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Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice.
In this episode, we talked about the chakras; what they are, and why they’re essential. We went into the 4th chakra, Anahata, and its themes and imbalances. We also answered your questions related to the business of yoga.
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Here’s more on what we talk about in this episode:
0:53 – What Are Chakras?
Why do we care about the chakras, as yogis? A brief description of the chakras and their themes, and why they’re relevant to the discussion.
7:00 – Anahata by Anodea Judith
Reading from Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith, which is our text for the Chakra Series, to explore Anahata, the 4th chakra.
9:03 – Anahata Themes & Devotion
Love, compassion, forgiveness, healing, relationships, grief, sadness; exploring the themes of Anahata chakra, and a yoga class for devotion and/or surrender.
12:26 – What Does Devotional Practice Feel Like?
How Clara creates a devotional practice and surrender as a theme around Anahata chakra, and what it feels like doing such an asana practice.
15:06 – Blockages of the Heart Chakra: What Are They?
The body never lies; what is released or arises during asana practice for heart chakra imbalances is usually related to sadness and tightness in the chest.
17:19 – Healing Through the Heart
The path to healing is through the heart and how you relate to the people around you, those you love, and your relationship with yourself.
18:12 – Anahata: The Unstruck Sound
What is the unstuck? And how does this relate to our hearts?
18:47 – Dealing with Heart Chakra Blockages
Clara shares how she’s dealt with heart chakra blockages, what came up in terms of anger and anxiety, and how she felt her pain to move through it.
24:47 – How Blockages Affect The Chakras
What happens when we have unresolved issues or imbalances in the chakras and how this affects the other chakras in terms of energy.
29:07 – Getting Paid for Doing What You Love
How we balance doing what we love (teaching yoga) with getting paid accordingly, and the practice of knowing your intentions and setting boundaries.
36:27 – Yoga and Cultural Appropriation
Exploring how we integrate different religions, philosophies, and traditions into the yoga practice, and how we avoid appropriating a culture that is not ours.
41:51 – Managing Art, Community & Business
How do you create space for what you love and continue to build your brand on what you love while balancing the business demands and the requests of the community?