The water element in yoga (Apas) refers to the juices and juiciness of life. It is associated with the sacral chakra (Swadisthana) and was kind of the focus of my day. Swadisthana is most often associated with desire, especially sexual. When I work with customers on disconnection in the second chakra there is often a need to work on releasing samskaras related to self and sexuality.
Sounds pretty deep, and it can be; but using a focus on healing liquid energy while on the mat, and expressing the healing as a lived intention off the mat often makes all the difference, at least to me. And also, I add a lot of twists, heart openers and empowering ab work in my practice on the mat.
So while I was teaching a group class in Fairfield today, it was humbling and inspiring to watch some fairly intrepid yogis do L Pose Ab work against the wall and hang in there for Wall Plank. Lots of juicy sweating and healing liquid energy brought to the sacrum by engaging the transverse abdominus muscles and keeping a relaxed heart.
Imagine a newly transformed connection to your sexual self, I say toward the end of class. Release all that no longer serves you and allow to manifest, out of that release, the space to bring in the lovely juiciness of a full and open connection to your own emotional desires. And see that life, with all its accompanying messiness as the absolute fullest expression of unique and wonderful you.
Big Loving Namaste!