We are so grateful to all of the wonderful people who joined us at our first ‘Core and Cork’ Special Event celebrating the Lunar New Year! Many didn’t really know what to expect, but we have to say Savasana will never be the same without Godiva Truffle Dark Chocolate and Trinitas Cellars Wine!

Lotus7 is committed to providing a quality experience for everyone that joins our classes, and we like to think that all our clients, instructors and staff are part of the Lotus7 family.

On Friday, March 27th, we’re looking forward to hosting Kyle Lam, Professional Musician and Sound-Therapy Practitioner, for our first Planetary Gong Bath with Crystal-Quartz Singing Bowls! Kyle performs a variety of chamber events throughout the Los Angeles area, guiding participants through meditative journeys of sound, helping to heal the physical, emotional and spiritual health of others. Make sure to register early, his performances are amazing! www.kylelamsoundhealing.com

Each month, we feature an article touching on the 8 Limbs of Yoga, as they relate to our 7 paths to a healthier mind, body, and spirit. This month, we reflect on the human brain, which has a lot in common with the waves of our beautiful Pacific. Continuously in motion and vast beyond comparison, the brain is a true force of nature. To understand it, we need to understand the changing brain and its relationship to behavior throughout the entire life course, from every stage of development to the environmental, social and biological factors that help or hurt its progress.

Please make sure to check out our newest section, ‘Health Tidbits’, which features personal tips and recipes from all of our wonderful Instructors! For those of you who have enjoyed Stephanie Haden’s Banana muffins following her killer workouts, she’s sharing her recipe with us this month!

Lastly, please visit our online Class Schedule! We’ve added a new class, Mind-Body Release SM (aka: Mindfulness-Based Stress ReductionTM) to our weekly class offerings. Let’s all learn, have fun and improve our lives together!

 

Mindful Meditation and how it affects the 7 Chakras

To achieve perfect physical health, ancient sages taught that we must activate the body’s ‘Chakras’. The literal translation of the Sanskrit word chakra is “wheel.” These days, the term is associated with seven focal points of vital energy within the subtle body, often depicted as a lotus flower.

Chakras are located along the spine, from the base to the lower abdomen, solar plexus, heart, throat, forehead, and crown of your head. Each chakra corresponds to a different color, physical location, element, and purpose. While the spine is a physical entity, chakras possess no physicality; however, they govern all the elements of the body. Chakras are the information gateways by which emotions and ideas affect your physical body and vice versa. As we remove blockages in our chakras, we enhance our senses while boosting our physical and emotional well-being.

Chakra Meditation can be very empowering. The Lotus flower, primarily a water plant, is rooted in mud, yet the ‘flower’ never becomes muddied. This beautiful flower’s nature is fluid and flowing, determined to grow upward toward the light. By meditating on the qualities of a Lotus flower, one is reminded to tune in to the flexible and fluid energy of water; gain the ability to accept that change is a fact of life; and truly appreciate the gift of “Going with the Flow”!