Throat Chakra

Chakra 5: Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) Location: Throat What it controls: Communication, self-expression and truth Colour: Light blue or turquoise Element: Sound or music Stone: Aquamarine or other blue gemstones When it develops: 29-35 years old Mantra: “I speak my truth, always” or “I express myself clearly and with ease” or “My voice matters” Yoga Poses: Continue reading »

Heart Chakra

Chakra 4: Heart Chakra (Anahata) Location: Centre of chest, just above the heart What it controls: Love, joy and inner peace Colour: Green – symbolises health, love, abundance Element: Air Stone: Jade, rose quartz, peridot When it develops: 21 to 28 years old Mantra: “I am open to giving and receiving love” Yoga Poses: Camel; Continue reading »

Solar Plexus Chakra

Chakra 3: Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area What it controls: Self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem Colour: Yellow Element: Fire Stone: Amber, citrine or topaz When it develops: 14-21 years old Mantra: “I accept all parts of myself” or “I use my power in healthy ways”. Yoga poses: Boat Pose or Continue reading »

Sacral Chakra

Chakra 2: Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana) Location: lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel What it controls: your sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure Colour: orange Element: water Stone: Tiger’s Eye When develops: 8-14 years old Mantra: “I am radiant, healthy, beautiful and strong.” Yoga Poses: e.g. Butterfly; Bound Angle; Cow Pose; Frog Have you ever Continue reading »

Root Chakra

Chakra 1: Root Chakra (Muladhara) Location: Base of spine, tailbone area What it controls: Survival issues such as finance and independence Colour: Red Element: Earth Stone: Hematite, Garnet or Red Jasper When develops: 1-7 years old Mantra: “I connect and I am fully supported” Yoga Poses: Tree, Mountain, Seated Forward Fold This is the first Continue reading »

Chakras

A full yoga practice combines physical, mental and spiritual health but to combine these there needs to be a connection. Mind and body makes sense: take care of your body and you will notice that you feel more mentally alert and are able to focus better. The connection between the spiritual and the physical is Continue reading »

International Yoga Day – Sunday 21 June

International Yoga Day – Sunday 21 June 2020 International Day of Yoga is a global event celebrated on 21 June every year with a different theme. This year it is particularly apt: “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home” and takes into account the fact that we are socially distancing and yoga studios have closed Continue reading »

Yoga for healthy hearts

Yoga is a study of life; the study of your body, breath, mind, intellect and memory.  It can help deal with stress through a combination of asanas, breathing techniques and meditation. Each yoga posture also helps different parts of your body and the following particularly benefit the respiratory system and the heart. Mountain Pose (Tadasana) Continue reading »

Summer Solstice: abundance, balance and revisiting intentions

Saturday 20 June will mark the official start of summer and the longest day of the year with approximately 12 hours of sunlight. All over the world, in many cultures across the continents, the summer solstice was celebrated with celebrations and festivals with different meanings. No matter what one person believed, most of the human Continue reading »