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Heart and Earth





Heart and Earth, they have the same letters. A reminder that one is not separate from the other and in fact they are interdependent one on the other. The earth cannot thrive without the loving tenderness and concern for life of a good human heart. Likewise, the heart may feel violated, forlorn, despondent, confused outraged and angry when the earth is constantly, repeatedly and relentlessly disrespected, plundered and ravaged at the hands of the human.


Our journey in yoga may be said to begin from finding our grounding. This means getting into our body and out of the busy mind and to find a deep connection to the Earth, to our Roots.

In yoga this is represented by our first energy centre, or Chakra, which radiates from the perineum. It is called Mulhadhara, the Root Chakra. It is said to be a deep earthy reddy brown and it connects us not just to the pull of gravity but also to our family, our lineage and our ancestors.


There are 7 main chakras that are easily accessible and safe to access on the body. Each one conects to a different element and awareness. Studying them and working with them in our yoga practice can help realise and more fully appreciate how we may learn to improve responsibility and take more care of our own physical and mental health.


For instance we may begin to realise that flexibibility is not just something we see in a body, we may also begin to realise that flexibility actually starts in the thinking mind with habitual repetitive patterns that may hold us back from our true potential.


So practising this way may reveal how we may be stuck in the old ways of thinking that we have learned for instance from an adult in our childhood and this may give us an opportunity to dive deeper into self-enquiry and to ask the question of our Self "is this belief I hold really true?" This kind of self-enquiry may be explored more fully in the practice of iRest Yoga Nidra.


The journey begins with Mulhadhara the chakra of the earth of stability. It connects us to the pull of gravity, to our ancestors and forms the foundation of our whole life. More on Mulhadhara coming soon .


Meanwhile, all told, there are 114 Chakras within the body and many more within our field of energy.


You can see them as 114 junctions or confluences of nadis. The nadis are the channels of prana in the energy body. These junctions are always in the form of triangles. They are called chakras because they embody movement from one dimension to another, and the word chakra means “wheel” or “circle.” But they are actually triangles. 


It the 7 chakras at the 7 junctions that form seven dimensions which are generally being referred to as the 7 chakras we know with the Western mind. And it is these seven, which are in turn, form the basis for the seven schools of yoga.


Out of these 114 chakras, two are outside the physical body. Of the remaining 112, only 108 can actually be worked upon, the remaining four just flower as a consequence. The number 108 has manifested in the human system because it is a significant number in the making of the solar system. The distance between the earth and the sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun. The distance between the earth and the moon is 108 times the diameter of the moon. The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the earth. And hence, 108 is significant in various spiritual practices. 


The journey begins with Mulhadhara the chakra of the earth of stability. It connects us to the pull of gravity, to our ancestors and forms the foundation of our whole life. More on Mulhadhara coming soon .


Workshop: Wed 3rd April Friends Meeting House, Heart and Earth - Posture and Inner Peace


 Resources: Sadguru , The Source of Yoga

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