Let The Universe Guide You

Silence is one of my biggest fears. Ever since I was a child I could not find the right time to just be quiet, ever.  I specifically remember being in the car with my dad one day as a young teenager and he leaned over to look at me. All he said was, “have you even taken a breath since you got in the car? You have been talking since the second you sat in the front seat.” My husband frequently says the same thing.

My problem is silence. If it’s quiet, I will fill the space with all of my thoughts, observations, to-do lists, wishes and dreams. Silence is never an option, unless I’m in yoga.

Somehow, this clumsy, loud-mouthed chatterbox becomes a yoga goddess who can hold nataragasana without a thought or a sentence to utter. I can lie in savasantiny-devotions-mala-beads-bohemiana for hours as I hear crystal bowls wash their vibrational booms over my physical body. I can put my foot over my head and stare into my drishti as I find the perfect space to concentrate and tap into my higher being.

Yoga is the only thing in the world that will render me speechless.

And I know that’s my crown chakra talking. The moment I begin my practice I can begin to feel all of my chakras align. I feel each of them as they begin to travel up my spine and open all the way from my root to the crown of my head. I feel taller and open, free and yet grounded. I am no longer afraid of silence when I step on my mat.

The seventh chakra, sahasrara, is the crown chakra. It controls the higher consciousness, the connection to your external divine (the universe, God or whomever you connect with). It is the divine source that gives us breath and energy, love and light. It is the last of the seven major chakras within us, the inner knowingness and that which allows us to give in service to ourselves and others.

When this chakra is blocked: When this chakra is blocked, we feel there is no big picture and have no connection to the divine or our intuition. We lack compassion and peace, often reacting with violence or an unharmonious response. We do not desire community and often the pineal gland or our nervous system is negatively affected.

When this chakra is open: We feel compassion when this chakra is open. We give in service to others, are nonreactive and spread spiritual love. We see big pictures and connect to the divine.

How to open this chakra: Attend yoga classes. Begin to release judgment of yourself and others. Wear your sahasrara mala beads. Meditate. Allow more love into your life. Wear more white. Practice deep breathing.

Crystals: Kunzite, diamond and quartz crystal.mala-beads-green-juice-tiny-devotions

Color: White. Wearing more white or allowing it into your environment will help you feel immediately more connected to the higher consciousness and the divine.

Sound: Silence

Poses: Savasana, or corpse pose

Location: Crown of the head

Element: Thought

As you begin to connect to this seventh and final chakra, you will begin to feel all your chakras aligning. As much as I would love to tell you that it’s easy to stay fully connected to this white light, it’s not. Similar to Samadhi, or enlightenment, this is not an infinite state of being.

When we are fully open within all our chakras, it can feel as though we have entered anandamaya kosha (the bliss body, and the deepest layer within us) and it feels OMazing! Everything is perfect and surreal; life is grand. But it’s a fleeting moment. The moment of ecstasy as you walk down the aisle and say I do, the second you hear your child’s first cry, t
he day of your promotion or your first publication and the laughter of your children on their birthday. Bliss is something that cannot be bottled but rather enjoyed fully in the present moment. As we open to these energies within us, we need to stay fully present and grasp that single giggle or cry or sigh. We need to open our eyes and BE in the here and now.

At certain times in your life, each of your chakras will feel slightly off balance. That is the moment you put your car in reverse and head to yoga, or stop, drop and meditate in your living room. It’s the moment you sit at your computer, close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths. Stop, drop and listen in to your heart, it will lead you to where you need to go next.

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Jenny Ravikumar is a yoga teacher, blogger and studio owner of Barefoot Yoga Shala. As a teacher and self-proclaimed boho mermaid, Jenny has been bringing her yoga lifestyle knowledge to the online world for years through her blog, jennyravikumar.com. She specializes in helping women dig deeply into self-love & care, while also explaining yoga philosophy and love on her blog and through her courses/private online groups. You can catch her teaching 6 days a week in Massachusetts or pouring love all over the internet 24 hours a day.

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