A yoga (connecting) essence is a way of living holistic. Using wisdom with the associations of various parts of our bodies makes for a mindful practice. For example our 1st energy center is located around the Coccygeal Plexus and incorporates the color red, the right to have, community, security and success, the sound lahm and the wisdom of inclusion being without judgment of ourselves or others.
Continue up the spine to the wisdom of the Sacral Plexus, 2nd energy center, associated with the right to feel, creative and committed, the color orange, the sound vahm and the wisdom 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 confident and courageous, the color yellow and the sound rahm. These associations are mindful, wealthy and wise.
The balance center from the tailbone to the top of the head is the pulmonary/cardiac plexi. Partnered with breathing symbolic of love (compassion, caring and kindness) along with the element of air, the color green and the sound yahm. Above or below, depending on your pose is the 5th power part located around the Pharyngeal Plexus; related to the essence of listening to the breath, communication, cooperation and consensus. The 5th is connected to the element of sound, color blue and sound hahm.
The 6th power piece at the Carotid Plexus (brow center) is relevant to intuition being without assumptions, blame or expectations. Associated with the element of light, right to see, vision and clarity, color purple and the sound auhm (om). The 7th energy center located with the Cerebral Cortex is 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 wisdom associated with specific chakras can improve our mind/body connection when used in conjunction with yoga poses. Essence 1) Legs Up - to invert legs and 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) Bridge - opens the heart and lungs, 5) Fish – is an anti-aging pose for the neck and face, 6) Apanasana - clears the head and sinuses and 7) Final Relaxation – provides rest rejuvinating the mind and body.
A wisdom of inclusion without judgment of ourselves or others, feeling the sensations of the body 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 without assumptions, blame or expectations and, of course, consciousness - present (a gift) in the moment improves physical, subtle, emotional, intellectual and blissful wellness!