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Chakra

Are you interested in understanding how the practice of yoga, pranayama and meditation work together to transform the energetic body?

In this 7-week series, we will explore the chakras. The human chakra system consists of 7 primary chakras that stretch from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. In Sanskrit, the word chakra translates to “wheel” and references our energetic body. Each week, we will explore a new chakra and focus on how it uniquely regulates a physical, spiritual and emotional function of the body.

Through movement, sound and smell, we will journey through the chakras and explore how we can improve our connection to the subtle body through:

Shapes (asana)
Breath (pranayama)
Mantras
Colors
Elements
Aromatherapy
Music

In this 7-week series (with each session lasting 2 hours), yogis will:
– Learn about the energetic body and chakra system by focusing on one chakra per week
– Practice one hour of asana, focusing on the chakra of the week
– Practice a 10-minute chakra meditation, focusing on the chakra of the week

Students will leave each session with a custom, essential-oil blend and a crystal to balance each energy center.

All 7 Sessions – $250
Drop-in Session: $40 each

LOCATION: YOGA VIDA NOHO | Broadway & Bond | New York City | Dates Below

Thursday, April 11: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. MULADHARA | ROOT
Thursday, April 25: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. SVADHISHTHANA | SACRAL
Thursday, May 9: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. MANIPURA | SOLAR PLEXUS
Thursday, May 23: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. ANAHATA | HEART
Thursday, June 6: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. VISHUDDHA | THROAT
Thursday, June 13: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. AJNA | THIRD-EYE
Thursday, June 27: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15p.m. – SAHASARA | CROWN

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“Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with
everything except tears.”

Gregory David Roberts sums it up beautifully in his book Shantaram. Most people at one time or another hit a point of complete heartache, pain so deep it vibrates through your entire being. It is common to bury these feeling of pain deep inside our physical bodies, harboring it, keeping it safe, and hiding it from the world. Our bodies carry every emotion, every thought, every expression that passes through us. It is our life vessel. When Mr. Roberts says ‘sometimes we cry with everything except tears,’ he is directly referring to the physical sensation of sorrow and pain. Where do you hold it in your body? How can you cry without tears? Everyone is different—how does your body cry? A great way to release pain is to sweat. It’s our body’s way of crying. Sweating is our body’s way of releasing tears and shedding sorrow. Movement allows the human form to acknowledge the presence of pain and to release it. Running is my way to release the baggage that I harbor inside. Running is my way to be closer to God. Running sets me free. Yoga sets me free.

I am an advocate for seated meditation. It has extraordinary power in bringing awareness to your thoughts, reactions, and emotions. Silent meditation empowers the individual to recognize that we are in control of our own happiness. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially in circumstances of feeling frantic, erratic, or emotionally charged. Take a moment to sit in complete stillness (as much as you don’t want to). Five minutes will make an incredible difference. However, despite my strong belief in sitting meditation, I also believe moving meditation is equally as liberating. Physical engagement allows the mind and body to release simultaneously. Movement of the body allows the gunk—pain, anger, guilt, remorse, self-hatred—to be physically released.

Recently, my theory was solidified while I attended a Shakespeare workshop in the city. I found myself completely unable to connect to my character. I was emotionally indifferent and closed (an actor’s worst nightmare). Suddenly, as I continued to work on my monologue, my teacher prodded me in front of the class, pushing me to my limits and making me feel uncomfortable and vulnerable. A rush of emotion came over me. It felt as if it was rising up from months of being compacted and dismissed. My monologue came out in a blubbering fit. The tears did not end when my characters plight did. I cried for an hour. Suddenly, I realized that while my sitting meditation helped me to stay balanced in my daily life, I was in control, more mindful, and keenly aware of my surroundings. I had not given myself permission to release pain. I believe in (and strongly encourage) crying, sighing, moaning, screaming—it exposes the raw emotion. Silence is only part of the solution. For the majority of the population, those of us who have not attained the blissful awakened state of Samadhi, our life balance comes from a combination of things, all which allow us to fully realize our human form.