Contemplating Shakti

Recently I've been delving deep into the yoga scriptures, reading myths and legends helps to animate my imagination, giving me guidance, painting a picture for me to aid my meditation and contemplation.

For this blog post I'd like to start simply...

Shiva and Shakti.

Male and Female.

They need each other to be the best they can be.

In this moment I'm inviting us to focus on Shakti, because I have been through a stage of blossoming, of understanding what it is to explore my female essences and to harness them to be nurturing, powerful and earthy.

Shakti represents everything of form or matter. She is everything you see that has shape... a tree, our physical body, the sun, the earth we stand on, our yoga mat, the food we eat... she is our outer reality, she's what people physically see when they look at you and our view of what is outside of us.

Shakti is nature. One of the symbols for her is a downward pointing triangle pointing to matter, to the earth, to something of form, to something which contains.

We as females give birth, how incredible is that! We are a container for future life, holding a little seed of wonder that develops in us for 9 months and for which we nurture through its precious development to realise and become its own important spark or being on this earth, in this life.

Shakti is the Goddess of power, she comes in three forms:

Gauri who represents motherhood

Durga the warrior who represents knowledge

Kali the sexual and violent form thirsty to replenish her energy

Here are some practical yoga tips for harnessing Shakti energy:

Poses

Choose poses that help you get earthy or rooted - ie: Warrior 2, Tree, Mountain, Half Moon, Gate, Hero

Breathing

Draw your inhales to your heart then send long exhales down to your pelvis or root chakra.

Chant

Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo

Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo

Mudra

Use the blossoming or lotus mudra

Colours

Choose to wear or visualise red or green colours

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