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Stuck in your head? Work on your hips.
Stuck in your head? Work on your hips.

The subtle body is a blueprint containing seven major chakras which exist from the base of the spine through the crown of your head. These energy centers are vital to your total well-being. When you progress deeper into your asana, pranayama, and meditation practice, you begin to recognize the incredible power of these modalities to your overall well-being.

This week, we'll share how focusing on Svadhistana Chakra, or your sacral chakra, can liberate you from emotional restriction. The sacral chakra is located in the lower abdomen and is the center of our feelings and sensations. It translates to the dwelling place of self. A balanced sacral chakra imparts feelings of well-being, pleasure, joy, and abundance. Svadhistana is the color orange, the element of water, and is considered the seat of emotions and creativity. Because it is located in the pelvic region, it is often associated with sensual and sexual experiences. When properly balanced, intuition is heightened, soaring creativity, and you feel free to enjoy honest and authentic desires.

If blocked in the second chakra, a person can feel both emotional and physical distress. An overactive second chakra leads to an excess of attachment, a lack of boundaries, and possible self-destructive behavior. A lack of strength in this chakra can lead to diminished libido, lack of creativity, and depression. So, how can you establish balance?

We've got one of our favorite hip-opening, second chakra awakening  poses for you to practice, as well as four new classes dedicated to finding healthy hips, inside and out. We recommend Baddha Konasana or Cobbler's Pose. Sit on your mat, bring the soles of the feet to touch and allow the knees to open out and sink toward the earth. Fold forward, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Be patient and surrender into the pose. Take this pose anytime your hips feel tight or you feel creatively blocked.

We highly recommend any and all of these innovative new practices to remind yourself of how pleasurable life can be.

Strong and Flexible Hips - Celest Perreira
Therapeutic Alignment : Triangle Pose - Shy Sayar
Sacral Chakra Flow - Cicily Carter
Leg Day: A Strength Flow - Jack Cuneo

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