have experienced this healing session before, each time you receive the treatment, you will continue to receive many benefits that address where you are in your life at present. This session is beginner friendly. No prior yoga experience is necessary. https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

ShaktiPath Kirtan – March 10th – 530-730pm at the Yoga Darshana Center in BabylonCome bring your beautiful energy and chant with us!!!  Click on the link to pre-register http://www.yogadarshanacenter.com/shaktipath.html

**Yoga Jam is moved to Saturday March 16th 8-930am**This class will be intentionally challenging on all levels. A free flowing fast-paced vinyasa sequence set to rockin’ playlists with holdings of some adventurous poses and free style flows mixed in for fun. This class will be held on a monthly basis and will require at least three students to sign up each month for the class to fly.Class Cards will be honored – $12 Walk In Fee

Restorative Friday Yoga will be on March 22nd – $15 for session/$12 for Seniors

(Please sign up for the monthly workshops at your earliest convenience)

The Truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music.  Bodies never lie.

Agnes de Mille

Namaste

Amy

 

Yoga this Week – No Tuesday Morning Class

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

~ Maya Angelou

 

The Root Chakra Elements

 

Sanskrit Name:  Mulhadhara Meaning: “Root support” Root Chakra Element: Earth/Physical Root Chakra Keywords: “I Am” – grounded, present, safe, secure, healthy Associated Color: Red Musical Note: C Organs: Spinal column, legs, hips, kidneys and adrenal gland Root Chakra Consciousness: Survival, grounding and balancing the physical and spiritual life

The root chakra (Mulhadhara) is located at the base of the spine and radiates a rich color of red.  This chakra deeply connects us with the earth.  It is in this chakra that we ground into our lives, who we are and our sense of belonging.  When this chakra is balanced it tells us we are loved for who we are and that our basic needs for survival (love, food, shelter) are being met.  It affords us the inner confidence and courage to be who we truly are because deep inside our root, we know we are loved.  When we feel grounded and secure in our lives we become willing to take risks, to be vulnerable enough to make mistakes and to give to others more freely without fear of judgement, rejection or lack of resources.
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If you are feeling unbalanced in these areas, unsure of your life’s direction or your place in this world, try this simple Root Chakra Meditation.  Sit in an east comfortable cross legged position on the floor.  Connect to the base of your spine and feel the energy of the earth rising up.  Chant the sound of LAM, LAM, LAM and feel its vibration radiate throughout your entire body.  Think of the Mulhadhara chakra as a lotus flower grounded in the mud and muck of life’s suffering and pain and as you chant the sound of LAM, visualize this lotus rising up your spine, clean, clear, open and free…..end your meditation by repeating this mantra.
I forgive myself for being Imperfect
I forgive myself for Making Mistakes
I forgive myself for being a Learner in this Lifetime
So Hum
I am what I am
Classes for this Week
Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm
Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am
**There is No Tuesday Morning Class this Week**
(Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have change)
 
Happenings
The Therapeautic Yoga Class is now full.  First class begins Wednesday,  February 27th at 11am.   Look for an email this week to confirming your spot. 
Floga, today at 330pm, at the Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon hope to see some of you there….http://www.yogadarshanacenter.com/floga.html  
Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupunture for March 6th still has two spots left….even if you have experienced this healing session before, each time you receive the treatment, you will continue to receive many benefits that address where you are in your life at present.  This session is beginner friendly.  No prior yoga experience is necessary.  https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/  Sign up asap. 
Yoga Jam will be on Saturday, March 9th at 8am

This class will be intentionally challenging on all levels. A free flowing fast-paced vinyasa sequence set to rockin’ playlists with holdings of some adventurous poses and free style flows (moving on your own) mixed in for fun. This class will be held on a monthly basis and will require at least three students to sign up each month for the class to fly.

Class Cards will be honored – $12 Walk In Fee

Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon will also be hosting ShaktiPath for a heart warming Kirtan on Sunday, March 10th, 530-7pm.  http://yogadarshanacenter.com/shaktipath.html
  Restorative Friday Yoga will be on March 22nd
$15 for session/$12 for Seniors
(Please sign up for the monthly workshops at your earliest convenience)
And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
Confucius
Love, Peace & Yoga
Amy
Amy Perri RYT500 Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr 631-839-0644 http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com

Yoga this Week – February 10, 2013 – No Thursday NIght Class

 

**Important Note about Parking**

 

Please be mindful to park head in and as close to each other as possible. Be careful as the circle has a ice all over.

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“You are seeking joy in far off places, but the spring of joy is in your heart.  The haven of peace is in yourself”

Chakra Color

The Chakras System

Whether you are aware of the chakra system inside your subtle body or not, chakras or energy centers interact with your spiritual, emotional and physical bodies at every moment. The chakra’s are spirals of energy, one relating to the other, that contribute to our overall well being. In Sanskrit the word Chakra translates as “wheel”.  Each wheel spins a particular vibrational speed creating a vacuum that draws in anything it encounters on its level. All of life’s experiences have an effect on our entire selves whether positive or negative.  Negative experiences force our chakra’s to close as positive experiences enable them to open. In most of us as we move out of childhood, harsh reality begins to effect one chakra or another and they begin to become unbalanced and stop working in harmony with each other. We get stuck in cetain ways of being, not knowing why or how to move forward.. Blocked energy will eventually end up effecting you emotionally and physically as well.

Yoga, body awareness and meditation connects deeply to our chakra system and can act as a rebalancing tool. You may have experienced a deep release when you began practicing yoga. You may even have released cleansing tears or laughter during or after your practice. Each yoga pose directly effects one or more chakras. For instance, backbending opens up the heart and throat chakras while hip openers effect the root and sacral chakras.  Incorporating the color, sound and mantra to the corresponding chakra also has powerful healing qualities while meditating.

With each coming week, our study will focus on each individual chakra, begining at the root (Muladhara) all the way up the the crown (Sahasrara).  Below is a chart of the chakras, where in the body it is located and its’ individual charactoristics. Next time you feel stuck in a certain area, either emotionally or physically, you may want to check out the chakra associated with your discomfort and work with it in your own way. We do this work not only for ourselves but for the world;  When we clear our own inner energies, we can then be open to those around us, being of service with compassion, power, purpose and joy, expressing our dharma in the truest sense.

Chakra

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Mantra Color Stone Shape
Crown Chakra Enlightenment • Unity • Serenity Om (long) Violet Amethyst Half sphere
Forehead Chakra Intuition • Wisdom • Insight Om (short) Indigo Iolite Star
Throat Chakra Communication • Honesty • Integrity Ham Blue Apatite Pyramid
Heart Chakra Universal Love • Compassion • Purity Yam Green Peridot Half moon
Solar Plexus Chakra Will Power • Assertion • Trust Ram Yellow Citrine Sphere
Sacral Chakra Sensuality • Growth • Creativity Vam Orange Carnelian Pyramid
Root Chakra Patience • Stability • Strength Lam Red Garnet Cube

Classes for this Week

Monday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation to follow class

Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am

(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)

**There is no Thursday Night Class this week – Happy Valentines Day**

Happenings

Special Event – FLOGA- At the Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon rescheduled to Februray 17th 3:30 pm 5:00 pm
Heart Opening, gentle flow class led by me accompanied by the music of native american bamboo flute player Walter Perizac Click on the link for more information http://www.yogadarshanacenter.com/floga.html
ShaktiPath Kirtan at the Mastics Moriches Library has been moved to May 18th…details will follow.
Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon will also be hosting ShaktiPath for a heart warming Kirtan on Sunday, March 10th, 530-7pm.  More details to follow…Yay, we won’t have to wait till May…
Still spots left for the Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupunture Class on March 6th with Connie… https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/
Yoga Jam and Restorative Friday will return in March…February has been wild so far
Om
In these white snowy days, look within to find all the colors of the rainbow and a garden of peace inside yourself!!  See you on the slopes for sledding….whoohooo
See you soon,
Amy

FLOGA – This Sunday – Yoga Darshana Center 330-5pm – Reserve ASAP

Special Event – FLOGA- At the Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon
Sunday, February 10th / 3:30 pm 5:00 pm
Heart Opening, gentle flow class led by me, Amy Perri
accompanied by the music of native american bamboo flute player Walter Perizac Click on the link for more information
***THIS CLASS IS FILLING UP VERY FAST – IF YOU PLAN ON COMING, CALL AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT***

Yoga, Meditation & Healing Studio in Rocky Point NY… 631-839-0644