Alchemy of Fire: The Solar Plexus

Alchemy of Fire: The Solar Plexus by Silvia Mordini

The Fire Element known as Agni represents the energy of transformation or change. It has three forms: fire, the sun, and lightening. This is the element associated with the third chakra, our solar plexus.
The Solar Plexus

The Sanskrit name of the solar plexus chakra, Manipura, translates to “lustrous gem.” Located between belly button and the bottom of the rib cage, it governs our intentions for emancipation, our right to act, our duty for self-definition, and our ego.

Color Yellow-gold

Element: Fire

Sense: Sight

Healing Stones: Amber, topaz, citrine, yellow calcite, yellow jasper

Affirmation: “May I be able to honor myself, be how I am in the world, and express that power without fear.”

Mantra: “I am free.”

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Photo credits: Bali Yoga Retreat Kecak Dance

Alchemy of Truth: The Throat Chakra

Alchemy of Truth: The Throat Chakra by Silvia Mordini

What you say defines who you are. The words you use to express yourself become your message to the world about the life you are manifesting. This is the work of the fifth chakra—our communication chakra, or Vishuddha.

Today, dedicate yourself to your most truthful intentions. This clears the way for you to ask the right questions as you design your personal vision.

On the mat, our poses serve to refine our abilities to listen intently and speak honestly with ourselves. Once we are able to internally express what we want to manifest, we can share this outwardly with our friends and family.
The Throat Chakra

Visuddha in Sanskrit means, “extraordinarily pure.”

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Alchemy of Wisdom: The Third Eye Chakra

Alchemy of Wisdom: The Third Eye Chakra by Silvia Mordini

I want you to know that you don’t have to do it alone. A basic principle of spiritual life is that we learn the deepest things in unknown territory. Often, it is when we feel most confused inwardly and are in the midst of our greatest difficulties that we find new opportunities.

Our WEAKNESS often reveals life’s mysteries, while our strength can serve to blind us from our greatest unknown potential.

As part of cleansing and balancing the brow chakra or Ajna, our sixth chakra, I want you to focus on your “weaknesses.” See for yourself that the soft spots are exactly where you have the greatest learning potential.

Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles.

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Alchemy of Happiness: The Crown Chakra

Alchemy of Happiness: The Crown Chakra by Silvia Mordini

The seventh chakra, also known as Sahasrara or the crown chakra, is often depicted as a thousand-petal lotus flower in full bloom at the crown of your head.

This lotus flower’s roots connect to the Earth and its petals flow out from the crown and back down through the chakras as a stream of Divine wisdom and awareness. Opening the crown chakra is not just a matter of lifting our energy UP, but of moving it DOWN for manifestation to occur as well.

In this way, the chakras condense the cosmic energy of universal consciousness, condensing it into the seven levels of manifestation: thought, light, sound, air, fire, water, and earth.

Sahasrara is about understanding our true nature and connecting it with a higher level of consciousness.

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21 Positive Affirmations & Why They Work

21 Positive Affirmations and Why They Work by Silvia Mordini

We can influence our mind through affirmation and suggestion. Medical professionals call this the placebo effect. Placebo testing is used today because of how powerful the mind is.

In pharmaceutical testing, one group is given the actual drug, and others are given a placebo, to test whether a drug works outside of the power of thought. Hypnosis based on the power of suggestion works in a similar way.

Did you know that we can also use affirmation, meditation, and visualization to lower stress levels in our body.

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5 Minute Gratitude Meditation

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5 Minute Gratitude Meditation

Of the eight limbs of yoga, four or more are based on meditation. The goal when doing yoga postures is to open the hips, strengthen the back, and quiet the mind so we can sit comfortably and meditate. Studies show that people who regularly acknowledge the things they are thankful for live happier lives, so I started this meditation so I can express these things to myself even on days when I only have five minutes to sit down and meditate. Other thoughts will come up, but you don’t have to chase them. Don’t go to war with your brain’s honorable attempt to do its job. So grab a seat in criss cross apple sauce or hero’s pose, and let’s get started!

Minute one

Take this minute to focus on your breath. Inhale for five counts, exhale for five counts. Walk your internal gaze through your body, breathing into any places that you’re holding tension.

Minute two

Think of all the things you are thankful for in yourself. All of the parts of your character that help you to spread positivity and light to those around you. Avoid ‘wishing’ you were a certain way, and remember that even the little things are worth acknowledging.

Minute three

Think of every person you are thankful for in your life. Surely one minute will not be enough, but just flip through your mental photo album of everyone who loves, supports, and pushes you to do better. Taking just a minute to do this every day will enrich your relationships, even if it’s just subconscious.

Minute four

Fill in the blank with your own thank you prayer to the universe. Mine today- Thank you. I am grateful. I am grateful for this moment. I am thankful for my family, the roof over my head, my boyfriend, my friends. I am thankful for my process, and what I have accomplished in my life so far.

Minute five

Repeat the mantra: My life is full and abundant.

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