Today I used the word vagina three times in three successive classes. I used it in relation to developing a strong pelvic loop and pelvic floor. The whole concept made my students laugh a lot and then groan when I asked them to pull their inner thighs together, contract their bandhas and lift their pelvic floors up. These movements in yoga take a lot of muscular energy, and bring the concept of opening to grace to a whole different level.
A strong, flexible pelvis can invite beautiful flowing asana during practice. It takes a lot of work on a muscular level and equally compelling work on a spiritual level: Pelvic work is root chakra work. And the root chakra relates to sex organs and sexual energy. All of the other chakras flow downstream of the root chakra. Therefore if I want to get right with my life, I have to get connected to my root chakra.
What exactly does that mean? It’s honestly still a work in progress for me. Right now, at this time in my life, I’m so glad to have the awareness of it and the desire to create strength and wellness both physically and spiritually by connecting with greater integrity to my pelvis and root chakra. And I’m not even blushing when I write this!
My students love the work. Creating a connection to the root chakra through the pelvis opens up the opportunity to engage more co-creatively with the universe. Life expands outward and blooms through our own centers. What could be better than that?
Here are some positive affirmations for the root chakra:
- I know who I am and make choices based on what I know to be right for me.
- I am supported in life through all my choices to do good and share the light of love.
- My body supports me in living a creative and happy life.
- I am open to the spirit of life, which carries me beyond my original limits to a higher, more creative space.
- I am thankful for all the opportunities for growth and development that have come my way.
- I am grateful for the challenges that have taught me who I truly am.
- I love life!