Monthly Inspiration: September 2016
Autumn is the season of strong, crisp winds and leaves beginning to make their way from the branch to the earth. A certain clear stillness begins to settle on the east end, as the sun’s arc starts to sag lower and crowds dwindle, seemingly one by one. Nature sheds its foliage and dressings, what’s left are the absolute bare essentials: root and trunk. Root and support. Muladhara.
Muladhara is the first and lowest of all seven chakras. Located at the base of the spine, muladhara chakra is associated with stability, grounding, and stillness. Represented by the color red (like some falling leaves) and the element of earth, the first chakra is connected with the feet and legs, as they quite literally connect us to the earth and offer us stability. Through asana and mindful focus, we can foster a strong connection to the muladhara chakra.
Taking a cue from Mother Nature, allow October and the season of autumn to be about turning inward toward your bare essentials. Set routine so your body and mind find and fall into a consistent rhythm. Move mindfully. Observe how your body is connecting to the earth in any asana you practice. Cultivate a sense of stability and tamas, or heaviness in the hips and pelvis. Perhaps your asana practice closes with an extended savasana and a few extra minutes of sitting in silence. Allow your mind to come back to the calm, inherent stillness within yourself, and settle there.
Allow this mindful focus and physical and energetic healing to perhaps bring new light to the essentials of your foundation; your earthly spiritual support to stand on. What’s working for you in your daily routines and relationships? What’s not working so well? Set this time to be about connecting to the root, and becoming grounded and quiet in order to ensure that the roots are growing in a direction we can support. And strong and stable enough to change those roots and redirect them toward a greater purpose, if needed.
Join Jessica Bellofatto and Jessy Nees for an in depth practice focusing on muladhara, or the root chakra. As our monthly focus describes, the autumn season is energetically conducive to taking a turn inward and allowing ourselves to get back to our bare essentials: our root, our support. The muladhara chakra, located at the base of the spine is associated with stability, grounding, and stillness. In this Muladhara in Autumn Workshop, Jess & Jessy will lead an asana practice focused on mindful movement with special attention to feet and legs followed by a deep relaxation and closing meditation as we tap into the calm, inherent stillness within ourselves and tend to our roots, both physical and spiritual.
Cost: $40 or 2 sessions from a class card ($20 for auto-renew members)
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