Practices for Unravelling Tension in the Subtle Body
Each class focuses on one chakra with a combination of:
- Didactic information connecting each chakra to the elements and the sense organs
- Guided meditation in restful postures
- Yoga nidra, deep relaxation
- We’ll close with a short chant of the bija mantra for each chakra to seal our practice
- Optional weekly homework focusing on a short daily practice on the chakra for each week
What are the Chakras?
A better question might be - what are the nadis? The chakras are collections of nadis or pathways for energy or prana to flow. There's a certain tone or frequency one can feel into at these subtle points in the body. With just a little know-how, followed by ongoing inquiry and practice, one can truly discover the shadows they cling to and begin the slow patient work of letting go of ways of being that don’t support the world you’re creating and the person you’re becoming. The chakras are portals for self discovery and the work is deeply somatic, not heady at all.
Intellectually working with our stories can be important, but that’s not what we’re doing here. I’ll ask you to feel into your body and get out of your head. I will discourage over-analyzing and instead recommend somatic inquiry, more relaxation, more sitting with what is, and the slow reveal of intuitive wisdom.
How do we experience the subtle body?
It can be easily observed that when your heart is broken, the place at the center of your chest actually hurts, does it not? When we have something to say and don't know how to say it there's a clenching in the throat, no? When we deeply know something to be true we feel it in our gut, and when we’re nervous or apprehensive we have “butterflies” in the stomach. This is the realm of the subtle body. The place where our feelings arise. There is some predictability to what sort of feelings rise up in which place in the body. And we can become more conscious of blockages by way of these practices.
Like the musician or the athlete repeating a pattern with good body mechanics and developing structural integrity for the skill... or like repetitive use injuries that come from a lack of consciousness around how to hold our body and/or our limitations, the subtle body too has set patterns. These classes aim to help us develop a more intimate relationship with the patterns and holding in the subtle body.
This is a pre-recorded class
Wear comfortable clothes and be ready for some mix of teaching and practice. Practices will include restorative yoga postures and yoga nidra; ways to help you get in touch with the subtle body, allow for what you find, and to relax the body and mind around your discovery. There will also be guided meditation and chanting of bija mantras. The focus will be on one chakra at a time, beginning with the root center in class 1 and finishing with the crown in class 7.