A yoga essence is a way of living in communion. Using a yoga essence in conjunction with our energy centers is specific to the symbolism and associations of various parts of our bodies. For example our 1st energy center is located around the coccygeal plexus and incorporates the color red, community and success, the sound lahm and is associated with the essence of inclusion being without judgment of our bodies or others. The 2nd energy center is located around the sacral plexus and is associated with the right to feel, symbolic of the area is pleasure and creativity, the color orange, the sound vahm and the essence of feeling the sensations of our bodies. To be intrinsic without competition or comparisons is connected with the 3rd energy center located around the solar plexus, the right to act on one’s own behalf, the color yellow and the sound rahm. The 4th energy center located around the pulmonary & cardiac plexi is partnered with breathing and is the area symbolic of love and compassion along with the element of air, the color green and the sound yahm. Where-as, the 5th energy center located around the pharyngeal plexus is related to the essence of listening to the body and speaking kind and true, connected to the element of sound. the color blue and the sound hahm. The 6th energy center located around the carotid plexus (brow center) is relevant to intuition being without assumptions, the element of light, symbolic of clarity, the color purple and the sound auhm (om). The 7th energy center located around the cerebral cortex is a symbolic area united to the essence of consciousness being present in the moment, symbolic of universal knowledge, the element of space (ether), the color white and silence.
The Yoga essence associated with specific energy centers can improve our mind/body connection when used in conjunction with yoga poses. Essence 1) Legs Up - includes rest for our feet, 2) Supine Butterfly – feeling flexible and relaxed through the inner thigh (groin), 3) Spinal Twist– for an inner massage to the organs, back (spine) and torso, 4) Childs or Forward Bend - opens the backside of the lungs and hugs the heart, 5) Fish – is an anti-aging pose which expands the chest and neck, 6) Bridge - clears the head and sinuses and 7) Corpse – provides rest and relaxation which rejuvenates the mind and body.
A yoga essence of inclusion without judgment of our bodies and others, feeling the sensations of our bodies and the energy in and around us, along with being intrinsic without competition or comparisons, breathing pranayama “life force”, as well as listening to our bodies, breath, heart and lungs etc., including intuition with clarity and without assumptions and, of course, consciousness being present (a gift) in the moment improves health – physical, subtle, emotional, intellectual and blissful wellness!