Who is Hindering Your Growth? 3rd Chakra

June 30, 2011. I can’t recall exactly when I started using teaching stories to share yoga on the mat but I do know that these moments of sharing something personal to highlight a key learning point changed the impact of my teaching on my students. From my own insights about how I defined myself and offering these to illustrate a point, students would tell me how profound it was for them to hear how long it took or hard it was for me to embrace who I am. My third chakra work has been an epic struggle.

And the work of the 3rd chakra for all us is about self-definition, acknowledging who we really are. This is a shift away from allowing ourselves to be defined by everyone else (society, our friends, our family). If you think of a candle we become the fire rather than the reflection of the light. We are no longer living life as a photo copy but as the original. The mat is a mirror for where we are at in the process of self-definition. It always tells the truth. And when we engage the abdominal lock (uddiyana bandha) we help forward our spiritual progression.

This is simple but not easy. The mat is this mirror where you see if YOU are the one that is hindering your growth the most. And that realization that you have the right to act and make your life what you want it to be is revolutionary. Your life does not change when your boss changes, when your friends change, when your parents change, when your partner changes, when your company changes. Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs, when you realize that you are the only one responsible for your life.

You are the only person who can revolutionize your life. You are the only person who can influence your happiness, your realization and your success. You are the only person who can help yourself.

The majority of the work we do on Retreats with Alchemy Tours is 3rd chakra related. We have time and support to look in the mirror and decide what can I do to get out of my own way. And time and again as a result of dedicating this time to yourself while on a spiritual adventure real progress is made. You change. And when you return home your life changes because YOU have changed. Let us know if you’d like to learn more, join us this year. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

TEACHING STORY:
One day not too long ago the employees of a large company in St. Louis, Missouri returned from their lunch break and were greeted with a sign on the front door. The sign said: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym.”

At first everyone was sad to hear that one of their colleagues had died, but after a while they started getting curious about who this person might be.

The excitement grew as the employees arrived at the gym to pay their last respects. Everyone wondered: “Who is this person who was hindering my progress? Well, at least he’s no longer here!”

One by one the employees got closer to the coffin and when they looked inside it they suddenly became speechless. They stood over the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.
There was a mirror inside the coffin: everyone who looked inside it could see himself. There was also a sign next to the mirror that said: “There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth: it is YOU.

PS If you’d like to read more about how to practice the Abdominal Lock visit http://www.silviamordini.com

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