Sobre Los Chakras Y Su Relación Con Las Etapas Vitales

De Prakriti aPurusha – De la Tierra al Cielo

Ilustración de Maria Ledai

Según avanzaba en mi estudio de los chakras, lo observé: estaban describiendo mis etapas vitales, las edades vividas y las que están por vivir.
Para ponernos en contexto aquí va una descripción breve del concepto de “Chakra” que procede de la palabra sánscrita chakram y significa rueda, círculo o noria y se refiere a los centros energéticos que gestionan la energía vital o prana que forma nuestro cuerpo energético y que influyen directamente sobre nuestros otros cuerpos: físico, mental, emocional y, por supuesto, espiritual.
No significa que los chakras se desarrollen en estas edades ya que los chakras nos acompañan, en su totalidad, desde el principio de nuestra existencia. Tampoco existen solo 7 chakras, pero los que voy a mencionar son los más importantes y caudalosos, y los más estudiados y conocidos.

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About The Chakras And Their Relationship With The Stages Of Life

From Prakriti to Purusha – From Earth to Heaven

Illustration by Maria Leda

As I advanced in the study of the chakras, I observed that they were describing my life stages, the ages I have already lived and the ages yet to come.
To put us in context I offer a brief description of the concept of “Chakra”. Coming from the Sanskrit word chakram, it means wheel, circle or waterwheel, and refers to the energy centers that manage the vital energy or prana that forms our energy body and directly influences our other bodies: physical, mental, emotional and, of course, spiritual.
That does not mean that the chakras are developed in these ages as the chakras accompany us, in their totality, from the beginning of our existence. Nor are there only 7 chakras, but the ones mentioned here are the most important and strong, the most studied and well known.

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Top 5 Tips to Establish an At-Home Practice

We all know that fitness benefits only come when we maintain a consistent discipline, whether it’s Yoga, weightlifting or running. A little bit of regular, daily practice will improve health much more than intense practice maintained only for one week each year.

Yet even though we know that consistent exercise is good for us, and we always feel better when we maintain a steady exercise or Yoga routine, many of us still struggle with the discipline to fit Yoga into our overly-packed schedules. Live, in-person classes can help cement our health routine into our schedule, yet many of us must now find the motivation to take live streaming or video classes.

Unfortunately, it requires a lot of discipline to adopt live streaming and video classes into our schedules, and maintain our own health and fitness without external support! Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 tactics I use in order to maintain regularity in my at-home Yoga practice, in the hopes it will help you develop your own routine.

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How to Survive 2020 Without An Aerial Hammock

You know you are an aerial yogi when you lose access to your hammock or aerial yoga classes and something deep inside you feels incomplete. When the quarantine shut down aerial studios, those of us without home rigs lost access to hammocks or became dependent on the weather to use an outdoor rig. What’s an aerial yogi to do without a hammock in the house?

Unnata evolved in to the rich method it is today by a long process of exploration. As teachers and students continue to invent, observe, and share ideas, the whole community benefits. So, for those of us without hammocks, let’s use our time off to explore new props and apply some of Unnata Yoga’s methods with the suggestions below.
(For full, complete Yoga classes which use a bed or sofa to replicate the hammock’s support, check out these videos, or these streaming classes with Unnata founder, Michelle Dortignac.)

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Flipping Fight/Flight/Freeze Into Freedom

You’re likely familiar with the term, “fight, flight, or freeze.” It’s what happens to all sentient beings when we experience fear for our survival. The sympathetic side of our autonomic nervous system turns on, and a whole network of physiological reactions engage to help us survive a potentially deadly situation.

Even though we usually talk about “fight, flight, or freeze” in that order, I’ve noticed that in nature, most animals work their way through those survival reactions in the opposite order. For example, let’s say you’re hiking in the woods, and you come across a deer. If you happen to notice the deer before it sees you (unlikely, but it could happen), once the deer does see you, it will first freeze in place to hopefully “disappear” from your awareness. It perceives you as a threat. Then, if you don’t go away and the deer still feels threatened, it will run away at lightning speed. If for some reason the deer can’t run away, or perhaps you’re physically too close for comfort, the deer will fight with hooves and antlers to defend itself. (Also unlikely, but it could happen! Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=332NKyfklY0)

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How Fear Can Make a Valuable Partner

Well, this has been quite a year so far! I have to admit that a global pandemic was not on my mental radar coming into the year. As I write this, I am fortunate that I have not had to struggle with loved ones and people I care for being stricken with illness. For all of you who have lost your health or lost people close to you, my heart goes out to you!

OH MY HEART, OH MY HEAD
Temporarily closing my business, Aerial Fit has been hard. It was the right thing to do and I fully support social distancing protocols, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been one of the scariest moments in my life. It makes me realize all the things that are wrapped up in it, things I now see I’ve taken for granted.

My own health… What if I or my partner get sick, how will we run the business? My human connection… What if I can’t get all my students back in, who will I connect with? My livelihood… What else in the world am I qualified to do? My self-identity… This is what I’ve been doing 100% of the time for the past 11 years.

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HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN SUPERPOWER

We like to celebrate exceptional talent and skill that we see in others. As a society, we see talent and skill as hard earned, something all of us can aspire to, and perhaps even achieve if we have a similar dedication and work ethic. We shower people who have exceptional talent and skill with popularity, accolades, and financial remuneration. And if you happen to be one of the many who are not recognized for your skills with popularity, accolades or financial remuneration, then the underlying message is that you just aren’t all that talented: Try harder, or try something else.

Interestingly, in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (the ancient text many teachers use to learn and better understand Yoga techniques), when supernatural spiritual powers (called siddhayah) arise, they aren’t seen as things to be honored, admired or celebrated.
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Discovering Unnata Bed Yoga

Unnata Bed Yoga classes were recently featured in an article over on Redfin, a new real estate search website!

The article entitled “5 Ways to Create a Self-Care Sanctuary in Your Home” explores creative ways to stay healthy at home during this period of self-isolation, when we might be struggling to feel at ease.

Michelle talks about her Unnata Bed Yoga video series under the section header, “Get creative with household items to adapt your workout.”

Here’s what Michelle says in “pro tips and tricks”:

“Yoga is one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety because it specifically works on the autonomic nervous system to bring us back from the state of fight/flight/freeze. Because we know most people don’t have a hammock in their house, we’ve started a series of videos in which we use a regular bed, instead of an aerial hammock, to drape over.”

Want to check out an Unnata Bed Yoga class? Visit our Vimeo On Demand page to watch the trailers, and find out more.

Also, be sure to read the full article over on Redfin for more great ideas!

THE HEART OF THE MATTER – What Message Do You Send Out To The World?

From the very beginning, I could see that aerial yoga would “take off” in popularity.
Not only is it a novel idea, but it also feels good, and it’s fun. Plus, it looks great in
photos, so the media was eager and willing to cover the activity in its nascence,
fueling its popularity.

Along the way, there’s one aerial yoga position that has become the most common
image to represent the practice. It is an upside-down position, with the legs split,
and the spine in a heart-opening shape. We call it “aerial pigeon.” Most aerialists call
it “giselle,” but there are likely many names for it. It looks graceful, complex and
exciting. And despite how difficult the position may look, it is relatively easy to
achieve for beginners, so naturally it’s everyone’s instagram-fave to post of
themselves doing aerial yoga.

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A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO LEARNING AERIAL YOGA

I’ve been a Yoga instructor for over 20 years, and I can say with some certainty that the number one question I get asked from students in their first Yoga class is, “Am I doing this right?”

AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?
To the novice practitioner, Yoga is a pretty odd activity. Unlike most other fitness classes, Yoga classes usually start with some sort of singing, or breathing technique, or story outlining a specific moral or ethical finding. Then, students are guided through some calisthenics. After the students are warmed up, rather than continue with more physical exercises, they are asked to stay still for several breaths while making a sculptural shape. Next, another sculptural shape to stay in for several breaths, followed by another, and another, folding the body over in various ways, sometimes stretching, sometimes balancing, sometimes trying to develop leg or arm strength. After some time, all the students lie down seemingly to take a nap, and then the class ends with more singing or encouraging words by the teacher.

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