Weekly Class Theme: Anahata/Heart Chakra Flow

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Supta Virasana; Photo by Heather Bonker

 

I have received a lot of great feedback from all of you after our “108 Sun Salutions” class. Many felt a great boost of energy and others loved the meditative rhythm and flow, so I have decided to make this week’s class theme “Vinyasa Flow”.

The word “Vinyasa” in Sanskrit can be translated as “to place something in a special way”. When you break down the root words “Vi” means “in a special way” and “Nyasa” means “to place”. In a Vinyasa Flow class, we coordinate our movement with our breath to flow from one pose to the next in a fluid sequence, like in Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations).

To put the words to test, I have created a nice flow routine, opening the chest to access our Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra). In Sanskrit, Anahata means “unhurt, unstuck, and unbeaten” and Chakra means wheel, a spinning wheel of energy or centers of spiritual power in the human body.

Within the body exist several minor chakras (energy centers) and 7 major chakras. The Heart Chakra is perfectly situated in the middle of your body, balancing the world of matter (our lower three chakras) with the world of spirit (our upper three chakras). We will look into the Chakra’s further throughout the week.

See you on the tapis 😉

X om

 

 

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