After teaching yoga for 18 years and chakra yoga for much of that time, there is still one question that people ask me that gets me a little stymied:
What's a chakra?
You'd think I'd have a stock response by now, but I really don't. I might be so entrenched in the depth of that question that the simplicity evades me. I know the beauty and the complexity of the chakra system. But complexity is not useful to anyone who hasn't experienced this work or studied it in their own life.
Simply put, chakra (pronounced chaa - kruh) is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or disc. These wheels or discs are vortexes of energy in your body. In the modern context, there are seven of them.
How's that for a clear and concise answer?
If you're like me, it leads to more questions, so if you'll allow me, I'll continue...
Chakras are part of your subtle body system, which is what controls your physical body. Your subtle body is what senses the...
I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was delightful and fun, with a healthy dose of yum! Ours was lovely–a good balance of family, friends, and good conversation while eating the feast Nick prepared. (I’m the prep cook and decorator/table setter, which suits me just fine.)
Lucky for me I’m fairly extroverted, which gives me a broad bandwidth for chit chat and the high volume that comes with a room full of people. But I have to admit, my bandwidth has decreased post-Covid. I find myself daydreaming of my jammies way earlier than I did three years ago, and I know it’s not just a natural aging progression. It’s a nervous system that’s out of shape for marathons of social engagement.
Thankfully, we have tools for this. I believe we can get back to pre-Covid party tolerance, if that is indeed what we want to do. Either way, I think these three things will help the most in navigating our way back to balance...
I was recently giving my indoor plants some TLC, which had me looking at Georgia's amazing growth, and there was a little surprise waiting for me. (Georgia is the fiddle fig tree that appears in all my online videos.) Since I received her back in 2020, she has had two sticks and a post to support her and help her stay standing. I went to check these support sticks, and realized they were completely loose and unnecessary! I don't know when she made the transition from wobbly to strong, but there she is, able to hold herself high.
I know tons of slow and tedious growth happens while we think there's nothing going on, but this seemed like a lot. It got me thinking, where else have I experienced growth that was so slow and quiet it went unnoticed? Where can I let go of some unneeded support that was once a helpful crutch but is no longer necessary?
I see this happen all the time in yoga classes. Students who, when they started yoga, needed a...
Well, it's finally here. For many parents, grandparents, caretakers, teachers, administrators, guardians, and students young and old, it's back to school. In the Goulding house, this meant a big change.
In case you don't know my brood, I have two high schoolers: Havia (sophomore) and Nate (junior). They have had a long and winding road in the education arena, as they have been home schooled, co-schooled, charter schooled, and now public schooled. We have adapted their school choice to reflect the needs and values of our family at that moment in our lives, and it's been a really great journey.
So it wasn't incredibly surprising that Nate decided to change schools this year. His talents are emerging in the area of global history and economics, and he wanted to go to a school that focuses on that. But to change at junior year!
I could see the apprehension this morning.
So I had three things to tell him before he...