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.
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.
Chinnamasta is Sanskrit for “She whose head is severed.” As one of the ten Tantric Mahavidyas, Chinnamasta represents the ferocious aspects of Devi, the Hindu Mother goddess.
She is sometimes represented standing nude on the copulating love-diety couple, three jets of blood spurting out her neck while she holds her self-decapitated head in one hand and a scimitar in the other.
According to the text of Gupta Lalitambika, she “is the embodiment of virtue, love, humanness, anger, valiancy, terror, odiousness, mysticism, humor, and tranquility all put together.” Quite the resumé.
Her decapitation symbolizes her courage in transcending the limitations of mind and body. The blood spurting forth is her generosity in sacrificing herself to nourish others.
The Chinnamastra yantra represents the severing of the ego and mind-chatter to achieve the inner wisdom of the third eye, as depicted in the downward pointing triangle in its middle. The eight-petalled lotus surrounding the triangle represents cosmic harmony. The outer geometric sheath corresponds to the earth; and it’s outermost area to the mundane emotions, such as anger, fear, and worldly desires. The T-shaped structures protruding from the square are the gates of the four directions, and the entry points of the yantra.
Yogis meditate on Chinnamasta for the courage to overcome all odds.
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