Holler! Let Your Throat Chakra be Heard – Vishuddha

Holler! Let Your Throat Chakra be Heard – Vishuddha

Our throat chakra, or Vishuddha, is the vibration of our communication – our self expression as an individual. From here you listen and share, from here you are heard and hear.
Communication can be accomplished with many non-verbal signs, so don’t get too hung up on strictly singing like the birds of talking for hours and hours. Non verbal queues go a long way, with hand languages, body language, even eye contact is a great way to communicate with another.
However, being understood is a sign that your vishuddha is balanced. Expressing your ideas and seeing them flow out is another sign of a balanced throat chakra.
Honesty, openness, and faithfulness are also ways to strengthen your vishuddha, and those who experience this will naturally follow suit which may just help them strengthen their vishuddha!
Signs of a weakened vishuddha are a literal tingle in your throat, addiction, lack of will power, dishonesty, criticism, worry, or lack of authority.
So, speak up! Be heard! Follow the cosmos of your vision and message.

Pleasure is in your Sacral Chakra

Pleasure is in your Sacral Chakra

Your sacral chakra is located just below your navel and in, about an inch or two. This is your pleasure center, the origin of enjoyment, feeling, and emotion. Sensuality emanates from here, intimacy bonds to here, connection grows from here.
It is no surprise then that confidence exists in the strength of your sacral chakra, which allows you to feel but move through it, to let go yet still experience what has happened.
Unfortunately, much of society today has severely stunted the freedom of the sacral chakra. We are taught to not feel certain things, to let go without processing, to only be confident if we are a certain way. Well, perhaps in the process of strengthening your sacral, you’ll also strengthen your will to let go of these horrible hangups too!
So, how do we go about strengthening our sacral chakra? Well, feel the pleasure! Enjoy the pleasure! Explore pleasure fully and unrestricted. Bond intimately and more often! Connect deeply, and be fully present. Sacral chakra can also be strengthened through creativity too, so a poem, a song, a drawing or painting will all work at strengthening that personal confidence that’s required for being fully present with our sacral. These are all very positive practices for the sacral chakra. Sounds not too bad of a practice, doesn’t it?
But, it is important to remember that chakras aren’t to be singled out and strengthened uniquely, all chakras must remain in balance with each other. It cannot all be pleasure without remembering to ground ourselves in the reality of now.

Muladhara or Root Chakra

Muladhara or Root Chakra

Muladhara is the root chakra, the magical chakra that emanates from the root of your spine to the external world all around you. Muladhara is very important to exist in this world because it is one of the only chakras directly associated with our interactions with the world.
Often also referred to as base chakra, muladhara is associated with passion, fire, energy, strength, and because of this it is associated with the colour red. And this makes sense, having the core of our body, the root, being the center for our physical movement. The root chakra is in charge of your legs, arms, muscles, spine, and also some of your organs: bladder and kidney.
It is also very interesting to note that muladhara is associated with the endocrine glands, the glands responsible for secreting their products, hormones, directly into the blood. I know I’ve been hearing a lot recently of people saying they have a hyper -something- gland (which can indicate both super active or super suppressed). This doesn’t really come as a surprise to me, considering the deepening disconnect we are experiencing as a culture.
We can notice a suffering root chakra with fatigue, constipation or diarrhea, lower back pain, weight issues, trouble sleeping, or poor circulation, insecure, afraid, cautious, or clumsy. So, to heal the muladhara, there are a few things you can do!
Envision the root chakra, that is, envision the fire, the energy, the power of your chakra. Or, perhaps you may like to move! Dance, sing, go for a walk, do some YOGA!
When you have found balance in your muladhara, you will feel more confident, decisions will come easier, you will feel physically alert and adept, you will be grounded!
Do you have some tips for healing your muladhara?

Understanding Kapha Dosha

Understanding Kapha Dosha

The Kapha Dosha. The earth and the water. It’s translation is: “that which sticks,” so beware of the immensity of Kapha’s motion. The water is in the lubrication for your existence, through physically lubricated joints and motion. It is the elastic that holds your existence together.
Physically, you may feel it as dampness, cold, heavy, dull, sticky, swampy, dense, cloudy.
Mentally, Kapha will govern patience, love, greed, forgiveness, and attachment. It will ground the fire of Pitta, and slow down the flight of Vata.
It’s located in the chest, throat, lungs, head, lymph nodes, all your tissue, ligaments, and tendons. All things that work as the physical function of your body: structure to our tissue, lubrication to our ligaments, energy to our organs, healing our wounds.
Does this sound like you, or a source of your imbalance?
Unbalanced Kapha can lead to a murky existence that harbours all sorts of bodily disorders such as mucous issues like sinus congestion, lung phlegm, or obesity. Being dormant with dominant Kapha can lead to lethargy, attachment, and depression. Overeating and sweets can throw the Kapha off balance, and you should really just stop that eating to offset emotions right away. Staying indoors too much as a couch potato will throw Kapha off, as is avoiding physical challenges. Speaking of challenges, avoiding intellectual challenges can also put Kapha out of balance.
So, it’s easy to see that a balanced Kapha will look like freedom, positivity, healthy action, learning.
To go towards a balanced Kapha, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • warm and light foods are a great choice, this means heated dry foods. Too much damp food and you’ll be doing your stimulating fire no good. Avoid fatty foods, deep fried foods, dairy, or heavy foods as they will weigh you down. Pungent foods will heat that inner Kapha up though. Focus on hot foods. Ginger is a good idea, as it stimulates the stomach, so is honey, cumin, sesame seed, or tumeric.
  • avoid a lifestyle that is filled with excessive luxuries and leisure. This will encourage your mind and body to be over fed and under stimulated, which harbours lethargy.
  • practice non-attachment. This may be as simple as letting another cook make the soup, or as complex as letting another person clean out your own clothes closet. Go with the flow, feel the excitement of the journey.
  • check in with your emotions to make sure they’re stimulated and cleaned. It’s a sad way to be if you lose your emotions because they’ve become stifled with oppression or muffled by passive tendencies.
  • practice taking control of some situations, from going grocery shopping without consulting everybody for anything they need and buying things you think they may need, to leading the way out on the trail while you’re hiking.
  • create a schedule. Regiment yourself with stimulation and engagements that ensure you’re not getting idle!
Get to know Your Pitta Dosha

Get to know Your Pitta Dosha

The Pitta Dosha. The fire that burns around you, and the water the floats around you. It translates to ‘That which cooks,’ so it’s understandable that it’s filled with energy that effects digestion and metabolism in the body, as well as the driving force for many of the substances in your body like organic acids, hormones, enzymes, and bile.
Physically, Pitta types have oily skin. Think glands. Pitta governs eyes, skin, stomach.
Mentally, Pitta have a fiery temper. Well, ok, that’s not all true. Pitta governs intelligence, understanding, joy, courage, willpower, anger, jealousy… emotions that require a certain amount of inner heat to manifest.
The Pitta is located in the small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, blood, eyes, and sweat.
Do any of these psychological emotions or physical locations connect with you?
An unbalanced Pitta shows up in anger, rage, bitterness, ego driven actions that begin to yell. It can show up in the body through infection, inflammation, rashes, ulcers, heartburn, and fever.
A balanced Pitta will be joyful, sharp intellect and the will required to do what has been manifested. There are a few key actions that you can keep in mine to ensure your Pitta is balanced.
– First, eat a Pitta balanced diet. These are foods that are cool or warm, but not steaming hot. Avoid salt, as well as sour and spicy foods. Spices heat the body, so it can throw off your Pitta. Lemon juice helps balance the acidity of Pitta, so avoid vinegars and yogurts and cheeses. Cold cereals, cinnamon toast, apple tea are good. Vegetarian and even a raw food diets are best, as red meats heats the body from the fat in it.
– find peaceful environments to both eat in and exist in. If you eat stressed, chances are your digestive tract will be stressed. For that matter, find all sorts of peaceful calming activities to engage in, like walking through nature, meditation or yoga! Avoid sprinting, and high thrill activities.
– avoid artificial stimulants. Drugs, alcohol, smoking, caffeine, soda, sugars..
– avoid overworking. Avoid competition.

Vata Dosha

Vata Dosha

The Vata Dosha. The air that flows around you and the ether that holds you. Vata is responsible for motion through and within your body, from the flow of blood to food digesting to impulsive action. It is the motivator of all else, the catalyst for your function in your human body.
Physically, Vata tends to the extremes. Slender frame, weak muscles, prominent joints, dry skin, dark and brittle hair, long face, thin lips.
Mentally, Vata is a creative and enthusiastic human with a free and quick mind that responds just as quick, the makings of a talking human. With this in mind, with such high energy, a dominant Vata can easily be nudged out of balance, leading to insecurities and anxiety.
Does this sound like yourself? Well, let’s talk about (im)balance.
Cold, dry and windy weather can really throw Vata out of balance, as can a dietary change such as too much dry, raw foods. How will this be felt? Anxiety, worry, overwhelm, tired but unable to relax, digestion problems, negative thoughts, indecision, short attention span, constant dry throat, lips, skin and scalp.
Vata is mainly located in the colon, with sub regions in the pelvic region, lower back, thighs, bones, ears, and skin. If you remember Vata is associated with movement, these regions are very easily identified as the sources of movement, legs to walk with, colon to expel foods, etc.
With this in mind, we must talk about how to balance the Vata dosha. Moisture, warmth, heaviness are the opposites to dry, cold, and light imbalance. Some home remedies are as follows, depending on your symptoms:
– rubbing your body with oils helps increase skin moisture as well as friction creates heat. Think of heavy oils like sesame, walnut, or almond oil. Go on, rub it in!
– salty, warm, sweet and sour foods help stoke that inner fire. Avoid the cold foods and choose rich, oily, nourishing foods as often as possible. Try a teaspoon of peanut butter in the morning. Fresh rich fruits like banana, mango, avocado work great, as well as nuts. Avoid frozen foods, cold drinks, dried fruit, extremely hot spice, coffee.
– look to herbs like licorice root, cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard seeds, or ginger to bring that heat back into your belly!
– meditation, reading, calming music, or a nice yin yoga practice can really help to ground the Vata imbalance. Routine is also very helpful for the mind.
– dress warm! This is probably obvious, but don’t let that cold weather get the hand up on you.