The psoas muscle is connected energetically to the Sacral Chakra, which is associated with our sexuality and moving into relationship (dancing and swimming are two exercises in addition to yoga stretches that are recommended to strengthen this chakra). The psoas muscle also extends down to the Root Chakra which grounds us and makes us feel secure and safe in the world (squatting in the garden to pull weeds is one of my favorite stretches to both ground my Root Chakra and release my psoas muscle). In my morning yoga routine, I do reclined Cobbler’s Pose, gently pressing my thighs away from my hips as my spine extends and psoas tightness is released.
Here is a very detailed description of the psoas muscle which provides detailed information on how your yoga practice may be helping or actually hurting this “muscle of the soul” from BodyDivineYoga.wordpress.com
The Psoas: Muscle of The Soul by Danielle Prohom Olson "
I was delighted when I first came across Liz Koch’s
amazing work because it confirmed much of what I’d been intuiting on my own. I had begun to open and close my yoga practise with hip opening poses with the specific intention of releasing tension in my psoas and hip flexors. I’d breathe and imagine tension flowing out of constricted muscles to be released as energy into the torso.
It worked, I’d feel my body soften yet somehow grow stronger.
Reading Liz Koch I instantly realized what I was doing – by learning to relax my psoas I was literally energizing my deepest core by reconnecting with the powerful energy of the earth. According to Koch, the psoas is far more than a core stabilizing muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-intelligent tissue and “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.”
Well, I just had to learn more. Here is just a sprinkling of the research
that Liz Koch and others have uncovered regarding the importance of the psoas to our health, vitality and emotional well-being.
The Psoas muscle (pronounced so-as) is the deepest muscle of the human body affecting our structural balance, muscular integrity, flexibility, strength, range of motion, joint mobility, and organ functioning.
Growing out of both sides of the spine, the psoas spans laterally from the 12th thoracic vertebrae (T12) to each of the 5 lumbar vertebrae. From there it flows down through the abdominal core, the pelvis, to attach to the top of the femur (thigh) bone.
The Psoas is the only ‘muscle’ to connect the spine to the legs. It is responsible for holding us upright, and allows us to lift our legs in order to walk. A healthily functioning psoas stabilizes the spine and provides support through the trunk, forming a shelf for the vital organs of the abdominal core.
The psoas is connected to the diaphragm through connective tissue or fascia which affects both our breath and fear reflex. This is because the psoas is directly linked to the reptilian brain, the most ancient interior part of the brain stem and spinal cord. As Koch writes “Long before the spoken word or the organizing capacity of the cortex developed, the reptilian brain, known for its survival instincts, maintained our essential core functioning.”
Koch believes that our fast paced modern lifestyle (which runs on the adrenaline of our sympathetic nervous system) chronically triggers and tightens the psoas – making it literally ready to run or fight. The psoas helps you to spring into action – or curl you up into a protective ball.
If we constantly contract the psoas to due to stress or tension , the muscle eventually begins to shorten leading to a host of painful conditions including low back pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, disc problems, spondylolysis, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, and digestive problems.
A tight psoas not only creates structural problems, it constricts the organs, puts pressure on nerves, interferes with the movement of fluids, and impairs diaphragmatic breathing.
In fact, “The psoas is so intimately involved in such basic physical and emotional reactions, that a chronically tightened psoas continually signals your body that you’re in danger, eventually exhausting the adrenal glands and depleting the immune system.”
And according to Koch, this situation is exacerbated by many things in our modern lifestyle, from car seats to constrictive clothing, from chairs to shoes that distort our posture, curtail our natural movements and further constrict our psoas.
Koch believes the first step in cultivating a healthy psoas is to release unnecessary tension. But “to work with
the psoas is not to try to control the muscle, but to cultivate the awareness necessary for sensing its messages. This involves making a conscious choice to become somatically aware.”
A relaxed psoas is the mark of play and creative expression. Instead of the contracted psoas, ready to run or fight, the relaxed and released psoas is ready instead to lengthen and open, to dance. In many yoga poses (like tree) the thighs can’t fully rotate outward unless the psoas releases. A released psoas allows the front of the thighs to lengthen and the leg to move independently from the pelvis, enhancing and deepening the lift of the entire torso and heart.
Koch believes that by cultivating a healthy psoas, we can rekindle our body’s vital energies by learning to reconnect with the life force of the universe. Within the Taoist tradition the psoas is spoken of as the seat or muscle of the soul, and surrounds the lower “Dan tien” a major energy center of body. A flexible and strong psoas grounds us and allows subtle energies to flow through the bones, muscles and joints.
Koch writes “The psoas, by conducting energy, grounds us to the earth, just as a grounding wire prevents shocks and eliminates static on a radio. Freed and grounded, the spine can awaken”…“ As gravitational flows transfer weight through bones, tissue, and muscle, into the earth, the earth rebounds, flowing back up the legs and spine, energizing, coordinating and animating posture, movement and expression. It is an uninterrupted conversation between self, earth, and cosmos.”
So, it might be worth it, next time you practice, to tune in and pay attention to what your bio-intelligent psoas has to say."
Sacred Sexuality - Reclaiming the Divine Feminine
by A’ra Blair is a memoir/self-help book for any and all women (and men who want to know more about the heart and soul of women too). A’ra is brutally honest in recounting her own journey into embracing the Divine Feminine within herself, and she offers thoughtful journaling suggestions and exercises at the end of each chapter to help the reader do the same. Whether you need to overcome abuse, trauma, depression, or are just feeling less than "Divine," this book will spring you forward into new realms of possibility in loving yourself, your partner and your life.A’ra Blair is an accomplished Spiritual Life Coach and Counselor. Her 25 years of study and transformative work in spirituality, meditation, energy work, yoga, trauma resolution, quantum physics, relationship enhancement, and personal growth have prepared A’ra to live the qualities of the Divine Feminine in service to Humanity’s Wholeness.1) What is the underlying message of your book?A'ra:
If I had to narrow it down to one sentence, I'd say it's to find that deep self-love and self-acceptance that allows the full expression of who we are. Reclaiming the Divine Feminine is really about reclaiming who we are in our fullness, a union of our masculine and feminine essence. Both are needed to bring balance and connection into our lives at a deep level. Many of us have struggled with our sexuality in one sense or another and often shun, deny, or push into the shadows those parts of us with whom we feel ashamed or confused.
We have a hard time facing what it means to be sexual beings with Divine urges. We really haven't had a model that holds our sexuality sacred. Yet Sacred Sexuality is our most intimate communion with the Divine. It's a state that takes us beyond the physical realm of sex and orgasm to a connection with the deepest part of our being, our creative Source and life sustaining energy. In this depth lies a wholeness and love that transcends any transgression, doubt, or absurdity that exists in our human experience. This sacred union with Source heals and transforms our mind, body, and emotions. It releases the past and opens us to a supreme understanding of oneness, truth, and beauty.
Through intimacy with this inner Presence, transcendence occurs and life becomes a vehicle for the soul's growth. When we reach this depth of understanding, everything in our experience becomes part of the sacred path of enlightenment. Everything! I guess you could say that's the biggest message. Every part of our lives and our experiences are part of our sacred path, and we need to reclaim it all as holy.2) What inspired you to write the book?A'ra:
I've been on a spiritual path for many years and have studied many traditions. I had a rich, deep spiritual sense of my place in the world and the universe, but so much had happened to me around my sexuality, that even with that deep spiritual connection, I struggled facing parts of my experiences that weren't so pleasant. When I started including the feminine in my exploration of the Divine I had a difficult time because I was raised with God as a man. I tried rephrasing all the masculine names and pronouns in order to really grasp that God was both masculine and feminine. However, it wasn't until I actually called on the Goddess aspect of the Divine to show me what it means to know Spirit as both feminine and masculine that I got it. Something moved within me. It was like I was in the womb of the Goddess being birthed anew.
As I emerged, I felt this incredible sense of courage and commitment to do what it takes to live
the qualities of the Divine Feminine in service to humanity's wholeness. Right around that time I was invited to give a talk for Sacred Sisters, a woman's support group. I'd been toying with the idea of creating a workshop around the Divine Feminine as an aspect of our Sacred Sexuality, so I threw it out to the Minister who ran the group. She loved it. The development and presentation of the workshop flowed. When I presented the first time, I felt like I was in the zone. I watched as women healed on so many different levels in so many different arenas. After I presented the workshop, these women wanted more. Longer, more in-depth workshops. While developing those, the book started writing itself through me. I went with the flow. When I Reclaimed the Divine Feminine, I fell madly and passionately in love with me. 3) What do you hope readers will take away from your book?A'ra:
I have three goals for what readers will take away:
First, The courage and confidence to fully express your beauty, your sensuality, your poise, your gifts and talents, and your power.
Second, The ability to embrace all of who you are as an authentic and unique expression of the Divine, even the not-so-pleasant choices, experiences, and traumas you may have had.
Third, That you fall so deeply in unconditional love with yourself that no matter what anybody says to you or about you, no matter what anyone does to you, no matter how anyone shows up in relationship with you, you come so fully from self-love that you’re able to transform every experience into a loving experience. 4) Where do you find your inspiration to write?A'ra:
The practical sense is that it's all around me. I read books and take classes on the topics I want to write about. I've been an avid journaler since my teen years. I love the feel of a pen in my hand, so writing is like walking to me. A song could inspire me or a life event, something in a speaker’s message, or an observation of someone having an extraordinary breakthrough. Most of my weekly blogs are on life events or circumstances, especially if it's something that affects the collective. I also take classes on writing and use the tools that I've learned in my trade to do little writing assignments to get the juices running. That's the practical side.
The metaphysical answer is that most of my inspiration comes from that still small voice. It's not uncommon for the Divine to wake me up in the middle of the night with ideas that have to be written down or I'm not going to sleep or function. Since writing the book, my connection is even deeper, so the ideas and inspiration are constant. It's hard to keep up. But I don't have to. When I'm ready to write, I sit down and simply say on the page, "Okay, what do you want to write about?" I might pose some ideas to "wake inspiration up" so to speak, but then it flows. Oh and what a joy to watch this process unfold through me.5) Was it hard or helpful to remember and recount the hardships you faced in your life?A'ra:
Both to the umpteenth degree. But, well worth it. It was difficult to face many of those experiences, knowing I was getting ready to put them out into the world. But if my story helps one person face her life and love it fully into wholeness, it was worth it. The best part of it is the catharsis it is. I feel so free and open to receive. I see now what a blessing every aspect of my life has been. What a wild and crazy ride, this thing called life. Even the most painful parts have now had an opportunity to leave my mind and body. To sit with me like a wounded friend, and I've been able to heal it all. This is my wish, hope, and dream for my readers. This type of cathartic experience into deep self-love. 6) Any advice for others who feel they have inspiration to share?A'ra:
Just start writing without any expectation that it has to become something. Write for you first. You are your best audience. Don't be concerned with getting it perfect the first time. There are no great writers, only great re-writers. If you have a story to tell, with over seven billion people on the planet, I guarantee you that you have an audience that needs and wants to hear it. Writing is a gift and a curse. It's an incredible experience to write a piece of inspiration and have that sense of "Wow, I wrote that!" But in the same breath, we writerly types tend to put our writing at the bottom of the priority list. We have so many other things we need to do and then it's time for bed. We're filled with ways to procrastinate. It's part of being a writer. You have to step up your game and commit to writing on a weekly basis. And you can't beat yourself up when you miss the mark. And don't kid yourself. It's not easy. But it is worth it! In a nutshell, never give up!
You can purchase A’ra Blair’s book at http://sacredsexualitybooks.com/
and read her blog at http://pureawarenesspathways.com/blog/
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HOW DO CRYSTALS ASSIST IN BALANCING THE CHAKRAS?
Crystal healing works because the stones interact with your body's own natural subtle energies. Each crystal holds a vibration, much like chakras hold a vibration of color and energy. Crystals used to heal each chakra usually vibrate with the same color associated with that chakra. Edgar Cayce recommended illuminating a clear quartz crystal with the color of the chakra you wanted to heal, then to gaze on that crystal as you sang a mantra associated with that chakra (V A M for the Sacral Chakra) or repeated an appropriate affirmation. Even a photograph of the crystal holds the vibration, so feel free to print this out and use it in lieu of the real thing.
Gaze at the photo here while toning V A M and notice how you feel more sensuous, passionate and creative.
For photos, sound mantras and affirmations associated with all seven of the major chakras, see my new Kindle book, BALANCE YOUR CHAKRAS, BALANCE YOUR LIFE.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries
, Chakra Secrets
, Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life
, and the Balance & Tone Your Chakras
There are many ways, from yoga, meditation to mind-body techniques, that can help balance your chakras. But first, do you know if you're out of balance?
When you work on the chakras that are closed or weak, you'll be directly influencing that particular area of your life, for example, finances, sex life, self-esteem, compassion, expression, intuition and spirituality.
Are your finances in trouble? Are you feeling insecure? Do you need to perform better at work and get that raise or promotion? Strengthen your Root or 1st Chakra.
Do you want to spice up your sex life or feel more passionate and creative? Unblock your Sacral or 2nd Chakra.
Want to feel more self-confident and powerful in achieving your goals? Strengthen your Solar Plexus or 3rd Chakra.
Want to feel more love, be able to forgive past grievances, and connect better with your spouse, kids, friends and co-workers? Work on your 4th or Heart Chakra.
Afraid of public speaking? Want to be able to express your truth and be understood? Balance your 5th or Throat Chakra.
Want more inspiration on which path you should take in life? Want to increase your intuition and psychic abilities? Open your 6th or Third Eye Chakra.
Want to feel at one with all there is? Have more peace, harmony and connection to spirit? Work on your 7th or Crown Chakra.
If you want to get balanced, get centered, get energized, get relaxed, get inspired, get clear, get connected, get going... chakra healing can be your answer. When your chakras are balanced, your life will also feel balanced.
When we learn to balance our chakras, we learn to craft our lives the way we want them to be, rather than living in constant reaction to forces outside of us.
These spirals of energy are wheels that heal, feeding the body good energy and relieving it of that we do not want. Chakras cannot be held, stroked or bottled up like a genie, yet our physical bodies soak them up thirstily and they profoundly affect our metabolism, emotions, sensations and behaviors. In addition to their roles in the physical realm, chakras work on a higher plane, waking us to the realization that our body, mind and spirit are forever and inextricably linked.
If you want an "instant" healing technique for Chakra Balancing, Dynamind can hold the answer. Dynamind is the ultimate healing secret to balancing your life in just minutes a day. I learned this technique from Serge Kahili King, Ph.D., during a Hawaii Health Getaway, and have applied it very successfully to chakra balancing.
Whether you experience pain, illness or stress, or just want to enhance your energy, you'll want to learn and practice this simple-yet-profound technique. Dynamind can be used to heal a wide range of dis-ease.
You simply state out loud what you want to change - the problem or pain - and tap, breathe deeply and feel the body tension causing your discomfort melt away. The concept is that by physically touching four major points on your body while reciting specific statements, you're able to take a deep breath and release tension causing disruption in your body's healing energy. It may sound simple, but the results are often deeply transformative.
Complete Dynamind instructions for Chakra Healing can be found in my recently published books, Chakra Secrets
and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life.Namaste!Becca Choprawww.thechakras.org
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~ Tom Rapsas, Elephant JournalHow do chakras affect my life?
Chakras are our energy centers that affect directly influence everything from our financial security, our sex life and self esteem to how we give and receive love, express ourselves and practice spirituality.
Thankfully there are many ways, from yoga and meditation to mind-body techniques, that we can use to help balance our chakras. In CHAKRA SECRETS, I share a "secret" Hawaiian mind-body technique that you can use anytime, anywhere, to instantly relieve pain and other problems, and strengthen your chakras -- making you the best you can be.How do you know if your chakras are in balance?
For example, if you are feeling insecure, it's hard to have a good foundation for a relationship or profitable career, so you'll want to strengthen your first or Root Chakra. If you feel needy, crave touch and sex and want to feel more passionate and creative, you should work on unblocking your second or Sacral Chakra.
All seven of the chakras have an impact on our lives. In CHAKRA SECRETS, I show how each of my chakras was blocked and share how I was able to move forward through chakra healing techniques that anyone can use to find love and happiness.BALANCE YOUR CHAKRAS, BALANCE YOUR LIFE!
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"Sex is emotion in motion," said Mae West. If you want more creativity, emotional stability and confidence in your own sexuality, you may want to meditate on your 2nd or sacral chakra.
This chakra relates to the flow of your emotions, your feelings, flexibility and openness. The essence of the sacral chakra is flowing water, and is associated with the color orange, and the health of the lower abdomen, lower back and sexual organs.
When your sacral chakra is unbalanced, you may be out of touch with feelings or overly sexual, have gynecological problems or impotence, or be addicted to sex, relationships, even work.
A balanced sacral chakra brings pleasure without guilt, a strong connection to others while retaining healthy boundaries, and healthy emotional behavior.
YOGA POSES TO BALANCE THE SACRAL CHAKRA
Begin with pranayama. First try lying on your back and do belly breathing or sit and do alternate nostril breathing. Poses that will benefit your sacral chakra are the Camel, the Spinal Flex, and the Eagle.
SACRAL CHAKRA MEDITATION
Turn on some soothing, melodic music. Inhale deeply, hold your breath and then exhale. Feel the red whirling energy of your root chakra move up to the center of your pelvis and turn into a beautiful orange color. Feel your connection to others through desire, sensation and movement. Listen to the gentle, flowing music and allow your body to relax into it and flow with it. Let go of any pain or tension in this area. Be aware of every feeling in your body. Enjoy them. Allow yourself to become part of the music of life. Repeat the mantra, "I am able to give and receive love."
Two characters in THE CHAKRA DIARIES have unbalanced sacral chakras, one having lost her libido, the other a young woman who is unsure of her sexuality and is overly promiscuous. Chakra balancing brings them back to a space of confidence and creativity and better able to make a true love connection. Learn from their experiences ~ The Chakra Diaries now on special summer sale on Amazon and thechakras.org.