WholeYou Podcast #10: Fifth Chakra (Vissudha)

WholeYou Podcast #10: Fifth Chakra (Vissudha)

Feeling creatively drained or struggling with clear communication? Take a listen to our WholeYou throat chakra episode. 

Episode 10 of the WholeYou podcast is here!  See below for the show notes, listen to the show (stream or download) on the embedded SoundCloud box below (on the full post - click "read more" at bottom), or find it on iTunes of your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening! 

Fifth Chakra At-a-Glance:

  • Sanskrit Name: Vissudha
  • Location: Throat area
  • Element: Sound
  • Color: Blue
  • Issues: Communication, creativity, listening, resonance, finding one's own voice, purification, refinement
  • Basic Rights: To speak and be heard

What we Discuss in Episode #10:

  • How to know if your fifth chakra is out of balance
  • Signs of a deficient and excessive fourth fifth
  • Finding your voice and creativity
  • Blocks to creativity and how to bring more creativity into your life
  • Yoga poses, meditations, and pranayama to balance your fifth chakra
  • What resonance means and why it's important with the throat chakra
  • Fifth chakra affirmations

Lauren and I are really appreciate you taking the time to listen and share your comments. If you like the show, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, and please take 1 minute to leave us a review on iTunes  — it helps us to reach more people, and we'd be so grateful! 

 

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WholeYou Podcast #9: Fourth Chakra (Anahata)

WholeYou Podcast #9: Fourth Chakra (Anahata)

Want to deepen your relationships with others and with yourself? Check out Episode 9 of the WholeYou podcast!

You can listen to the show (stream or download) on the embedded SoundCloud box on this post, or find it on iTunes of your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening! 

Fourth Chakra At a Glance:

  • Sanskrit Name: Anahata
  • Location: Heart area
  • Element: Air
  • Color: Green (also sometimes pink)
  • Issues: Love and self-love, relationships, intimacy
  • Goals: Balance, compassion, self-acceptance, connection
  • Basic Rights: To love and be loved

What we Discuss in Episode #9:

  • How to know if your fourth chakra is out of balance
  • Signs of a deficient and excessive fourth chakra
  • Love, self-love, relationships, and boundaries
  • Yoga poses, meditations, and pranayama to balance your heart chakra
  • Fourth chakra affirmations

Lauren and I are really appreciate you taking the time to listen and share your comments. If you like the show, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, and please take 1 minute to leave us a review on iTunes  — it helps us to reach more people, and we'd be so grateful! 

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Self-Care for Activists: Stand Up for What Matters — Including Yourself

Self-Care for Activists: Stand Up for What Matters — Including Yourself

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde

Let me begin with this: I want you to know that, whatever your political stances, whoever you may cast your ballot or show support for, I respect you.

I respect you simply because I respect anyone who is trying to follow their heart and do what they think is right. With that said, our present reality is indisputably one of the most divisive moments in recent decades, both within and outside the United States. And it has become a time when more people than any other moment in my lifetime are getting off their couches and becoming activists in their own right. 

Even if you don’t identify as an activist regarding the political climate in the U.S., you may be an activist in other ways — whether it’s being a champion for the environment, animals, or kids, taking a stand against fat shaming, or any number of important causes. 

Standing Up for What Matters

It is my belief that part of living a fully engaged life includes standing up for what matters to you, whatever that might be. When you’re in an active eating disorder or other addiction, you could be the most compassionate person on the planet, but 50-90% of your headspace and energy may go toward supporting your ED/addiction — leaving little time and energy left to split between living your life and standing up for what matters most to you. 

This does not make you a bad person at all — it makes you a person with a mental illness who needs appropriate treatment. You simply cannot give if you are depleted. 

The words at the beginning of this post are by Audre Lorde (1934-1992), self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” and a well-known feminist and civil rights activist. As she so wisely described, taking care of ourselves is not self-indulgent, but rather, a necessary component of our activism. And they go hand-in-hand: self-care is an important part of your activism, and activism is an important part of your self-care. 

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WholeYou podcast #8: third chakra (manipura)

WholeYou podcast #8: third chakra (manipura)

The third chakra is all about balancing vitality, energy, strength, and will — something pretty much all of us need, right? 

Episode 8 of the WholeYou podcast is here!  See below for the show notes, listen to the show (stream or download) on the embedded SoundCloud box below, or find it on iTunes of your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening! 

Third Chakra At a Glance:

  • Sanskrit Name: Manipura (lustrous gem)
  • Location: Solar plexus
  • Element: Fire
  • Color: Yellow
  • Issues: Vitality, strength, will, power, self-esteem, strength, sense of purpose

What we Discuss in Episode #8: 

  • How to know if your third chakra is out of balance
  • Signs of a deficient and excessive third chakra
  • How dieting can limit your personal sense of power
  • How working with shame and trauma can help you heal and reclaim your power and vitality
  • Yoga poses to balance your Manipura chakra
  • Third chakra affirmations

Lauren and I are really appreciate you taking the time to listen and share your comments. If you like the show, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, and please take 1 minute to leave us a review on iTunes  — it helps us to reach more people, and we'd be so grateful! 

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WholeYou podcast #7: second chakra (svadisthana / sacral chakra)

WholeYou podcast #7: second chakra (svadisthana / sacral chakra)

Want to learn how to balance the sacral chakra (chakra 2) for optimal fluidity and pleasure? Check out WholeYou episode #7! 

In WholeYou episode #6, we covered the first chakra, Muladhara. This "root" chakra is how we feel grounded in our foundation. From there, we flow up to the second chakra, Svadisthana, where it's all about movement, fluidity, and emotion. Check out episode #7 and the show notes below for a great intro to Svadisthana.  

(Also, apologies in advance that the audio quality is not as good this time — it's definitely listenable, but we didn't realize it had recorded with some funky static until afterwards... we'll work on fixing it before next time!)

Second Chakra At a Glance:

  • Sanskrit Name: Svadhisthana (sweetness)
  • Location: Sacrum, lower abdomen, hips, pelvis
  • Element: Water
  • Color: Orange
  • Issues: Movement, sensation, emotions, sexuality, desire, need, pleasure, creativity

What we Discuss in Episode #7: 

  • The "rights" of the sacral chakra
  • Signs of a deficient and excessive sacral chakra
  • Healing practices to bring the root chakra back into balance
  • Sacral chakra affirmations

Lauren and I are really appreciate you taking the time to listen and share your comments. If you like the show, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, and please leave a review on iTunes  — it helps us to reach more people and we'd be so grateful.

You can stream or download episode #7 via SoundCloud (embedded right here on the blog post), or search for WholeYou (and subscribe) in iTunes or your favorite podcast app. 

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