Evolution of us all

Evolution of us all

Happy November yogis, a beautiful month which is a great time to start to reflect on the year so far, and start setting intentions for Christmas and the New Year, whilst still remaining present.

It was my birthday in October and probably like most people it is a time when I reflect on my life, my path, a time for me to check in with my authentic self and insure the life I am living is my own and not anybody else's

My reflection this year was a very special one because I feel I am at a place of balance and on reflection it has reconfirmed for me how you have to have the ups and downs of the waves to flow gracefully on your path, it is not all plain sailing but with hard work and kindness to yourself and others you always end up exactly we you are supposed to be, not at the destination forever free and flowing.

I love birthdays always have and turning 33 to me has inspired me to set new goals and intentions, I am at an age now were I do not put labels, boundaries or barriers around myself, I genuinely believe that if I set the intention and work hard enough I can make it happen, each day I evolve and grow just look at all of you the more we evolve the more super powers we can generate.

This is the time of year when we can start to focus ahead of ourselves instead of being in the present, instead of thinking of a January New Year resolution think of an intention you can set now that will move you towards January building on intentions creating growth, set a an intention for yourself, it’s not about being better it’s about a beautiful evolution of you.

I set aims and intentions all the time and I think it is important we do not let age limit our intentions my opinion age is just a number. I first done the splits when I was 30, I share this with you as I was chatting to a group of students and they seemed shocked I was not doing splits from when I was a toddler or from a dance or gymnastics back round. My journey to the splits was a regular Bikram yoga practice and practicing pigeon every day before and after class, gradually opening my hips to create the splits. It is important to highlight that asana is just one part of our yoga practice and it is true the posture is not the destination, but it does demonstrate how setting an intention and dedication pays off, and I believe that when you release from the hips you tap into your goddess energy so what’s not to love, hip opening to become gods and goddess.

 

During our practice this month we are focusing on Pranayama breathing, the breath which energises us for class, many students at the beginning do not see this posture as an asana  when in fact it is the most important of all, it fills your body with fresh pranic air on the inhale and releases toxins on the exhale, as well encouraging your basic alignment for class, and opening up through the shoulder blades and scapula, freeing your wings :) so this month set up your class with positive prana and pay particular attention to you pranayama, setting strong foundations for class, for you day, for your life.

To set strong foundations it is important to ground to root down through your Muladhara chakra, this is our chakra focus of the month.

Muladhara (root support, at the base of the spine) is considered the foundation of the "energy body". Yogic systems stress the importance of stabilizing this chakra it is your flight or flight response. It is also known as the seat of the spirit uniting the female and masculine energies, the Shakti and the Shiva

The root chakra allows us to ground with the earth, when we have strong roots we have strong foundations to build upon

"By meditating thus on Her who shines within the Muladhara Chakra, with the luster of ten million Suns, a man becomes Lord of speech and King among men, and an Adept in all kinds of learning. He becomes ever free from all diseases, and his inmost Spirit becomes full of great gladness. Pure of disposition by his deep and musical words, he serves the foremost of the Devas."

Muladhara  chakra has been particularly significant to me because I love to F.L.Y it is important for me to ground, it is further proof of how we need balance, as you need to have opposite to strengthen and support, to be completely free you have to first ground.

When this chakra is balanced we feel healthy, alive and free ready to move on and up the chakras and spread our wings. However if the root chakra has too much energy flowing through it, this could cause selfishness, greed, an over powering type manner. Bikram postures which we can focus on to establish the root chakra are, toe stand, camel, lotus and most of all Savasana say to yourself “I am here” “I have a right to be here” “the earth supports me” or you could internalize the mantra (mystical energy encased in a sound) LAM, this is the sound related to this chakra, to encourage grounding.

If there is too little energy flowing through the Muladhara chakra this may cause anxiety, lack of confidence, and a lack of ability to complete things. There may also be a leaning towards feeling unloved, feeling loved is essential to F.L.Y, therefore to set the foundations to love ourselves first we must ground and feel safe and secure in who we are before we can move onwards and upwards through the chakras realigning and reviving.

 

See you in class soon

 

Love, Light & Flight

Estelle

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