In our pursuit of self-study (swadhyaya) let’s take a look at colour and the chakras. In the short relaxation we’ll breathe in red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. These are the colours of the chakras beginning at the root. To which colour do you relate most today? Which one resonates with you right at this moment?
We can change our energies and our mood by using colours cleverly. It begins by observation: what colour have you chosen to wear today? What colour foods are you attracted to right now? Does a blue sky lift your spirits? Do yellow daffodils give you energy? Does a red scarf make you feel warm?
Let’s begin in dandasana, the staff pose.We’ll think of the chakras running up the spinal cord. Then we’ll work with a variety of forward bends, some with the knee bent and some with the legs straight. On to butterfly knees and the tortoise pose. Good. Now the lower back is well warmed up and we can try our challenge pose, wide-legged forward bend while holding the big toes.
It will feel great to have a strong stretch after that so we’ll practise purvottonasana, the inclined plane. Following that we’ll take ourselves into all forms of seated twists. Notice if any colours visit your mind.
On to all fours for the cat stretch and breath. This is a wonderful opportunity to balance the chakras and to increase the flexibility of the spine. Now for another beautiful stretch, the dog. Any colours come to mind?
We’ll use the dog to take us to standing, then meet the tree of life breath. Let’s use the pranayama technique known as ujjayi. We can do this with the eyes closed which will allow us to be receptive to visiting colours.
Back to the mat through the squat balance and, after the cool-downs, we’ll meditate using colour. On the in-breath we’ll imagine a crystal deep within us becoming whiter and brighter, on the out-breath we’ll imagine melting into sapphire blue.
For relaxation we’ll return to breathing in red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. We’ll continue this visiting each chakra in turn as we breathe it’s colour.
Homework will be all about self-study. Notice the colours in your home. What do they tell you about yourself? Notice the colours in your wardrobe. Notice the colours of the flowers you like, the food you like, the birds you admire. As your awareness of yourself and colour develops, begin to explore how you can use this to promote well-being. Does wearing pink open you up to unconditional love? Consciously choosing to wear pink could enable you to put positive vibes out into the world…
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