Saturday, April 9, 2016

Readings on chakras--specifically the heart chakra

I am reading a book on yoga which the AJC called the best book on yoga money can buy. I have to stop and look up at least a couple of words in every paragraph, wondering if my increased yoga vocabulary will enable me to imitate the crazy flexible Indian man in the black bathing suit illustrating the poses. Here's one--he's resting on his forearms. His right leg is stretched straight up. The left leg is curved behind him and he grasps his ankle. Probably never for me, but I was thinking how green is the color of envy.
 Green is also the color associated with the heart chakra, the Anahata chakra, the one I have the most trouble with. 

According to BKS Iyengar, are the flywheels in the human body. An increased supply of blood in these glands improves and increases vitality. Bandha is the bonding, joining together or catching hold of. Iyengar claims that without banda, pranayama, (controlling the breath) is lethal.
Here's what Pinterest led me to:
"A result of energetic imbalance among the chakras is an almost continuous feeling of dissatisfaction. When the heart chakra is agitated, people lose touch with feelings and sensations, and that breeds the sense of dissatisfaction. That leads to looking outside for fulfilment. When people live in their heads, feelings are secondary; they are interpretations of mental images that are fed back to the individual. When awareness is focused on memories of past experiences and mental verbalisations, the energy flow to the head chakra increases and the energy flow to the heart chakra lessens. Without nurturing feelings of the heart a subtle form of anxiety arises which results in the self reaching out for experience. When the throat chakra settles and energy is distributed evenly between the head and the heart chakras, one is able to truly contact one’s senses and touch real feelings."
I have already done my thirty minutes of yoga this morning, so what's left is eating a lot of green vegetables today, wearing green and getting out in the woods where the trees are budding out with their first green of April.

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