“I am a winged creature who is too rarely allowed to use its wings. Ecstasies do not occur often enough.” ~~Anaïs Nin
Maybe you surprised yourself during one yoga flow class because you had a few, ahem, seemingly-inappropriate-but-very-fun-tingles after releasing in a pose, and your inside voice told you to scurry back to your place ASAP. Perhaps your partner or spouse got verrrrrrrrrrrry lucky when you returned home from the studio in the mood for incredibly enlightening pillow time!
Yoga is a sensual practice in so many ways, activating your nervous system and relaxing you within postures. It centers on breath and focusing the mind through its physical practice, so it is meant to incorporate the entirety of you in mind, body and spirit. When making ourselves feel good in totality with a goal of balance, significant emotions and physical pleasures find their expression.
Welcome to your second chakra! It is located near your tailbone and called Svadhishthana, meaning ‘one's own base.’ It’s very striking: a black/orangey lotus flower with syllables written on the petals and a crescent moon on its center (depending on its usage). It involves your sense of taste, your tongue, genitals and reproduction, and not surprisingly, is associated with emotions! It’s also associated with the element of water. If you practice kundalini yoga, you may already be familiar with the second chakra, since it encourages balancing energy by contracting certain pelvic muscles.
Yoga is a sensual experience that can involve all of you, if you surrender to it and are open to it. It allows you to better connect to your world and the people in it. Each time you are in class, you focus on being present and truly within your own body, enjoying how it moves and expresses itself. Your practice becomes flowing like water, letting go of whatever it is that you don’t need in order to make room for what you do, working through tight areas and breathing into emotions that perhaps you were not aware of before. Your senses heighten and voilà! Perhaps you experience a somewhat private moment in public that will delight your partner later on. Or—maybe just yourself ;)
You will never think of Cobra and forward bending in the same way again. Don’t worry, we won’t tell, because we are probably thinking the same thing. Enjoy!
Designer/Stylist: Peggy Khoucasian / Writer: Christie Cole