SVADHISTHANA CHAKRA: Water Element
The water element resides in the lower belly and is responsible for the healthy elimination of waste from our bodies - both physical waste and energetic waste. Keeping the water in our bodies fluid and moveable can reduce stagnancy and provide for appropriate emotional release, especially guilt, shame and grief. Use this practice to bring fluidity into your belly and enjoy the benefits of connecting to this powerful elemental force.
Touch tips of thumb and pinkie fingers together, extend all others and rest backs of hands on thighs.
Benefits: Purifies kidneys, balances water element
Practice Tips: Use with urinary problems
Sit with right leg externally rotated, left leg internally rotated with left toes in line with right knee. Inhale arch back and tilt tail back, belly forward. Exhale round back engaging lower abdominals.
Therapeutics: Re-balances the musculature and energy of the pelvis.
Practice for Balancing Water Element:
- Budhi Mudra
- Varuna Mudra
- Shanka Mudra
- Belly Massage
- Seated Barrel Rolls
- Seated Side Bend
- Seated Yoga Mudra (right, center, left)
- Dolphin Dives
- Wide Childs Pose
- Down Dog
- Warrior II Series
- Baddha Konasana
- Thread the Needle
- Reclining Twist
- Moving Setu Bandha
- Queen's Pose
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