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3 Inspiring Rituals to Connect to Svadhisthana Chakra

Personal and professional development requires an investigation of the ways we think, feel, act, and respond to the environment. As we move through our lives and come into contact with others, we’re constantly tasked with co-creating the world around us, optimistically fostering inclusivity spaces that support everyone’s experience and approach. The second chakra, known as svadhisthana in Sanskrit, is where we discover our capacity to create, develop our response to change, and soften to receive others. I sat down with Clara to discuss the tools to develop and foster creativity and how collaboration with others is essential to innovation and creative expression. Below are the paraphrased highlights from the interview.

The Creative Spark: An Interview with Clara

Stephanie: Clara, what activities did your parents expose you to as a kid? What kind of environment did you grow up in that fostered your idea of creativity? 

Clara: There’s a lot of play. When I was growing up with my father, we played in all kinds of ways. We played outside; we played inside; my father was a photographer, so there was a lot of art on the walls and a lot of looking at art. Then, my dad would ask questions like, “What do you see? What’s happening here? What do you think the relationship is between the colors and the shapes?” So there was a lot of breaking down visual art and enjoying it. And then the other part that both my parents were huge on was music. So, there was always a ton of music in the house. I feel like both my parents are artists in their own right. My mother was a writer, and my father was a photographer but he also had a deep appreciation for literature and music. 

Stephanie: One of the themes for the second chakra is the partnering, the coming together with another entity that creates and stimulates change. How has that process been revealed to you in how you create? 

Clara: The trip we go on as a community through the yoga practice is a collaboration. This practice, for me at least, is healing because regular life kind of brings a heaviness, dampness, stagnation, or hardness, in my experience. And so what I seek in my practice is this idea of expansion, this idea of letting go, and this idea of realigning.

My intention whenever I’m teaching is for people to reconnect to themselves, to remember their own truth and to embody their truth.

As a teacher, I’m trying to do the same thing. So I want to give a little bit of distraction and stuff like this in terms of different kinds of movement to get people to move out of their distraction and to come into alignment, meaning they have to listen to me because they have no idea where I’m going and I want them to do.

I find that you learn new things when you are doing different things than you’re used to. And I want people to feel good about who they are because we are divine beings and we’ve just forgotten. And so the practice is about coming back and remembering that we’re awesome. All of us are awesome, in our own way, shape, and form. 

Stephanie: What parts of the body, pose, and elements would you bring into a class centered on the second chakra? 

ClaraSecond chakra; I usually go one of two ways. The first way I go is with the water element, which I talked about in our meditation practice, and my teacher, Shiva Rea, is big on the water element. I feel like I feel mostly like water. And so when I move like water, I feel like I’m arriving back at home. So, with the second chakra, one way I do it would be to go with the flow. Constant movement, strength in movement, and the healing quality of fluidity are essential. When working with the idea of water, I don’t generally have a peak pose. It’s more about transitions. I would ask: “How can I transition into the next part, the next chapter, the next aspect, the next minute with more ease, with more fluidity, with more grace?”. 

The other well realm I’d go into, which we’re talking about today, is creativity and this idea of creating or making something. Our creative juices live in our sacral area. Semen lives there. Our ovaries lived there. That’s literally how we bring physical beings into the world. And so connecting to that creative fire, we call that Kundalini energy or Shakti, the creative force. And so we’re connecting to the possibility or potential.

Stephanie: What is unique about Practice With Clara? What was lacking in the yoga community that encouraged you to launch your platform and apps? 

Clara: I have such a deep passion for mantra and for bringing more of a creative element where it’s not just the Asana, which I love, but I also wanted to bring in other parts of the yoga practice. And there just wasn’t space for that on that platform [Gaia], which I understand. They were looking for something particular, but I wanted to do more. I like to be able to share stories and have different things on the platform.

So we have the mantra, the meditation, but I’m going to bring in some philosophy. We’re going to bring in little short courses on the chakras and the philosophical values.

That’s what makes me most excited. And that’s why I wanted to create the Practice With Clara Apps and Site. 

Stephanie: So it sounds like a big piece of your creative process is teaching, passing it on. Can you share a little bit about why the element of teaching inspires and is so deeply ingrained in you? 

Clara: My father and I talked a lot. My parents are talkers. We talked everything out. And so that’s me; that is a large part of my creative process and, or, my self-inquiry process. I usually talk it out with somebody, and it was with my father for a long time. My most significant practice in terms of understanding philosophy is teaching it. And they always say that if you want to understand something, teach it. And I find that through teaching it, I’ve learned so much by asking other people questions.

And that’s again where the collaboration comes in; in the teaching and asking questions.

The first piece of philosophy that I ever dove into is the Bhagavad Gita. One of my favorite books is this beautiful story. I went through a period when I first started teaching, and where I was like, who am I to teach this?

I’m not a philosophy major. I studied philosophy in school, but not to the extent where I have a master’s or anything. But by going into it and asking people questions about it and for us to dive into the themes around it together, I learned so much, which is why I love teaching. Because I knew so much. And so, in that way, we are all artists because I feel like some people think, Oh, I’m not an artist

I think we’re all artists, like we create in our own way. And even just thinking is a form of creation and artistry. Through yoga and through being in Sangha and grouping together, we create, we co-create something together, which is so, so cool.

Stephanie: What is a practice you can recommend that someone sit down and set up like a morning ritual and tap into their creative process?

Clara: I will offer three different variations because we’re all so different, so hopefully, one of these options will speak to you.

  • The first one is the morning pages: as soon as you wake up, you pull out pen and paper and write three pages without thinking about it, and it’s a stream of consciousness. And you write until the three pages are up and try not to judge or think about it. It’s a way of connecting to the realm of the mind that is not analytical but the part of you that is creative.
  • The second one I would recommend is to turn on your stereo, hit play without really thinking about it, and whatever song comes on, you dance to it. And to the best of your ability, don’t overthink it. Be in your pajamas. Hopefully, you didn’t even brush your teeth. That’s another way to get into the creative flow and connect to the body. So, especially if you live in your mind, that would be one I would recommend. 
  • The third one I recommend is to pull out your meditation cushion and sit down on it. Put your hands like we did at the beginning of this podcast to the lower abdomen and quite breathe into that area. It takes three hums, and then you sit with yourself for 10 minutes without doing anything. And so that’s another way to create and connect to your creativity. 
Listen to the talk on the #PracticeWithClara Podcast or the Practice with Clara Site.

Yoga Classes for Creativity

Creative Flow

Creative Flow

Dynamic, fluid, and fun, this creative flow vinyasa class focuses on the energy of Svadhisthana, the second chakra. Svadhisthana is associated with water and creativity. Focusing on this area we develop our self-expression and capacity to relate to others and the world around us. This creative flow sequence develops hip opening and challenges one’s flexibility. 

With Ease

This intermediate slow flow practice focuses on the second chakra and pelvis. There’s a bit of fire peppered through the practice with an arm balance in bakasana (crow pose) and backbending with ustrasana (camel pose). 

This class is great for those who have been sitting for long periods of time

With Ease


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