Posts Tagged ‘Louise Hay’

Pickles, Birthday Cake and The 5th Chakra

February 19, 2015

Yesterday it was my Birthday…..

chakraNumber5I began my 42 year of life with no voice (my 41 B-day was 2/18). I have laryngitis and an ear infection so, I also am having trouble hearing. I have never really lost my voice before. It’s an interesting experiment to try to not talk. I had to teach a yoga class yesterday while remaining silent. When I try to speak, just a horse, raspy whisper comes out and I am reminded that when I speak, I am just delaying my illness.

I had a sore throat (along with a nasty upper respiratory infection that that me at Urgent Care twice) that began on Feb. 6. I have been ‘voiceless’ for about a week. I keep trying out my voice and expecting it to be there. Back and stronger than ever, but only whispers come out.

I’ve tried everything from salt water gargling to pickle juice, but nothing is working. Yesterday in a fit of pickles
desperation I followed a friends advice. On my lunch break, I went our and bought a jar of pickles (I DO NOT LIKE PICKLES). She said “drink pickle juice, it works every time.”
I drank some, it didn’t work. Plus, I spilled it all over myself and my car while trying to swallow it.

In Yoga and Hindu tradition, my current allurements are a result from a blocked Throat Chakra. The Throat Chakra, Vishuddha (the 5th Chakra) deals with our speech, and our creative being, our self expression our very ‘me-ness.’ Communication. The Throat Chakra is all about communication. What am I not communicating that I should be? I’m not sure….

This past year has not been a good one for me. It may very well be one of the worst I’ve ever had. It’s been filled with loss and more loss. Loss in a way I have never experienced before. Yet, life goes on. My life has gone on AND there has been a lot of good that’s happened in the last 12 months.

Since I turned 40…
my 40th year

I Participated with Baxter in ‘Bark for Life‘ for the 2nd year in a row
Got a matching Pac Man/Ms PacMan tattoo with Bobby
Participated in the Phoenixville Dogwood Festival and Parade
Skated in the Fourth of July Parade in Pottstown
Ran a Warrior Dash!
Saw Motley Crue
Started Freelancing Photography and Story Writing for Newspapers
Painted a Halloween Window in Pottstown with some of my Derby Team and we won
Was a runner chasing Zombie
Got my pretty Pixel Styx Catahula
Cut my hair into a purple Mohawk
Played my 3rd (2nd with PRDR) season of Roller Derby
Practiced with a Renegade (no rules, co-ed) Roller Derby Team

I pretty much have most things I have wanted. Generally, I am happy or pretend to be, hopefully, I’ll soon be on the mend. Fingers crossed that whatever I need to face, I’m able to.

Healing affirmations for Throat Chakra from Louise Hay
(check her out: http://www.louisehay.com/affirmations/ , her affirmations are always perfect no matter what you need).
It’s ok to make noise.

I speak up for myself with ease.

I express my creativity.

I am willing to change.

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Note:  I typed this in Open Office and wanted to save the file as today’s date and  No Voice.
When I was closing the document, the screen asked if I wanted to save before closing. I read the file name (021915_novice) as nov·ice I wonder it that has meaning.

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Feeling the effects of the Common Cold? Try some Yoga Solutions.

January 3, 2011

Try a daily warm salt-water nasal wash with a Neti Pot.

Chant!  Humming vibrations are great for opening sinuses and sore throats.
Practice Chanting ‘OM’ or
Perform Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

Take a full deep inhale through both nostrils,
As you exhale through your nose, create a buzzing like sound in the throat
(Soft ‘eeeeeeeeeee’ sound)
Try for 5-10 rounds and try to increase your buzzing volume as you advance.

Learn More Pranayama HERE

Some Asanas for Cold relief:

Begin with a few minutes of centering in Balasana (Child’s Pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block, bolster or folded blanket).

Set an Intention or Affirmation:

‘I am safe and secure at all times.  Love surrounds me and protects me.’
(From ‘Releasing Health Problems’ by Louise Hay)
See more of Louise Hay’s Affirmations HERE

Come to a low kneel (or seated pose if you prefer), and try a few rounds of Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

Rolling Child’s Pose:
(you may want to have some tissues available)
Come to Extended Child’s Pose with your hands clasped
Try to keep your shoulder blades down and back
Engage your core and pull your belly button towards your spine
Inhale and stretch arms out
Exhale and shift your weight forward, and roll onto the top of your head
Gently roll back and forth, from your forehead to the crown of your head ten times
Move with your breath
Rest in child’s pose and repeat

Bhujangasana (Cobra)

Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Come to a Low Kneel (or seated position)

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist)

Table Pose

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
(Try this supported with your head on a block or chair)

Gently roll up to Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Take a few Breaths here and come back to center.  Remind yourself of your Affirmation.

‘I am safe and secure at all times.  Love surrounds me and protects me.’

Ardha Chandrasana (Cresent Moon Side Stretch)

Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Utkatasana Balance (Chair Pose, up on toes)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Beginning Sun Salutation to

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose) to
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose) Right Side

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose) to
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose) Left Side

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Come to belly

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Balasana (Child’s Pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block, bolster or folded blanket)

Roll up to a low kneel, then have a seat

Dadasana (Staff Pose)

Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Pose)
Bend your left knee and bring the sole of the left foot to your inner-right thigh, switch sides
(Try this supported with your head on a block, bolster or folded blanket)

Paschimothanasana (Seated Forward Fold)

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

Release to back

Bring both Knees to chest and rock from side to side.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
(Try this supported with a block under your hips)

Bring both Knees to chest and rock from side to side

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose)

Knees to chest

Jathara Parivartanasana (Reclining Twist)

Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose)

Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Lay back, settle in, take a few Breaths and come back to center.
Remind yourself of your Affirmation.

‘I am safe and secure at all times.  Love surrounds me and protects me.’

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