Part 2a is the Christian version of the standing portion of the Chakra Yoga Class. You can choose it to follow Part 1: leonapatrick.com/floor-poses. Stay tuned for more versions in the works: Part 2b done to chakras without the Bible verses; Part 2c, done to the Bible without the chakras; and Part 2d, a faster paced class including neither the chakra affirmations nor the Bible verses.

You can follow this with Part 3: Closing poses, includes transition poses to the floor, ustrasana (a back stretch), inversion poses, a short guided yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and a closing yoga mudra, the yogic seal, to seal it all in.

Announcing the release of an 11.5 minute yoga nidra podcast episode featuring Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, Muladhara, the first of the seven chakras, in the yogic tradition the major subtle energy centers in the body, and Manipura, the third chakra.

Kick off your shoes and relax! You can enjoy this yoga nidra seated in a chair or in shivasana, the supine resting pose on your back, OR before falling off to sleep.

The cover art is a photo of Madonna of Willendorf, my painting inspired by the iconography of the Madonna and the ancient Venus of Willendorf, an over 27,000-old mother goddess figure discovered in Willendorf, Austria, in 1901.

You can also view it on the Into the Light apple podcast.

In the yogic tradition, there are seven major chakras representing the primary subtle energy centers in the body. Muladhara, the first chakra, located at the base of the spine, is the seat of debt and karma, congested emotions and past wrongs, those whom we have hurt and those who have hurt us.

Just as forgiveness is the foundation of Christianity, so too, does forgiveness play a major role in Muhladhara, our foundation. Only when we let go of all resentments and guilt, can we cleanse Muhladhara to a brilliant ruby red, making room for Divine Forgiveness to fill our bodies with its healing power.

Manipura, the third chakra, at the solar plexus, represents the will and ego. By aligning our will to the divine will, we clear Manipura to the brilliant midday sun yellow of Divine Purpose, guiding us to the proper times to act and the times to refrain from action, as described in Ecclesiastes.