From poison into potion: Why forty days of yoga is alchemy of the soul
by Melissa, February 23, 2013
While I personally consider Spring the new year and the place for emergence since 1582, with the advent of the Gregorian calendar, we observe the start of the new year as January 1.
The Celtic calendar sets November 1(May 1 in the southern hemisphere) as the new year. They see going into the dark as the necessary first step to creation, like the child in the dark womb, the seed in the dark earth, the dark just before dawn.
This year we also shift into a new era with the ending of the Mayan long calendar on December 21 2012.
Additionally, February 10 is our shift from last year’s Water Dragon year to this year’s Black Water Snake year in the Chinese calendar.
Whenever it is that we set our sights to start transformation, we need willpower to make the start and we need commitment to continue from that start.
Chakra One & Two: Feeling secure and letting go, the essence of Hanumanasana
by Melissa, February 10, 2013
Hanumanasana, often called the splits, is the extraordinary experience of moving in two opposing directions at the same time, without falling apart, or holding the breath, or injuring ourselves.
In practicing this great leap of Hanuman, we learn to engage actively and consciously, while releasing actively, consciously and bravely. AT THE SAME TIME!
Which brings me into two chakras – Muladhara, root support and Svadisthana, one’s own sweetness or abode/home.
These two nest within one another. They are physically very close together, as well as energetically inter-dependent.
Muladhara, first chakra, is our right to exist.
Our Right to exist? But we exist, so why do we need to bother with our right to exist?