Sacral Chakra – Awakening Creativity

Creativity is something that we all have within us already. We are born with it yet somehow we seem to lose the unapologetic and endless creativity we had as children. I have heard many people recently complaining that they are too tired to be creative or just can’t think of ideas. Some people just believe they aren’t creative, which is sad because if they gave themselves the chance they would realise that they are.

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So how do you find your lost creativity then and spark all those ideas you once had? This is where the sacral chakra comes in. The sacral chakra is the energy centre for many things including creativity. It is located just below the belly button and is an orange colour.

By unblocking and healing our sacral chakra it will allow the energy to flow through, this will open you to infinite creativity.

yoga for the sacral chakra 

There a quite a few asanas that balance the sacral chakra and thus release your creativity:

  • chair pose – utkatasana
  • boat pose – navasana
  • revolving triangle – parivrtta trikonasana
  • bound angle pose – baddha konasana
  • king pigeon – rajakapotasana
  • forward fold – paschimottanasana
  • cow face – gomukhasana

 

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Please don’t think you have to be an artist to be creative. Every job whatever you are doing requires creativity. All you have to do is open your mind and eyes and decide how YOU can be creative. Don’t wait for others to tell you what to do and don’t be scared to follow your intuition.

Namaste

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HELPFUL RESOURCES:

Thursday 17th August..

I don’t think if I will ever find the words to express how I am feeling right now.

I am so completely high on life.

I feel so amazingly happy that I am trying hard not to cry.

This feeling is accompanied by the greatest gratitude to the universe, excitement and trust. I feel this because I know the future holds amazing things for me and everyone else, how could I not be excited.

Honestly how wonderful is my life. I feel so lucky to be in love with the present moment and have no fear for the future.

I am not afraid of uncertainty any more.

I have trust.

I am so in love with life.

And I just wish that everyone else will feel this way as well.

Love to you all.

Namaste

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Using Mindfulness to Choose Happiness

I say this all the time, mindfulness is such an amazing tool to have in your life. It allows you to deal with any situation in a thoughtful manner and not get stressed out by whatever life throws at you. I am always trying to be more mindful in EVERYTHING I do. It is a continual practice which we could all get better at, and the great thing is that it can be applied to every moment in life.

Today I want to talk about using your mindfulness to cultivate happiness in your life. In particular to choose happiness. Choosing happiness is so simple. Every breath we take we have the choice to choose happiness, but often we forget or don’t have time before the moment has passed. This is where mindfulness comes in..

Practicing mindfulness helps us increase the gap between an event and our reaction to the event. Whatever it may be, good or bad, we are always reacting to things. Usually unhappiness and suffering comes from our reaction and not actually the event itself.

By increasing the time for our reaction to occur it gives us a chance to choose what our reaction will be. This is so so important to remember. WE ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE. Think about it for a bit. How do you want to react to any situation in life? I want to react in a positive, understanding and kind way to whatever happens. Whether that is someone shouting at me or giving me a compliment. I always wish to react in the best way.

When we are able to choose our reaction we are also choosing happiness. When we control our reaction we react in the best possible way, that means we are happy with how things went and it usually means everyone else around us is happy to, because we reacted in a way which was considerate of them also.

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Practicing mindfulness is easy. All you have to do is remind yourself to bring your awareness back to the present moment and start paying attention. If you forget then setting a reminder on your phone is a good way to remember, or leave notes around the house, whatever works for you! Focus on your breath to anchor yourself to the present and then open your eyes and try to really notice things. The more you do this the more you will be in the habit of being mindful all the time. 

As well as helping us to live in the present and react to situations better, mindfulness also helps us change the story we tell ourselves. We begin to see things more clearly and for what they really are. Often we get upset about things which haven’t even happened but we stress about them and can’t stop thinking about all the negative things which surround this one thing. Mindfulness reminds us that what is going on in our brain is not real. It is just a story we tell ourselves.Recognising this story is false and then changing it to a more positive story is choosing happiness. We make ourselves happy by seeing the world around us in a good light. This change comes from within.

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Finally, mindfulness teaches us some valuable skills in life, which help make us happy. We learn gratitude, acceptance and have an understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us. We feel more deeply connected to the people in our lives and can start giving to make them happy. By increasing their happiness it makes us happier. We learn that true happiness does not come from objects or money, but the people around us. We cherish these people and our relationships with them. We hold them sacred and start to live in the present moment so we can give people our time and attention. Eventually we really start living our lives and every day we choose happiness. We choose happiness for ourselves, for others and for the planet.

It is a choice. And mindfulness is the beginning.

Namaste

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Stripping Back The Layers

This evening when I did my yoga practice I stripped back all the layers. I removed the distractions that I usually have: I took off my watch and didn’t have any music. There was nothing but me and my mat.

It was amazing. I felt more present than I have ever done before. Removing the distractions meant that I only had my breath to focus on, so that is what I did. I was unaware of the time, just completely in the flow.

When I finished I tried to bring this presentness off my mat and into my life. I started focusing on ONE thing at a time. This may sound simple but it’s actually super hard. We go through our lives constantly doing something whilst thinking about something entirely different. Doing ONE THING and focusing COMPLETELY on what you are doing is so foreign to us, it almost feels unnatural. We have to unlearn this habit and strip back the layers until we remember how to be present and focused and not distracted.

Everyday I learn so much from my yoga practice, and today was a great reminder to stay present. I hope you all learn and continue to learn , both on and off your mat.

Namaste

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BOMB Vegan Milkshake

So this happened at the weekend.. My boyfriend has never tried vegan ice cream and he’s been vegan for the past year, so seeing as how the weather was so nice we decided that it was time he lost his vegan ice cream virginity.

We bought Booja Booja ice cream because it is only made from cashews, cacao and coconut nectar so we class that as pretty damn healthy. After eating the whole tub we both felt good and not full at all. Whereas if we had eaten a whole tub of dairy ice cream we definitely would have felt very bloated and sick indeed. One of the many perks of being vegan is getting to eat a whole tub of ice cream and not feel guilty, I love it!

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He was really craving milk shake so we turned some of the ice cream into a delicious shake. It was so simple and really really tasty. I would definitely recommend trying it to anyone out there!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegan ice cream (we used chocolate salted caramel)
  • 3/4 cup soya milk
  • extras: peanut butter, banana, strawberries, vanilla, cacao powder or anything you fancy. Get creative!

Simply blend it all up and enjoy!

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Hope you like this recipe guys. It is a simple one but very good indeed.

Have a great day.

Namaste

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Ways to Meditate

So when someone says ‘meditate’ it makes you think of a monk sitting in lotus position and emptying their mind of all thoughts and probably sitting there for several hours. You think I can’t possibly ever do that and just give up hope of ever meditating yourself. But let me let you into a secret.. You don’t actually have to ‘meditate’ to meditate.

Meditation can be done at any time, any where, when you are doing ANYTHING! So you don’t have to be sitting down. If you find it hard to sit still for half an hour then that is ok, you could go for a 30 minute walk and meditate then. Running, walking, yoga and many other activities are all forms of ‘moving meditation’. They are just as good for the brain as sitting meditation and have all the positive effects!

You meditate when you are completely in the present moment. This can be done whilst doing any activity. To try meditating in an activity, firstly focus on your breath and what you are doing. This will bring you to the present moment. Notice your thoughts but don’t hold on to them, let them drift away and keep your focus on the present. Try to find ‘flow’ where you are doing something and so absorbed that you forget about time and everything else. This happens to me when I run or practice yoga and it is amazing. It is pure joy and if you can find something that makes you experience that then you should do it everyday!

Other ways to meditate not involving meditation are doing art work or listening to music. It is very easy to forget about time and just immerse yourself completely in the music or the art. This is brilliant and it IS meditation. You are probably meditating daily without even realising it.

So this Sunday try doing something you LOVE and look for the meditation within it. You will probably be very surprised that you have been meditating all along! See it isn’t as hard as you think.

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YOGA To Suit Your Mood

Yoga is a brilliant thing. Each asana (yoga pose) has a specific impact on the body, both physically and mentally.

Depending on your mood and energy levels your body will need a different combination of asanas when you practice your daily yoga. Being able to tune in to the body and recognise what it needs is an important skill. Many of us are out of tune with our bodies and force ourselves to do things that we don’t want or need. This leads to tiredness and will have the opposite effect to what you want. On the other hand, doing exactly what your body needs will keep your energy levels high and you will be able to live a sustained and balanced life.

So the first thing is actually figuring out how you feel and what you need. Remember what you need and what you want may be separate things. So it is useful to know this and bare it in mind.

I would recommend starting your practice in child’s pose. This is a great pose to tune into your body and breath. ‘Check in’. Notice how you are feeling. Decide what you need.

The next step is matching the asanas to your mood. I will give you a basic overview of what is best for what and then it is down to you to decide what you need. Only you can know.

What is good for what? 

  • If you are tired and need an energy boost then do the warrior series. These asanas include the warrior poses and chaturangas.
  • If you just need a wind down then it is time for surrender to gravity asanas. These are very yin. Supine twist and happy baby are great. As well as savasana (of course).
  • If you have a stiff back or are feeling emotional then try any back bends. Bridge pose is especially good for a stiff back and I personally love wheel or camel pose for releasing emotions.
  • If you have been sitting all day or have any cramps then hip openers are great. Runners lunge is good if you have been sitting. Frog pose and half pigeon are also very deep hip openers. Since we store a lot of emotions in our hips as well then hip openers can be a great way to release emotions we are holding on too. I find half pigeon especially good for this.
  • If you need grounding in your life and need to restore some balance then of course any balancing poses are perfect for this. Tree pose is the best asana for grounding yourself in. Imagine roots spreading down from your feet when you are in tree and it will help ground you even more.
  • If you have had an unhealthy few days and want to help your digestive system then twists will do this. These poses include twisted crescent lunge, twisted chair pose and twisted low lunge. But any twisting poses will kick start your digestive system and rinse out the bad toxins.
  • Finally if you are feeling ill or have a cold then inversions are what you need. Any inversions are good for the immune system since they flush the body with fresh oxygen and also detox the body and help waste products get removed. Head stand is very good for a cold. But if you want something a little gentler then just having your legs raised against a wall is a very good pose. This is also good for the lower spine!

 

I hope these have been helpful. I think it is perfect, the fact that yoga can help a lot of physical problems as well as emotional! I always thing that yoga is the best medicine.

Namaste

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