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Alanna Zabel

Alanna Zabel

Posted: November 16, 2009 02:47 PM

Mantra: I Am Clear
Exercise: Neck & Jaw Stretches

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Yogis believe in energy systems running throughout our bodies. These energy centers, or "wheels", are called chakras. Each chakra vibrates at a different frequency, creating different colors and sound tones. In addition, each chakra co-exists with a major organ system of the body. It is the output energy from the organs that creates the chakra. For example, the heart center vibrates at a different frequency than the brain center emits. In order for our bodies to function at their greatest capacity, we must keep our energy systems clear.

Today we will focus on the throat region. This is your bodies' center of vocal expression. When this area is clear of obstacles, it is easier to speak clearly, truthfully and confidently with kindness. We are better able to express our needs, as well as to direct our group creative projects with ease.

If you have a herniated disc in your cervical spine, please advise with your physician before attempting these stretches.

To start:

1. Sit comfortably with a straight back and your shoulders relaxed. Gently press your chin towards your chest. Turn your chin towards your right shoulder as far as is comfortable. Repeat in your mind I Am Clear. Hold for thirty seconds. Repeat on the other side. After completing this exercise on both sides, return your head to neutral position.

2. Gently press your right ear down towards your right shoulder. Relax the neck as much as possible. Feel the stretch on the left side of your neck. Again, repeat in your mind I Am Clear. Feel your throat clear of obstacles. Hold for thirty seconds and release. Repeat on the other side. When you have completed this exercise on both sides, again return your head to neutral position.

3. Lift your sternum and your chin upwards towards the ceiling. Roll your shoulders back. Allow your head to drop back as far as it is comfortable without over-compressing the back of your neck. Exhale. Once again, repeat in your mind I Am Clear. Open and close your jaw a few times while feeling the clarity of expression in your throat and neck. Hold for thirty seconds. Bring your head back to center. Drop the chin towards the chest, allowing the back of the neck to lengthen. Hold for thirty seconds. Return your head back to neutral position.

"Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves." - Blaise Pascal

 
 
 

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