Do you have a favorite song to play in the car when the weather is beautiful? Just the other evening it was so lovely out that it my trip home from HEB a delight. I was rockin' the 'burbs with windows down, sunroof open, and blaring Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion. I was transported back to my teen years, also rockin' Aerosmith in the 'burbs, but in my mom's big 1974 Chevy Caprice Classic convertible. It was AWESOME.
But now I'm a yoga teacher instead of a teen, so I hear things differently. I realized this time that "sweet emotion" is a perfect phrase for chakra 2! Svadyaya is the Sanskrit word for the second chakra, and it's where we can connect to our emotional selves as well as the pleasure principle. Being able to delight in life and get information from your emotions is what svadhisthana is all about!
I don't know if this is what Aerosmith had in mind, but I think they captured it perfectly.
Emotions are such an integral part...
I hope you don't find the title of this blog post offensive--but it's true! Everything I've been working on these days is highly body-oriented.
You might be thinking, "Well of course, Jess! You're a yoga teacher!" And that's true! But believe it or not, to me the yoga asana (postures) are more of a means to an end than an end themselves. And that's not just my opinion. That's in the texts as well. There is no Yoga Sutra that says,
"True happiness will be found in the perfection of a triangle pose."
You WILL find text that says happiness is found in friendliness, compassion, delight, and equanimity though. (Learn more about the "Locks and Keys" to happiness HERE.) These days, however, I'm thinking about these same words and themes as directed towards the body. Better said, towards my body, or you towards your body.
Considering our body as an entity worthy of loving attention, rather than submission or disregard, is a chakra one, muladhara, issue.